December 8-10, 2023
The Fighting Hornet 5 and Under Bonspiel has been sanctioned by USA Curling as a qualifying event for the 5-and-Under National Championship. Additionally, the US Women’s Curling Association has selected the Fighting Hornet as one of their sponsored events for the 2023-2024 Season!
5-and-Under Bonspiels are open to any curler who has curled 5 seasons or less. The event will be composed of 24 teams that will compete for a chance to play at the National Championship. This year’s Fighting Hornet Bonspiel will be a Modified-Mixed Format (see details below). The 5-and-Under is open to players with every level of ability, including (but not limited to) stick and wheelchair curlers.
How to Register
Registration Opens: 6pm Sunday September 24, 2023!
3 Game Guarantee, 24 Teams
Registration Fee: $420
Lunches and Dinners Included, bar available for drink purchases
Courtyard Charlotte Northlake is offering a great rate for Fighting Hornet participants. Please use the link below to reserve your room!
$139 USD per night. Click here to book! Last day to book this rate is November 14 2023!!
Q. How do I determine if I am eligible to curl as a 5-and-Under Curler?
A. Per USA Curling
Q. What is a modified-mixed format?
A. In this format, all teams must be mixed-gender. This can be a 3+1, 2+2 or 1+3 format, however, there is no guideline regarding the order in which each gender player must play.
Q. If we need a substitute last-minute, will we be allowed to play as a single-gendered 3 person team?
A. No, there must be at least one male and one female team member playing on the team at all times.
Q. Will the Fighting Hornet 5-and-Under be utilizing the "no-tick rule"
A. TBD based on USA Curling’s determination for tournament rules of play for the 2023-2024 season
Q. Because this is a gendered event, how will gender-requirements be determined in the event a team member identifies as transgender or non-binary?
A. Per USA Curling's Transgender Policy section c.iv:
Each participant will be required to declare their preferred gender identity at the time of registration for any event where gender identity is a qualifying characteristic. Registration for a gender-specific event (e.g., men’s event, women’s event, or mixed event) is, in and of itself, considered sufficient declaration.