Youth Development Programs
Resources for youth programs
Curling Canada, along with contributions from its member associations, has 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. Details about the Long-term Curler Development Framework and how to implement it within programming can be found within Curling Canada’s Long-term Curler Development Guide.
A summary of all the programs can be found here.
Existing youth programs
The following programs are available for clubs to implement now:
- Hit-Draw-Tap for various age levels (NOCA) (CurlON)
- U12 Learn to Curl Program
- U18 Learn to Curl Program
- U15 Challenge Cup
- Singles Skill Assessment Development (U15, U18, U21, U25+)
- Singles Assessment – Talent Development and Identification System National Leader Board using a mobile device application
- Inter-Club Best Practices
- 20 Week Youth Program (U15-U18)
Future program offerings
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 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
- 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!