It doesn't have to be that way! With a new season comes new opportunities to improve your game. Setting new goals for the season keeps the sport fresh and interesting. As your experience grows, you will find new aspects of the game more challenging. It may require a bit of practice outside of your scheduled league times, but the time spent will be worth the reward. Curling can be about competing against yourself as well as your opponent. Not sure where to start? Here are a few ideas.
Register for a bonspiel. Curling on a league is great, but the fact is that you can't get competitive by curling once a week. The good news is that we live right in the heart of curling country and you don't have to travel far. Devils Lake, Fargo, Grafton, and Bemidji all have well established bonspiels with great curlers. Grand Forks also has three annual bonspiels that bring curlers back year after year. If you want to make more of a trip there are plenty of open bonspiels in Manitoba or the Twin Cities. The competition there might be more intimidating, but participating in these events will strengthen your game. You will return to your home club with a greater perspective of the sport.
Whether you are a new curler or have decades of experience, it's important to have goals for the season. There are many more options than those listed here. Each curler has to decide what works best. Just as it's important to have a plan for the season, however, don't be tempted to change too much. Pick one thing to focus on and stay with it. Your skill will improve and you will begin to see curling in a whole new light.