La Crosse Curling Club (LCC)

2021-2022 Policy Statements

LCC BOD finalized 09/08/2021

A. Leagues

League play at Green Island Ice Arena (2312 7th St S, La Crosse, WI 54601) consists of two 9-week seasons from October through mid-March. League curlers may participate in one or both seasons as they wish – participation in both seasons is not mandatory. Generally, LCC leagues do not curl on holidays or during special events.

For each league, we try to fill 5 sheets with 10 teams. Each team uses the name of the team organizer or skip.

LCC determines the fee structure for each season based on current ice rental rates and ice preparation costs.


2021-2022 Leagues

The following leagues are offered for the 2021-2022 season:

Sunday Early

Open teams (any combination of gender, age, & experience) +
New curlers may participate in a 4-week New Curler sub-set

Sunday Late

Open teams (any combination of gender, age, & experience)

See Schedule for 2021-2022 for start and end dates and holiday breaks.

Curler Requirements & Guidelines

Prior to participating in any LCC league, each curler must meet the following requirements:

  1. Pay applicable LCC league fees (2021-2022 Fee Structure).
     

  2. Pay USCA membership fee.
    To sign up for a USCA membership, see USA Curling - Sport:80.
     

  3. Provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
     

In addition, the following guidelines apply to all curlers:

  • In the “Spirit of Curling”, we encourage all curlers to wear name tags.
     

  • All curlers must arrange their own substitute curlers.
     

  • The LCC expects 3rd year curlers to purchase and use personal curling equipment (sliders & broom or stick).

    Note: LCC shared equipment is well-used and not recommended for use by curlers hoping to improve.

 

League Start Times

Teams must start on time; skips monitor this process to start matches at the scheduled start time.

Teams may begin curling with 4, 3, or 2 curlers. Late-arriving curlers may join their team on-ice after the completion of any end.

 

When a team causes a late start, the following procedure applies:
 

  • After 5 minutes delay, the ready team hangs 1 point for the 1st end & claims the hammer.

  • After 10 minutes, hang 1 additional point/end; repeat at 20 minutes.

  • After 30 minutes, the late team forfeits the match.

 

B. 2021-2022 Fee Structure

LCC Membership           Fall           Winter

Regular League Curler        $145           $145
New 4-week Curler              $60             $60
Social Member                     $60 annually

Learn-to-Curl

$10 per participant

Youth on No-School Days or School Trips

NO CHARGE (students/staff)

Non-member Substitute Curlers (in league games)

$10 per game

Note: Non-member substitutes must also provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

C. Memberships and Voting

 

LCC Membership

Anyone joining a league is automatically a member of the LCC. In addition, non-league curlers and non-curlers alike can join the LCC with a social membership. The social membership allows members to vote, teach new curlers, and attend LCC social events.

 

For information about membership fees, see the 2021-2022 Fee Structure.

 

All LCC members can access important club information via the LCC Members-only Portal.

 

USCA Membership

The LCC maintains membership in both the Wisconsin State Curling Association (WSCA) and United States Curling Association (USCA). As a USCA Member Club, all LCC league curlers must also obtain an individual USCA membership.

 

For more about USCA Membership, see USA Curling - About Membership
To sign up for an individual USCA membership, see USA Curling - Sport:80

 

Promotional Photography

In order to promote the club and foster the club spirit, the LCC will take pictures at our events and post pictures in locations such as our website and our Facebook page.

Anyone who prefers to not appear in LCC-related postings may contact any Board member. We will honor your preference.

