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The dates and locations of USCA events are available on the national site:
- USCA main site
- USCA championship site
- USCA championship calendar
- USCA official rules and procedures
- World Curling Federation
Below is some of the summary, background and regional information about the events. All of these rules and guidelines for teams are subject to change, so please check the USCA's rules for this year to be sure your team will qualify!
- (Elite) Nationals (men's and women's) - This is for the most elite curlers in the country. The winners go to the world championships and Olympics. Teams consist of 4 players who can be from anywhere in the US. They must playdown, but they can chose to do it in any of the announced 'qualifier' sites in the US. All team members must be US citizens.
- Club Nationals (men's and women's) - This event was created to help develop competitive curlers. Teams can sometimes feature players who might be considered within the top 100 players in the country. Teams must be made up of 4 curlers from the same club. They must win the regional playdown to qualify. There are 10 regions. The SFBACC is part of the Mountain Pacific region (MoPac). Players must be US residents, but do not need to be US citizens. If more than one men's or women's team from the SFBACC is interested in attending, then an internal club playdown may be required. Announcements for teams wishing to declare their interest in '12-'13 participation will need to do so prior to August 19, 2012, contact Michael Lively for more information.
- Mixed Nationals (4-person teams) - Teams are made up of two men and two women. The rules for team composition currently state that teams must have at least two people from the region where the team will play down. Please check the USCA official rules and procedures for detail. Participants must be at least 18 years old to enter. Players must be US residents, but do not need to be US citizens. The gender order of the shooters must alternate (for example: if a woman skips, then a woman must play second.) Teams must win a regional championship to qualify. (Teams do not represent specific clubs, so no club championship is necessary.) We playdown within MoPac. For '12-'13, the MoPac playdown date has not been published yet, but is expected to be between the end January and the end of February 2012.
- Mixed Doubles (2-person teams) - Teams are made up of one man and one woman. Winners go to the World Championship. No playdowns are held all teams go to the national championship. US rules may not be exactly the same as WCF rules. Check the rules and playdown requirements closely each year on this one!
- Senior Nationals (men's and women's) - Senior Nationals is like to Elite Nationals, except it's for people at least 50 years old by June 30 the year before the championship takes place. Due to the relatively small numbers of participants, the Senior Men's and Women's National Championships are a non-geographic championship. There are no regional or state playdowns at this time.
- Junior Nationals (men's and women's) - Like the Elite Nationals except for participants must be 21 or younger by June 30 the year before the championship takes place.
- Wheelchair (currently combined men's and women's team) - Individuals register for and attend a national tryout event where a team will be assembled by USCA officials. Tryouts will typically be held in September or October each year.
- World University Games (men's and womens) - Similar to the Olympics, this event is held biennially and is organized by the FISU - International University Sports Federation. National trials are held and 1 team will be nominated by the USCA, to the USOC, to become the US representative. All players on the team must be US citizens by specified date (Players need not be US residents). All competitors must be at least 17 and less than 28 years of age on January 1 of the year in which the games are being held and must be students who are officially registered for and pursuing a full-time course of study at a university or similar institute whose status is recognized by the appropriate national academic authority of their country. The 2011 Winter WUG were just held in Erzurum, Turkey. The 2013 edition will be held in Maribor, Slovenia.
- Youth Winter Olympic Games ('mixed', 4-person teams) - Similar to the Olympics, this event is organized by the IOC and will be held every 4 years. The 2012 edition was held in Innsbruck, Austria. For the sport of curling, the players are to be aged between 17 and 18 years old at the time of the event. National teams will compete in 4-person 'mixed' format competition at the beginning of the games. Following that, an 'international mixed doubles' competition will take place. The make-up of the mixed doubles teams will be decided by performances in the 4-person event, with each team having one male and one female player, of two different nationalities. The US National team selection process will likely be announced in the 2015-16 USCA official rules and procedures prior to the 2016 event to be held in Lillehammer, Norway.
2012-13 Competitive Curling Calendar
The dates below are provided for your information....please refer to the USCA's 'championships' web page for the most up-to-date information.
USCA Championship Registration Dates (updated 8.13.12)
2013 M/W Club Nationals:
SFBACC Deadline (Men's): August 19, 2012
MoPac Deadline: September 30, 2012
USCA Registration: January 9, 2013
MoPac Regional Playdown:
Jan, 2013 (date and venue; tbd)
Mar. 2 - 9, 2013, Exmoor Curling Club; Highland Park, IL
2013 Mixed Nationals:
USCA Registration: January 23, 2013
Jan or Feb, 2013 (date and venue; tbd)
Mar. 16 - 23, 2013; (site: tbd)
2013 Junior Nationals:
USCA Registration: December 12, 2012
Jan. 26 - Feb. 2, 2013; Broomstones Curling Club; Wayland, MA
2013 USA Wheelchair Team:
Registration: Sept. 19, 2012
Individual Tryouts: October 18 - 21, 2012; Madison Curling Club; McFarland, WI
2013 Winter Youth Olympic Games Playdown:
Date and Site: tbd
2013 Senior Men's:
Registration: Nov. 28, 2012
Jan. 23 - 27, 2012; Fairbanks Curling Club; Fairbanks, AK
2013 Senior Women's:
Registration: Nov. 28, 2012
Jan. 24 - 27, 2012; Fairbanks Curling Club; Fairbanks, AK
2013 Mixed Doubles:
Registration: October 31, 2012
Dec. 6 - 9, 2012; Capital Curling Club; Bismark, ND
2013 M/W Nationals:
Registration: November 14, 2012
Feb. 9 - 16, 2013; Cornerstone Community Center, Green Bay, WI
2013 US Nationals 'Men's Challenge':
Jan. 2 - 6, 2013; Hibbing Curling Club; Hibbing, MN
2013 US Nationals 'Women's Challenge':
Jan. 16 - 20, 2013; Granite Curling Club; Seattle, WA
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Mixed Nationals Silver Medalists 2007 from the SFBACC (Lyle Sieg, Cristina Pastula (WA), Brannon Wells, Candace Seip)