Brooms Up Curling Supplies will be making their products available to St Paul curlers next week during the USCA Members Assembly. They're bringing their supply trailer all the way from the East Coast to our parking lot.
Stop by Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, September 29-October 1 and check out their wide assortment of curling supplies from several different manufacturers.
Come one, come all. The Circus train is back on the road.
The most exciting bonspiel in the Twin Cities is bringing The Big Top back for the 4th Annual Big Spiel. Do not miss this opportunity to curl at other clubs
in the Twin Cities Metro area.
Registration for The Big Spiel 2018 is officially open. Returning teams have until October 15, 2017 to guarantee their place in the event.
If your team is new to the event, sign up early as open spots are granted to teams with the earliest date of completed registration.
If you and your team want to participate in this year’s event we suggest purchasing your ticket ASAP as it will surely sell out.
We would also like to remind you The Big Spiel is a charitable event supporting the Twin Cities Curling Association (TCCA) and its mission.
The TCCA is a 501 c(3) organization which “is dedicated to fostering the sport of curling,” with an emphasis on junior curling development.
Click here to register your team today!
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Regards…. See you under the big top!
See you on the ice!
--- TCCA & The Big Spiel Committee
Greetings JR curlers…
TCCA is happy to announce REGISTRATION is open for the
2017/18 JR METRO League 1st session & PRE SEASON EVENT.
Please review the information listed below or the attached documents for more information.
PRE SEASON EVENT
For those veteran juniors this is a great opportunity to get in some preseason warm up and instruction. We will have coaches
on hand to work to work on your delivery and after some drills and training, we will get some teams set up for a game.
Bring all your friends that have been wanting to try curling to the LEARN TO CURL! This will give them the opportunity
to learn more about the sport and learn all the basics needed to pique their interest to join for the rest of the season.
JR METRO LEAGUE – 1st SESSION REG OPEN
The TCCA JR METRO League is designed for curlers under 8-18 years old. The intent of this league is to provide
additional ice opportunities for instruction and games beyond what is offered at the junior level within each club. This program
will expose kids to new curling venues, fellow junior curlers in the Twin Cities area and help foster growth and interest in the
sport. Each week the league will rotate between the TCCA affiliated clubs.
The session will begin with an evaluation & skills session. Based upon this assessment, teams will be constructed based on skill
level to ensure competitive play as well as skill development. The program is structured to have kids play a 6-end game each
week with some coach interaction and feedback, as well as include skill and tactical instruction. A key goal is to allow juniors to
have more game play opportunity while improving their skills. The league we will have occasional expert skills sessions from
high level competitive curlers and coaches.
USA Curling and the St. Paul Curling Club will be hosting this year’s 2017 Members’ Assembly September 29th - October 1st. This is a chance to learn more about USA Curling and get involved! Below is a description from USA Curling. Please visit the link for more details and registration.
The USA Curling Members’ Assembly is designed to increase communication between member clubs, states and regions, and the USCA. In addition to opportunities for club representatives to vote on issues at hand, the Assembly provides curlers with information that can enhance their curling experience through individual skills improvement sessions, club development seminars, and networking with curlers from throughout the country. Seminars are offered at no cost to curlers from member clubs.
The end of the year meeting was held on Championship Saturday, April 15th. Full minutes will be posted under the Board minutes section, but we also want to highlight the service and recognition of some of our many volunteers:
Board of Directors
Contratulations to the newest members of the St. Paul Curling Club Board of Directors: John Miller, Ann Dondlinger, and Mike Barrett. They will serve a 3-year term, replacing outgoing members Laurie Arnold, Mike Barrett (who served a 1-year term replacing new Vice President Ron Paul), and Liz Willard.
2017 Larry Pieper Service Award Winner (speech given by President Tim McMahon at the meeting)
The Larry Pieper Service Award is one of the most treasured awards given out at the St. Paul Curling Club. Larry was quite a guy. He had a great mechanical mind and spent countless hours volunteering at the club at a time when major renovations were necessary. Since his passing in 1998, the club has selected one member annually to receive an award in Larry’s name who best exemplifies the volunteer spirit at our club.
This year’s winner became a member in 1971. Like many of us, he joined because his father was a long-standing member. He quickly joined the ranks of competitive curling, which culminated in 1998 when he was the alternate on the Tim Somerville rink that finished fourth at the Nagano Olympics. In more recent years, he has been a member of numerous Seniors teams that have gone on to Worlds. His team won the Worlds here at St. Paul in 2011, and he will be playing second on the US team skipped by Mike Farbelow, competing for the World Championship in Lethbridge, Alberta, April 22-29th.
All that said, where this guy shines is in his attention to detail. In his official capacity as the Chairperson for the Ice Committee, he is charged with leading a group to oversee the overall ice conditions at our club. As we all know, the conditions are wonderful. He was instrumental in the hiring of Craig as ice maker. His reports to our board are detailed, concise, and thoughtful. In short, he makes the board’s job easy when it comes to making decisions about the ice. Plus he’s been a volunteer for the work crew for years and he’s an all-around great guy!
It gives me great pleasure to announce this year’s Larry Pieper Service Award winner, Mr. Tim Solin!