You’ve seen it at the Winter Olympics – and now you can play in Atlanta!
Curling is a fun, friendly and accessible Winter Olympic sport open to all age groups and experience levels. There are no size, strength or speed advantages in curling which means it’s a level playing field for all participants.
For a quick primer, this 2 minute video explains it all:
This video from the Canadian Curling Association talks about the type of people you’re likely to meet:
This one requires some fact checking:
One of the cool things about curling is that how you get the stone moving doesn’t matter. Those with mobility issues can use a delivery stick so that they don’t have to get down in the lunge position. That means a stick curler, a wheelchair curler and a hack delivery curler can all play on the same team. Can’t sweep? No problem – we have workarounds for that too.
We play in sneakers (there’s no skating) and we provide all equipment. All you have to do is show up and have a great time.
Ready to try this crazy fun sport?
- If you’ve never played before: Sign up for a Learn to Curl class here
- If you have experience: Sign up for Leauge or a single game here
- If you’d like to be a general member: Sign up as a member for the 2019 – 2020 Season (included with league)
- For more info, keep reading:
I want to try curling!
Great! Sign up for our Learn-to-Curl class and you’ll be throwing stones in no time.
Class starts with a quick 10 minute off-ice safety talk. Then we move onto the ice as a group to learn how to sweep (10 min.) After that, we break into smaller groups and we’ll guide you step-by-step through the basic skills for delivering a stone and sweeping it into the house (45 min). Once you are comfortable with delivering a stone and sweeping, we pull it all together and play a game consisting of several “ends.” (45 min). By the end of class, you will be fully prepared to join league and play in pickup games.
All age groups, physical abilities and experience levels are welcome. One of the great things about curling is that the delivery position is irrelevant. Players can release the stone upright using a delivery stick (no bending required) or launching from the hack. This is a sport that relies on finesse rather than strength or speed – which makes it a true level playing field.
Curling is a fun, inclusive and social sport, so feel free to sign up by yourself or bring some friends. There will be plenty of opportunities to take pictures and make your Facebook friends jealous.
Where do you play?
We play at IceForum Duluth conveniently located just off of I-85 on Satellite BLVD. The address is 2300 Satellite BLVD, Duluth, GA 30097.
IceForum Duluth is wheelchair accessible and there is a bar/restaurant overlooking the ice as well as stands next to the ice. Non-participants can hang out and watch for free. We usually play on the 2nd sheet all the way on the left side of the building.
What do I need?
Nothing. All equipment is provided.
What should I wear?
It can be chilly in the arena (40 – 50 degrees), but curling is an aerobic sport. Some people get hot and some get cold, so please dress in layers. In fall, a hoodie or sweater is recommended. In winter you may also want a hat and gloves. For pants, you want to wear something that you can comfortably squat down in (probably NOT skinny jeans.) Sneakers or similar footwear is required.
No ice skates are allowed. In fact, there’s no ice skating at all. Sneakers and loose fitting clothing are all you need.
Can I take pictures?
Yup! Take all the pictures and videos you want and post them to facebook or wherever.
Non-participating spectators are welcome and do not need to register. Minors need a parent’s signature on the waiver. Children 12 and under require a ice-sport related helmet (parent’s discretion.)
Curling is a very social sport. After every game we hang out and tailgate (called broomstacking in the curling world.) After class, grab a beverage and hang out with us! We usually have snacks and coolers filled with beer and non-alcoholic drinks.
What’s the Atlanta Curling Club?
The Atlanta Curling Club is a 100% volunteer run, 501(c)3 non-profit. It was founded in 2010 and has provided league play and curling instruction every year since then at multiple locations around Atlanta.
The club is built around the idea that everyone should be able to play and enjoy the sport of curling. There’s no trash talking and no one gets yelled at for a missed shot. Games are competitive, but also cooperative. As a growing club, every experienced player helps new players learn the game and develop their curling skills. In fact, our leagues are set up so that each team has a mix of brand new and experienced players, and we specifically reserve spots on tournament teams for brand new players so that they can get the full curling experience.
We offer learn-to-curl classes, Fall, Spring and Summer leagues, corporate team building events, and we attend tournaments all up and down the East Coast. Since the 2014 Winter Olympics, we’ve taught over 3,500 people how to curl and we have approximately 110 +/- members of all experience levels.
The Atlanta Curling Club is constantly innovating to bring new people into the sport and grow the community. The club implemented a policy of encouraging new players to attend their first out-of-town tournament within their first season or two, and automatically registers teams specifically to bring new players to their first tournament where they will meet other curlers from clubs all over the country. Our social events coordinator established a relationship with a brewpub and we helped them brew and name multiple beers which were on the menu for several weeks. In partnership with our regional organization GNCC and national organization USCA, we hosted a free tournament for our craft brewery friends. We were also a 2018 & 2019 partner organization of the Atlanta Science Festival and taught students some of the cool science behind what sweeping does, and why the stone curls the wrong way.
We’ve also built a portable demonstration floor where people can experience the fun in schools, Boy/Girl Scout Troop meetings, bars/breweries and at festivals. During the 2018 Olympics it was featured on TNT’s Outside the NBA where we taught Shaq, Barkley, Smith and Johnson a little bit about curling. Here’s the video: https://www.facebook.com/OutsidetheNBAshow/videos/154649408529187/
Thanks to our programs, amazing volunteers and efforts to build a strong community on and off the ice, we’re one of the few clubs that grow membership in non-Olympic years.
Our latest project is a LED light installation under the ice which allows the club to have illuminated houses and hog lines without disrupting any hockey lines. This project was conceived, designed and installed in-house by our amazing volunteers. Completed over the summer in 2018, the Atlanta Curling Club had the first and only permanent under-ice LED lighting system for curling, which provided a unique curling experience.
The Atlanta Curling Club is very active off the ice. We hold monthly off-ice activities including brewery tours at most of the local craft breweries, entered a Rock Paper Scissors tournament (with a 2nd place win!), bowling nights, team trivia, annual picnics, watched the Atlanta RollerGirls, brewed curling themed beer at brewpub Slice & Pint in Decatur and we started our own in-house homebrew club ACHAC (Atlanta Curling Homebrew Adjunct Club).
Join the fun! Now is a great time to sign up for a learn-to-curl class, join the league, play a game or buy a gift certificate. You can also sign up for social event text reminders by texting the word SOCIAL to phone number 97-000 (yes, it works.) And feel free to email questions to ATLcurling@gmail.com
We hope to see you on the ice!
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