Rainbow Rockers Curling League

Ottawa's Gay and Lesbian Friendly Curling League

Ontario Lockdown – Curling pause – JAN 2021 Update

******* UPDATE 14 Jan 2021 *********

Ontario is extending the lockdown and implementing a ‘stay-at-home’ order starting January 14th at 12:01 a.m. until at least February 11th.  As a result of these measures, the Ottawa Curling Club will be closed until February 11th.

Please follow the news for updates and we will communicate with you as developments warrant.  For reference, you can find the Ontario Government’s shutdown details here.

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Hello Rainbow Rockers,

I think everyone is aware that Ontario is entering another Covid-19 lockdown as of December 26th, 2020.  As a result of this measure, the Ottawa Curling Club will be closed until January 23, 2021 inclusive.

Please follow the news for updates and we will communicate with you as developments warrant. Fingers are crossed for Rainbow curling to resume on Sunday January 24th, BUT that is still uncertain as you can imagine. 

For reference, you can find the Ontario Government’s shutdown details here

Happy Holidays and stay safe!

Your Rainbow Rockers Curling League Executive.

Revised Sunday Draw Times

Hello Rainbow Rockers,

We have come to an agreement with the Ottawa Curling Club to allow our league maintain 2 hour games AND additionally enjoy an hour of bar service after each game. With the added government restrictions put in place recently, this means we need to change our draw times accordingly. We expect this change to be in effect until the Christmas break. (Covid caveat – subject to change if necessary)

NOTE: Saturday curling draw times remain as planned: noon & 3:30pm. Bar service is available after all Saturday games.

Here are the revised SUNDAY draw times:

Sunday Draw 1: 11:30 am -1:30 pm
Bar service: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Sunday Draw 2: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Bar service: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

If you require a spare for any game, they are listed in the “Spares” tab on the website. Spares are assigned to each division and are allowed to play only in that division.

Thank you for your patience as we get through this pandemic together!

Steve/Patrick/Geoff/Chad/Brian/Kevin/Jeremy
RRCL Executive Team

RAINBOW ROCKERS CURLING BEGINS Sunday November 15th !

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)

OCC:
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)

Divisions:
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.

Scoring:
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:
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]ers.ca.

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

Deposits

While we wait for the season to start this year, there are some of you that have decided to take a pause for the 2020-2021 season.  Anyone who has prize money from last year 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]  It may take us a while to process refunds, we appreciate your understanding and patience.

Chad

Rainbow season – temporarily suspended

Hello Rainbow Rockers,

We were so close !
The province of Ontario has enacted additional temporary measures, effective today, to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Ottawa, so the Ottawa Curling Club is closing for at least 28 days.

We hope to have some good news in early November, and are optimistic we will begin curling at some point, so please stay tuned to the Rainbow Rockers website.

Enjoy the long weekend !
Steve/Kevin/Patrick/Jeremy/Brian/Chad/Geoff

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.

    Outstanding Payments:


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:

Registration fees for new and returning players


    Refunds:

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.
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    Mask Guidelines:


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”:


    Draw Times:

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.


    2021-2022 Season:

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.


    Changes/Unknowns:

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.