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1.1 Abbreviations

Temiskaming & Northern Ontario T.&.N.O.C.A.
Curling Association

Northern Ontario Curling Association N.O.C.A.

Northwestern Ontario Curling N.W.O.C.A.
Association

Northern Ontario Ladies Curling N.O.L.C.A.
Association

Northwestern Ontario Ladies Curling N.W.O.L.C.A.
Association

1.2 Definitions

Association shall refer to Member Associations and not the Inter-Association or the Northern Ontario Women’s Curling Association.

Playdowns shall refer to the competition among the Associations leading to a representative for Northern Ontario at National Level.

Association Chairperson: People in charge of various events of the Association.

Provincial Chairperson: People in charge of various events for Curl Northern Ontario.



II.General

II.1 The membership of Curl Northern Ontario shall consist of:

Temiskaming & Northern Ontario Curling Association
Northern Ontario Curling Association
Northwestern Ontario Curling Association
Northern Ontario Ladies Curling Association
Northwestern Ontario Ladies Curling Association

II.2 The five Associations shall have equal power in all matters.

II.3 The objects of Curl Northern Ontario are to promote the game of curling in Northern Ontario through competitions and otherwise; to foster co-operation and goodwill among the Associations; to co-ordinate and standardize such regulations and other matters that affect the Associations.

II.4.a The Annual Meeting of Curl Northern Ontario shall be held at the time of the
Curl Ontario Annual meeting held in June of each year and at a place determined by Curl Ontario.

II.4.b The semi-annual meeting of Curl Northern Ontario shall be held at a time and
place at the call of the chair.

II.5 Each Association shall appoint two voting delegates to the Annual Meeting who shall be:

1. The Secretary-Treasurer of the Association.
2. The President of the Association.

II.6 In the event that either one or both of the aforementioned is unable to attend, the Association shall delegate an alternate(s) of their choice to attend the Meeting.

II.7 Where one delegate only represents an Association, that delegate shall be permitted two (2) votes.

II.8 Only the voting delegates in attendance at the meeting shall be allowed to speak on issues before the meeting unless approval is given by the chair.

II.9 Voting on issues by proxy will not be permitted.





III. Host Association - Annual Meeting

III-1 For the purpose of the responsibilty for the annual meeting, the following rotation has been established:

2000 T.&.N.O.C.A.
2001 N.O.L.C.A.
2002 N.W.O.C.A.
2003 N.W.O.L.C.A.
2004 N.O.C.A.

III.2 Duties of Hosting Association

III.3. Secretary-Treasurer

The Secretary-Treasurer of the hosting Association shall ensure that within
30 days, each Association's Secretary-Treasurer shall receive no less than three (3) copies of the Minutes of the Annual Meeting.

Each Hosting Secretary-Treasurer shall provide:

(a) Facilities for the Annual Meeting.
(b) Minutes of the previous meeting.

III.4 The Host Association shall provide the Chairman and the secretary for the Annual Meeting.

III.5 The minutes of each annual meeting shall include the cycle of the Provincial Playdowns covering the present playdowns, the two previous and the two future.

IV. Annual Meeting

IV.1 Order of Business

The order of business at any Annual Meeting of Curl Northern Ontario shall be as follows:

(1) Chairman's remarks
(2) Introduction of Association delegates
(3) Introduction of visitors
(4) Minutes of the previous meeting
(5) Business arising from the minutes
(6) Financial and Sponsorships
(7) Reports of the Provincial Chairperson:
(a) The Provincial Junior Men's Curling Championship
(b) The Provincial Junior Men's Curling Championship
(c) The Mixed
(d) The Provincial Senior Men's Curling Championship
(e) The Provincial Senior Men's Curling Championship
(f) The Provincial Men's Curling Championship
(g) The Scott Tournament of Hearts
(8) New Business
(9) Alterations to the Agreement
(10) Confirmation of:
(a) Provincial Chairmen
(b) Playdown Sites and Dates
(11) Adjournment.

V. Provincial Chairman

V.1 There shall be a Chairperson of:

(a) Mixed Curling
(b) Junior Men's Curling
(c) Junior Women’s Curling
(d) Senior Men’s Curling
(e) Senior Women’s Curling
(g) Men's Curling
(g) Women’s Curling
(h) Sponsorship and Finance
(h) N.O.C.I.A. Delegate
(i) N.O.W.C.A. Delegate

VI Duties

Association Secretary-Treasurer

VI.1 Shall inform the Secretary-Treasurer of the Association hosting the Provincial Playdowns, with a copy to the Host Club, as to the names and other pertinent facts of the Association's representatives to the applicable Northern Ontario Playdowns. This information must also be forwarded to the person responsible for the Curl Northern Ontario website.

