Hello Curlers !
Our Rainbow Rockers curling season is currently scheduled to begin on October 18th, so we wanted to provide an update to the season.
Payments by mail/e-transfer/in-person are due by this Thursday October 1st. The annual Meet and Greet will take place at T’s Pub on Somerset Street this Thursday evening, from 5pm-8pm.
Please refer to the payment and Meet and Greet details on the Rainbow Rockers website:
After October 1st, we will solidify how many teams we have for the 2020-2021 season. If you have not paid your balance owing by October 1st, it will be assumed that you do not intend to curl (deposits will be refunded upon request).
In the event that the OCC is unable to proceed with the entire curling season (before October 18th), we will provide a full refund to all members.
Should the season be delayed beyond October 18th, the Rainbow Rockers Executive will assess the changes and determine the appropriate action/fee structure/potential refunds.
If curling is interrupted mid-season due to Covid-19, we anticipate being able to provide partial pro-rated refunds, depending on how many games have been played.
Once you have paid, and should you decide you no longer wish to curl, we ask that you inform your skip and work together to find a replacement curler. There will be a spares list.
As you know, the OCC is not making masks mandatory on the ice (only in the common areas and entry/exit), however, we strongly recommend that all Rainbow Rockers wear a mask during curling play. Should a member desire to remove their mask for sweeping or throwing, that is acceptable based on advice from authorities.
In line with the Temporary Mandatory Face Mask Ottawa bylaw, as well as recommendations made by the World Health Organization, masks are not recommended when exercising, as masks may reduce the ability to breathe comfortably. Further, sweat can make the mask become wet more quickly which makes it difficult to breathe and promotes the growth of microorganisms. The important preventative measure during exercise is to maintain physical distance of at least two meters from others.
We recognize that not all members will be comfortable with the mask policy, and you may think that distancing is not possible on the curling ice. Attached here is an on-ice video showing curlers playing a real game, which outlines how curlers are to maintain social distancing, called “Keep Calm and Curl On Through Covid”:
We will be curling mostly on Sundays @ 1:30pm and 4pm (potentially a few 11am draws), and some Saturdays @2pm and 4:30pm. We will do our best to limit the number of Saturday games.
Hard to believe we are considering the 2021-2022 season …. the OCC has made a policy to not penalize a team that drops out this year. We will follow their policy and we intend to provide priority access in 2021-2022 to teams who decide to skip this season.
Of course there are many unknowns and things can change quickly. We will adapt to any new developments, depending on the circumstances.
We remain optimistic that we will have a successful, albeit unique, season ahead.
We look forward to seeing many of you at the Meet and Greet on Thursday, and on the ice, starting Sunday October 18th !
Your Rainbow Rockers Executive Team.