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Stick Curling

The curling delivery can be very demanding. Even people with healthy, athletic bodies have a difficult time mastering the skill. It may be the case that you no longer can use the traditional balanced flat-footed delivery. For those who choose, the game can be played with the use a throwing device for delivery purposes. Terms like the "stick" and "extender" are commonly used for the throwing device. Curlers may choose this device for a variety of reasons:

  • General health issue
  • Back and knee problems
  • Any loss of mobility

Most clubs today accept the use of the throwing device in league play. Check with your league coordinator for any specific rules that may prohibit its use. The World Curling Federation has no specific language regarding the use of the device. The rules do state however that "the rock must be delivered by the hand". This would prevent the use of the throwing device in any event leading to world play.

The device was originally created to allow less mobile curlers a chance to continue curling when their lack of mobility would have normally caused them to quit. As throwing devices gain more popularity, rules and regulations will be written. Already, some clubs have disallowed the free switching of hand and device deliveries. This is due to the unfair advantage the device thrower has when throwing heavy weight.

Throwing Device Mechanics


Begin by placing the foot into the hack as with the traditional delivery. Place the opposite foot just behind the hack foot. Hold the device firmly with a slightly bent elbow. Unlike the traditional delivery, place the handle straight.

Forward Motion

Placing the left foot behind the hack at setup helps the body begin the forward motion. Once established in the setup position, begin moving forward by walking toward the skip's broom. Keep the rock straight until release.


Before the rock reaches the hog line, rotate your hand either palm-up or palm down, depending on the turn. Extend the arm slightly. Keep the elbow close to the body for a clean release.

Rules Pertaining to the Throwing Device

The following are the generally accepted rules for throwing device use.

  • You must start with the "throwing arm" side foot in the hack.
  • The walking path must extend toward the skip's broom along the line of delivery
  • The rock must be released before the rock touches the hog line
  • If a player starts a game with the stick, they must complete the game with a stick
  • Not allowed in most championship events

(From the CurlingSchool.com - The Curling Manual - Section 4  http://www.curlingschool.com/manual2007/Section4.html)

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Season Start

We still face some uncertainty with the construction schedule but are planning to have ice in early December. Rather than starting leagues right away, we will wait until after the holidays to begin league play. That will give us 3-4 weeks to acclimate to our new facility as well as curling with COVID restrictions. We will also use this time to train and engage new curlers as noted in small, scheduled training sessions. We plan on plenty of opportunities for open play, likely encouraging curlers planning to join leagues to come to curl on those designated evenings before formal league play begins.

Given the uncertainties of membership (both new and existing member participation), we are planning on the same league structure as in prior years. Our additional space will allow us to easily accept more curlers in those leagues if demand is there. And if there is interest in developing new curling opportunities, there should be plenty of available ice time that we can create those opportunities as we go. 

With our new facility, we also can extend the season. Given curling will not be available until December, a bit over a month later than normal, we will plan to extend our season through April 2021.


Our club offers the following curling opportunities. Briefly, they are:



Open League – 5:30 - 9 pm

  • Sign up as a full team, partial team, or individual.
  • Teams contain any combination of males and females
  • student members eligible, full time or as subs


Daytime – 9:30am-Noon

  • Teams formed with people who arrive to curl at each draw time

Open League – 5:30 - 9 pm

  • Sign up as a full team, partial team, or individual.
  • Teams contain any combination of males and females
  • student members eligible, full time or as subs


Ladies Evening – 6:00 or 8:15 pm

  • Sign up as full team, partial team, or individual.
  • student members eligible, full time or as subs


Daytime – 9:30am-Noon

  • Teams formed with people who arrive to curl at each draw time

Men’s League- 6:00 & 8:15 pm

  • Sign up as a full team, partial team, or individual.
  • student members eligible, full time or as subs


Open/Social  - 6:00 pm

  • Signup for individual weeks and draws.
  • Sign up as a single, couple, or full team
  • Special events will be held and described on the event page.
  • Signups are located in the member league tab.


Open/Pickup Games  - 8:30 am

  • Signup for individual weeks and draws.
  • Sign up as a single, couple, or full team
  • Special events will be held and described on the event page.
  • Signups are located in the member league tab.



Open, 5 and under  - 4:30 pm

  • Sign up as a single, couple
    • Full Teams allowed if the team has a minimum of 4 years experience total or more
  • Sign up as full team, partial team, or individual.
  • Student members eligible, full time or as subs




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Are you new to curling and interested in giving it a try? 

Typically the Stevens Point Curling Club host "Learn to Curls" where we invite the public to come out and try curling.  Due to COVID, we are not holding these events but we still want to give people the ability to try curling and introduce people to the sport.   We will be offering small group to all who are interested! If you're interested please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information!    

Watch a quick two-minute introduction to curling video!

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The 2020-21 Season Challenge

The first season in a new club presents a host of uncertainties in terms of both expected recurring and one-time costs. On top of that, we will be learning to manage debt for the first time and have the extraordinary uncertainty of COVID. COVID will cause some regular members not to curl as well as limit the number of new curlers impacting our revenue. It will also bring new costs to our club to effectively manage COVID. And, significantly it may cause us to lose or limit one of our primary sources of revenue for the club – Bonspiels.

Not an ideal financial environment for our first year. Yet we have done considerable planning and are confident we can manage our way through it. It will not be without challenges, but once we get through this first extraordinary season, we will be well-positioned to thrive in the coming years.

