Thanks to the Tulsa Oilers organization and the Oilers Ice Center, curling will soon be a reality in Tulsa. As part of their recent renovations, the Oilers Ice Center has laid curling rings under their ice and are preparing to procure curling rocks. While the open house is still a couple of weeks away, you can sign up NOW to take part in the Tulsa Curling Club inaugural season! The tentative season plans/information are as follows:
- A ten week season (starting Feb. 25th and running through April 28th) on Saturday nights that will consist of two weeks of instruction and 8 weeks of competition.
- There are four players per team. All players must be at least 21 years of age.
- The cost will be $160 per person or $640 for a team of four.
Space will be limited this first season so if you already KNOW you want to play you can sign up and reserve your spot. Follow the link below to complete the registration process.
DROP IN CURLING SESSIONS:
Drop In Sessions are limited to 24 people per session. Cost to drop in is $15 for Tulsa Curling Club Members and $20 for Non-members. All players must be at least 10 years of age. Children must be supervised by an adult. Drop In Sessions are a chance for people to tryout curling without joining the league and for Tulsa Curling Club members to get a little extra practice for their league games. You can reserve your spot for the first drop in session by paying in advance your drop in fee at the Oilers Ice Center or by calling 918-252-0011. Reserve today, these drop in sessions are sure to fill up fast!
Posted: Feb 15, 2012 7:13 PM CSTUpdated: Feb 15, 2012 7:13 PM CST
In no way is the sport of curling “new” – the first written record of the game can be found in Scotland back in February of 1541.
But the sport is new to Green Country, with the Oilers Ice Center getting ready to launch an all-new Curling league on February 25th.
If you’re interested in joining the league, which already has 14 teams, you can register at the Ice Center. You can also call the center at 918-252-0011.
Rookies Tryout For New Tulsa Curling Club
TULSA, Oklahoma – As athletes all over the world gear up for the 2012 Games, Olympic fever is catching on in Tulsa.
Curling is one of the sports people are curious about. It’s an Olympic oddity combining rocks, brooms and emotions.
It’s like shuffleboard on ice.
For many, it’s a strangely addicting show on ice, even if they have no idea what’s going on.
Rookies to the sport of curling, like Christine Couri of Broken Arrow, showed up at Oilers Ice Center Saturday to see if they have what it takes to join a new Tulsa Curling Club.
“Well, after seeing curling on the Olympics, it looked easy,” she said.
“The idea is to get your stone to go all the way down the ice,” said Jonathan Havercroft of the Oklahoma City Curling Club.
Players aim for a target all the way at the other end of the rink, while their teammates frantically sweep the ice in front of the stone.
“The brooms melt the ice and they help the rocks fly further and straighter,” Havercroft said.
If the rules seemed confusing, organizers had a handout that explained everything, but the best thing seemed to be to chuck it away and get onto the ice.
“The challenge of trying to see, ‘OK, can I make this thing go that far and can I make it go in a straight line,'” said Hugh Niewoehner of Tulsa.
It takes a lot of balance and everyone wobbles their first few times.
“It’s not a good thing to fall, but if you fall without landing on your head, it’s not too bad,” said Rick Urquhart of Broken Arrow.
Once the rookies got the hang of it, they were ready to go for the gold.
“It’s a very social sport,” Urquhart said. “You get out on the ice as a team and you curl with other people. Then, usually when you’re off the ice, you have a couple of beers.”
Just don’t drink and drive—down the ice.
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