Take Curling to the Next Level of Fun!

Below is some information and announcements regarding some of the upcoming and popular bonspiels within the GNCC, our local regional governing body for curling. Please note that this is an incomplete list and does not usually include bonspiels hosted by clubs outside of the GNCC. For a complete up-to-date listing of scheduled bonspiels, please visit either the GNCC Calendar page or the USCA Calendar page. As curling continues to increase in popularity, many bonspiels are filling up much more quickly than in the past. To help ensure that your team is accepted into an event, be sure to submit your entry form as early as possible. Then hit the road with some friends and really take curling to the next level of fun!

  • GNCC Senior Men's Championship - Mens (Cape Cod Curling Club) - Jan 17, 2019 (Thu) - Jan 20, 2019 (Sun)
  • Empire State Ladies - Womens (Schenectady Curling Club) - Jan 17, 2019 (Thu) - Jan 20, 2019 (Sun)
  • Broomstones Men's - Mens (Broomstones Curling Club) - Jan 17, 2019 (Thu) - Jan 19, 2019 (Sat)
  • Thrifty - Open (Plainfield Curling Club) - Jan 24, 2019 (Thu) - Jan 27, 2019 (Sun)
  • Schenectady Open Bonspiel - Open (Schenectady Curling Club) - Jan 31, 2019 (Thu) - Feb 3, 2019 (Sun)
  • Buildspiel - Open (Norfolk Curling Club) - Jan 31, 2019 (Thu) - Feb 3, 2019 (Sun)
  • Queen of Hearts - Womens (Nashua Country Club) - Feb 1, 2019 (Fri) - Feb 3, 2019 (Sun)
  • Kayuta Lake Winterfest - Mixed (Kayuta Lake Curling Club) - Feb 2, 2019 (Sat) - Feb 2, 2019 (Sat)
  • TAM - Open (Albany Curling Club) - Feb 8, 2019 (Fri) - Feb 10, 2019 (Sun)
  • McKay-Douglas International - Mens (Ardsley Curling Club) - Feb 21, 2019 (Thu) - Feb 24, 2019 (Sun)
  • Cobb Bonspiel - Mixed (Utica Curling Club) - Feb 21, 2019 (Thu) - Feb 24, 2019 (Sun)
  • Winter Wonderland - Womens (Norfolk Curling Club) - Feb 22, 2019 (Fri) - Feb 24, 2019 (Sun)
  • Granite State Men's - Mens (Nashua Country Club) - Feb 28, 2019 (Thu) - Mar 3, 2019 (Sun)
  • Jersey Curlz - Womens (Plainfield Curling Club) - Feb 28, 2019 (Thu) - Mar 3, 2019 (Sun)
  • PCC Stone - Mens (Plainfield Curling Club) - Mar 14, 2019 (Thu) - Mar 17, 2019 (Sun)
  • Big Apple Open - Open (Ardsley Curling Club) - Mar 21, 2019 (Thu) - Mar 24, 2019 (Sun)
  • Broomstones Mixed - Mixed () - Mar 22, 2019 (Fri) - Mar 24, 2019 (Sun)
  • Spring Fling - Open (Petersham Curling Club) - Mar 28, 2019 (Thu) - Mar 31, 2019 (Sun)
  • Curling the Gathering - Open (Rochester Curling Club) - Apr 5, 2019 (Fri) - Apr 7, 2019 (Sun)
  • Bonsqueal - Open (Plainfield Curling Club) - Apr 10, 2019 (Wed) - Apr 14, 2019 (Sun)
  • MudSpiel - Open (Plymouth Rocks Curling Club) - Apr 12, 2019 (Fri) - Apr 14, 2019 (Sun)
  • Crooked Billet - Open (Bucks County Curling Club) - May 2, 2019 (Thu) - May 5, 2019 (Sun)
  • GNCC Arena Club Championship - Open (Ocean State Curling Club) - Jun 6, 2019 (Thu) - Jun 9, 2019 (Sun)
  • The Firecracker - Open (Long Island Curling Club) - Jul 4, 2019 (Thu) - Jul 7, 2019 (Sun)
  • Cape Cod Mixed Summerspiel - Mixed (Cape Cod Curling Club) - Jul 11, 2019 (Thu) - Jul 14, 2019 (Sun)
  • Cape Cod Ladies' Summerspiel - Womens (Cape Cod Curling Club) - Jul 14, 2019 (Sun) - Jul 17, 2019 (Wed)
  • Cape Cod Men's Summerspiel - Mens (Cape Cod Curling Club) - Jul 18, 2019 (Thu) - Jul 21, 2019 (Sun)
  • Ladies Pine Tree - Womens (Belfast Curling Club) - Dec 17, 2020 (Thu) - Jan 19, 2019 (Sat)

GNCC 5 & Under Bonspiels

  • Kayser - Mixed (Rochester Curling Club) - Feb 14, 2019 (Thu) - Feb 17, 2019 (Sun)
  • Francis Dykes - Mens (Schenectady Curling Club) - Feb 28, 2019 (Thu) - Mar 3, 2019 (Sun)
  • Worcester Cup - 5 & Under - Mixed (The Country Club, Brookline, MA) - Mar 7, 2018 (Thurs) - Mar 10, 2017 (Sun)
  • Elisabeth Childs Challenge - Womens (Bucks County Curling Club) - Mar 14, 2019 (Thu) - Mar 17, 2019 (Sun)

Other Major Events

The 10th Annual GNCC Arena Club Championship will be hosted by the Ocean State Curling Club from June 6-9 at Providence College's Schneider Arena in Providence, RI. 

Note: The GNCC Arena Championship is typically a very popular event and the GNCC limits entries per club to ensure that every arena curling club within the GNCC has an opportunity to participate. Because of this, OSCC has adopted a team/participant selection process. Details of the selection process can be found in the Member's Area of the website. The selection process will begin as soon as more details about the GNCC Arena Championships are available. Club members will be contacted by email and invited to participate once the selection process begins. If you are interested in participating in the GNCC Arena Championship, please review the selection process rules first.

 


 

Ocean State Curling Club was founded in April 2009 by a core group of curlers in the Providence area who loved curling but were unable to commit to the travel needed to play at any of the nearby curling clubs. The two nearest curling clubs were in Falmouth, MA and Wayland, MA. With the enthusiastic assistance and perseverance of Russ Lemcke from the Cape Cod Curling Club, an open house was held in North Smithfield in March of 2009 to gauge local interest in curling in Rhode Island. When over 150 curious people turned out to learn more and try their hand at the sport it became clear that there was sufficient interest and momentum to form a club.

From October 2009 through March 2010, the successful inaugural season of league curling was held at the Cabot/Harman Ice Center at St. George's School in Middletown. The sport of curling then received a huge boost in public interest during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Curling was the "it" sport that everyone was discovering and wanted to try. Three learn-to-curl sessions, each giving interested participants about two hours of instruction and ice time, were organized at URI's Boss Arena. This event drew nearly 100 attendees and was followed by a spring curling league at URI from April to June 2010.

After two years of curling in Middletown, the club relocated for the third season to the "bubble rink" at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Cranston. Since moving to the west-bay, the club has experienced steady growth in the membership and in 2019 relocated to Smithfield Municial Ice Rink in Smithfield. 

While OSCC is still a relatively young curling club, it is already one of the oldest continually operating arena curling clubs in the GNCC. The Grand National Curling Club, or the GNCC, is the regional curling association for the Eastern US. Arena curling clubs are clubs that rent ice time from hockey arenas. Only the arena clubs in Lake Placid, NY (1981), Rutland, VT (2007) and Woodstock, VT (2008) have been curling longer. There are now about 35 arena curling clubs in the GNCC and over 50 arena clubs throughout the US.

History of Curling in Rhode Island

Although new to most Rhode Islanders, curling is not at all new to the Ocean State. Curling in Rhode Island dates back to the late 19th century. In 1896, both the Westerly Curling Club and the Niantic, R.I. Curling Club were established by groups of local Scottish granite quarry workers. Curling between the two clubs was played in the winter on frozen ponds in the Westerly area. Although little is known about the fate of the Niantic Curling Club, the Westerly Curling Club survived, in various incarnations, for nearly 100 years, still drawing a crowd of curling enthusiasts as recently as the late 1980's. Click Here for a copy of an article on the Westerly Curling Club from the Sept/Oct. 1986 issue of Tidings magazine. The article's opening line reads "The great international sport of curling is generally characterized by its fraternal and social aspects, as well as the enthusiasm engendered in the hardy souls of its devotees." A warmer climate and more mild winters, however, have prevented the Westerly club from getting the opportunity to curl more recently. The club continued its affiliation with the GNCC until the mid-2000's.

While the Westerly Curling Club was the most well established and longest surviving curling club in Rhode Island, it was not the only club. In addition to the Niantic, R.I. Curling Club, the Highland Curling Club in Harrisville existed from 1950 until about 1963. More recently, the Brown Curling Club made its home at Brown University from about 2000-2006.


