Start Of The Curling Season Is Almost Here

We are getting so excited to finally start off a curling season!  Yes, it will be different….but it will be so nice to see each other again and welcome new HCC members…some are experienced and others are new to curling! We will all work together to coach and encourage each other.
The Membership Committee has been busy drawing up 14 teams and a schedule to take us to December 10th.

The Spare List is being finalized also at this time. ONLY persons on this list can be contacted as spares. Look for team lists, list of spares, schedule, and our Safety Protocol to arrive in your inbox later this week.


In the meantime, (if you haven’t all ready) all members would please email your proof of 2nd vaccination to the club for printing. (haldimand.curling@gmail.com) Please do NOT send a picture of it (too dark when printed)….forward the email you get from the Ministry of Health or a legitimate scan.  Alternatively, you can mail a print out….public libraries will print them free of charge.

Curling Season 2021-2022 IMPORTANT UPDATE

HCC Directors have made a bold decision to go ahead with the 2021-2022 Curling Season. We need 48 members to sign up (that means submit your completed Registration Form and payment) by October 1st for us to move ahead! Our Season is 15 weeks in length, October 22 – December 10, 2021 + January 21 – March 4, 2022. There is no Fall nor Winter Draw this year….one season all year! Can only play part of it? Consider sharing a spot with another curler.

Membership will be capped at 48 (not including Spares) and will increase after that by groups of 8 to our maximum of 64 members this year. Your completed Registration Form may be mailed, scanned and emailed, or dropped off to Kate Head or Mary Kent. $200 Membership Fee may be a cheque payable to HCC dated 1 October 2021 mailed or dropped off to Kate or Mary, cash given in person to Kate or Glenn Rowell, or e-transfer to haldimand.curling@gmail.com! We are so excited to be able to offer e-transfer this year!

Members MUST show proof of double-vaccinations and respectfully follow all other safety (falls, footwear) and Covid-related protocols. These latter protocols are ever-changing (as you know) and we will forward these to our members prior to opening night and update as needed.

With capacity limits pre-established by the County and Health Unit, MEMBERS ONLY are permitted to enjoy our “Club House” (McSorley Room) after their games. We have caps on numbers permitted. Sorry, no visitors or drop ins to watch the exciting on-ice action at this time.

Spares MUST complete Registration Forms BEFORE October 15th. A spare list will be published and those on that list will also need to provide proof of a 2nd vaccination.

We will have two draws: 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to your game, please. The Bar will open to curlers after their games only. More information about our after game social time in a future email.

We have the opportunity to welcome several new members to our HCC! Some are experienced curlers and others are “new to the sport” and an on-ice introduction will take place that first night.

If you have borrowed Club equipment (e.g. brooms, sliders, grippers, sticks) in previous years, this year we will loan our limited supply on a season basis. You may be required to pay a refundable deposit for the use of such. We will also share information about where you may purchase your own curling equipment.

Hope you are as excited as we are to start curling again!

News About Curling

If you were a member of HCC in the 2019-2020 season OR you asked for more information about membership in the upcoming curling season, you should have received an email from the club. We hope that you are healthy and doing well. The Club’s Directors met this past week to share ideas and try to envision what Friday night curling might look like at this time. We are optimistic that we can resume our Friday night social event realizing there will need to be protocols to ensure safety for all. It will be fun, but different. The Directors are committed to pivoting quickly as needed. Here is what we think it might look like. Please read the information below and then reply ASAP to the email to let us know if you are joining us to curl this year. Sufficient numbers are needed to offer affordable curling in Haldimand.

HCC will subsidize costs (Ice & room rentals, insurance, sanitizing supplies) to minimize impact on our membership.

We are excited to propose a 15-week season for $200. 15 October – 10 December, 2021 + 21 January – 4 March, 2022.

Capacity limits on ice and in the McSorley Room are set by Haldimand County on advice from the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit.

Members only will be allowed to attend. Members are required to have received their second Covid-19 Vaccine. Hand sanitizer will be available for use. Contact tracing forms must be submitted to the Arena staff each night. Similar to protocols we are already “used to”, masks will be worn at all times. Assigned rooms will be used for changing into curling shoes and (mandatory) grippers before going on the ice. Outdoor gear may be left there while on-ice. If you don’t have a broom, we will loan you a broom for the season. At this time, our Bar will operate AFTER games only. First draw will begin at 6:30 pm with mandatory “off the ice” at 8:15 pm. This allows for arena staff to prep the ice for the second draw. Just as we have to respect the current on-ice limits, there are limits upstairs. Masks and social distancing are expected by the County. We are still working through the protocols needed for our after-game social time and the safe operation of the Bar.