D. Schedule for 2021-2022

 

Fall Curling Season

SUN 10/10/21           4:00pm – 6:00pm           Learn-to-Curl

                                                                             $10/participant, Instructors at ratio of ~1:5

SUN 10/17/21           4:00pm – 6:00pm           Start of Sunday Early League
                                                                            Includes 4-Week New Curler Instruction/Coaching

                                    6:30pm – 8:30pm           Start of Sunday Late League

SUN 11/28/21           NO CURLING (Thanksgiving Weekend)

SUN 12/19/21           LAST Fall League Sunday Curling

Holiday Break

SUN 12/26/21           NO LEAGUE CURLING

SUN 01/02/22           NO LEAGUE CURLING

 

Winter Curling Season

SUN 01/02/22           4:00pm – 6:00pm           Learn-to-Curl

                                                                             $10/participant, Instructors at ratio of ~1:5

SUN 01/09/22           4:00pm – 6:00pm           Start of Sunday Early League

                                                                             Includes 4-Week New Curler Instruction/Coaching

                                    6:30pm – 8:30pm           Start of Sunday Late League

SUN 02/13/22           NO CURLING (Super Bowl)

SUN 03/13/22           LAST Winter League Sunday Curling

Other Events

March 2022               Bonspiel (Date TBD)

May 2022                   Arena National Curling Championships in Gillette, WY

 

E. Beverage Policy

On-Ice

Only water in shatterproof containers is allowed on the ice. No recreational beverages of any kind in any container are allowed on the ice.

Other Areas

Beverages (other than water) cannot be brought into the arena.  Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks may be consumed only in the concessions/social area. 

Alcohol and soft drinks are available at GIIA for purchase from the vendor. By law, only those 21 and older are allowed to drink alcohol. 

F. Committees

1. Instruction and Skills Development Committee
Coordinator: Robert Richardson

The members of this committee design curling instruction opportunities and develop curlers’ skills. They develop instructional programs; recruit instructors; and coordinate instructional classes, youth instructional events, and Learn-to-Curl/Bring-a-Friend events. They maintain accurate lists of instructors and availability dates and a current list of curlers who participated in the learn-to-curl programs.

2. Membership and Curler Recruitment & Retention Committee
Coordinator: Nick Korte

The members of this committee identify and invite new groups and individuals to learn to curl and to share in the joy of curling – including school & youth groups, corporate entities, service organizations. These members capitalize on Olympic hype to advance recruitment. These members talk with Learn-to-Curl participants to determine their interest to join a 4-week New Curler League or a regular league team.

3. Ice and Equipment Committee
Coordinator: Chris Hofland + Ice Captains

The members of this committee maintain all LCC equipment, including stones, brooms, hacks, scoreboards, and ice making tools/machines. These members ensure that stones, hacks, brooms, etc. get set in place before each night of curling and removed and put away at the end of each night; the members monitor the teams assigned for set-up & take-down. The coordinator notifies the board when any item gets damaged/needs replacement.

4. League Management Committee
Coordinator: _________________ + League Chairs

Prior to the Fall season of curling, the Board identifies chairs for each league. The BOD provides the chairs with the list of curlers preferring to curl in specific leagues. The chairs facilitate the formation of teams; when registration opens, preference given to confirmed teams; individual registrations accepted; league managers place individuals onto/into teams.

Chairs identify skips and host a start of season skips’ meeting to provide information about the role of the skip in team formation, team management, and the Spirit of Curling. Chairs provide contact information and substitute information for league curlers. The members of this committee create the league schedules for the distinct shifts of curling, arrange teams as necessary, and maintain scoring sheets. The League Chairs collect league fees, schedule early arriving set-up teams, schedule teams to bring snacks, maintain accurate curler records and team records, and may create a playdown schedule for distinct shifts/seasons. WILL eventually manage the League Management software.

 

5. Social Committee
Coordinator: Jim Klock

The members of this committee plan all get-togethers with members to open/close the season, for bonspiel off-ice events, and for any social events on or off site at other times throughout the year. These members keep curlers connected.

 

6. Public Relations Committee
Coordinators: Chuck Lacasse & Brian Bessert

The members of this committee create and post/publish all LCC information brochures, posters, announcements, local media news releases, league results, bonspiel outreach, and updates to various websites (Facebook, Parks & Recreation, Tribune Happenings/Calendar, the Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Visitor’s Guide & website, and the USCA).The members of this committee use LCC logo branding. They work closely with the Membership and Curler Recruitment Committee members to publicize and advertise curling events. The members of this committee seek opportunities for LCC visibility (e.g., Rotary Lights).

