Just Announced - 5 and Under National Bonspiel

(December 4, 2018)  Just announced on December 3, 2018, John Shuster had teamed up with USA Curling, the USWCA, and the Duluth Curling Club to put on a National 5 and Under Bonspiel to be held February 22 - 24, 2019.  Check the eligibility rules to see if your team can enter and apply by going to the USA Curling U5 National Bonspiel site.  But do it now as some entries need to be received by January 1, 2019 for the best chance at a spot in the 32 team event. 

Calendar of Events 2018 - 2019

All Areas' Events Flyer: Download the flyer.

East: Open, October 27 - 28, 2018. Host: Rochester CC.  Completed.

Rochester Event Flyer

Central: Open, February 8 - 9, 2019.  Host: Columbus CC.

Wisconsin: Women's, January 4 - 6, 2019.  Host: Racine CC. Entry Deadline Dec. 21, 2018.

Racine Event Flyer 

Racine Entry Form - Print and use the 5 Year and Under Eligibility (Entry) Form (link is below under the West II listing) to Register for the bonspiel. 

Racine Release Form

Wisconsin: Open, February 15 - 17, 2019.  Host: Rice Lake CC.

Rice Lake Flyer

West I: Open, February 22 - 24, 2019.  Host: Hibbing CC.

West II: Open, October 26 - 28, 2018.  Host: Coyotes CC.  Completed.

Download Rules and Regulations for 5 Year and Under Bonspiels.

Download 5 Year and Under Eligibility (Entry) Form.

Download the Basic Rules of Etiquette for New Curlers


Winners from 2019:

East Open Challenge Hosted by Rochester Curling Club.

Wauwatosa Curling Club team, pictured left to right, Ryan Carlson, Sarah Carlson, Rachael Koebel, and Oscar Koebel.

West II Open Challenge Hosted by Coyotes Curling Club.

Coyotes Curling Club team, pictured left to right, Kimberly Gaddie, Tatiana Keeling, Sean Keeling, and Robert Cordova.


Winners from 2018:

Central Women's Challenge Hosted by Bowling Green Curling Club.

Detroit Curling Club team, pictured left to right, skip Abby Bond, vice Sarah Romanik, second Stephanie Grant, and lead Margaret Boynton. 

West II Open Challenge Hosted by Denver Curling Club.

Granite Curling Club team, pictured left right, skip Stephen Grant, vice Aaron Thompson, second Derek Ristau, and lead Gina Triolo.

Central Open Challenge Hosted by Chicago Curling Club.

Eau Claire Curling Club team, pictured left to right, second Nathan Oster, fourth Spencer Eklund, third Zach Oliphant, skip (throwing lead) Tyler Rongstad. 

Wisconsin Open Challenge Hosted by Appleton Curling Club.

Milwaukee Curling Club team, seated, skip Rahim Keval, Patrick Geiger, second Bernie Anding, and lead Michael Czachor.

Also pictured, Madison Curling Club team, standing (1st Event Runners Up) left to right, skip Nick Helt, vice Ryan Hood, second Justin Ramm, and lead Anthony Frey

West I Open Challenge Hosted by Duluth Curling Club.

St. Paul Curling Club team, skip Pete Nelson (left, standing), second Scott Draheim (right, standing), vice Dani Draheim (left kneeling), and lead Deb McKindley (right, kneeling).

East Open Challenge Hosted by Chesapeake Curling Club.

Philadelphia Curling Club team, skip Mark DeSouza, vice John Moylan, second Adam Bartles, lead Jeff Ishibashi.


Winners from 2017:

West II Open Challenge

Granite Curling Club team, pictured left to right, second Derek Ristau, lead Gina Triolo, vice Aaron Thompson and skip Stephen Grant.   

Wisconsin Women's Challenge

Madison Curling Club team, pictured left to right, lead Jacquee Blaz, second Kim Slininger, vice Stephanie Sears, and skip Mandy Hampton.   

West I Open Challenge

Eau Claire Curling Club Team, skip Zach Oliphant, vice Spencer Eklund, second Tyler Ronstad, and lead Nathan Oster.

Central Area Open Challenge

Detroit Curling Club Team, pictured left to right, second Chris Golec, vice Ken German, skip Josh Lopez, and lead Denis Metty.

