Slide, slide and be proud of your Crokicurl skills…
Croki-What? If you remember this unique Canadian sport from last winter, say it with me: crokicurl – then get ready to show off your skills at River Prairie Park this winter with plenty of crokicurl opportunities.
Crokicurl combines the Olympic ice sport of curling with crokinole, a Canadian board game in which players toss chips towards the highest ranked region on an octagonal board. Crokicurl, however, is played on a large ice rink and replaces the curling stones with small chips.
And last winter, River Prairie Park in Altoona unveiled the first crokicurl rink in the United States. Here are some opportunities to slip, slide, and (hopefully) not crash this winter.
CROKICURL FAMILY FUN NIGHTS
Whether you know how to play or are like most Americans who have never heard of this new sport, check out the new Crokicurl Family Fun Nights, where two two-person teams (composed of individuals aged six and over ) can play matches. at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. A maximum of ten teams are allowed per night, with three out of five rounds per game. Registration costs $5 per team of two people. Sign up to stay in the date loop, as it depends on the weather! (Wisconsin weather, am I right?)
Hone your skills with this new crokicurl league, which is open to two-person teams of adults aged 18 and over. The number of matches is determined during registration (the more the better!), the league being limited to eight teams. Get ready to crokicurl at River Prairie Park every Tuesday evening from 7-9pm (weather permitting). The cost is $40 per team of two people. Sign up to stay in the date loop.
CROKICURL FAMILY FUN TOURNAMENT
Want to mix a family environment with people of all ages? Discover this new family crokicurl tournament, open to teams of two players aged six and over. Teams will be divided into two pools of three, where a round robin will be played. Round robin play will be three of five rounds per game, with the top two teams moving to incremental play. There is a limit of eight teams. Check it at 9am. The cost is $20 per team of two people. Sign up to stay up to date on the calendar.
AMERICAN CROKICURL CHAMPIONSHIPS
You read that right: The US Crokicurl Championships are scheduled right here in Altoona on the Front Porch Plaza at River Prairie Park and are open to teams of two players, ages 16 and up. The game will be double elimination with three out of five rounds played per game in the winner’s bracket, and two out of three rounds played per game in the consolation bracket. The starting time will be in the morning and will be determined according to the number of teams registered. Register before January 27 at noon! In case of bad weather, the tournament will be moved to another date. There is a limit of 16 teams. The cost is $20 per team of two people.
For more information on upcoming recreational opportunities in Altoona (or how to register), see more information here.