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COMPETITION MANUAL

PROVINCIAL MIXED

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ASSOCIATION CHAIRMAN'S INFORMATION
CURLING UNIFORMS AND BADGES
FORMAT AND REGULATIONS
CHAMPIONSHIP FORMAT
The Mixed
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Photo Session
Opening Ceremonies
Team Meeting
Banquet
Closing Ceremonies
OFFICIATING
Supervisors
Hog-Line Observers
Timers
HOST COMMITTEE AND HOST CLUB


ASSOCIATION CHAIRMAN'S INFORMATION

Your Association Chairman will supply you with certain documentation and information.
This is a list of what to expect:

Schedule of events for the playdowns. (if available)
Draw schedule
Travel Allotment and or Airline tickets (if applicable)
Hotel information
CCA Biographical forms

CURLING UNIFORMS AND BADGES

Your team should have matching sweaters or jackets.
Team sponsor's advertising on curling uniforms will be allowed, but it is imperative that team sponsor's advertising does not conflict with event sponsors.
Teams may be asked to remove or cover over any advertising which may be deemed to be in conflict by the Provincial Chairman.
For team photographs, curling uniforms must be free of sponsors advertising.
Association crests are to be worn on the left sleeve of your sweater or jacket.
Club crests may be worn on the right chest.

DRAW FORMAT / REGULATIONS

The draw format(s) and regulations as printed in this manual will be followed for all Provincial Championships.

TRANSPORTATION

It is the responsibility of the teams to arrange for transportation to and from the nearest airport to the host hotel / motel.(if applicable)

PROVINCIAL PLAYDOWNS

6 TEAM ROUND-ROBIN DRAW WITH PLAY-OFF


This playdown is designed as a single round-robin draw, with the top two (2) teams going into a play-off.
In the event that a team goes thru the round-robin undefeated, and the second place team has two losses, the first team must be beaten twice in order to be eliminated, otherwise the playoff will be a sudden death.
The first numbered team has last rock, first practice and will deliver top of the scoreboard colors.
The second numbered team will practice second and have bottom of the scoreboard colors.
Teams numbered 1-3-5- are the Association Champions and will be awarded last rock advantage for three of the five round robin games.

FORMAT - THE MIXED

The initial round robin will be as follows :

ICE 2ICE 3ICE 4ICE 5
Game No. 11 vs 23 vs 45 vs 6
Game No. 24 vs 56 vs 13 vs 2
Game No. 33 vs 65 vs 12 vs 4
Game No. 42 vs 54 vs 61 vs 3
Game No. 55 vs 31 vs 46 vs 2

Note:
Teams 1 and 2 are the teams representing the Hosting Association
Teams 3 and 4 are the teams representing next year's Hosting Association
Teams 5 and 6 are the teams representing the third Association.

TIMES

In order to schedule arrival and departure times for the teams to the play-off location,
the following are to be the game times.
Note: That the game times for the finals may be modified to suit the Host Committee.
This must be done with the approval of the Provincial Chairpersons.



Game no. 1 Thursday 2:00 p.m.
Game no. 2 Thursday 8:00 p.m.
Game no. 3 Friday 9:00 a.m.
Game no. 4 Friday 2:00 p.m.
Banquet Friday 6:00 p.m.
Game no. 5 Saturday 9:00 a.m.
NO TIE-BREAKERS
Finals Saturday 8:00 p.m.
ONE TIE-BREAKER
Tie-breaker Saturday 2:00 p.m.
Finals Saturday 8:00 p.m.
TWO TIE-BREAKERS
Tie-breaker No. 1 Saturday 2:00 p.m.
Tie-breaker No. 2 Saturday 8:00 p.m.
Finals Sunday 9:00 a.m.
THREE TIE-BREAKERS
Tie-breaker No. 1 Saturday 2:00 p.m.
Tie-breaker No. 2 Saturday 8:00 p.m.
Tie-breaker No. 3 Sunday 8:00 a.m.
Finals Sunday 11:30 a.m.

PLAY-OFF STRUCTURE


Situation no. 1
The team with the best win / loss record during the round-robin will be given a bye into the finals and will be given the option of last rock in the first end of the championship game and choice of rock colour.

Situation no. 2
If two teams are tied for first place at the completion of the round-robin, the team who has defeated the opponent in round-robin play will be given theoption of last rock in the first end of the championship game or rock colour,
but not both.