Wisconsin Area Open Challenge

Marshfield Curling Club Team, pictured left to right, skip Dennis Friedrichsen, vice Rachel Krentz, second Tony Krentz, and lead Jordan Munger. 

East Area Open Challenge

Cape Cod Curling Club Team, lead, Carolyn Wurm, second, Bill Waite, vice, Will Gerlach, and skip, and Mark Wilson.


Winners from 2016:

Central Area Women's Challenge

Columbus Curling Club Team, skip Lisa Kluchorsky, vice Kara Gustavson, second Leeanne Chandler, and lead Mary Kay Rohrkemper.

Central Area Open Challenge

Midland Curling Club Team, skip Doug Lothamer, vice Evan Bergman, second Brian Czech, and lead Josh Lauderman.

West II Area Open Challenge

Four Seasons Curling Club Team, skip Craig Nicko, vice Curt Crego, second Carrie Crego, lead Cyndi Jerde (Photograph pending).

Wisconsin Area Open Challenge

Wauwatosa Curling Club Team, skip Nick Lundbohm, vice Phil Hansen, second Jeremy Rynders, and lead Tony Just.

West I Area Open Challenge

Four Seasons Curling Club Team, skip Craig Nicko, vice Cyndy Jerde, second Curt Crego, lead Carrie Crego.

East Area Open Challenge

Nutmeg Curling Club Team, L to R; skip Craig Doucette, vice Mike McCarthy, second Larry Bocchiere, and lead Andrew Hancock.  For more results and photos, go to the Cool Duck Facebook page.  


Winners from 2015:

Central Area Women's Challenge

Central Women's Challenge First Event WinnerDetroit Curling Club Team Jill Garrity, Ann Gabbhart, Julie Benson, and Kristine Rathke.

West I Area Open Challenge

West I Region First Event WinnerArdsley/Detroit Curling Clubs Team, L to R: Patrick Cannon, lead, Barbara Gabhart, second, Ann Gabhart, vice, Will Pryor, skip.

Central Area Open Challenge

Central First Event WinnerFort Wayne Curling Club Team, L to R: Chris Keller, lead, Martina Rozzell, second, Stephen Imes, vice, and Craig Wickman, skip.

Wisconsin Area Open Challenge

WI First Event Winner MilwaukeeMilwaukee Curling Club Team, L to R: Bob Sorheim, second, Greg Bell, lead, Chris Apel, vice, Nick McLellan, skip.

East Area Open Challenge

East First Event WinnersBucks County Curling Club Team, L to R: Justin Lehmann, second, Zac Gery, vice, Christi Freeman, lead, Greg Danks, skip.

West II Area Open Challenge

West II Region WinnersSan Francisco Bay Area Curling Club Team, L to R: Lead Amanda Chang, Vice Zevi Altus, Skip Reggie Wilcox and Second Shir Aharon .


For more information and guidelines, go to the Contact page and 'Send Us a Message'.  Mention the 5 Year & Under in the Message box.  And - any club interested in hosting one of these events next season or in the future should let their USWCA Representative know or use the Contact page. 

5 Year and Under

This season the USWCA sponsored Five Year & Under Bonspiels are again scheduled for ALL five Areas.  Geographically located from east to west, the Areas are East, Central, Wisconsin, West I, and West II.  Curling clubs across the country have recognized the importance of these events in providing new curlers with the opportunity to experience curling in other clubs, with curlers having the same skill levels, in positions they normally would not play.  What an excellent way to promote curling.  Pins for the winners and runners-up are provided by the USWCA for four events, as is a traveling plaque that goes to the winning team.  The plaque is engraved and passed on to the next host club.  Curlers who have curled five years or less should take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and sign up to curl either as an individual or as a team in their area or in any of the other four areas for a more broadening experience. 

Just a reminder to new curlers that they may choose to curl in more than one area and in either or BOTH events; the Five Year & Under Open Challenge, which is open to both men and women, and/or the Five Year & Under Women's Challenge, which is for women only.  Either one provides a great opportunity for 5 or less year curlers to enjoy the bonspiel experience on an entirely new level.  Choose to curl in the host club in your area, or broaden your horizons by curling in one of the other four areas.  Host clubs have the option of giving teams from their area priority over teams coming from other areas, but in most instances teams from other areas are most welcome.  Check below to see which clubs are hosting 5 Year & Under Bonspiels this season and sign up NOW!

