The updated championship rules for the Yellowknife Curling Centre are posted below.
Curlers from other clubs who wish to participate in Open Berth Bonspiels are welcome to do so, provided each team member pays an annual Membership Fee of $100 and the team pays the $200 entry fee and abides by all Yellowknife Curling Centre Rules for Qualifying Berth Bonspiels.
Yellowknife Curling Centre Rules for Qualifying Berth Bonspiels
(Updated Oct 2017)
- The Yellowknife Curling Club (YKCC) is eligible to enter six (6) teams in the Northwest Territories Curling Association (NWTCA) championship events.
- When the YKCC hosts an NWTCA championship event, the YKCC may be allowed one (1) additional team, if there are less than sixteen (16) teams registered.
- The YKCC is also allowed additional teams in NWTCA championship events to bring up the total teams to sixteen (16). The additional teams will be entered into the draw, and drawn by the NWTCA, to determine whether or not they are entered into the championship event.
- All teams that are eligible to qualify for an NWTCA championship event must declare their intent to compete and register with the NWTCA Championship Director by the deadline date set by the NWTCA.
- All players on a team must be members in good standing with the YKCC.
- Team members must meet the age and gender requirements as specified in the Curling Canada rules for the specific competition entered.
- For all categories except Mixed Doubles, teams must enter a four (4) person team. All teams may register a coach.
- All games shall follow Curling Canada’s curling rules for officiated play or the special rules as established by the NWTCA or the YKCC.
Yellowknife Curling Centre’s Special Rules
- All teams wanting to compete in a NWT Championship event must play in one of the qualifying berth spiels except for Mixed Doubles and Juniors. The team entered into this berth spiel must comply with the qualifying criteria set out by the NWTCA for the category you will be competing in and must be comprised of at least three (3) of the four (4) players who will be competing at the Territorial playdown. Once the six (6) berths have been filled in each category (7 if we are hosting) a list of teams that have played in the berth spiels will be kept in case the 16 spots have not been filled and the YKCC can send extra teams. Junior teams can enter these adult berth spiels but cannot secure a berth into any NWTCA event, they must play in the Junior Club Championship if held (see section 4). Junior teams must pay the full $200 entry fee and if place in the top 2 will be eligible for the prize money.
- Travelers Division - Berths to the NWT Territorial Playdown for Travelers will only be available in open berth bonspiels with a Travelers Division of which there will be two (2) per year. For teams entering the Travelers division, the top three (3) teams of each division (mens’ and ladies’) at the conclusion of the bonspiel will qualify for the NWT playdown. Remaining participating teams will be recorded in case the YKCC is eligible to send extra teams to the territorial playdown.
- If one (1) of the top three (3) teams has already secured their berth to the territorial, the berth will be awarded to the next highest-placing team. Likewise, if a Travelers team chooses to participate in a berth bonspiel without a Travelers division, their name will be recorded and they will potentially be eligible for a territorials berth if the maximum of six (6) qualified teams has not been met through bonspiels with Travelers divisions.
- If only one (1) Travelers team enters the Travelers division of the berth bonspiel, that team will be entered in the regular draw of the open berth bonspiel and, by virtue of their participation, will be eligible for a berth to territorial playdowns. If only two (2) Travelers teams enter the Travelers division of the berth bonspiel, and if both teams agree, they may be entered in the regular draw of the open berth bonspiel and, by virtue of their participation, will both be eligible for a berth to territorial playdowns.
- Bonspiel Entry - Teams entering berth qualifying bonspiels must register their team and pay their entry fee at the bar or online by 9:00 PM the Tuesday before the event. Teams may be asked to present a receipt to verify payment.
- Teams that have registered must declare their intention as to whether or not they wish to compete in that specific berth spiel by the deadline set by the YKCC. If a competition is held and a team does not compete, that team forfeits their right to receive a berth, prize money and gets no refund of their entry fee. The YKCC Board of Directors will consider a refund of the entry fee if circumstances are presented for consideration no later than the Tuesday at 5:00 PM following the event.
