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.
2013 - 2014 Dates:
Fall: Sunday October 13, 20, November 10, 17 & 24 9:30-11:30am Cost: $50 (or $10/class)
Spring: Sunday March 9, 16 and 30 1 9:30 – 11:30am Cost: $30
To register, please email Lisa Rauliuk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday Juniors League
The Friday Juniors League is for junior members under 21 who are ready to play a game using the bigger stones and the full sheet, and can accommodate teams that are preparing for and participating in national competition. This league meets Fridays from 4:30pm to 6:15pm. 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. The first night of league play is October 4th.
There will also be a dedicated sheet for Junior Learn-to-Curl in the Friday league. This is open to anyone that has participated in one of the Junior Learn-to-Curl Sessions. Fees will be assessed so that the total cost for the Junior Learn-to-Curl and Friday league does not exceed the Junior fee for registration. Please see Lisa Rauliuk for more details.
Junior Open House
Join us on Friday, September 27th from 4:30 - 6:15pm for our Junior Open House. This 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. Eligibility is determined based on skill and optional testing opportunities are offered throughout the year. Merit classes are held on select Saturdays from 9am-12noon, and are free of charge for GCC Junior Members. The first Merit class will be held on October 12th. Please check the Juniors-only calendar for additional dates.
Curling Camps and Clinics
For our more competitive juniors and individuals or teams that want to improve their game, we offer both curling camps and various clinics throughout the year. Please check the calendar for dates.
Bonspiels for 2013-2014
The junior program also sponsors three Bonspiels (competitions):
• The Langley Exchange Bonspiel held February 15-16th 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 Langley this year.
• The GCC Junior Bonspiel is open to Juniors of all levels and takes place March 15-16th.
Junior National Championships
This year, the Granite Curling Club will play host to the Junior National Championships January 22nd through February 2nd. This is a great opportunity to watch some great junior curling. Please check back for more information as we get closer to the event. Event chair Lori Markham can be reached at email@example.com.
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:
Tom Violette, Juniors Coordinator & Friday Juniors League Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Rauliuk, Junior Learn to Curl Coordinator, email@example.com
Lori Markham, 2014 Junior Nationals Event Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org