The Duluth Curling Club has a very active Junior program, with the three goals of providing a venue for organized games between young curlers, introducing young people to curling as a recreational winter sport, and developing the skills of existing young curlers who want to try for competitive excellence.
“Junior” in curling means anyone not yet 22 years old. The DCC Junior Program has age groups for children as young as 8.
Curling is a sport in which size, gender, strength, and speed are of no particular advantage. The helpful skills are balance, mental focus, and “touch”. In general, girls compete on an equal footing with boys. Curling is also a very civilized game with a strong tradition of etiquette, consideration, and courtesy towards your opponents. Frankly, if you can’t compete against someone without treating them like they are “the enemy”, then you may not enjoy curling. Its a great way to meet people and make friends, while learning a sport you can play for a lifetime. Anyone from the age of 8 to 21 is welcome in the Duluth Curling Club junior program. Club membership is not required.
The Junior Instruction Program
The 2015-16 Junior Curling program starts with pre-registration on Oct 20, and regular registration on October 27 at 4pm. A responsible adult must accompany the child for registration, which takes about a half hour. An opening banquet will be held on October 27th at 4pm. On ice instruction begins November 3th at 4pm.
This program is intended to introduce young new curlers to the “Roaring Game”. It runs for approximately 15 weeks every winter, November to March with lessons on Tuesdays (4:00 to 5:30 with clean-up following). Cost of the program is $100 for 15 weeks. The fee covers use of all the necessary equipment and facilities, USCA-certified instructors, and ice-time, plus subscriptions to the Curling Club Newsletter and the US Curling News, and entry fee for the Elizabeth Busche Memorial Junior Bonspiel, one of North America’s premier junior curling events.
To find out more about and/or sign up for the Junior Instructional Program, please contact Junior Program Directors: Arlette Degrio, Roger Hendrickson (Connie Host & Renee Meyers)
The Elizabeth Busche Memorial Junior Bonspiel
America’s largest bonspiel for Junior teams is the Elizabeth Busche Memorial Junior Bonspiel in Duluth. The bonspiel has separate divisions for “competitive” (highly skilled) and “developing” (mostly teenagers, with a few remarkable younger teams) and “recreational” (adolescent) teams. Junior teams from around the world have come to Duluth to participate, because it is a top world event. You will not find stronger competition this side of the Junior World Championships.
For a list of other junior bonspiels in the area, click here.
The Junior Development Program
In the past, DCC Junior teams have won state, national, and world titles. The “winningest” junior curler in history is a product of our development program, as were two of the MVP’s at the US Junior Championships in 2006 and a 2006 Olympic contender. The 2007 US National Junior Champions, both Jr. Men and Jr. Women’s, were led by Duluth juniors. Our 2012 and 2014, 2015 Jr. Women’s team won Junior Nationals and in 2015 the Junior Mens team from Duluth won Junior Nationals, and both the Women’s and Men’s placed 5th overall at the Junior Worlds.
DCC provides extensive support for its youth teams. Anyone willing to put in the long-term time, sacrifice, and effort to compete at their very best level is welcome in our Development program.
Junior Instruction Program fee is $100 per year. Junior Curlers who wish to play on League teams will need to pay an additional $50 per year. For all junior members, the ice at the Duluth Curling Club facility is open for practice and pick-up games, any time that organized play or maintenance is not in progress. View the reserved ice schedule. There are usually some younger people around after school hours on weekdays and almost all the time on free weekends. So join the club and curl every day!