OCC will be Reopening Jan 31!

Looking for some extra ice time, but don't want to commit to another weekly league? We are pleased to be offering two new Open Leagues on alternating Sundays!

  1. Sunday Evening Open
    1. 4-person open league (any combination of genders)
    2. Starts Sunday, October 17th at 5:30pm
  2. Sunday Evening Doubles
    1. Open doubles league (any combination of genders, regular mixed doubles rules will be used)
    2. Starts Sunday, October 24th at 5:30pm

Both leagues are $86 plus HST. You can register for either or both by logging into your OCC account and adding the league, or by emailing the Club office.


Day.Women.Clinics

Its time to ease your muscles into the curling season by signing up for a tune up clinic!

Clinic are scheduled for Oct. 5 and Oct. 7  from 9-10am and 10-11am .  Sessions are suited to all skill levels.

  • Registration Opens: Sep 27
  • Registration Closes: Oct 6

We anticipate spares will be in high demand this year, so we're relaxing the club's sparing rules a bit. Here are the rules for the 2021/2022 curling season:

  • Pandemic Members and Members in 1 league may spare up to 6 games total during the season
  • Members in 2 or more leagues have unlimited sparing privileges, but may not spare more than 6 times for a single team
  • There are no restrictions on WHEN a member may spare (e.g. Day Members may spare in Evening leagues)

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We hope you are enjoying your long weekend. This note is to inform you of an update to our COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.


As of Tuesday, September 7th, The Oakville Curling Club will require anyone who enters the facility to show proof of being fully vaccinated (2nd dose administered by September 7th). Individuals with 2 doses who received their second dose fewer than 14 days prior to coming to the Club are required to comply with stricter health and safety protocols, including mandatory masking while curling. Individuals who are unvaccinated or have only received one dose are not permitted to enter the Club as of September 7th.

This policy is in line with the province's new proof of vaccination requirement that comes into effect on September 22nd, and ensures that everyone who enters the Club will be fully vaccinated (2 doses + 14 days) by that date. If you receive your 2nd dose between September 7th and September 22nd, you must wait until your 2-week waiting period is complete before coming to the Club. The Club is instituting this policy early to ensure the safest possible environment for curlers and staff.

This policy applies to curlers, team personnel, staff, contractors, spectators, volunteers, and all other visitors. Individuals with a medical exemption (doctor's note required) and children under 12 are exempt from this policy. Exempt individuals who are not fully vaccinated are required to comply with a stricter set of health and safety protocols.

In order to reduce the administrative burden on Club staff to verify participants' vaccination status, we are asking you to show your proof of vaccination only once, rather than every time you enter the Club. You can verify your vaccination status with us in one of two ways:

  1. In person
    1. Bring a paper or digital copy of a receipt or other document clearly showing your full name and the date of administration of a 2nd dose. You can verify your information with a member of Club Management or other staff. We will not be keeping copies of these documents on site.
  2. By email
    1. Send a pdf or jpg/png copy of a receipt for your 2nd dose, clearly showing your name and the date of administration to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Summer League and Bonspiel teams are encouraged to send the entire team's proof in a single email prior to their next game or event.
    2. This email address will be monitored by Club Management; no other staff or directors will have access to this account. Please note that we cannot guarantee the security of this account. If you are uncomfortable sending your proof of vaccination by email, please bring a paper or digital copy with you to the Club instead.

Refunds will be issued as necessary to people who can no longer participate in Club activities. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request your refund.

  • Summer League and Learn-to-Curl participants who are no longer able to participate due to their vaccination status will be issued a pro-rated refund
  • Individuals with practice ice bookings who are no longer able to use them due to their vaccination status will be issued a full refund

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Yesterday, the province announced that as of September 22nd, all individuals 12 years of age or older must be fully vaccinated (two doses + 14 days) in order to enter the Club. This initiative helps make the Club safer for participants and staff, and helps us do our part in bringing the COVID-19 pandemic to an end.

Please bring your vaccination certificate with you EVERY TIME you visit the Club. While full-time staff may know that you are vaccinated, part-time staff may not. If you show up without your certificate, you may be turned away at the door. We appreciate your cooperation and patience while we work through this process.