Curling protocols are guided by Curling Ontario and Canada Curling best practice guidelines. Most noteworthy are:

1. Masks are worn by all on the ice EXCEPT the active sweeper.

2. Only one curler may sweep a rock.

Again, more details will be provided once we have heard back from you! Directors meet again mid-September. So…are you willing to join us on Fridays as a member of the Haldimand Curling Club at the arena in Cayuga? Please reply letting us know ASAP or by Labour Day if we can count you in or not. Questions? Comments? All are appreciated as we navigate a new approach to curling.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this. We miss our Haldimand Curling Club group.

Sincerely,

Kate

on behalf of the HCC Directors:

Kevin, Randy, Glenn, Mary, Lenore, Sandie, Andy, Brendan, Kathy, Bill.

Haldimand Curling Club
P.O. Box 546, Cayuga ON
N0A 1E0

If you did not receive an email and want to curl with us, use the “Contact Us” page of the website no later than Labour Day.

Update: Cayuga Arena Availability

We are still not sure when the Arena will be available for curling. We are still hoping for a fall draw.

This is the message we received from the county.

As you are aware, the ice was removed in February from the Cayuga Arena in preparation for the facility to be used as a COVID 19 mass vaccination clinic for the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit.

No specific timeline has been provided as to when we expect the arena to be back in use as a recreational facility. However, at this time it appears that the Cayuga Arena will not be available for the pre-season (September). As with everything Covid related, this remains tentative and if the acceleration of second doses proceeds at a faster pace, then there is a possibility of an earlier re-opening.

If we receive any more information we will let everyone know.

Cancellation of the 2021 Winter Draw

To all Members,

We have not reached the numbers needed to have a successful winter draw so we have to cancel the Winter Draw. It is not an easy decision, but I believe it to be the correct one with the COVID-19 pandemic still in our communities and social distancing still an expectation. As we move into the Holiday Season, the number of infected people continues to rise. Safety has always been a concern of mine and the Board. HCC members are not in a bubble. We all come from different communities of family and work and that becomes problematic when we are curling and in close proximity to each other. None of us should want to be that person that inadvertently brings COVID-19 to the arena and someone else becomes critically ill. As the world cancels sporting events and many other get-togethers and the province asks us to limit our group size, it seems irresponsible to plan a gathering for 30+ people for 10 weeks. Let’s anticipate our return in the fall of 2021, maybe with a vaccine, and celebrate our 50th Anniversary of Curling in Haldimand County!

I know some of you have asked about the opportunity to include members from Simcoe Curling Club. We received inquiries from 3 of their members and that still was not enough to complete the minimum 32 curlers needed. HCC was going to subsidize some of the expenses of curling to be able to get on the ice, but we needed 32 HCC curlers before we started to subsidize out-of-Club curlers.

I know this decision may not be the one everyone wants to read, but I believe it is the right one. Everyone needs to practise social distancing, wash your hands (thoroughly and often), and stay home when you are feeling sick. Together we will get through this pandemic and be safe and healthy to curl in the Fall of 2021.

On behalf of your HCC Board of Directors and to all our members and their families, stay safe through this Holiday Season and all the best in 2021!

Sincerely,

Kevin Proctor
President
HCC

Conformation of your spot for 2021.

Please read the previous post; “Update on Winter Session.”

Are you interested in confirming your spot for the Winter Session? Please reply to the email sent to all members on November 12 and forward $75 cheque payable to HCC dated 8 December 2020.

Send cheque to:

HCC c/o Kate Head, 786 Bains Rd, Dunnville ON N1A 2W8

Your membership spot will be recorded as received and additional information relayed to you upon receipt of your payment. Completed Registration Forms and Waivers plus the balance for the Winter Session are due before January 8th, 2021.

Our Refund Policy ( from HCC: Manual of Operations) is outlined below:

If membership is cancelled before the date of the cheque, the cheque will be returned without penalty. If any member in good standing requires a refund for health, relocation, or job requirements, the following will apply. The refund request must be filed in writing with a Director of HCC before the third game of the draw, 50% of the amount paid will be refunded subject to approval of the HCC Directors. No other refunds will apply unless ratified by the Directors.

In addition to the above, should the arena be closed due to Covid-19 and that impacts our Winter Session, members will receive pro-rated refunds.

Update on Winter Session

To All Members

We need a commitment from those of you who want to curl in January 2021. We have organized 10 week Round-Robin play, including our Playoff Night, beginning January 8th and running to March 12th. To start, we need 32 members to register. This year, there are only 4 sheets in the arena. They are spaced equally and will help with physical distancing. So with commitment from 32 curlers, additional members will be added in such a way to maintain proper game play. The Club is going to subsidize the registration fee to help out with the insurance cost and provide the proper PPE needed above what the County has in place. Below are some of the “Return to Curling Protocols” we will all follow for the safety and success of our 10 week Winter Session.