Situation no. 3
If three teams are tied for first or second place at the completion of the
round-robin, all three teams will go into a playoff prior to the championship game. The team who has defeated the opponent in round-robin play will be given the option of last rock in the first end of the tie breaker game or rock colour, but not both

Situation no. 4
If two teams are tied for second place at the completion of the round-robin, both teams will go into a playoff prior to the championship game. The team who has defeated the opponent in round-robin play will be given the option of last rock in the first end of the tie breaker game or rock colour, but not both

Situation no. 5
If four teams are tied for first place at the completion of the round-robin, all four teams will go into a playoff prior to the championship game. The team who has defeated the opponent in round-robin play will be given the option of last rock in the first end of tie-breaker game(s) or rock colour, but not both

Tie-Breakers, Shootouts, Rock Selection and Practice Time.

Ranking: Ranking of teams for tie breakers games will be determined by the win / loss record among the teams which are tied.
If ranking cannot be determined after round robin play, a shootout will be held to determine ranking.
The shootouts, if required, will be held immediately after the last game of the round robin.

Shoot out: In the shootout, each team will be allowed a five (5) minute warm-up.
Each of the four team members shall deliver one draw shot to the button with sweeping allowed and one broom holder. Each individual rock that can be measured shall be measured to determine the distance from the button up to a distance of 6 feet then shall be removed from play. Stones that cannot be measured due to their close proximity to the button shall be assigned a distance of 0. Stones that are located outside the six foot perimeter shall be assigned a distance of 6 feet. The team's accumulated total distance from the button shall determine their ranking. The least accumulated distance shall receive the highest ranking and so on until ranking is completed.
All shoot outs will be played towards the viewing area. In the case of a four-way tie, the winner of the shoot out will be allowed to choose their opponent in the tie-breaker game.


Last Rock: The team with the best win / loss record during the round-robin will be given the Advantage: option of last rock in the first end and choice of rock colour of all the playoff games.
If two teams are tied with an identical win / loss record at the completion of the round- robin, the team who has defeated the opponent in round-robin play will be given the option of last rock in the first end of the tie-breaker game(s) and championship game or rock colour, but not both.

Rock Selection: In the TIE BREAKER GAMES there shall be no exchange of rocks. The rocks assigned to a sheet of ice during the round robin are to be utilized.
For all PLAYOFF GAMES, a full set of rocks (8 rocks) may be exchanged from one of the sheets not in use for tie-breaker game(s) but used during the round-robin. Rock handles will be not be allowed to be changed.
The order of selection will be first, then second ranked team.
Each team will be allowed a maximum of 15 minutes to make its selection and must be done within 15 minutes of the team being asked to make the selection by the Head Official.
Only the Ice Maker will be allowed to move rocks from sheet to sheet as instructed by the Head Official or his designee.

Practice Time: In the event that a team advancing to the championship game is forced to await the outcome of tie breaker game(s), that team is afforded a reasonable practice time on a sheet of ice NOT used for the final game and using rocks NOT being used in the championship game. Such practice shall not interfere with ice cleaning schedule or games.

TWO-WAY TIE FOR SECOND PLACE
Tie breaker will be between Team no. 2 and Team no. 3,
with the winner playing
Team no. 1.

Play-off format :




THREE-WAY TIE FOR FIRST PLACE

One tie-breaker will be required as follows:
The round-robin win/loss record of the teamsagainst each other shall be used to determine ranking in the tie-breaker games.
When ranking cannot be determined by comparing the win/loss record, a shoot-out will determine the location of the teams in the draw. (see page 5)
Winner of the shoot-out will go to No. 1 position
Second in the shoot-out will go to No. 2 position
Third in the shoot-out will go to No. 3 position
The shoot-out" will be held immediately following the last game of the round robin competition.

Play-off format:




THREE-WAY TIE FOR SECOND PLACE


Two tie-breakers will be required as follows:
The round-robin win/loss record of the teams
against each other shall be used to determine ranking in the tie-breaker games.
When ranking cannot be determined by comparing the win/loss record, a shoot-out will determine the location of the teams in the draw. (see page 5)
Winner of the shoot-out will go to No. 1 position
Second in the shoot-out will go to No. 2 position
Third in the shoot-out will go to No. 3 position
The shoot-out will be held immediately following the last game of the round robin competition.

