These are some of the more common questions we've received over the years regarding membership and leagues. 

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If my partner and I both join, do we both get the Family Discount (10%)?
I am a full time graduate student. Am I eligible for the Student Discount (30%)?
Should I get the Full Membership instead of just paying by league?
Can I upgrade from a Single League membership to a Full Membership mid-season?
My first season was Winter 2019. Do I have to pay full dues for Fall 2019?
If I am a Triangle Curling member, how often can I spare in other leagues?
Can I join Triangle Curling as a full-time spare without joining a league?
If I only want to spare and don't want to join a league, should I sign up for the Social Membership?
Are fees different for Junior curling?
Are fees different for the Wednesday Daytime league?
How do I get a username/password for the Triangle Curling website?
Can I change or update my registration after I submit the form?
How does league registration work?
When do I find out which leagues I am in / how much I owe?
Is there any benefit to registering as soon as registration opens on August 15?
What about the Tuesday make-your-own-team league?
What if I want to curl on Tuesday and don't have a team?
Can I make my own teams in leagues other than Tuesday?
What if I want to join the same league as another person (e.g. family member or friend)?
Are the league lottery results made public after registration is complete?
Where do I put teammate preferences on the form?
Is there a way to confirm what I put on my form?
Can I register after the September 5 deadline?
How many of the leagues actually fill to capacity?
I'm a brand new member with no curling experience! Which league should I join?
I curled somewhere else years ago and just moved here. Do I have to do a Learn to Curl before joining a league?
I see there are separate Early / Late leagues on Wednesday and Thursday. What about on other nights?
I'm going to miss 2 or 3 weeks of the season. Should I still sign up?
What do I do if I want to change leagues, but not risk losing a spot in my original league?

 

 

 

 

Membership and fees

 

 

If my partner and I both join, do we both get the Family Discount (10%)?

Only one of you gets the family discount. Each household must include one member paying at regular price, and that member must be paying at least as much as the other member(s) of the household. (For example, if one of you does Full / $625 and the other does League / $275, the family discount would be applied to the $275.)

 

I am a full time graduate student. Am I eligible for the Student Discount (30%)?

Yes! All full time students - grade school, college, graduate school - are eligible for the student discount. Part time students are not eligible for this discount. Also note that you cannot claim BOTH the Family and Student discounts; only one or the other.

 

 

Should I get the Full Membership instead of just paying by league?

If you know you will want to curl at least twice a week in the Fall and twice a week in the Winter, you should get the Full Membership. Otherwise, you should pay by league.

 

 

Can I upgrade from a Single League membership to a Full Membership mid-season?

Yes! We will automatically upgrade you to Full if that is in your best interest from a cost perspective. 

 

 

My first season was Winter 2019. Do I have to pay full dues for Fall 2019?

Yes, the "curling calendar year" starts in September. Everyone's fees start over for Fall. 

 

 

If I am a Triangle Curling member, how often can I spare in other leagues?

As often as you want! This is included in all membership levels (except social). Subject to people in leagues needing spares, of course.

 

 

Can I join Triangle Curling as a full-time spare without joining a league?

Yes, you may join as a Spare Only. A "spare only" membership costs the same as joining a single league. We discourage this, however...you should join a league if you can! That's the best way to guarantee that you'll get some games. Spare opportunities are not always easy to get.

 

 

If I only want to spare and don't want to join a league, should I sign up for the Social Membership?

No, the Social Membership comes with no curling privileges and is only for those who want to support the club but do not actually want to curl. Normally, the people who sign up for the Social Membership are those who volunteer for the club but do not actually curl.

Starting this season, we have a new Social Membership option which also includes membership in the national (USCA) and regional (GNCC) curling associations. USCA and GNCC membership is already included in all regular memberships.

 

 

Are fees different for Junior curling?

Yes, at least for the Junior Recreational league. The Recreational league has a per-season fee of $100 (Fall or Winter; total cost for both seasons is $200). The Junior Advanced Commitment league is treated as a regular league for cost purposes. Assuming the Junior is a full time student (stay in school, kids!), this would be $192.50 for Fall if the Advanced league was his/her only league (and then $105 for Winter). For Juniors opting for the Full Membership ($437.50 at the student rate), the Advanced Commitment league counts as one of the two included leagues.

 

 

Are fees different for the Wednesday Daytime league?

Very much so! If the Daytime league is your only league, your Fall fees are reduced to $200 instead of the regular per-league price of $275. If you are curling in at least one Fall league other than Daytime, you may curl in the Daytime league as often as you want for no additional charge. The Daytime league is also the only league in which you do not have to be a Triangle Curling member to participate. The drop-in price for Daytime curling is currently $15 per week.

 

 

How do I get a username/password for the Triangle Curling website?

