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The Ottawa Valley Curling Association

Annual Mixed Bonspiel

January 18 to 21, 2018

The Canadian Curling Association's Rules of Curling for General Play are in effect.
  • A team will consist of two women and two men playing in alternate positions.
  • Stone colours have been pre-determined. The team at the top or left of the draw sheet pairing takes the stone colour at the top of the club scoreboard.
  • All games, including the finals, will be 8 ends subject to the tie-breaking rules set out below.
  • For each 10 minutes that a game is delayed, the offending team will be penalized 1 point and 1 end posted. After 40 minutes of delay, the offending team will lose the game by default. The timing starts at the scheduled game time or when the ice is ready for play (whichever is later) and one team has declared that it is ready to play.
  • A team is permitted to play with three players. Male and female alternation must be maintained, and the first two players deliver three stones each. (If the second is absent, the third moves to fourth and the fourth moves to third. If the third is absent, the first moves to third.)
  • When, during a game, a player is unable to continue, the team may finish the game with the three remaining players continuing in the same sequence. The first two players will each deliver three stones.
  • A maximum of 2 substitutes may be used. They must not have played regularly in the bonspiel on any other team. A team must include a minimum of 2 players from the original team.
  • For a game that awards a prize to the loser (event finals and some semi-finals), if the game is tied after 8 ends, then a complete extra end will be played. The stones will be delivered towards the viewing area.
  • For a game that does not award a prize or prizes, if the game is tied after 8 ends, then the winner will be determined by a draw to the button. Each team will designate one player to deliver a single stone on behalf of their team. The order of play will be determined by continuing the rules for hammer as though this was the ninth end. The stones will be delivered towards the viewing area. The stones may be swept by the delivering team only. After the first stone is delivered, if it is in the house, it is measured and the thirds will agree on the indicated reading of the measuring device. Stones outside of the house are not measured; use the six-foot measure to determine if a stone is in the house. A stone that covers the tee is not measurable and is considered equal to any other stone that covers the tee. After measuring the first stone, it is removed from play and the second stone is delivered. If necessary, the position of the second stone will be compared to the measurement recorded on the measuring device for the first stone. If both stones are not in the house, or both cover the tee, or are tied after measurement, then the stones are redelivered in the same order, but each team will designate a new player to deliver their stone. Repeat as necessary. The team whose stone is closest to the tee will be the winner.
  • On December 24th, 2015, the OVCA issued a statement regarding the use of certain brush technologies at the upcoming OVCA Mixed and Alexander Keith's City of Ottawa Men's Bonspiels.
    • We received much constructive feedback from our member clubs and curlers. As a result, the OVCA has decided to amend its position for the affected upcoming events.
    • The OVCA has decided to adopt the Ontario Curling Association's (OCA) position on brush head technology. The OCA upholds most of the positions of the Curling Canada moratorium, but allows for brush heads that have been “recovered either at home or by a re-seller” as long as the fabric has “a woven appearance that is visible to the naked eye.”
    • The OVCA believes this position acknowledges the spirit of the Curling Canada statement, while understanding the more recreational nature of our events.
    • As with our previous statement, all curlers must recognize that the OVCA Alexander Keith’s City of Ottawa Men’s and Mixed bonspiels are not officiated events and curlers are expected to follow the rules including abiding by the moratorium in the spirit of good sportsmanship. It is with this same spirit that these events have operated since 1959 with the participants policing themselves.
The OVCA Board of Directors and event organizing committees look forward to welcoming you to our events, and we wish you all “Good Curling!”

Seniors Division

  • Men players must be at least 50 years of age and women players must be at least 45 years of age as of the opening date of the bonspiel. Substitutes must follow age rules.
  • Teams will be divided into 4 pools of 4 and will play a round robin against all teams in their pool. The top two (2) teams in each pool will advance to the Event 1 playoff while the third place team in each pool will advance to the Consolation Event 3 playoff. If teams in any pool in the round robin event are tied in the standings, then the Tie Breaking Rules (attached) will apply. Losers of the first game in Event 1 will drop to Event 2 while subsequent playoff rounds will be sudden death with losing teams eliminated from further competition.

Colts Division

  • All players (including substitutes) must have under 6 full years of curling experience.
  • Teams will be divided into 3 pools of 4 and will play a round robin against all teams in their pool. The top two (2) teams in each pool, and the top two (2) third place teams, will advance to the Event 1 playoff. If teams in any pool in the round robin event are tied in the standings, then the Tie Breaking Rules (attached) will apply. Losers of first game in Event 1 will drop to Event 2 while subsequent playoff rounds will be sudden death with losing teams eliminated from further competition.

Round Robin Format / Tie Breaker Rules / Must Play Rules For Senior And Colt Teams Only

The purpose of the round robin games is to rank and to qualify the teams for the playoffs. Once the teams are qualified, they are "SEEDED" by their ranking. No team can qualify for the playoffs if they are NOT willing to play all of their round robin games. The exception is "FORFEITS" or schedule changes made by the Tournament Director.

RANKING: Teams are "RATED" by their won–loss record.

HEAD TO HEAD: The record of a team against each other. The "HEAD TO HEAD" comparison is the ultimate or highest method of breaking the tie.

SCORE DIFFERENTIAL: The total score scored for a team LESS the total score given up to the opposing teams. The teams will be ranked by who has the highest to the lowest "SCORE DIFFERENTIAL"

Tie Breaker Rules

  1. If two teams are tied with the same record, then the result of their game against each other (Head to Head) will be used to break the tie.
  2. If three (3) teams are tied and one team has won the "HEAD TO HEAD" competition against the other two tied teams, then the team that has beaten the other two teams has won the tie breaker. The remaining two (2) teams will be compared using the "HEAD TO HEAD" rule.
  3. If three (3) teams are tied and no team has beaten the other two tied teams "HEAD TO HEAD", then rank the teams by “SCORE DIFFERENTIAL”, drop the bottom team, and then compare the two (2) remaining teams by using the "HEAD TO HEAD" rule to break the tie and determine the ranking.
  4. If four (4) teams are tied and one team has beaten the other three (3) teams in "HEAD TO HEAD" competition, then that team wins the tie breaker. Rank the remaining three (3) teams by "SCORE DIFFERENTIAL", drop the bottom team and then compare the top two (2) remaining teams by using the "HEAD TO HEAD" rule to break the tie and determine the ranking.
  5. If four (4) teams are tied and none of the teams has beaten the other three (3) teams, then rank the four (4) teams using the "SCORE DIFFERENTIAL" rule. Then drop the bottom two (2) teams and compare the top two (2) teams using the "HEAD TO HEAD" rule. The bottom two (2) teams will be ranked by the "SCORE DIFFERENTIAL" rule.

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OPEN Division

  • 32 Teams
  • For participants 18+ years
  • Competitive AND fun!
  • Choice of time slots for your first 3 games
  • 3 games guaranteed
  • Division fills up quickly
  • Confirm your spot TODAY

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SENIORS Division

  • 16 teams — Pool Format
  • Male team members must be 50 years of age and female members 45 years of age by January 14, 2016
  • Choice of time slots for your first 2 games
  • 3 games guaranteed
  • NEW — Third place teams in each pool advance to a consolation round — making ALL pool games relevant

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COLTS Division

  • 16 teams — Pool Format
  • Under 6 years of curling experience
  • Great bonspiel experience for new curlers
  • Three games guaranteed
  • NEW — Third place teams in each pool advance to a consolation round — making ALL pool games relevant

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