What is Junior Curling?
The Junior Curling program at The Columbus Curling Club is for anyone under the age of 22 who wants to learn to curl and is able to maneuver a 44 pound rock of granite on the ice. Generally the starting age for juniors is between 10 and 12 years depending on the student’s size and athletic ability.
Is there a program for kids under 10 years of age?
Yes. We offer a Youth and Little Tykes program for kids from 5 to 10 years old. The dates and times vary from season to season. In the 2016-17 season the program begins February 4th and ends February 25th. Registration can be found under the Learn to Curl tab and is $15 for the session.
How much does it cost for a junior to start curling?
We offer a few options:
|Option 2:||Full Junior Membership for October through March or April (depending on our seasonal schedule)|
|-- Youth Membership (under age 14)||$100|
|-- Junior Membership (age 14-21)||$195|
A Youth or Junior Membership includes all the Saturday Junior sessions and Instructional Leagues.
Do we need to buy any special equipment to get started curling?
No. We do ask at all curlers bring a pair of clean shoes to change into, particularly during inclement weather. Curling ice is a little different than for other ice sports so it’s very important we keep it clean. We have some equipment available to get you started free of charge. It’s included in your membership or your weekly participation fee.
Can Junior Curlers participate in the regular club leagues?
Once a Junior reaches an appropriate level of proficiency and knowledge of the sport, Youth and Juniors can also participate in leagues. All new curlers, adults or juniors, are required to complete a minimum level of training before joining the regular leagues. This is to ensure the new curlers have a positive experience at our club and with the sport.
Does a parent or guardian need to be present with a Junior curler?
All Juniors under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for their first visit to sign forms required for participation in club events, or a parent must send the signed forms with the Junior:
We would prefer that a parent or guardian remain at the club with Junior curlers under 16 years old. If a parent can’t stay we ask that they talk to the Lead Coach or Instructor for the day well before the 2 PM start time.
Why is curling described as a non-traditional competitive sport?
Curling is founded on the spirit of curling and curling etiquette. There are no referees or officials at club level competitions called bonspiels. Curlers are expected to announce their own fouls during a game rather than wait for their opponent to say something. Even in regional and national competitions, the Ice Officials rarely intercede during a game unless there is a significant issue or a team requests their assistance.