Curling in downtown Dayton? Here's how to try it

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Curling in downtown Dayton? Here's how to try it

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Teams are shown competing during a curling league recently at Riverscape Metropark in Dayton. Teams compete in curling leagues at Riverscape, Hobart Arena in Troy and South Metro Sports in Centerville. CONTRIBUTED/DENNIS TURNER

No, it's not just something Canadians do -- we've got our own curling scene in Dayton.

For the past few years, RiverScape MetroPark has offered a curling league in the winter. This year there are recreational and competitive leagues available to join.

But first: what the heck is curling? 

In short, it's a game played on ice in which large, round, flat stones are slid across the surface toward a mark. members of a team use brooms to sweep the surface of the ice in the path of the stone to control its speed and direction. 

Want to learn how to curl? Instructional classes are offered at RiverScape MetroPark from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, Dec. 8, or Dec. 15. The cost is $25 per person, and there is limited availability for each class. You can sign up for classes at curltroy.org.

 Want to play? There are two league options: recreational and competitive.

The recreational league is held from 6-9 p.m. every Tuesday starting in January 2017. The cost to participate is $120. 

The competitive league is held from 6-8 p.m. every Thursday starting in January 2017. The cost to participate is $600.

For more details on participating in a league, visit curltroy.org. According to the website, "leagues at RiverScape generally fill very quickly, and are social in nature."

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