CHAMPIONSHIPS Junior curling, National Qualifier System update

By Dave Jensen, Director of Junior High Performance Program

will have played in at least one event in prepara- tion for the new Junior National qualifier system. Te system is designed to create the opportunity for our best junior teams to qualify for Junior Nationals, while at the same time limiting travel costs and expenses associated with competing for most teams. Here is how it works.


Step 1: t Register and complete all registration requirements on the USCA’s registration website

t Registration open: Sept. 6 t Registration close: Dec. 13, 11:45 p.m.

CT, but you must register before the deadline of your first qualifier


Register online: http://leagues.bluesom-

t Registration fee: **$92.50 per player t Contact: Jenny Biadasz, jenny.biadasz@, 888-287-5377, Ext. 207

Step 2: Register your team with the host site of your

choice. Team entry fees will be collected by the club to cover the cost to run the event. Format: Te qualifiers are set approximately

one month apart to allow teams to play in multi- ple qualifiers, until they secure a Junior National berth. Teams do not have to consist of the same play-

ers for every qualifier. If aſter playing in one, you wish to enter a different team in the next, that’s allowable. Once your team has secured a berth, the line-

up is set and you are ineligible to play in subse- quent qualifiers. At this point you will only be allowed to add an alternate player assuming you only originally registered a four-person team for the qualifier. Entry deadlines for each qualifier are set ap-

proximately two weeks prior to the event. Please see the USCA Championship Registration Schedule. All teams are required to have a coach who

has met the minimum requirements, along with Adult Supervisors for any minors who will not be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, regis-

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tered ten business days in advance of the qualifier deadline. All participants must have completed and met

all registration requirements (proof of citizen- ship on file with the USCA, USCA Club Member and paid registration fee) for the Junior National Championships ten business days prior to the start of a Qualification Bonspiel, unless other- wise noted within the USCA Championship Reg- istration Schedule. Games will be eight ends with one time-out

per game. Each qualifier has the potential for two junior

national spots per gender. If there are six or more teams of the same gender, two spots will be avail- able. If there are between three and five teams, one spot will be available, and qualifiers that reg- ister less than three teams will be canceled. All un-used spots will go to the last qualifier. Qualifier Sites and Registration Information Junior NBQ #1

Oct. 20-22, Four Seasons Curling Club; Blaine,

Minn. Entry deadline: Oct. 1 Contact: John Benton,,

763-780-3328 Entry fee: $160 per team Registration link: Junior NBQ #2

Nov. 17-19, Broomstones Curling Club, Way-

land, Mass. Entry deadline: Nov. 3 Contact: Scott Price,,

774-249-0115 Entry fee: No Charge Registration link: http://juniors.broomstones.

t’s hard to believe summer is over and an- other great season of curling is upon us. By the time you read this, most U21 teams

org/registration/east-coast-junior-playdown- qualifier-registration Junior NBQ #3

Dec. 8-10, Grand Forks Curling Club, Grand

Forks, N.D. Entry deadline: Nov. 24 Contact: Dan Lindgren,,

701-330-0654 Entry fee: TBD Junior NBQ #4

Jan.. 5-7, Dakota Curling Club; Lakeville,

Minnesota Entry deadline: Dec. 22 Contact: Darcy Ellarby, darcye@dakotacurl- Entry fee: TBD ht t ps :/ /d a k o t a c u r l i n g. t i c k e t s p i c e .

com/2018dakotajuniorqualifier Judging from the buzz, teams are already

planning to attend as many qualifiers as it takes to win a spot. Competition for a spot should be intense, and I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds. In a sense, we now have a U21 slam series in the States.

On the Developmental Front Over the course of the last year, HPP staff

members have been working to develop and implement partnerships that will provide exper- tise in the area of sport science to our teams and programs. Tese partnerships have created the possibility for HPP junior staff to create an HPP Developmental Pool with the purpose of train- ing younger athletes, tracking their progress, and thereby developing a pool of athletes ready to step in and compete when called upon, all the while developing the talent level at the junior level as a whole. Details for the pool are in the final stages, but

here is a brief overview: Te pool will consist of juniors aged 16-18 who

have entered the U18 or U21 playdown process. Tey will be tasked with developing a perfor- mance plan, committing to a weekly strength and conditioning routine, working on periodic mental skill exercises, given information on proper nutrition, and required to attend one of many off-season camps already available as well as an HPP Developmental Pool camp. HPP ju- nior program staff would be able to track these athletes over the course of a couple years, and at that point be in a position to make more in-

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