If you should decide that you are not comfortable participating due to COVID this year, we ask you to consider paying membership dues regardless to help us get through this season.

Your board thanks you for your support regardless!

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Update! 11/4/2020

Due to more unforeseen events, the concrete is still waiting to be installed. We are now on schedule to have ice around the 21st of December, since the holidays are right around the corner from that date, we plan to have open curling when the ice is available and leagues will start at the beginning of the year.  Due to the shorten timing we are fortunate to have a BRAND NEW facility that is capable of having ice all year round, so we do plan to extend the season into the spring to make up for some lost time.


Update! 10/5/2020

We broke ground in April as planned and much of the construction has proceeded on schedule. The project is really broken into 2 major parts. Keller has managed all aspects of construction except for the Icehouse floor, refrigeration systems, and air systems. The Keller portion which is almost 80% of the project has amazingly had virtually no delays related to COVID. All walls are up and painted, drop ceilings are going in, floor treatments are beginning this week. They expect to formally turn the building over to us in mid-November. On the other hand, the Icehouse portion has been riddled with COVID related delays, the most challenging has been the need to change subcontractors for our concrete floor and then having to work around the new subcontractors already busy schedule. We had planned to begin Icehouse work in late July. That portion of the project just started last week. Still, we hope to close the schedule gap. The current schedule calls for us to pour the concrete floor at the end of October. The floor then needs 30 days to cure leaving us scheduled to make ice in the first week of December. The original plan was to have ice by October 15th, so the best case at this point is we are about 45 days behind schedule. 

At the same time, we have had subcommittees working hard on everything else needed to start curling in our new facility…curling stones, other icehouse needs (circles, hacks, bumpers, curling surface, walkways, cameras, scoreboards), Ice Prep systems, lockers, kitchen equipment, bar design and build, bar equipment, liquor license, bar procedures, technology, security and clubhouse furnishings are all projects in the works.

This is a MAJOR project, but a labor of love for the board and all involved. We will have a facility that is extremely comfortable, functional, unique, and will provide a fantastic curling environment. We can’t wait for you to see the facility, if you have not already, and especially to start curling!


Funding – 

Just as we were finalizing facility design plans, securing subcontractors, and signing contracts in March, the potential impacts of COVID were becoming apparent creating much uncertainty. Given the extraordinary gift from Sentry, the support from the Village of Plover, and the state of construction plans, the board decided to move forward with the project. If we paused the project at that point, we risked losing the funding and costs would spiral. We literally took a leap of faith. We continued our fundraising efforts to close our $700,000 gap, but by April, it was clear that the environment had changed dramatically. Local foundations understandably made COVID related community needs priority over capital projects. Local businesses found their future clouded in financial uncertainty with many cutting back or even temporarily closing. We needed to shift gears and pursue financing. Our original plans called for only a $200,000 new facility loan from the USCA. Now we were in search of another $700,000 in loans in addition to securing the USCA loan. We were again blessed with strong members and community support. The Pineries Bank stepped forward right away and provided a $200,000 loan. The Village of Plover also responded to our COVID funding impact agreeing to a $500,000 mortgage against our building. We are still working to secure the originally planned loan through the USCA. The U.S. and World curling organizations who fund this loan have experienced heavy COVID impact with curling events and funding derived from those events in jeopardy. We are still hopeful this will come through but have a back-up plan in place from the Pineries to step-in if needed. 

While we have been successful in securing the funds to fulfill our contractual commitments, we have also added a layer of new costs for our club to service the debt. Unfortunately, those costs will drive an increase in dues which we had not originally planned. Dues are further detailed below.


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The Stevens Point Curling Club plans to build a dedicated ice facility that can support current programming and expand opportunities for youth, senior, and wheelchair curlers to participate in the sport. In addition to league curling, bonspiels, and championships, this expanded facility will offer the space needed to host special interest groups and school classes of all ages.


Ideal Location

The Portage County Curling Facility will be located in Lake PacawaPark in the Village of Plover. The facility is a key component of the village’s long-term plan for the redevelopment of the park, which is nestled between Hoover Avenue South and Interstate 39. The location is easily accessible for all residents of Portage County and visitors to the area from greater Wisconsin and across the nation.

Facility Design

The approximately 20,000 square foot facility will feature four curling sheets, which will double the number of people who can currently curl at any given time. The design allows for an expansion of two additional sheets should be needed.

Outside Sentry Curling Center Rendering

Inside Sentry Curling Center Rendering


Features include:

  • wheelchair accessibility
  • tiered "warm room" to optimize spectator viewing options
  • professional-grade kitchen, with a fireplace, numerous tables, and comfortable sofas for socializing.

The space will also be available for use by other community organizations and for rentals during the spring and summer.

Benefits to the Community

A state-of-the-art, four-sheet curling facility in Portage County will:

  • Improve Portage County quality of life by ensuring affordable access to a winter sport that can be played in all weather conditions.
  • Meet the growing demand for interscholastic youth curling programs in area high schools and junior high schools, and promote curling to other youth groups/organizations.
  • Improve access to winter sport for residents with developmental and physical challenges, including those requiring the use of wheelchairs.
  • Attract more tourist dollars to Portage County through hosting larger multiple day curling tournaments, known as bonspiels, and national championships.
  • Serve as an additional community facility to host non-profit groups and other activities to benefit Portage County.
  • Enhance community pride with the addition of a first class facility in the heart of curling country.




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