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New to curling? Start here for some handy tips on how to prepare and play safely.

What to Wear

Helmets or headgear are highly recommended to prevent serious injury and are mandatory for curlers under 18 years of age.

Wear comfortable clothing that gives you a full range of motion for sweeping and sliding. Avoid clothing that sheds fibres or lint easily.

The ice shed is cold, but you’ll feel warmer as you play. Dress in layers to avoid overheating.

If you do not have curling shoes, wear a pair of clean running shoes. Do not wear them when travelling to the club - instead, carry them and change before entering the ice shed.

Wear grippers on both shoes to avoid slipping. Grippers may be available to borrow from the club. Ask the club manager or your league rep.

Ensure that your grippers are tight enough over your shoes (running shoes and curling shoes) that they will not fall off as you walk on the ice. Loose grippers can be a tripping hazard.

Safety on the Ice

Take a few minutes to stretch before entering the ice shed, to avoid muscle pulls and strains.

Take extra care when stepping onto the ice.

  • Always step onto the ice with a gripped shoe first.
  • Never step onto the ice with your ‘slider foot’.
  • Do not step on or off the ice over the rocks as this increases your chance of slipping and injuring yourself on the rocks or handles.

Moving on the ice

Walk, never run on the ice.

Use grippers on both feet when sweeping.

Carry your broom with the brush side down to help provide balance as you move on the ice.

When sweeping, only move as fast as you are comfortable moving. If the rock is moving too fast for you to keep up, stop sweeping and move to the side of the sheet.

Handling rocks

Never pick up a curling rock off of the ice surface. It is not required to lift the stone to deliver your shot, nor should rocks be lifted to move them around the sheet. Push rocks with your broom to move them safely.

Use your broom to stop moving rocks - never your hand as your fingers can be crushed between rocks.

Never use your feet to stop a fast-moving rock. You could lose balance and fall.

Delivering your rocks

Wait until your skip and sweepers are ready before throwing. Ensure no other players are in the path of where you intend to throw.

When using a step-on slider, push the slider away from your foot after releasing your rock so you have both gripped feet to stand.

Use your broom or stabilizer for balance when standing after delivery.

Healthy Curling

If you’re sick or recovering from an illness, find a spare to fill in until you are in good health.

Alcohol and drugs can affect your balance and make navigating the ice more difficult. Save the drink until after the game, or if necessary, sit out.

 


 

Lockers will be assigned on a first come, first served basis to adult members. Each member can only apply for ONE locker. Members can either use their own lock or use the lock provided on the locker. If you are using your own lock, please return the Club lock on the locker back to staff. At the end of the season, please leave the club lock in the provided drop box or in your locker when you clear out your belongings. You will be notified once you can move in for the season.


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I/WE declare that we have read and understood a Concussion Awareness Resource for the appropriate age group (Age 10 & Under, Age 11-14, or Age 15 & Older) as required by Ontario Law for anyone under the age of 26 to be able to participate in organized sports.

I/We declare that we have read, understood and agree to abide by the East York Curling Club's Concussion Code of Conduct.

I/We declare that we have read, understood and agree to abide by the East York Curling Club's Removal From Sport, Return to Sport Protocol.

 

All Resources and Documents can be found here on the club website. 


 

As a member of the East York Curling Club, I will:

· Participate in the game of curling with honesty, integrity, courtesy, and sportsmanship both on and off the ice.

· Treat all Club members, staff, and guests with respect, kindness, and consideration.

· Follow the rules of the sport of curling and interpret those rules in a fair and impartial way.

· Demonstrate respect for teammates and opponents, whether they are winning or losing. This includes modesty in victory and composure in defeat.

 

As a member of the East York Curling Club, I agree that the Curling Club must be a place where all members, staff, guests, and volunteers feel safe and respected. Therefore, I will:

· Follow all rules laid out by the East York Curling Club and the City of Toronto with respect to conduct at the East York Curling Club.

· Act in a manner that respects other people, and so I will not engage in behaviour that can cause discomfort to others at the Curling Club including (but not limited to): negative comments or unsolicited criticism about a player’s abilities, language or comments that could be considered demeaning, display of inappropriate materials, inappropriate disclosure of others’ personal information, excessive broom slapping or throwing, or encouraging or assisting other people to violate the Code of Conduct.

