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FAQ's

COVID FAQ
Q - Will there be any rule changes for the sport of curling because of COVID safety concerns?
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Yes, following Curling Canada’s recommendations, the “Single-Sweeper Rule” will be obeyed during all games at the Sherwood Park Curling Club during the 2020-21 season:  The “Single-Sweeper Rule” means that: only one sweeper maximum is permitted at all times, no “relaying” (no sweeper taking over for another sweeper at any time), no sweeping an opponent’s stone after it passes the T-Line and no one aside from the dedicated sweeper for a shot can sweep any stone (including ticks and bumps and raises).

Q - Will there be any other changes to the on-ice experience this season?
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Yes, following Curling Canada’s recommendations, there will be a number of changes to the on-ice curling experience. Some of these on-ice changes will include: No handshakes (consider a “raise-of-the-broom” instead)  No touching other curler’s stones with your hand (use your broom or foot instead)  No “bare-hand” cleaning of the bottom of your stone (use your glove or broom instead) No group congregating on the backboards. Standing locations: all players should obey physical distancing recommendations during play. See Curling Canada sheet diagram. There will likely be other changes to your on-ice experience as well (e.g., the method of scorekeeping and measuring, the manner of entering the ice area, loaner equipment availability, doubles board handling, etc.). These changes will be determined and announced prior to the opening of the curling season.

Q - Is the SPCC permitted to use all 8 of its sheets of ice at the same time during the 2020- 21 curling season?
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Yes, according to Phase 2 of the AHS Guidelines, a facility like the SPCC is permitted to use all 8 sheets of ice at the same time to normal capacity because curling is considered a non-contact activity that can be enjoyed while maintaining physical distance.

Q - What if members of my team are from the same household? Can we use two sweepers? 
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No. Whether one is from the same household or not, the “Single-Sweeper Rule” will be maintained for all SPCC leagues.

Q - Will all SPCC Leagues be playing during the 2020-21 season? 
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At this point in time we are offering all leagues. Additional programming is being reviewed.

Q - Will the SPCC Junior Program(s) be operating at normal capacity? 
A - Currently, the SPCC is still determining the capacity limits for all junior programs.

Q - Will league fee refunds be issued if AHS reverts back toward Phase 1 or if the SPCC is required to shut down for public health reasons? 
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 Please refer to our updated refund policy

Q - Will Waivers and Declarations of Compliance be required? 
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Yes. Users of the SPCC facility will be expected to complete Waivers and Declarations of Compliance. The Declaration of Compliance will declare that one will not knowingly enter the GARC and the SPCC if they are experiencing any COVID related symptoms. Waivers and Declarations of Compliance will be completed during your online registration. 

Q - Will masks be required?
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The public areas of GARC (entrances and main stairs) would be included in "indoor public spaces" and may become areas where mask wearing is required. Our lease with the county would have to be reviewed to determine if our locker room and lounge fall under "indoor public spaces". 

We do not anticipate that the actual ice surface would be declared indoor public space and it would not be safe to use masks while playing the game due to the required physical exertion.

However, as we have reviewed our space in preparation for this season, we have realized that there are many places where it is not possible to maintain 2 meter physical distancing during the movement of teams through the club. For the safety of our members and staff, the club will be requiring masks be worn from the time that members enter SPCC space until they are on the ice preparing to start their games and again from the end of games until they leave SPCC space. The only exception would be when they are seated in the lounge area for food or drink service.

Q - Will loaner equipment (e.g. brooms, sliders, stabilizers) still be available? 
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The availability of loaner equipment at the SPCC still remains to be determined. If loaner equipment is made available then proper sanitizing protocols will be in place to ensure a low-risk, responsible use. The SPCC encourages participants to purchase their own curling equipment and to put their names on their equipment.

Q - Will water dispensers be available? 
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SPCC will not have water dispensers on ice. However, you are welcome to bring your own water bottles within the GARC water fountains.

Q - Will there still be 50/50 draws?
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Fundraising opportunities such as 50/50 draws still remain to be determined.

