Return to Sport – Curling
Individual curling clubs may have specific restrictions around membership, spectators, etc. Please contact your curling club to confirm what restrictions are in place prior to beginning the Return to Sport process.
- Athletes who are unable to follow verbal instructions regarding physical distancing or who require “physical manipulation / hand over hand” instruction to complete drills are recommended to continue with virtual training or general fitness training.
- It is not recommended to register “new” athletes into the sport program at this time. Athletes who are new to the sport should participate in virtual training or general fitness training.
- Where in person training is not an option, consider virtual training or general fitness training sessions. Both are great alternatives and will allow coaches the opportunity to maintain contact with their athletes.
Before and After Practice:
- Athletes will wash hands before and after training session.
- Athletes should arrive at the facility dressed for practice.
- Coaches are to create and share training plans ahead of training session.
- It is recommended coaches disinfect the curling rock handles before and after each training session.
- Curling rocks are to be assigned to each curler prior to the training session. Use of colored tape to assist curlers in easily locating their rock. Curlers will only use those two rocks for the entire training session. Athletes are not to touch the other athlete’s rocks.
- Stagger activity times between different groups to create a 15 minute buffer between sessions and avoid an overlap of participants in any one area.
- Do not loiter in the parking lot. Get in, Train, Get out.
- Physical Distancing (2m or 6ft).
- Personal / Equipment bags can be placed 2m / 6ft apart in a designated location within facility. Cones/pylons will be placed on the floor to mark where each athlete should store their items.
- Communities with mandatory Face Masks: Athletes will wear their face masks when they enter the facility and will continue to wear their face masks during the entire training session. Coaches/volunteers will wear face masks throughout the training session. Communities with optional Face Masks: it is recommended athletes and coaches wear face masks using the same guidelines as above. Masks may be optional for those with underlying medical conditions as per Public Health Guidelines.
- Must not exceed the maximum gathering size for your community (Please refer to your Public Health Website). Maximum gathering size includes all athletes, coaches, volunteers, support persons and spectators/parents. Note: Curling clubs reserve the right to limit the number of spectators within a facility. Check with your local club to confirm.
- Physical distancing of 2m or 6ft must be maintained by ALL participants at ALL TIMES within the facility.
- All “non-essential” contacts should be avoided (handshakes, high 5’s, etc.).
- All skill instructions must be verbal. There will be no “hand over hand” skill instruction.
- Structure activities to maximize physical distancing.
- Design activities so athletes may stay within their existing small groups to reduce amount of contact with different people.
- Use cones and other equipment to ensure appropriate spacing is in place to support distancing. Reset cones that delineate the physical distancing parameters whenever they are moved out of place.
- Include frequent hand washing / sanitizing breaks into your training plan.
- If an athlete requires an assistant to train it is recommended that the assistant be someone from the same household. If the athlete unable to bring someone from their household, the assistant must be the same person each week. The assistant will wear PPE while working with the athlete, all assistants will go through the same daily screening check.
- Bring your own water bottles clearly labelled with your name – do not use public water fountains.
- Athletes should bring their own personal curling equipment (broom, throwing device, gripper/slider, shoes, etc). Facility equipment may be used if it has been sanitized. Note: clubs may not have equipment to borrow. Check with your local club to confirm.
- Curling equipment will not be shared between participants, including team uniforms.
- At the end of the drill/end, coaches will move the rocks into place for the next drill/end.
- Avoid using the scoreboard whenever possible. Coaches can record scores on a piece of paper.
- Personal curling equipment should be taken home and disinfected after each training session.
- When practicing a simulated game circumstance (thrower, sweeper, skip), ensure CurlON Return to Play structure is followed which includes the use of only one sweeper and athletes only walking down one side of the sheet, etc
- Coaches should not share handheld equipment such as clipboards, white board markers, etc. Recommend coaches each have their own personal whiteboard kit to use as a visual aid for coaching.
- Be creative with the structure of your practice times. Use a combination of general fitness training and skill training sessions.
- Train the same hours but this will be a mix of skill training and fitness training, either in person or virtually.
- Make it clear that there is no penalty for missing practice and that if an athlete, or any member of their family does not feel well, they should stay at home.
- Competition will follow Return to Competition protocols.
Each sport venue may have their own COVID-19 restrictions. Please follow the instructions of the staff.