Frequently Asked Questions about the D/FW Curling Club
Q: Where do you Curl?
A: We curl at the Dr Pepper StarCenter in Farmers Branch. It is conveniently located just north of the I-35E and I-635 interchange. We have painted curling houses (targets) in the ice complete with centerlines, hog lines and end lines. We have five sheets (game playing areas) set up on the ice.
Q: How large is the Club?
A: Our club enters the year with about 50 members. Each season (fall and winter) is set up to accommodate up to 80 members. There is room for 20 teams, each with 4 players.
Q: Do you plan to grow the Club?
A: Oh yes! As we expand the membership, we need to try to do it in multiples of 40 persons or ten teams at a time. That way, when we rent the ice, we are getting full value and using all of the curling sheets at once. With a large enough response we would like to add another draw next season.
Q: What is your normal curling time?
A: Each curling season typically runs from the fall through the early spring. In the both the fall and winter, we will have two leagues of two hours each. We curl on Wednesdays beginning at 7:45pm, and Sunday beginning at 5:00pm. The fall season runs from the end of September until a week before Christmas. The winter season will follow at the same times, running from January until April. The seasons will run for 11 weeks, with time off for major holidays and events during the year (eg. Thanksgiving, Super Bowl, Easter). Our full schedule can be accessed by clicking the "League Info" link
Q: Do you offer instructional classes?
A: The club will typically offer two-hour learn-to-curl sessions or short multi-week instructional leagues each summer prior to the start of the regular season as demand requires. We find that most people can get a good grasp of the basics within about 20 minutes and, after an hour on the ice, can feel confident enough to participate in a game. Thus we encourage new curlers to consider registering for a league even if curling classes are not being offered. The majority of our curlers are in the new or beginner category and we try to balance teams with newer and more experienced players for competitive play, so all should feel welcome to join the club.
Q: What equipment do I need and how expensive is it?
A: The club has limited equipment for you to use but we strongly recommend that you buy your own. Sliders can be purchased for $10-$15. Brooms start around $40. The club will provide you with recommendations on where to buy. We do not currently have a local source so most people order by mail or internet.
Q: How much does it cost to join?
A: League fees for curling members are $225-$275 for a full 11-week season, depending on the day of the week and how many leagues you wish to participate in. All members are required to pay $50 annually to cover USCA and Club dues, and there is a one time equipment fee to new members of $50.
Q: Why is it so expensive?
A: It isn’t!
Ice time rental currently runs about $300-$400 an hour and we play for two hours each week in each league. If we have the full complement of 40 people on the ice, it is around $700 divided by 40 people or about $18 for two hours per person of playing time. If you add in club dues it comes to about $23 per week. This is cheaper than golf, comparable to bowling and much cheaper than hockey and other sports. Plus, the equipment costs are minimal!
Q: What does the club fee cover?
The annual club fee of $50 covers United States Curling Association (USCA) dues, a premium for the USCA Club Insurance Program, and to cover incidental club costs incurred throughout the season.
Q: What does the equipment fee cover?
The one-time equipment fee of $50 covers the ongoing costs of providing sliders and brooms for the use of club members as well as the cost of maintaining the curling stones and other necessary equipment like pebble cans. The recent re-finishing of the surfaces of the Sheet A rocks and the ongoing replacement of rock handles as they break are examples of expenses funded through the equipment fee.
Q: Do you offer other events outside league play such as bonspiels, etc?
Yes! The Dallas/Fort Worth Curling Club has hosted at least one major curling tournament (or bonspiel) for the past several years. We typically hold our bonspiel in the spring of each year, and attract teams from the all over the United States and Canada.
Q: Where can I find out more about curling?
A: check out our "Curling Links" on the left side of this page. Better yet, come out and see us!
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