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SubZero High School Curling Team

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q:  How do I join SubZero?

A:  Because of challenges with COVID-19 the SubZero 2020-2021 season will be unique.  High school curlers that were part of SubZero during the 2019-2020 season are “grand-fathered” in and have a roster spot available.  New curlers that did not participate in SubZero last season have the option to join the SubZero Prep team.

Q:  What’s the difference between SubZero and SubZero Prep?

A:  SubZero is the primary competitive team with the highest level of commitment.  SubZero Prep is our introductory team that is open to experienced high school curlers who were not a part of SubZero last season.  SubZero prep is designed to give incoming athletes exposure to the program and prepare them for full participation in future seasons.


Q:  Can I play if I have never curled before?

A:  This is a competitive curling team.  SubZero and SubZero Prep players must pass a curling knowledge and skills assessment to participate.  New curlers should join the Chaska Curling Center Junior Curling Program to learn the sport.


Q:  What grades can join the SubZero Curling Team?

A:  SubZero is open to students enrolled in grades 7 through 12 for the 2020-2021 academic year


Q:  Is SubZero limited to students from certain high schools?

A:  SubZero is open to students from all school districts. 


Q:  Can I earn a letter if I participate?

A:  Yes.  However, for the 2020-2021 season we are unable to create a schedule that meets all the requirements to letter in District 112.  Interested players can still attempt to letter but this will require independent effort and participation in at least 3 bonspiels at the varsity or competitive level. 


Q:  What are the requirements to letter?

A:  To qualify for a letter with Chaska or Chanhassen High Schools athletes must meet the following requirements:

·      Positive and active participation in at least 150 hours of “in-season” activities (practice, competitions, etc.)

o   No unexcused absences or tardiness

·      Must participate in a minimum of 3 bonspiels in competitive or advanced divisions.

·      Demonstrate understanding of the game, skills development, strategy, and spirit of curling

·      Adhere to the player code of conduct

If you would like to letter at another high school, a letter of agreement must be signed by the school prior to the start of the curling season.  Please let CACJCC staff know if you would like to pursue establishing a lettering agreement with your school.


Q:  What equipment do I need?

A:  Clean shoes are required.  Curling shoes are not required, however, they are strongly recommended.  During the pandemic most curling clubs require that players provide their own equipment so SubZero athletes needs to be prepared to provide their own broom, slider if you don’t have curling shoes, and stabilizer if necessary.

Curling clubs are cold, players need to dress appropriately and be prepared to remain on the ice for extended periods of time.  A team jacket/sweatshirt is provided as part of team registration fees.


Q:  Do I need to be a member of the Chaska Curling Club to join SubZero?

A:  Yes, you need to have an active membership with the Chaska Curling Club to participate on the SubZero team.  You can join the Chaska Curling Center when registering for SubZero.


Q:  What is included with the registration fees?


SubZero - $350 per player
W1 League fees: $108
Team Uniform: $70
Team Expenses:  $172*


SubZero Prep - $170 per player
Team Sweatshirt:  $40
Team Expenses:  $130*

* Team expenses include coach and volunteer expenses, High School invitational games, Intra-club scrimmages, coach’s uniforms, ice rental fees, and program expenses such as volunteer background screenings, grants, and insurance.


Q:  What is not included with team registration fees?

A:  Chaska Curling Center High School Team registration fees do not include:

·      Chaska Curling Center Membership fees

o   $51 Chaska Resident

o   $60 Non-Chaska Resident

·      Participation fees associated with any bonspiels.  Estimated $25-50 per player per bonspiel.

·      W2 League Fees:  Estimated at $100 per player if SubZero extends league play into the second season.

·      Individual player curling equipment

·      Any transportation or travel expenses required to attend practice, games, or bonspiels

·      Lettering fees.  Estimated $25 per qualifying player for District 112 athletes.

·      Fees for optional participation in supplemental curling leagues, camps, training programs, scrimmages, any other costs associated with participation in a program or competition not listed.


Q:  When is the high school curling season?

A:  The SubZero curling season runs from October 3, 2020 to March 6, 2020.  The season may be extended into mid-March to allow for participation in the All School Spiel if it is held.  SubZero will not practice on school holidays.

Q:  When is practice?

A:  SubZero will practice Mondays & Fridays 3:00-4:45pm and Saturdays 12-2pm.

SubZero Prep will practice on Saturdays from 12-2pm with SubZero.


Q:  What bonspiels will we attend, and which teams are scheduled to participate in each bonspiel?

A:  For the 2020-2021 season will not be scheduling participation in any bonspiels in advance.  We will encourage SubZero players to form teams and sign up for any bonspiels that become available and compete as SubZero.  We will assist with scheduling and registration if possible.

The following bonspiels are suggested, if scheduled, but there are numerous other opportunities that we encourage the team to participate in.

