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.
COVID POLICYAll participants in the Junior Program must be fully vaccinated unless they have a medical or religious exemption or are under 12 years of age for whom a vaccine is not yet available. Due to the fact that the Junior program has many participants under the age of 12, all participants, instructors and parents are required to wear a mask when at the club or participating in any Junior events, Friday Junior League, Learn-to-Curl or Bonspiel. The High School League will not require masks as all eligible participants are old enough to be fully vaccinated.
Junior Learn to Curl Series
This program is for those aged 7-18 who are just learning how to curl. During these sessions, kids will learn the basics of curling, work on skill development, and gain an introduction into the strategy and etiquette of curling. Kids are divided into groups according to their age and skill level. In addition to regular curling rocks, we have “Lite 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!).
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.
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.
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Friday Juniors League
UPDATED REGISTRATION INFO FOR 2021-2022
The Friday Junior League is held Fridays from 4:30pm to 6:00pm. The Junior League is open to junior curlers of all ages and abilities, however, all participants must have attended a Junior Learn-to-Curl session or have prior curling experience.
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.
The first night of Junior League is September 17.
Games are usually four to 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 few weeks 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.
Signing up juniors can be a bit tricky, as the site doesn't understand "I'm signing up for my child", nor "I have multiple children I'd like to sign up", so we recommend creating individual accounts (with different email addresses (Gmail) to sign them up with. Registering an account can be done here.
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 and concussion protocol form and drop that off at the club prior to the first night the curling season. Please download the waiver here.
- Juniors U16 (under 16) $80
- Juniors U21 (16-21) $100
Friday Junior League: $90
Each additional league fee is $270
High School LeagueThe High School League will run on Wednesday's from 4:30-6:30pm starting January 5, 2022 and running through April 6th.. No curling experience is necessary and the club will provide all required equipment. The League will culminate with a one day tournament on Saturday, April 23rd for the League Championship Trophy. Cost: $150
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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.
BONSPIELS for 2021-2022
The Granite Curling Club Junior Bonspiel is scheduled for November 20-21, 2021. 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 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.
Depending on the number of entries for the bonspiel, we may offer an novice division for those juniors who are not quite ready for a competitive game. Please indicate your skill level when you register and we will advise by early November if we can accommodate a novice division.
Cost is $250 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 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 will be hosted here in Seattle. This is a fun, friendly event with a long-standing tradition and is open to Juniors of all levels and offers a great opportunity for our newest junior curlers to participate in a bonspiel -- even those that have just completed a Learn-to-Curl session. The spiel is a combination of skill development, games and lots of fun activities. Players sign up on an individual basis for this event.
Saturday, February 5 & potentially the morning of Sunday, February 6, 2022
Cost is $30/player and includes lunch & snacks.
Register by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 first in a qualifying bearth and then advancing to the Junior Nationals event. The winner will then go on to represent the USA at the World Junior Championship.
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 Granite curling Club on December 4-5, 2021. The winning team for both Junior Women and Junior Men will then advance to the U18 National Championships.