Q - Will non-curling guests / spectators be permitted at the SPCC? What about just in the Lounge? 
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At this time we cannot confirm or deny whether non-curling patrons will be permitted at the SPCC. Any decisions on this front will be made in alignment with AHS Guidelines and with the best interests of our SPCC community in mind.

Q - Will the SPCC be providing “make-up games” that were missed by teams at the end of last season? 
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In consultation with the Board, given the logistical hurdles required by “make-up games,” it has been determined that there will be no make-up games from last season. 

Q - What about SPCC bonspiels, adult-plus, and non-curling events? 
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The SPCC still hopes to be able to run such events in some modified capacity. Further details will be provided as they become available.

Q - Will the Senior Leagues still have a coffee station available? 
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The availability of some kind of a coffee station for our Senior Leagues has not yet been determined. Further details will be provided as they become available.

Q - Will sanitizer and sanitizing wipes be made available at the SPCC? 
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Yes, sanitizer and sanitizing wipes will be made available throughout the GARC and SPCC facility, including entrance / exit and higher-touch point areas.

Q - Will there be proper signage and directional traffic within the facility? 
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Yes, there will be proper signage and directional traffic within the facility. You can trust that your experience at the SPCC will be structured accordingly.

Q - How will rock handles and scoreboards be cleaned?
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As of right now, we hope to have staff members or trained volunteers thoroughly clean rock handles in between draws. This will allow for the use of stronger disinfectants and PPE to protect those doing the cleaning. During games, players will only touch their own rocks. We are looking at alternative scorekeeping ideas as sanitizing the entire scoreboard between draws will be time consuming. 

Q - Where will curlers sit to put on their shoes?
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Our locker area is not large enough to accomodate 64 curlers with 2 meter distancing. Some congestion will be eliminated by having staggered draw times and as well we are looking at using our lounge as a staging area. 

Q - Will we be able to use our lockers next season?
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Lockers will not be available for purchase to members. Lockers will be available for game time use. All details are yet to be determined and will be released upon decision. 

Q - Can I curl at more than one club this season?
A - As of now, as long as both clubs follow the 2 meter social distancing rules on and off the ice, the guidelines from the government DO NOT require curlers to limit themselves to a single group of 50 players (cohort). You should be able to play in multiple leagues at multiple clubs if the rules stay as they are currently (July 17, 2020). AHS has posted more information on cohorts here: https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/covid-19-relaunch-guidance-cohorts.pdf

Q - Will the lounge be open?
A - The future of SPCC Lounge in the 2020-21 season still remains to be determined. While we would like to have lounge service, we also have to maintain a safe environment for the members and staff and the food service provider must be able to make a reasonable profit. If all of these conditions can be met, the lounge will be open for business. 

Q - Will there be bonspiels this season?
A - As of right now, maybe. The current AHS guidelines would allow for local teams to play in a bonspiel as long as 2m distances are maintained at all times. Before any final decisions are made, the board would like to see how safely and efficiently we are able to operate for regular league play under the Return to Play guidelines. 

Q - What if our team doesn't feel comfortable returning to play?
A - Any team that decides to not play this season will have the option of taking the 2020-21 season off and be allowed to return in the 2021-22 season. Any teams wanting to do this must notify the SPCC office by email by August 6th. A waitlist team taking the spot would only be guaranteed to play in the league for the 2020-21 season. The waitlist team would also keep their place on the waiting list for the 2021-22 season. 

Q - Given that reality can be very different than what was imagined, what happens if my team commits to the season and after a week or two we feel like distancing isn't working and we feel unsafe?  What if some of the members of my team feel this way but not all?
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We have updated our refund policy for the 2020-21 season to reflect some of these concerns. If a member decided to start and then not finish the season, they would need to find a replacement player to fill their team spot and get the refund from that player for the "team" spot. Teams can have spares. Spares will be required to fill out our waiver forms and need to register as a SPARE at the SPCC for AHS tracing purposes and be registered on that league night.

