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.

Junior Open House

We are excited to launch this year's curling season with an Open House event just for Juniors! Join us on Saturday, September 20th from 10:00am - 4:00pm. This drop in event will provide an opportunity for those interested to try curling! Our instructors will lead you through some stretches, safety guidelines and information about the game. Small groups will then go out onto the ice for some curling instruction and play. Once the lesson is done, we will go upstairs for snacks and the opportunity to learn more about curling and our club. Please plan on 1-2 hours.

Cost: $10 per person; payable day of event at the club. We can accept cash, checks or credit cards. Current GCC Junior Members are welcome to attend, at no cost, to help introduce others to the sport. Please email Lisa @ juniors@curlingseattle.org to volunteer.
Registration: http://www.curlingseattle.org/content/saturday-september-20-2014-junior-...

All curlers are required to sign a waiver before going on the ice. Waivers will be provided at the club, or you can save time by downloading the waiver, then print and sign it, and bring 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 download the waiver, then print and sign it, and send it with the child.

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. An online registration form will be coming the week of September 8th.

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 14th. 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.

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. http://curlingseattle.org/system/files/forms-documents/GCC%2BWaiver.pdf

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.

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