U18 Curling provides a unique opportunity for selected curlers to begin to Excel in the sport, and to work towards refining their skills. This full-season program includes a comprehensive training and competition package, and is designed to help the most promising U18 curlers take their games to the next level.
U18 Curlers must successfully advance through a try-out process to make one of our two Bears or two Pandas U18 teams. These teams then play a full competitive schedule that includes a number of Alberta Junior Curling Tour events, U21 and U18 playdowns, and a weekly adult league at the Saville Centre.
Curlers also take part in an extensive training regimen that features both on-ice and off-ice sessions. The on-ice sessions include a weekly program practice, along with additional team and/or individual practices when appropriate. The off-ice sessions include regular strategy workshops, along with our innovative AIM Program, which specifically designed to help curlers build the physical and mental skills required to support their curling development.
Each of our U18 teams is assigned an experienced Team Coach, who is in attendance at all practices and games. Teams also have regular access to our program coaches, who are responsible for delivering our weekly program practices. All our U18 Team and Program coaches are certified with a minimum Green & Gold Coach Level of Performance 1, and are therefore well equipped to help curlers advance their skills.
The curriculum for U18 Curling has been developed in close consultation with the Head Coach of Golden Bears and Pandas Curling, and is consistent with the guidelines of Curling Canada’s official Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) framework.
For more information about U18 Curling, including the dates of our Annual Try-Outs, please contact Dana Ferguson.