BC curling championship qualification changes announced

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June 24, 2013, (ISN) – Changes to the way people can qualify for Curl BC championship events have been approved by the Curl BC Board of Governors.

The changes will affect the Women’s, Junior, Mixed, Seniors, Masters and Juvenile championships.

Changes to the amount of ice-level time coaches have with juvenile curlers at their championship event have also been approved.

Mike West, chair of Curl BC’s Competitions Committee, said: “Curl BC has received a lot of feedback over the past couple of years about the allocation of berths. We believe the changes that were recently approved will address some of the concerns we heard.”

Starting in the 2013-14 season, an additional berth will be available to a top Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS) team to qualify for the Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship. Therefore, the top two BC CTRS teams, as determined by points accrued from November 30, 2012, to December 1, 2013 (or the Tuesday prior to the first open qualifying event, whichever is earlier) will earn spots directly to the provincials provided that the high point teams have competed in a minimum of four CTRS events. (In the case where there are not four CTRS events in BC, teams would only be required to compete in a minimum of three events). The addition of this extra berth will reduce the number of berths available in the open qualifying playdowns from 8 to 7.

Starting in the 2013-14 season, the eight men’s and eight women’s teams that will qualify for the Tim Hortons BC Junior Curling Championships will qualify as follows:

One team qualifying from Region 1&2;

One team qualifying from Region 3, 4&7;

One team qualifying from Region 5&6;

One team from Region 8, 9, 10&11 competing in a triple knockout competition alternating between the Mainland and the Island;

Remaining berths to be prorated based on the number of entries.

The changes were made in order to eliminate the coast versus interior mentality and to allow for the berths to be distributed on a more equal basis.

A similar change is being adopted for the Tim Hortons BC Senior Curling Championships AND the BC Mixed Curling Championship starting in the 2013-14 season.

The eight teams for each championship shall qualify as follows:

One team qualifying from Region 1&2;

One team qualifying from Region 3, 4&7;

One team qualifying from Region 5&6;

One team qualifying from Region 8, 9&10;

One team qualifying from Region 11;

Remaining berths to be prorated based on the number of entries.

For the BC Masters Curling Championships, the event format has changed from a two-pool round robin to a full round robin and changes to the qualification process have been made.

The eight teams for each championship shall qualify as follows:

One team qualifying from Region 1&2;

One team qualifying from Region 3, 4&7;

One team qualifying from Region 5&6;

One team qualifying from Region 8, 9&10;

One team qualifying from Region 11;

Remaining berths to be prorated based on the number of entries.

For the Tim Hortons BC Juvenile Curling Championships, Curl BC has come up with a new policy for how to determine replacement teams in the event that a zone doesn’t field a team.

The eight teams for each championship shall qualify with one team from each BC Winter Games zone plus the following guidelines:

If a zone does not provide a representative, the replacement teams shall be chosen from the zone or zones with the most entries in zone playdowns.

If an equal number of entries in two or more zones prevents a clear choice, the extra berths shall be decided by coin toss.

The Curl BC board also voted to give coaches of juvenile teams access to their curlers for one minute after each end. This new rule will maximize learning opportunities for the young players, which is in alignment with the Learning to Train stage of the Long Term Athlete Development Model.

To see qualification rules in full, go to the Board Policy Registry document.

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