Fort Rouge Junior Curling Program
The Fort Rouge Curling Club (FRCC) Junior Program is widely known in the Winnipeg curling community as the program where young curlers are first introduced to the sport of Curling. Our grassroots Junior Program has been in existence at our current location since the 1950's and we continue to develop and introduce new curlers to the game.
Our Junior Program and facility provide a safe environment for young curlers to learn the game of curling, develop their skills, learn teamwork and leadership skills as well as developing friendships with other young curlers.
The FRCC is known both locally and internationally as a World Class Facility, and several of the World's most elite teams are Associates of the FRCC and practice at our facility regularly. The Board of Directors have and continue to make significant investments in the facility.
The Details - Saturday Afternoons - 4:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
This program runs from October to April each season, with approximately 20 weeks of curling. During the first two weeks of the season, the league Coordinator and other volunteers work directly with brand-new curlers and provide on-ice instruction to teach the basic fundamentals and the rules of the game. Teams are then created by the Coordinator and the teams compete against one another for the regular season, followed by playoffs. We have a holiday celebration in December and a Windup dinner at the end of the season where trophies and prizes are awarded to the winners.
New this season!
We are planning some exciting changes for our Junior league!
You can still expect this to be a grassroots, learning league for new and experienced curlers… **but we will be encouraging team registration, and *** each team will have three juniors and one adult or older experienced junior on the ice each week!
What does this mean??
Ideally, you register as three young curlers and have one or two (or more) parents or other family members who will take turns acting as the coach-player.
Does the coach-player need to know the game?
Yes, somewhat… for example, if you are knowledgeable about curling, have limited experience, a good attitude and ability to learn, this could be a great opportunity for you to work on your game too. Your role is there as a teacher, but also a leader to help keep the flow of the game, ensure etiquette and fair play are present, etc. The coach-player could be another junior or young player; however the responsibility would be the same, so this player would be a mature and confident person.
Can you tell me anything else about the Coach player’s role?
The coach will play front end, either lead or second. The coach will assist in making sure the game is being played with acceptable etiquette, including speed of play and adherence to rules of the game. As much as possible, the coach will offer advice to players that will help them to improve their game. This can include strategy to a certain degree, but it will be expected that the young player in the skip role will handle the calling of the game.
How old do I have to be to register as a junior?
The target ages for this activity would be 9 - 18 (born in 2010 or later), however, some exceptions will be considered. Please contact Kara if you would like more information.
What if I don’t have enough people to make a team?
That’s OK… we will accept single junior players and expect that they would have a person to act as a coach (or another volunteer role) at least a few times throughout the season.
I want to Register!
We will host an in-person registration night Wednesday, September 11, 2019, from 6-7PM. Registration will also be accepted via email or Canada Post beginning in early September deadline Friday, September 13, 2019. We are still working on the fees schedule as the team registration vs. individual registration is not yet determined. So payment will be due later. (by the 3rd week of curling, and I do not expect anything more than $120 per person, likely a little less) My hope is to develop 12 small units (the teams of our league) and each week we will meet, have a good time, learn some curling, and play some curling.
I have a team… now what?!
As previously stated, on the ice will be three juniors and one coach.
It will be up to that team to field their players… so if you know you are a busy person and might want to have a few Saturday evenings free, plan for this by having a five-player junior team… or four, and if you know you love curling and you want to come every week, let your team know, you want a spot every week.
Each team will ultimately be responsible for its own schedule. If you register as an individual or partial team, We will assist in forming teams but once your team is formed, you’re accountable to that team first, and the league second. Curling works best when there is some consistency and follow through with commitment. So each team would need to agree on their schedule in advance, and if someone can’t make it, they will make sure there are still enough people to play the game.
We will still kick off the season with a couple of weeks of clinics, which will offer refreshers on the rules and etiquette, and mechanics of the game. This will also be an opportunity for everyone to get to know each other too.
The league will start in October, and we will have approximately 20 weeks of curling. Dates TBA.
As this is a new adventure for our league, the policy book is a living document… we are trying something new and I expect that we will evolve and develop as we go. Our vision is to have a functioning curling league; where there are six games going on each week of scheduled curling. Our players will be mostly new to the sport and will require encouragement and support from those on the ice who have more experience. Ideally, we get to a point where we have more than half experienced players who are helping to introduce the sport to a new player.
2019-2020 Junior Curling Registration Night
2019-2020 Junior Registration Forms (Coming Soon)
2019-2020 Junior Schedule (Coming Soon)
- Boys and Girls
- Ages 10 - 21
- No curling experience required
Contact the FRCC Junior Coordinator for additional information: