St. Albert 50+ Curling - Safety Bulletin


SAFETY of our curlers is always our primary concern, with too many on-ice falls, often with serious consequences.  Injuries and injury prevention continue to be major topics for our members and the 50+ Executive.  

Therefore, we have decided to promote awareness through highlighting preventative measures all curlers should take to reduce the risk of falls resulting in serious injury. 

The 50+ Member Safety REBATES are in effect for qualified purchases of grippers, shoes and helmets from the SACC Pro Shop until our $500 (annual) limit in total rebates has been claimed; so get yours while it lasts!  (See details below)

We have gathered some suggestions, which may help reduce your risk for serious injuries:

  • Do warm-up activities prior to each game i.e. leg swings back and forth and side ways.  Limit these activities to your ability.
  • Wear head protection. Helmets are best insurance against serious head injuries in a fall. Curling Canada suggests head protection approved for snow sports is also good for curling.  We discourage the use of pointed bicycle helmets.  Other padded headwear should have a chinstrap.
  • Fall prevention begins with your feet! 
  • Check your equipment & replace grippers regularly as they do deteriorate over time. 
  • Consider retiring your slider in favour of 2 grippers for sweeping and for skips in the house.  Practice may be required if you currently use a slider as it will take some time to adjust. Please ask for help or a demonstration.
  • Step onto the ice with your gripper foot.  Be aware it takes a few moments for your grippers to cool off when first on the ice.  Warm grippers can be slippery.
  • Keep two (2) feet under your body after delivering your rock when using a slider. 
  • Ensure clothing and shoes fit properly.
  • Limit activity to your ability.
  • Stay focused - be aware of your surroundings. 
  • Never turn your back to a moving rock.
  • Remain outside the Hog Line when your opposition is delivering their rocks and do not crowd the backboards.
  • Do not run on the ice.  Move deliberately - no quick turns. 
  • Think about the safety of your teammates and opponents - for the heavy hitters - consider dialing back on the speed of your take-outs. 
  • Keep curling stones in single file. It is no longer a ‘courtesy’ to bring your opponents’ rocks out for them..  it is a potential tripping hazard. 
  • Keep the backboard area clear of brooms, sticks, bags, grippers, etc.
  • Always be alert and know where the hack and rocks are when you are moving around the house. 

We cannot over-emphasize the need to remain diligent while on the ice, and still enjoy the sport. 

So, think SAFETY FIRST - stay FOCUSED - and HAVE FUN!

2020 Safety Rebatexx

Our Location

3 Tache Street
St. Albert, Alberta, Canada
T8N 2S3

Contact Us

Phone: 780-459-7007

Email:  Contact Us

Follow Us

About Our Club

We are a unique community facility offering  a variety of curling opportunities including youth and adult instruction, leagues, bonspiels and ice rental for corporate and community events, as well as special event space.  We are fully wheelchair accessible, including curling ice.