Rainbow Rockers Curling League

Ottawa's Gay and Lesbian Friendly Curling League

Season Opening Details

It’s just a few days until we are back on the ice! Please read these important details about our season opening:

BEGINNERS CLINIC  – Saturday October 1st – 1:30pm – 5:30pm
If you’ve never curled before or you are a beginner (1 year’s experience) and want a curling refresher you should attend this clinic.
Just email [email protected] to register (it’s only $10).
Please Note: If you have little or no curling experience and cannot attend this clinic, please email [email protected] to see what we can accommodate.  It is the league’s policy for safety that nobody should go on the ice for a first game with 0 experience such as attending a clinic or practice.

Are you looking for equipment or have used equipment you no longer use? There is a “BUY/SELL” list where you can put curling items up for sale and/or look for items to purchase. Check it out!

Skips and Spares MUST read the 2022 spares rules and adhere to all spares rules. We were aware of some violations in the past. It is the responsibility of the team SKIP to adhere to the spares rules as there will be zero tolerance this year.
For example, if a curler who is not on the spares list plays for a team, that team will be deemed to have lost that game by default unless the spare has been previously approved by the league executive.
The spares recording binder will be at the bar this season. Spares must deposit $5 into the binder and record the spare ON THE GAME DAY, otherwise a default can be declared.

We have many new players this season so we will once again be making name tags for new curlers. If you have lost your name tag, you can request a new one (approx. $10) in the spares binder at the bar.

Many cities are hosting bonspiels this fall. Winnipeg has a bonspiel on our opening weekend Oct 1/2. Edmonton has theirs on Nov 12/13. Edmonton is offering 1 FREE entry per city – let us know if you want to take this free spot! Toronto has opened registration for their Nov 26/27 event. See details at https://pridecurl.ca/bonspiels.html

Sunday October 2nd will be the first league games of our 20th season. Pizza will be served after each draw (If you have a bye, stop by the club for free pizza!). The schedule for October 2nd games is posted here.
2022 Spares are posted here if teams need a spare on the first day.

Meet and Greet – this THURSDAY @ T’s Pub

The Rainbow Rockers Curling Season Meet and Greet is just a day away!

Thursday Sept 8th @ T’s Pub   5pm-8pm
LAST DAY TO PAY YOUR FINAL SEASON DUES in person at T’s or by e-transfer ([email protected]). Those who don’t pay by Sept 8th @ 8pm will be replaced with a player on the waiting list as we have several people waiting (Your deposit can be refunded).

Season Fees are $210 (or $150 for a 5th player).   Most people will have paid a $50 deposit, thus most curlers will owe $160.  However, some have paid a different deposit amount – if you are unsure, please email [email protected].

You may also signup for the BEGINNERS CLINIC being held on Saturday October 1st (1:30pm – 4:30pm) – please bring $10 cash.

The MONKEYPOX VACCINE CLINIC has been confirmed to be at T’s on Thursday as well.

See you this Thursday !

Your Rainbow Rockers Executive Team.

Rainbow Rockers 20th curling season info

We are less than 6 weeks away from the Opening Day of the Rainbow Rockers 20th curling season !!

Your Rainbow Rockers Executive team has been working hard to ensure that we are prepared for the upcoming curling season!
We would appreciate the courtesy of you reading this entire post as it contains important information for the season.

Key Dates:

Sunday August 28th – Rainbow Rockers Street Curling on Bank Street (Pride Fair)
==>  If you can spare an hour or two to volunteer demonstrating how to curl on an inflatable curling sheet, please contact Kevin/Andrew at [email protected]

Thursday September 8th – Meet and Greet @ T’s Pub on Somerset Street 5pm-8pm.
==> Final curling payments are due on this date (in-person or e-transfer [email protected]). After September 8th we will fill teams with those on the waiting list.
==> Monkeypox vaccine clinic may be held at T’s the same night, if we have enough people who want one.  If you want one, please indicate it on the Rainbow Rockers FaceBook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/131121063588028)

Saturday October 1st – On-ice Curling Clinic for Beginners at the Ottawa Curling Club.
==> It is highly recommended that new or inexperienced curlers attend this clinic, to provide the curling basics. Only $10. Signup via email to [email protected]

Sunday October 2nd – Opening Day .. Pizza will be served after each draw.
==> Please look at the 2022-2023 Season Schedule on the Rainbow Rockers website.
==> If required, skips please provide a bye request for Round 1 to [email protected] by Sept 12th.

See you at Pride !

Bruce House – Looking for volunteers

Bruce House is the only organization in Ottawa with the core mission of providing housing and compassionate support to people living with and impacted by HIV. Bruce House is a small organization with a big heart and a rich history. We have continued to serve our clients throughout COVID, significantly increasing direct supports.  We are now looking to the short-term and long-term future by engaging in capacity-building and strategic planning.

We are currently seeking committed individuals who would be interested in joining our Board of Directors.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Understand and demonstrate a commitment to the organization’s mission and programs.
  • Regularly attends board meetings and Ad hoc meetings.
  • Contribute skills and knowledge by actively participating in meetings.
  • Stays informed about committee matters, prepares themselves well for meetings, and reviews and comments on minutes and reports.
  • Is an active participant in the committee’s annual evaluation and planning efforts.
  • Keep up to date with issues and trends that affect the organization.
  • Participate in fundraising activities and community events.
  • Helps identify individual and corporate donors.

Ideal candidates would have the following qualifications/skills:

  • Previous board experience preferably in the public health or social services sectors.
  • Expertise in some combination of: strategic planning, financial management and planning, fund development, communications, legal services, social and health services.
  • Experience working with and/or understanding of vulnerable populations.

Bruce House is committed to encouraging diversity in our volunteer program.

Average estimated hours: 5 hours a month
If interested, forward your cover letter and resume to the Manager of Volunteer services and Community relations Linda Truglia
[email protected]

2022-2023 Registration

The deadline has passed for returning curlers to register, and we can now welcome new curlers to join the Rainbow Rockers Curling League.
Many have registered for the upcoming fall season, but if you have not yet registered on the WEB-SITE, please do so immediately
(NOTE: Giving your $50 deposit is NOT a registration – you must fill out the registration form on the website in addition to your $50 deposit).

We will be filling teams with new curlers based on the order we receive registrations. Avoid disappointment by registering now.

Online Registration – Rainbow Rockers Curling League

Have a great summer and stay tuned to the website for updates on the fall season… our 20th season !!

Steve Horwood.
President, Rainbow Rockers Curling League.