There will be a vote next month in Italy that may have global implications regarding the sport of curling. There are some folks that are concerned that matches are taking too long (sometimes going beyond three hours), and that one way to eliminate that is to shorten matches from 10 to 8 ends, eliminate tie-breakers in tournaments, etc. Something to keep an eye on for sure…
The day has finally come… it is the end of our tournament here in Kalamazoo… and time to send two teams off to the world championships The women will head off to Swift Current, SK, Canada; The men will head off to Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.
It’s been a fantastic week, and we can’t express enough enthusiasm and appreciation at the VOLUNTEER officials who came from all over the country… the VOLUNTEER ice crew that came from far and near… all the other VOLUNTEERS who made this event possible… and, of course, to all the fantastic, fun, good-spirited athletes that were at the center of this all… We have truly enjoyed hosting you this week, and look forward to seeing you again… on the ice! Thank you! Great curling!
With that, we offer you the final edition of The Early Draw, and a link to the live web stream of the final matches: ladies at 10 AM EST, and men at 3 PM EST.
People have been asking about specifics… who’s playing when, etc… The USCA has posted the complete schedule [Microsof Excel file] on their web site. Ticket prices vary, and you’ll find all the details here.
For people interested in coming out on the opening day, here are the facts that you’ll want to know:
Saturday, March 6 — Opening Ceremonies @ 2:30 p.m.
All the women’s teams play at the same time. All the men’s teams play at the same time. The starting time for all of these matches is called a draw. The women will be playing in the first draw of the day, which is set for 4:30 in the afternoon. Find out more about the women’s teams here.
WOMEN’S DRAW – D1
Sheet 1 – 4:30 – Horn vs Lank
Sheet 2 – 4:30 – Coleman vs Hamilton
Sheet 3 – 4:30 – Walker vs Wapola
Sheet 4 – 4:30 – Brown vs Heisler
Sheet 5 – 4:30 – Hambley vs Wright
The men’s first draw is at 8:30 p.m.
Learn more about the men’s teams here.
MEN’S DRAW – D2
Sheet 1 – 8:30 – Wight vs Brown
Sheet 2 – 8:30 – Farbelow vs Kakela
Sheet 3 – 8:30 – Birr vs Hames
Sheet 4 – 8:30 – Johnson vs Morton
Sheet 5 – 8:30 – Stevens vs Fenson
People interested in trying this silly and wonderful game themselves will have that opportunity from 5-9 p.m. on Friday and from 9-11 on Saturday. Find more details here.
Our good friends at the Kalamazoo Gazette have put together a concise guide for people curious to know more about the sport of curling, but also for people who have questions about the nationals. You’ll find ticket prices, schedule of draws, and information about the game. Check out their interactive guide to curling and the 2010 US Curling National Championships in Kalamazoo. It’s all underway in one day!!
Leading up to the US National Curling Championships being held here in Kalamazoo, the Kalamazoo Curling Club is going to spend some time doing a little timekeeping practice. Should be kind of fun, and should be very helpful for volunteers who will be helping with the timekeeping at the Nationals. That being said, there are some free computer applications that are available for just this task. We provide the links here, so that you can get a feel for this software should you be interested.
PC version: http://www.universeofsynergy.com/curlclock/
another PC version: curlingclock.com
Mac version: http://curlingtimer.sourceforge.net/CurlingTimer.html
For those of you looking for iPhone applications for timing your rocks on the ice… Curling Ice Timer is available from Apple’s iTunes App Store.
And for those of you who just want to PLAY a little curling on your iPhone, give this a try.
Or take a look at all of the curling apps in the App Store.
USCA Level I and II Officials Training
Oct. 24 & 25
In preparation for the 2010 USCA National Championships in Kalamazoo, the Kalamazoo Curling Club is hosting USCA Level I and Level II training classes this fall. If you are interested in being an official at the 2010 US Curling Nationals and you are not certified, this will be your chance to get certified.
October 24th – Level I
October 25th – Level II
Registration each day is @ 8:30 AM.
Class will be from 9:00 AM to approx. 4:00 PM
The Annex at Wings Stadium
3600 Vanrick Dr.
$50 per class
Morning coffee and lunch provided.
Please pre-register for these classes by contacting Garnet Eckstrand (Kalamazoo Curling Club) by emailing this address or by calling 269-598-3644.
Places to stay
The first two are a few miles from the arena, but are our sponsor hotels.
Holiday Inn West – Special curling rate available. To book, call 269-375-6000 and use “curling officials” as a reference. About eight miles down the highway from the arena, close to chain restaurants.
Radisson – In downtown Kalamazoo, close to everything with a local flavor. About five miles from the arena.
Fairfield Inn – Just across the highway from the arena, close to chain restaurants.
Best Western – Just across the highway from the arena, close to chain restaurants.
2010 Nationals are March 6-13, 2010, Kalamazoo, MI.
Don’t miss it.