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Junior Program

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COVID-19 UPDATE:

After careful consideration and planning, the North Hill Curling Club has decided to continue with our junior curling program for 2020-2021; however, there are several changes that needed to be made due to Covid-19 in order to ensure our curlers, coaches, and staff remain safe. Our program will follow the guidelines of Alberta Health Services and Curling Alberta.

Please note that this year, the club has decided on the following:

  • Friday Junior curling will be 2 – 45 minute sessions with 4 curlers per lesson with 1 coach and volunteer where possible. This will allow more individual attention for each curler as well as time to sanitize between sessions.
  • Registration will be prioritized for those that curled in our program last year. If there is additional space, new participants will be restricted to those that are 9 years old or older as of June 30th, 2020. (We know that this means that some of our younger ones are not able to register at this time and we regret that; however, we have to limit our registration to 28 per session to comply with Curling Alberta recommendations so we decided it was best to set a minimum age. If permitted, we may be able to accept new registrations after Christmas.)
  • Curlers will be highly encouraged to have their own slider and broom. These can be purchased from Curlers Corner in Calgary (Bernice has been an amazing supporter of junior curling and curling in general) or local sporting stores.
  • All junior curlers, volunteers and parents will be required to wear a mask when in the building. The only exceptions are when eating and drinking.
  • Sanitizer will be available at the entrance and on the ice surface.
  • Parents will have to complete this waiver form before the first day of curling: Assumption of Risk Form

In addition, Curling Alberta has given the following guidelines which we will adhere to

Before the session

  • Payments and registration should all be done online.
  • Arrive wearing your curling clothes ready to play as the change rooms will be closed.
  • Shoes will be changed onsite continuing to follow the physical distancing measures. All players will be required to use sanitizer before entering the facility.
  • We recommend you arrive no more than 10 minutes ahead of your scheduled time. When onsite, do your best maintain a physical distance of at least 2 meters from others.
  • All junior curlers, volunteers and parents will be required to wear a mask when in the building. The only exceptions are when eating and drinking.

During the session

  • Continue to practice the physical distancing of 2 meters between all players and coaches when possible.
  • Coaches and players will be required to wear masks on ice.
  • There will only be a maximum of 4 players, and 1 coach and one guide volunteer on each sheet with the exception of sheet 6, where we will continue to divide the sheet into 2. Players will continue to use the rock management program.

Rock Management

  • For junior programs, to reduce risk of viral transmission, rocks will be assigned to curlers. Coaches will make sure all students only use the rocks assigned to them.
  • Rocks will be marked with coloured rings on the handle and each participant will be assigned a colour for the week.

Viewing

  • We strongly recommend one spectator per curler to avoid congestion in the building. Whenever possible, we request a minimum number of siblings in the building.
  • All spectators will be in the lounge as there is no viewing from the main floor this year.
  • Our food services continue to be available and follow AHS guidelines.

After the lesson

  • We ask that parents help usher their children out of the building as quickly as possible at the conclusion of the lesson.
  • Children will be asked to gather their shoes and move to the lounge as quickly as possible to allow the next group to enter. We are running a tight turnaround with the help of our volunteers but will need everyone’s help to avoid crowding on the main floor.
  • If a parent chooses not to come into the facility, they can wait in the parking lot. All children under 12 will be guided by a volunteer to ensure they find their parents.
  • All players will be required to sanitize/wash their hands, and ensure physical distancing of at least 2 meters is maintained with others when leaving the facility to ensure a buffer time with the next set of players entering.

Illness 

  • If the curler or volunteer exhibits any symptoms of COVID-19 (if you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat, you are legally required to isolate for at least 10 days from the start of your symptoms or until they resolve, whichever is longer), prior to the lesson, please stay home and contact your junior coordinator.
  • If during the lesson the coach or patron feels ill or exhibits any symptoms of COVID-19, we will direct you to immediately go home and arrange for transportation if needed (do not use public transport like trains, buses, taxis, or ride share programs). We recommend that you do the online AHS self-assessment and get tested for COVID-19 if necessary.

As in the past, please register your child for junior curling. Once we have an idea of numbers, you will be contacted with a time on Friday (either 4:30 or 5:30). Please ensure family registrations are submitted together and noted so that we can keep them at the same time.  Additionally, we will do our best to accommodate keeping teams playing CYCA together and those carpooling.  We will not be able to fulfill all requests for a specific time.

Please note that these guidelines may change based on recommendations from AHS or Curling Alberta.

Should you have any questions about the upcoming junior season, please contact jrs@nhcc.ca

Registration

Please complete the online registration form below or print our Registration Form 2020-2021 and submit it to the office directly. 

ONLINE registration form:

Fields marked with * are mandatory.

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Email is important for receiving junior culring news & last minute notifications!

Payment: Program Fees are $100.00 (juniors age 9 years old or older as of June 30th, 2020).  Bring payment to the North Hill Curling Club by cheque, debit, credit card or cash no later than the registration date for the season.

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