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.
Drop In During Open Hours. If the ECC calendar shows that the ice is open then feel free to drop in and practice. See below for information about how to get a keycode to let yourself in. When finished, return the facility (the ice, all equipment, the warm room, the restrooms, etc.) to a condition that is as good or better than you found it.
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 or the Practice Coordinator (currently, Bruce Irvin) to request to join the practice. Help the practice session host to keep the facility in good shape during 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 indicating your preferred time and amount of ice (# of sheets) needed. The Practice Coordinator will add your session to the calendar. 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 Icemaker (Peren Bjork) to pebble. If you pebble then send an email to the Icemaker so that he 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.
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!
If you are not a member, then you can become a social member for $40 which lets you practice as much as you like throughout the curling year at no additional cost. Click here to find out more about the benefits of Evergreen CC membership. You can also visit the club as a guest of an accompanying member and pay $10 per person per hour for practice.