Login information for new members will be provided after registration ends. You do not need a login to register for leagues.

 

 

Can I change or update my registration after I submit the form?

If you want to make any changes to your registration, you may fill out the registration form again. If you register multiple times, your most recent registration will replace any prior registrations. You may also request changes by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

League registration

 

 

How does league registration work?

There are two stages to league registration. All registrations received prior to 11:59 PM on September 5 are considered first, regardless of the order they come in. In other words, it is not first come, first served, as long as you register before September 5.

Members are placed into leagues in the following order:

1) All returning members who wish to return to the same leagues as last season are placed in those leagues first. At this stage, members are only placed in up to 2 leagues per person (according to the league preference rankings they put on their form).

2) Next, members who had to take the most recent season off (due to injury, travel, maternity/paternity, etc) and wish to return to the same leagues that they were in the previous season, are placed, up to 2 max per member.

3) All other curlers wishing to enter a league that they were not in last season are added next, up to 2 max per member. If there are not enough available spots in the league for everyone, then a weighted lottery is conducted. Each member has one spot in the lottery for each year of TCC membership (no limit), and half a spot in the lottery for each year of membership at other curling clubs (max 10 years / 5 spots). For example, if someone has been a TCC member for 3 years and curled at St. Paul Curling Club for 8 seasons prior to that, they would have 7 spots in the lottery (3 + 8/2).

4) For anyone wishing to curl in more than 2 leagues, their 3rd/4th/etc leagues are added last, subject to availability in each league. 

Basically, this means the following:

-  If you curled in 2 leagues last season and want to stay in those same 2 leagues, that is  guaranteed.

- Nobody gets more than 2 leagues before everyone who wants 1 or 2 leagues gets at least that many leagues first.

- For new entries in our more popular leagues, more experienced members have better odds, but everyone has a shot. And once you get in a particular league the first time, you can then stay in that league forever if you come back every season.

 

 

When do I find out which leagues I am in / how much I owe?

Soon after you register, we will invoice you for payment based on the number of leagues you requested. (This is new for this season; previously we did not send invoices until after members were placed into leagues.) 

Then, within a few days after September 5, we will send your official league registration information, listing the leagues that you are in based on the above process. If we are unable to give you the number of leagues that you requested, we will refund you the difference. Make sure emails from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. go to your Inbox and not your Spam folder.

If you are simply returning to the same 1 or 2 leagues that you were in last season, since your entry would be guaranteed in those leagues, we may send out your league confirmation information earlier than September 5.

 

 

Is there any benefit to registering as soon as registration opens on August 15?

Unless you are interested in curling on Tuesday and do not have a team (see below), there is no benefit to early registration whatsoever, other than to get it out of the way. Registrations received on August 15 or 16 are treated the same as registrations received at 11:58 PM on September 5. It is helpful for us if you don't wait until the last minute, however. 

 

 

What about the Tuesday make-your-own-team league?

Tuesday registration is a bit different because registration is by team instead of by individual. We recognize that people may wish to change teams from season to season, and that teams may have a mix of returning curlers and non-returning curlers. So for Tuesday, registration priority is based on how many members of your team curled in the Tuesday last season on ANY team, not necessarily the same team. Teams with 4 former Tuesday members are entered first, then 3 former Tuesday curlers, then 2 former Tuesday curlers, then all other teams come after that. Ties are broken with a lottery similar to other leagues, except based on team selections and the combined experience of the team. All members of the team must rank Tuesday as their #1 or #2 choice to be given priority. Because of team forming dynamics, it is possible that some people who curled on Tuesday last season will be unable to return to Tuesday this season. 

(Note: This may change for Winter 2020.)

 

 

What if I want to curl on Tuesday and don't have a team?

Please indicate this on your form, and we will be in touch with you about team forming. We cannot guarantee that we'll find a Tuesday team for you, but we'll try. The earlier you register, the better chance we'll have of finding you a Tuesday team. If you wait until the last week of registration, that's usually too late, because by then most free agents have already been claimed and teams have already formed.

 

 

Can I make my own teams in leagues other than Tuesday?

Starting this season, the answer is yes! But, registration for leagues other than Tuesday and Doubles is still by individual. If you wish to enter a team in a league other than Tuesday, all of you must register and be entered into the league individually. Team forming in non-Tuesday leagues happens not at the registration phase, but after registration has ended. League coordinators will contact you regarding team forming at that point.

This is being done as a trial for the Fall 2019 season. The Tuesday league is at capacity and has, until now, been the only league that allowed complete team forming. While we are giving folks more latitude to form their own teams in all leagues this season, team forming is still subject to the league coordinator's discretion. For instance, we would discourage four brand new curlers from forming their own team in their very first season. Instead, we would likely split them into two couples, and pair them with more experienced curlers.

