Applications for Optimist U18 now being accepted
Applications for the
Optimist U-18 International Championships in Canada now available
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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