Curling Canada, along with contributions from its member associations have made significant progress in developing and streamlining Youth Curling Programs since 2015. Each program is aligned clearly with a modernized Long-term Curler Development Framework, and is purposeful in its intent – to develop physical literacy and fundamental movement skills, to engage curlers through FUN and challenging activities and to provide opportunities to any curler who wishes to pursue curling competitively.
A summary of all the programs can be found here.
The following programs are available for clubs to implement now:
- Hit Draw Tap (NOCA) (CurlON)
- U12 Learn to Curl
- U18 Learn to Curl
- U15 Challenge Cup
- Singles Skill Assessment Development (U15, U18, U21, U25+)
- Inter-Club Best Practices
- 20 Week Youth Program (U15-U18)
While many programs are completed, clubs, coaches and athletes can look forward to some more programs and resources in the coming season or two including:
– A completed Long-term Curler Development Model Resource – inclusive of an Athlete Development Matrix
– A fun and engaging Skill Awards/Badge Program
– An updated Little Rocks Program
– An interactive Youth Curling Website from Curling Canada with information for curlers, coaches and parents
– A “Leaders in Training” Online Training Module for Youth 16-25 to become Youth Program Leaders (joint project with Ontario Curling Council)
– Singles Assessment – Talent Development and Identification System National Leader Board using a web-based app
The Youth Feeder System means Participation, Performance and Retention is by design, with our goal of curling becoming the winter sport of choice for all Canadian children!