Rules

St. Albert Curling Club Revised Rules  February 2018

REGULAR SEASON CURLING RULES

The following rules are in effect for all St. Albert Curling Club leagues:

1)    Curling Canada Rules of General Play are in force.  Exception:  No broom moratorium will be in effect for league play or club bonspiels at St. Albert Curling Club.

2)    “Registered team” means the players who are listed on the Master Registration List, including any fifth and/or sixth team members, for the current curling season, and who have fully paid the curling fees in accordance with the St. Albert Curling Club’s registration fees and policies.

3)    Player Changes:  If there is any change of players listed on the team’s application form, the registered team’s skip must notify the Club’s Manager of the changes, in writing or by email, by their end of game 13 of the team’s league schedule. All registered player changes must be approved by the Board of Directors.

4)    Rescheduled Games:  Registered teams are not allowed to reschedule a league game. The St. Albert Curling Club Rules Committee reserves the right to reschedule any league games if a significant matter arises that may affect the Club as a whole, a draw for one or more leagues, or a game for one or more teams. A team may make a request to have a game rescheduled. Such request must be made, in writing, to the attention of the rules committee at least twenty four hours prior to the start of the affected game, giving the reasons that the team, or substitutes, cannot play the game (note: only reasons deemed to be significant in nature will be considered). The rules committee may reject the request, or decide to reschedule the applicable game at a future time or date. If, for any reason, a game cannot be rescheduled or the game cannot be played, the rules committee will decide the points to be awarded for the unplayed game. All decisions of the rules committee are final.

5)    Registered teams must not arrange or play “4-point” games.

6)    If a registered team has to default a game, the team shall make every effort to inform the opposing skip as far in advance as possible before the game.  League Rosters will be provided to each Skip at the start of the season.  Contact information is provided for Club related purposes only, and will not appear on the website in accordance with FOIP.

7)    Ends to Play:  An end is considered “in play” when the first stone is delivered, ie. reaches the nearer tee line. (Ref: Rules of General Play) An end will be considered complete when the final rock has come to a rest or is out of play. At the sound of the bell or horn, the teams will complete the end “in play” plus one additional end to a maximum of eight ends. All LATE DRAW games will be considered 8 ends. Skips may agree to play only 6 ends or to the bell but, it must be agreed upon – prior to the start of the game.     

8)    Substitutions: A registered team may use substitutions. Substitute(s) must spare in the position that is missing or lower. Substitutes for the Regular Season league games, do not have to be registered as a St. Albert Curling Club league player.  Registered fifth and/or sixth team members may play any position on the team. Registered teams may send a FULL replacement team in their stead. Regular league points apply.

9)    Complaints: A complaint regarding league rules and/or league operations must be submitted, in writing, within 24 hours to the Rules Committee or to a Director of the Club. Failure to submit a complaint within the timeline will void the complaint and the complainant shall have no recourse.

PLAYOFF CURLING RULES

The following playoff rules are in effect for all St. Albert Curling Club leagues:

1)    Curling Canada Rules of General Play are in force.  Exception:  No broom moratorium will be in effect for playoffs at St. Albert Curling Club.

2)    Playoffs are defined as Club Championships and will consist of President’s Cup and Manager’s Cup.

3)    Playoff games – at the start of the game, a coin toss will determine which team gets last rock or choice of stones. EXCEPTION – In the FINAL GAME of the Mixed and Men’s Presidents Cup, the team with the best record (most wins, followed by head to head then draw to the button in the playoffs) will get last rock or choice of stones in the first end.

4)    All playoff games, including the final game, will be eight (8) ends. If a game is tied after 8 ends, extra end(s) shall be played to decide a winner.

5)    If a team is late for a game, the opposing team shall be awarded one point for every ten minutes that has elapsed from the scheduled start time, plus one end will be deducted from the game for every ten minutes the team is late. If a team is more than 30 minutes late, the team shall forfeit the game.

6)    All playoff teams must be “registered teams”. “Registered team” means the players who are listed on the Master Registration List, including any fifth and/or sixth team members, for the current curling season, and who have fully paid the curling fees in accordance with the St. Albert Curling Club’s registration fees and policies.  All players, including the 5th and 6th team members must be registered and the fees paid by the applicable deadlines to be eligible for the playoffs.

