Interested in watching a curling game played by youth? Earlier this month I streamed some of the games of the Nashua Juniors Curling Bonspiel (ages 12+) coming out of the Nashua Curling Club in nearby Nashua, NH, and this is one you might enjoy as it was a well-played game with a nail-biting finish! My 12-year-old daughter Chloe was one of the players and I tried throughout the game to provide some commentary about what was going on.
One of the great aspects about youth curling is that when the kids go out on the ice to play they are all alone. There are no coaches or adults. When they go through the door onto the ice, it is entirely up to them. All the great moments are theirs… as are all the mistakes. They have to do everything to keep the game going. They have to do it all. All we can do as parents is be on the other side of the glass watching…. 🙂
This video gives a good example of youth curling – the game starts at about 7:20 into the video. Enjoy! (And please sign up if you’d like to bring this kind of youth sports activity to the Monadnock region!)
If you have children from age 5 all the way up to 21 and are curious if the sport of curling might be something for them to consider, you can check it out at a Youth Curling Open House happening tomorrow, Saturday, November 1, 2014, at the Petersham Curling Club about 45 minutes south of Keene in Petersham, MA. You can come by any time between 9:00am and 12noon and actually get on the ice to try it out. Learn about “throwing” the rocks (we actually slide them), using the brooms and about some of the strategy that many of us find so fascinating… you should even get a chance to play a bit of a game!
Plus you’ll get to meet some of the great youth already playing in the Petersham CC youth curling program and to learn about the benefits of the program. It should be a great time! Please see the flyer below for more info (click/tap on it for a larger version).
Getting to the Petersham Curling Club is pretty straightforward. From Keene, NH, just take Route 32 past the Keene airport and follow it all the way down through Athol, MA, and on over to Petersham, MA. The PCC is right on Route 32. (See the PCC directions page for more info.)
If you can’t make it tomorrow but are interested in learning more, the Petersham youth curling program takes place on Saturdays from now through March. For a local NH contact, you can email me as I help coaching the “Little Rocks” (ages 7-12) program at the PCC. You can also connect with the Petersham youth curling program on Facebook. Youth curling is a great experience – the kids learn a great amount about the sport and have a lot of fun along the way!