· Never engage in behaviour which can be taken as (but are not limited to): threatening, insulting, intimidating, violent, discriminating, bullying, harassment, or an unwanted sexual advance.

· Not abuse or damage any property of the East York Curling Club.

 

East York Curling Club Complaints Review (Document)

 

I agree to the process of reviewing a complaint if I am the subject of a complaint. If I am found to be in violation of the Code of Conduct by the East York Curling Club Board of Directors, then I accept their judgement and the sanctions, if any, that are applied to me.

 

By becoming a member of the East York Curling Club, I accept the East York Curling Club’s Code of Conduct and I agree to conduct myself in accordance to the Code and Conduct.


RELEASE OF LIABILITY, WAIVER OF CLAIMS AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT
to be executed by participants over the Age of Majority 

WARNING!   Please read carefullyBy signing this document, you will waive certain legal rights – including the right to sue

1. This is a binding legal document. Clarify any questions or concerns before signing and agreeing to continue.

2.  As a participant in the sport of curling and the activities, programs, classes, services provided and events sponsored or organized by:

Curling Canada, Ontario Curling Association, East York Curling Club including but not limited to: games, tournaments, practices, training, personal training, dry land training, use of strength training and fitness conditioning equipment, machines and facilities, nutritional and dietary programs, orientational or instructional sessions or lessons, aerobic and anaerobic conditioning programs (collectively the “Activities”), the undersigned acknowledges and agrees to the following terms outlined in this agreement: 


Disclaimer

3. Curling Canada, Ontario Curling Association, East York Curling Club and their respective Directors, Officers, committee members, members, employees, coaches, volunteers, officials, participants, agents, sponsors, owners/operators of the facilities in which the Activities take place, and representatives (collectively the “Organization”) are not responsible for any injury, personal injury, damage, property damage, expense, loss of income or loss of any kind suffered by a Participant during, or as a result of, the Activities, caused in any manner whatsoever including, but not limited to, the negligence of the Organization.


Description and Acknowledgement of Risks

4. I understand and acknowledge that:

  1. The Activities have foreseeable and unforeseeable inherent risks, hazards and dangers that no amount of care, caution or expertise can eliminate, including without limitation, the potential for serious bodily injury, permanent disability, paralysis and loss of life. The sport of curling is played on a sheet of ice, which is slippery, hard, and dangerous;
  2. A pertinent risk to participating in the sport of curling is the risk of suffering serious head injury should I fall, trip, or stumble onto the ground or ice. It is highly recommended that I wear a helmet at all times when participating in the sport of curling;
  3. The Organization has a difficult task to ensure safety and it is not infallible. The Organization may be unaware of my fitness or abilities, may misjudge weather or environmental conditions, may give incomplete warnings or instructions, and the equipment being used might malfunction; and COVID-19
  4. The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization and COVID-19 is extremely contagious. The Organization has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19; however, the Organization cannot guarantee that I will not become infected with COVID-19. Further, participating in the Activities could increase my risk of contracting COVID-19.

5. I am participating voluntarily in the Activities. In consideration of my participation, I hereby acknowledge that I am aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with or related to the Activities. The risks, dangers and hazards include, but are not limited to:

  1. Health: executing strenuous and demanding physical techniques, physical exertion, overexertion, stretching, dehydration, fatigue, cardiovascular workouts, rapid movements and stops, lack of fitness or conditioning, traumatic injury, bacterial infections, rashes, and the transmission of communicable diseases, including viruses of all kinds, COVID-19, bacteria, parasites or other organisms or any mutation
  2. Premises: defective, dangerous or unsafe condition of the facilities; falls; collisions with objects, walls, equipment or persons; dangerous, unsafe, or irregular conditions on floors, ice, or other surfaces, extreme weather conditions; travel to and from
  3. Use of Equipment: mechanical failure of the equipment; negligent design or manufacture of the equipment; the provision of or the failure by the Organization to provide any warnings, directions, instructions or guidance as to the use of the equipment; failure to use or operate the equipment within my own ability.
  4. Contact: contact with brooms, brushes or curling stones, other equipment, vehicles, or other persons, and may lead to serious bodily injury, including but not limited to concussions and/or other brain injury, or serious spinal
  5. Advice: negligent advice regarding the Activities.
  6. Ability: Failing to act safely or within my own ability or within designated areas.
  7. Sport: the game of curling and its inherent risks, including but not limited to, running, sliding or slipping on the ice surface, delivering the curling stone, skipping or sweeping, stepping onto the ice surface from the walkway or onto the walkway from the ice surface, or stepping over dividers that divide one sheet of ice from the next.
  8. Cyber: privacy breaches, hacking, technology malfunction or damage.
  9. Conduct: My conduct and conduct of other persons including any physical altercation between participants.
  10. Travel: Travel to and from the Activities.
  11. Negligence: My negligence and negligence of other persons, including NEGLIGENCE ON the PART OF THE ORGANIZATION, may increase the risk of damage, loss, personal injury or death. I understand that the Organization may fail to safeguard or protect me from the risks, dangers and hazards of curling programs, some of which are referred to

