Applications for Optimist U18 now being accepted

By Kim Nawyn | Dec. 27, 2013, 12 a.m. (ET)

Applications for the Optimist U-18 International Championships in Canada now available

The Optimist International Club of Canada has invited USA Curling to send 3 boys’ and 3 girls’ teams to the Under-18 Championship to be held in Surrey and Langley, B.C., Canada, on April 2-6, 2014. In addition to the competition and banquet, there is a half-day of training by some of Canada’s top instructors.

This event is a wonderful opportunity for young teams to participate in a competition that typically includes teams from the Canadian provinces, Japan, and Europe. The Optimists want to emphasize that this event is designed to give young, developing teams a chance to improve their skills in a friendly, international championship. We encourage all qualifying juniors (see guidelines below) to put together a U-18 team and complete the application. 

The Optimist International Club requires that all players must be seventeen years of age or younger as of Dec. 31, 2013. Each participating team will represent their state/region and all players on the team must reside in the same state/region. Each state/region may be represented by no more than one boys’ and one girls’ team. Applicants must provide proof of residency (proof of age, upon request). Coaches must be at least 21 years old, pass a background check, and complete the USOC online SafeSport training modules.

The USA Curling U-18 Selection Committee selects states/regions to send teams based upon the merits of the applications received.  State/regions will be notified of the USCA’s selection by Jan. 28, 2014. If applications from more that one qualified team in a state/region are received, the USCA will request that the state/region’s curling association hold a playdown. 

Teams are responsible for travel costs and some meals. Hotel costs are paid by the Optimist International Club for four players and a coach. If the team elects to bring a fifth player, their expenses must be paid in full by the team.      

Applications for the 2013 Optimist U-18 International Curling Championships are due by close of business on Jan. 21, 2014. All teams must complete the following forms:

·         The Optimist U18 Team Application Form, which should be completed by a coach or parent, can be found by clicking here.

·         The Optimist U18 Individual Achievement Form, which must be completed by all team members, can be accessed by clicking here.

Applications also are available on the USA Curling website in the U18 section here

Contact Kim Nawyn at with questions.