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Summer Leaguers,

In light of today's announcement about vaccine requirements for non-essential businesses and in anticipation of those requirements going into effect at the Club on or before September 22nd, we invite you to bring the receipt for your second dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine to the Club with you to be verified at your next available opportunity. In order to reduce the administrative burden on Club staff to verify participants' vaccination status, we are asking you to show your receipt only once, rather than on a weekly basis, until the province's digital proof system is in place. Please verify your vaccination status with a member of Club Management or the Bar Staff.

Participants' vaccination status will be recorded by Club staff on a hard copy directory of participants that will be locked in a safe when not in use. This list will be destroyed when Summer League has concluded.

It is up to each team to ensure that all players have verified their status by September 22nd, or whenever the Board of Directors determines full vaccination is required as a condition to enter the Club, if earlier than September 22nd. We will communicate any and all changes to the Club's vaccination policy as soon as they are approved.

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Hello Curlers!

There's been some confusion regarding game timing and especially when games should end, so we're going to start using the Club's regular Bell Rule for the 6:30pm draw starting tonight (Thursday). We have a 2-bell system:

  1. Bell 1 - 8:10pm - Complete* the end you're in and play one more;
  2. Bell 2 - 8:25pm - You are in the last end. You may not start a new end after 8:25pm.

*An end is considered 'complete' when the final rock has crossed the throwing (near) tee-line.

There will be no Bell Rule for the 9:00pm draw. Last call for the bar is midnight.

Thank you for your cooperation with this. Good curling!


Due to the changing pandemic environment and the Club's new Vaccination Policy, the deadline to register and pay for the 2021/2022 curling season has been extended to October 1st. All Club fees, excluding the 21/22 Special Assessment, are due by that date.

Please refer the Club's Refund Policy for the full payment and refund schedule.


Curling is BACK!

Summer League 2021 starts tonight with Mixed Doubles, Women's, and Triples play. We wanted to bring your attention to a few matters before we hit the ice. Please read on and let us know if you have any questions. We're looking forward to seeing you on the ice!


Registration

A reminder that every player must register and pay individually. Players that have not paid before their first game will not be allowed to curl until they do. Please check with your teammates to ensure that everyone has signed up for an OCC web account, and registered and paid for Summer League.


Covid Protocols

Click here for a brief list of health and safety protocols for Summer League. These protocols are in place for everyone's safety and we trust that everyone involved will have no trouble with that. Of note:

  1. Masks are mandatory at all times if you are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or fully vaccinated and received your second dose fewer than 14 days ago. Fully vaccinated players may remove their masks while sweeping or throwing, or while seated eating or drinking. Fully vaccinated players playing doubles or triples may remove their masks for the whole games, provided they are distanced at all times.
  2. We have limited space for spectators on the early draw only. We know everyone is excited that curling's back, but we ask that you leave your adoring fans at home.
  3. We encourage early draw teams to use our outdoor patio space for post-game drinks in order to create more space in the lounge between draws. There are picnic tables, tents and lights setup outside, so take advantage of the warm weather while it lasts.

The safety protocols may change at any time based on public health advice and the overall landscape of the pandemic, so please come prepared for any contigency. If you have any questions about the rules, please don't hesitate to reach out.


Spectators

A limited number of spectators may be allowed in the club during the early draw only. Spectators should not enter the club until games have started, must check in at the front desk, and may not use the lounge or bar once the games have concluded. Please notify the club if you are bringing any spectators with you.


Contact Tracing

You will receive a unique QR code prior to your first game. Please save or print the code and bring it with you to every game. Upon arrival, you will scan your code at the front desk in order to check in for your game. You must check in before every game.

If you do not receive your QR code by 3:00pm the day of your first game, please send us a quick note to let us know and we will provide you with one.


Schedules and Scoring

Teams rosters and schedules are slowly being populated. You can see your schedule, sheets, standings, and report your game results online by logging into the club's website. Once you're logged in, your schedule will appear on the homepage.

 

 


A quick reminder that registration for the fall/winter curling season is open! Login to your OCC account to register!

The 2021/2022 curling season will begin around October 1st. The full schedule will be released in late August, but we anticipate a fairly regular curling calendar.

Covid policies and protocols will be dictated by public health guidelines and may change during the season based on pandemic conditions and prevailing public health advice. Read below for a little of what you can expect in the fall.

If you have any questions about the season, fees, Covid safety, or the Club in general, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Have a safe and enjoyable long weekend!


