Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  Where does the club play?
A.  All our club nights are held at Braehead Curling Rink.

 

Q.  How long does a curling session last?
A.  Almost all sessions last for 2 hours.

 

Q.  When does the club normally meet?
A.  We normally meet most Tuesday evenings during the curling season, which runs from mid/end of September to the end of March.  However, due to ice availability we can occasionally meet on other evenings. 

 

Q.  Does the club meet at a set time every week?
A.  No.  Due to ice availability there is no set start time.  Braehead run 4 different session times and we can be allocated any of the following session times:

  1. 17:30 – 19:30 
  2. 18:00 – 20:00
  3. 19:50 – 21: 50 
  4. 20:20 – 22:20

 

Q.  Do I have to play every week during the season?
A.  No.  We ask you for your availability over a given period, i.e. the next 1-2 months, and we allocate the rinks and fixtures based on our members availability.

 

Q.  How many competitions do you run during the season?
A.  We run 6 different competitions during the season as well as a pairs competition at the end of the season.

 

Q.  Can I play in every club competition?
A.  Yes.  There is no restriction on the number of club competitions you can play in. 

 

Q.  Does Dumbarton have any restrictions on membership?
A.  No.  As Dumbarton is an Equal Opportunities club and membership is open to both male and female curlers of all ages and physical abilities.
The only caveat to our membership policy is if a member is under 18 years of age, where we ask that a parent or guardian is present at the rink if possible.

 

Q.  What curling experience do you need to join Dumbarton Curling Club?
A.  No experience is required.  However, if you have never curled before we do recommend that you book at least one session at the Braehead Sweep.  The Sweep provides formal coaching on ice safety, how to move on the ice, an introduction to sweeping and the basics of the No Back Swing (NBS) delivery, which will allow you to deliver a stone from the hack.

 

Q.  Is coaching provided by the club?
A.  The club does have a fully qualified coach with a valid “Protecting Vulnerable Groups” (PVG) certificate, which is a mandatory requirement to be registered with Scottish Curling.
We currently don’t run any formal coaching sessions on a club night, as those are normally reserved for our internal club competitions, however, we may occasionally run a non-competition night where we may organise some formal coaching.

 

Q.  What curling equipment do I need in order to play?
A.  All you need is a pair of clean training shoes and a warm jumper.  All other curling equipment is provided.

 

Q.  How much does it cost?
A.  The ice-fees are currently set at £14.50 per 2-hour session for a regular club night at Braehead.  Ice-fees may differ for external competitions depending on where the matches are played.

 

Q.  Are there any annual membership fees?
A.  The annual membership fee for Dumbarton Curling Club is £15.  This membership fee is waived for new members in the first year with the club.
There are other annual fees due to Braehead Curling Rink (£45) and Scottish Curling (£20).
The annual fees are due when you join the club, and thereafter by 31st July each year to allow us to pay Braehead and Scottish Curling.

 

Q.  How many competitions do you run during the season?
A.  We run 6 different competitions during the season as well as a pairs competition at the end of the season.

 

Q.  Can I play in every club competition?
A.  Yes.  There is no restriction on the number of club competitions you can play in.

 

Q.  Will I be able to play in any position?
A.  In your first year with the club you will generally play a lead or second irrespective of your experience.  We normally set one competition as a reverse position competition where inexperienced players will get the opportunity to play at Skip or Third for that competition.  Although we encourage everyone to play in different positions, you do not have to play at Third or Skip if you don’t feel comfortable playing there.

 

Q.  Does the club compete against other curling clubs?
A.  Yes.  Dumbarton enters most competitions run by Dunbartonshire 10th Province.  We also represent the Province at Inter-Province competitions such as the Waldie Griffiths (a national competition run by Scottish Curling), the Gilmour Trophy (against Renfrewshire Province) and the Clive Thompson Quaich (against Glasgow Province).
We also compete in the District Medal, a competition run by Scottish Curling.

 

Q.  Will I be able to play in external competitions?
A.  Yes.  Although the standard is higher in external competitions, and like other clubs we tend to play or more experienced players in these games, we do provide opportunities for all members to play in external competitions.

 

Q.  Does the club hold any social events?
A.  Yes.  We normally hold 3 social events every year.

  1. Pre-season dinner / Opening Bonspiel
  2. Christmas / New Year Dinner
  3. End of season dinner – Annual General Meeting (A.G.M) and Prize giving

 

Q.  Is Dumbarton Curling Club affiliated to the sport’s National Governing Body?
A.  Yes.  Dumbarton Curling Club is fully affiliated to Scottish Curling, also known as the Royal Caledonian Curling Club (RCCC).

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