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BC curlers given more opportunities to qualify for championships

Curlers hoping to compete in BC curling championships next season will have more opportunities to qualify thanks to an enhanced playdown structure.

There will now be multiple ways for teams to qualify for BC championships, including the addition of a BC Women’s Curling Tour and a BC Men’s Curling Tour.

The structure borrows from the successful implementation of the BC Junior Curling Tour.

The new structure will give curlers competing in Men’s and Women’s play multiple ways to qualify for the provincial championship. (CTRS points, tours, regional playdowns [men] or open playdowns [men and women]). Curlers in the Junior event will have three different ways to qualify. (Tour, regional events, open event).

Curlers in all other categories apart from the wheelchair category and BC Winter Games (U16) will also have two chances to qualify because of regional events followed by an open event.

The wheelchair championship will remain an open championship meaning anyone who registers a team can participate. The BC Winter Games retains the Zone system.

Berth allocation will also change to a modified proration system.

Shannon Joanisse, Curl BC’s High Performance and Competitions Manager, said the High Performance and Competitions Committee had worked hard to ensure the new system would work well. Among the goals are to increase the pool of players, utilize existing events in order to help them thrive, create additional events where there might be gaps and open up opportunities to qualify teams from all areas of the province. She said: “This structure has been modified not only to allow all BC teams an opportunity to compete but also to ensure that the top teams have the opportunity to go to the Canadian championships in hopes of reaching the podium.”

For events like the Mixed, Masters and Seniors, the goal is a little different. Joanisse said: “For these events, we want to increase participation and ensure that every curler has an opportunity to compete.”

A detailed breakdown of every category is summarized below.

*Please note that for all events listed below, with a high number of entries, consideration will be given to increasing the BC Championship to a larger number of teams.

BC U16 – BC Winter Games

• This event will be run as before, with the next event scheduled for 2020.

BC U18s

8-team BC Championships RR with a 3-team playoff
• 5 Regional events – 7 berths to be prorated (based on the number of entries) among the regions as long as the region meets the minimum of 2 teams entering.
• 1 open event – 1 berth (minimum); alternating each year between the LM and OK
*If a region does not have at least two entries, then one less berth will be prorated among the other regions and a berth will be added to the open event.
**If there is only one entry in a region, that team will have the option of competing in the open event or withdrawing from the playdown process.

BC Juniors (U21)

8-team BC Championships RR with a 3-team playoff
• 2 BC Tour berths
• 4 Regional events – 5 berths to be prorated (based on the number of entries) among the regions as long as the region meets the minimum of 2 teams entering.
• 1 open event – 1 berth (minimum); alternating each year between the LM/Island and OK
* Lower Mainland and Island will be one region (Coastal) – this event will alternate year to year
**If a region does not have at least two entries, then one less berth will be prorated among the other regions and a berth will be added to the open event.
***If there is only one entry in a region, that team will have the option of competing in the open event or withdrawing from the playdown process.

BC Women

8-team BC Championship RR with a 4-team Page playoff
• 1 BC returning Champion
• 1 CTRS berth
• 2 BC Tour berths
• 2 open events (2 berths minimum each)
*If no team meets the criteria for the above berth(s), the extra berth(s) will be allocated to the first open event.
CTRS/BC Tour Berth conditions:
In order to receive the Men’s and Women’s CTRS and BC Tour Berths the following criteria must be met:
The top CTRS team and the top 2 BC Tour teams as determined by points accrued from Nov. 30, 2017 – Dec. 1, 2018 (including events in progress during that date). The high point teams must have competed in a minimum of four WCT events OR be in the top 50. NOTE: The BC Tour point system is in the process of being finalized.

BC Men

12-team BC Championship TKO with a 4-team Page playoff
• 1 returning BC Champion
• 1 CTRS berth
• 2 BC tour berths
• 5 Regional events – 7 berths to be prorated (based on the number of entries) among the regions as long as the region meets the minimum of 2 teams entering.
• 1 open event – 1 berth (minimum); alternating between the LM and OK.
* If no team meets the criteria for the above berth(s), the extra berth(s) will be allocated to the open event.
**If a region does not have at least two entries, then one less berth will be prorated among the other regions and a berth will be added to the open event.
***If there is only one entry in a region, that team will have the option of competing in the open event or withdrawing from the playdown process.
CTRS/BC Tour Berth conditions:
In order to receive the Men’s and Women’s CTRS and BC Tour Berths the following criteria must be met:
The top CTRS team and the top 2 BC Tour teams as determined by points accrued from Nov. 30, 2017 – Dec. 1, 2018 (including events in progress during that date). The high point teams must have competed in a minimum of four WCT events OR be in the top 50. NOTE: The BC Tour point system is in the process of being finalized.

BC Mixed Doubles

16-team BC Championship – 2 pools of 8 with a 4-team Page playoff
• 5 Regional events – 14 berths to be prorated (based on the number of entries) among the regions as long as the region meets the minimum of 2 teams entering.
• 1 open event – 2 berths (minimum); alternating each year between the LM and OK
*If a region does not have at least two entries, then two fewer berths will be prorated among the other regions and two berths will be added to the open event.
**If there is only one entry in a region, that team will have the option of competing in the open event or withdrawing from the playdown process.

BC Seniors

Men/Women – 8-team BC Championships RR with a 3-team playoff
• 5 Regional events – 7 berths to be prorated (based on the number of entries) among the regions as long as the region meets the minimum of 2 teams entering.
• 1 open event – 1 berth (minimum); alternating each year between the LM and OK
*If a region does not have at least two entries, then one less berth will be prorated among the other regions and a berth will be added to the open event.
**If there is only one entry in a region, that team will have the option of competing in the open event or withdrawing from the playdown process.

BC Masters

Men/Women – 8-team BC Championships RR with a 3-team playoff
• 5 Regional events – 7 berths to be prorated (based on the number of entries) among the regions as long as the region meets the minimum of 2 teams entering.
• 1 open event – 1 berth (minimum); alternating between the LM and OK
*If a region does not have at least two entries, then one less berth will be prorated among the other regions and a berth will be added to the open event.
**If there is only one entry in a region, that team will have the option of competing in the open event or withdrawing from the playdown process.

BC Mixed

8-team Provincial TKO with a 4-team Page playoff
• 5 Regional events – 7 berths to be prorated (based on the number of entries) among the regions as long as the region meets the minimum of 2 teams entering (if only one team enters a regional playdown, that team may play in the open event);
• 1 open event – 1 berth (minimum); alternating each year between the LM and OK
*If a region does not have at least two entries, then one less berth will be prorated among the other regions and a berth will be added to the open event.
**If there is only one entry in a region, that team will have the option of competing in the open event or withdrawing from the playdown process.

BC Wheelchair

• This event will be run as before.

Comments?

Anyone with any comments can direct them to Scott Braley at sbraley@curlbc.ca on behalf of the High Performance and Competitions Committee.

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