Mixed Doubles – Who’s In?


Curl PEI is wants to know who is interested in playing off to go to the Mixed Doubles Curling Trials.

Curl PEI is allowed one (1) entry but we must confirm our interest by December 31, 2012.  If we have enough interest we will hold a playdown by February 22, 2013.

Please read the information below, if you are interested or have any questions contact Curl PEI executive director, Amy Duncan (aduncan@sportpei.pe.ca, 902-368-4208).

Mixed Doubles Curling Trials

1. What is it?

This will be a thirty-two (32) team event with four (4) pools of eight (8) teams competing in individual round robins. Following these four round robins, twelve (12) teams will then advance to the playoff round. The championship team will advance to the World Mixed Doubles in Fredericton in April 2013. The pools will be seeded according tothe Order of Merit.

2. Where & when

The event will be played Thursday, March 14 to Sunday, March 17, 2013 at the Leduc Recreation Centre in Leduc, Alberta. The Leduc Curling Club is an eight (8) sheet facility. Teams are responsible for their own travel and accommodations. A host hotel with a preferred rate will be announced by January 1, 2013, however, choice of accommodations is up to the individual teams.

3. Teams

Teams will be comprised of one (1) male and one (1) female. Coaches are welcome and will have access to the field of play for practices and time-outs. However, there will not be a spare or alternate pool nor will alternates be allowed to compete. If a team cannot field two players for any game, they will default the game.

Sixteen (16) teams will be invited based on individual Order of Merit (OOM) points of the two players. The points will be those earned from the entire 2011-2012 season plus will included play up to December 31, 2012. The OOM is based exclusively on the Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS). The sixteen teams identified from the OOM are not subject to the MA Residency Policy nor are they subject to any age requirements.

Fourteen (14) teams will represent the Member Associations of the CCA. Each MA will be allowed one (1) entry and they will be asked to confirm their entry by December 31, 2012, but not necessarily the names. The team members’ names must be confirmed no later than February 22, 2013. Member associations have autonomy on how they declare their team including residency and age eligibility.

The four (4) players from the winning team at the 2013 Canadian Mixed in Montreal (November 2012) will be invited to attend. This winning team will decide on what the two pairings/teams will be for the Mixed Doubles Curling Trials.

If a Member Association is not able to send a team, their invitation will revert to the waiting list, which will be based exclusively on the Order of Merit. Any teams replacing any of the thirty-two invited teams will not be subject to the MA Residency Policy nor are they subject to any age requirements.

4. Entry Fee

The entry fee will be $400 per team including teams identified by the Member Associations. The entry fees collected will be returned in full as prize money. Teams are also expected to pay all and any travel / accommodation expenses. The deadline for all entries will be December 31, 2012.

5. Prize Money

Each game will be worth $100 to the winning team (including playoffs).

Game Logistics

(a)   A team is composed of two players, one male, and one female. Alternate players are not allowed. A team must forfeit any game(s) in which it fails to have both athletes playing for the entire game. One coach will be allowed for each team.

(b)   The scoring shall be the same as in a regular game of curling. The “positioned” stones that are placed before the beginning of each end are eligible to be counted in the scoring.

(c)   Each game will be scheduled for eight (8) ends.

(d)   Each team shall receive twenty-four (24) minutes of thinking time.

(e)   When extra ends are required, the clocks will be reset, and each team shall receive three (3) minutes of thinking time for each extra end.

(f)    Each team shall deliver five (5) stones per end. The player delivering the team’s first stone of the end must also deliver the team’s last stone of that end. The other team member shall deliver the team’s second, third and fourth stones for that end. The player delivering the first stone can change from end to end.

(g)   Modified FGZ – No stone in play, including the “positioned” stones and those in the house, can be moved to an out-of-play position prior to the delivery of the fourth stone of an end (the fourth delivered stone is the first stone that can remove any stone from play). If there is a violation, the delivered stone shall be removed from play, and any displaced stone(s) shall be replaced to their original position by the non-offending team.

(h)   Before the start of every end, one team shall instruct the game umpire to place their team’s “positioned” stone at the playing end of the sheet in one of two positions, designated A and B. The opponent’s “positioned” stone shall then be placed by the game umpire in whichever position (A or B) remains vacant. The location of these positions shall be as follows:

Position A: Placement so that the stone is bisected by the centre line and is either immediately in front of or immediately behind one of 3 points in the ice. The points are placed on the centre line:

– at the mid-point between the hog line and the outermost edge of the top of the house

– 0.915 m. (3 feet) from the mid-point closer to the house

– 0.915 m. (3 feet) from the mid-point closer to the hog line

 Based on the ice conditions, the Chief Umpire shall determine the specific placement for Position A to be used before the start of the pre-game practice and that same placement must be used for the entire game.

 Position B: Placement so that the stone is in the back of the house, bisected by the centre line and abutting the back edge of the tee.

(i)     The team having the decision on the placement of the “positioned” stones shall be:

  1.  Teams opposing each other in the game shall use the Last Stone Draw (LSD) to determine which team has the decision in the first end. The team with the lesser LSD distance shall have the decision on theplacement.
  2.  Following the first end, the team that did not score shall have the decision on the placement.
  3. If neither team scores in an end, the team that delivered the first stone in that end shall have the decision on placement in the next end.

(j)     The team whose “positioned” stone is placed in Position A (in front of the house) shall deliver the first stone in that end, and the team whose “positioned” stone is placed in Position B (in the house) shall deliver the second stone in that end.

(k)   While the team is in the process of delivery, the non-delivering player must be positioned inside the hog line and on the ice surface at the playing end of the sheet. After delivery, either or both players may sweep their delivered stone and any stones set in motion that belong to their team anywhere in front of the tee line at the playing end. This applies during all of the team’s delivered stones, including the LSD.

(l)     If a player delivers a stone out of proper rotation, that stone is returned to the hack to be delivered by the correct player, after any displaced stones have been replaced to their original positions by the non-offending team. Should the infraction not be discovered until after the delivery of a subsequent stone, play continues as if the infraction had not occurred.

(m)  The event will be fully officiated by a CCA Chief Umpire and appropriate Game Umpires.

(n)   Statistics will be kept for all games and teams will have access to stats after every draw.

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