Amendment to U18 Canada Winter Games Trials Qualification

In consideration of further feedback received after last week’s U18 Canada Winter Games amendment, Curling Alberta announces a reversal of that decision which was made with the intent to encourage participation in the U18 bonspiels.  The primary reason for returning to the original policy is to encourage teams to compete where it is most developmentally relevant, and to appropriately reward success. Specifically, it was found that the policy change was discouraging teams from playing up into the U20 category where it would be appropriate for them to compete.

One (1) berth is awarded to the top eligible team on the U18 Women’s Alberta Junior Team Ranking System (AJTRS), using their top three events in the U18 Alberta Junior Team Ranking System (AJTRS).

Two (2) berths are awarded to the top eligible teams on the U18 Men’s Alberta Junior Team Ranking System (AJTRS), using their top three events in the U18 Alberta Junior Team Ranking System (AJTRS).

U18 teams are eligible to receive U18 AJTRS points in both U18 and U20 events in order to determine the final U18 Canada Winter Games Trials spots.

While many possible alternatives to qualify teams for the last available spots into the CWG Trials were considered Curling Alberta remains confident that the AJTRS is the best available indicator of team merit over time.

We appreciate the feedback and support received from teams, coaches, and clubs.  We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience caused by the announcements, and we fully recognize that teams have already committed to plans based on the information at hand.  We always remain available to answer any questions or provide further clarity.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jason Ginter at jason.ginter@curlingalberta.ca.

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