5 and Under National Bonspiel 2019 - 2020

(May 15, 2020)  The USWCA was proud to include information about the National 5 & Under Championship Bonspiel on our 5 & Under web page.  Even though this independent championship 5 & Under bonspiel in NOT sponsored by either the USCA or the USWCA, both organizations supported it with equal financial donations for their pins.  The USWCA was also responsible for designing and ordering them.  An added incentive for curling in our regional 5 & Under bonspiels is that our winners are eligible to curl in their prestigious event.  This season 8 of the 32 qualifying teams came from USWCA regional 5 & Under bonspiels.  Hopefully, this coming season will provide them with more of our winners.

The home page of the National 5 & Under Championship Bonspiel website is www.5UNationals.com.  From there you can get  information regarding the 2019 and 2020 events.

To register your 5 and Under event for the 2020/2021 season, go to the 5 and Under Events page of that website. 

Calendar of Events 2020 - 2021

East: Open, October 29 - November 1, 2020.  Host: Utica CC.

Wisconsin: Open, January 22 - 24, 2021.  Host: Wauwatosa CC.

Calendar of Events 2019 - 2020

All Regions' Events Flyer: Download the flyer.

East: Open, December 5 - 8, 2019. Host: Belfast CC.  Cancelled.

Download the East Flyer.

Download the East Information Sheet.

Central: Open, January 17 - 19, 2020.  Host: Mayfield CC.  Complete.

Download the Central Flyer.

Central: Women's, February 29 - March 1, 2020.  Host: Exmoor CC.  Complete.

Download the Women's Central Flyer.

Wisconsin: Open, January 24 - 26, 2020.  Host: Wausau CC.  Complete.

Download the Wisconsin Flyer.

West A: Open, February 28 - March 1, 2020.  Host: Hibbing CC.  Complete.

Download the West A Flyer.

West B: Open, March 20 - 22, 2020.  Host: Evergreen CC.

Register Online at the Evergreen CC Website

Download the West B Flyer.

 

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 - 2020:

Central Women's Challenge Hosted by Exmoor Curling Club.

Milwaukee Curling Club team, pictured right to left, skip Chris Korjenek, vice Susie Hansen, second Stephanie Strand, and lead Vicki Garvey.  

Central Open Challenge Hosted by Mayfield Curling Club.

Mayfield Curling Club team, pictured left to right, skip Andy Hawthorne, vice Vincent Scebbi, second Chris Glass, and lead Micah Shumway. 

Wisconsin Open Challenge Hosted by Wausau Curling Club.

Madison Curling Club team, seated, skip Matt Aro, vice Logan Aro, second Tony Frey, and lead Erich Inglin.

Also pictured, Milwaukee Curling Club team, standing, (1st Event Runners-up), pictured left to right, skip Patrick Geiger, vice Bernie Anding, second Mike Putek, and lead Michael Czachor. 


 

Winners from 2018 - 2019:

Wisconsin Open Challenge Hosted by Rice Lake Curling Club.

Appleton Curling Club team, pictured left to right, skip Tom Triolo, vice Dave Fochs, second Phil Peters, and lead Kelly Mader. 

Central Open Challenge Hosted by Columbus Curling Club.

Detroit Curling Club team, pictured left to right, lead Nicole Van Houw, vice Laura Gilchrist, skip Samantha Lewis, and second Stephanie Whitmore.

WI Women's Challenge Hosted by Racine Curling Club.

Granite Curling Club team, pictured left to right, lead Melanie Zane, second Heather Rafen, vice Margee Will, and skip Gina Triolo.

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 2017 - 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 2016 - 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.

5 Year and Under 2019 - 2020 Season

This season the USWCA sponsored Five Year & Under Bonspiels are scheduled for ALL four Regions.  Geographically located from east to west, the Regions are East, Central, Wisconsin, and West.  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 regions for a more broadening experience. 

New curlers should take advantage of the fact that they can curl in more than one region and in either or BOTH events; the Five Year & Under Open and/or the Women's Challenge. The Five and Under Open Challenge is open to both men and women. The Five Year & Under Women's Challenge is just for the ladies.  Either one provided a great opportunity for 5 or less year curlers to enjoy the bonspiel experience on an entirely new level.  So take advantage of the opportunity to travel all over the country to curl in these USWCA sponsored Five & Under bonspiel.  