VI.2 Shall within 30 days of the Association's Annual Meeting, transmit to the other Associations, minutes of their Annual and other general Meetings of their respective Associations together with an organization chart which shall show the names and addresses of all Executive Officers of that Association plus member clubs, preferably divided into zones.


VI.4 Each Association Secretary-Treasurer shall, prior to the first day of November of each year, submit to all Association Chairpersons their schedule of playdowns leading to the Northern finals for his/her information and concurrence.

Curling Chairpersons

VI.5 The Curling Chairperson(s) shall be the senior official in case of dispute in all matters relating to all Provincial Playdowns.

VI.6 Shall confirm dates and locations of all Provincial Playdowns.

VI.7 Shall ensure a Northern Ontario representative is at all C.C.A. sponsored National events.

VI.8 The Provincial Chairperson or his/her proxy shall attend the Provincial Playdown under his/her jurisdiction to ensure that the event is properly conducted in accordance with Curl Northern Ontario and C.C.A. Rules and Policies.

VI.9 Shall ensure that those responsible for National Playdowns be informed as to Northern Ontario's representatives.

N.O.C.I.A. and N.O.W.C.A. Delegate

VI.12 Shall act as Northern Ontario's representative on the Canadian Curling Association Annual General Meeting without cost to the Provincial Association. If unable to attend, will appoint one of the Northern Ontario C.C.A. delegates or executives from his Association to act in his place.

VI.13 Shall submit a written report to the Annual Meeting of Curl Northern Ontario; such report will become part of the Minutes of that meeting.

Sponsorship and Finance Chairperson

VII.1 Shall act as Northern Ontario's spokesperson in all dealings with existing and potential Provincial sponsors.

VII.2 Shall keep and accurate record of all monetary transactions dealing with funds derived from sponsors.

VII.3 Shall ensure sufficient supplies of all Provincial awards, including crests, pins, plaques etc. and sahll forward all apprpriate awards to the site of the Provincial Chapionship.


VII.4 Shall submit a written report to the Annual Meeting of Curl Northern Ontario; such report will become part of the Minutes of that meeting.

VIII Competitions

VIII.1 The teams to represent Northern Ontario in the annual C.C.A. National Championship for the Men's competition, the Senior's competition, the Mixed competition and the Junior competition shall be the winners of the Northern Ontario Provincial Playdowns to be held between the Associations.

VIII.2.a In all of the Northern Ontario Provincial Playdowns, except the Men's Provincial Championship, there shall be a maximum of two (2) teams from each Association. If there are less than two teams, the vacant spot will be drawn as a bye.

VIII.2.b For the Men's Provincial championship, there shall be a maximum of nine
teams; each Association shall have three teams.

VIII.2.c For the Women’s Provincial championship, there shall be a maximum of ten teams; four teams representing Northern Ontario and six teams representing Southern Ontario Associations.


VIII.3 Associations hosting two Playdowns will arrange to have them played at
different sites, except in the case of Senior Men and Junior Men, which will be played at the same site as the Seniors Women and Junior Women.

VIII.4 Unless otherwise stated, C.C.A. Rules of Competition shall apply to all of the Playdowns

VIII.5 Provincial Finals for all events are to be held not later than the weekend three (3) weeks prior to the National Finals.

VIII.6 The requirements for holding a Playdown will be as follows:

(a) Artificial ice
(b) Four sheets of ice for Men's and Mixed
(c) Five sheets of ice for Senior Men and Senior Women which will be held at the same club at the same time
(d) Five sheets of ice for Juniors Men and Junior Women which will be held at the same club at the same time
(e) Matched rocks
(f ) Lunch facilities should be provided at the rink


VIII.7 Competitions for Senior Men, Junior Men and Mixed shall be a single round-robin draw with the top two (2) teams advancing to a two-loss playdown.
Competitions for Senior Women and Junior Women shall be a single round-robin draw followed by a page system playdown.
Competition for the Provincial Men's Playdowns shall be a single round- robin draw with the top four (4) teams advancing to a page system play-off.

VIII.8 Practice ice is to be made available to teams prior to the start of the Competition.

