About the Format

The Slam format offers a guaranteed minimum number of curling games over a two or three day weekend, usually 4 games guaranteed. Slams are held in premium curling clubs. The goal of every Slam is to impart learning for juniors with an enriched ROCKTalk built-in to the competitive schedule. The atmosphere at a Slam balances the intensity of on-ice competition with relaxed off-ice learning and opportunities to socialize and mingle.

 The Junior Slam Series is for teams of all levels of competitive experience, attracting mature high-performance teams from Canada, the U.S. and Europe as well as young teams and newcomers to competition. Slams cater to U15, U18, U21 and U21+ age groups in single-gender and Mixed Doubles formats. Slams are generally dual gender with the exception of the U18 Orion Slams, which are broken into a Men’s weekend and a Women’s weekend. Slams strongly emphasize the traditional spirit of curling. We guide teams to the rules of etiquette and good sportsmanship and to conduct themselves with dignity and respect for others.

Teams are allocated into pools to play a round robin. Slams feature 16, 15, 12 or sometimes 10 male and female teams, depending on the sheets available at the host venue. Specific rules and draw schedules for each Slam are prepared in an event kit that is available on the junior slam website and emailed to team contacts several weeks prior to the event. There are plenty of coaching opportunities and the last shot draw for hammer values the importance of practising shootouts.

All games are played to eight ends. Each team has two one-minute timeouts. If the score is tied after eight ends, an extra end will be played. The five-rock rule is in effect for all games. Usually following the second game in round robin play, teams conduct a shootout to determine should tiebreakers be required. Once the round robin is complete teams are reseeded based on their record and shootout score. The top six teams ranked by record and shootout qualify for the playoffs. Any team ranked 11th or lower will be excluded from playoff scenarios. Should teams 7 and 8 have a clear record advantage over team 9 there will be no tiebreakers. There is a consolation final in each Slam event.

Why We Have A Consolation Final
Consolation events provide powerful learning and prepare athletes for national or world scenarios where there will be a third place play-off or bronze medal game. A consolation game allows for more games over the weekend, helps develop endurance and mental toughness and adds value after having invested time, effort and money in the quest for the championship. Should teams land in the Consolation match, coaches should encourage them to view it as a positive opportunity.

The U18 and the U21 Slams culminate in Player's Championships each spring. Player's Championships are invitational. The top two teams that make the final in a Slam get an invitation to the championship. The more Slams you enter, the greater likelihood you will earn a spot at the championship. Should teams earn multiple berths into the Championships we invite the next-best qualified teams based on total numbers of Slam games won in the season. We also invite provincial, U.S and foreign championship teams to our Player's Championships. Those that qualify will receive an invitation by email. Finalists are seeded such that teams with fewer slam wins and those with more will meet near the end of the event.