Junior Slams are self-regulating competitions. Athletes and coaches must guide themselves according to the standards outlined in the following competition guidelines.
Before teams are permitted to play, convenors will check to ensure all teams have:
- Read the Concussion Guidelines and Return to Play Policy
- Read the Junior Slam Series Anti-Bullying Policy
- Read the Sweeping Statement
- Read the Spirit of Curling
- Read the Payment, Waiting Lists, Cancellations and Refund Policy
- Reviewed Curling Canada’s Rules of Curling for General Play
- Reviewed the Event kit for the relevant Slam they are competing in
- Signed and submitted a Participation Agreement Waiver
The Junior Slam Series take the health and safety of the participants in our events as our number one priority. As part of this policy, all Junior Slam Series events follow the world standard concussion protocol and return to play policy. These rules have been detailed by Curling Canada here.
Any athlete who, at one of our events, is involved in or is witnesses to an incident as described in this protocol is required to immediately report the incident to the event convenor. That convenor will assess the risk of concussion, and, if necessary recommend additional assessment. They will also file an incident report.
Any athlete who is involved in an incident, prior to a Junior Slam series event, where a concussion is diagnosed, will be required to provide a doctors note that certifies that they have followed the 5-step process outlined in the protocol and have proof that they have received medical clearance to return to play.
The Junior Slam Series currently recommends the use of the Curling Canada incident report, available here.
The Junior Slam Series has a zero tolerance policy for bullying. This applies to athletes, coaches, parents and spectators attending and participating in a Slam event. Every team is responsible for the behaviour of the individuals in its group. For example, if a parent contravenes this policy, it applies to the entire team. This policy applies to behaviour at a Slam as well as to cyber/online references to Junior Slam Series competitions and participants.
Failure to comply with this policy may result in removal from the Slam competition and/or from all future Slams in the curling season and competition fees will not be refunded. Interpretation of this policy is at the discretion of Junior Slam Series. Zero tolerance means one infraction may result in disciplinary action.
Our Definition of Bullying
“Bullying” is deliberately intimidating, taunting, posturing or behaving aggressively toward a person or team, either physically, verbally, psychologically or socially. It can be carried out by one person or several people who are either actively or passively involved. Bullying may take place face to face at a competition or via technology such as a mobile phone.
In a curling context bullying can take many forms, for example:
- a team purposefully using their bodies or brushes to obstruct the opponent’s view or delivery;
- an athlete name-calling or taunting an opponent in the change room;
- spectators or coaches verbally abusing other spectators;
an athlete or coach threatening a convenor;
- an athlete texting insults, rude language or intimidating comments to other competitors;
- a coach insulting an athlete;
- a spectator harassing kitchen staff or ice makers at a host club;
Teams or individuals who experience bullying have a duty to report it to the Junior Slam Series staff.
Bullying is more likely to occur in highly competitive situations. The Junior Slam Series recognizes that the desire to win is strong. However, we encourage teams to emphasize enjoyment, team work, sportsmanship and skill development. The Junior Slam Series will apply this policy to ensure that Slams are safe, nurturing competitions for junior athlete development.
On September 16, 2016, The World Curling Federation issued a statement on rules, specifications and policies for sweeping techniques and brush technology for elite curling. Herewith, all teams participating in the Junior Slam Series must abide by the World Curling Federation (WCF) standard for brushes and sweeping. This applies to all Slams in our series with NO exceptions.
Most equipment manufacturers have a full supply of approved brush heads in stock.
Junior Slam Series events adhere to the Spirit of Curling. The Spirit of Curling is a commonly used term that refers to the respect curlers show, not only to one another, but also to the sport itself. It is encapsulated by the principle that a curler would rather lose than win unfairly. Respect is one of the fundamental principles which underpin the Spirit of Curling. Slam competitors are expected to uphold the spirit of curling on, and off the ice. The Spirit of Curling generally sees no player attempt to gain an advantage in the game through any malice, whether by breaking the rules, distracting opponents or acting in an unsporting manner, which would effectively disadvantage their opponents. It is expected that if a player should do so then they admit to their fault. Broom slamming, profanity and unsportsmanlike behaviour are not acceptable.
The Spirit of Curling demands good sportsmanship, kindly feeling and honourable conduct among coaches and spectators too. This spirit should influence both the interpretation and application of the rules of the game and also the conduct of all participants on and off the ice.
The Spirit of Curling plays a crucial role in Slams, where there are no referees or officials, however Slam conveners will keep events running smoothly and help to iron out any concerns. Rules are based on the Spirit of Curling and every curler should adhere to this etiquette when playing.
– this information courtesy of the World Curling Federation.
Teams that register for a Slam are not officially “confimed” until we receive full payment. Payment instructions are auto-emailed to you when you register. We accept payment by e-transfer. Teams from outside Canada must contact us at email@example.com to learn about our foreign payment process. We use PayPal for all foreign team entries. You can pay for all of your Slams with one payment. Simply add the total (must include HST). In your e-transfer notes. Once we receive payment, we confirm that you have been accepted into the Slam.
If you are trying to register for a Slam and it is full, you can purchase a waiting list ticket. Should another team cancel, we will the offer spot to teams on the waiting list, the cost of the waiting list ticket is applied to the fees for that Slam. If no spot becomes available we will refund 100% of the cost of the waiting list ticket.
If you have not been offered a spot in the Slam you may cancel a waiting list ticket (and receive a full refund) at any time. Simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to notify us of your desire to cancel the ticket. If there are no waiting list tickets available and you wish to be added to the waiting list, please contact us at email@example.com and we can make additional waiting list tickets available to you.
Cancellation and Refunds
If your team is granted a final confirmed entry into a Slam and you have to cancel, you must notify us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org We offer a ‘sliding’ cancellation/refund policy as follows:
Cancel up to 28 days prior to the Slam:
- If we have a replacement team waiting, a full refund is given.
- If NO replacement team waiting, a cancellation fee of $100 applies.
Cancel 28-14 days prior to the Slam:
- If we have a replacement team waiting, a $100 cancellation fee applies
- If NO replacement team waiting, we refund 50% of your Slam fee.
Cancel 14 days prior to the Slam:
- If we have a replacement team waiting, we refund 50% of your Slam fee.
- If NO replacement team waiting, there is NO refund.
Junior Slam Series recognizes there may be extenuating and unforeseen circumstances. We reserve the right to consider cancellation requests on a case by case basis. Teams should plan carefully. Avoid double booking events on the circuit where qualification for one requires cancellation of a Slam. Leave space between events for rest and practice.
Every member of the team must review the full competition guidelines & sign a waiver (athletes, or athlete’s parent/guardians and the coach). Once every team member has signed, waivers can be scanned and emailed to email@example.com. Please email us ALL the signed waivers for every member of your team together under one email. Alternatively, you may sign the waivers and bring them to your first Slam. Teams will not be permitted to play without ALL the athletes and coach signing and submitting this waiver.