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Tuesday Matinee

Tuesday Matinee

Tuesday Matinee is drop-in curling. We generally play 4-on-4 games, but based on the number of participants and their interest, we can play 4-on-3, 3-on-3, doubles, and/or singles. In the past there has occasionally an opportunity for throwing (practicing) on a side sheet, but this subject to ice availability, and we are getting larger attendance in 2018-19, so practice in conjunction with Tuesday Matinee has usually not been possible. We like to have at most three (preferably two) players practicing on a sheet, so sometimes practice is not possible for everybody (or anybody), due to numbers. It is rarely, if ever, possible to throw on a sheet by yourself. Tuesday Matinee is generally about group play (or group practice). We have occasionally filled up, going back to the last weeks of Spring 2018, so sign up each week as soon as you know you can come. Registration opens Saturday at 1:00 PM 10 days before the Tuesday.

Tuesday Matinee is open to all members. You do NOT need to indicate interest in Tuesday Matinee during registration to play, but please do tick the box if you have some interest, and I'll include you in a weekly reminder on Sundays to sign up, plus scattered other announcements, about weather cancellations, our end-of-year party, unofficial/extra sessions, etc. (But you can tick the box and then opt out from those emails at any time if you want.) If you are putting a bonspiel team together, Tuesday Matinee is a great way (perhaps your only way) to come out to play a practice game as a team!

Tuesday Matinee is great for new or less experienced curlers, because there are no set teams and no standings. If you need to work on your game, this is perfect for you. If we lose today, we get a free beer, and next week no one remembers. While we try our best, having fun and improving your game are as much or more important than winning the game. There is plenty of on-ice humor, and you are as likely to get advice from an opponent as from a teammate. You can work on elements of your game or experiment with your delivery in ways that you may not feel comfortable with during a league game that "counts". It is a good way to improve your game, to learn what works for you and what doesn't. We also have accumulated a collection of drills to help with your game if you happen to get a practice sheet. Working through these drills, together with fellow curlers, both new and more experienced, help to make practice more fun and productive.

Tuesday Matinee is also a great opportunity to try skipping or playing vice, even as a novice curler. Your opposing vice/skip will be very happy to coach you (honestly, fairly, and repeatedly) -- the game doesn't count anyway, and we always need skips. Please come and skip! Even if you are not ready to skip in league games, starting to understand the strategy and tactics at that end of the sheet will enrich your games immensely!

Please sign up in advance (by 3:45) each week, so we know how many sheets to prepare. Let the League Coordinator (Scott) know if you cannot sign up. We try to sort out teams and sheets at 5:00 sharp. Try to arrive and be ready to play by 5:00, or let the coordinator know if you will be late. Email, call, or text: my email and mobile number are on the Member Info and Roster tabs. Often we can save a "hole" for you on a three-person team that you can slot into when you arrive (even routinely, if you can pretty much never make it right on time), but we have to know you are coming.

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[Updated January 2019]

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