Curl BC’s first U18 Curling Championships will take place in Nanaimo in 2017.
The event replaces the previously planned U17 event. The changes bring the provincial competition in line with changes at the national level.
Instead of holding a provincial juvenile U17 event every second year (in non-BC Winter Games Years), Curl BC will host these U18 championships on an annual basis. This change is taking place because of the decision at the Curling Canada AGM to create an annual Canadian U18 Championships.
The Nanaimo competition will take place March 16-19, 2017, with the national event scheduled for April at a location to be announced.
Playdowns for the BC U18 Championships will switch from eight zones to five inter-regional events as outlined below.
A separate juvenile competition will continue to take place in even years (2018, 2020, 2022 etc) using the BC Games Zones. A representative from each zone will go to the BC Winter Games. The intention is for that competition to be targeted towards younger athletes.
The Curl BC Board of Governors voted unanimously in favour of the change.
U18 Event Format:
1) The BC U18 Championships shall consist of two pools of four teams with the top two in each pool advancing to a sudden death playoff. The winner of each pool plays the second place team in the other pool with the winner advancing to the final. Teams not advancing to the championship pool will play in a consolation round simultaneously with the championship playoffs. Except for tie-breakers, no team shall be required to play more than two games per day. All games shall be eight ends.
2) The eight teams for each championship shall qualify as follows:
• One team qualifying from Region 1 and 2;
• One team qualifying from Region 3, 4 and 7;
• One team qualifying from Region 5 and 6;
• One team from Region 8, 9 and 10;
• One team from Region 11;
• Three remaining berths to be prorated based on the number of entries.
3) For qualifying events with three spots, the draw format will be a modified triple knockout and, for events with two spots, the draw will be modified a double knockout.
Eligible players must be 17 years of age or under as of June 30th. Each team will be comprised of four (4) males plus (1) coach or four (4) females plus (1) coach. Teams may designate a fifth player for BC competitions only. Fifth players are not permitted at the national event. The coach will have at minimum Competition Coach Certification. Players must be residents of BC and satisfy the member association guidelines. “Free Agency” as allowed for the Brier and Tournament of Hearts is not allowed.