Terms

6. In consideration of the Organization allowing me to participate in the Activities, I agree:

  1. That when I practice or train in my own space, I am responsible for my surroundings and the location and equipment that I select;
  2. That my mental and physical condition is appropriate to participate in the Activities and I assume all risks related to my mental and physical condition;
  3. To comply with the rules and regulations for participation in the Activities;
  4. To comply with the rules of the facility or equipment;
  5. That if I observe an unusual significant hazard or risk, I will remove myself from participation and bring my observations to a representative of the Organization immediately;
  6. The risks associated with the Activities are increased when I am impaired and I will not to participate if impaired in any way;
  7. That it is my sole responsibility to assess whether any Activities are too difficult for me. By commencing an Activity, I acknowledge and accept the suitability and conditions of the Activity;
  8. That I am responsible for my choice of safety or protective equipment and the secure fitting of that equipment;
  9. Covid-19: that COVID-19 is contagious in nature and I may be exposed to, or infected by, COVID-19 and such exposure may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, or death.

Release of Liability and Disclaimer

7. In consideration of the Organization allowing me to participate, I agree:

  1. That the sole responsibility for my safety remains with me;
  2. To ASSUME all risks arising out of, associated with or related to my participation;
  3. That I am not relying on any oral or written statements made by the Organization or its agents, whether in a brochure or advertisement or in individual conversations, to agree to participate in the Activities;
  4. To WAIVE any and all claims that I may have now or in the future against the Organization;
  5. To freely ACCEPT AND FULLY ASSUME all such risks and possibility of personal injury, death, property damage, expense and related loss, including loss of income, resulting from my participation in the Activities;
  6. To FOREVER RELEASE and INDEMNIFY the Organization from any and all liability for any and all claims, demands, actions, damages (including direct, indirect, special and/or consequential), losses, actions, judgments, and costs (including legal fees) (collectively, the “Claims”) which I have or may have in the future, that might arise out of, result from, or relate to my participation in the Activities, even though such Claims may have been caused by any manner whatsoever, including but not limited to, the negligence, gross negligence, negligent rescue, omissions, carelessness, breach of contract and/or breach of any statutory duty of care of the Organization;
  7. To FOREVER RELEASE AND INDEMNIFY the Organization from any action related to my becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 as a result of, or from, any action, omission or negligence of myself or others, including but not limited to the Organization;
  8. That the Organization is not responsible or liable for any damage to my vehicle, property, or equipment that may occur as a result of the Activities;
  9. That negligence includes failure on the part of the Organization to take reasonable steps to safeguard or protect me from the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the Activities; and
  10. This release, waiver and indemnity is intended to be as broad and inclusive as is permitted by law of the Province of Ontario and if any portion thereof is held invalid, the balance shall, notwithstanding, continue in full legal force and effect.

Jurisdiction

8. I agree that in the event that I file a lawsuit against the Organization, I will do so solely in the Province of Ontario and further agree that the substantive law of the Province of Ontario will apply without regard to conflict of law rules.


 Acknowledgement

9. I acknowledge that I have read and understand this agreement, that I have executed this agreement voluntarily, and that this agreement is to be binding upon myself, my heirs, spouse, children, parents, guardians, next of kin, executors, administrators and legal or personal representatives. I further acknowledge by signing this agreement I have waived my right to maintain a lawsuit against the Organization on the basis of any claims from which I have released herein.


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