Junior & Teen Curling

Again this year we will be having lessons for Junior Curlers (7 – 12 years) and Teen Curlers (Grade 7 – 12 students).  Our Coach, Rick Miller, is a trained and certified curling coach who engages players in dynamic drills, skill development and games at all levels.  He looks forward to welcoming all past players and new-comers to another exciting season of curling. To sign your child up for lessons please read this whole section to learn about the program and to determine which class is appropriate for them, and then go to the Curling I/O Registration tab to enroll them in a class.

As in the past, parents and caregivers are welcome to stay and watch their child/grand-child/niece etc during their lessons, BUT, this year we must follow specific PHOrders.  Specifically:

  • all adults (persons over 21 years of age) must be fully vaccinated and must show their Vaccination Card (Passport) upon entry into the WLCC.  A single vaccine shot is acceptable until October 24th; after that adults must be fully vaccinated.
  • all adults and children must wear a mask while in the common areas of the club  … entrance way, downstairs lobby, locker rooms, washrooms, downstairs bleachers, upstairs lounge.
  • all adults and children must social distance with non-family members while at the club, including being appropriately spaced in the lounge and/or in the bleachers while watching the young curlers.

Program Information

  • There will be two Junior lessons based on age.  This gives curlers a chance to learn with other athletes similar to them.
  • There will be one Teen time for all Gr. 7 – 12 students.  We hope to form a team and, if the rules governing team travel allow it, we’d like to travel to at least one bonspiel this year.
  • There will be 2 sessions for each of the groups giving new curlers a chance to sign up part way through the year.
    • Fall Session is from mid October to mid December.
    • Winter Session will start in early January and run to the middle of March with a couple missed Saturdays due to Bonspiels.
  • New Fall Session curlers may register until the end of October.  After that, curlers are encouraged to join in January with registration ending January 24th.
  • Registration and payment need to be completed on-line prior to any junior curler starting their first class in October and January.
    • As part of the on-line registration, parents will be asked to read and electronically sign an Informed Consent/Waiver form and a COVID Safety form.
    • Payment for lessons can be made on-line using a debit/credit card.  Payments can be made with cheque or cash at the rink but, due to COVID regulations, this is being discouraged again this year.
  • ALL Junior curlers MUST wear a helmet.  Hockey, skiing or biking helmets are all acceptable.
  • All Teen curlers are encouraged to have some form of head protection, a helmet being a great choice.  A new form of curling head protection is called a “halo”, which a couple of members do wear.  These help reduce/eliminate concussions in case of a fall.
  • Curlers should wear warm, stretchy clothing, consider wearing a pair of thin gloves, and MUST carry in a clean pair of runners that they will wear on the ice.
  • The curling club supplies all other needed equipment (sliders, grippers, brooms).
  • In the past, parents have been encouraged to stay and watch but again this year, new COVID rules will apply.
  • Due to COVID-19 a few changes need to be made:
    • All children and parents are required to wear a mask when in the “common” areas of the club (entrance way, downstairs lobby, locker rooms, washrooms, downstairs bleachers, upstairs lounge).
      • Curlers will not be expected to wear their mask while on the ice but they are encouraged to do so when in close proximity to other children and adults.
    • Hand sanitizer will be available and everyone is encouraged to use it.
    • All club equipment will need to be sanitized both before and after every session.  Curlers will be taught how to do this and will be responsible to clean their own equipment.
    • If a child and/or someone in their household is ill, has had recent contact with someone with COVID-19, or currently has tested positive for COVID-19, that family may not participate in lessons and must not enter the curling club and/or attend lessons until everyone is better and/or the mandatory quarantine period has been completed.
      • Please use the same 7 symptoms of illness as expected at your child’s school (Fever, Chills, Cough or worsening chronic cough, Shortness of breath, Loss of sense of smell or taste, Diarrhea, Nausea and/or vomiting) to judge the health of children and adults.  As a first line of defense, use the self-diagnosis questionnaire on the BC COVID website if in any doubt.

Days, Times, and Start/End dates

  • Lil’ RocketsAges 7 – 9 year olds (born in 2012 – 2014).  Saturdays, 9 – 10:00am.
    • Fall SessionStarts on Saturday, October 23rd and runs to Saturday, December 4th.
      • Fall Session fee is $50 + tax + $10 CurlBC fee.
    • Winter SessionStarts on Saturday, January 8th and runs to Saturday, Feb 26th.
      • No lessons on February 19th.
      • Winter Session is $50 + tax.  Only new curlers pay the $10 CurlBC fee.
  • Kidz Rockin –  Ages 10 – 12 year olds (born in 2009 – 2011).  Saturdays, 10:30 – noon.
    • Fall SessionStarts on Saturday, October 23rd and runs to Saturday, December 4th.
      • Fall Session fee is $60 + tax +$10 CurlBC fee.
    • Winter SessionStarts on Saturday, January 8th and runs to Saturday, February 26th.
      • No lessons on February 19th.
      • Winter Session is $60 + tax.  Only new curlers pay the $10 CurlBC fee.
  • Tweens & TeensStudents in Grades 7 – 12.  Tuesdays, 3:45 – 5:15pm.
    • Fall SessionStarts on Tuesday, October 19th and runs to Tuesday, December 7th with one Saturday on December 11th.
      • Fall Session fee is $70 + tax + $20 CurlBC fee.
    •  Winter SessionStarts on Tuesday, January 11th and runs to Tuesday, March 1st.
      • Winter Session is $70 + tax.  Only new curlers pay the $20 CurlBC fee.

Please tell your friends, and if you have a child who will be joining, get them to bring a friend and try it out  …..  it is always a lot of fun!!

Just a reminder that all Junior curlers MUST wear a helmet on the ice, so along with clean indoor runners, warm & stretchy clothing, possibly some thin gloves, don’t forget your helmet and your enthusiasm!