Curling Canada and the Ontario Curling Council are working together to pilot a new U15 Competition and Development Event – the U15 Challenge Cups! The OCC will operate three of these competitions on behalf of Curling Canada.
Dates: Friday, March 30, 2018 (10 am First Draw) – Saturday, March 31, 2018 (7 pm Awards Ceremony)
Entry Fee: $300.00 + HST (Includes two meals for players and a coach, swag bag)
- St. Catharines Golf and Country Club, 70 Westchester Ave, St. Catharines, ON
- RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Dr, Ottawa, ON
- Barrie Curling Club, 175 Essa Rd, Barrie, ON
Team Composition: Only 10 teams will be accepted in Ottawa, 8 teams in Barrie and St. Catharines. Entries will be accepted on a first come, first served bases. The U15 Challenge Cup Events are a competition for youth curlers (maximum age of 14 years at June 30, 2017) which means athletes born after June 30, 2002. With teams comprised of four players. Any combination of players may be utilized (4 male, 4 female, or 4 mixed). Athletes may be from any CurlON or NOCA affiliated club. Teams can be of any skill level, and composition of players – i.e. all players will have to play all positions, therefore having a traditional skip, etc… is not necessary. Out of province players are welcome, but they must come from a Curling Canada Member Association affiliated Club.
About the Event:
This event differs from others as it will introduce teams to two new disciplines (Triples and Singles) being used to develop new curlers at Curling Canada’s National Training Centre in Edmonton. Complete rules/Instructions will be provided to registered teams after March 4, 2018 – so that you can try them at your own club ahead of time.
Triples is an exciting format used to teach curlers to become more well-rounded. Teams will play three 2-end sets, the first two sets are worth two points each, the third set is worth four points. Players rotate positions every set giving all players on the team a chance to throw last rock, call strategy, judge/sweep on their own. Team coaches will be permitted on the ice throughout the whole game to counsel and teach their teams strategy, etc… Each Team will play four (six- end) triples games as part of the competition.
During the triples games – the one player who isn’t playing will be busy doing a Singles Competition. This competition will also serve as a Talent Identification System. Players will throw a set number of shots (different weights, different areas of the sheet, both turns), scores will be recorded. Within a couple of months we plan to have an “app” where you can record your scores on these shots during practice on your own, and there will be a national leaderboard – where you can see how you measure up against kids in the rest of the country. The foundational skills involved in this competition are critical for all successful curlers to have in their skill set.
Here’s where the competition gets fun! Scores from the Triples competition and the Singles Competition will be totaled to create an aggregate score, which will be used to seed teams for the fours competition! Each team will play two traditional fours games (6 ends each) on the final day of the competition to determine the Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalists of the U15 Challenge Cup!
Expect this Curling Canada event to be first class! Teams will receive some swag, and we’ll have some fun with a Friday night Pizza Party and we will throw in another meal (dinner in St. Catharines, and lunch in Barrie and Ottawa).
Certified Coaches will receive Professional Development Credits towards their NCCP Maintenance of Certification – but you don’t need to be certified or even a coach to help a team on the ice during this event. Any coach accompanying a team to this event must have a valid police check on file with Curl ON or NOCA. Coaches must complete an OCC Participation Agreement.
All parents of the team members must complete a Participation Agreement for their athletes.
Take your first road trip! Enter your first Curling Canada Competition! Learn about two new disciplines that will raise your game to the next level!
Entry Deadline for all three locations: Monday, March 26, 2018 at 9:00 am EST
Download the flyer (U15 Challenge Cup Poster online version)
Have Questions about the Competition? Contact Perry Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-540-3661