On the Button Curling Bonspiel | UBC Recreation

Welcome to On the Button Bonspiel

January 14, 2018

Event Description
HURRY HARD! Sweep those winter blues away with a fun night of curling. Whether it's your first time on the ice or you're a seasoned sweeper this tournament is a great way to try a national pastime.

Contact: Event Crew 1 look forward to hosting all you beavers! Email: im.events1@ubc.ca


League Format

Teams of 4-6 people compete in this exciting curling tournament.

Location: Richmond Curling Club

Teams of all genders (men, women, two-spirit, trans, gender non-conforming) are invited to participate together.

Imports: 1

Registration Deadline: Mon Jan 8th, 2018

Team Roster Submission Deadline: Wed Jan 10th, 2018

Bonspiel: Sun Jan 14th, 2018 from 7pm to 11pm (2x timeslots at 7pm and 9pm)

When you are registering a team for UBC Recreation Intramurals Leagues or Events, there are a number of different participation options for your team based on the composition of your team in terms of skill level, gender identity and expression, and your campus community affiliations. If you are unsure of what to register for, follow these three steps prior to registering your team.

Competitive vs. Just For Fun

The first decision that you’ll have to make is whether your team wants to be a competitive team or a just for fun team.

Competitive Teams

Competitive teams are eligible for advancements, finals, and ultimately the winning of a championship shirt! In Intramural Leagues, there are also multiple tiers within each team structure which are outlined below in the Leagues Tier Explanation step.

If your team wants to compete as a competitive team, continue down this page to decide on the different team structure options for you to compete in.

Just For Fun Teams

If you’re here to try something new, or you just want to have fun outside of a competitive atmosphere, the Just For Fun category could be right for you! Please note that these teams do not qualify for advancements or championships, and in leagues they are not officiated.

If your team wants to participate as a Just For Fun Team then you can skip over the Team Structure and Tier Explanations, and jump to UBC Community Affiliations. In the Just For Fun category, team gender requirements are not applicable.

Competitive Team Categories

UBC strives to build a respectful and welcoming environment for all participants to enhance well-being, participation and a sense of community on campus through opportunities in Athletics and Recreation. We, acknowledge gender identity and gender expression as a spectrum. If you have further questions about our competitive team categories, please visit our Building a Respectful and Welcoming Environment in Recreation page.

If your team wants to compete on a competitive team you have three different team categories to choose from: Open/Men’s; Women’s, Two-Spirit, Trans, & Gender Non-Conforming; and CoRec. We encourage individuals to self-select where they feel they belong within the participation structure. UBC Recreation welcomes all our participants and we want to encourage participation for all.

Open/Mens Category

Men, Women, Two-Spirit, Trans, Gender Non-Conforming
This category welcomes all individuals to participate regardless of gender.

Women’s (W2STGN) Category

Women, Two-Spirit, Trans, Gender Non-Conforming
This category welcomes participation by those who self-identify as women, two-spirit, trans and gender non-conforming.

CoRec Category

Men, Women, Two-Spirit, Trans, Gender Non-Conforming
This category welcomes all individuals to participate regardless of gender; however, teams must adhere to a maximum number of self-identified men. Please refer to specific programs under the “Event Overview” or “League Overview” tab for additional information.

Once you have selected your team category

If you are registering for an Intramural League, move on to Leagues Tier Explanations to choose the Tier that best suits your team’s skill level in the respective sport.
If you are registering for an Intramural Event, please skip Leagues Tier Explanations and jump to UBC Community Affiliations to decide if your team will compete for a specific UBC Community or in the Campus Wide Division.

UBC Community Affiliations

Regardless of whether you’re competing in a competitive or just for fun team you have the ability to compete as a Campus Wide team or a Divisional team and represent your affiliated UBC Community Unit.

Divisional Teams

What is a Divisional Team?

If your team is made up of individuals from a single UBC Community Unit – faculty, residence, sorority, or fraternity (or CoRec teams with all men from one fraternity and women from one sorority) – you qualify to compete as a Divisional team. For a list of all Divisions and Units, visit the Unit Rankings by Division page.

For Divisional Teams, each team is allowed one “import”, an individual on your roster who is not from your declared unit. However, teams competing in the CoRec Hindmarch Division are not allowed any imports.

Why compete as a Divisional Team?

Throughout the year we keep track of the participation and performance of teams that qualify in Divisional Units. Typically, teams are comprised of members entirely from a single faculty, department, greek chapter, or residence. At the end of the year at the Hall of Fame event, awards are handed out for each Division based on their unit’s participation.

In addition, competitive teams who qualify as a Divisional Team compete separately form Campus Wide Teams in Day of the Longboat, Storm The Wall, and in all Intramural Leagues. There are entirely separate championship awards for Divisional teams. For more information, visit the Earl Awards and Unit Points page.

Campus Wide Teams

The Campus Wide division does not have any restrictions on units.

Please register online or at the Student Recreation Centre. Registration is open until 5pm Mon Jan 8th, 2018.

Class Day(s) Times Start End Location Register by UBC Student CSC Staff/Faculty Public
On the Button Bonspiel Sun 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Jan 14 Jan 14 Richmond Curling Club Jan 8

 71330 N/A  71328 N/A
On the Button Bonspiel Sun 9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Jan 14 Jan 14 Richmond Curling Club Jan 8

 71331 N/A  71329 N/A

How do I find or create a team?