7)    Substitute players: A playoff team can use up to two substitute players. A substitute player must be a player on a registered team in any SACC league who has fully paid the curling fees for the current curling season in accordance with SACC registration fees and policies. For Ladies and Men’s playoffs, a substitute player must play lead, and if there are two substitute players, the substitute players must play in the lead and second positions. Substitute players must not play in the third or skip positions. For Mixed playoffs, male and female players shall play alternate positions in the team’s delivery rotation. If there is one substitute player, the substitute player must play in the lead or second position. If there are two substitute players (female and male), the substitute players must play in the lead and second positions. If there are two substitute players (2 males or 2 females), the substitute players must play in the positions that are missing. A substitute player cannot be a player who is still participating in the playoffs from the same league category (ie. Ladies, Men’s, Mixed). A player whose team has been eliminated from playoffs can be a substitute player.

Any Director of SACC or the SACC General Manager may enforce the following rules regarding an ineligible substitute player:

  • If a person deemed to be an ineligible substitute player has not thrown any stones in a game, the team may still add an eligible substitute player or play with three players.
  • If a person deemed to be an ineligible substitute player has thrown any stones in a game, the team with the ineligible substitute player shall forfeit the game.
  • An agreement between teams to waive rules regarding ineligible substitute players is not permitted.

8)    Declaration of Intent:  Skips must indicate the intentions of their Team to participate, or not participate, in Playoffs by signing the declaration form provided no later than February 15th each year. If, for any reason, a team(s) cannot participate in the playoffs, SACC may, at its discretion, notify one or more teams to fill the vacated playoff spot(s).  If a vacated spot is not filled, the spot in the playoff draw will be set as a bye.

9)    Once the playoff draw is set, SACC will not reschedule or adjust the playoff draw under any circumstances, including situations where a team or a player has scheduling conflicts due to multiple playoff spots. An appeal regarding the playoff draw must be submitted, in writing, to a Director of SACC or to the SACC General Manager at least 24 hours prior to the start of the playoffs. Failure to submit an appeal within the timeline will void the appeal and there shall be no recourse.

10)  a)  Section winner – A section (or ‘square’) winner is the team that has the most points from the last series of games played in the particular section (e.g., last 5 games of Sections A or B) of a league.   b)  Aggregate point winner – An aggregate point winner is the team in a section (eg. Section A or Section B) that has accumulated the most points over the entire regular season.

11)  Tie-breaking rules:

  1. a) Ties for a playoff position will be resolved on the following basis: first, the win/loss record between the teams concerned in the section games (i.e., the last series of games played); second, the win/loss record between the teams concerned over the entire season. If a tie situation still exists, the SACC Board of Directors shall prescribe the process to determine a winner.
  2. b) Ties for position in the playoffs will be broken by who beat who. Then it will resort to the Draw to the Button.  At the end of the first game of the playoffs, each entire team draws to the button. Game winning team will have the option to throw their draws first or last.  Sweeping allowed but no opposition sweeping behind the tee line.   Draws that do not make the house but remain in the Free Guard Zone (FGZ) and/or Draws that go through the house will be recorded as 144”.  Should none of a team’s rocks not make the house, a 5th “measurable rock” will be thrown any one member of the team. Lowest cumulative total breaks ties.

12)  Travelers Curling Club Championship – A men’s and ladies team (no mixed play available) will be selected to represent the St. Albert Curling Club at the NACA Travelers Curling Club Championship each year.  All players must be on a “registered team” of the St. Albert Curling Club in the year of the Travelers event.

The eligibility for the Travelers Curling Club Championship is described at the NACA website:  http://www.northernalbertacurling.com/content/travelerscurlingclubchampionship

13)  Ladies League Playoffs – Club Championships

The Ladies President’s Cup winner will represent SACC at the City Playdowns.

The Ladies Club Championships will comprise of a 1 Pool – 4 Team Round Robin with playoff between top 2 teams.

