offers events exclusively for kids 12
and under between 9 AM and 9 PM in Fox Den between Monday and Saturday.
Before any Junior may use the Juniors Room
or participate in the Juniors Program, a parent or guardian must
accompany the child to the Juniors Room to complete a consent
form for the child. Among other items, this form provides
contact information (e.g., cell phone number, hotel room number)
to reach a parent in the event of an emergency. Only one form
is required for the entire week.
There are approximately 20 Juniors events. (See Schedule, Event Descriptions, and Event Reports.) These events are FREE to children accompanied by a BPA member in attendance at the conference. While parents need not be present for the children to play, we encourage parents to lend a hand. Children should be old enough to grasp rules and play independently. (Note: Parents should refrain from playing games for their children.)
games used in the Juniors competitions are usually the same as
the ones the adults play—albeit sometimes modified to make
them shorter or easier to understand. The emphasis is on sportsmanship—and
discovering howmuch fun it is to interrelate with others with
a good boardgame in this age of electronic eye candy. Although
all Juniors events are Class C—Coached—and will be
explained, it is best if the children have some advance familiarity
with the games in question. Winners
receive smaller versions of the plaques their parents are striving
for in the adult competitions or other prizes. More than one child
has returned home with more wood than adorns their parents mantle.
In some cases, GMs provide additional, non-monetary prizes.
possible, please send Juniors with copies of the games they
will play in order to ensure that there are enough copies to
allow everyone to play. This is particularly vital for Juniors
events because many of the kids do not have games and our GMs cannot
provide enough copies for everyone.
hires adult Juniors Room Monitors who have experience working
with children who will supervise the Juniors room during Juniors
hours. During 2016, they will be Laurie Wojtasczyk, Joanna Melton, and Crystal Shipley.
Regardless, WBC and its monitors and its GMs assume no responsibility for keeping
track of your child’s whereabouts before, during or after
any Junior event. There is no substitute for parental supervision.
This is not a day care service and
children should be well-behaved and
respectful of others. In addition,
they are expected to exhibit good
sportsmanship. Any child who behaves
inappropriately will be asked to
leave. At the discretion of the convention
director and the Board of Directors,
a child who has been removed for
inappropriate behavior may be restricted
from future Juniors competition or
required to have parental supervision
when playing in a Juniors event.
WBC members and gaming
companies have donated games to a Juniors
Game Library. Juniors can check
out these games for use in the Juniors
open gaming area. Your donations to
this library are appreciated. Contact
you’re looking for a way to “give
something back” to the hobby,
look no further than WBC’s Juniors
Program. To help, contact Laurie Wojtaszczyk,
the Juniors Program Coordinator, at