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After a game of curling there often seems to be a disconnect between the ice conditions and how players think the ice affected their game. Time and time again missed shots are blamed on poor ice conditions. Players rarely stop to think about the effect they're having on the ice surface. The truth is players have a lot more to do with creating their own on-ice environment than they think.


Leaving your hands, fingers, knees or rear end on the ice for any extended period of time will cause problems. The time it takes to permanently burn warm body parts into the ice does not take very long because your body is so warm. In seconds the ice starts melting, and you can take the pebble right off, and leave an impression in the ice.


Debris left behind from grippers can be a nightmare. The little bits of rubber that come off a gripper can cause rocks to pick and leave the ice looking dirty. Purchase a new gripper every season and give it a good wash with soap and water a couple times a year. Grippers collect everything because they're made from soft rubber... It doesn't hurt to wash your gripper. This will also give you a chance to have a look to see if you need a new one.


To keep from gouging the ice, avoid using scratched sliders. The deep gouges left behind by an ill-maintained slider can later have an effect on how rocks react to the ice surface. Check your slider regularly and replace if necessary.


Make sure you have one pair of shoes dedicated to curling and curling only. We ask that you remove your street shoes at the entrance way. We suggest keeping an extra pair of clean shoes or slippers, at the club, to change into. Wear your gripper in all off­ice areas.


Many curlers may not be aware of this, but fleece sweaters (and pants) are just horrid for the ice. Little balls of fluff come off the material and end up on the ice. The balls of fluff from the fleece clothing end up on the ice and cause rocks to pick.

John Norton, our ice technician, works tirelessly to keep our ice surface as clean and as perfect as he possible can. Many of you do not see the hours of preparation that goes into preparing the ice for play. So let's all do our best to help continue to make the ice conditions at the Ennismore Curling Club as near perfect as we can.

The basic idea is to not bring in outside dirt...it definitely has an effect. We
just have to respect the ice and the clubs we play at.

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