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Junior program going in wrong direction


Dear Editor, We all have the same goals of growing curling participation as a club


sport, and improving the USA performance at the world level in competi- tive curling. Te question is: How does the Junior Program fit into this plan? Although it is wonderful to do well at international competitions at the


junior level, the junior level is a feeder for competitive curling. In order to give the USA the best field of prospects, it needs to broaden the field. Instead the USCA has eliminated more local state, and regional playdowns in favor of an East and West qualifier for Junior Nationals. By their own admission, the USCA knows this will decrease the total participation in the junior competitive program. Younger teams, along with some more ex- perienced teams, are passing on attending the East or West qualifier due to many reasons. Among them are increased cost, and time restraints on players, families and coaches. Ten, knowing if they qualify they will have another major commitment for the national event. Te U-18 division may help, but I do not see how that will increase total participation. Instead, the USCA should use the funds used on the Junior High Perfor-


mance program to lower and simplify the barriers to participating in the junior playdowns. 1) Free entry into the tournament. 2) Less restrictions on coaches. Yes, coaches need a background check, but this is junior curl- ing. Experienced coaches can help inexperienced coaches on competitive curling etiquette and rules. I don’t want to see a potential Olympic curler not get in the system because the willing coach has not jumped through all the hoops. 3) Local or sub-regional events. Tis is the complete opposite of what the USCA has done with the East/West qualifier. Here in Wisconsin we have a high school bonspiel that has over 60 teams in it, but because of the before mentioned barriers, we cannot scrape together 10 teams for state playdowns that also include 18- to 21-year-olds. Out of that untapped pool, if we could get one male or female star curler every five years and multiply that nationwide, think what that would do for our world competiveness. Tis will need club leaders to encourage young members of their clubs to


participate. And the participation will expose these young curlers to other clubs and other curlers and they will be strong curlers and lifelong advo- cates for the sport, thus carrying out both of the stated goals of the Junior Program. Charles Miller Wausau Curling Club


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