West I:

  • This season the Hibbing Curling Club will host the Five and Under Open Challenge on February 22 - 24, 2019.  The Hibbing Curling Club was established in 1913.  It has 7 sheets of ice and 350 members.  It is the home club of many world champion teams as well as an Olympic coach and bronze medal winner.  Another "claim to fame" is that it holds the largest bonspiel in the United States each year - the Men's "Last Chance" Bonspiel with 128 teams on 13 sheets.  Five and Under curlers, want to be impressed?  The Hibbing Curling Club is where your team should come to curl.

 

  • Last season the Duluth Curling Club hosted the Five and Under Open Challenge on January 19 - 21, 2018.  They had such a successful bonspiel the season before that they agreed to step up and host again.  It was a very successful bonspiel once more with 32 teams participating and additional teams placed on a waiting list.  The first event winner were from the St. Paul Curling Club with skip Pete Nelson, vice Dani Draheim, second Scott Draheim, and lead Deb McKinley.  The first event runners up from the Duluth Curling Club were skip Daryl Fuchihara, vice Garrett Bunkowske, second Sarah Hendricks, and lead Hilary Huntley. 

West II:

  • The 5 and Under Super Hero Bonspiel was a wonderful success!  Eighteen teams participated - 10 from Coyotes CC and 8 from other clubs in the West II Area including Curl San Diego, Denver CC, Granite CC, Hollywood CC (2), San Francisco Bay  Area CC (2), and Silicon Valley CC.  On the ice we had some high quality good curling plus prizes for a double takeout, for the closest draw to the button, and a Burnt-Hog Raffle (the winner took home over $100!!).  Off the ice, we had fantastic broom-stacking, build-your-own gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, costume contests, a tin can raffle, and an ice cream sundae bar on Sunday.  The winners of the 2018-2019 USWCA 5 and Under Super Hero Bonspiel were Team Nightmare Before Curling with Kimberly Gaddie, Tatiana Keeling, Sean Keeling, and Robert Cordova of the Coyotes Curling Club.  The runners-up for the A Event were Team Hallack My Ride with Jason Hallack, Sean Aronson, Tom Dukerich and Kevin Maloney.  Congratulations to the winning teams and to the Coyotes CC for hosting an excellent bonspiel.

 

  • In the West II Area last season, the 5 & Under Open Challenge was hosted by the Denver Curling Club on March 16 - 18, 2018 with, of course, a St. Patrick's Day theme and called it the "ShamRock" Spiel.  The winning team of the 1st Event was from the Granite Curling Club with skip Stephen Grant, vice Aaron Thompson, second Derek Ristau, and lead Gina Triolo.  The 1st Event Runners-Up were from the Denver Curling Club with skip Brian Brown, vice Scot Schneider, second Adam Walter, and lead Jon Goldman Club.  

Wisconsin:

This season the Wisconsin Area will host two USWCA sponsored 5 and Under Bonspiels.  The first will be the 5 and Under Women's Challenge at the Racine Curling Club on January 4 - 6, 2019.  The second will be the 5 and Under Open Challenge at the Rice Lake Curling Club on February 15 - 17, 2019.

  • The Racine Curling Club was formally organized on March 2, 1954.  Outdoor ice was used at places like Horlick Field, Root River, Hatter's Sand Pit, and Armstrong Park.  Snow, sun, sand, cold winds, and heaves and cracks in the ice made it a game for only the most dedicated 20 members.  The Grand Opening of the indoor Racine Curling Club was held on February 26, 1966.  The Racine Curling Club now has over 150 members.  It has hosted may bonspiels including those sponsored by the USWCA and has gotten glowing reviews from its participants.  It will do an excellent job hosting the 5 and Under Women's Bonspiel.  Ladies, be sure to put this bonspiel on your MUST DO list.

 

  • The Rice Lake Curling Club is located in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, a community of 8,400 located 100 miles from Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN.  The curling club was started in 1967 in the cattle barn of the Barron County Fairgrounds.  After burning down in August, 1988, a new world class club was built.  The current four sheet club is one of Wisconsin's most modern and largest curling clubs with excellent ice and outstanding Midwest hospitality.

