Small Curling Clubs Alliance

Curling

 

The Small Clubs Curling Alliance was initiated In 1999 with league matches beginning in the 2000 - 2001 season to enable Curling Clubs with limited active playing members to maintain their identity whilst continuing to play.

A number of Curling Clubs playing at Stirling were experiencing reduced numbers of active curling members making is challenging to keep the clubs viable. Clearly drastic action was required.  

The curling clubs which initially formed "The Small Clubs" were Bonnybridge Curling Club, Larbert Curling Club, Dunblane Curling Club and Laurieston & Zetland Curling Club. All of these were old established clubs which had fallen on hard times in terms of membership but wished to retain their individual identities. Thus the SCCA was born and league matches began in the Season 2000 - 2001.

Grangemouth Curling Club joined in 2006 and Falkirk Curling Club in 2014.   

Matches are played at The Peak, Stirling, on a league format by mixed (male and female) teams representing all the 6 clubs. The curling is played in a friendly but competitive spirit and many friendships have been formed over our 13 years of life. Each club decides on who will play on any match night.

We have a handsome trophy which is presented annually at a closing bonspiel usually at the end of March. 

 

We would welcome participation from other clubs which are in a similar precarious position to ourselves and our SCCA colleagues & anyone interested in taking part in the sport of curling. Please use the contact forms to contact SCCA or the club of your choice. 

Matches are to be played generally in accordance with RCCC Rules and the departures listed below.

All matches to be played over 8 ends

Match scoring priority:   Points for a win

                                                 Shots up

                                                 Ends up

Win – 3 points:  Draw – 1 point:  Draw - 2 points for the team with most ends.

Cards to be fully recorded with the club names, date, time and players names. The two skips have the responsibility of passing the completed and signed cards to Martin Smith, either on the night or by post or by email

 

By post to:                   Martin Smith

                                    2 Cowan Terrace

                                     Dollar

                                     Clackmannanshire

                                     FK14 7AP

By Email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Please do NOT leave the cards with the Ice Man or in the SCCA notice board.

 

Late arrival: penalties will not start until 15 minutes after the official starting times of 6.15pm and 8.30pm. Thereafter 1 shot penalty for every 5 minutes per missing player.

 

3 Player Rule: a club presenting a team with only 3 players will forfeit 4 shots. The match should then be played as normal. Matches should commence when each team has presented at least three players.

 

Teams with more than 1 player missing will forfeit the match + 6 shots + 6 ends. The club in default shall also pay the ice dues for both teams. (If both teams and the Ice Rink agree, then the match may be re-arranged at a mutually convenient time. The team in default shall have the responsibility of co-ordinating the re-scheduled match and payment of same.)

Ice payment: all the ice has been booked on behalf of the SCCA. The Peak will invoice SCCA monthly in arrears.

Martin Smith will advise each of the club secretaries at the end of each month of the amount due by their club. This amount must be paid timeously to allow the invoices to be processed. It is the responsibility of each club secretary to ensure that the correct fees are collected and paid.

 

 

 

I can also offer some background to the thinking behind the SCCA.

 

In 1999 Laurieston and Zetland CC found themselves in the position of having too few active curling members to keep the club viable. We could not guarantee that 8 curlers would be available for our own internal matches or for the various external competitions in which we traditionally took part. Clearly drastic action was required.

 

We knew that several other clubs were in a similar position and the SCCA was tentatively proposed by L & Z CC.

 

 

 

Of the clubs which we approached initially, Bonnybridge, Larbert and Dunblane accepted the invitation to join a small clubs alliance. All of these were old established clubs which had fallen on hard times in terms of membership but wished to retain their individual identities. Thus the SCCA was born and league matches began in the Season 2000 - 2001.

 

Grangemouth joined us in 2006 and Falkirk CC have requested and been granted membership for the forthcoming season.

 

Several other clubs have showed an interest as the success of the format has become known within the Stirling curling fraternity.

 

Matches are played on a league format by mixed (male and female) teams representing all the 6 clubs. The curling is played in a friendly but competitive spirit and many friendships have been formed over our 13 years of life. Each club decides on who will play on any match night.

 

 

 

We have a handsome trophy which is presented annually at a closing bonspiel usually at the end of March.

 

 

 

The SCCA has no funds or bank account and the ice fees are paid monthly in arrears. As L&Z instigated the SCCA and order the ice, we have by habit and usage adopted the burden of collecting and paying the Active Stirling invoices. All of this is done on trust between the 6 clubs and no problems have been encountered in the life of SCCA.

 

 

 

The match schedule is prepared and circulated by myself. I also email the clubs a few days before a match to remind them to turn up on the evening. That, and organising the closing bonspiel, is more or less the administration process and I have not found it too onerous so far.

 

 

 

We would welcome participation from other clubs which are in a similar precarious position to ourselves and our SCCA colleagues. However with increased numbers comes increased admin but that is a price worth paying to keep small curling clubs in existence.

 

 

 

Personally, I feel that Active Stirling's Development Officer would benefit from looking at our model and promoting it through his mission of "growing" curling in the Stirling District.

 

 

 

 

 

Personally, I feel that Active Stirling's Development Officer would benefit from looking at our model and promoting it through his mission of "growing" curling in the Stirling District.