The RMCC LEARN TO CURL Program
Focused on fun, safety, and fitness, Royal Montreal’s Learn to Curl (L2C) program is an integrated set of enjoyable lessons aimed at brand new curlers. Its primary goal is to teach beginners how to play The Roarin’ Game, and consequently give them the necessary skills and confidence to fully participate in club leagues.
Every lesson takes place at the Royal Montreal Curling Club (RMCC), 1850 de Maisonneuve West (Guy-Concordia Metro station, St-Mathieu exit) and synthesizes off-ice theory with on-ice training and game simulation under the helpful supervision of our coaches.
With this top-notch training, you’ll learn to curl the right way and become a life-long fan of the sport!
This 6-session course is offered at the reasonable price of $150 (plus applicable taxes). You’ll have a blast as you acquire an amazing curling skill set. As an additional incentive, if you decide to become an RMCC member, the course’s cost will be applied against your first-year membership dues.
Unless otherwise advised, L2C takes place every Saturday from 12:00 noon to 2:00pm starting October 26th. Please click the Calendar image to confirm lesson dates and times.
Autumn L2C Cycle (REGISTRATION CLOSED): Start Date: October 26, 2019; Finish Date: December 7,
Winter L2C Cycle (REGISTER NOW!): Tentative Start Date: January 18, 2020; Finish Date: February 22, 2020.
Spring L2C Cycle: Tentative Start Date: March 7, 2020; Finish Date: April 11, 2020.
N.B. A Wednesday evening L2C class from 7:30 to 9:30 PM will be offered in each cycle, subject
to public demand. Please contact the office for more details.
L2C Course Content.
Lesson 1: Let’s Get Started!
Part 1: The Basics of Curling.
Part 2: Walking on Ice; Beginner Drills; Introduction to the Balanced Delivery Technique.
Lesson 2: Balanced Delivery Technique II (Flat foot, no-lift delivery).
Part 1: Approach to Hack; Stance; Hack Foot Placement; Slider Foot Placement.
Part 2: Aim, Lowering to Delivery Position; Grip (Curling stone, Stabilizer).
Part 3: Introduction to Delivery Pull-back (Backward Motion), Delivery Slide-Forward (Forward Motion).
Lesson 3: Balanced Delivery Technique III.
Part 1: Follow-through and Release.
Part 2: How to grip the curling stone; Turns (rotation) and Handles.
Part 3: Sliding Drills & Full-sheet shooting.
Part 4 (time permitting): Introduction to Sweeping.
Lesson 4: Sliding Straight & Brushing.
Part 1: (Target) Line of Delivery.
Part 2: Brushing (Sweeping) Basics.
Part 3: Sweeping Communication and Judgment exercises.
Lesson 5: Shot-making & Playing the Game.
Part 1: Types of curling shots (guard, draw, hit).
Part 2: Weight control exercises.
Part 3: Introduction to situational curling.
Lesson 6: Enough Lessons, Let’s Play!
Part 1: On-ice player positioning; player roles.
Part 2: “Real” game-playing with situational play and strategy.
IMPORTANT: Scheduling is subject to change. Please confirm lesson dates and times on the Ice Calendar or with the RMCC Office.
The RMCC will provide you with curling sliders, stabilizers, brushes, and mandatory safety equipment (i.e. head protection, rubber grippers). However, we ask that you come to each lesson with the following:
- A clean pair of running shoes (N.B. No street worn shoes are permitted on the ice).
- Warm (layered) clothing (i.e. loose fitting/stretchable pants, sweater and/or jacket).
- NO JEANS!
Please arrive 20 minutes early to change into your gear.
Each class includes a theoretical (off-ice) segment of 20 to 25 minutes, followed by a warm-up/ stretching program of three to five minutes just prior to the on-ice practice period of approximately 75 to 85 minutes.
N.B. For the first lesson only, the warm-up will take place immediately after an off-ice session of 50 to 55 minutes. The practice period will also be 50 to 55 minutes.
Provided space is available and with the co-ordinator’s permission, RMCC full members can participate in L2C sessions without incurring any additional fees. The $150 fee applies to all other member categories and will be automatically charged to their account, or in the case of non-members must be paid in advance. The full fee will be credited against any new RMCC membership.