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About the Sport
Curling has a long and rich history. While its origins are lost in the mists of time, Scottish curlers already were playing the game by the beginning of the 16th century on frozen ponds and lochs.
Their earliest equipment included stones formed by nature, each one unique. These stones often curved, or "curled," as they slid down the ice, and the players used besoms or brooms to clear snow and debris from the path of the stones.
Today, curling is a game of strategy, finesse and strength, contested by teams generally comprised of four players. The principle of curling is simple - get your stone closer the center of the target circles, called the "house," than your opponent. Players of all skill levels can participate and compete even at older ages than most sports allow.
Respect, honor and tradition are core elements of the game. Curlers are close knit and you can rely on a warm welcome in curling clubs throughout the world. Camaraderie among players is inherent in the sport and tradition calls for both teams to sit together after a game, discussing what was and what might have been.
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If you have always wondered about curling, wonder no more. Below, you will find information and links that will help you learn more about the sport of curling and how you can learn to curl today!
Learn to Curl - Sunday afternoon course.
The Dixie Curling Club has partnered with the City of Mississauga for two 8-week sessions that run on Sundays.
Times for these courses are from 4:30PM-6:30PM (Times are subject to change. Instructors will advise in advance.)
Session #2 January 14-March 4
Want to play the game or try it out with your friends? Here's what you need to know before step onto our ice.
Q: What equipment do you need to play curling?
A: Whether you are renting or starting to play in a league, we recommend that you wear warm, loose, and comfortable clothing. The club will provide you with grippers, sliders, and brooms.
Q: Does the club have a learn-to-curl program?
A: Yes, we do. Dixie has a partnership with the City of Mississauga. We run two 8-week program. The first course begins in the fall and the second course begins in the winter.
Q: How long is a curling game?
A: A game of curling can be played in 2 hours.
Q: Are there leagues for men and women?
A: Dixie has a number of leagues available for men and women. We have leagues for just men. We have leagues for just women and we have leagues for mixed and for any type of combination of players. Click the drop down menu under curling to find out about our leagues.
Q: Is there a program for children?
A: Yes. We have two programs for specific age groups. The first is the Little Rocks program which runs on Sundays from 12pm-2pm. The age group for the is 7-12. The second is the U18/U21 program. The age group is 13-20 and runs from 2pm-4pm.
Q: What if I cannot deliver a rock the traditional way?
A: If you are unable to deliver the rock from the hack, there are different way you can throw the rock. You can use a stabilizer or a stick device instead.
Q: Is curling a good form of exercise?
A: Yes. In a game you are working a lot of muscles. From head to toe, your body will get a good work out.
Q: How long is a typical curling season?
A: The curling season can vary from club to club. Dixie begins the season at the end of September and runs until the middle of April.
Q: What is a bonspiel?
A: A bonspiel is a type of tournament. It can be two 8-end games or three 6-end games. Some can last a day and some can go longer.
What's a hack? Bonspiel? 8-Ender? You have probably watched curling on television and have heard the broadcasters mention these terms and wonder what exactly are they talking about. Below, you will find common terms that are associated with the sport.