The United States has an official governing body of the sport of curling which is known as the “United States Curling Association”. The USCA for short is incredibly important because they are in charge of both growing and developing local curling in the U.S., as well as managing the high performance teams that travel around the globe to compete in international events up to and including the Olympics. Because of the recent ground swell of popularity of curling in the U.S. over the past decade, the USCA has been very busy!
The official website for the United States Curling Association is found within the official U.S.A. Olympic website at www.teamusa.org where all Olympic sport official associations can be found, or directly at www.teamusa.org/usa-curling if one would like to proceed directly to the USCA’s website. There is a wealth of information that can be found here on the USCA website including: list of local curling clubs across the U.S., information on upcoming events around the country and world, news from the high performance teams as they compete in various events, and opportunities to shop for official Team USA curling gear which helps support the USA Olympic Curling Team.
Aside from being responsible for the high performance teams that represent the U.S. in the Olympics, the USCA also impacts curlers in the U.S. through their governance of the more than 165 local curling clubs and 16,500 active curlers in the country. These numbers are continually growing, and as of this writing there are 40 states with active curling clubs and five more states with current club establishment efforts in the works. So 90% of the states in the U.S. either have or will very soon have curling! This is a tremendous testament to the work of the USCA to grow and develop the sport of curling over the past several years, and the results are really starting to snowball. The USCA divides the country into several regions which are able to elect representative members to an advisory board that helps the USCA in all their efforts. The USCA is also very instrumental in getting new curling clubs established, including funding opportunities, training demonstrations, and equipment loans.
It is no understatement to say the United States Curling Association is incredibly important to the overall sport of curling in the U.S. The high performance U.S.A. Olympic Team won a bronze medal at the Torino Olympic Games in 2006 and qualified for the Olympics both in 2010 and 2014. In terms of local development within the country, there are new clubs opening up seemingly every quarter as well as established arena ice clubs opening up their very own dedicated curling facilities. In fact to speak of the tremendous efforts of the USCA, there are curling clubs that are planned to be opened very soon in the states of Florida and Hawaii! If curling can spread all the way to Hawaii, there is nowhere that it cannot spread and that is great news for all curlers in the United States no matter where they reside.