The Rushmore Curling Club invites you to join their league

Rushmore Curling Club

The Rushmore Curling Club in Rapid City was founded in 2003 by a small group who saw the sport on television and decided they wanted to give it a try.

With their 21st season beginning in January, Rushmore Curling Club President Herb Kistler says league play will be Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Roosevelt Park Ice Arena. He says the length of the season will depend upon how many teams sign up, but every team will play 10 games.

The cost is $130 per person with teams of four, but they are looking to get as many people into the sport as possible.

Kistler says the sport is good exercise and that you may find yourself walking a mile during a game on the ice and “throwing a 44-pound rock doesn’t hurt either.”

Take a look at the game of curling

Why is it called Curling?

“It’s called curling because as the rock comes down, you decide which way it will curl, by which way you turn it. It will go down, and when it begins to slow down, it will curl in the direction you turn it. That’s why it will come straight down and then you can have it curl in behind other rocks,” Kistler said.

Curling Club 12What are the rules?

There are two teams of four, and each person on the team throws two rocks, alternating with the other team.

Once all the rocks are thrown from one end to the other, then the score is tallied. Whoever gets closest to the center of the house at the other end, which is basically a bullseye.

Sweepers, at the direction of the skip (captain of the team), sometimes sweep a rock if it’s not going as fast as it should, or if it starts to curl before it should. As long as the sweepers sweep it, that keeps the rock from slowing down as much as it would without the sweeping.

Additional information

All of the equipment is furnished by the club, and all you need is gripper-soled shoes so you can walk on the ice and to dress and layers.

If you think you might be interested in playing the sport, you can come on down to the Roosevelt Ice Arena Saturdays beginning in January and you can watch them play.

For more information you can visit their website or their Facebook page.

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