Fort Wayne Curling Club Begins New Season
Oct08

Fort Wayne Curling Club Begins New Season

The Fort Wayne Curling Club has actually been around for a while. But it’s pretty easy to forget about the sport between Winter Olympiads (no offense to anyone). Around the time of the Sochi Olympics, Living Fort Wayne posted this blog post on our website about a couple who went to a Learn to Curl session. The Curling Club’s season ended in April and they took the time off as an opportunity to renovate their dedicated curling ice. Before, the club shared ice time at The-Rink-Formerly-Known-As-Canlan (SportONE/Parkview Icehouse) but now have their facility just yards away from the rink on Wells Street. The new season brings new tournaments (“Bonspiels”), leagues and Learn to Curl sessions. I went to a Learn to Curl session on Sept. 28 and found that Curling is a lot more difficult than it looks, and realized that it doesn’t even look that easy. The stones weigh about 42 pounds, you’re on a pebbled ice sheet and one of your shoes has a teflon-coated bottom piece (provided by the curling club) to slide easier. Then it’s a matter of coordinating your push off with being able to balance in a lunge position while sliding forward with only a stabilizer on your less dominant hand. Difficult? Yes. Did people fall a lot? Yes. Fun? Absolutely. For those who attend the Learn to Curl sessions and enjoy curling enough to return and continue playing consistently, there are rookie leagues. The rookie leagues are hour-long sessions and goes for six weeks, whereas the other leagues are 12 weeks. A full description of the club’s leagues can be found here. Those interested can sign up for Learn to Curl sessions from the club’s website page here. More information on anything and everything about the Fort Wayne Curling Club can be found on their website. Good curling,...

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Learning to Curl – In Fort Wayne
Feb19

Learning to Curl – In Fort Wayne

My fiancee and I decided to attend a ‘Learn to Curl’ class after gaining an interest through the Olympics. We had been interested in giving it a try at least once. I had known of a few people who attended a class last year, before the Fort Wayne Curling Club (FWCC) had their own facility and they had a good time. So we took the plunge, knowing that the FWCC now had their own ice and decided to attend a class. The session was broken into two phases. The first part was pesudo-classroom work that involved learning the history of the game, basic rules and strategies. I was surprised just how much ‘culture’ was involved here. There’s a great history in curling of sportsmanship which I found helped make learning the game more fun and friendly. The class also covered terminology and some information of how to handle yourself on the ice. This part of the learning session was fairly quick because, as most things in life, it’s better to learn by doing. This means it was time to get on the ice. The second phase was on the ice. We started by choosing a broom and then we were broken into teams of four. After that, our team began working with a coach, learning the basics of handling a stone. Our first task was to just slide the rock between the team members. Sweeping was next, and I was overwhelmed with the speed of the stone. Surprising, to say the least, it took me a while to get into a rhythm. Next was attempting to shoot a stone and curl a shot. I should mention we had an slider assist that helped first-timers like myself be able to actually slide and curl. Taking a shot was a lot of fun but it was mentally challenging. Thankfully, we had the assistance and input from our team coaches the entire time. I compare it to hitting a baseball but doing it while working with three other people. Through this session, these lessons quickly turned into playing actual games. One second you’re practicing just getting a rock into the house. Then, like it’s been said, the best way to learn is by doing. Their help meant that our teams weren’t just chucking rocks down the ice but actually playing against one another and learning the sport. Our time was quickly over as the curling club was scheduled to have some ice time that night. However we were invited to stay and learn, interact with the club members and just enjoy the evening. Curling is one of those games that is fairly easy...

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