ARRIVE AT THE ARENA 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE START TIME.
FACIAL MASKS ARE MANDATORY AT ALL TIMES WHILE IN THE ARENA.
SOCIAL DISTANCING IS EXPECTED WHENEVER POSSIBLE.
ANSWER A COVID-19 CHECKLIST UPON ENTERING THROUGH THE MAIN ARENA DOORS.
PROVIDE NAME AND PHONE NUMBER FOR CONTACT TRACING.
NO USE OF CHANGE ROOMS. (PUBLIC WASHROOMS AVAILABLE)
NO REFRESHMENTS / SOCIAL TIME AFTER THE GAME IN THE ARENA.
WHEN YOUR GAME IS OVER, YOU ARE EXPECTED TO LEAVE THE ARENA.
IF YOU ARE NOT FEELING WELL, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND.
SIGNED REGISTRATION FORMS AND COVID-19 WAIVERS ARE MANDATORY BEFORE JANUARY 8TH.

ALL PLAYERS ON THE ICE WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK.
ONLY ONE SWEEPER PER ROCK AND THAT PERSON, WHILE SWEEPING ONLY, MAY DO SO WITHOUT A MASK.
ONLY ONE SKIP IN THE HOUSE WITH THE OPPOSING SKIP PHYSICALLY DISTANCED AT THE HACK. SKIPS DO NOT SWEEP AT ANY TIME.

SINCE THE COVID-19 SITUATION IS SO FLUID, THESE INITIAL GUIDELINES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME. CHANGES WILL BE COMMUNICATED TO OUR MEMBERSHIP AS THEY OCCUR THROUGH EMAIL OR FACEBOOK OR POSTING ON FRIDAY NIGHTS.

OUR INITIAL PRICE IS $175 TO CURL FOR THE WINTER DRAW 2021. IF MEMBERSHIP EXCEEDS 32 MEMBERS, THE PRICE WILL BE ADJUSTED ACCORDINGLY.

WE NEED A DECISION AND COMMITMENT OF $75 PER MEMBER BY DECEMBER 8TH, 2020 TO ALLOW TIME TO COMMIT TO THE COUNTY AND ORGANIZE TEAMS. (FURTHER INFORMATION WILL FOLLOW ONCE WE HAVE A CONFIRMED 32)

Yours in Curling,

Kevin Proctor and the
Board of Directors

To All Haldimand Curling Club Members

The Board met on Tuesday night and voted to cancel the Fall Draw for 2020. We will be meeting on a regular basis to evaluate the opportunity to curl starting in January. The decision was made based on the Club Survey and discussion around the safety of the members. There are still a lot of unknowns around Covid 19 and we felt it was best we hold off and hope for some insight for a safe start in January.

For those of you that have handed registration and cheques for the Fall Draw those will be destroyed (unless you want them returned) by Glenn and Kate in the next couple weeks. For those of you who paid cash, we will be reimbursing that cash to you shortly, as well.

We will be approaching the County for their input for suggestions as to how to proceed in January. We hope with their resources we can be safe, financially viable and successful with our future plans.

Please stay safe, follow the self distancing guidelines and wash your hands regularly. We want to be together in January!
Sincerely,

Kevin Proctor
President
HCC

Message From Our President

I hope everyone is safe and your families the same.

It has been a couple of months now since our season ended so quickly. Who would have thought we would still be in self isolation and managing the physical distancing as well as we have. Summer is around the corner and some relaxing of the rules will soon be upon us. Haircuts and manicures all around! LOL

I would like to thank everyone at the club who make our Friday nights happen. From the Membership Team to the Bar Committee to the Social Committee. Everyone works together to make our one night of curling a fun, social and active night. Thanks to the Learn to Curl group that quickly show new members how to curl and all the members who help coach and encourage our new curlers every Friday night. With out everyone the club would not survive. Thank you very much!

I have held off discussing the next curling season as any discussion right now would be pure speculation. Social or physical distancing will definitely be an issue on the curling rink. And even the pre and post game social time will have to be monitored. The Employees I deal with at the county, the ones that book the facilities, have been laid off as there are no facilities to book at this time. The health and safety of our members will be paramount as to whether we plan a fall draw or not. We will keep you informed as the summer rolls along.

For those of you who have sent in your registration we will review your decision with you as the upcoming season approaches. We are at the mercy of the Province and County as to what will happen at the arenas. We will take advice from them as well as our members. We are all in this together.

As for the AGM, we did cancel it and will reschedule once we have more information about the lifting of the isolation and the plans the County has for the fall. As I said earlier it will be better to wait and be cautious than plan for something that may not happen immediately in the fall.

To all, stay safe, stay healthy we will be in touch once we have more information.

Sincerely,

Kevin Proctor
The Board of Directors

Extending Our Sincere Sympathies

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Gerald Lindsay. Those of us who had the pleasure to curl and chat with Gerald will have good memories of a nice man with a ready smile. His wife, Keitha, was also new to our Club. She started in the Fall and continued through the winter. Our sincere condolences to Keitha and their daughters at this time. On behalf of the Haldimand Curling Club, a card has been sent as well as a donation made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

https://memorials.cooperfuneralhome.ca/gerald-lindsay/4176254/obituary.php