Rainbow Rockers Curling League

Ottawa's Gay and Lesbian Friendly Curling League

Rainbow Rockers – season details

Hello Curlers !

I am excited to provide some more details for the upcoming Rainbow Rockers curling season. PLEASE read all of this, as there are some very important details contained herein.
Curling will not be “normal” this year, but I can assure you that we will all make it fun !

We are expecting to have 35 teams this season, BUT there may be some who decide to not curl based on the covid risks. This potential last minute fluctuation in teams is understandably problematic for us to determine divisions and the curling schedule …. we need to have a good idea of the exact number of teams in the next week.


    if you have decided to not curl this season, please let us know ASAP

, by sending an email/text to Kevin ([email protected]).
Deposits will be refunded for those who choose not to curl.

The Ottawa Curling Club has the complete “Return to Curl Guidelines” on their website:

Some highlights from the Return to Curl Guidelines document:

Bar – YES the bar will be open. Table service will be provided by servers. Each team will sit at their own table, at least 2m from any other team table. Kitchen will not be open, but they are looking at providing snacks for purchase. Pizza is close by though !
Masks – Masks are mandatory when entering and leaving the club, but optional while curling, and not required when you are seated at your lounge table.
Sweeping – One sweeper only per rock will be allowed. Skips cannot sweep any rock.
Arrival – Curlers are to arrive within 20 minutes of their game, dressed and ready to curl, except for curling shoes. You will go to the upstairs lounge to hang your jacket and switch into your curling shoes. Lockers will not be available. Anyone who has items in a locker MUST go to the curling club asap to collect belongings. Dalal is there weekdays from 9:30 – 2:30. If you cannot make it during that time, call Dalal to make an alternative arrangement.
Schedule – due to the 30 minutes (cleaning) required between all games, we cannot fit 3 draws into our regular Sunday timeslot of 1pm-7pm. We will have 2 draws on Sunday and several Saturdays. This means that (up to) 1/3 of your games will be on Saturdays. It may also be possible that we can take an occasional earlier (11am) draw on Sunday from another league, which would cut down on Saturday games. We will not know the exact schedule until we determine the total # teams.

Meet and Greet

    – We will be hosting the annual Meet and Greet for your final dues payment at T’s pub, on Thursday October 1st, 5pm-8-pm. Of course it will be a socially distanced event where you will pay your outstanding balance at the registration table and then socialize with your party at a table. If you choose not to attend the Meet and Greet, please e-transfer your outstanding balance to [email protected] BEFORE October 1st. On October 1st, we will make a determination on the team makeup and proceed to create the play schedule. No payments will be accepted after October 1st. Our treasurer, Chad, will provide more details of payments on the RRCL website soon.

    Again ….

      if you have decided to not curl this season, please let us know ASAP

    , by sending an email/text to Kevin ([email protected]). Also, make sure your team is aware. Deposits will be refunded for those who choose not to curl.

    We look forward to an exciting, albeit unique, 18th Rainbow Rockers curling season !!
    See you on the ice after Thanksgiving weekend ! Stay tuned to the website for more details.

    Steve Horwood.
    President, Rainbow Rockers Curling League

Rainbow Curling resumes Sunday October 18th !

The RRCL Executive has been hard at work trying to plan the new season.
Stay tuned for some important information about new COVID game changers and a potential meet and greet!
Games will start Sunday, October 18th.
We’re looking forward to seeing you all, while remaining healthy and safe!

Rainbow Rockers – Season Wrap-Up

Hello Curlers !

I hope you are all keeping safe and healthy, starting to enjoy the spring, and have forgotten the disappointment of our curling season ending prematurely.

The Rainbow Rockers executive team wanted to reach out to our members and spares to give you an update on the season and our plans looking forward.

Year-End Prizes
Normally we have a final banquet where awards and cash prizes are handed out, but unfortunately this year under the circumstances, we cannot do this.  We do however have the end-of-season prize money in the league’s bank account, and are prepared to distribute this at the beginning of next season (in person and/or by e-transfer/cheque – details TBD).  We anticipate all teams in each division will be provided with a set amount of prize money in the $50-$65 range per member (5th players will receive less).  Some teams played differing number of games in the shortened Round 3 so it is difficult to rank teams within divisions, and therefore we will not award a season champion for the 2019-2020 season.