 

7. Sales & Partnerships Committee
Delegator: Chris Hofland

The members of this committee identify and solicit sponsors and sponsorship opportunities.

  • Team Sponsor: $1200 (pays for team members’ fees).
     

  • KWIK Trip Scrip (offered three or more times each year)
     

  • Scoreboard Sponsor Program:
    Name/Logo advertised on the board [2’x 4.5’] @$350 first year+$250 years 2,3.
    Cost for foam core signs: $100.  Signs hang via "S” hooks into holes of sheet scoreboard.
    A “scoreboard sponsorship” connotes one designated sheet for curling all year - including the bonspiel.
     

  • Dasherboard Sign Program:
    Name/Logo advertised on the board [2’x 4.5’] @$250 first year+$150 years 2,3.
    Cost sign production: $100.  Signs hang via "S” hooks onto glass of dasherboard on team-box-side.
    A “dasherboard sponsorship” connotes one designated sign for curling all year - including the bonspiel.

 

8. Strategic Planning Committee
Coordinators: Roger Ziff & Bruce Nordeen

The members of this committee determine and monitor the goals, objectives, and timeline for the long-term plan culminating in the creation of a dedicated curling ice facility. The members develop the plan for the growth of the LCC, for the oversight of the LCC investments, and for hosting championship curling events. The members serve on subcommittees (e.g., Building and Fundraising) The committee chairs report progress to the general membership at the Annual Meeting in April.

 

9. Nominating Committee
Coordinator: LCC V-P: Kathi Millard

By February 1 of each year, the Board shall appoint a nominating committee comprised of three (3) members of the LCC: one representing the new members, one representing the long-time curlers, and one representing the middle group. This group works under the leadership of the Board Vice President. By March 15, the chair shall send to the Secretary (1) the names of members who have agreed to serve on the board for a three-year term to replace those members whose terms expire and (2) the slate of officers to serve for the next year.

 

Board-Appointed Positions
 

A) League Chairs

Identify skips, host a start of season skips’ meeting, collect fees, and start shift on-time.

B) Ice Captains

Direct the preparation of the ice for curling immediately before the start of curling. Follow a “blueprint” of tasks and direct the assigned assisting-team.

C) Bonspiel Committee

The chair(s) of this committee select and appoint sub-committee chairs. They develop a comprehensive planning schedule and present this plan to the BOD. The appropriate chairs work with the appropriate ice managers to secure a contract for exclusive use by the LCC of the kitchen/concessions space, ice surfaces, and curling related equipment during the bonspiel. The members develop the registration form and various documents / media announcements necessary to communicate with inquiring curlers and with registered teams; they also develop posters / electronic postings to send to clubs at least three months in advance of the bonspiel. The members create sub-committees and select chairs for those committees.

D) Ad Hoc Committees

As needed and as defined for specific purposes.

 

G. Board: Member Expectations, Officers, and Duties

SECTION 1.  BOARD MEMBER EXPECTATIONS

The LCC Board of Directors meets monthly (including summer) for approximately 1.5-2hrs per meeting; the President may call additional meetings if needed. 

A member of the board is expected to:

  1. Attend each monthly meeting, any specially called meetings, and the annual Membership Meeting.
     

  2. Take an active leadership role within the club and promote club activities and curling in the community in positive ways.  Coordinate at least one LCC committee and solicit member-participation.
     

  3. Participate in all discussions relevant to the LCC, but remain mindful of end-time set for the meeting.
     

  4. Contact the Secretary and President, should s/he be unable to attend a regular monthly meeting, a specially called meeting, or the Annual Membership meeting.
     

  5. Maintain annual SafeSport certification as required by USCA.
     

Should a member of the board be absent from three meetings in a membership year, the President is expected to contact the board member to ask if s/he wishes to resign from the Board.

SECTION 2. TERMS OF APPOINTMENT

The La Crosse Curling Club elects board members for three (3) year terms. 

