Juniors

Our Junior Program is open for ages of 7-18. Our primary objective is to have fun and develop a life long passion for curling. Everyone is welcome and all curling equipment will be provided. As curling is a game of etiquette, we encourage and promote good sportsmanship both on and off the ice.

Get Started with our Junior Learn to Curl Series

This program is designed to provide the basics of curling, work on skill development, and gain an introduction into the strategy and etiquette of curling.

Event Sessions Price Register
Fall 2022 Sunday, September 18, 2022 - 9:30am to 11:00am
Sunday, September 25, 2022 - 9:30am to 11:00am
Sunday, October 2, 2022 - 9:30am to 11:00am
$75.00 Register now!

Leagues:

GCC offers two default Leagues for Junior Curlers based on their school grade:

Junior League - Through 8th Grade

- Fridays from 4:30pm to 6:00pm. The Junior League is open to junior curlers of all ages and abilities.
- The first night of Junior League is September 17, 2022 and runs through April 7, 2023.
- Registration is limited to a maximum of 40 curlers.
- Registration priority is given to Junior curlers from the previous year and then determined based on registration date. We will notify everyone prior to the start of the season if registration is full and will place you on a waitlist.
- Each week starts with skills drills and is followed by a game of typically 4-6 ends. Socialization after the games is highly encouraged and food/snacks is bring your own with parent organized potlucks sprinkled throughout the season.

High School League - Grades 9-12

- Wednesday's from 4:30-6:30pm
-This is a casual, learn-to-curl league where teens can gather to play. Each week will vary slightly based on the number of participants but will focus on skill development and games.
- No experience required, instruction will be provided
- Eligible for PE Waiver
- Registration will remain open so that new players may join at any time during the season.
- If you have an 8th grader who is an experienced curler that wants to participate in this league, please email juniors@curlingseattle.org

Juniors are welcome to participate in other leagues within the club, however, depending on their age and skill level, they may be required to play with a supervising adult. See https://curlingseattle.org/leagues.

League Registration

Each child needs their own account with a unique email. That email should be monitored by the responsible adult. If your child already has an account, log in to that account and follow the registration link. If you’ve never logged in or don’t know the password, start at password request. If your child has never had an account, start the account creation process. Refer any questions or comments to Registration Support.

In accordance with SafeSport guidelines, junior account emails should be monitored by an adult. Many email providers, including Gmail, Hotmail, and Outlook, provide the convenience of using the form parent+child@outlook.com - which sends mail to parent@outlook.com and sorts it into a folder.

Payment options for online registration are PayPal (includes credit cards), or a check delivered to the club in person or by mail. Junior curlers still need to complete a hardcopy waiver and concussion protocol form and drop that off at the club prior to the first night of the curling season. Please download the waiver.

2022-2023 Fees

Membership:

- Juniors U18 (under 18) $100

League Fees:

Friday Junior League: $100
High School League: $100
Any other additional league fee is $300

Bonspiels for 2022-2023

Junior Bonspiel

The Pacific Northwest Junior Bonspiel will be held January 7-8, 2023 at GCC. 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. Teams can be any combination of boys and girls. Participation is open to all juniors. There will be two divisions: Novice Division for those just starting out where the focus is on playing as a team and having fun. Games will be 6 ends and we will be making accommodations for those juniors that play with Lite Rocks. The Intermediate Division is for teams seeking a more competitive environment. Games will be 8 ends. Please indicate your skill level/division when registering. If you are unsure about your curlers ability or which division is most appropriate, please ask.

Cost is $250 per team/$62.50 per person. If you're interested and need a team, send us email and we will work to find a team for you.
Register online here.

Canada/USA Exchange Bonspiel

This Annual Exchange Bonspiel between curling clubs in B.C. and Canada is held yearly in February and rotates amongst the participating clubs. This year's event is scheduled for February 4-5, 2023.

Competitive Junior Curling

Each year, junior curlers that would like to play competitively have the opportunity to form teams and compete in two different National events where they will compete against Junior teams from across the country. There are two divisions: Junior Women and Junior Men.

Junior National Championships U21

This event is open to Junior curlers 21 years of age and younger. Of the two national championships, U21 is by far, the most competitive. Teams complete by participating and winning a qualifying Junior Bonspiel to advance to the Junior Nationals event. The winner will then go on to represent the USA at the World Junior Championship. More details can be found at USA Curling.

U18 National Championship

This event is open for Junior curlers 18 years of age and younger. In order to participate, teams must first playdown and secure a spot from their curling region. The playdowns for the Pacific Northwest Region (Washington, Oregon, Idaho) will be held at Evergreen Curling Club on December 16-18, 2022. The winning team for both Junior Women and Junior Men will then advance to the U18 National Championships.

Policies & Forms

Youth Helmet Policy

All participants 13 years of age & younger must bring and wear a helmet while on the ice. We will not be making exceptions and the club will not be providing helmets. Properly fitting bicycle, skateboard, ski, snowboard, and hockey helmets are examples of typically acceptable options. There are others which can also work, and the Junior Coordinator will have the discretion to approve or reject adequacy of head protection.

COVID Policy

All participants in the Junior Program must be fully vaccinated unless they have a medical or religious exemption. Read the full policy

Waivers

All curlers are required to sign both a waiver and concussion protocol before going on the ice. Waivers will be provided at the club, or you can save time by downloading the forms, completing and then bringing 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 simply send the completed forms with your child. All attendees must have a parent/guardian/responsible adult in the building during the event.Please download the waiver and concussion protocol

SafeSport

All junior curling instructors have been SafeSport certified. More information on GCC policy..

Equipment & Clothing

Basic equipment (brooms, grippers and sliders) will be provided. Participants need 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 can be any style (hockey, ski, bike etc..), but are required for all participants 13 & under. Wear loose fitting pants like sweatpants or yoga pants - not jeans - and a sweatshirt. Dress in layers - it can be chilly on the ice, but you'll heat up quickly once you start playing and sweeping. Gloves, not mitts, are also good to keep your hands warm.

For more information about junior curling, please email:
Lisa Rauliuk, Junior Coordinator, juniors@curlingseattle.org
Katie Santiago, Friday Junior League Manager, gccjuniorleague@gmail.com