Monday, October 23, 2017

Youth Curling

To register, click here or visit the main registration page.

Perhaps the greatest part of the game of curling is that anyone of any age can learn the game and compete, including youngsters. The Manotick Curling Center boasts an active Junior program, which allows children and young adults from the ages of 7 to 20 to participate. Our primary focus is to have fun, and teach fundamental skills, good sportsmanship, fair play and respect for the game and other players. 

Our Junior Program offers instruction and competition for all levels of skill, using Canadian Coaching Association/Canadian Curling Association certified instructors. We feel very strongly that teaching the basics in a proper manner will allow beginning curlers to enjoy the game even more. Virtually all of Canada's greatest curlers began their careers in a Junior Program, but even if you want to join as a social player, learning the ropes properly will allow you to have even more fun. 

Participating in Bonspiels (tournaments) is another important and exciting part of our Junior Program. Young people enjoy competing against curlers of similar ability from other clubs throughout the Ottawa Valley. We have enjoyed tremendous success at many bonspiels, but more importantly, bonspiels are always a lot of fun.

Our program is broken down as follows:

Little Rocks 7 - 12 years 

The Little Rock program runs each Sunday morning with three sessions:  8:45 to 10:00, 10:15 to 11:30 and 11:45 to 1:00.  All sessions are identical.  The program runs from late October through the end of March.  The equipment required is a helmet or curling head gear and clean pair of indoor only, rubber, soled, sneakers.  Special curling shoes are optional.  Each session contains a lesson and a game.  At the start of the season the lesson is longer and gets shorter during the year as their skills improve.  Following the lesson is a game in which teams are picked at random.  We encourage the youth, after a month or two of practice, to enter into spiels at other clubs to get a chance to get to know other youth curling and fully experience curling.  We facilitate the sign up and coordination of these teams. 

In late September the youth coordinator will contact all registered youth to ask for session preferences.  All attempts will be made to accommodate session preferences although no promises can be made.

Bantam 13 - 16 years

The Bantam program runs each Sunday with two sessions:  1:30 to 3:15 or 3:30 to 5:15.  The program runs from late October through the end of March.   At this level we are working on tuning/teaching skills which require proper equipment to achieve, so the equipment required for Bantams is a curling broom and curling shoes.

Junior 17 – 20 years

No formal program exists for Juniors but practice time can be made available upon request.

Registration & Costs

The registration form and costs for all Youth programs is on the main registration page.

Contacts

Program

 

Contact

 

Email

 

Phone

Little Rock Program

 

Chris Innes

 

chris.innes@gmail.com

 

613-220-7966

Bantam Program

 

Chris Innes

 

chris.innes@gmail.com

 

613-220-7966

Junior Program

 

Michael Coldwell

 

md.coldwell@sympatico.ca

 

613-825-0018

Important Links

Ottawa Curling News

Ottawa Valley Curling Association (OVCA) - Little Rock Bonspiel List

Ontario Curling Association Coaching Programs

Curling 101 Cheat Sheet