The Board is reconstituted annually with the election of Board members at the Annual Meeting.

SECTION 3. ELECTION OF OFFICERS

At the first regular meeting of the Board of Directors following each Annual Meeting of the Members or sooner as determined by the Board, the Directors shall elect from among their number a President, a Vice President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer who shall hold office for one (1) year or until their successors are elected.

SECTION 4. DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS

DUTIES OF THE PRESIDENT: The President shall be the chief executive officer of the La Crosse Curling Club and preside over all meetings of the Board and of the Members. S/he shall have general and active management of the business of the La Crosse Curling Club and shall see that all orders and resolutions of the Board are carried into effect. S/he shall serve as the overseer of Board members’ adherence to Section 1.  S/he shall be an ex officio member of all standing committees and shall have the general powers and duties of supervision and management usually vested in the office of President of a corporation.

DUTIES OF THE VICE PRESIDENT: The Vice President shall perform the duties and exercise the powers of the President during the absence or disability of the President.  S/he shall serve as the ex-officio head of all committees.  S/he shall serve as the organizer of the Nominating Committee. 

DUTIES OF THE SECRETARY: The Secretary shall attend all meetings of the Members and the Board of Directors, and shall preserve in the files of the La Crosse Curling Club true minutes of the proceedings of all such meetings, all records of importance, all notices, and other duties as may be delegated by the BOD.

DUTIES OF THE TREASURER: The Treasurer shall have custody of all corporate funds and securities and shall keep in books belonging to the LCC full and accurate accounts of all receipts and disbursements.  S/he shall deposit all monies {fees collected, apparel/bonspiel profits}, securities {Vanguard-3 funds} and other valuable effects in the name of the LCC in such depositories as may be designated for that purpose by the Board of Directors. S/he shall disburse the funds as may be ordered by the Board, taking proper vouchers for such disbursements.  S/he will check and balance finances and shall coordinate with the Bookkeeper.  S/he shall render to the President and Directors at the regular meeting of the Board, and whenever requested by them, an account of all transactions as Treasurer/Bookkeeper & of the financial condition of the LCC. The Treasurer may delegate tasks to the Bookkeeper, if the Board appoints one.

In case of the treasurer’s death, resignation, retirement, or removal from office, all books, papers, brochures, money and property of whatever kind in his/her possession or under his control belonging to the LCC shall be returned to the President.

H. Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

The La Crosse Curling Club does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff and consultants, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services.

The LCC is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our organization, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

The La Crosse Curling Club recognizes the right of every member to be able to participate without being subjected to any form of harassment or bullying.  It is the obligation and responsibility of EVERY member to ensure the club is free of harassment or bullying. The La Crosse Curling Club will not tolerate harassment or bullying by any of its members or guests.

Harassment includes:

(1) A repeated pattern of behavior that (a) is intended to cause fear or humiliation, (b) offends or degrades, (c) creates a hostile environment, or (d) reflects discriminatory bias in an attempt to establish dominance, superiority or power over an individual athlete or group based on gender, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, and/or other protected classes; or

(2) Any act or conduct described as harassment under federal or state law.

Bullying includes:

(1) An intentional, persistent and repeated pattern of physical and/or non-physical behaviors that are intended, or have the reasonable potential, to cause fear, humiliation, or physical harm in an attempt to socially exclude, diminish, or isolate; or

(2) Any act or conduct described as bullying under federal or state law.

I. United States Curling Association: SafeSport

As a USCA Member Club, the La Crosse Curling Club complies with USCA SafeSport and Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies.

More Information:            USA Curling SafeSport Handbook

Questions:                         SafeSport@usacurl.org

Helpline:                            SafeSport Helpline

J. La Crosse Community Foundation (LCF)

The LCF manages the La Crosse Curling Club Fund.  LCF provides legitimacy and reputation to bolster the LCC image.  They provide professional assistance in (1) donation strategizing and donor outreach, (2) website and brochure development, (3) pledge collections, (4) bill payments, & (5) access to grant distributions