16-team format finalized for Brier, Scotties

By Rebecca Connop Price

A Friday night showdown will determine the 16th and final entries into the 2018 Tim Hortons Brier and Scotties Tournament of Hearts, it was announced by Curling Canada.

On the Friday night prior to the opening of round-robin play at both events, the top two teams from the Canadian Team Ranking System that didn’t qualify out of their provincial/territorial championships will get a second chance at qualifying for the Canadian championship.

It’ll be a Wild Card Friday that will get the championship week at both events off to an exciting start, said Curling Canada Chief Executive Officer Katherine Henderson.

“We did extensive consultation with our Member Associations, the athletes and our partners at TSN, Tim Hortons and Kruger and everyone agreed that this was an ideal and positive solution to the issue of determining the 16th entry into the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and Tim Hortons Brier,” said Henderson.

“The new 16-team format ensures every Member Association is participating from the beginning of the week, and also ensures that a quality field is in place in order to determine a Canadian team to wear the Maple Leaf and play for a world championship.”
The pre-qualifying format, introduced in 2014, was voted out by Curling Canada’s Member Associations at the 2015 Annual General Meeting, and a 16-team, two-pool format was approved by the same Member Associations a year later.

It was determined then that the 14 Member Associations and Team Canada would be part of the field, with discussions to follow to determine the 16th team.

It was a suggestion from Manitoba’s Mike McEwen — who along with E.J. Harnden, Nolan Thiessen, Lisa Weagle, Tracy Fleury and Val Sweeting is a member of the Curling Canada Athletes’ Advisory Council — that spearheaded the idea of a play-in game.

“I don’t think many curlers would say no to a second chance at qualifying for the Brier or the Scotties, and the thing I really like is that a team has to win a game in order to qualify,” said McEwen. “It’s going to be a treat for the fans and the national television audience, and I think it will be a great showcase for curling.”

For example, this past season, the Friday night Wild Card game would have been a showdown between Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones and Alli Flaxey of Caledon, Ont., for the final berth into the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Meanwhile, it would have been Winnipeg’s Reid Carruthers against Toronto’s John Epping for the final spot in the Tim Hortons Brier.

To qualify for the Wild Card game, teams must have participated in their respective provincial/territorial championships.

How the team will be named for the round robin, as well as team colours, will be determined at a later date.

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Curling events partner to expand global tour

By Rebecca Connop Price

The World Curling Tour (WCT) and Curling Champions Tour (CCT) have announced a formal merger, creating a truly global tour of some 170 championship curling events.

Based in North America since 1992, the WCT has long been the ultimate competition circuit for all high-performance curling teams. Founded in 2005, the Europe-based CCT has grown rapidly and now boasts all the trademarks of traditional WCT events, attracting larger sponsors and delivering professional webstreamed or televised coverage.

Both tours have also recently expanded into the Pacific region, with high-powered curling championships now hosted in China, Korea and Japan.

“This is a great day for the Roaring Game,” said the WCT’s Gerry Geurts from London, Ontario, Canada. “As we begin another Olympic curling season, the official merger of the WCT and CCT into one organization clearly proves, once again, that curling is one of the fastest-growing winter sports in the world.”

“From the beginning, the CCT and WCT have worked closely together,” said CCT’s Armin Harder from Zurich, Switzerland. “CCT events have been incorporated and counted on the Order Of Merit points list. And the CCT’s beginnings have been largely based on the same ideas and principles as that of its close relative tour in North America.

“To the fans it has always seemed like one Tour, but in terms of operations they have been quite different. CCT has found it necessary to take a new business approach in order to face the challenges of forging into new curling markets. Today both organizations officially share that vision, and curling fans will benefit most.”
The combined Tour will bear the name of the World Curling Tour and feature new branding reminiscent of the Curling Champions Tour. A new website at the URL will be launched shortly.

The World Curling Tour events will now be divided into two categories, a “WCT Masters Series” and a “WCT Challenger Series.” On top of that a “Champions Series” aka “Majors” will be created over the next few years, outside of Canada, to complement the popular Grand Slam of Curling series.

In the past two seasons a CCT World Mixed Doubles Tour has experienced explosive growth and popularity. Now poised to lead the development of more Mixed Doubles events in North America and Asia, the new World Curling Tour can better manage the fastest growing segment of the sport.

Mixed Doubles will make its Olympic debut as a full-medal sport at February’s 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Korea.

Additional growth is planned for the Asia-Pacific Curling Tour, an expected World Junior Curling Tour and even a global Tour for Wheelchair Curling, an official Paralympic Games medal sport at Korea next year.

“The World Curling Tour now counts some 250 champion events taking place in 2017-18,” said Geurts. “We will work to increase the amount of streaming and TV coverage worldwide to showcase the Tour and its increasing number of events.”

“We will also continue expanding into new regions in hopes of developing new young teams, and providing them with a place to enjoy the sport and hone their skills,” said Harder. “These new athletes will be the engine for the future growth of our sport.”

For inquiries on the WCT scoring system, World Team Ranking (former OOM), draws and other IT-related matters, please contact Gerry Geurts at: gerry@curlingzone.com

For inquiries on WCT Tour development, new events, marketing, sponsorship opportunities, television and internet streaming, please contact Armin Harder at: info@curlingchampionstour.com

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Countdown for Vernon and Area 55+ Games

By Rebecca Connop Price

The countdown clock is on before the torch is lit at the Vernon & Area 55+ BC Games.

