Register now for new U14 National Jamboree

By Dave Jensen | Aug. 14, 2019, 10:05 a.m. (ET)

First Ever USA Curling National U14 Curling Jamboree

The momentum is building for youth curling, with the addition of a U14 National Jamboree. Registration is now open. Click here!

The first ever USA Curling U14 National Curling Jamboree will be held Oct. 17-20 at the Capital Curling Club (https://www.capitalcurlingclub.org/), 1200 N. Washington Street in Bismarck, N.D. The event will offer young curlers an avenue to compete with friends, meet other curlers of similar age from around the country, and fall more deeply in love with the game.

 

Teams will compete against teams in their six-team pool but not beyond. The event will begin on Thursday, Oct. 17th with a three hour clinic for athletes to help improve delivery, strategy, and team communications. This clinic will be conducted by top national coaches and Olympic athletes. Teams will be divided into three pools for Thursday’s training.  Teams from farthest away will be given preference for later start times.  Projected clinic start times are 8 am, 10:30 am, and 1 pm.  

 

Team coaches and parents are encouraged to register for a concurrent beginning parent coach clinic.  This clinic is designed to provide interested inexperienced, non-curling parents, and others with useful information on coaching young teams.

An opening reception will be held Thursday evening at the North Dakota Heritage Center. Tyler George, 2018 Olympic Gold Medalist, will be the keynote speaker.  Admission is free for players.  Coaches and others are encouraged to purchase a ticket to attend. 

A coach mentorship opportunity will be provided during pool play starting on Friday.  An experienced national coach or athlete will assist a team and their coach from a pre-game meeting to a post-game wrap-up.  Although the event will feel like a championship event in many ways, it is really a developmental event because of the strong emphasis on training.

Other Jamboree goals are to encourage retention of youth curlers at the club level and to create a starting point for youth competitive curling.  Competition details are as follows:

  • Four pools – six teams per pool
  • Five game guarantee
  • Six end games – complete whatever end is being played at two hour mark
  • Teams will not advance beyond pool play – this event is not a national championship but, rather, is intended to give young curlers quality instruction and a chance to meet and play against other young curlers from across the country in a fun and exciting environment; wins and losses during pool play will not be recorded 
  • Two 2 team time-outs per game, coaches allowed to signal time-outs, opposing coaches may confer during time-outs – no coaching “from behind the glass”
  • Officials’ primary roles will be to conduct measures, answer rule questions, and keep games moving in a timely manner
  • Open teams with regard to gender
  • Teams must be comprised of members of the same club, no exceptions
  • Curlers who cannot form a full team from their own club may sign up individually and be placed on a team
  • Players must be under 14 years of age as of June 30, 2019
  • Players must possess a fundamental level of play. The event is not designed for players who have never thrown a stone
  • Each team must have a coach who has met all NCSI background screen and SafeSport training requirements

Beginning Coaching Clinic U14 Curling Jamboree

This is a non-certificate clinic designed for parents and others who are new or relatively inexperienced coaches who are working with young curlers.  Non-coaching parents who are just anxious to learn more about the sport are also welcome to attend.

Interactive discussions will include proper delivery and sweeping techniques, generating weight, strategy, etiquette, analyzing misses, practice sessions, on-ice communications, and pre- and post-game discussions.  Jon Mielke is the primary presenter.  Jon is a Level III instructor and a Level III coach.  He is a past competitive curler and has coached young and adult curlers for over 20 years.  He is a member of the United States Curling Hall of Fame. 

Roger Smith will be a co-presenter.  Roger is a USA Curling regional course conductor and has conducted numerous learn-to-curl and skills clinics.  He is a competitive curler, Level II instructor, and coach.  Roger is on USA Curling’s board of directors.

The clinic will run from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on Thursday, Oct. 17th at the Bismarck Quality Inn, 1020 E. Interstate Avenue, and will run concurrently with training activities for players at the Capital Curling Club. The clinic is offered to interested parents at no charge, as the cost for this event has been generously underwritten by the Chris Moore Legacy Fund.  Prior online registration is required.  For more information call Jon at 701-226-3157 or send him an email at jcmielke3@bis.midco.net

Opening Reception U14 Curling Jamboree

An Opening Reception for the U14 Curling Jamboree will be held from 5:30 – 9 pm on Thursday, Oct. 17th at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, 612 E. Boulevard Avenue (https://statemuseum.nd.gov/).  Admission is free for all players.  Coaches and others are welcome to attend but pre-registration is required.  The fee to attend is $25.

Players will be accompanied into the Center’s glass atrium by a bagpiper and will be provided with a taco bar meal.  After the meal players will be directed into the Center’s auditorium for a presentation by Native American drummers and dancers – both adults and youth.  The presentation will include narration on the significances of various types of dances as they related to Native culture.

This presentation will be followed by keynote speaker Tyler George, the vice skip of the 2016 US Olympic Gold Medal team.  Tyler will share his gold medal experiences, including what it takes to become a successful, high profile competitive curler.

Time permitting, all attendees will be welcome to visit the Center’s many exhibits.  They will also be welcome to return to the Heritage Center at any time during their stay in Bismarck.  Admission is free.

Hotel Accommodations U14 Curling Jamboree

Hotel rooms have been reserved at three co-located hotels for the evenings of Oct. 16-20.  Rooms must be reserved by Oct. 1st.  All three hotels are within easy driving distance to the Capital Curling Club, the North Dakota Heritage Center, and local restaurants and shopping.

  • Quality Inn - $79

1030 East Interstate Avenue

Bismarck, ND 58503

Phone:  701-223-1911

  • Comfort Inn & Suites - $89

929 Gateway Ave.

Bismarck, ND  58503

Phone 701-223-4009

  • MainStay Suites - $99

2507 N. 9th Street

Bismarck, ND  58503

Phone:  701-223-9119

Event Booklet Food Services & Event Apparel U14 Curling Jamboree

Upon arrival at the Capital Curling Club, each team will receive a welcome packet from the Bismarck-Mandan Convention & Visitors Bureau (https://www.noboundariesnd.com/).  The packet will include five copies of the Event Booklet for the players and their coach.  The booklet will include:

  • Welcoming letters
  • Pictures and biographies of Tyler George and other national players and coaches
  • List of all teams and players
  • Pool assignments
  • Thursday’s team clinic schedule
  • Draw times for Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
  • List of things to see and do in Bismarck
  • Instructions for ordering onsite apparel

Additional copies of the Event Booklet will be available at the club for $3.  The Capital Curling club will also provide light food services at the club during the jamboree.

Event apparel will be provided onsite.  Merchandise with the event logo will be provided in various colors, sizes, and styles.  This clothing will be sure to be a memorable keepsake for what promises to be a very eventful and fun event!