2014 Arena Nationals soon to arrive
When the long winter season is finally drawing to an end, it won’t be long until the final preparations for the 2014 Arena Championships are under way. With Lansing Curling Club in Dimondale, Mich., selected as the 2014 arena nationals host club for the June 12-15 event, registration details are now in the works. March 15 has been determined as the preregistration deadline, or in other words, the final date for USA Curling arena clubs to express their interest in and commitment to bringing forward a men’s and/or women’s team. May 15 will follow as the deadline for selected teams to register for the competition.
Arena curling club presidents were emailed event details including the preregistration link. Because some emails did not go through, certain club presidents may not have received the notice but may want to preregister teams. Member arena club presidents who did not receive the email can visit the USA Curling website where they will find the arena championships information, including the preregistration form, under the events tab where the national events are listed. After the preregistration deadline falls, teams will be selected by the arena curling committee with priority being given to clubs that enter both a men’s and a women’s team. Rules can be found here. For basic event guidelines, refer to the general eligibility section, while page 22 contains event specific information.
The championships will again feature 32 teams total, including a men’s and a women’s division. Each region is assured of at least one entry with preference going to clubs that enter both a men’s and a women’s team. Please note that this season’s rules (www.usacurl.org > events > championships > rules – see page 22) state that “Each team may have a maximum of two players who also curl at a dedicated ice facility. Stick curlers are not eligible to compete. Wheelchair curlers are allowed to compete, but must adhere to wheelchair curling rules.”
The registration fee will be $550 per team. Typically during USCA playdown processes all teams competing for a spot at the national event, register with the USCA and pay the registration fee. Because arena ice is very costly to rent and time allotted is minimal, only teams participating at the national event are required to register and pay. Registration fees must cover arena ice rental among other expenses related to this great event. The intent of the arena committee is to have club playdown fees defray the cost to the member club when entering teams to compete at the national event. The committee is also hoping that the savings will encourage new teams to participate and learn about the competitive process.
Everyone enjoyed themselves immensely at the inaugural arena event and we’re expecting even greater interest in participation this year. If interest picks up, it’s possible that the number of ice sheets utilized during the arena championships, among other things, could end up under consideration for future arena events. If you are not participating in this event, be sure to check out the webstream. You’re sure to view an interesting event filled with a smiling group of fun-loving curlers.