The most traditional way to find a team for all UBC Intramurals Leagues, Tournaments, Races, and Events is to talk to people in your classes, faculties, clubs, residences, and among your friends to find people who are also interested in participating in one of our dozens of programs.

Once you’ve got at least the minimum # of players of players to sign up, you can register online at the UBC Intramurals Online Registration Page , or in person at the Operations Desk of the Student Recreation Centre

Please be aware of the registration deadlines for the individual programs, and note that many of our programs do fill up, so it is better to register before the registration deadline.

What if I still can’t find a team?

1. Free Agent Facebook Page

UBC Intramurals hosts a Facebook page where players who are looking for a team, and teams that are looking for more players can be connected.  Please use the program specific threads for the League or Event(s) you are interested in participating in. For a more detailed listing of possible play times for all League Sports, please check out the UBC Intramurals Days of Play Schedule

2. Free Agent Meetings

Your second option is to attend the Free-Agent Meeting. At this meeting, we will try and match you up with other like-minded people and hopefully get you into position to register a team. Here are the currently scheduled Free Agent Meetings:

  • Free Agent Meeting for Fall Intramural Leagues & Events – Tuesday, Sep 12 2017 – 5:00pm – NOTE: There are three separate meetings. One is at the Totem Park Residence Commonsblock, one at the Place Vanier Residence Commonsblock, and one at the Orchard Commons Commonsblock
  • Free Agent Meeting for Fall Leagues – Thursday, Sep 14, 2017 – 5:00pm – Student Recreation Centre
  • Free Agent Meeting for Winter Leagues – Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 – 5:00pm – Student Recreation Centre

I’ve never played before, or I haven’t played in a long time. What can I do?

This year, we’ve added a Learn to Play night for each league.  During this free, hour-long session, you will be taught the basic skills and rules of the sport or activity you are interested in so that you are confident going into the Intramural Season.  Learn to Play night is Wednesday, September 13th for all League sports.  Specific time and location can be found on each League Page under Important Dates.

I’m looking for something a little more casual

UBC Intramurals offers a lot of casual or informal programs for those who are looking to play their favourite sports, but without a long commitment or a competition structure to follow.

Drop-In Programs

Most facilities under UBC Recreation have drop-in opportunities to play various sports associated with that venue including ice hockey, swimming, basketball, volleyball, and futsal. There are also opportunities to try less traditional sports such as Wheelchair Basketball and Cricket. Check out the Drop-In Schedule

Staff and Faculty Volleyball League

Each Wednesday at 12:00pm at the Student Recreation Centre UBC Staff and Faculty come come drop in and play volleyball for free.  To sign up, please check out the Staff and Faculty Volleyball League sign up. All skill levels are present and welcome!

Latest On the Button Curling Bonspiel News

ON THE BUTTON: Curling Bonspiel

WHO: You, all your friends, and us at UBC Intramurals!

WHAT: A fun night of curling for beginners and ice connoisseurs alike! Whether it’s your first time on the ice or you’re a seasoned sweeper, this happy feet themed night is for you.

WHEN: January 14th, 2018

WHERE: Richmond Curling Club, 5540 Hollybridge Way, Richmond, BC V7C 4N3

WHY: Celebrate Canada’s national pastime and get a chance to win a coveted champ shirt!



We’re starting 2018 sweeping away our worries at none other than Richmond Curling Club!

If you’ve been a loyal Canadian and followed the Winter Olympics, chances are, you’ve seen curling in action. You’ve also probably been very confused. Luckily, REC’s ultimate recipe to curling is here to save the day!



A 150 ft x 15 ft sheet of ice. (The curling sheet, as defined by the World Curling Federation)


A Curling Stone (38-44 pounds of pure granite!)


The Curling Broom


The Curling Shoes (No Jordans here, just a snazzy pair os slider shoes with teflon soles!)





The point of the game is to get the stone as close as possible to the centre of the curling sheet, or the “button”! The game is complete when all eight rocks from each respective team have been sent out. The winning team is the one with the highest score!



Now that you’ve read all about it, test your skills in curling on January 14th at the Richmond Curling Club! Register before January 8th!




On the Button Bonspiel- Registration is Now Open!

HURRY HARD! Sweep those winter blues away with a fun night of curling. Whether it’s your first time on the ice or you’re a seasoned sweeper this tournament is a great way to try a national pastime.
Register by January 8th!

On the Button Bonspiel – Registration Closes Today!

HURRY HARD! Sweep those winter blues away with a fun night of curling. Whether it's your first time on the ice or you're a seasoned sweeper this tournament is a great way to try a national pastime. Registration closes at 5pm Thursday, Jan 23th! Please register online or at the front desk.

2017 Winter Guides Now Available

UBC Recreation is here to get our community moving. We’re proud to offer a variety of programs and activities for everyone of all ages and skill level. From first time swim lessons for 6-month olds to elite youth soccer camps to seniors tennis and everything in between. At UBC Recreation, we hope to inspire you to add movement into your everyday life in fun and exciting ways. We have something for every taste and interest or be bold and try something new!

Download a PDF of the 2017 UBC Recreation Winter Guide or if you want a hard copy in hand feel free to drop by one of our facilities! You can find facility addresses & locations on the Contact Us page.