Bonspiel Teams

Teams currently being sorted out and somewhat is flux.

A Stone's Throw Away
Broadmoor (CO)
Jean Otto
Paula Bloom
Georgette Trachta
Cathy Wison (KC)
Kansas City (MO)
Doug Owens
Rebecca Owens
Chris Baker
Eddie Wiegers
  Best of Breed
Geraldton / Kansas City
Jon Nelson
Jeff Keal
Patrick Weitekamp
Dave Barker , (ON, CAN)
Plainfield (NJ)
Dean Roth
John Pantina
Mark Hoppe
Seanna Miller
Kansas City / Iowa
Martha Marple , IA
Murray Marple, IA
Laura Jackman, KC
Adam Jackman, KC
Dakota Cubs
Dakota (MN)
Ryan Claussen
Tom Berg
Shawn Slane
Matt Heile
Dazed and Confused
Denver(CO), Aksarben(NB) St. Louis(IL)
Brett Davis ,(CO)
David Suhr ,(CO)
Nick Davis, (NB)
Keefe Davis, (IL)
Desert Dwellers
Coyote (AZ)
Tracey Drummond
Jeff Baird
Cassis Matras
Greg Gallagher
Equipe Familiprix
Pierre Marziali
Diane Giroux
Jacques Marziali
Anne-Marie Marziali
Kansas City (MO)
Derrick Mahoney
Mike Erin
Rob Mikaloff
Wayne Osborn
 Flying off the handle
Kansas City / Plainfield (NJ)
Doug Hill
Krupal Patel
Nicole Husch
Dave Arnold
Furious George's Curling Commandos
Frogtown (St.Paul, MN)
Aaron Walker
Dane Olson
Tracie Knapp
George Allendorph
  Gully Towners
Kansas City (MO)
Bill McBride
Matt Mayfield
Jeff Grobe
Matt Grobe
Kansas City (MO)
Heidi Matthews
Mary Miller
Kristen Regehr
Sarah Wruck
Iron Range Brisket
Toronto, ON
Michael J. Kieffer
Gregory Wright
Leslie Prince
Toni Stagliano
Men Without Shame
Madison (WI)
Dan Wiza
Mike McDermid
Paul Ryan
Adam Derringer
N'Oh Henry
Kansas City(MO)
Daryl Hunt
John Taylor
Tracey Taylor
Ted Brown
Kansas City / St. Paul
Ian Wolfe
Louis Vaillancourt
Ryan Learned
Paul Nemanick, St. Paul
Shaken not Stirred
Denver (CO)
Phil Moir
Matt Culbertson
Tom Whitman
Garth Farrend
Southwestern Penguins
Kansas City (MO)
Dan White
Dave Huyett
Tim Nesbitt
Chris Nazar
Spot On
Kansas City (MO)
Jeff Miles
Jennifer Klassen
Bill Klassen
Dusty Wolford
Duluth(MN) Madison(WI) Mankato(MN)
Joey Bonfoey, Duluth(MN)
Brian Kopp, Madison (WI)
Joel Dietz, Madison (WI)
Kenny White, Mankato(MN)
Centerville & Rice Lake (WI)
Sara Hein, Centerville, WI
Jason Saffert, Rice Lake, WI
Ash Nelson, Centerville, WI
Elyse Sorenson, Centerville, WI
  Texas Brew Crew
Dallas Fort Worth (TX)
Steve Walton
David Chang
Justin Donaldson
Jason Hotra
Third Coast Curlers
Chicago (IL)
Julie Denten
Stephanie Martin
Jenny Houk
Janine Andrasco
Trae's Amigo's
Oklahoma City (OK)
Jonathan Havercroft
Trae Schwabe
Rusty Fees
Ryan McGhee

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Curling Words can be challenging but when understood can illuminate a conversation about the sport.

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In general, you can learn much of curling on the fly but the official rule can be seen here (PDF).   The following however is a guide of conduct  which most curlers follow and help make the game enjoyable for all.  Feel free to refresh your knowledge as you learn more.

