Below are specific questions about curling at the Banff Curling Club.   If you find that we have not answered your question, please contact us.

General Questions

  • Does curling require a high level of fitness?
    No, it does not.  Through curling you may increase your fitness level, curling itself does not require a high fitness level to start.  It’s suitable for all shapes, sizes, and levels of fitness. 
  • I have never curled before. How can I try the sport?
    You can come out to one of our Learn to Curl nights to learn the basics and give it a try!  You may also like to browse the Canadian Curling Association’s website for further resources. 
  • Where can I buy curling equipment?
    You may purchase equipment by contacting the Banff Curling Club, from any other pro shop setup within a curling club, or Canadian Tire for select products.  For online purchases, visit any of these top vendors: Balance Plus, Goldline, Asham, or Olson. 
  • What clothes and equipment do I need?
    Loose fitting or stretchy pants, warm socks, clean running shoes or curling shoes, warm upper layers and mitts or gloves. The Banff Curling Club offers broom, slider and grippers for rent.

Youth Curling Program

  • What can I expect when my child joins the youth program?
    You can expect that your child will be provided sound safety instructions and orientation of the sport before stepping onto the ice. Our trained and seasoned coaches will facilitate lessons in technique, strategy, and game-play. Your child will then have a chance to break off with others into small teams and participate in a short game. Curling is a great alternative to other winter sports, and is an excellent tool for learning practical life-lessons and making friends.

 League and General Play

  • How long is a game?
    Every game is 75 minutes.  A bell will be rung at 25-to the hour at which point teams may finish that end and play one more.  This is to ensure equality of game-time and that the late draws don’t go too late!
  • How do I cancel and reschedule?
    Contact the Skip of your opposing team by phone and email.  It it the responsibility of the Skip to communicate to the rest of their teammates.  Next, contact the League Convener to advise of the cancellation.  This might be another team’s chance to make-up a missed game.

    Be sure to state if the cancelling team is forfeiting the game or wishes to reschedule.  If they wish to reschedule, it is subject to ice availability prior to the end of that round.  If the game is unable to be made up prior to that date, the cancelling team will automatically forfeit and the win will be awarded to the opposing team.

  • What about “no shows” or late arrivals?
    As per CCA rules, if a team does not commence play at the designated time (unless otherwise stated by the rules governing the competition or league play):

    (a) If the delay of the start of play is 1-15 minutes then the non-offending team receives 1 point and will have last stone in the first end of actual play.  One end is considered completed;

    (b) If the delay of the start of play is 16-30 minutes then the non-offending team receives 1 additional point and will have last stone in the first end of actual play.  Two ends are considered completed;

    (c) If play has not started after 30 minutes then the non-offending team is declared winner by forfeit.  The final score shall be recorded as “W’ and “L” (win-loss).


  • How do we find a spare?
    At the start of the season, your league convener will send out a Club roster with players’ contact info.  As a member based club, we hope that some can lend a hand and assist teams who are short players.  As per CCA rules of play, a spare is only permitted to play at the lead and second positions.  A team must maintain 2 original players at any point during the game.

  • What if I burn a rock?
    If a rock is burnt – i.e. touched by a broom, foot, or falling debris while in motion, the play continues and once the rocks come to a complete stock, it is the non-offending Skip’s decision as to either keep the play as it is, or reset the rocks back into position with the offending rock removed from play.

  • Where can I sweep?
    The members of the delivering team may sweep anywhere between the t-lines.  Only one person – delivery or non-delivery, may sweep a single rock behind the t-line of the house in play.

  • Where should I stand?
    Technically, the Skip and Vice are permitted to stand behind the hog line of the house in play.  Any other team members are to stand at or in between the hog lines.


Bonspiels and Events

  • Does the club host bonspiels (tournament)?
    Yes.  For registration and more information, please see our Bonspiels page.  If you would like to volunteer, click here for opportunities.
  • What external events does the club host?
    The Club has the pleasure of also hosting several private events booked by The Town of Banff and external bonspiels.  To book your own private event, please contact [email protected]
  • How do I play in an event outside the club?
    If you have a team and would like to participate in a bonspiel outside of the Banff Curling Club, visit the Southern Alberta Curling Association for a list of events.


Resource: Canadian Curling Association: Rules of General Play