Play-off format:




FOUR-WAY TIE FOR FIRST PLACE


One tie-breaker will be required as follows:

The round-robin win/loss record of theteams against each other shall be used to determine ranking in the tie-breaker games.
When ranking cannot be determined by comparing the win/loss record, a shoot-out will determine the location of the teams in the draw. (see page 5)
Winner of the shoot-out will go to No. 1 position (see note)
The shoot-out will be held immediately following the last game of the round robin competition.

Play-off format:






SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Photo Session
All teams participating in the Provincial Playdowns are required to have a team photograph taken prior to the start of the competition. This is required for the team that will be representing Northern Ontario at the National Playdowns.
The photo session will be at the host club and will require the team to be in full curling uniform.
Any sponsor's advertising is not to appear in the photographs.
The time and location of this session will be announced when you arrive at the site of the

Opening Ceremonies
All teams are piped onto the ice for the opening ceremonies. Various speeches and the throwing of the "opening rock" is the usual format. Teams should be in full dress uniform with curling shoes. Each year, this ceremony will vary in length and procedure. Teams are usually piped onto the ice with a "sign carrier", which is usually your host driver.

Team Meeting
Prior to the start of the competition, a meeting will be held with all teams in order to explain the format, rules and other important issues.
This meeting will be conducted by the Provincial Chairman (or his designee) and the Head Official.
The Head Official will inform you of any special rules and will explain the Draw and Play-Off structure.

Banquet
All teams are required to attend the Banquet and any Luncheons which are scheduled by the Host Committee. The usual dress for Luncheons is casual, however for the Banquet, teams are expected to be dressed semi-formal. The teams are usually recognized at the banquet and any awards and presentations will be done at that time.

Closing Ceremonies
The closing ceremony is normally conducted immediately upon the completion of the Championship game. The various trophies and awards are presented to the winners and runner-up teams. The non-competing teams are not required to participate in this event unless specifically requested by the host committee. (Teams must be informed of this decision at the team meeting)
The Provincial Chairman of the event will inform the winning team regarding arrangements and requirements for attending the National Playdowns.

Officiating
At your Association Playdowns, you may have been subjected to some form of On-Ice Officiating,however, at the Provincial Playdowns, the rules dictate that a Level II System of officiating be used.Teams will operate under the Rules of Curling for Officiated Play as outlined in the Rules of Curling issued by the Canadian Curling Association (latest edition)
The following diagram will explain the basic system:



In the event that a Level II officiating system is not possible due to physical restraints within the Club, teams will be so notified of any changes at the team meeting. This will only be done with the approval of the Provincial Chaiman.

Head Official:
He or she is responsible for enforcement of all the Rules of the Championship - on and off the ice.

Supervisors:
He or she is responsible for all enforcements of rule violations on the ice, such as; hogline violations, replacement of rocks, measuring rocks and will be the first person called upon to make a decision in the event a problem arises. The Supervisor and Head Official will both be involved in decision making, with the Head Official making any final decision. Any decision made by the Head Official is final.

Hogline Officials:
There are usually four officials placed two on either side of the rink, directly in line with the hogline. For an official call on a hogged rock, it must be confirmed by two people.

Timers:
Each team is allowed 73 minutes of playing time. Clocks are stopped for both teams at the completion of each end. The team whose turn it is to throw first has 30 seconds to put their rock into motion. Two 1 minute time-outs are allowed per team, in addition to the 5 minute fifth end break. Clocks will also be stopped during the following "official time-outs"; any measurements, officiating decisions or if an injury occurs to a player.

All the Officials are there to ensure fair play for both teams. Each position is a hard one and is only volunteer. Teams should not have any problems if they respect the rules of curling.


Host Committee and Host Club

Many people have volunteered many hours of their time to try to give you not only a fair championship, but a fun and worry free time. If you have any problem that needs solving, they will be more than ready to help you or your team.

Your Driver: Your biggest help and your best fan will be your driver. Drivers know the Committee, the Club, the town, places to eat and much more. They will pick you up from the hotel prior to games or events and return you there when you are finished. Drivers usually provide their own cars and pay for their own gas. They become part of your team. At the end of the week, it is customary to give your driver a gift.

Hospitality Room: There is a hospitality room provided for the teams and coaches (where applicable) The room is usually open after games. Enjoy this provision for your comfort.

The Club: The Club Manager and Ice Makers have usually worked overtime to have the club and ice ready for you. Lockers may be provided to store your brooms and equipment during the competition. You make wish to take a lock with you, since they may not be provided.

The Hotel: The hotel has usually been chosen as carefully as possible for your comfort.



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