The following criteria is used to select four teams for the Ladies President’s Cup:

Out of the Teams with declared intent to participate in Playoffs:

  • Three teams – Aggregate winners from each ladies league (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday); and then
  • One Wildcard team – Team with the next highest Aggregate from any of the 3 Ladies Leagues. In the event of a tie where the teams have not played each other in the last section (i.e. Two teams tied from different leagues) a tie breaker game will be played on Sunday.
  • If a team that qualified for the playoffs had declared intention not to participate, the next highest section winner will replace that team.

The following criteria is used to select four teams for the Ladies Manager’s Club:

Out of the Teams with declared intent to participate in Playoffs:

  • Three teams – Section winners from each ladies league (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday); and then
  • One Wildcard team – Team with the next highest section wins from any of the 3 Ladies Leagues. In the event of a tie where the teams have not played each other in the last section (i.e. Two teams tied from different leagues) a tie breaker game will be played on Sunday.
  • If a team that qualified for the playoffs had declared intention not to participate, the next highest section winner will replace that team.

14)  Men’s League Playoffs – Men’s Club Championship

The Men’s President’s Cup winner will represent SACC at the City Playdowns.

 

  1. Men’s League Playoffs – Men’s President’s Cup

The Men’s President’s Cup will comprise of a 2 POOL – 4 Team Round Robin with the top team from each pool, playing off in the final.

The following criteria is used to select eight teams for the Men’s President’s Cup:

Out of the Teams with declared intent to participate in Playoffs:

  • Three teams – Section winners from Section A of each men’s league (Monday and Thursday) and Section winner from Section A1 of men’s league (Tuesday); and then
  • One team – Second place from Section A1 of men’s league (Tuesday), and then,
  • One team – Section winner from Section A2 of men’s league (Tuesday), and then,
  • Three teams – Aggregate point winners from remaining teams in Section A of each men’s league, (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday)
  • If a team that qualified for the playoffs had declared their intention not to participate, then the next highest point winners from remaining teams for the above applicable qualifier will be selected. Any teams needed to reach eight teams will be based on the next highest Aggregate point winners (only last 20 league games would apply) from all the Section A men’s leagues.
  1. Men’s League Playoffs – Men’s Manager’s Cup

The Men’s Manager’s Cup will comprise of a 1 POOL – 4 team Round Robin with playoff between top 2 teams.

The following criteria is used to select four for the Men’s Manager’s Cup:

Out of the Teams with declared intent to participate in Playoffs:

  • Three teams – Aggregate winners from Section B of each men’s league (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday) and then Section winner from Section B1 of men’s league (Tuesday)
  • If a team that qualified for the playoffs had declared intention not to participate, the next highest section winner will replace that team.

 

 

15)   Mixed League Playoffs – Mixed Club Championship

The Mixed President’s Cup winner will represent SACC at the City Playdowns.

  1. Mixed League President’s Cup

The Mixed President’s Cup will comprise of a 2 POOL – 4 Team Round Robin with the top team from each pool, playing off in the final.

The following criteria is used to select eight teams for the Mixed President’s Cup:

Out of the Teams with declared intent to participate in Playoffs:

  • Three teams – Section winners from Section A of each mixed league (Thursday and Saturday) and Section winner from Section A1 of mixed league (Friday); and then
  • One team – Second place from Section A1 of mixed league (Friday), and then,
  • One team – Section winner from Section A2 of mixed league (Friday), and then,
  • Three teams – Aggregate point winners from remaining teams in Section A of each mixed league, (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • If one team that qualified for the playoffs decides not to participate, then the next highest point winners from remaining teams for the above applicable qualifier will be selected. Any teams needed to reach eight teams will be based on the next highest Aggregate point winners (only last 20 league games would apply) from all the Section A mixed leagues.

 

  1. Mixed League Manager’s Cup

The Mixed Manager’s Cup will comprise of a 1 POOL – 4 team Round Robin with playoff between top 2 teams.

The following criteria is used to select four teams for the Mixed Manager’s Cup:

Out of the Teams with declared intent to participate in Playoffs:

  • Three teams – Aggregate winners from Section B of each mixed league (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) and then Section winner from Section B1 of mixed league (Friday)

If a team that qualified for the playoffs had declared intention not to participate, the next highest section winner will replace that team.