Skatetown answers call for curling

Rink staff learns basics of game during trial run; clinics are next for the public
By: Kayla Nix/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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Every four years, when the Winter Olympics come around, people wonder about curling. How does it work? What’s the goal? And why, oh why, do they sweep the ice? What is the point of those brooms?

If you’re one of these people, you’re in luck – curling has come to Roseville.
Beginning Monday, Skatetown in Roseville will play host to four weekly clinics, followed by curling drop-in nights on Mondays, in conjunction with Wine Country Curling of Vacaville.

The clinics will showcase the basics of curling and answer any lingering questions the 2010 Olympics didn’t answer.

Skatetown held a “soft opening” for the rink staff Monday. There were about 25 people on the ice, learning the basics and enjoying time with friends and family.
The soft opening was instructed by Wine Country members like Bob Kuhl of Granite Bay. Wine Country has about 60 members that participate in Vacaville and will help Skatetown start its program.

“You don’t have to be a super jock to play this game,” Kuhl said. “A woman can compete with a guy head on and beat him. It doesn’t have anything to do with size.”

By the end of the evening, the participants were competing in games.
Susan Sweetser, Skatetown’s marketing manager, said the facility has received numerous calls about curling programs since the 2010 Olympics.

“There’s a lot of people who have called over the several years that I’ve been here,” she said. “Hopefully, the word will get out and people will come try it. The neat thing is that anybody any age can come do this.”

There will be clinics every Monday in April, including a special spring break clinic April 18, geared toward teens but open to everyone.

Along with families, 2010 USA Paralympics curler Patrick McDonald thinks the disabled community will be interested in curling as well.

“I think it’s going to bring in a lot of people, especially with the disabled community that does sled hockey here,” McDonald said. “There’s basketball here. There’s a huge disabled community, and wheelchair curling is catching on.”

After the clinics, Monday nights will be reserved for curling drop-ins at $20 per person.

“It’s good, wholesome family entertainment,” McDonald said. “It makes you think. There’s nothing wrong with working your brain. Everybody’s concerned about what they look like. What about what they think? Strategy is a good thing. But it will work you out anywhere from your brain to your toes. It’s just good family fun.”

Four weekly clinics beginning Monday. In May, pick-up games will be held Mondays, running through July.
Where: Skatetown, 1009 Orlando Ave., Roseville
When: 5-7:15 p.m.
Cost: $20 per person
Registration: Online at or in person.
Information: Susan Sweetser at (916) 783-8550, ext. 115.