 

Ocean State Curling Club is a non-profit, fully 501(c)(3) recognized organization dedicated to the promotion and expansion of awareness of the Olympic sport of curling in Rhode Island. We are a volunteer-run organization funded primarily by membership dues. All members, whether new to the club or long-time club members, are encouraged to volunteer in any area that they take an interest. We are a social club for anyone interested in recreational curling in Rhode Island. Our club curls at Smithfield Municipal Ice Rink (101 Pleasant View Avenue in Smithfield, Rhode Island). For more information on our club or to inquire about how to curl with us, email us at the address at the bottom of the page or click the Membership tab at the top of the page.

Mission

Ocean State Curling Club is dedicated to the enjoyment, fellowship, and promotion of curling in Rhode Island. We believe in building a strong community through the sport of curling by providing a welcoming environment for athletes of all ages and skill levels, creating the opportunity to improve skills while having fun.

Values

Ocean State Curling Club holds the following values as being important:

  • Creating a positive atmosphere
  • Providing an environment that is fun, friendly and welcoming towards others
  • Achieving the highest level of sportsmanship
  • Providing an affordable curling experience for the entire community
  • Maintaining honesty and integrity in all aspects of the curling club

Goals

Ocean State Curling Club is focused on achieving the following objectives:

  • Increasing public awareness of the sport of curling
  • Growing club membership
  • Increasing active member participation in the operation and activities of the club (volunteerism)
  • Establishing long-term financial sustainability
  • Giving back to the community through service and youth opportunities
  • Plan for and fundraise toward a dedicated curling facility

 

Mailing Address:
Ocean State Curling Club
200 Midway Road - Suite 200
PO Box 20026
Cranston, Rhode Island, 02920 USA

Curling Location:
Smithfield Municipal Ice Rink (101 Pleasant View Ave, Smithfield, RI 02917)

Voicemail: (401) 400-1036

 

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Here you will find links to a variety of curling related organizations and websites where you can find out more about curling, get information on bonspiels you might want to attend, get information on elite curling events you can attend as a spectator, learn more about international curling or watch live and archived curling events.


 

Stay Tuned here or on our Facebook page for additional information on our 2022-2023 leagues and Learn to Curls.

We expect to announce leagues in September or October for a December start to our curling season. And scroll down for our currently available Learn to Curl dates. 

All league play occurs at Smithfield Municipal Ice Rink (101 Pleasant View Ave, Smithfield, RI 02917).

Every member pays OSCC Membership Dues ($50) that cover your GNCC dues and Insurance. Separate League Fees cover each league in which you play. In our 2021-22 season, 4-week leagues were $80 per curler and 9-week leagues were $180 per curler.

Full details of cost will be included on the Membership Signup page.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions about our membership opportunities, including to make sure a previous Learn to Curl credit is properly applied to your league fees. 

LEARN TO CURL!!!

Keep an eye out for one of our Learn to Curls if you want to try out this great sport or become a new member. Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is required to participate in one of our Learn to Curls.

New League Members must have attended a Learn to Curl (or have previous curling experience from another club) to join as a new member.

 

Click on one of the dates below and you'll be taken to our registration page for the Learn to Curl you are interested in. If they're full, please join our waitlist. We are hoping to add additional dates soon

    • No current Learn to Curls available. We anticipate adding dates for October and November. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be added to our email list for future Learn to Curls. 

 Learn to Curls are only $40 and that cost is credited to your membership when you join the Club for an upcoming League*.

Link to all available Learn to Curls here: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/ocean-state-curling-club-12417313979

If you have any issues or if you would like to be informed about upcoming Learn to Curl opportunities please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You can always stay up-to-date by looking at our Facebook page

You can also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want to be emailed when future Learn to Curls are scheduled. 

Try it and we're sure... you will love curling!

 

* If you join an annual or single season league as a member of OSCC and you attended a Learn to Curl session in the past 24 months, you will receive a one-time refund in the amount of a standard LTC fee.


 

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Ocean State Curling Club
Rhode Island, USA
Email: [email protected]
Voicemail: (401) 400-1036

 
 

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Ocean State Curling Club is dedicated to the enjoyment, fellowship, and promotion of curling in Rhode Island. We believe in building a strong community through the sport of curling by providing a welcoming environment for athletes of all ages and skill levels, creating the opportunity to improve skills while having fun.