Juniors

The junior program at GCC is for kids 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.

Junior Learn to Curl

This program is for those aged 7-18 who are just learning how to curl. Kids are divided into groups according to their age and skill level. In addition to regular curling rocks, we have “little rocks” which are specially designed, lighter versions of regular curling stones that make it easier for kids to slide their rocks down the sheet.
Each session focuses on skill development, strategy and etiquette along with an actual game. After the game, teams engage in one of the most important aspects of the sport - socializing with food and drinks (in this case, hot chocolate with marshmallows!).
Basic equipment (brooms, grippers and sliders) is provided. Participants need only to bring a helmet and wear clean, flat soled shoes.

2014 - 2015 Dates:
FALL:
Sunday October 12, 19, 26, November 9, 16 & 23
9:30-11:30am
Cost: $60

SPRING:
Sunday February 22, March 8 & 29
9:30 – 11:30am
Cost: $30

Sunday April 26, May 3 & 10
9:30 - 11:30am
Cost: $30

To register, please email Lisa Rauliuk 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. Registration is limited to 40 curlers. Reigstration priority is given to Junior curlers from the previous year, provided they complete and turn in their registration forms by the club deadline of September XXX. Otherwise, registration is first come, first serve.

NEW this year, the Junior League is open to junior curlers of all ages and abilities that are willing to commit to the season. League play begins Friday, October 3rd and runs until Friday, March 27th. 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.

Junior Open House

Join us on Friday, October 3rd from 4:30 - 6:15pm for the first night of junior curling and our Junior Open House. This is a fun night of curling and is a great opportunity to bring your friends and any juniors you know that have wanted to try curling. Juniors of all ages are welcome to attend.

Junior Merit Program

This series of structured instruction and testing is geared to ongoing skill improvement and development. It’s a structured program that utilizes the U.S. and Canadian models and features quality instruction designed to allow juniors to advance at their own pace. Participants earn badges and move through a series of levels in the program. The Merit program is also an opportunity for competitive teams. Merit is open to all junior curlers.

Merit classes are held on the following Saturdays from 9am-12noon, and are free of charge for GCC Junior Members:
October 11th
November 22nd
December 6th
December 20th
January 3rd

To register, please email Ken Mabbatt, juniormerit@curlingseattle.org

Bonspiels for 2013-2014

The junior program also sponsors two Bonspiels (competitions):
• The Langley Exchange Bonspiel held February 14 & 15th has our junior curlers playing against our friends from Langley, B.C. It's a friendly event with a long-standing tradition and is open to GCC Juniors of all levels. Each year the location alternates between the two clubs, and will be hosted in Seattle this year.
• The GCC Junior Bonspiel is open to Juniors of all levels, including kids in the Junior Learn-to-Curl program, and takes place the weekend of March 13 - 15.

Junior National Championships

Each year, junior curlers that would like to play competitively has the opportunity to form team and compete in the Junior club championship. Teams are divided into two divisions: Junior Boys and Junior Girls. The club championships are held December 27-31st and consist of a round robin style tournament. The winner is then eligible to go onto to compete in the Junior National Championships January 17 through 24th where they will compete against Junior teams from across the country. The Junior National Championships will be held in Devils Lake, North Dakota.

More Information

For all the latest event information, please check the Juniors calendar. https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=ebaou90kimtj8nanaqf2jkuan4%40g...

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