The 2022-23 Riverdale Curling Season Begins!

Hi Riverdale,

The moment you’ve been waiting for – the first weekend of Riverdale curling is here! 

Don’t forget, there is a Beginner’s Clinic 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 15, followed by open, first-come, first-serve practice ice from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Feel free to come down and hang out and get on the new ice surface. 

A few final housekeeping items before we get this season underway, so read on to learn about the new aggregate trophy, new member information, name tag ordering, nationals playdown sign up, the schedule, and a reminder about what to do if you’re sick.

Welcome to our new members!

Welcome to anyone who is joining Riverdale for the first time!

You can find all the information you need on our website – To access Riverdale information, click on the “Riverdale” link on the left-hand column. You’ll be prompted to enter our password – check your email for the password.

You can check out our orientation document and our team list

If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to reach out to the members of your team or a member of the executive. As a reminder (and so you have a visual on who the executives are), here are the current members of the executive (scroll down).

We hope you have an excellent first season!

Name Tags

As we do every year, members can order name tags to wear on the ice and in the lounge. As of last year, we’ve upgraded to magnetic name tags; if you would like to order one, complete our name tag order form on the Riverdale page of the website.

You must order by end of day on October 30, with name tags likely delivered to the Club for pick up in mid-November in time for the Rotators bonspiel November 26-27.

Find a Spare if You Are Sick

A reminder – just because COVID restrictions have been removed does not mean that you should come to the club if you’re sick. As in the past, please use your fifth players or find a spare if you are sick. 

If you’re looking to find someone to cover a game that you’ll miss, please check out the Spare List. Please note the spare rules on the list as a guideline to finding a fair spare. 

Schedule and Results Tracking

The schedule was shared earlier, but you can find it here: 

You’re also able to download your games from the league calendar.  (Search for your team name, then use the subscribe button to download the ICS file. Most phones will offer to add to your calendar at that point.)

This year, as we did last year, your game results must be entered online at QR codes will be placed at the club to scan and take you directly to the website. 

Canadian Pride Curling Championship playdowns sign up

Registration is now open for the playdowns for the 2023 Canadian Pride Curling Championship, March 23-26, 2023 in Halifax! If your team is interested in being one of the two teams to officially represent Toronto in the competitive spiel, please complete the Nationals Registration Form by Sunday, October 23, 2022 at 11:59:59 p.m.

More details on timelines, playdown format and cost will be determined once registration closes.

For anyone interested in joining the fun in Halifax but not the competitive side, general registration for the Halifax bonspiel opens November 1.

Announcing the Harcourt Cup

When we eliminated the cash prize for the aggregate winner of the league last season (the team that earns the most points in our ranking system) we promised that we would be replacing it with something else to acknowledge the highest-ranked team in the league at the end of each season. 

We’re pleased to announce that we will inaugurate a new aggregate winner trophy – the Harcourt Cup – which we are naming in recognition of Scott Harcourt, one of Riverdale’s long-term members and a pillar of 2SLGBTQ+ curling in Canada who we lost during the COVID pandemic.

The first team to win this honour is Team Newell for their performance last season. Going forward, the Aggregate Winner will hoist the Harcourt Cup each season and have their names recorded for future generations of 2SLGBTQ+ curlers.

Scott embodied what we would like the league to always strive for – sportsmanship, friendliness, and excellence in curling. We can think of no better way to honour his memory and celebrate his contributions.  

We also recently learned that Scott bequeathed a generous donation to the Royal Canadian Curling Club, yet another way Scott was dedicated to seeing curling grow and thrive at the Royals.

That was a lot of information, so if you’ve made it this far thanks for reading. We’re hoping everyone has an excellent 2022-23 season! Looking forward to seeing many of you this weekend!