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The Ottawa Valley Curling Association

Annual Mixed Bonspiel

January 18 to 21, 2018

General Rules of Play

All Teams/Divisions

Teams shall be comprised of two men and two women playing in non-consecutive positions (ie: mwmw or wmwm). If a team is playing with only 3 players, then the order of rock delivery will be mwm or wmw.

  • Teams are allowed to play with 3 players and are allowed to play with substitutes with the provision that once a substitute has played for one team, he/she cannot play for any other team in the event.
  • Games shall be 8 ends or a two hour time limit, whichever occurs first.
  • Rock colours are pre-determined, based on the Draw. Teams appearing on the top bracket of the draw sheet will play with the rock colour designated at the top of the scoreboard of the club in which the team is playing.
  • If a game is tied at the end of the game, then the game will be decided by a draw to the button. Rocks will be delivered toward the lounge. Any player can deliver a tiebreaking rock except that if the score is still tied after each team has delivered one rock, then each team shall deliver a second rock toward the same house as the first rock. Second and subsequent rocks must be delivered by another team member each time until such time as the tie is broken or all four team members have delivered a rock.
  • If a team defaults in a game where a prize is awarded to the loser, that team shall forfeit their prize.

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 2 pools of 5 team s and will play a round robin against all teams in their pool. The top two (2) teams in each will advance to the Event 1 playoff. The third and fourth place teams in each pool will advance to the Event 2 playoff. If teams in any pool in the round robin event are tied in the standings, then the Tie Breaking Rules (attached) will apply. Event 1 and 2 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.

Tie Breaker Rules

  • 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.
  • If more than two (2) teams are tied and one team has won the "HEAD TO HEAD" competition against the other tied teams, then the team that has beaten the other tied teams has won the tie breaker. The remaining teams will be compared using the "HEAD TO HEAD" rule.
  • If more than two (2) teams are tied and no team has beaten the other tied teams "HEAD TO HEAD", then all tied team names will be entered into a hat and the drawmaster shall draw names to determine the seeding. Seeding will be determined by the order in which team names are drawn.

Statement on Brush Heads and Sweeping Technique for OVCA Club-Level Competitions

When in doubt –

  1. If a brush head was legal in 2015-16, it’s legal in today.
  2. The spirit of sportsmanship and fair play should decide in all cases!

The OVCA supports the position of the WCF and Curling Canada on brush head use at club levels of competition.

The OVCA Mixed and the Alexander Keith’s City of Ottawa Men’s Bonspiel will NOT require use of the WCF-approved “Mustard Yellow” brush heads.

Brushes NOT Permitted for Use:

  • Entrants will NOT be permitted to use hair or corn brooms for the purposes of sweeping.
  • Brush head fabric embossed, sealed, textured or modified from its original woven form is not allowed, and neither are plastic, fibreglass, wood or Teflon inserts between the outer fabric and internal cushioning in the broom head.

Enforcement

As OVCA events are not officiated, it is up to competitors to conduct themselves in the spirit of good sportsmanship and fair play when deciding what sweeping equipment to use. THE OVCA OR ITS REPRESENTATIVES AT OUR VENUES WILL NOT ENTERTAIN ANY REQUESTS FOR RULINGS ON THE LEGALITY OF SWEEPING EQUIPMENT, NOR ANY PROTESTS BEFORE, DURING, OR AFTER ANY GAME REGARDING THE USE OF SWEEPING EQUIPMENT.

Sweeping Techniques

The OVCA Mixed and Alexander Keiths City of Ottawa Bonspiels are conducted under Curling Canada’s Rules for General Play. Rule 11.8 specifically deals with sweeping technique:

  1. Given that the intent of sweeping is to keep the path of the stone clean and to take a stone farther, there must be brush head movement in the sweeping motion.
  2. The sweeping motion shall not leave any debris in front of a moving stone.
  3. The final sweeping motion shall finish outside the path of the stone

Any sweeping technique that complies with rule 11.8 is legal and can be used in the OVCA Mixed and the Alexander Keiths City of Ottawa Men’s Bonspiels.

We wish all competitors in our events the best of luck and good curling!

The OVCA Board of Directors