National 5 & Under Championship Bonspiel:

  • The 2020 5U National Championship Bonspiel was held at the Wausau curling club with 17 states and 32 teams represented.  Several teams experienced many firsts; the first time to experience temperatures below 5 degrees, a Wisconsin Fish Fry with Old Fashions and S'mores and a chance to be piped on the ice in the finals.  The 1st Event Winners were the Raju Team from San Francisco Bay.  Skip was PN Raju, vice Cameron Kim, second Nelson Rogers, and lead Zach Gabrielson   1st Event Runners-Up were the Mackinson team from the Chicago Curling Club.  Skip was Todd Mackinson, vice Jim Klus, second Pat Schuster, and lead Brian Keto.  The bonspiel chair Terri Gleason stated that on behalf of the Wausau Curling Club, she would like to thank Fred Fetzer, the Wausau volunteers who worked all weekend to make this a memorable event for the curlers, and last but not least, the curlers who entertained us with some amazing shots.  The National 5 & Under Championship Bonspiel was held on February 21 - 23, 2020.  For more details, be sure to check the National 5 & Under website (see side bar at right).
  • One exciting addition to the 5 & under line-up last season was the 5 & Under National Championship Bonspiel.  It was inaugurated in 2019 at the Duluth Curling Club.  Olympic Gold Medalist John Schuster was instrumental in bringing together the USCA, the USWCA, and the Duluth Curling Club to launch this new event.  The goal was to invite the best and most enthusiastic 5 & Under winner and runner-up teams from all across the country to compete and thus encourage them to move ahead in their future curling endeavors.

West Region:

  • In the West A Region, the Hibbing Curling Club was scheduled to host the USWCA sponsored Five and Under Open Challenge on February 29 - March 1, 2020. Unfortunately, in spite of their efforts, they were unable to get enough team participation and had to cancel their bonspiel.  The USWCA thanks them for agreeing to host and hope that they will be more successful in the future.  The Hibbing Curling Club was established in 1913 and is the home club of numerous world champion teams as well as an Olympic coach and bronze medal winner.  This was a great opportunity for 5 & Under participants to curl at a very prestigious club.  Hopefully, it is one they will not miss when it is offered again.
  • Unfortunately, because the 5 & Under National Bonspiel took place in their region on the same weekend, Hibbing was unable to hold the West's Regional 5 & Under Bonspiel last season.  They graciously agreed to give it another try, so be sure to sign up.   
  • The West Region is also hosting a 5 & Under Open bonspiel, west of the Mississippi, at the Evergreen Curling Club March 21 - 23, 2020.  They have hosted this USWCA sponsored bonspiel before with great success, so it should be a memorable experience for all who attend.
  • Last season, the impressive Coyotes Curling Club hosted the 5 & Under Open Bonspiel. 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.  

Wisconsin Region:

  • Wausau Curling Club hosted an outstanding group of curlers with a high level of enthusiasm, sportsmanship, and love of the game.  Curlers from as far as Denver participated and many new friendships were formed.  It was a packed weekend of games and comradely.  While it was a busy weekend, we found time for an exciting game of boat races where our 1st Event Winner was also the proud recipient of the 2020 Wausau Boat Racing Trophy...Matt Aro.  The 1st Event Winning team from the Madison Curling Club was skip Matt Aro, vice Logan Aro, second Tony Frey, and lead Erich Inglin.  The Runners-Up in the 1st Event from the Milwaukee Curling Club were skip Patrick Geiger, vice Bernie Anding, second Mike Purek, and lead Michael Czachor.  Congratulations to all the curlers for making this weekend a success.  It was our pleasure to host all of you and hope to see you out on the ice again soon.  Good Curling.

Last season the Wisconsin Region hosted two USWCA sponsored 5 and Under Bonspiels.  The first was the 5 and Under Women's Challenge at the Racine Curling Club on January 4 - 6, 2019.  The second was the 5 and Under Open Challenge at the Rice Lake Curling Club on February 15 - 17, 2019.

  • The Racine Curling Club hosted the 5 & Under Women's Challenge on January 4 - 6, 2019.  Twelve teams participated with two coming from other Areas; Central and West II.  The winners were the Triolo Team from the Granite Curling Club with skip Gina Triolo, vice Margee Will, second Heather Ragen, and lead Melanie Zahn. Runners-up were the Collins Rink from the Chicago Curling Club with skip Lis Collins, vice Lorna Cagann, second Anna Tobkin, and lead Megan Mackinson.  
  • The 5 & Under Open Challenge spiel was held at the Rice Lake Curling Club in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, on February 15 - 17, 2019.  The winning team was the Triolo Rink from Appleton CC with skip Tom Triolo vice Dave Fochs, second Phil Peters, and lead Kelly Mader.  Runners-up were the Kirchhoff Rink from Kettle Moraine CC with skip Sarah Kirchhoff, vice Matt Raine, second Blair Fogeltanz, and lead Nikki Raine.    

