U15 & U18 Bonspiels

CURLSASK is excited to have Tim Hortons continue their sponsorship of the U15 Youth Spiels.  These bonspiels were established to make sure younger curlers could play against curlers their own age. Tims’ spiels reflect participation, FUN! and learning.

133 young teams played in 13 Tim Hortons Youth Spiels around the province between January and March 2015. 2016 was also very busy!  These spiels are a tremendous way for curlers to practice their skills, to learn all about bonspiels and best of all to meet and socialize with all sorts of other curlers from their own age group.

For the 2016-2017 season was the introduction of Tims U18 Bonspiels. Just like the events for the U15 players, these non-officiated bonspiels are meant for FUN!, socializing, practicing new skills and meeting other curlers. These spiels are different and separate from the competition based Junior Q spiels but teams who meet the Tims age requirements that play in Q spiels are still eligible for the Tims Spiels. Tims spiels are meant to learn how to bonspiel!

CURLSASK Member Clubs have the option to host a joint U15 and U18 spiel at the same time but clubs may host either U15 or U18 separately if that better meets a club’s requirements. Club information is listed below the schedule. Contact CURLSASK for scheduling and information.

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HOST CLUB INFORMATION

CURLSASK Will Provide:

  • A poster advertising the U15 and U18 Bonspiels to every CURLSASK Member Club.
  • Promotion of the Tim Hortons spiels on the CURLSASK Events website page and on the CURLSASK Facebook page.
  • The Final Schedule of the bonspiels
  • Gold, Silver and Bronze Team Medals for the U15 Categories
  • U15 & U18 Grant  ranging from $100-$500 per event to assist with hospitality for the curlers such as  a luncheon, snacks and beverages or extra prizes and giveaways.

Host Clubs

  • Host club determines the format of the competition – eg. round robin pools, bracket draw, pay per win, points or skins.
  • Length of games is a club decision – 4 or 6 ends are suggested for U15
    and 6-8 ends for U18.
  • Clubs determine how to break ties and whether they wish to offer a mid-game break.
  • Team entry is set by the host club and is to be within the range of $40 – $125 per team.
  • Host club is responsible for promoting the event, taking registrations, gathering additional prizes and running the event.
  • Host club is responsible to ensure all participants have signed the Tim Hortons Youth Spiels Image Release Form
  • Host clubs are encouraged to provide a short Youth Skills Clinic in conjunction with the bonspiel. CURLSASK will allocate up to $200 per Youth Spiel to subsidize the additional cost for a certified CURLSASK instructor

Rules and Format for U15

  • Age – Each player must be 14 years of age or under on June 30, 2016. i.e. they must be born after June 30, 2001.
  • Each team must have 4 players and an adult chaperone, who is at least 21 years of age. Completing the Respect in Sport on-line course is recommended but not mandatory.
  • The event is open to Boys, Girls or any combination of Mixed teams and all teams play in one open division.
  • Teams may enter as many bonspiels as they wish.
  • Entry fee is set by the club between $40.00 to $1.00 per team.
  • 3 game guarantee.
  • The team registers at the Host Club.

Rules and Format for U18

  • Age – Each player must be 17 years of age or under on June 30, 2016. i.e. – They must be born after June 30, 1998.
  • Each team must have 4 players and an adult chaperone, who is at least 21 years of age. Completing the Respect in Sport on-line course is recommended but not mandatory.
  • The event is open to Boys, Girls or any combination of Mixed teams and all teams play in one open division.
  • Teams may enter as many bonspiels as they wish.
  • Entry fee is set by the club between $40.00 to $100.00 per team.
  • 3 game guarantee.
  • The team registers at the Host Club.

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A. ELIGIBILITY
U15 – players must be born on or after June 30, 2001.

U18 – players must be born on or after June 30, 1998.

B. BONSPIEL PROCEDURE
1. CURLSASK designates that 14 events may be held in each of the U15 and U18 categories.  Clubs may host a joint event or host either a U15 or U18 separately.
2. Host Club must be a CURLSASK Member Club.
3. Games – All games are played under CURLSASK and Curling Canada rules. All games are a maximum of eight ends and a minimum of 4 ends. Club discretion to settle ties. Club discretion if they wish to allow for mid game breaks of five minutes.

4. All teams are guaranteed 3 games.

C. MISCELLANEOUS

1. As per CURLSASK Code of Conduct, competitors/coaches and chaperones attending CURLSASK youth events shall not be allowed to consume alcoholic beverages and/or recreational drugs at any time during any level of play.