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MIXED LEAGUES

The Oakwood - Mixed Event - Fridays

Named for the street the curling club is on, all members of the KMCC can participate in the Mixed League Event. The event occurs on Friday evenings throughout the season and is divided into two sessions. The first starts around the opening of the club and ends in January. The second session starts shortly after the first and continues through the rest of the season. Teams are made up of either members wishing to participate together or couples/individuals requesting the committee to form teams for the event. Teams generally consist of two men and two women. For information, contact Oakwood Committee.

Thursday Open Curling League - Thursdays, 6:30 pm

Every Thursday evening will be open curling for KMCC members, both men and women. Teams will be decided at the beginning of each session. This is a great opportunity for curling, fun and socializing. For information, contact Thursday Open Event Committee.

College Curling - Sundays, 7pm
College curling runs from late October through late March. For information, contact College Curling.
 

MENS LEAGUES

Wisconsin Event - Mondays, 6:30pm

Held every Monday evening from November through March with awards given for each event at the end of the season. Teams are selected by the committee and/or skips through a draft procedure matching teams as closely as possible. Every individual male member of the club is invited to participate. Due to the large participation, there are usually two shift curling. One shift of ten teams will curl starting around 6:00 PM with the remainder of teams curling following the conclusion of the first shift. Teams will rotate to allow for early and late participation. Teams curling the early shift many times will arrange with other teams to cook and eat at the club. For more information, contact Wisconsin Event.

Biersach Event - Wednesdays, 2 shifts: 6:15 + 8:30

Held every Wednesday evening from November through March. This event is competitive with teams formed by the teams members. Although offered to all full membership male individuals, curling on a team is by invitation only. For more information, contact Biersach Committee.

WISCA - weekdays at 10:00 am
WISCA is a men's league for players 55 years of age and older. Games are scheduled at various clubs in South Central Wisconsin, Southeastern Wisconsin and including Chicago. Games are played weekdays at 10:00 am. For information, contact WISCA Representative.
 

WOMENS LEAGUES

Moonrocks - Tuesdays, 6:30pm

Held on Tuesday evenings from approximately November into January, Moonrocks is the first session of curling. Moonrocks is followed by the second session called Night Owls. The third session closing out the curling season is called the All American and is sponsored by the USWCA. Awards are given for each event at the end of the season.

Teams are selected by the skips through a draft procedure matching teams as closely as possible. Every individual female member of the club is invited to participate. After each game, the Kettle teams take turns cooking dinner and enjoying a meal together. Meals are paid for separately. An evening of competitive fun, social sharing and friendship is always enjoyed. For information, contact Moonrocks Chairwoman.

Pins are awarded for each session at the Kettle's Spring Dinner.

Night Owls - Tuesdays, 6:30 pm - begins January 12, 2010

Held on Tuesday evening following the Moonrock's event, Night Owl's starts in January and lasts for approximately 6 weeks. Awards are given for this event at the end of the season. Night Owls is followed by the third session, the All American, sponsored by the USWCA. Teams are selected by the skips through a draft procedure matching teams as closely as possible. Every individual female member of the club is invited to participate. After each game, the Kettle teams take turns cooking dinner and enjoying a meal together. Meals are paid for separately. An evening of competitive fun, social sharing and friendship is always enjoyed. For information, contact Night Owls Chairwoman.

Pins are awarded for each session at the Kettle's Spring Dinner.

The All American
This event is held both on Tuesday evening following the Night Owl's event as well as Thursday mornings following the Open Event. Awards are given for this event at the end of the season.
Teams are selected by the skips through a draft procedure matching teams as closely as possible. Every individual female member of the club is invited to participate. The event is sponsored by the United States Women's Association. The national organization provides award pins as well as the winner's names in the US Curling News. For information, contact All American Chair.
Kettles Open - Thursdays 9:30 am
Held every Thursday morning from November through February, this event is a double round robin. The event is available to all Kettle's. Teams select their own members. This event is more competitive than any other event offered for women at the club.
The All American, sponsored by the United States Women's Association is held following the Open and concludes the daytime curling season. Teams are selected by the skips through a draft procedure matching teams as closely as possible. Every individual female member of the club is invited to participate. For information, contact Kettles Open Event.

JUNIOR LEAGUES

Junior Curling
Held on every Sunday afternoon from October through February. All young adults are welcome to join in the fun. Membership is provided as a community function at a very nominal fee with family membership to the club not required..

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When is it? The program is split into teen juniors and non-teen juniors. Teen juniors have ice time every Sunday from 4:00pm

Q: What kind of program is it? The program is rooted in making Curling a fun experience with the opportunity for all juniors to work on their skills and take the sport to whatever level they desire. We start our stretching at 4:00 pm for 10 minutes. Then a lesson is taught and practiced for the next 20 minutes. The remaining portion of the time the curlers are separated onto teams and play a game.

Q: How young is too young? At Kettle Moraine Curling Club (KMCC) we have full sized curling stones (40 lbs.) and so-called ‘little rocks’ (about 12 lbs). So we have the opportunity to take very young curlers. A bigger consideration is a child’’s ability to pay attention and follow instruction on how to deliver a stone. Our experience shows there are few six year olds that are ready, and few nine year olds that aren’’t capable (but there are children of all ages that aren’’t really interested in curling, and if they’ would really rather not be here, they shouldn’’t come).

Q: What should I wear? Clean tennis shoes with grippy soles. Ice is slippery and we don’’t want anyone to fall down. Don’’t wear tight pants; it will be difficult to deliver the stone. Wear layers of top garments and dress warmly; it’’s pretty cold in the ice house (35 to 40 degrees but no wind inside!). Gloves or mittens make sense; a hat is up to you.

Q: What if I can’t make every session? In Juniors at KMCC, we don’’t set up fixed teams. We curl with whoever shows up for that particular session. You don’’t have to call if you aren’’t going to be at a particular session.

Q: How much does it cost? Junior dues for ages 8-12 are $25 and ages 13-21 are $65. The check should be made out to Kettle Moraine Curling School.

Q: What happens after curling matches? Curling at all levels is both competitive and social. After a match, all players from the competing teams will gather around a table in the club room for friendly conversation, playing card/board games over a snack or even a full meal. In this tradition, on all-junior weeks a meal will be provided with a nominal fee (ie. $3 per curler at each session). The curler does not have to participate in the meal. It’’s the socialization after the competition with their teammates and the other team that we’’re trying to foster.

Q: What is the Junior Bonspiel? A curling bonspiel is a tournament where teams play each other to determine a winner. At the KMCC Junior Bonspiel (held in early March) it’’s a friendly competition where everybody plays and, while we do keep score, it is a very low-key event. We have had teams join us from all around the state and sometimes the neighboring states. A distinctive part of the 2 day ‘spiel (Saturday and Sunday) is that all curlers bring a sleeping bag and sleep at the club that night. There is a separate fee for the bonspiel.

For more information, contact Junior Events Chairman.