•       Elizabeth Busche Jr. Bonspiel, Duluth (December)

•       MN Playdowns, Duluth (December)

•       The Big Spiel , Twin Cities Area Clubs (January)

•       Kyle Satrom Jr. Bonspiel, St. Paul (February)

•       All School Spiel, Blaine (March)


Q:  What do I need to know as a parent?

A:  We need volunteer support from parents to supervise practice, support fundraising, coordinate carpool’s, and help organize and coordinate teams at bonspiels, high school invitational games, league nights, games and scrimmages. 

Curling experience is not necessary to supervise practices.  We will provide a practice plan to registered athletes that they can follow independently, volunteer parents need to be in the arena to supervise athletes to ensure they are focused on practice and not misbehaving.  All parent volunteers will need to complete a background screening.


Q:  In addition to team registration and volunteer fees, what expenses should I plan on?

A:  Curling equipment is not included in the team registration fees.  Athletes are required to have clean shoes to wear on the ice.  Curling shoes are not required but are recommended.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions several clubs require that players provide their own brooms, stabilizers, and sliders if they do not have their own shoes.

Transportation to and from practice, games, and bonspiels is not included.  Players are responsible for arranging their own transportation.

Teams may compete in out of town bonspiels requiring overnight stays and travel expenses.  Players are responsible for covering these costs.


Q:  Who are the coaches?

A:  The two volunteer coaches are Carl Ball and Lynn Gossfeld.  Both of these individuals coached SubZero last season.  They have strong backgrounds and have been involved in the Chaska Curling Center Junior Curling program for past several years.  We will also utilize other volunteers and guest coaches throughout the season.


Q:  What is the Chaska Area Competitive Junior Curling Club (CACJCC)

A:  This is the official name of the 501(c)(3) that was formed to sponsor and support a competitive high school curling team out of the Chaska Curling Center.  We use SubZero Curling as a team nickname.


Q:  As a parent, Chaska Curling Club Member, or community resident, how can I help?

A:  Thanks for your interest!  We are always looking for volunteers to coach and help supervise practices.  We also accept tax deductible donations.  These funds will be used to off-set team expenses. 


Q: Can I request a discount or scholarship to off-set the team registration fees?

A:  The CACJCC board will review individual situations on a case-by-case basis and determine if a scholarship can be granted to an individual player.


Q:  I am unable to attend the some of the practices, high school invitationals, or bonspiels, can I still participate?

A:  Yes, if you meet the requirements to participate, but are unable to make some of the scheduled events, you can still participate.  If you anticipate consistent conflicts limiting your participating throughout the season you should join the SubZero Prep team.

Curling is a team sport and four players are required for games.  If you know that you have conflicts preventing you from participating, especially for high school invitational games and bonspiels, you need to let your team know as soon as possible so they can make arrangements to ensure they have four players who can participate.


Q:  How are teams created or assigned?

A:  SubZero is one large team.  Although we compete as teams of four in games and bonspiels, you do not need to have a team of 4 players to join SubZero.  Individual high school curlers can join SubZero and meet other high school curlers to form teams.  SubZero assigns a rotation of players between teams and positions for league play and intra-club scrimmages. 

For bonspiels and high school games we encourage players to remain on the same team of four and play the same position for competitive consistency, but this is not always possible.  SubZero participants need to be comfortable playing on different teams and in different positions.


Q:  If I’m new to curling, can I join the team later in the season once I gain some experience?

A:  We will evaluate our ability to accept additional players later in the season.


Q:  What are the COVID-19 restrictions and procedures?

A:  These will continually evolve during the pandemic, but we intend to follow guidance from the MN Department of Health, the Chaska Curling Center, and District 112 regarding youth sports.  All players need to acknowledge that they read the MSHSL COVID notice.  Additionally, we will support whatever requirements and restrictions are in place at other curling clubs where we may compete.

 Our primary goal is to limit exposure so we can continue to curl throughout the season.  We will need honesty and transparency from players and parents to limit team exposure.

Critical policies related to COVID-19 include:

·      If you have knowingly been exposed to COVID-19 you may not participate in any SubZero related activities for 14 days.  Even if you receive a negative COVID-19 test during your 14 day quarantine.

·      If you are feeling ill, do not participate in any SubZero curling activities and follow the quarantine guidelines suggested by the MN Dept. of Health.

·      All players must wear masks when participating in any SubZero practices or activities

·      All players should utilize their own equipment (e.g., brooms, stabilizers)

·      All players must adhere to COVID-19 procedures and restrictions as the Chaska Curling Center or other Curling Clubs where we may compete.  This includes using your own equipment, sanitizing club equipment before and after use, and throwing the same stones during practice or games.

SubZero High School Curling

3210 Chaska Blvd. 
Chaska, Minnesota 55318
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