We wanted to briefly remind you that curling registration is open! The regular season is slated to start sometime around October 1st and details about the season's schedule will be released in the next few weeks.

With vaccinations in full swing and the province eyeing looser restrictions, we wanted to fill you in on how curling might look under the province's Step 3 reopening framework. If we were open today, you could expect the following:

  • Leagues would be at full capacity
    • The province's rules for indoors sports allow us to have 50% of our rink capacity, as long as everyone can distance themselves. This capacity is much higher than the 64-person capacity needed to run a full league.
  • The bar would be open
    • Indoor dining and drinking are now allowed, with some restrictions. The same 50% distanced capacity noted above applies to the lounge as well. We wouldn't be able to fit all 64 players in the lounge after each draw, but we can certainly fit most and we are working on opportunites with local businesses to welcome OCC members to their establishments after games. It's not an ideal scenario, but the hope is that by October, restrictions are even more relaxed.
  • Masks would be optional for fully vaccinated individuals
    • Halton Region's mask mandate is still in effect until at least the end of October. While it's clear that masks are an important element in reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus and the risk of variants steadily increases, there is also mounting scientific evidence that fully vaccinated individuals are at a reduced risk of significant illness and hospitalization. The club's Mask Policy is designed to reflect this reduced risk. Masks will be mandatory in all areas of the club, including in the rink while curling UNLESS YOU ARE FULLY VACCINATED and have had your second dose for at least 14 days. Fully vaccinated participants may remove their masks while curling or while seated at their table during post-game socializing. Unvaccinated, partially vaccinated and fully vaccinated participants who received their second dose fewer than 14 days prior must remain masked within the club at all times, including while curling, and MAY NOT use the lounge facilities for post-game socializing.
    • By agreeing to the club's COVID-19 Declaration of Compliance, participants are agreeing to comply with the club's Mask Policy. We will not be asking for proof of vaccination at this point, but participants who are found to have violated the Mask Policy or Declaration of Compliance may have their playing privileges or membership suspended.
  • Contact Tracing would still be a thing
    • In compliance with provincial orders,the club must keep records of who enters the facility. All participants will receive a unique QR code that they will scan upon arrival at the club.

We understand that things may change between now and October, but we hope this information gives you a clearer picture of how curling and your time at the club might look in a couple of months time. If you have any questions, please reach out to Chris in the club office.

 

p.s. Summer League is looking for a few more teams. Check out the details below and register to secure your spot!

 


We are so excited to confirm that Summer League is a GO! We wanted to bring a couple of things to your attention. Please read on.

If you have any questions about Summer League, practice ice, or the club's COVID-19 policies and protocols, don't hesitate to reach out. We look forward to seeing you on the ice soon!

Chris Wai.

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League Schedule and Fees
We have reduced the duration for the league to 6 weeks starting Thursday, August 19th. This change is reflected on your invoice. Please see the information below about paying your Summer League fees. A reminder that all participants must register and pay for Summer League individually.

Spares and Alternate players do not need to register, but will need to sign in with the Club office before their first game to complete the necessary paperwork.

Bar and Lounge
While the bar is currently permitted to be open during Summer League, we do not have the capacity to accommodate all curlers in the lounge. We are developing plans to ensure equitable access to the bar and lounge and are also working with the Town on a plan to use a portion of the club's parking lot as an outdoor patio. More info on that soon.

Masks
The club takes the health and safety of participants and staff very seriously. While it's clear that masks are an important element in reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, there is also mounting scientific evidence that fully vaccinated individuals are at significantly less risk than others. The club's Mask Policy is designed to reflect this reduced risk. Masks will be mandatory in all areas of the club, including in the rink while curling UNLESS YOU ARE FULLY VACCINATED and have had your second dose for at least 14 days. Fully vaccinated participants may remove their masks while curling or while seated at their table during post-game socializing. Unvaccinated, partially vaccinated and fully vaccinated participants who received their second dose fewer than 14 days ago must remain masked within the club at all times and MAY NOT use the indoor lounge facilities for post-game socializing. This policy is in line with Halton Region's Mask Bylaw and the province's Step 3 rules for restaurants and bars. Should those restrictions change, the club may also change its policies to ensure compliance with local and provincial public health guidance.

