Pace of Play
Hello Chaska Curling Members,
This email is a reminder on a couple topics as we continue through the league season. We’ve had a few questions come up regarding etiquette and also the league “buzzer”. With the “buzzer”, we want to remind you that first and foremost, pace of play is important! Three things help tremendously in pace of play. One, start your game on time! Two, when it’s your turn to throw- be in the hack ready to go BEFORE your opponents rock has come to rest on the far end. Three, although each end brings new challenges and situations, it generally comes down to calling one of two shots…a hit or a draw. Good Skips should know what shot they want next based on what the other Skip calls so your decision should be pretty easy. Plan one, two, three shots ahead. Based on the score and whether or not you have the hammer, you should already have a strategy in mind for how you are going to play the end. Also, leads, seconds, and thirds…let the Skip skip, no need for a lot of input unless your Skip asks.
That brings us to the “buzzer”. When the buzzer sounds you finish the end you are in and play one more. If both teams decide they don’t have enough time to play the last end due to time constraints or have agreed at start of the game to play 6 ends then the game ends. If one team wants to play the 7th end as the last end (because the buzzer sounded in your 6th end), then the 7th end must be played or the team that wants to quit takes the loss. The buzzer should be going off when you are in the 7th end, in which case you play 8 ends. At the very least the buzzer should be going off late in your 6th end, if not, your game is moving way too slow. See above! ??
Ask yourself and your teammates, have we ever played all 8 ends? If not, see above! Challenge yourselves to try and get in all 8 ends, you’ll like the pace of play!
Also we ask that members help each other out by throwing away any empty beer cans or plastic cups used after your game. This also helps our Crooked Pint staff keep a cleaner drink rail for all 3 draws. Please cover the hacks so our all important pebbler can complete the job and not leave water in the hacks which makes them slippery. Lastly, if you use a club broom from a bin please clean off the head using the brushes provided at the garbage containers and put the broom back in the bin.
Thanks everyone! We really appreciate the fantastic membership we have here in Chaska. You guys make this place great and as a wise man once said, “It takes a village to raise a Curling Club” so let’s all try to help one another out! If you have any questions feel free to email in. Specific ice and arena questions can be sent to Scott at email@example.com. General questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be happy to help!
Cheers! And Good Curling!
Chaska Curling Center Staff