Junior Teams

Junior teams have been an important building block for the CIG for over twenty years.


The Value of a Junior Team

Since 1997 the Canadian Improv Games has been running Junior Tournaments alongside their classic tournament open to all ages within high schools. The Junior Tournament in BC is one of the longest-running tournaments; it’s where the official Junior format was created. It has proven to give leadership responsibilities to younger students that focus on core improvisation skills so when they do join the senior team, they are prepared to grow even more as a player and explore higher challenges at the senior level. The Junior format is altered slightly, allowing Junior teams to focus on an open scene built around basic story structure. Practicing this format on a competitive level as Juniors means that, when they progress to senior play, these performers can relax their focus on basic story structure and layer on more difficult games, thereby excelling at their events.

The Difference Between Senior and Junior Teams

Junior Tournaments are only for players in grades 7–10 and in most areas are not part of the competitive stream to Nationals. Even though this tournament is not on the National stream, it can be an excellent training ground for assistant coaches and up-and-coming players that did not make the senior team. 



Teams in the Junior Tournament perform two events out of the following three: Story, Style and Character. Additionally, the Theme and Open events are mandatory. Junior teams do not play the Life event. 

Open Event

  • The team must perform an improvised scene based on suggestions provided by the referee 
  • The team is not required to create a Game or Structure for the Open event.
  • The referee asks for suggestions from the audience in the Open event.
  • The Team decides if they want one or two suggestions, and they may ask for a specific ask-for, but are not required to

Additional Rules

  • Teams are given up to three minutes to complete their scenes and not four minutes like the national tournament format.
  • Junior teams can only be made up of students in grades 7–10; no grade 11 or 12 players allowed.