The Junior Curling Program is a developmental program designed to introduce necessary skills and provide a positive environment that will encourage and enable kids to enjoy the sport of curling. We provide a venue for organized games between young curlers, introduce kids to curling as a recreational winter sport, and help develop skills for existing curlers that want to compete at the national, or international level.
"Junior" in curling means anyone who is not yet 22 years old. We have programs for children as young as first grade all the way up through college (club sports). Similar to karate where participants advance from white belt to black belt, athletes will move up depending on skill level and ability. Each skill will build upon the others.
Curling is a sport where size, gender, strength, and speed are of no particular advantage. Balance, mental focus, and "touch" are the key skills required to be successful at curling. In general, girls compete on equal footing with boys and teams often are often mixed with girls and boys. Curling is a unique and very civilized sport with a very strong tradition of etiquette, courtesy, and consideration toward opponents. See the "Spirit of Curling" below.
USA Curling and Ontario Curling have competitions for kids 12 and under, 14 and under, 15 and under, 18 and under, and 21 and under. The majority of junior curlers will start with a fun league, and if they choose, can start to compete in tournaments called "bonspiels."
Instruction will be catered to meet each athlete where they are. Whether your junior curler is a beginner, an expert, or somewhere in between, we have a spot for them and are excited they want to curl.
ROCKSTARS (children 6-10 years old)
Saturdays from 10:00am - Noon
The Rockstars program is designed to introduce the fundamentals of curling in a safe and fun environment in hopes to develop an appreciation for the sport of curling. Depending on age and ability, Rockstars will curl to the closest house, 1/2 sheet, or 3/4 sheet. Parental volunteers encouraged and needed.
The 2023 FALL Rockstar Program will be held on Saturdays from 10:00am - Noon as availability allows.
Click HERE to sign up for the FALL Rockstar Program.
The 2024 WINTER Rockstar Program will be held on Saturdays from 10:00am - Noon as availability allows. Click HERE to sign up for the WINTER Rockstar Program.
All dates can be found on the BGCC Club Calendar.
Middle & High School Curling League (5th-12th grade)
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4:00pm - 5:45pm
We will meet your junior curler(s) where they are at - whether they are new to the game, or they have already moved into more competitive curling.
The Tuesday/Thursday Junior Curling League consists of instruction, skills development, and friendly competition(s) to be held in a Junior-dedicated timeslot. Youth participants will have the opportunity to play all of the positions on a curling team, while learning the fundamentals and strategy of the sport.
The 2023-2024 Middle & High School League is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00pm-5:45pm.
Click HERE to Register.
Make sure to choose the 'Tuesday and Thursday Youth 4:00pm' option
All dates can be found on the BGCC Club Calendar.
The Spirit of Curling
"Curling is a game of skill and of tradition. A shot well executed is a delight to see and it is also a fine thing to observe the time-honoured traditions of curling being applied in the true spirit of the game. Curlers play to win, but never to humble their opponents. A true curler never attempts to distract opponents, nor to prevent them from playing their best, and would prefer to lose rather than to win unfairly.
Curlers never knowingly break a rule of the game, nor disrespect any of its traditions. Should they become aware that this has been done inadvertently, they will be the first to divulge the breach.
While the main object of the game of curling is to determine the relative skill of the players, the spirit of curling demands good sportsmanship, kindly feeling and honourable conduct.
This spirit should influence both the interpretation and the application of the rules of the game and also the conduct of all participants on and off the ice."
What should my kids wear?
Dress in layers and comfortable. The on ice temperature will be around 40 degrees. Gloves are encouraged. Also, please bring a separate pair of sneakers, tennis shoes. Dirt is one of the main enemies of curling ice.
Do you provide equipment?
Yes. For new and young curlers, we will have sliders, grippers, brooms, and helmets. We encourage parents who have children who want to grow in the sport to purchase curling shoes as soon as possible. Curling shoes will help develop balance and power for delivery. We will set up an exchange program or a re-sale program this year to help offset the cost of growing feet. :)
Is there broomstacking?
"Broomstacking" is the tradition that players stack their brooms after each game and get to know each other. We will provide weekly snacks and beverage to encourage this, however, it is not required.
Who do I contact with other questions?
As an added bonus. In the 53+ years of the Bowling Green Curling Club, only 1 time has anyone locally made the cover of the Curling News. Three members of our Junior Curling Program made the cover for winning the Hit, Tap, and Draw competition. Hit, Tap, and Draw are the most important shots in curling. We couldn't be more proud of these student athletes.