TORONTO – The popular Canadian winter sport crocodile helps people get out while adhering to public health protocols, one of the best outdoor activities subject to COVID-19 regulations.
The Canadian-made sport is made up of two classic hybrids: croquinol and curling. This game is a giant version of crocinol, which is played on ice surfaces, at least 15 meters in diameter. Instead of pieces of wood, the function uses curling stones to play.
“It’s a pleasure to go out and play a new game. It’s a new thing,” said Trox Elsley, a crocodile activist.
The game was invented by Winnie the Pooh’s public city architect Liz Reford in 2016. Since then, crocodile rings have appeared in different places across the country. Saskatoon, Fredericton and SwiftCurrent all saw the game become popular.
In a classic crocodile game, players take turns sliding curling stones into the center of the ice marked by different areas. Players are awarded different points depending on where the stone lands.
The team that gets it closest to the center wins. The lines are drawn on the cork curl ring and a zombie cleans the snow, as well as curling.
Like curling, players can also tap into the rocks of the competition.
“I would say there’s a new interest in it, because it’s something that people can play with when they are away,” Reford said.
The newly built outdoor crocodile ring in Toronto was the first of its kind, and saw it become popular during the winter months of the epidemic.
“The demand is incredible, we sold every time until the end of February,” said Sam Tum, event manager at the stock market.
The game is suitable for all ages and talents and does not require any experience to play. Up to two to eight people can run this at the same time, following infection protocols.
“It doesn’t require much skill to play, and it’s a lot of fun for all ages,” Ellsley said.
Other rings have also emerged at the fort of Bentangushine, Ont.,. St. John, BC, and Prince Albert, Sask.