Q - Are the members of my team also expected to distance from each other, meaning that there is no discussion of shots or strategy between the third and skip?
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The distancing rule applies to those that are not one of your cohorts. If the teammates are, then yes, discuss less than 6 ft apart.  The SPCC will not know who is or is not within your cohort's bubble and will require teams to apply the distancing rule amongst themselves. The one person sweeping applies to all at all times.

Q - What happens if during the season one or more members test positive for COVID-19 or there is an outbreak at the club?
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If one of our members is to test positive, Heather will be contacted by AHS and then SPCC will then be informed by AHS of the procedures to follow. Many options may be issued at that time and SPCC will be following the lead of AHS on how to respond. We have seen a variety of different scenarios fold out with localized positive tests from SuperStore in Sherwood Park, restaurant closures, pickleball notifications and such that each situation requires a different AHS response plan. If there is one or two members test positive, AHS will be notifying all those from that league date and time of the members involvement at SPCC. If there is an outbreak at the club or GARC, we follow the AHS procedures and the building may be shut down for complete disinfection and reopen when they allow us to do so. The SPCC will be directed by AHS on an appropriate response plan.

Q - Does COVID-19 suck? 
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Yes. COVID-19 really sucks. But, fortunately, curling is a low-risk social activity that can be enjoyed while maintaining physical distancing guidelines. The Sherwood Park Curling Club is committed to ensuring a positive, low-risk social activity and environment that will enable our community to benefit from the mental and physical virtues that make curling great.


Registration FAQ
Q - Will my teammates see that at least one of us on the roster has paid the initial $200 registration deposit so that I know we have HELD OUR SPOT and the rest of us have until September 1 to get our member league registration fee in?
 
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The online system will provide that information to you when you are signed into your SPCC profile under,  Member Information > My Teams.

Q - Do the other 3 players have to set up their own profile and pay their share or can they pay me and I pay the remaining team fee by Sept 1?
A - Each member needs to handle their own payments by Sept 1st. With our online system, every member will register themselves and get their profile information updated. Each time they log in, they see their curling schedule that relates to them. If they are in more than one league, then it will show all corresponding leagues. The SPCC office has had emergency situations and only had the "skips" info on file. The SPCC requires each member to be complete the waiver and be accessible to us. Thank you for taking the time to make us more accountable to you.

Q - Do the 5th and 6th persons on a roster get charged league fees?
A - The SPCC allows for 6 person rosters. For full payment of the team league fee to be marked as PAID IN FULL, 4 members out of the roster need to make individual payments. It does not matter which 4 make the payment as long as there are 4 in total. Once this is competed, all members on the roster are League Members confirmed and paid in full for the 2020/21 season. No, the extra players on the roster are not charged additionally. 

Our payment system takes 4 equal payments for the "team" registration. The teams have to decide on how to make payment among themselves for the 5th, 6th, 7th, etc . That is up to each team to arrange as there as so many different formulas and schedules for every team and way too much for the SPCC admin to manage.

Q - Why are teams only allowed 6 people on their rosters?
A - The rosters sizes are only 6 maximum for all leagues. If you have anymore, they are not a "league member" of the SPCC and are "sparing" for the team which is perfectly fine.  What it means for your 8 person roster is, in the playoffs, the 2 extras can not skip and are not registered in the system for the membership benefits of scheduling info, standings, practice ice sign up, sparing pool and free agents. If the 7th and 8th players want this, they can be added as an Associate membership rate and have these member benefits.

Q - Can a parent of more than one child registered in juniors do the enrolment of each child together in one payment?
A - The system is set up for individual registrations only. If you prefer to do one payment for more than one membership, please contact the SPCC office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange for group membership registration.

Q - My child does not have an email address and I cannot seem register them as I am a member of SPCC? How do I register them?
A - Each member requires their own email address including children.

Q - Will my child’s information be redirected to the parents email address?
A - The cardholder that made the payment will recieve the payment confirmation from the payment processing provider.  The email address attached to the junior's profile will receive the confirmation of registration email.  The SPCC junior program coordinator will be sending an invite to the parent/guardian emails for the TEAM SNAP communications tool.

