COVID-19 Update

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Both the Ontario and Quebec provincial governments have issued new public health orders in order to help blunt the spread of the new Omicron variant.

This means that new measures must be put in place by our member clubs in order to be compliant with the new orders.

FOR ONTARIO CLUBS: Please see this summary published by CurlON:

Ontario strengthens response to Omicron

At 4:00 pm Friday, December 17th, Premier Ford announced new measures to be implemented across the Province effective at 12:01 am on Sunday, December 19th.
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What does this release mean for our clubs:The indoor capacity is reduced to 50%. (For the lounge area this means 50% of your posted AGCO capacity, for the ice shed it means 50% of your fire code capacity – in curling we are able to continue with 8 people per sheet)

Post a sign showing your official capacity limits that are permitted in the establishment. Limit the number of people at a table to 10 persons and all patrons must remain seated at all times.

Bars and Restaurants (including curling lounges) are required to close at 11:00 pm. The Sale of alcohol is prohibited after 10:00 pm and consumption after 11:00 pm.

Food and Drink at indoor sporting events is prohibited unless in a restaurant setting subject to rules stated. Note this does not affect curling except for larger events Ontario Scotties or Ontario Tankard.

Also remember to monitor your health units websites as they may issue a Section 22 order at any time further restricting activities within their jurisdicion. CurlON has provided a quick reference sheet and will be updating it daily starting Monday morning. www.curl-on.ca/covid-19

Good luck and stay safe over the holiday season.

Curling Quebec guidelines will be posted as they become available.

FOR CURLERS: Please monitor your emails and social media. Many area clubs have already shut down early for the Christmas break, and have cancelled practice ice and rentals.

From all of us at the OVCA, stay safe, have a Happy Holidays and remember – we’ll get through this TOGETHER!

Little Rocks Championship Update

It is with great disappointment that the OVCA announces the cancellation of the 2021-22 OVCA/Hogline Curlers Proshop Little Rocks Championship

The ongoing and rapidly changing public health situation has, once again, made this the most prudent decision at this time.

On behalf of the Little Rocks Championship organizing committee and our sponsor,  we hopefully look forward to running this event in 2022-23.

OVCA U21 Superspiel Qualifier

(PHOTO: Team Zacharias – 2019 Brokerlink OVCA U21 Superspiel Champions)

The teams are in and the draws are set. The Almonte Curling Club hosts the OVCA U21 Superspiel Qualifier Bonspiel starting on Nov 19th.

Visit the website at https://qualifier.ovca.com

The Qualifier gives OVCA-based U21 teams a chance to play their way into the prestigious Brokerlink/OVCA U21 Superspiel – a world-renowned tournament that has featured curling susperstars such as John Morris, Kaitlytn Lawes, Rachal Homan and Bruce Mouat.

The Qualifier’s website features the list of teams and the draw for the weekend. The site will also post the COVID-19 protocols for the event.

CurlON FREE Clinic Series

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CurlON is offering you a chance to build your skills for free!

Clubs in the OVCA are offering free 3-hour Skills Analysis courses, designed for curlers with some experience to receive instruction and analysis on their delivery, sweeping and strategy.

These clinics are OPEN TO ALL – not just members of the presenting clubs!

These clinics are for curlers with PRIOR CURLING EXPERIENCE, and do not replace Adult Learn to Curl for new curlers. Participants must bring their own curling equipment. Optional modules can also be added to the day at the cost of $20.

For more information on the Free Clinic Series, visit CurlON’s website.

Please see links below for dates, locations, and registration. Registration links will take you to CurlON’s registration website. The OVCA is not responsible for the content, registration, or delivery of these clinics.

November 06 @ Perth Curling Club – INFO & REGISTER

November 13 @ RCN (Navy) Curling Club – INFO & REGISTER

November 20 @ North Grenville Curling Club – INFO & REGISTER

LTC Train the Trainer Seminar

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The OVCA is hosting a Learn to Curl “Train the Trainer” seminar on Sunday, October 17th.

The seminar will be hosted by the Ottawa Golf and Hunt Club, and will run from 9:30am until 3:30pm

The seminar consists of:

  • morning coffee and treats
  • lunch
  • Trainers Guide to the LTC program and instruction
  • Expert guidance from seasoned trainers

This one-day course will give new instructors the tools they need to run a learn to curl program featuring classroom review of the curriculum, interactive discussion and on-ice sessions; please bring your curling equipment for live, integrated training.

Class size is limited. Clubs may register up to three (3) representatives.

Registration is NOW OPEN for the seminar. Please note that there may be a nominal registration fee charged at registration the day of the event.

Welcome to the new OVCA.com

Thanks for taking a moment to visit the new digs. We hope you like what we’ve done to the place!

Our new website features most of the same functionality of our previous site, along with some new self-serve features that will make it easier for you to promote your clubs programs and bonspiels with us.

The website features:

  • Our events calendar, where you can promote your inter-club bonspiels, or your Open Houses.
  • A NEW self-serve “classified” section where you can promote your Learn to curl programs, or advertise openings in your youth or adult programming
  • A NEW self-serve youth free-agent listing service, where players can find teams, teams can find players, or coaches can find a team to coach for the upcoming season.

We’re still pulling the down the scaffolding and packing away the drop cloths, so if you find something that doesn’t quite work right or needs a bit of finishing, let us know at info@ovca.com

Good curling in 2021!

Hunt Club Looking for Curling Coordinator

The Hunt Club is looking for an Associate Curling Coordinator.

The successful candidate will report to and work alongside the Curling Manager/Head Ice Technician.

The focus of all staff is directed to Member service and the enhancement of our Members’ experience. Hours will be flexible and will include early mornings through evening and weekend requirements.

For more information, see the attached document.