Openings in Men’s and Commercial Leagues (open format) for 2017-2018 Season

Openings in Men’s and Commercial Leagues (open format) for 2017-2018 Season

We have two weekday evening leagues that were traditionally men’s leagues. Note that we are now open format leagues accepting men’s team, women’s teams and mixed teams. The Commercial League has a 5:45PM draw time on Tue, Wed, Thu and the Heather Men’s League follows at 8:15PM on each of the three nights.

Openings for Individuals

Monday 9:00PM (trying to start a new section)

  • two new teams have inquired but are now committed on other nights
  • one other team has indicated Monday would be their preferred night

Tuesday

  • 5:45PM draw has openings
  • 8:15PM draw is full – all teams intend to return plus four new teams added

Wednesday

  • 5:45PM draw has openings
  • 8:15PM draw is full – one team not returning but two new teams added

Thursday

  • 5:45PM draw has openings
  • 8:15PM draw is full – only one team did not return and we added two new teams

2017 Men’s League Membership Survey Results

This report documents the results form the survey of the Men’s League in the spring of 2017. Note that there was a separate survey of the Club’s membership, the results of which were reported in the Club’s spring newsletter.

The Men’s League survey was comprised of six questions and was sent to all registered members in the league for whom we had valid email addresses. The survey was sent to 175 members, of which 3 opted out and 79 responded, for a response rate of 45%.

Q1– This past season we curled regular season games between Christmas and New Year’s Eve for the first time. While more spares than normal were used that week, only one game was not played because of a lack of curlers. Looking forward to the coming season, are you in favour of curling between Christmas and New Year’s Eve?

  • 58.2% were not if favour of curling that week
  • 24.1% it didn’t matter either way
  • 17.7% were in favour of curling that week
  • It is worth noting that from a Club perspective, operating that week means the Club has extra dates available at the end of the season for booking more bonspiels and banquets

Q2 – One of the questions on this year’s Club membership survey was in relation to a policy for spares. Since 62% if the respondents indicated each league should have a policy rather than a Club wide policy, we need your input.

  • The most popular choices indicate that having a formal policy requiring spares to be members is not desired
  • Similarly, having a penalty or drop-in fee for non-member spares is undesirable
  • Providing the membership with a more comprehensive spares list and communicating the list more effectively would be greatly appreciated. Ideally, an up to date list maintained via links on the website would be the easiest way to communicate a need for a spare

Q3 – For you to take advantage of the unlimited curling with your membership, what could the Club do to get you out curling more often?

  • Majority of responses suggested there wasn’t anything in particular that the Club could do to increase member curling frequency because of their other commitments to family & work or are just once-per-week curlers
  • Numerous members were interested in sparing, so wider publication of spares list would help
  • Promoting open ice times would be useful
    • some members would come in for practice ice while others would be interested in challenge games
    • open ice times need to be posted on the website and indicate how to obtain the ice time i.e. email link or phone number for ice maker
    • definite interest for practice ice at noon or after work
  • Promoting the other leagues to all Club members could entice a few to join other leagues

Q4 – On weekdays, the Club would like to have two draws each evening, with a full complement of teams for each draw. We lose teams though if the early draw starts too early, and similarly we lose teams if the late draw starts too late. Review the list of possible draw times below and indicate which is the best time for you, the earliest you could start and the latest start time that you would tolerate.

  • Note that we are not looking to have split draw times or alternating draw times. The Commercial League is the earlier draw and the Men’s League is the later draw. The draw times for the past several seasons were 5:30/8:00 on Tue & Thu and 5:45/8:15 on Wed.
  • In order to have two evening draws, without starting too early or finishing too late, the early draw would have to start between 5:30-6:30 and the late draw would have to start between 8:00-9:00
  • Overwhelmingly, the value to our membership is in the fixed night with fixed draw time and being able to get off the ice not too late. Many other clubs in the city have alternating draw times, such as 7:00 and 9:15. Getting off the ice after a 9:15 game can be a bit too late for people that have to work early the next day
  • Only 6 members (10% of respondents) could not curl earlier than an 8PM draw time
  • Most members prefer their current draw times
  • The majority of members (75% of respondents) would not curl in a draw starting after 8:30
  • Based on discussions at the Men’s banquet, a standardized draw time of 8:15 PM would be acceptable if it helps the Commercial League. The consensus was an extra 15 minutes to get from work to the Club would be for the early draw would be more significant that getting of the ice 15 minutes later on the late draw
  • Many of the members (40% of the respondents) could curl in the earlier draw time slot

