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INSIDE USA CURLING


Another year equals more opportunities


By Rich Lepping, USCA Board Chairman, chairman@usacurl.org


we are starting to plan our bonspiel schedules. If you’re curling in an arena club, likely you are into your fall leagues already. Whatever the case, it’s exciting! Tis summer has been busy at the United


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States Curling Association (USCA). Our budget and financial plans are in place, the Member- ship Committee, led by Doug Potter, is working on new ideas for growth and new clubs, and the Members’ Assembly will be as exciting as ever. Our High Performance Program teams are trav- eling the globe, and sign-ups for national events will be starting soon. All of this is great for our existing clubs, but


what about those clubs that we know are not a part of the USCA? Isn’t it time we encourage them to join? Over the last 12 months, Rick Patzke and I


have been traveling around to the USCA mem- ber states and regions, to get to meet you and ask what’s going on in your area. How can we bet- ter get involved with you, our clubs, and regions? Over and over again, questions came up about


ow, it is hard to believe we are back at it again. Ice is being made, clubs are getting cleaned, and


non-member clubs. Why should they have the same benefits as us, we were asked? Why do clubs under report? And would you have them on your leadership teams if they don’t support the USCA, which is the national organization representing the interests of all of us? Tose are all good ques- tions. Over time, I’d like to be able to answer all of those who ask the questions above by saying that ALL curling clubs in the U.S. are members. Clubs that are not part of the USCA need to be


encouraged to join, or we should elect to support only those that are. Our board members, coach- es, staff and most importantly, you, deserve the support and benefits the USCA offers. It is mis- takenly believed that the only difference between being a member of the USCA and not being a member is that a club’s curlers are not allowed to participate in playdown events. In reality, there is much more to our membership benefits, and we’ve been working hard to showcase those. Curling Night in America, learn-to-curls, in-


struction and training programs, officiating cer- tification, junior development, adaptive curling programs, and stone loan programs, and even this magazine, are all a result of our dues pay- ing members. ALL are reasons to join. Even more importantly, as much as we all want to grow our sport and get more exposure, more sponsors, and more curlers, we need to do it together! Tose


Chairman Rich Lepping


who choose not to join your collective efforts are taking advantage of the harvest without invest- ing along with the rest of the U.S. curling com- munity in the current or future health of the sport. So, in addition to all the other items on our


plates, let’s reach out to ALL clubs and curlers and encourage them to get behind us. Help us grow the sport and continue to raise the profile of curling for the benefit of all. Let’s work togeth- er to make the most of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Help get USA Curling to 25,000 mem- bers by 2018, and let’s also work together to get our athletes on the podium in 2018! I hope to see you at the Members’ Assembly,


and will continue to reach out and visit you at your club or state/region meetings. Good curling, and see you on the ice! Q


WCF approves proposed resolutions for sweeping, brushes


proposed resolutions for sweeping and brushes in elite curling, at its Annual General Assembly (AGA) in Stockholm, Sweden, on Sept. 10. Tis approval gives the WCF the authority to


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set rules, specifications and policies for sweeping techniques and brush technology – the first of their kind in the sport. At the AGA five new or adapted sweeping and equipment rules were ac- cepted – a summary of these rules can be found below. It was also announced that brushes will now be made from a single fabric, which is from a


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he 54 Member Associations of the World Curling Federation (WCF) have unanimously approved the WCF’s


single source – these will have one standard composition, weave, coating and color; the ap- proved brushes must be made widely available for purchase and the new standardized brushes will first be used at the 2016 World Mixed Curl- ing Championship in Kazan, Russia, next month (14-22 October). Furthermore, the WCF’s position on brushes


in the recreational market and the National Research Council of Canada’s Executive Sum- mary following the Sweeping Summit 2016 held in Kemptville, near Ottawa, Canada were pub- lished – these documents can be downloaded from www.worldcurling.org/aga-2016. Te USCA recommendation regarding brush


heads for recreational play – including at the club level, recreational bonspiels (non-Order of Merit cashspiels), and for events not leading to USCA national championship events, World Curling Championships, and the Olympic Winter Games – is that all types and styles of commercially- available curling brooms be allowed for use. Te regulation of sweeping equipment at the recreational level is ultimately at the discretion of clubs, leagues, and event organizers. Curlers are encouraged to follow the “Spirit of Curling” when deciding which sweeping equipment to use. Brush info, with a PDF with the current val- id product codes, can be viewed online at, http:// www.worldcurling.org/brushes.Q


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