- Personnel - Teams must declare their line-up for the weekend on the team personnel list posted on the Championships Board prior to their first game of the bonspiel. A team may be able to use a spare player who is registered on an official Spare List provided by the YKCC. Or, they may use another player of their choice who is a member in good standing of the YKCC. However, that player cannot have played with another team in the same event. Any spare who is not a member of the YKCC and wishes to participate must pay the $100 annual membership fee prior to playing in the event.
- Junior Club Championship - There will be a Club Championship for Junior teams if required (Determined by the Junior & Championship Directors). Junior players or full teams will be exempt from this Club Championship and can go directly to the NWT Championship if they are attending a full time College or University program. Details for exemption must be sent to the YKCC Board of Directors seven (7) days prior to the Junior Club Championship.
- Entry Fees - Entry Fees will be $200.00 per team. 50% of all entry fees shall go to the YKCC and 50% of all entry fees shall be reimbursed to the teams as prizes. From the proceeds to the club, up to 25% may be allocated for hosting expenses related to that year’s territorial playdowns. For Junior events (Junior Club Championship) entry fees will be $100.00 and 100% of all entry fees shall go to the YKCC.
- Prize Money: The “A” event or 1stplace winner shall receive 70% of the prize money. The “B” event or 2nd place winner shall receive 30% of the prize money.
- Draw Format - Games will follow the below draw format below but can be changed if all teams agree. Games will be eight (8) ends unless otherwise decided before the weekend by the Championship Director.
- If seven (7) or more teams enter they will compete in a double knockout playoff.
- If five (5) or six (6) teams are entered they will compete in a single round robin format. In the case of ties that can’t be decided with the win-loss record the winner and runner up will be decided first by head to head results of the teams tied, and then if an additional tiebreaker is required with the pre-game skills competition (see section 8).
- If four (4) teams are entered they will play a single round robin with the top three (3) teams playing off in a modified page playoff, two (2) vs. three (3) with winner playing one (1). Team with best round robin ranking will have hammer and choice of rocks in the playoffs. In the case of ties that can’t be decided with the win loss record the playoff ranking will be decided first by head to head results of the teams tied, and then if an additional tiebreaker is required with the pre-game skills competition (see section 8)
- If three (3) teams are entered they will play in a double round robin format. In the case of ties that can’t be decided with the win loss record the winner and runner up will be decided first by head to head results of the teams tied, and then if an additional tiebreaker is required with the pre-game skills competition (see section 8).
- If two (2) teams enter they will play a three (3) game series with the winner of two (2) games winning 100% of the prize money, $200.00.
- If one (1) team enters that team shall have their full entry fee refunded.
Last Stone Advantage for Berth Bonspiels - Before all round robin games a pre-game skills competition will take place and be used to decide ties that can’t be broken using the win loss record and who gets hammer in the game. Ten (10) minutes before each game, teams will flip a coin. The winner of the coin toss will have choice of practice (first or second) and choice of rocks (carries through to game). The losing team will pick which side of the ice to use for their draw. You can pick anyone on the team to perform the skills and rotating through the roster is not required for future round robin games. This person will throw two (2) rocks down and two (2) rocks back on the side chosen. One (1) final draw to the button, towards the glass, will be measured for the skills. A representative from each team will participate in the measurements. Closest to the pin will have hammer in the game. If a stone can't be measured after the initial draw to the button (either covered the pin or didn’t stop within the rings) then a different player shall throw a single draw to the button towards the glass on the same side of the sheet. If on the initial draw to the button a rock doesn’t stop in the rings the maximum of 183 cm will be recorded towards your total; the second stone will only be used to determine hammer, if needed. If a clear winner cannot be decided after 2 draws for each team then a coin toss will decide hammer for the game. Each team is responsible to record their draw to the button distance on the draw sheet on the Championships Board. If at the conclusion of the regular draw a team has neglected to record a distance, a distance of 183 cm will be recorded.
- Equipment: In following with the NWT Curling Association requirement regarding the use of World Curling Federation (WCF)-approved brush heads at territorial playdowns, all teams competing in the regular draw of the open berth bonspiel will be required to use WCF-approved brush heads. The list of approved heads for the season can be found at http://www.worldcurling.org/brushes. This rule will be self-policed by participants. Throwing devices are exempt from this requirement provided they are only used for throwing and not sweeping. This rule does not apply to the Travelers Division.