Hello Rainbow Rockers,

The moment we have been waiting for is here ! Monday was the OCC opening night and the Rainbow Rockers will begin curling on Sunday the 15th. Please read this entire email as it outlines important details regarding curling draw times/days (changed from our initial communique), Saturday dates (4 of them) and covid requirements (club entry, on-ice protocols, etc.), and MORE….

Entry to the OCC:
You will be receiving an email this week from the Ottawa Curling Club with your personal QR Code for entry into the OCC. You can print a copy of the QR code email and scan it upon entry or use the image on your phone. I suggest you print a copy to keep in your curling bag. If you do not receive the email later this week with your QR code, check your spam folder or email [email protected] to resolve. Without scanning your QR code you cannot enter the curling club. You should arrive 15 minutes prior to your game with your curling attire on (only needing to change into your curling shoes).

Again, it must be repeated, you will be asked all the covid questions upon entry (symptoms, out of country within 14 days,etc). PLEASE DO NOT CURL IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THE MANY COVID SYMPTOMS)

Due to the revised restrictions this past week for group gatherings, only 50 people are allowed to be in the club at any given time. The OCC has decided to keep the bar closed for the first 2 weeks, so there will be no lounge time after games until the bar/lounge re-opens.

Draw Times (Subject to change!):
Sunday Draw times are 1:30pm & 4pm
Saturday Draw times are NOON & 3:30pm

Schedule (your first 3 games):
Due to the delayed start to the season, we have to incorporate some Saturday’s into the schedule.
Here is a summary of the first few weeks:

SUNDAY Nov 15th:
1:30 draw – A Division Teams
4pm draw – B Division Teams

SATURDAY Nov 21st:
noon draw – C Division teams
3:30pm draw – A Division teams

SUNDAY Nov 22nd:
1:30 draw – B Division Teams
4pm draw – C Division Teams

SATURDAY Nov 28th:
noon draw – A Division teams
3:30pm draw – B Division teams

SUNDAY Nov 29th:
1:30 draw – C Division Teams
2nd draw – A Division Teams (time TBD)

The complete Round 1 schedule and full season dates will be posted on the rainbow rockers website soon.
NOTE: Of course the schedule may change based on COVID and/or the SURVEY results (see survey below)

There will be 3 divisions this season, “A” “B” and “C”, with 9,10,9 teams respectively, 28 teams total.
The draw schedule will be posted on the website soon.

2 hour games or 1.5 hour games – SURVEY COMING SOON
Initially games will be maximum 2 hours, with the regular Sunday rules – 30 minutes before end-time, you are to finish the end you are playing and play one more end. However, be aware, there can be NO exceptions to the 2 hour time-limit.
Other OCC leagues have implemented 1.5 hour games, which means a maximum of 6 ends per games, and most likely in reality, result in 5 ends per game. This decision was partially to accommodate teams spending time socializing in the lounge/bar.

For the Rainbow Rockers, we have flexibility to adjust our Sunday draw times, once the lounge/bar opens. NOTE. All Saturday draw times are 2 hour games and include 1 hour post-game lounge/bar time once it opens.

Option A: (1.5 hour Sunday games)
Sunday draw #1 – 1:30-3pm, and teams depart the OCC after their game
Sunday draw #2 – 3:30-5pm, and teams have 1 hour in the lounge/bar for socializing

Option B: (2 hour Sunday games)
Sunday draw #1 – 1:30-3:30pm, and teams depart the OCC after their game
Sunday draw #2 – 4pm-6pm, and teams depart the OCC after their game

We will be polling members for their input in the next few weeks regarding the desired game format after the lounge/bar is open.

Masks/Social Distancing (IMPORTANT – please watch the video):
Our mask policy has not changed. 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.
You MUST watch this video prior to curling so that everyone is aware and conforms to the covid on-ice-play guidelines.

ONE person (typically the 3rd) will be responsible for posting scores for BOTH teams on the scoreboard, and also for sanitizing the numbers at the end of the game. The opposing team representative (typically the 3rd) will record the score by entering it on a Score Sheet form on the Rainbow Rockers website.

Spares will be assigned to each division, as people playing in each division cannot co-mingle/spare with other divisions (50 person rule). This will be outlined soon on the website in the “Spares” tab.

Deposit Refunds:
Some people have decided to not curl this season. Anyone who has prize money from last year (their deposit) can use it to guarantee themselves a spot in the 2021-2022 season. We will simply carry it forward to next year. If you would prefer a payout of your deposit for this year, please let the treasurer know at [email protected]

Last Rock:
Please use a phone app or rock/paper/scissors BEFORE going onto the ice to determine last rock. You should start curling ASAP once you enter the ice shed. Do I need to promote “Fast Play” tips again ?? lol

Good Curling Everyone!

Your Rainbow Executive, Steve/Patrick/Brian/Chad/Kevin/Jeremy/Geoff