VIII.9 Rotation and Responsibility of Playdowns

Year Men's Mixed Junior Host Senior Host
(Men & Women) (Men & Women)

1998 NOCA T&NOCA NOCA NWOCA
1999 T&NOCA NWOCA T&NOCA NOCA
2000 NWOCA NOCA NWOCA (Women) T&NOCA (Women)
2001 NOCA T&NOCA NOCA (Men) NWOCA (Men)
2002 T&NOCA NWOCA T&NOCA (Women) NOCA (Women)
2003 NWOCA NOCA NWOCA (Men) T&NOCA (Men)

VIII.11 The Free Guard Zone Rule as adopted by the C.C.A. Annual Meeting in June 1993 shall be used for all Provincial Playdowns.
IX Duties of Club Hosting Playdown(s)

IX.1 To inform all Associations of the relevant details of the playdowns.

IX.2 Arrange hotel or motel accommodations for teams and delegates.

IX.3 Provide first class ice and rocks.

IX.4 Provide local transportation for teams and delegates from accommodations to rink if required.

IX.5 To contact sponsorship Chairman to assure prizes arrive a week in advance of playdowns and have trophies on hand for presentation.

IX.6 To provide the necessary umpire and officials for each draw.

IX.7 A banquet shall be provided for the participants and delegates. The cost shall be the responsibility of the Host Club, Host Association and Sponsor.



X Shared Expenses

X.1 Each Association is responsible for the expenses of their Delegates to the Annual Meeting.

X.2 Each Association will share responsibility for the provision of blazer crests, back crests, pins and medallions, as shall from time to time be decided at the Annual Meeting.

X.3 The Inter-Association shall provide to the teams qualifying for the National playdowns the following:

(a) 4 Blazer crests
(b) 4 Back crests
(c) 48 Northern Ontario pins (for Seniors, Mixed and Juniors)
52 Northern Ontario pins (for the Mixed)
(d) 12 extra pins for the Provincial Junior and Men's Chairman, (if attending the Nationals) plus an additional 12 pins for the Junior coach.
(e) 4 Winner's medallions
(f) One additional Blazer crest, Back crest and Winner's medallion will be provided for the Junior coach.

X.4 Northern Ontario pins be made available for special events or under special circumstances by action at the Curl Northern Ontario Meeting. They shall be made available to other individuals at a price determined by Curl Northern Ontario.

X.5 The official colours of Northern Ontario shall be gold with forest green accessories and all crests shall be designed to compliment this combination. Teams will outfit themselves in this manner.

XI Eligibility and Substitution

XI.1 Eligibility

Eligibility to compete in the Northern Ontario Playdowns must be in accordance with the C.C.A. Rules as published in the C.C.A. Curling Rules unless an Association has rules which augment the C.C.A. rules.






XI.2 Substitution

XI.2.a To commence play in the competitions, each team must consist of four players.

XI.2.b When the Association Secretary advises the Provincial Chairman of the names of the teams who will represent the Association in the Provincial Playdowns, and a valid reason exists for a substitute prior to the start of the playdowns, the Association secretary of the team involved shall notify the Provincial chairman the name of the substitute; however, the reason of the substitute must be approved by a majority vote of the three Association secretaries.

XI.2.d All players must conform to the C.C.A. eligibility rules outlined in the special rules section of the C.C.A. Curling Rule Book covering the various National events.

X.2.e Should a team be unable to ice more than two of it's original team members prior to the start of the Northern Ontario Playdowns, then that Association runner-up team will represent that Association involved.

XI.2.f In the event, after the start of the competition one or more players of a competing team are unable to continue play because of illness or other extenuating circumstances as is deemed reasonable by the Provincial Chairman, then a substitute or substitutes must be used.

XI.2.g Such substitute(s) will normally be selected by the skip from a pool of not less than four (4) players designated by the Host Club and the Provincial Chairman and the skip may select whoever he/she desires. A different substitute(s) may be selected for each game or at the skip's option, with the approval of the Provincial Chairman, the skip may select a member in good standing from his/her home Association.

XI.2.h Any situation not covered above will be resolved by the Provincial Chairman.

XII Amendments

XII.1 This agreement supersedes all previous agreements and is effective at the
below noted signing date by the accredited delegates to the
2000 Annual Meeting.

XII.2 It shall only be amended in any part upon a two-thirds majority vote at any subsequent Annual Meeting.

XII.3 Signed on behalf of the three Northern Ontario Curling Associations:

Temiskaming and Northern Ontario Curling Association


President


Secretary-Treasurer


Northern Ontario Curling Association


President


Secretary-Treasurer


Northwestern Ontario Curling Association


President


Secretary-Treasurer


Northern Ontario Ladies Curling Association


President


Secretary-Treasurer


Northwestern Ontario Ladies Curling Association


President


Secretary-Treasurer