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Mid-Atlantic Curling Association (MACA)

About the MACA

The Mid Atlantic Curling Association is a loose confederation of five clubs, formerly six clubs, in the Mid-Atlantic area: Plainfield Curling Club (Plainfield, NJ); Philadelphia Curling Club (Paoli, PA); Bucks County Curling Club (Warminster, PA); Chesapeake Curling Club (Easton, MD); Potomac Curling Club (Laurel, MD); Hershey Curling Club (no longer active).

The Philadelphia Curling Club and Bucks County Curling Club have been sharing a spot from (2017 - current season).

The intent of the MACA is to promote curling and camaraderie among the various clubs, and to give curlers the opportunity to travel and play at other clubs in a friendly environment.

How is the MACA played?

Each MACA is a one day event consisting of two six-end games. Multiple draws are usually held to accommodate the 32 curlers (eight per club). In addition to the unusual number of ends, each curler rotates through all four rink positions, lead, second, vice, and skip. That’ll take a bit of explanation.

Suppose your first position, frequently drawn out of a hat, is lead. You will play two ends as lead, then two ends as second, and then one end at vice (3rd) and one final end as skip. That’s the end of the first game. The second game starts you out at vice again, and you play two ends as vice, two ends as skip, then one end each as lead and second. As you can see everybody plays every position for three ends, regardless of the individuals experience or skill level. It’s part of MACA and a good learning experience in a non stressful environment. It’s a very friendly competition, and it’s quite common to see an experienced skip on one rink coaching a new competing skip on the same sheet of ice! 

Do we keep score? Of course! Clubs are awarded points for the number of curlers attending, points scored in each end, the number of ends won, and the number of games won. Here's an example scoresheet in PDF and Excel.

When will the MACA be held this season?

For more information or questions, please contact Arthur Wilson at info@philadephiacurlingclub.org. The schedule is: 

  • Fall of 2017 @ Philadelphia Curling Club
  • Winter of 2018 @ Potomac Curling Club
  • Fall of 2018 @ Plainfield Curling Club
  • Winter of 2019 @ Chesapeake Curling Club 
  • Fall of 2019 @ Philadelphia Curling Club (December 14, 2019)
  • Winter of 2020 @ TBD

Previous Winners

In 2009, the MACA was changed to allow two clubs to host an event within one cycle. Since then the trophy is awarded every other year.

Season Club Points
1990 – 91 Potomac 5,455
1991 – 92 Plainfield 6,275
1992 – 93 Potomac 5,745
1993 – 94 The Weather
1994 – 95 Philadelphia 7,765
1995 – 96 Philadelphia 5,657.50
1996 – 97 Plainfield 5,583.50
1997 – 98 Potomac 4,748.75
1998 – 99 Potomac 5,037.50
1999 – 2000 Potomac 5,017.25
2000 – 01 Plainfield 5,027.50
2001 – 02 Potomac 7,411
2002 – 03 Potomac 4,582.5
2003 – 04 Plainfield 5,029.5
2004 – 05 Potomac 6,787.875
2005 – 06 Potomac 4,726.25
2006 – 07 Philadelphia 5,198.125
2007 – 08 Philadelphia 6,540.5
2008 – 09 Philadelphia 6,340
2009 – 11 Potomac 5044.5
2011 – 13 Potomac 5,531.5
2013 – 15 Plainfield Unknown
2015 – 17 Plainfield 5,302.5
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