2012 Optimist U18 applications now being accepted
The Optimist International Club of Canada has invited USA Curling to send three boys' and three girls' teams to the Under-18 Championship to be held in Toronto, Canada, April 4-8, 2012. This event is a wonderful opportunity for young teams to participate in an international event that includes teams from the Canadian provinces, Japan and Europe. The Optimists want to emphasize that this event is designed to give young, inexperienced, developing teams a chance to improve their skills in a friendly competition.

In addition to the competition and banquet, there is a half-day of training by some of Canada's top instructors. We encourage all qualifying juniors to put together a U-18 team and complete the application.  

Applications for the 2012 U-18 Optimist International Curling Championships are due in the USA Curling office by close of business (5 p.m. CST) Jan. 31, 2012.  Mail, fax, or e-mail all applications to the attention of Kim Nawyn at USA Curling, 5525 Clem's Way, Stevens Point, WI 54482. Fax: 715-344-2279. E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . Applications and additional information and requirements are available on the USA Curling website.  

The Optimist International Club requires that all players be seventeen years of age or younger as of Dec. 31, 2011. Each participating team will represent their state/region and all players on the team must reside in the same state/region.  Each state/region may be represented by no more than one boys' and one girls' team. The Optimist International requests that each team be accompanied by a Level II or higher coach that is 21 years of age or older.

The USA Curling U-18 Selection Committee selects states/regions to send teams based upon the merits of the applications received.  State/regions will be notified of the USCA's selection by Feb. 15, 2012. If applications from more that one qualified team in a state/region are received, the USCA will request that the state and/or region's curling association hold a play down.  

Teams are responsible for travel costs and some meals. Hotel costs are paid by the Optimist International Club for four players and a coach. If the team elects to bring a fifth player, their expenses must be paid in full by the team.

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