 

 

What if I want to join the same league as another person (e.g. family member or friend)?

Indicate this on your registration form. Then, if a lottery is needed for the league(s) that you want, the two of you will be considered together as a single entity (with # of spots in the lottery determined by your average experience). If that entity is selected and there is still room in the league for both of you, both of you enter the league. Otherwise, neither of you enter the league. 

 

 

Are the league lottery results made public after registration is complete?

If you'd like to see the lottery results, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. after registration has concluded.

 

 

Where do I put teammate preferences on the form?

Other than for the Tuesday and Doubles leagues, do not put teammate preferences on the form. After registration has concluded, your league coordinator(s) will contact you about team forming.

 

 

Is there a way to confirm what I put on my form?

You should receive an automated confirmation email from Google immediately after completing the form. If you do not receive this email, this probably means you did not complete the form. Please make sure you click through all the way to the end.

 

 

Can I register after the September 5 deadline?

Yes! After September 5, league registration is first come, first served, for leagues which still have room.

 

 

How many of the leagues actually fill to capacity?

The most popular leagues are typically Tuesday, Wednesday Early, and Thursday Early. Those leagues were "overbooked" and subject to a lottery in the Winter 2019 season. Wednesday Late and Sunday Doubles were also full in the Winter 2019 season, but did not fill until after the registration deadline had passed. All other leagues still had space available. We can't guarantee this will remain the case for Fall, but to date, the Monday, Thursday Late, Friday, Sunday Morning, and Saturday Instructional leagues have never filled to capacity. 

Note that if you are a curler with 2 years or less of experience looking to move into the Wednesday Early or Thursday Early leagues, your odds of getting into those leagues will be well under 50%, based on past demand for those leagues. So if those leagues are among your top choices, we strongly recommend you list some backup leagues on your form. 

 

 

I'm a brand new member with no curling experience! Which league should I join?

The short answer is, pretty much any league! We recommend the Saturday Instructional league for new curlers first and foremost. The instructional league is the best way to get up to speed on the ice. But you do not have to attend the instructional league before joining one of our other leagues. As long as you've attended a Learn to Curl, Pizza and Pickup, Day Curling, or some other on-ice activity (more than just an open house), you can jump right into a regular league. We do not recommend new curlers join the Tuesday or Sunday Doubles leagues in their first season. But, every other league is a great option for first season curlers. So, just pick the league(s) that fit your schedule best. 

 

 

I curled somewhere else years ago and just moved here. Do I have to do a Learn to Curl before joining a league?

If you have curling experience somewhere else, you can jump right into one of our leagues without attending a Learn to Curl. If you haven't curled in a long time, you are certainly welcome to take a Learn to Curl class to help you get back into it, but we do not require this for experienced curlers.

 

 

I see there are separate Early / Late leagues on Wednesday and Thursday. What about on other nights?

Wednesday and Thursday are the only nights in which the early (6:15) and late (8:30) draws are entirely separate leagues. If you join Monday, Tuesday, Friday, or Sunday (either Morning and Doubles), your draw times may rotate from week to week. This depends on how many teams register. For example, in Winter 2019, the Friday league only had enough teams for a single draw time. But if the Friday league gets more teams this season, we would expand that league to two draws with rotating draw times. Monday, Tuesday, Sunday Morning, and Sunday Doubles each had two draw times in Winter 2019 and almost certainly will again in Fall 2019. Since more people prefer the early draw over the late draw in weeknight leagues, you may request to have the late draw every week on Monday and Tuesday, and also Friday if enough teams join (subject to availability / demand).  

 

 

I'm going to miss 2 or 3 weeks of the season. Should I still sign up?

Yes! It is quite common for people to miss a week, or two, or three. We have a spares list which you can contact to find a spare for a given week. Information on sparing will be provided to you by your league coordinator. Even in the Saturday Instructional league, we recommend people still sign up even if they can't make it every week. 

 

 

What do I do if I want to change leagues, but not risk losing a spot in my original league?

Here's an example which will help illustrate what you should do. Let's say you were in Monday and Wednesday Early last season. This season you'd like to do Monday and Thursday Early, but if you can't get into Thursday Early, you'd still like to reclaim your Wednesday Early spot. 

You should fill out your preferences like so: 1) Thursday Early, 2) Monday, 3) Wednesday Early. What will then happen is this: You will be entered into Monday as a returning member, provisionally entered into Wednesday Early as a returning member, and entered into the lottery for Thursday Early. If you are not picked in the lottery, then you'll simply return to Monday and Wednesday Early. If you are picked in the lottery, then you will be added to Thursday Early, and your spot in Wednesday Early will be vacated and given to someone else. 

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