The Rideau Curling Club is pleased to offer a comprehensive program for curlers ages eight to seventeen! We emphasize developing the proper technique, game knowledge and of course, having fun!
Our program is led by Jeff Smith and Iain Wilson. They are competitive curlers themselves who are passionate about developing life-long recreational and competitive curlers, and hopefully future Rideau members.
Time: 1 PM to 3 PM
Cost: $125 + tax
TRY 2 WEEKS FREE!
Lessons focus on not only the technical aspects of the game, but also strategy-based play and etiquette. Instruction is offered by experienced volunteers who have taken formal coach training. To provide a low student to instructor ratio, players are separated into small groups based on age and skill level.
For players who are new to curling we do offer a trial program, where players can try two weeks before they commit to paying for the whole season. For players who are pursuing the competitive stream, the program will focus on developing new skills and honing existing ones.
All coaches are required to have a valid (within the last three years) police check. We also rely heavily on our parent volunteers to help with organizing things like snacks and bonspiel participation.
The Rideau Curling Club's Youth Program is eligible for the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Funding Program. It is a program that funds registration and equipment costs for youth ages four to eighteen from families with limited financial resources. Please go to www.jumpstart.canadiantire.ca/en.html to get more information or to apply online.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Each session is two hours in length and includes time on and off the ice. A typical session break down is:
12:50 PM - Meet upstairs
1:00 PM - Technical lesson and warmup
1:10 PM - On-ice drills
1:55 PM - Snack Break
2:10 PM - Games
2:55 PM - Clean Up
3:00 PM - End of session
WHAT TO WEAR
Wear clothing that is warm but that you can freely move in. No jeans or similar tight fitting pants - you'll need to be flexible. Since most of our activities take place out on the ice, you will want to make sure that the athletes will stay warm for up to an hour. We suggest clothing such as track pants, Lululemons or warm leggings. Snow pants are NOT recommended. Most players will wear gloves or mittens to keep their hands warm. We suggest avoiding bulky jackets. Dressing in layers with a fleece (or equivalent) and an athletic jacket is recommended.
We also ask that each curler come with a clean pair of indoor shoes. Outdoor shoes will not be permitted on the ice. We prefer that the shoes be dedicated to curling or at the very least never worn outside. From time to time, the youth program receives donations of curling shoes which can be borrowed for the season by experienced curlers. We do recommend that new curlers and younger children wear a helmet, such as a bike, ski or hockey (no cage) helmet.
Other equipment such as brooms, sliders and grippers are provided by the club. Players are welcome to bring their own curling equipment, however curling shoes are not recommended for players new to the game.