Curling Canada has adjusted the “overage athlete” age eligibility to align with the World Curling Federation’s birth date of June 30th. Curling Canada initially included athletes born from January – June and Curling Canada will now also include athletes born between July – December for that curling calendar year.
This extension to the overage athlete provides a more inclusive opportunity for our athletes competing at the Under-21 level. Curling Canada is aware that for three seasons we may have a team that wins the U21 Canadian championship with one overage athlete. Should that occur, Curling Canada will replace that player for the World Juniors with an age eligible athlete and Curling Canada will find a way for the overage player to have a meaningful experience at the World Juniors with the team. Curling Canada will have a full season to work with teams representing Canada at the World Juniors so there is time to work on the logistics.
The age criteria for the Under-18 Nationals remains the same. All athletes must be less than 18 years of age on June 30th of the preceding year of the nationals. For example, an athlete competing at the 2021 Under-18 Nationals must be less than 18 years of age on June 30, 2020.
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