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The US Curling Association (USCA) is the United Statesâ€™ governing body for curling and is responsible for selecting national champions to represent the US at the Olympics and other international events. This is done through the â€œplaydownâ€ process.
The USCA is organized into regions:
â€¢ Grand National (East Coast)
â€¢ North Dakota
â€¢ Great Lakes
â€¢ Mountain Pacific (MoPac)
â€¢ At-Large (i.e. Texas)
Curling is a 500+ year old sport. The first specific references to the game appear in Scottish writings and Flemish paintings from the 1500â€™s. In the early days, rocks came in different shapes and sizes and each curler brought their own to games.
Curling became extremely popular in Scotland and it was the Scots who developed the modern game. They created the first rules and organized the sportâ€™s first governing body, the Grand Caledonian Curling Club, in the early 1800â€™s.
The United States Women's Curling Association (USWCA) was created in 1947 and works to encourage grassroots and women's curling. To achieve this, the USWCA sponsors a number of bonspiels and provides special funding to clubs and individuals. The San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club joined the USWCA in 2006. If you're interested in joining, contact the SFBACC rep at USWCA@bayareacurling.com.
Team John Shuster will represent the US at the World Championships in Moncton, New Brunswick, beginning April 4.
All-Club Meeting â€“ July 11
Summer League â€“ July-September â€“ The SFBACC holds a summer league in Fremont on Thursdays, 7:30-9:45 pm.
Olympic Open Houses - February - During the Torino Olympics, the SFBACC holds a series of open houses. Hundreds of people attend. (photos below)
Games from the Women's World Curling Championship will be broadcast and webcast by NBC Universal Sports. Follow Debbie McCormick and Team USA as the competition begins this weekend:
Press release with tentative coverage schedule attached.