College Curling USA

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USCA Division I Collegiate National Championship: A traveling trophy awarded to the winners of The College Curling USA National Bonspiel

College Curling USA is the governing body of collegiate Curling in the USA. The organization acts as the NCAA does in other college sports — setting game play, eligibility, and organizational rules. College Curling USA is affiliated with United States Curling Association (USCA), the organization responsible for organizing Olympic teams.[1]

History[edit]

The idea of college curling in the USA began in the late 1980s when the Illinois State Curling Foundation (ISCF) began to look into college curling, filling a gap between junior and adult curling levels. The ISCF, along with curling clubs, began promoting the idea of curling to schools.[2] National Tournament began in the early 1990s with only a few schools in Northern Illinois and Wisconsin. Since then, has boomed to more than 40 schools- mostly in the Northern tier of the US and Northeast US. New Programs are starting all over the USA as new clubs are being established.[3]

Format[edit]

College teams compete in regional tournaments (called Bonspiels) during the school year:

  • Grand National (east coast)
  • Great Lakes
  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota (two events)
  • Wisconsin

The national tournament is usually held in March.

Teams (partial listing)[edit]

2011 National Tournament[edit]

  • Location: Chicago, IL - Northshore Curling Club and Chicago Curling Club
  • Teams: 32
  • Divisions: 4
  • Format: Round robin

The first place teams in each division

  • Division 1 - *Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Division 2 - Villanova
  • Division 3 - Northwestern University
  • Division 4 - Bowdoin College

2010 National Tournament[edit]

  • Location: Chicago, IL - Northshore Curling Club and Chicago Curling Club
  • Teams: 32
  • Divisions: 4
  • Format: Round robin

The first place teams in each division

  • Division 1 - University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
  • Division 2 - Northwestern University
  • Division 3 - Northwestern University
  • Division 4 - Carroll College

2009 National Tournament[edit]

  • Location: Chicago, IL - Northshore Curling Club and Chicago Curling Club
  • Teams: 32
  • Divisions: 4
  • Format: Round robin

The first place teams in each division

  • Division 1 - University of Minnesota
  • Division 2 - Hamilton College
  • Division 3 - University of Tennessee
  • Division 4 - Northwestern University

2008 National Tournament[edit]

The 2008 College Curling National Bonspiel was held in Chicago, IL in March at the Northshore Curling Club and Chicago Curling Club. 34 teams participated this year separated into 4 divisions separated by combined years of experience.

The first place teams in each division

  • Division 1 - University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
  • Division 2 - Northwestern University
  • Division 3 - Hamilton College
  • Division 4 - Hamilton College

Tournament Sponsors[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "USCA Championships". United States Curling Association. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  2. ^ Larko, Rich (December/January 2011). "Students continue to curl beyond academic careers". CurlingNews. p. 6. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  3. ^ "About: History". College Curling USA. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 

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