Curling and floor curling are both official events at the Games.

The Games take place from September 12-16, 2017, in Vernon and the surrounding area.

Registration is open for athletes who are residents of BC and over 55 years of age.

For information about the Games including accommodation: http://www.55plusgames.ca/

How to register: https://www.55plusbcgames.org/registration/

For more information contact the Zone Rep in your Area at https://www.55plusbcgames.org/zones/

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‘Strong suggestion’ for helmets for U12 curlers

By Rebecca Connop Price

A ‘strong suggestion’ for curlers under the age of 12 to wear helmets on the ice has been made by Curling Canada.

The advice follows a year of investigation and consultation, where a working group at Curling Canada reviewed current recommendations from the Canadian Concussion Collaborative and research completed and published in the British Journal of Sport Medicine.

While it was felt that helmet use for under 12s should be urged and encouraged, it was not felt that helmet use should be mandatory at this time.

The suggestion is for children to wear CSA-approved helmets designed for ice sports, such as hockey or figure skating helmets.

The helmet suggestion includes the following groups:

o Children under 12
o Anyone in a Novice or Learn to Curl program
o Coaches for U12 (so that the youth model behaviour)
o Anyone who has reason to think that they could be vulnerable (limited mobility, elderly, on medication).

The recommendation for curling centres in BC is to:

  • Ensure waiver system is re-introduced and updated if required. An example waiver form is being prepared and, once ready, will be available on the Curl BC website. Email msim@curlbc.ca for more information.

Over the next year Curling Canada will create standardized safety and concussion education materials for clubs and deliver through Curl BC and the other provincial associations.

There will also be efforts to undertake tracking of safety and head injury incidents along with other winter sports to better understand extent of issue.

The national plan for Year 2 (2018-19 season) is to:

  • Evaluate level of compliance to “recommendation” for helmet wear to determine behaviour and acceptance.
  • Explore potential national accident insurance policy and/or waiver system related to individual member registration and make recommendation if needed.
  • Review data and sport injury research to evaluate extent of issues as well as other best practices in sport.
  • Develop pilot formal “badge” system that allows coaches to assess competency to determine when junior curlers must wear helmets. For example, Skate Canada ensures all children U12 wear helmets unless they have reached Level 5 in skating proficiency.

The national plan for Year 3 (2019-20 season) is to:

  • Launch feeder “badge” system that allows coaches to assess competency to determine when junior curlers must wear helmets. For example, Skate Canada ensures all children U12 wear helmets unless they have reached level 5 in skating proficiency.
  • Continue to evaluate level of compliance to “recommendation” for helmet wear to determine behaviour and acceptance.
  • Evaluate national accident insurance policy and/or waiver system related to individual curler member registration and make recommendation if implemented and needed.
  • Review data and sport injury research to evaluate extent of issues as well as other best practices in sport.
  • Make formal recommendation on whether to implement a formal rule or not depending on a collective evaluation of risk/liability and compliance.

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‘Recommendation’ for helmets for U12s

By Rebecca Connop Price

A recommendation for curlers under the age of 12 to wear helmets on the ice has been made by Curling Canada.

The recommendation follows a year of investigation and consultation, where a working group at Curling Canada reviewed current recommendations from the Canadian Concussion Collaborative and research completed and published in the British Journal of Sport Medicine.

While it was felt that helmets for under 12s should be a recommendation, it was not felt that their use should be mandatory at this time.

The recommendation is for children to wear CSA-approved helmets designed for ice sports, such as hockey or figure skating helmets.

The helmet recommendation includes the following groups:

o Children under 12
o Anyone in a Novice or Learn to Curl program
o Coaches for U12 (so that the youth model behaviour)
o Anyone who has reason to think that they could be vulnerable (limited mobility, elderly, on medication).

The recommendation for curling centres in BC is to:

  • Ensure waiver system is re-introduced and updated if required. An example waiver form is being prepared and, once ready, will be available on the Curl BC website. Email msim@curlbc.ca for more information.

Over the next year Curling Canada will create standardized safety and concussion education materials for clubs and deliver through Curl BC and the other provincial associations.

There will also be efforts to undertake tracking of safety and head injury incidents along with other winter sports to better understand extent of issue.

The national plan for Year 2 (2018-19 season) is to:

  • Evaluate level of compliance to “recommendation” for helmet wear to determine behaviour and acceptance.
  • Explore potential national accident insurance policy and/or waiver system related to individual member registration and make recommendation if needed.
  • Review data and sport injury research to evaluate extent of issues as well as other best practices in sport.
  • Develop pilot formal “badge” system that allows coaches to assess competency to determine when junior curlers must wear helmets. For example, Skate Canada ensures all children U12 wear helmets unless they have reached Level 5 in skating proficiency.

The national plan for Year 3 (2019-20 season) is to:

  • Launch feeder “badge” system that allows coaches to assess competency to determine when junior curlers must wear helmets. For example, Skate Canada ensures all children U12 wear helmets unless they have reached level 5 in skating proficiency.
  • Continue to evaluate level of compliance to “recommendation” for helmet wear to determine behaviour and acceptance.
  • Evaluate national accident insurance policy and/or waiver system related to individual curler member registration and make recommendation if implemented and needed.
  • Review data and sport injury research to evaluate extent of issues as well as other best practices in sport.
  • Make formal recommendation on whether to implement a formal rule or not depending on a collective evaluation of risk/liability and compliance.

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