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Welcome to the Minnesota Curling Association, an organization of over 5,000 Minnesota athletes who represent and promote the competitive yet always cordial, great game of curling.
The Minnesota Curling Association exists
…to promote the sport of curling and unite curling clubs within the state of Minnesota;
…to conduct state curling competitions;
…to coordinate educational programs and activities for Minnesota curlers;
…to provide a channel of communication of state bonspiels, curling rules, winning techniques, equipment updates;
…and to encourage all curlers to enjoy the marvelous, unique facets of curling: honest sportsmanship, athletic competition, and social club recreation.

News and Updates from the United States Curling Association
Two-minute Introduction to Curling (video)
What is Mixed Doubles Curling?
Wheelchair Curling
Curling Stones from Aisla Craig, Scotland (video)

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CONGRATULATIONS, MARY JO HAMILTON!
The Minnesota Curling Association proudly salutes the 2018 USCA Volunteer of the Year: Mary Jo Hamilton of the Brainerd Lakes Curling Association. As the article in the fall issue of the USCA’s Curling News magazine states, Mary Jo is “a combination of tremendous energy, singular dedication, and effective leadership.”

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SAFESPORT INITIATIVE
The United States Curling Association, in compliance with federal law, now participates in the SafeSport Program to raise awareness, institute prevention, and enact response measures regarding the intolerance of abuse or harassment of any kind.  All Minnesota curling clubs are required to establish a protocol for SafeSport Training for their club membership and staff.
Information Letter from Rick Patzke, USCA CEO
SafeSport Background Check
SafeSport Training FAQ
SafeSport Training Online Technology FAQ
How to Begin SafeSport Training

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BEMIDJI CC – WINTERFEST BONSPIEL
Join in the fun of the “In and Out” Winterfest Bonspiel playing games inside the club and outdoors. Finals are all outside. February 1 & 2, 2019.
Entry Information

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CELEBRATE MN CURLING AT THE MINNESOTA WILD GAME
Join curlers from around the state celebrating and promoting our roaring game at the MN Wild hockey game with the St. Louis Blues, 2:00pm, Sunday, February 17, 2019. Special curlers’ ticket pricing is available here.

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HOLIDAY SHOPPING IDEAS
Olympic Gold Medal Keepsake Pin
Table-top Curling Game

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CURLING NIGHT IN AMERICA
The fifth season of Curling Night in America, played and filmed at the Chaska Curling Center, is complete. NBC Sports Network presents these Friday night broadcasts:
10/12, 7:00 – 9:00pm……….USA vs. Italy (Men)
10/19, 10:00pm – 12:00am……….USA vs. China (Mixed Doubles)
10/26, 8:30 – 10:30pm……….USA vs. China (Women)
11/2, 7:00 – 9:00pm……….USA vs. Japan (Women)
11/9, 7:00 – 9:00pm……….USA vs. Italy (Mixed Doubles)
11/23, 10:00pm – 12:00am……….USA vs. Japan (Men)
11/30, 8:30 – 10:30pm……….USA vs. Italy (Women)
12/7, 6:00 – 8:00pm……….USA vs. Japan (Mixed Doubles)
12/14, 8:00 – 10:00pm……….USA vs. China (Men)
All times are CST.  Episodes subject to change.
Episode repeats will be added to the schedule.

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FIVE-ROCK FREE GUARD ZONE
The World Curling Federation has implemented the five-rock free-guard zone (FGZ) rule this season, replacing the four-rock rule. Many Minnesota clubs will be enacting the rule to prepare curlers for state, national, and world competitions.

The expanded rule means that the first five rocks thrown each end (normally the two rocks thrown by each lead and the first rock thrown by the second on the team without the hammer) are “protected” and cannot be removed from the FGZ between the hog line and the house until the sixth rock is thrown each end. If a rock is removed before that time, it is put back. It is permissible to move an opponent’s rock as long as it remains in play.

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MEN WIN GOLD AT WINTER OLYMPICS!
2018 Winter Olympics highlights from the World Curling Federation and the United States Curling Association.
2018 Winter Paralympics Men’s and Women’s teams finish fourth and fifth.

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