Riverdale Newsletter 2021-11-29

Hi Riverdale!

Welcome back to another season of curling! There are some updates below, and some dates for your calendar. Please continue to check-out https://toronto.gaycurl.ca/ for new information, and a variety of resources, including: team and contact lists, our season calendar, draw-lists and game time, standings, revised policies and procedures, and tools for you to use. The Executive is looking forward to a great season, and working to make this a great season on the ice.

Good curling,

Glen Barbeau
on behalf of the Riverdale Curling League Executive


New members! Don’t forget to order your nametag so everyone can learn your name when they comment on your super cute outfit or your great shot. Free for Riverdale members, just complete this form by December 6th: https://toronto.gaycurl.ca/request-a-nametag/ 

Do It On The Ice 2022 Riverdale Bonspiel SAVE-THE-DATE!

March 4-6, 2022… It’s gonna be a Golden Time!

Prize structure for the 2021-22 Season

This season we have made the decision to re-allocate the aggregate prize money to divisional playoff winners (and runners up), in response to feedback from many members that the aggregate prize was only available to a small group of teams in A and B divisions. While prize money will no longer be awarded to the aggregate winner (i.e. the team that had the most overall points at the end of the regular season), we will continue to recognize them at the year end banquet and in the Trophy Archive on the Riverdale website.  

Nationals Update

Are you interested in representing our leagues at the Canadian Gay Curling Championship (CGCC)? After taking last year off, Nationals will be held in Saskatoon this season, from March 10 to 13. Playdowns for the chance to represent Toronto are open to any current members of Riverdale and Rotators.

Our teams continue to be competitive in this event, earning us the right to send two teams in 2022. The league is working to set up playdowns for the afternoon of January 8, 2022. The last day to register will be December 12.

Please see the Rock the River Cup and CGCC section below for more details about what is happening in Saskatoon.

To enter your team, please fill out this registration form: https://forms.gle/iT32Mf43zU6fqcVEA 

January 8th Strategy and Skills Clinic

As we welcome so many new members to the league this season, the executive has been working to ensure everyone has the opportunity to learn more about our great game. 

In conjunction with nationals playdowns, we plan to run a clinic focusing more on strategy and understanding the game. This will most likely take the form of watching the nationals playdown teams and discussing their strategy, with experienced curlers watching to provide commentary and answer questions. There may be an opportunity to hone some specific skills on the ice as well.

If you have any suggestions as to what you would like to see, please help us develop a program that fits your needs. To register, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/1ptAjAto99R7Kwkr8 

Rock the River Cup and Canadian Gay Curling Championship – Saskatoon

[Please note that the Rock the River Cup is currently full, though you can sign up to a waitlist. There is a chance some spots may open up as registered teams qualify for nationals.]

Prairie Lily Curling League is hosting The Rock the River Cup 2022 in Saskatoon March 10-13, 2022! This year the Rock the River Cup will be held in conjunction with the Canadian Gay Curling Championship! There will be 32 teams for the Rock the River Cup and 16 teams to the CGCC, meaning an even bigger and more social bonspiel experience! All the events will be open to athletes from both events. If you want to be on the waitlist for the Rock the River Cup 2022, please email; bonspiel@prairielilycurling.com 

Beginner’s Clinic and First game of the Season!

Thank you to all the coaches, volunteers, and Executive members who made our beginner’s clinic possible, and made this start-of-season possible!

Beginner’s ClinicFirst Game of the Season!