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 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.

FALL 2016:
October 9, 16 & 23rd
9:30am - 11:30am

WINTER 2017:
January 8 & 15
1pm-3pm

SPRING 2017:
April 16, 23 & 30
Time: TBD

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. 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:
October 28
November 4
November 25 Thanksgiving
December 23 Christmas
February 17

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

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, juniormerit@curlingseattle.org and Lisa Rauliuk, juniors@curlingseattle.org.

UPDATE: MERIT CLASSES FOR 2017 ARE TENTATIVE PENDING INSTRUCTOR AVAILABILITY. PLEASE CHECK WITH LISA FOR MORE DETAILS
Merit classes are held on the following Saturdays from 9am-12noon:
October 1, 8
November 12
December 3, 17
January 7

Junior Open House

Our next Junior Open House will be on Saturday, December 3rd from 11:30am - 2:30pm. 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 juniors@curlingseattle.org

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.

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 will be held in Seattle on February 3-4, 2017.

• 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 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 US Junior National Championships. There will be two Junior Qualifier events, one “West” (in St. Paul, MN for the 2016-2017 season) and one “East” (in Laurel, Maryland for 2016-2017), and they are scheduled from December 26, 2016 to January 1, 2017. Entry is open to any and all Junior teams (including U18 teams), and teams will be asked to pick a preferred event when registering. The USCA does reserve the right to balance entry numbers across the events and to adjust entries based on geographies of teams and event sites.

Four spots in the US Junior National Curling Championships will be awarded to the top 4 placed teams at each event.

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.

The Junior National Championships will be held January 16-23, 2016 in Willmar, Minn.

U18 National Championship

This competition is designed for youth under 17. The U18 Washington State Playdowns will be held January 21 & 22, 2017 at GCC. The winning boys and girls team will qualify to compete in the U18 National Championships, which are scheduled for March 8-12 at a location TBD.

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