Q5 – Traditionally, the Men’s League has had a 20 game regular season, starting right after Thanksgiving, comprised of four rounds, with the winner of each  round making it into the group playoffs. As well, the grand aggregate winners from each night and one or more wildcard teams play in the Club Championship playoffs. Since the playoffs are usually around the time of the school spring break, teams eligible for the playoffs often have to give up their spots because they can’t field a team. Under this system all teams are guaranteed 20 games and  3/4 of the teams get at least 1 playoff game. Review the following options for next season and rank them in your preferred order.

  • Most members don’t want any changes (63% ranked this as first or second choice)
  • Some would like to start earlier so as to avoid spring break (51% ranked this as first or second choice)
  • Providing all teams with a playoff game was popular (47% ranked this as first or second choice) – perhaps expanded use of challenge games.
  • Shorter season and group prize going to last round winner were unpopular (only 19% ranked either of these as first or second choice)

 

Q6 – Please add any additional comments that you have that relate to the Men’s League at the Heather Curling Club.

  • Numerous comments about the early end to the curling season this year
  • Some complaints about fees for lockers and for 5th man
  • Several comments about the food and beverage service
  • A few fundraising ideas such has a hockey draft or putting on a bonspiel

For any questions, clarifications or comments about the above survey results, please contact Alan Forbes

2017 Men’s League Playoff Results

Club Championship
Congratulations to the Coleman team for winning the Club Championship. This was the first year for a new approach to the Club Championship with four teams from the Men’s League playing off against four teams from the Commercial League in a single knockout format. The final was an exciting game with Jim Coleman drawing to the house for the win on the last shot of the game. The runner up was the Lintrottzky team from Commercial League. The Coleman team, comprised of skip Jim Coleman, third Kelly Lauber, second Paul Hrynkow and lead Lynn Coleman, will go on to represent the Club in the Travellers playdowns in the fall.

Grand Aggregate Winners
The following teams won the grand aggregate for their night in the Men’s League.
Tuesday – skip Marinus Van Osch, third Marcel Van Osch, second Alan Forbes, lead Mike Yallowega
Wednesday – skip Jim Coleman, third Kelly Lauber, second Paul Hrynkow, lead Lynn Coleman
Thursday – skip Marinus Van Osch, third Dave Dyment, second Marcel Van Osch, lead Gilles Gregoire

Group Playoff Winners
The winners of the group playoffs are as follows
Tuesday: A-group Poirier; B-Group Shemeluk
Wednesday: A-group Coleman; B-group Vandal; C-group Boucher
Thursday: A-group Ouimet; B-group Kocay; C-group Walus

 

Men’s League Season Windup

Playoffs are underway, renewal forms are out and our windup banquet is a month away. Here is a brief update of what is going on (as of Friday March 3rd).

Playoffs

  • Semi finals are complete for Tue & Wed night sections with the finals scheduled for Tue Mar 7th and Wed Mar 8th.
  • Semi final for Thu night section is scheduled for Thu Mar 9th. Note that the finals for Thu night section are scheduled for Tue Mar 14th at 8PM
  • Club Championship Tue, Wed, Thu Mar 21-23 with 7PM start
  • Here is a link to the playoff schedule – feel free to come out to cheer for you fellow curlers Playoffs 2016-2017

Membership Renewals

  • renewal forms have been printed and Alan has started to handout to the members.
  • as was the case last year, the Club is looking for a $100 non-refundable deposit from each member in the spring
  • members putting down the deposit by April 30th will be entered in a draw, with the winner getting their $225 membership balance paid off
  • renewals can be easily done using the website http://www.heathercurlingclub.org/membership/renewal/ (note that to use the online renewal you need to enter your member number, which in printed on your renewal form and also on your membership card)
  • alternatively you can write a cheque for $100 payable to Heather Curling Club, staple it to the form and either leave it for Alan at the bar or bring it to the windup banquet

