Practicing is one of the great privileges of being a member of Evergreen Curling Club in Portland, OR. Visit the club and have fun training and improving your skills. Practice is free with your membership, so take advantage of it! With as little as 30 minutes of practice per week you can improve enough to make more shots, win more games and have more fun. You just need to find a practice session, use your practice time efficiently and be a good citizen while keeping the ECC facility in top shape.
Join an Organized Practice Session. If the ECC calendar shows that a practice session is scheduled, then read the calendar event for the practice session and see if there will be any empty space during the practice session. If so, then contact that practice session’s host to request to join the practice. To contact a practice session’s host, look up their contact information in the ECC Membership Directory which can be found online in the members-only area of the ECC website. Help the practice session host to keep the facility in good shape during and immediately after the session.
Organize a Practice Session. If the ECC calendar shows that the ice is open, and you want to reserve the ice for practice, then send email to the Practice Coordinator (currently Bruce Irvin) indicating your preferred time and amount of ice (# of sheets) needed. The Practice Coordinator will add your session to the calendar along with your name. You are responsible for the facility during your session. We want to use our ice efficiently, so please make yourself available to others who contact you to join your practice session. Return the facility (the ice, the warm room, the restrooms, all equipment, etc.) to a condition that is as good or better than its pre-practice condition. You are responsible for others using the facility during your session.
General Notes for Practicing at Evergreen CC
If needed, get a door keycode from the Practice Coordinator so that you can let yourself in. ECC changes the practice keycodes periodically.
Don’t practice alone. Make sure that somebody else is in the ice house with you in case of emergency.
Usually you will not need to pebble or nip before practice. Only pebble the ice if you are trained and cleared by the iceops crew. If you pebble then send an email to iceops@ so that they can adjust ice maintenance activities accordingly.
ECC has a “rock box” that helps to condition frosty or freshly pebbled ice. Use this device if the ice is frosty, slow or has not been used since it was pebbled. If you use the rock box, then mop and sweep the ice and stones before using the ice.
ECC provides “hack protector” boxes, located near each hack. Put one in place around your sheet’s far hack to protect it from damage by curling stones and to protect the ice and stones from damage caused by hitting the hack. Remove all hack protectors from hacks when not in use.
Practice time can be a good time to introduce new people to curling. If you bring a non-member onto the ice to teach them, then have them sign a waiver, take responsibility for them, and help them to be successful and safe.
Mop and sweep your sheet after practice. Return all equipment to its proper storage place.
Close the facility properly when you leave. Follow posted instruction notes.Turn off lights (check bathrooms for lights), turn down the heat, lock doors, sweep up messes, rearrange chairs, etc.
If you notice anything odd or unusual, then call the numbers posted behind the bar. In case of emergency, dial 911. If anything gets damaged during your session, or if you have any suspicions or questions, send email to the Practice Coordinator and/or to iceops@
For information about drills or other practice techniques to help use practice time effectively, contact the Practice Coordinator who will connect you with materials and people who can help. Most of all, be a good citizen, have fun and enjoy developing your skills to new levels!