Central Region:

This season the Central Region hosted two 5 & Under bonspiels; an Open and the Women's Challenge.

  • The Exmoor Curling Club hosted the 5 & Under Women's Challenge on Feb. 29 - March 1, 2020.  They had 16 teams from curling clubs as far as Denver.  Other teams represented were from Detroit, Cleveland, Madison, Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, Chicago, Windy City, Kettle Moraine and Exmoor Curling Clubs.  The theme was "Back to College" highlighting March Madness.  Colorful decorations and goodie bags made it a festive event.  A raffle with 15 beautiful baskets added additional fun for the participants and helped keep down the entry fee.  There was plenty of food and drink for all with the highlight being the dinner party held at an Exmoor member's beautiful home.  The winners of the event, from the Milwaukee Curling Club, were skip Chris Korjenek, vice Susie Hansen, second Stephanie Strand, and lead Vici Garvey.  The runners-up, from the Denver Curling Club, were skip Paula Hammer, vice Nicci Sutliff, second Brittany Scritchfield, and lead Andi Kingston.  Congratulations ladies!  The most memorable part of the bonspiel was having these new curlers piped out on the ice for the finals.  This was probably a first for most of them.  The Exmoor Curling Club did an excellent job showing all the participants just how special a bonspiel can be.  Thank you for all your hard work!
  • There was no 5 & Under Women's Challenge hosted by a Central Region club last season because they alternate with the Wisconsin Region who hosted at the Racine Curling Club.
  • Mayfield Curling Club hosted the USWCA Open 5 & Under Central Region Bonspiel on January 17 - 19, 2020.  A total of 24 teams participated from the following curling clubs located in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio: Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Circle City, Cleveland Skating Club, Columbus, Curl Troy, Detroit, Fort Wayne, Kalamazoo, and Mayfield. Congratulations to the first event winners, listed from skip to lead, were Andy Hawthorne, Vincent Scebbi, Chris Glass, Micah Shumway from the Mayfield Curling Club. Runners-up in the first event were Ryan Buckenmeyer, Todd McGee, Cameron Sorenson, and Andrew Boyd - Bowling Green Curling Club.  Thank you to Mayfield Curling Club for hosting a great bonspiel!  
  • Last season the Columbus Curling Club played gracious host to 24 teams from all over the country.  The winners were the Lewis rink from Detroit Curling Club!  Skipped by Samantha Lewis, led by Nicole Van Houw, thrown second by Stephanie Whoitmore, and vice by Laura Gilchrist.  The runners-up were Team Dangaran from Columbus Curling Club.  

 

East Region:

  • This first 5 & Under bonspiel was to be hosted in the East Region by the Belfast Curling Club on December 5 - 8, 2019.  Unfortunately, they were unable to get enough team participation and reluctantly had to cancel their December planned bonspiel.  The USWCA is grateful for their efforts and hope they will have better luck in the future.  What a missed opportunity for new curlers! 
  • The Rochester Curling Club hosted the USWCA sponsored 5 and Under Open Bonspiel last season.  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.  

General Information

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 Region 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 Region but be aware of the opportunities to also curl in 5 & Under bonspiels across the country.  Host clubs may welcome curlers from all 4 Regions, but should give priority to teams from their Region.  Curlers do not have to be members of the USWCA to curl in our regional bonspiels.

On this site, you will find the 5 & Under Calendar, 4 Region Flyer, 5 & Under Guidelines, the Eligibility and Entry forms, a Curling Etiquette sheet, as well as flyers from the host clubs.  The opportunities will be here.  TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEM!

Check our 5 & Under "album", in the right side bar, for pictures of the winners of our 5 & Under bonspiels for the past three seasons.  This season's pictures will be posted here as well.

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 and Under National Bonspiel Feb. 22 - 24, 2019

Announced on December 3, 2018, Olympic Gold Medalist John Shuster teamed up with USA Curling, the USWCA, and the Duluth Curling Club to put on a National 5 and Under Bonspiel which was held February 22 - 24, 2019.  There were 32 teams participating in this first-time event, which gave the best five-and-under teams across the country the opportunity to compete in a national bonspiel.  Eligibility rules were posted to the USA Curling U5 National Bonspiel site.  Entries needed to be received by January 1, 2019. 

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