Game Countdown Timer
The Countdown timer was written in January 2012 for the Chesapeake Curling Club. It's intended purpose is to allow curling rinks on the ice to monitor their progress and keep games moving. The font size, sound, and run times, are configurable at run time, with the ability to choose between counting down to zero and up to a specific time limit such as 1 hour 50 minutes with a 10 minute warning. Defaults are easily changed with the text editor (notepad?) of your choice.
Run the timer Version 2.3b, with sounds and small seconds may be tested by clicking the link to the left. It will open in a new window. download all
The link to the left will download a zip file containing the program, default sounds, and documentation. configuration (docx) The link to the left will download or open a one page word document about installation and club specific configuration.
In January 2013 sound was added and it may be disabled at run time or by on/off switches in the code (well commented). In July of 2013 we added the optional ability to decrease the size of the seconds characters on the countdown clock, allowing the rest to be much larger for improved long distance visibility. This too is configurable at run time. Also the ability to bypass the starting menu and just run the timer was added, as was the ability to automatically close the window after the game is over. The overtime counter optionally starts after the screen turns red.
Warning: Gametimer2, with sound, relies on html5. Unfortunately Internet Explorer 8 on Windows XP just won't do sound. Instead I recommend FireFox as an alternate browser that does work on Windows XP.
The code is offered "as is" at no charge. Feel free to modify it with the text editor of your choice. Default values are all specified in the first few lines of code.
The following clubs have successfully utilized the gametimer, one version or another.
- Chesapeake Curling Club, in Easton, MD
- Pittsburgh Curling Club, in Pittsburgh, PA
- Potomac Curling Club, in Laurel, MD
- York Curling Club, in Newmarket, Ontario
The Pittsburgh Curling Club has the most interesting and aggressive implementation. They are running their Tropicurl bonspiel with five computers (one per sheet) on the ice. Starting and stopping are controlled remotely from the warm room via rdp (Remote Desktop Protocol). For the 2014 Tropicurl Bonspiel they moved away from PCs to Raspberry Pi computers.
The York Curling Club, in Newmarket, Ontario has thier twenty three inch monitor mounted on a side wall, visible from all angles of the rink. Their timer starts based on the Windows Scheduler, and there is no question as to when a game must end. If it turns red, that's the last end and another end cannot be started. Their ice makers have adequate time between draws to prep the ice, and their club rule book references the use of the game timer.
Please send us an email note if you wish your club's use listed here, or just to let us know its in use. We'll gladly respect any desires for anonymity.
If perchance you are looking for the CurlClock used for the timing of competitive events, it is located at curlclock.com.
Questions? Comments? Please contact the author, Howard Griffin.