  1. Be honest. There are rarely referees or umpires in curling, so the game depends on players to police themselves and one another.. If perchance you accidentally burn a stone, it is expected that you will be the first to announce it.
  2. Be a good sport. Congratulate players, both teammates and opponents, when they make a good shot. By the same standard, do not embarrass a player who has missed a shot, this is considered in poor taste and poor sportsmanship.
  3. Keep the game moving. A standard six end game takes 1.5 full hours to play, so it’s a courtesy to your team, your opponents, and anybody playing after you to be on time, prompt and mindful of the clock. If you start late or play slowly, do not assume that you will be able to play a complete, 6-end game. A Clock is on the rear wall to help you determine your games pace.
Before the game:
  1. Arrive in plenty of time, at least 10 minutes early to change shoes and/or clothes. Be ready to hit the ice at the scheduled time. Seven other people are depending on you.
  2. 3000 lbs of Rock, Scoreboards, hacks, pebling all must be done prior to playing.  This is why we post game time 15 minutes prior to ice time.
  3. Clean shoes are a must. Ideally curling shoes, or soft soled shoes dedicated to curling. Try not to wear your street shoes on the ice as you may accidentally track in mud, sand, or salt, giving the ice committee ulcers.
  4. The game traditionally starts with a coin toss for hammer, a handshake, and wishes for "Good Curling".
During the game:
  1. If your team leads off on any particular end, the lead should gather his or her rock and get in the hack, clean the stone, and begin the pre-shot routine. Be ready to deliver the stone as soon as the skip asks for it. The remainder of the curlers will wrestle the rocks to their proper position along the sides. This keeps the game moving quickly.
  2. When your turn comes to sweep, be in front of the hack, leaving the thrower a clear view of the skip, ready to go. If you can’t be in position, tell your teammates to proceed with the shot without you.
  3. Sweepers, not on the team delivering the stone, stand on the sides of the sheet, between the courtesty lines. Those lines are new this year, and are some three feet past each hog line. Formerly accepted was standing between the hog lines, however beginning in the 2007-08 curling season the World Curling Federation mandated the new lines. We do not have these markings but you may notice then at other clubs.
  4. If you are the next curler, put on your slider or remove your gripper and have your stone cleaned and in front of the hack while your opponent’s shot is in motion. It’s OK to watch your opponent’s shot, but not so long that you can’t be ready for your own.
  5. You should never disturb a curler in the hack or during delivery. Until their thrown stone comes to rest, the sheet is theirs and you should not interrupt their view. Crossing behind them, preparing to throw your own stone is perfectly acceptable and expected.
  6. Keep the ice clean! If you do discover something improper on the ice, such as mud, sand, sweater fuzz, pocket lint, broom bristles, etc., please remove it from the ice and deposit it in a trash can.
  7. Take care not to walk down the middle of the sheet after your team’s shot. You should walk on the sides to minimize wearing down the pebble, but more importantly to provide a clear view for the next curler to deliver the stone. They cannot determine what shot the skip calls for, nor can they deliver a stone if you are strolling down the middle of the sheet.
  8. Let the vice-skips do his/her job (keep score). When the final stone of an end comes to rest in the house, leads and seconds should remain well outside the house until the vice-skips have measured (if necessary), determined the score, and agreed to move stones.
  9. Let the skip do his/her job (call the game). Although every successful team depends on the input and expertise of each team member (curling is a team sport in every respect) the skip needs the support and respect of his/her teammates. Skips have the responsibility of determining strategy, calling shots and working with sweepers to make the most out of every shot of the game. So while discussion, communication and clarification are encouraged, be willing and able to defer to your skip’s decisions even if you don’t understand or agree with them.
  10. Skips stand behind the hack, quiet and motionless, brooms horizontal or on the ground until their opponent has delivered the stone.
  11. If you accidentally displace a stationary stone, please announce it immediately. It’s the privilege of the opposing skip to replace the stone to their satisfaction.
Speed of Play & Techniques:
  1. If a rock appears to be heavy, do not shake your broom over it, even in jest. You never know what might fall off the broom and deflect your perfectly aimed stone.
  2. Sweepers should follow the stone down to the house, ready to sweep at a moment’s notice. If you hear the skip yelling “No, No, Never”, be aware that the next thing you’re likely to hear from that very same skip is “YES, Hurry, Hard!”.
  3. As another courtesy to keep the game moving, it is typically the lead’s job to place the skip’s rock in front of the hack when it is time for the skip to shoot.
  4. Skips can do their part to keep the game moving by minimizing the delay while deciding upon a shot. Certainly take the time you need, but lengthy conferences should be avoided.
After the game:
  1. The game ends with handshakes all around and sincere congratulations to the winners
  2. Return any loaner brooms or sliders, Assist with removing the equipment (Stones, scoreboard, hacks, etc)
  3. When you can, go broomstacking,    offer the losing team a beer.
  4. Our club is an all volunteer organization. Please become involved somehow in the improvement of the Kansas City Curling Club.

