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Curling News UNITED STATES Fall 2011 • Volume 67 Number 1 Established 1945 • • $2.50 Arena growth spurs membership jump by Gabrielle Coleman, USCA Director, MoPac Region In July, PyeongChang, South Korea, was selected as the host city for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games E veryone knows curling has grown over the last decade, but did you know how much? As a part of a growth planning project, the USCA Arena Curling Committee took a look at club membership payment data since 2000 and found some remarkable trends: Arena curling is booming. Over the last 12 INSIDE: years, the total number of USCA members has grown 37 percent, from about 11,700 to about 16,100. Sixty-two percent of that growth was in arenas. In 2000, arena curlers made up less than 10 percent of the membership. Today nearly 25 percent of USCA members curl in skating rinks. Arena club growth has been even more remarkable. In 2000, 10 percent of U.S. clubs were arenas. Today, they’re a whopping 40 percent. Nearly half of all U.S. curling facilities are arenas. No region has changed more than the GNCC, which almost perfectly reflects this trend. In 2000, 5 percent of GNCC curlers played in arenas. Today, 15 percent do. In 2000, about 20 percent of GNCC clubs were arenas; today a full 50 percent are. There are now 17 arena clubs in the GNCC – that’s four more than there are in MoPac. Camp-tastic BANTAM BLITZ: Youth program grows, P3. USCA BOARD: Three new directors. P4 FRESH APPROACH: New season may mean new team, P4. TOP COACH: Sandra McMakin honored, P5. COLLEGE CHANGE: Tournament makes updates, P6. ALL-AMERICANS: 2011 winners named, P10. BALANCED ATTACK: Is your delivery shaky? Get tips, P12. PLAYING DOWN?: Event calendar, P13 Here are a few more fun bits of trivia about U.S. curling today: • Wisconsin is the largest region with approximately 4,100 curlers. The GNCC is second with 3,800 and Minnesota is third with 3,400. • The GNCC includes 25 percent of the country’s total number of arena and dedicated clubs. See Arena Growth, Page 4 Kettle Moraine, Wauwatosa clubs set to host senior men’s bonspiel by Bob Hipke & Herb Rasmussen, Co-Chairs, 2012 Senior Men’s Bonspiel T DEPARTMENTS Bonspiel Results – P14-15 College Curling – P6 Comics – P7 Curler’s Calendar –P13 Member Services – P3 Rocket Exhaust – P15 Tales from Sheet 9–P7 Training Tips–P12 Tucked in the Back–P15 USWCA – P9-10 Youth Corner–P3 U.S. curlers took part in several curling camps this summer including the Bucks County Junior Camp (above), which took place in August in Warminster, Pa., and the World Curling Federation’s Junior Camp in Fuseen, Germany. Submitted photos he 2012 Senior Men’s National Bonspiel, sponsored by the U.S. Senior Men’s Curling Association (USSMCA), will be co-hosted by Kettle Moraine Curling Club and the Wauwatosa Curling Club from Feb. 16-19. Both clubs have hosted this event in the past along with numerous other successful bonspiels. The 2012 event will be limited to 64 teams in three events: 32 in the 36th Senior Men’s Curling Championship; 16 in the 19th Super Senior Men’s Curling Championship; and 16 in the 12th Masters Men’s Curling Championship. Any additional teams will be placed on a waiting list. Participating teams will be guaranteed four games. See Senior Bonspiel, P12 By-laws brain freeze? Separating myth from fact By Chris Sjue, USCA President and Chairman of the Governance Task Force & Dave Carlson, USCA Vice President, Member of Governance Task Force I n September 2010, the USCA Board of Directors unanimously passed the following resolution: “The USCA will take this opportunity to review its governance structure and to implement T H E I C E S P O R T governance best practices, with regard to a strong operational role for the COO and a clear policy setting role for the board and its committees.  We call on the president to promptly establish a governance task force to make proposals to the board for implementing this policy.” In the ensuing year, the Governance Task Force met numerous times, in person and by phone, and also held O F several open Town Hall meetings across the nation. Town Hall meetings were also staged by teleconference and webinar for those members interested in learning more who were not able to attend the in-person sessions. On Sept. 10, at the fall 2011 USCA Board of Directors meeting, a new set of by-laws was approved for the organization by an almost three- F I T N E S S A N D fourths vote in favor. Based upon the organizational structure currently in existence, those by-law changes must now be voted on by the USCA members. The current members of the USCA are the 10 State/Regional Curling Associations and the atlarge curling clubs. See By-laws, Page 5 F I N E S S E

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