Rules

REGULAR SEASON CURLING RULES

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

  1. Canadian Curling Association (CCA) rules of play are in force.
  2. “Registered team” means the players who are registered on the team’s application form (including any fifth and/or sixth team members) for the curling season, and who have fully paid the curling fees in accordance with the St. Albert Curling Club’s registration fees and policies.
  3. If there is any change of players listed on the team’s application form, the registered team’s skip must, in writing, notify the Club’s Manager of the changes by the end of game 13 of the team’s league schedule. All registered player changes must be approved by the Board of Directors.
  4. 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.
  7. An end is considered “in play” when the first stone reaches the nearer tee line. (ref sec 2(10) Rules of for 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 play the end “in play” plus one additional end to a maximum of eight ends. For the late draws only, in advance of the start of the game, the skips may agree to play eight ends regardless of the bell or horn sounding.
  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 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 (SACC) leagues:

  1. Canadian Curling Association (CCA) rules of play are in force.
  2. Playoffs are defined as Club Championship and Manager’s Cup.
  3. All playoff games, at the start of the game, a coin toss will determine which team gets last rock or choice of stones, except for the final game, the team with the least losses 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 ends 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”. A “registered team” means the players who are registered on the team’s application form for the current curling season, and who have registered and fully paid the curling fees in accordance with the St. Albert Curling Club’s registration fees and policies. A “registered team” may include registered 5th and 6th team members. 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 registered player on a team in any SACC league that 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 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.
  1. 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). A replacement team may be from any league day but must be from the same level (e.g., Section A, Section B) as the team being replaced. If a vacated spot is not filled, the spot in the playoff draw will be set as a bye.
  2. 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 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.
  3. Section winner – A section winner is the team that has the most points from the last series of games played in the particular section (e.g., Sections A or B) of a league.

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.

  1. Tie-breaking rules – 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. Travelers Curling Club Championship (formerly Dominion)  – A men’s and a 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. In 2016/17, the 2015/16 Men’s Club Champion and 2015/16 Ladies Club Champion will be the representatives. All players must be on a “registered team” of the St. Albert Curling Club.The eligibility for this bonspiel and the Travelers Curling Club Championship is as follows:
  • The curling club, represented by the team, must be affiliated with its provincial/territorial curling association and all dues must be paid in full. The players of any club champion team must be members in good standing of the affiliated curling club. Any player can be a member of more than one affiliated curling club, but shall declare one “home club” for this competition.
  • Each club will declare a men’s team and women’s team of FOUR (4) players to represent their club through either their normal league or club championship process, or through a designated Travelers Curling Club Championship competition within the club. The declared teams, through either process, MUST have at least three players who have played together in a sanctioned club league during the current season. If a replacement fourth player is used, (i.e., a player who did not play regularly on that team throughout the season) that player MUST play lead. Players who play exclusively in a major/super league without playing in another sanctioned club league are ineligible to compete. Clubs that only have mixed or open leagues (i.e., no men’s and women’s leagues) must contact their association for approval to participate.
  • Each team will be allowed only one player who has played in a Juniors’, Men’s (Brier), Women’s (Scotties) or Seniors’provincial/territorial event in the current or previous four curling seasons or participated in a Grand Slam event in the current or previous four curling seasons (2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014- 2015, 2015-16,).* No player on the team can have played in a Canadian Juniors, Men’s, Women’s or Senior’s Canadian Championship for those years (i.e. national competitors are excluded as regular or replacement players on the team).
  • * Exception – Provinces/Territories with an open provincial/territory event will be permitted 1 player who has placed top 25% in a Juniors’, Men’s (Brier), Women’s (Scotties) or Seniors’ provincial/territory event in the current or previous 4 curling seasons, or participated in a Grand Slam event in the current or previous 4 curling seasons.
  • Players who competed in the 2015 Travelers Curling Club Championship national event are ineligible to compete in the 2016 play downs.
  • All games will be 8 ends with ties being decided by a full extra end.
  • Once a four person team has been declared a club champion, a maximum of 1 replacement/substitute player from the club can play lead.
  • Each team must be comprised of 4 players aged 19 or over, as of November 1st, 2016. Provincial/Territorial curling associations may adopt a more restrictive age criteria if they choose.
  • Travelers Canada has the sole authority to grant exceptions to these rules in extraordinary circumstances. Before exercising this discretion, Travelers Canada will consult with the relevant provincial/territorial curling association, and will notify the provincial/territorial association in writing of any decisions regarding exceptions that are granted.
  1. Ladies League Playoffs – Ladies Club ChampionshipThe Ladies Club Championship will be an eight-team double knockout and the winner will represent SACC at the City Playdowns.The following criteria will be used to select eight teams for the Ladies Club Championship:
  • Three teams – Section winners from Section A of each ladies league (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday); and then
  • Two teams – Second place from Section A of Ladies league (Monday and Wednesday), and then,
  • Three teams – Aggregate point winners from Section A of each ladies league (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday).
  • 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 from all the Section A ladies’ leagues.
  1. Ladies League Playoffs – Ladies Manager’s CupThe Ladies Manager’s cup will be an eight-team single knockout.The following criteria will be used to select eight teams for the Ladies Manager’s Cup:
  • Three teams – Section winners from Section B of each ladies league (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday); and then
  • Two teams – Second place from Section B of Ladies league (Monday and Wednesday), and then,
  • Three teams – Aggregate point winners from Section B of each ladies league (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday).
  • 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 from all the Section B ladies’ leagues.
  1. Men’s League Playoffs – Men’s Club ChampionshipThe Men’s Club Championship will be an eight-team double knockout and the winner will represent SACC at the City Playdowns.The following criteria will be used to select eight teams for the Men’s Club Championship:
  • Three teams – Section winners from Section A of each men’sleague (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 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 men’s leagues.
  1. Men’s League Playoffs – Men’s Manager’s CupThe Men’s Manager’s Cup will be an eight-team double knockout. The following criteria will be used to select eight teams for the Men’s Manager’s Cup:
  • Three teams – Section winners from Section B of each men’sleague (Monday and Thursday) and Section winner from Section B1 of men’s league (Tuesday); and then
  • One team – Second place from Section B1 of men’s league (Tuesday), and then,
  • One team – Section winners from Section B2 of men’s league (Tuesday), and then,
  • Three teams – Aggregate point winners from remaining teams in Section B of each men’s league, (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday)
  • 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 B men’s leagues.
  1. Mixed League Playoffs – Mixed Club ChampionshipThe Mixed Club Championship will be an eight-team double knockout and the winner will represent SACC at the City Playdowns. The following criteria will be used to select eight teams for the Mixed Club Championship:
  • 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 Playoffs – Mixed Manager’s CupThe Mixed Manager’s Cup will be an eight-team double knockout. The following criteria will be used to select eight teams for the Mixed Manager’s Cup:
  • Three teams – Section winners from Section B of each mixed league (Thursday and Saturday) and Section winner from Section B1 of mixed league (Friday); and then
  • One team – Second place from Section B1 of mixed league (Friday), and then,
  • One team – Section winners from Section B2 of mixed league (Friday), and then,
  • Three teams – Aggregate point winners from remaining teams in Section B of each mixed league, (Thursday, Friday and 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 B mixed leagues.