as borrowed and edited from the Potomac Curling Club

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So you want to try to curl......
  • Come to an Open House -  here we focus simply on sldiding a stone.
  • Take a Learn to Curl class  - This is a one time visit offered at various times and posted within a few weeks they are offered.
  • Join a league -  We recommend to all, since you will get a better understanding of this complex game than i one time visit.
When you join us, you will find that curling is more challenging than it looks (though with time and patiance, most anyone can become good at it).  You will be sore in places you didn't know who had. (Curling is great for those who need to strengthen their lower body and core)  Sweeping can be quite arobic and exhausting (for those who give it their all).  For your brain, you will pick up alot of the nuouses the more you play,  as well as develop a sound strategy to shot selection (experience can really help)  But most importantly,   curling is nice social group.  (shaking hands, wishing them a good game, and commisorating over our favorite beverage afterwards)

The nice thing about curling is that it requires nothing other than what most people already own.  (Rubber soled shoes, and layered loose fitted clothes)

We Typically offer 2 times in the Winter month (October - April)  breaking it into 3 six week league in our 20 week winter season,   In 2011,  we curled Saturday Evening 7:00p-8:30p  and Sunday Morning 9:15a-10:45a and average roughly 14 teams total.   offer one session in the summer (June-July).  We also have a yearly Bonspeil (Weekend Competition) in August and a Free Open House in early October.

Though the reality is we will add more time should the interest be there so feel free to join our email noticafation list to learn more as we add programs.

Do I need a team?
No, the majority of signee are individuals, though we do have partial and full teams signup.

Is there a beginner program?   How old do I need to be?
Our club combines everyone,  young/old,  male/female, experienced/beginner.  There is no better way to learn than with those who know how to play.  The more you do it the better you get and eventually, it will be your turn to show the next beginner.

Can I practice?
Maybe,  We only offer two sessions in the winter and one in the summer.  So if a session has one of it 5 sheet available  then you can.  But the reality is you learn more from playing.  It takes time.

Can anyone play?
Curling is an ice sport, and like anysport there is some degree of risk.  Curler come in many sizes and shapes, typically starting around 10 (need to be big enough to slide 40lbs of rock) and playing the rest of their life.  We have had wheelchair curler play with us recently.  Curling is physical, so one should be fit,  ailments like bad backs, knees, ankles have kept people from curling but we do have a stick device for delivaring the stone should that person not want to slide with the rock.  In the end, it is up to you.

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For small groups of 5 or less,  simply register online for anyone of learn or play sessions.

For Groups of 6-20 ....

You will want to consider curling when we do.  Dependent on the league,  we may have one or more  of our 5 sheets available for a samll  group, whether you want to learn to curl your first time out or play a match amoung friends.    One sheet can have up to 8 playing or 10-12 learning.  Contact us at 816-523-2345.  to confirm if a sheet is available as well as an instructor whould this be your first time out.

For Groups of over 20......

You should look at renting the entire sheet.  At $275 (not for profit)  or $350 (corporation) per hour, we can handle groups of 40-50.  Groups will typically rent 1, 1.5 or 2 hours.

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