 

  • The Appleton Curling Club hosted the 5 & Under Wisconsin Section Challenge, January 19 - 21, 2018.  Congratulations to the first event winners from the Milwaukee Curling Club with skip Rahim Keval, vice Patrick Geiger, second Bernie Anding, and lead Michael Czachor.  The first events Runners-Up from the Madison Curling Club were skip Nick Helt, vice Ryan Hood, second Justin Ramm, and lead Anthony Frey.  

Central:

  • The 5 and Under Open Challenge will be hosted by the Columbus Curling Club this season on January 25 - 27, 2019.

Last season, the Central Area hosted two USWCA sponsored bonspiels.

  • Last season, the Chicago Curling Club hosted the USWCA sponsored 5 & Under Open Challenge on February 10 - 11, 2018.  The winner of the First Event was the Rongstad rink from Eau Clire with skip (throwing lead) Tyler Rongstad, fourth Spencer Eklund, third Zach Oliphant, and second Nathan Oster.  Runners-up in the First Event were the Aro rink from Madison with Scott Moss, Matt Aro, Jacquet Blaz, and Kim Slininger.  

 

  • Last season, in the Central Area, the Bowling Green Curling Club hosted the USWCA sponsored 5 & Under Women's Challenge at the Black Swamp Curling Center on March 17 - 18, 2018.  The winners of the First Event were from the Detroit Curling Club with skip Abby Bond, vice Sarah Romanik, second Stephanie Grant, and lead Margaret Boynton.  The runners-up of the First Event were from Midland with skip Allison Spoelhof, vice Clare Joyce, second Stephanie Moglia, and lead Dayna Colvin.  

East:

  • On Saturday October 27 - 28, 2018, the Rochester Curling Club hosted this season opener, the USWCA sponsored 5 and Under Open Bonspiel, "Dice and BBQ".  They hosted 12 teams; 2 teams from Buck's County Curlng Club, 2 teams from the Finger Lakes Curling Club, 1 from Detroit Curling Club, 1 from Wauwatosa Curling Club, and 6 teams from Rochester Curling Club.  The teams enjoyed delicious meals and had a fun time curling.  The highlight was having a 6 member pipe band lead the finalists on the ice.  The first event winners from the Wauwatosa CC in Wisconsin were Ryan Carlson, Sarah Carlson, Oscar Koebel, and Rachael Koebel.  The Runners-Up were the Rochester 5 team with Sue Birkbeck, Ken Birkbeck, Bruce Pogue, and Bernie Brooks.  Congratulations to all!  It was a memorable weekend - no two teams met for a second time until they reached the finals.  Some very fine shots were called and made both on and off the ice.   

 

  • Last season, eleven teams participated in the 5 & Under Open Challenge at Chesapeake Curling Club December 8 - 10, 2017.  Skip Mark DeSouza led his team from Philadelphia to victory in the First Event (Vice: John Moylan, Second: Adam Bartles, Lead: Jeff Ishibashi).  Runners-Up for the First Event from Bucks County were led by Skip Ian Sheffer (Vice: Michelle Sheffer, Second: Megan Bankard, Lead: Stefanie Johnson).  

All curlers with five years or less curling experience are eligible to participate.  Membership in the USWCA is not necessary but in order to host one of the events, the host club must be a member.  The Women's Challenge is made up of women's teams, but the Open Event may have teams made up of any combination. Team members do not have to all belong to the same curling club.

An Eligibility Form must accompany the Event Entry. The Eligibility Form must be signed by a Curling Club Officer, and verifies that each team member meets the criteria for under five years of curling.  New curlers may curl in more than one Area and in either or both the USWCA sponsored 5 & Under Women's Challenge and the 5 & Under Open Challenge.  Support the 5 & Under bonspiels in your Area but be aware of the opportunities to also curl in 5 & Under bonspiels across the country.  Host clubs may welcome curlers from all 5 Areas, but should give priority to teams from their Area.

This season's 5 & Under Calendar, 5 Area Curling Stone Flyer, 5 & Under Guidelines, the Eligibility and Entry forms, a Curling Etiquette sheet, as well as flyers from the host clubs in each area can be found on this bonspiel website and downloaded and printed on your computer.  The opportunities are here, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEM!

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