Q - What does the eye icon mean? Is this visible to other members when they look up my team or try to contact my team?
A - Only select member profile information is visible to other SPCC members. The SPCC Office can view all your profile but that is confidential and we a-bid by confidentiality laws.

Q - Does all my personal information show to other members?
A - The only item to show is your phone number that you select to put down as a means of contact. Your email address will be hidden and you will receive a notification from a member. They will only be able to see your address if and when you respond to their email to you.

Q - Why do we need to put down all this contact information?
A - The phone number allows other members of the SPCC the ability to contact you directly (call or text) should they need to cancel or get ahold of one of the members on the team regarding the game. It takes the SPCC office and league rep out of the task of being the middle person trying to communicate between two teams. It is the teams responsibility to be respectful and provide the other team with enough notification should there be a cancellation.

Comment - I don’t want SPCC emails going to my work email.
A - The member profile allows you as the member to determine what address will be your means for communications. You decide on where the updates on SPCC games, events and notification go to. Each member requires their own email address to be a member of the SPCC.

Q - What is Free Agent Listing?
A - When a member is interested in creating a team or joining a team, this area allows the members of the SPCC to see what other interested members are seeking and allow teams and members to connect with each other. Organized Match making!

Q- When I book practice ice, is the sheet for me only or do I have to share it with others?
A - The SPCC would like the ice to be maximized by all members. In the 2016/17 season, the SPCC saw quite an increase in our members utilizing the practice ice times. We encourage the practice ice to be used by more than just one person. Sharing of the ice is advised. No hogging the ice. If you are by yourself and there are members waiting for ice, we hope you allow others to hop on and join you.

Q - My company is paying for the team, how do I register?
A - Once all rostered players have been confirmed that their contact information has been updated and the waivers have been signed, then the SPCC office will process the payment. Please contact the SPCC office for further details, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Q – What is the difference between sub listing and free agent listing?
A – To sub is to be a spare and come out once and awhile for a league. This sub tends to be someone that is not available to play on a full time basis. FREE AGENT is someone looking to play on a league team throughout the entire season and become a player on the roster. This free agent is putting it out there to SPCC members that they are available for the full season and is willing to pay for their position as a full time member on the team. Full agent listings are the SPCC office means of connecting interested players to other interested players. It is the members responsible to create the team or teams if possible. It is like a match making service for teams.

Q – Where do I sign up as a Free Agent?
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Under the heading FREE AGENT in the Members Menu, follow the prompt “CLICK HERE” feature to continue registration process.

Q – I want to pay for more than just me (full team, more than 1 child or my partner), how can I do that online?
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The system only allows for one person payment. Contact the SPCC office directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 780-467-9412 to arrange group payment processing (more than one member payment processing)

Q - Do we have to fill out all of the member profile information?
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Yes. Many of our team roster have minimal contact information for our members. When an accident occurs, the SPCC staff need to know how to reach every member. When the SPCC communicates to our over 1100 members, current email addresses are required so that the newsletters goes out to everyone, not "just the skip".

Additionally, the SPCC seeks grants and sponsorship(s) plus reports to Curling Alberta and Curling Canada The data gathered from the profiles helps provide the current status of our club. Many clubs across Canada haven’t a clue what their membership base is actually.  

We have implemented the Curling Club Manager to assist the SPCC office in managing our members and lower the amount of administrative hours required to do that.

 


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Glen Allan Recreation Complex
199 Georgian Way
Sherwood Park, AB
T8A 2W9

Contact Us

Mailing Address:
PO Box 3536
Sherwood Park, AB
T8H 2T4

Phone:
780.467.9412

Email:
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Club Information

The Sherwood Park Curling Club is an 8 sheet facility that is home to over 1000 active members and is run out of the Glen Allen Recreation Complex in Sherwood Park, AB.

The SPCC hosts 20 full leagues and programs weekly. Our leagues include ladies, men, mixed, juniors, open, seniors and adult beginners. We are wheel chair accessible and pride ourselves on educating and promoting the sport of curling in our community.

We embrace all levels of curling from beginners to competitive players. Come Rock with Us!

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