Q: Where do you curl?
A: We curl at Bellerive Ice Center (www.belleriveice.com) (off of the Southwest Frwy – take the Bellaire Exit heading South). 7300 Bellerive Drive, Houston, TX 77036
Q: How large is the club?
A: There are currently 45 members, but that number is growing. The larger the club, the more likely we are to build an actual curling facility.
Q: Is there an age limit for curling?
A: Not really. Our youngest member is 10 and our oldest member is 76. The only requirement is to have enough strength to get the stone down the ice.
Q: When can I come try curling?
A: We run regular Learn-to-Curls please contact Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org for availability.
Q: When is your regular season?
A: The Home Page will have the updated schedule.
Q: When is your normal curling time?
A: The new Fall League curling times are Friday nights at 7:25 pm and Saturday nights at 8:00 pm.
Q: Do I need to know how to ice skate?
A: Nope. No skates used — or permitted — in curling! Curlers wear conventional shoes to curl, typically with rubber soles for better traction on the ice. When throwing (delivering) a rock, the lead foot has a teflon “slider;” we’ll show you various footwear options when you visit us.
Q: What do I wear for curling?
A: The best thing to wear is loose fitting athletic clothing and rubber-soled athletic shoes.
Q: What equipment do I need and how much is it?
A: To start with, you don’t need anything. The club has equipment that you can borrow to get started. After the first year, people usually buy equipment to suit their needs. Brooms can cost anywhere from $30 to $180. Sliders and shoes can range in price from $15 to $200.
Q: How much does it cost to curl?
A: It is $30 per session with discounts for children and students.
Q: How much does it cost to join the club?
A: The annual dues for members are $70. That covers your U.S. Curling Association membership fee, a subscription to the U.S. Curling News, liability insurance for the club and basic club operating expenses. In addition to the annual dues, there are ice fees for the cost of renting ice, payable by regular season curlers.
Q: Can I be an Olympic curler?
A: There are two things you need to be Olympic curler. First you need an in-depth understanding of the game. That we can help you with. There are some very experienced curlers in the club with extensive knowledge of the game. The second thing you need is lots of practice time. Unfortunately, we can only get four hours a week of ice time to play games, so that much needed practice time is hard to come by. However, if we get enough members, there is certainly the possibility that we can build our own club and have all the ice time we can handle.
Q: Is there another club nearer to where I live?
A: The only other clubs in Texas are in Dallas and Austin. Unfortunately, having another club, or curling at two locations with the same equipment, just isn’t feasible in the Houston area.
Q: Do I need to form my own team in order to curl with you?
A: Absolutely not. We generally put together teams in the club to balance out the skill level of the teams. This makes the most level playing field, allowing everyone to compete. And, by pairing new curlers with more experienced ones, it allows them learn from those who have curled previously.
Q: Can I form my own team?
A: There is no reason why can’t form your own team. However, we usually try to mix experienced and inexperienced players together to help level the playing field and to help those new to the sport learn the game and its strategy.