By agreeing to the club's COVID-19 Declaration of Compliance, you are agreeing to comply with the club's Mask Policy. We will not be asking for proof of vaccination and ask that all participants consider not only their own risk and safety, but also the safety of others when using the club.

Contact Tracing
All participants will receive a unique QR code prior to your first game. You will scan this code upon arrival at the club to check in before every game.

Practice Ice
Practice ice is available to all Summer League participants at a reduced rate ($30/hour or 50% off). You must login to the club's website to take advantage of the reduced fee.


Summer Practice Ice is available from Wednesday, August 18 until Thursday, September 16 and is open to members, Summer League participants, and non-member teams.

Cost (including HST)

  • Aug 18 - Sep 16 (book through the Club's website)
    • Non-members - $60/hour
    • Registered members & Summer League participants - $30/hour
  • Sep 17 - Oct 1
    • Non-members - $60/hour (book through the Club office)
    • Registered members & Summer League participants - FREE
  • From Oct 1
    • Non-members & non-member Summer League participants - $60/hour (book through the Club office)
    • Registered & paid members - FREE

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The HOT SHOTS Curling Camp has been proud to call the Oakville Curling Club our Canadian home for the past 15 years. The Club has worked closely with Hot Shots to stage more than 20 camps over our history at our facility.

The camp draws curlers from across the United States, Ontario and Quebec to our beautiful facility. This is an adult camp, open to individuals, couples, and teams.


Due to the Club’s reduced cash reserves, and the expected winding down of government emergency assistance programs, the Board has approved a membership fee structure that ensures the continued operation of the Club in these extremely uncertain circumstances.

In returning to curling for the upcoming season, the Board made decisions for fees based on the following principles:

  1. That the Club’s 21/22 revenue will comprise almost exclusively of membership fees;
  2. That revenues from other sources, such as bar sales, rentals, and advertising, will be negligible;
  3. That the Club’s membership numbers will be about the same as the 20/21 season (~600 full members)

Last month, we communicated to you that the Club’s non-curling operating expense budget is approximately $360,000. This number includes all non-curling fixed and operating expenses, such as core staff salaries, non-curling utilities, property tax, insurance, etc. Put simply, these are our fixed costs whether we are able to reopen for curling or must remain closed. We can expect to spend at least that amount over the course of next year even if we are unable to reopen for curling.

Furthermore, it costs us an additional approximately $150,000 in order to operate for a regular curling season (summer excluded). This number includes expenses such as utilities associated with running the ice plant, part-time ice personnel, and ice installation expenses.

Taking that and the above assumptions into account, the Board has approved the following 21/22 Membership Fees (all fees are exclusive of HST):

  • Base Membership Fee - $328.00 (non-refundable after Sep. 1)
  • League Fee - $172.00 per league (non-refundable after Oct. 1)
  • Curl ON Fee - $17.50 (non-refundable after Oct. 1)
  • Building Levy, if applicable - $75.00 (non-refundable after Sep. 1)
  • Locker Fees - $40.00 (non-refundable after Oct. 1)

Additionally, the Board has approved a Special Assessment Fee of up to $272.00 per member, to be billed in October 2021 and which is payable by November 1st. This fee is meant to cover the anticipated shortfall between revenues and costs expected over the 2021/2022 fiscal year. The amount of this fee will be approved and communicated prior to billing in October. This fee will not be increased, but it may be reduced based on a number of factors including, but not limited to, the total number of members who participate in the regular curling season, and any grants or subsidies that reduce operating costs that we receive prior to billing.

The Special Assessment Fee will be automatically billed to members who pay the Base Fee and is non-refundable. That is, if you register and pay the Base Membership Fee, you are consenting to being charged the Special Assessment Fee at a later date. Members who do not pay either the Base Fee or Special Assessment Fee or both will not be considered Members of the Corporation and will lose their playing privileges.

Ensuring the Club’s financial stability through uncertain times until we can get back to ‘business as usual’ is the Board’s and Management's primary goal. It’s not our intention to make membership financially onerous, but we recognize the financial situation the Club is in. As members of the Oakville Curling Club, we’re asking for your support. While our hope is that the Special Assessment Fee will be as low as possible, we can’t guarantee that and, after a year in which the Club experienced a significant cash loss, we need to make sure we operate at least at break-even.

Registration for the 21/22 season will open next week!

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