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. Related to this, if you did not curl in Fall 2019 and are joining for Winter 2020, your membership starts over for Fall 2020. In other words, what you pay for the Winter 2020 season will only cover the Winter 2020 season.

 

 

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?

A "spare only" membership costs the same as joining a single league - but, we discourage this, especially for newer curlers, as we cannot guarantee you a set number of games if you join as a Spare Only. 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, especially if you're new and don't yet have many connections within the club.

 

 

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 in Fall 2019, we added 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 the priority registration deadline 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 the priority deadline. For Winter 2020 registration, the priority deadline is December 22, 2019.

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 priority registration has ended, 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 prior to the priority registration deadline.

 

 

Is there any benefit to registering as soon as priority registration opens?

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 the first day of registration are treated the same as registrations received one hour before the priority registration deadline. It is helpful for us if you don't wait until the last minute, however. 

 

 

What about the Tuesday make-your-own-team league? (NOTE: This has been revised for Winter 2020!)

Tuesday registration is a bit different because registration is by team instead of by individual, and is also more of a competitive league. The Tuesday league has room for 20 teams. For Winter 2020, priority registration is first given to the top 18 finishing teams from the previous season (all but the bottom two). Teams may change one member of the team between seasons, or two members as long as they retain the skip; if additional teammate swapping occurs beyond that, it is up to the discretion of the league coordinators to determine which entries can claim the old team's spot.

After returning teams are registered, priority is next given to teams that attempted to register for the previous Tuesday league but did not get into the league. For Winter 2020, there is one such team.

If there are remaining openings after that, it comes down to the bottom two finishers from last season if they re-enter, along with any new teams that have entered. Priority for those teams will be determined by pre-season playdown, if it is possible to conduct one between seasons - although, the last place team from last season cannot jump ahead of the next-to-last place team. If a playdown cannot be conducted, then we will conduct 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. 

All teams that attempt to register for the Tuesday league this season but do not get in, will get priority for the two Fall 2020 openings vacated by the two bottom finishing teams in Winter 2020. If there are more than two teams in this position, then we will conduct a playdown at some point during the Winter season which will determine priority for Fall 2020.

There is one potential opening for an entirely new team in the Winter 2020 league, subject to playdown versus the 19th place team from Fall 2019. Prospects for the Fall 2020 league will depend on how many teams enter for Winter, as any teams who register for Winter but do not get in will get priority over brand new entries. 

 

 

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, whether that means filling an opening on an existing team or forming a brand new team with other free agents. 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. We should also note that our odds of finding you a Tuesday team are significantly higher for the Fall season than for the Winter season, as there is typically much more team movement over the summer than there is over the short winter break.

 

 

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

The answer to this is generally yes, but it is subject to the discretion of the league coordinators for those other leagues. If you are interested in forming a team in any other league, we request that you reach out to the league coordinators for those leagues as a courtesy before you register. Most team forming requests will be granted, especially if we're talking about a team that attempted to enter the Tuesday league and was unable to. But, league coordinators reserve the right to consider what is appropriate for their leagues. 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 priority registration deadline?

Yes! After priority registration has ended (for Winter 2020, this occurs on December 22, 2019), 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 Tuesday, Wednesday Early, and Thursday Early. Those leagues have been "overbooked" and subject to a lottery in each of the last several seasons. Other leagues occasionally also fill after the priority registration deadline has passed.  

If you are looking to move into the Wednesday Early or Thursday Early leagues, we strongly recommend you list some backup leagues on your form. If you have 2 years or less of curling experience, your odds of getting into those leagues will be well under 50%, based on past demand for those leagues. Curlers with more experience will have better odds, but even then we cannot be guarante entry into our most populat leagues, so please consider backup choices, such as the Wednesday and Thursday Late leagues, or Monday, Friday, or Sunday Morning.

 

 

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 and in which you will have the same game time every week. If you join Monday, Tuesday, Friday, or Sunday (either Morning and Doubles), your draw times may rotate from week to week. The Friday league was a two-draw league for Fall 2019 and it is expected it will remain that way for Winter 2020. 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, Tuesday, or Friday.

 

 

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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