(Dec. 4, 2013) Successful Five Year & Under bonspiels for both the 5 & Under Open Challenge and the 5 & Under Women's Challenge were held last season and are being planned for the future. Curling clubs across the country have recognized the
of this event 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.
- This season, the recently completed Milwaukee Curling Club will host the 5 & Under Open Challenge on February 7-9, 2014.
- Last season, Kettle Moraine Curling Club was the first to host the USWCA sponsored 5 & Under Open Challenge on November 30th, December 1st, and 2nd. The three day bonspiel started the holiday season with a warm welcome from KCMM members. The eighteen teams that participated had a wonderful time. It was a great way for newer curlers to play in positions they normally don't play and to meet teams from other Wisconsin clubs. Teams in the finals of the four events were piped out on the ice on Sunday which was a first for many of them. The results were as follows - 1st Event Winner Todd Stuntebeck (skip), Phil Christman (vice), Andy Merlin (second), and Todd Bernhardt (lead) from the Madison Curling Club. 1st Event Runner-Up from Kettle Moraine Neil Feil (skip), Randi Feil (vice), Dave Kawecki (second), and Linda Kawecki (lead). Pins for the winners and runners-up for the 4 events were provided by the USWCA. They also provided a traveling plaque that was award to the winning Madison team.
This season the 5 & Under Women's Challenge will be held at the Waltham Curling Club the weekend of March 8-9, 2014. Their flyer and entry form will be on the web site soon.
The Chicago Curling Club hosted the 5 & Under Women's Challenge on March 9-10, 2013. Although they only had 6 teams participate, with the theme "Chicago Rocks", the women there "rocked" all weekend. Everyone had such a great time that the Chicago Curling Club is eager to host this event again in the future. Because of the number of teams, there were only three events
. Successfully defending their title, winners of the 1st event were Allie Botros, Karissa Piper, Ashley Lowry, and Angela Fox, from the Mayfield Curling Club. 1st event runners-up were Denise Erazmus, Marta Conlon, Kristen Higashikawa, and Jessica Thomson from the Chicago Curling Club.
This season the 5 & Under Open Challenge will be hosted by the Columbus Curling Club on April 12-13, 2014. Their flyer and entry form will be on the web site in a few months before the event.
The Central Region also hosted a 5 & Under Open Challenge at the Detroit Curling Club on March 2-3, 2013. Their bonspiel was a huge success and filled with 24 teams. They even had to turn a few teams away. With a four sheet club and only two days, that's all they could handle. Thanks to the efforts of the members of the Detroit Curling Club, especially the Rockettes (the DCC Women's Club), this bonspiel got raving reviews from its participants. The 'A' Event champions were Eric Johnson, Mike Pintar, Scott Connover, and Andy Hartsig from the Columbus Curling Club. 'A' Event runners-up were Ashley Lowry, Tim Carcione, Christine Carione, and Mary Dacar from the Mayfield Curling Club.
- The Itasca Curling Club will be hosting the 5 & Under Women's Challenge on December 6-7, 2013. Their club is also hosting the Senior Women's Nationals. The USWCA is fortunate to have such a supportive club! Next season, the 5 & Under Women's Challenge will be hosted by Arden Hills. The date is yet to be determined.
- The Coyote Curling Club is interested in hosting the 5 & Under Open Challenge in 2013-14. The dates are yet to be determined.
- The Utica Curling Club in Utica, New Your will host the 5 & Under Open Bonspiel on March 14-16, 2014. The flyer and entry form will be posted on this website later in the season.
These popular bonspiels began in the GNCC. The first Women's Challenge event was held at Norfolk, CT in 1991 and was an official GNCC event. In 1993 the USWCA adopted the plan for a Women's Challenge to be held in each region/area of the United States. This event has become so popular that the USWCA now sponsors an Open Five Year and Under Bonspiel along with the Five Year and Under Women's Challenge.
There are traveling award plaques for the winning rinks in each event. Special pins are presented to winners and runners-up in four events. Participants must have five years or less curling experience. The goal of these events is to give newer curlers a chance to participate in bonspiels, meet other new curlers and play positions they normally wouldn't play. It is felt that the curlers will feel less concern about attending regular bonspiels after they have played against others with the same experience.
All Curlers with five or less years 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 new 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.
Winners from 2011:
(Alex Dye, Kevin Moran, Curt Crimmons and Drew Friend)
Winners from 2008-2009:
Schenectady Curling Club
Green Mountain Curling Club
Detroit Curling Club
Madison Curling Club
St. Paul Curling Club
These events have become so popular that the USWCA now sponsors an Open 5-year & Under Bonspiel along with the 5-Year & Under Women's Challenge. This is a terrific opportunity for newer curlers to experience a bonspiel along with other club's participants with similar skill levels. A beautiful traveling plaque is provided by the USWCA for the winning rink in each bonspiel, and special pins are presented to winners and runners-up in all four events.
All curlers with five or less years 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 new Open event may have teams made up of any combination. Composite teams are acceptable.
For more information and guidelines, please contact the 5-year & Under Chair Millie Buege at: firstname.lastname@example.org
And - any club interested in hosting one of these events next season or in the future should let their USWCA Representative know or contact Millie directly.