2020-2021 Season Pre-Registration
Some good news is that you can “spend” your prize-money even before you receive it … by pre-registering for next season !!   Much like past years, we will ask members/spares to pre-register for next season, thus guaranteeing your spot for next season.  We will apply your prize money as your 2020-2021 deposit.  At this point, we anticipate the OCC opening in late September, and if we once again have 40 teams (or more!), we will need to get the teams finalized early and start curling on the first Sunday possible.

You must pre-register on the following website:

We ask that ALL members and spares go to the website to indicate if you plan to return in September(on which team) or if you will be a spare for the 2020-2021 season.
If you know you cannot curl in the fall, please let us know.  It will take you less than 30 seconds to let us know by clicking on the “I do not plan to register for the 2020-21 season” button.

Pre-Registration is open until May 31st. If you have not pre-registered by May 31st, your spot cannot be guaranteed. After May 31st, we will start accepting new members to place on unfilled teams.

RRCL 2020-2021 Executive Team
Fortunately, current members of the executive team have all agreed to remain on the committee for 2020-2021.   However, we do need to fill the position of Bonspiel Chair.  This can be a role split among 2 people if you want to team up with another individual.    Please send your expression of interest to   [email protected]

Details of the Bonspiel Chair responsibilities can be found at : https://rainbowrockers.org/executive-committee/

Bocce & BBQ
Our annual Bocce & BQQ event usually scheduled near the summer solstice is cancelled for this year.  Not only do we not know if groups will be allowed to gather in mid-June, both the park and street are under construction.

Please stay tuned to the Rainbow Rockers website for further information on our Pride Parade participation and the Meet and Greet final-registration event in early September.

Stay safe and have a great summer !

Your RRCL Executive – Steve/Patrick/Kevin/Geoff/Chad/Jeremy/Brian.

OCC – closed for the season

Unfortunately we have to share the news of the closing of the Ottawa Curling Club due to the Covid-19 virus.

The Rainbow Rockers season has therefore ended prematurely.  We will look forward to next season, and please stay tuned to the website for upcoming details about a summer curling gathering, subject to our health authority recommendations.


Enjoy the first day of spring on Saturday !


Ottawa Curling Club – CLOSED

Hello Rainbow Rockers,

The OCC Board of Directors held an emergency meeting Sunday morning at 10:30am and have decided that the Ottawa Curling Club will be closed effective immediately.  More details can be found on the OCC website.

As a result, Rainbow Rockers curling is suspended until further notice. We look forward to and hope to be back on the ice sometime soon, however, we do not know how this will play out, so please check the Rainbow Rockers website (https://rainbowrockers.org/) for more detail in the coming days.

If anyone has specific concerns or questions, please contact Steve at [email protected].

Your RRCL Executive Team.

Rainbow Rockers Sunday Curling is on.

Please be advised that the OCC is in regular operations as of Friday evening, and we expect that the regularly scheduled RRCL games will be played on Sunday March 15.  Any update to this information in the next 24 hours would be posted here if necessary.

At the same time, we are very aware of the COVID-19 concerns, and ask all players to adhere to the health authority recommendations, such as not curling if you have any symptoms, and keeping distance from other players as much as possible (ie no handshakes, or other contact).

We also ask players to wash their hands after they enter the OCC on Sunday and immediately after coming off the ice before engaging in a social drink.

If players have specific concerns or questions, please direct them to Steve at [email protected]

thank you,

RRCL Executive Team.

CANCELLED – Over the Rainbow Bonspiel, March 19 – 22, 2020

The Over the Rainbow Bonspiel organising committee is sad to announce the cancellation of this year’s event due to the ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19.

Refunds will be issued via e-transfer. Please be patient as there are a large number for our treasurer to process.

While we are disappointed that we will be missing out on a fun weekend of curling, drinks, and entertainment, the committee recognises the importance of social distancing in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

We hope to see you all for the bonspiel in 2021.

Over the Rainbow Bonspiel Organizing Committee
Rainbow Rockers League Executive