Banquet

  • Banquet will be held at the Club on Tue Apr 4th – cocktails 6PM / dinner 7PM
  • the meal is a Ukranian buffet with Perogies, Cabbage Rolls, Meatballs, Coleslaw, Dinner Rolls
  • there will be five door prizes along with prizes for the teams winning the playoffs and for the grand aggregate winners
  • tickets are $25, including a $10 refundable commitment fee (refunded when you show up on the 4th)
  • tickets are available from the Men’s League committee members – Alan Forbes, Brian Miller, Dave Dyment, Richard Gagnon, Ryan Palmquist, Marinus Van Osch – at least one of which will be at the Club through the duration of the playoffs

Membership Survey

  • invitations have been sent out to the membership to fill out an online survey
  • be sure to include your voice in the feedback

Planning for Next Season

  • hopefully we’ll have full draws on each of the three nights next year; to do so, we need to find 4 teams for Tue, and 1 each for Wed and Thu
  • Thu night is looking good as I have two teams looking to fill the final spot
  • if your team is not planning to return, let me know right away so that I can identify openings for teams on the waiting list
  • as has been done in the past, we’ll have a registration night sometime in May (date TBD)
  • to secure your team’s spot for next year, please ensure that at least 3 of the team members have put down deposits by the end of the May registration night
  • after registration night in May, unsecured spots will be available to new teams

Stick-Curling Clinic

Attention Curlers

The Heather Curling Club

Is Hosting a Stick-Curling Clinic

Join Us to Learn This

Unique Curling Format

(There’s more to it than just using a stick to deliver the rock.)

Location: Heather Curling Club (120 Youville St.)

Date: Saturday, February 25th

Time: 2:00 – 4:30

Cost: $10 for non-members (to be paid upon arrival)

A $5 donation is requested from members.

Registration deadline: Sunday, February 19th

 

To register call Sharon at (204) 668-6504 or e-mail ten.s1502955891tmym@1502955891lheib1502955891w1502955891

League Openings

We have the following openings for the 2016-2017 season

Tuesday Daytime Open League

  • We are trying to start this new league
  • Tuesday 1:00 PM – open to all curlers regardless of gender or age
  • contact Cyrille Durand

Sunday Afternoon Mixed Doubles League

  • We are trying to start this new league
  • Sunday 4:00 PM – open to all curlers regardless of gender or age
  • contact Dave Dyment

Knights of Columbus Mixed League

  • Sunday 1:30
  • need a skip and another player to go with 2 other players looking to form a team
  • contact Alain Laurencelle

Commercial League

Men’s League

  • Tue 8:00 – 4 spots open,
  • Wed 8:15 – 1 spot open
  • Thu 8:00 – 1 spot open
  • contact Alan Forbes

Registration and Information Evening

We are holding a registration/information evening from 4:00pm to 8:00pm on Thursday, September 15th. This is the perfect opportunity for curlers to learn about our new membership format, which allows unlimited curling and practice ice (subject to availability) all for one membership fee of $325. As a member, you also receive reduced facility rental rates. Come down on the 15th to discover what leagues might be of interest to you!

Fall Registration – Men’s League News Update

Congratulations to the following teams for their achievements in the 2015-2016 season

Category Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Men’s League Champion

Dyment Team

Grand Aggregate Winner Forbes Team Coleman Team Miller Team
A-Group Winner Fouasse Team Coleman Team Kluchnik Team
B-Group Winner Tourand Team Ervick Team Cayer Team
C-Group Winner Poirier Team Laxer Team Hartle Team

Fall Registration

On Thursday, September 15th from 4:00 – 8:00 the Heather Curling Club is hosting a Registration/Information evening.  At this time members will have the opportunity to pay their fees before the deadline date of September 16, collect their membership card, check out and sign up for other leagues that they may be interested in (at no extra charge), ask questions about the advantages of the new membership format (ie: practice ice, reduced rates on facility rentals, unlimited curling, etc.), meet many of the Board members, and socialize with fellow curlers before the season begins.  Bring out the whole team and some friends to see what the Heather has to offer.

Alternatively, payments can be made online at http://www.heathercurlingclub.org/membership/

Also, as is the case in prior years, we are looking to fill up our draw so if you know of teams or individuals looking to curl in Men’s league, please forward my contact details to them. As well, if your team is looking for a fourth or fifth, let me know.

Alan Forbes
Men’s League Convener