Juniors

The junior program at GCC is for anyone between the ages of 7 and 21. Our primary objective is to have fun and develop a life long passion for curling. As curling is a game of etiquette, we encourage and promote good sportsmanship both on and off the ice.

Kids Curl/Junior Learn to Curl

We are test piloting a new Kids Curl program in our Spring session, designed specifically for kids 7-10 who are just learning how to curl. During this three week session, kids will learn the basics of curling, work on skill development, and gain an introduction into the strategy and etiquette of curling.

All curlers are required to sign both a waiver and concussion protocol before going on the ice. Waivers will be provided at the club, or you can save time by downloading the forms, completing and then bringing it with you. Curlers under 18 years of age must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian before going on the ice. If a parent isn't coming to the event, you can simply send the completed forms with your child.

Basic equipment (brooms, grippers and sliders) will be provided. Participants need only to bring a helmet and wear clean, flat soled shoes. (Tennis shoes or sneakers work well. Running shoes that are wide work less well.). Helmets can be any style (hockey, ski, bike etc..), but are required for all participants. If you don't have a helmet, we have a few available for use.

Wear loose fitting pants like sweatpants or yoga pants - not jeans - and a sweatshirt. Dress in layers - it can be chilly on the ice, but you'll heat up quickly once you start playing and sweeping. Gloves, not mitts, are also good to keep your hands warm.

SPRING 2017:
Sunday, April 23
Sunday April 30
Saturday, May 13
Time: 10am - 12pm
Cost: $45

To register, please email Rob McDade at juniorltc@curlingseattle.org.

Friday Juniors League

The Friday Juniors League is open to all junior members under 21 and meets Fridays from 4:30pm to 6:15pm. The first night of league play is October 2nd. Registration is limited to 40 curlers. Registration priority is given to Junior curlers from the previous year, provided they complete and turn in their registration forms by the club deadline of 12noon on September 18th. Otherwise, registration is first come, first serve.

The Junior League is open to junior curlers of all ages and abilities that are willing to commit to the season, however, all participants must have attended a Junior Learn-to-Curl session or have prior curling experience. League play begins Friday, October 2nd and runs until Friday, March 31st. Players will be assigned to teams each week so that we can provide a challenging and fun environment. Depending on the skill level of the Juniors registered, we may utilize a combination of full sheets, half sheets and little rocks.

Games are usually six ends in length and instructors are available for advice during play. Following the game, there is some off-ice time to enjoy snacks and socializing with the other teams. Each junior curler will be assigned a date to provide snacks. More information will be available during the first night of league play.

To register, log in to your account and follow the link to online registration. If you’ve never logged in or don’t know your password, go to password request and follow the instructions. For accounts we made for members, your user name is your first name and last name separated by a space. Payment options for online registration are PayPal (includes credit cards), or a check delivered to the club in person or by mail. Junior curlers will still need to complete a waiver form and drop that off at the club prior to the first night the curling season. Please download the waiver here.

There will be no Junior League on February 17

Fees:
Membership:
- Juniors U16 (under 16) $40
- Juniors U21 (16-21) $60
Friday Junior League: $40
Each additional league fee is $185

Bonspiels for 2014-2015

The Granite Curling Club Junior Bonspiel is scheduled for March 25-26. This bonspiel welcomes curlers under age 21 from USA and Canada. Curlers will play at least 3 games with their first game starting on Saturday morning. GCC will provide food to curlers throughout the weekend. Teams can be any combination of boys and girls. Participation is open to all juniors who have the ability to play with regulation size rocks to the full house and complete a standard 8 end game in 2 hours. If you are unsure about your curlers ability, please ask.

Cost is $200 per team. If you're interested and need a team, send us email and we will work to find a team for you.
Register online http://www.curlingseattle.org/bonspiels.

Junior National Championships

Each year, junior curlers that would like to play competitively have the opportunity to form teams and compete in the US Junior National Championships.
The Junior Nationals event is scheduled for January 14 - 21, 2017 in Fargo, North Dakota and will consist of the 8 teams that qualified out of the East and West Challenge Rounds.

This year, GCC juniors Luc Violette and Ben Richardson are playing on Team Stopera and Nick Connolly is playing for Team Washington. Good luck guys!!

U18 National Championship

The U18 National Championships are scheduled for March 8-12 at the Milwaukee Curling Club in Cedarburg, WI. Representing GCC and Washington state will be:
Girls Team: Nikki Lorvick, Arianna Rauliuk, Abi Marteny and Polly Harrington - Coach: Cindy Eng-Dinsel
Boys Team: Luc Violette, Ben Richardson, Connor Kauffman, Alex Couckuyt

Good curling!!

For more information about junior curling, please email:
Lisa Rauliuk, Junior Coordinator -- Merit & Friday Junior League Manager, juniors@curlingseattle.org
Rob McDade, Junior Learn to Curl Coordinator, juniorltc@curlingseattle.org