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
Our next Junior Open House will be on Sunday, February 28th from 9:15am-11:30am. This 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.
Cost: $10 per person; payable day of event at the club. We can accept cash, checks or credit cards.
To Register: Please email email@example.com
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. Please download the waiver here.
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!).
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.
Basic equipment (brooms, grippers and sliders) is 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 are required for all participants, if you don't have one, there are some available for use.
Wear loose fitting pants like sweatpants or yoga pants - not jeans - and a sweatshirt. You should dress in layers - it can be chilly on the ice, but you heat up quickly once you start playing and sweeping. Gloves, not mitts, are also good to keep your hands warm.
February 28 & March 6th
April 17, 24 & May 1
To register, please email Lisa Rauliuk at firstname.lastname@example.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. League play begins Friday, October 2nd and runs until Friday, March 25th. 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 the following dates:
November 13 and 27
December 11 and 25
- Juniors U16 (under 16) - the membership fee is $30 and Friday Junior League is $40. - Juniors U21 (16-21) - the membership fee is $50; Friday Junior League is $40.
Extra leagues are $155.
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 to work together.
Merit is open to all junior curlers and is free of charge for GCC Junior Members. Advance registration is required by October 8th. There is a minimum class size of 10 otherwise individual session dates are subject to cancelation. To register, please email Ken Mabbatt, email@example.com and Lisa Rauliuk, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Merit classes are held on the following Saturdays from 9am-12noon:
December 5, 19
January 9, 23
To register, please email Ken Mabbatt, email@example.com
Bonspiels for 2014-2015
The junior program also sponsors two Bonspiels (competitions):
• The Langley Exchange Bonspiel held in February 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. This year, the spiel is hosted in Langley on February 6-7, 2016.
• The Granite Curling Club Junior Bonspiel is scheduled for March 19-20. 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 snacks 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 $140 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 Junior club championship. Teams are divided into two divisions: Junior Boys and Junior Girls. The club championships are held December 26-28th and consist of a round robin style tournament. The winner is then eligible to go onto to compete in the Junior National Championships where they will compete against Junior teams from across the country. The Junior National Championships will be held January 16-23, 2016 in Willmar, Minn.
Youth Olympic Games
We are very proud of two of our Junior Curlers, Luc Violette and Ben Richardson, who will represent the United States at the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway February 12-21. Go Team USA!
For more information about junior curling, please email:
Lisa Rauliuk, Junior Coordinator & Friday Junior League Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Rauliuk, Junior Learn to Curl Coordinator, email@example.com
Ken Mabbatt, Junior Merit Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org