Curling opportunities exist for males and females of all age groups. Twenty four-pound “junior stones” are available for younger children to use. The game has equal appeal as both a social outlet and a competitive sport.
Recreational curling competitions, called “bonspiels,” are organized for men, women, couples, seniors, mixed doubles, stick, traditional mixed, college and juniors. Local clubs have regular leagues for these same constituencies. “Open” events feature curlers of all ages and both genders competing in one competition.
Curlers come from all walks of life, and value the special camaraderie integral to the sport.
Curling is played in about 40 states across the United States. It is a winter sport, but it is being played more and more in warmer climates with the growth of indoor ice facilities.
There are approximately 16,000 curlers in the U.S., and 165 clubs across the U.S. Wisconsin has the largest concentration of curlers, with nearly 4,000, while the Grand National region along the East Coast now boasts close to 4,000 as well from its member clubs while Minnesota reports around 3,500. There also are substantial clubs in the Great Lakes region, Seattle and Fairbanks, Alaska, and even three clubs in the heart of Texas.
One of the fastest growing areas in the past 10 years have been the Mountain Pacific region in the west and the Great Lakes region in the upper Midwest. California, a member of the MoPac region, now has five active curling clubs.