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Rules

The rules for the game of curling are contained in the Curling Canada Rules for General Play and the Curling Canada Rules for Officiated play depending on the league or competition you are participating in. Competitive curlers in BC playing in events leading up to BC championships also must adhere to the Curl BC Rules.

Residency

Click here to view policies with regard to residency (PDF)

Click here to view policies with regard to free agency (PDF)

Click here to view policies with regard to eligibility (PDF)

Proof of Residency Requirements Form (PDF) should be downloaded if:

  • You have been requested to show proof of residency by a Provincial/Territorial Member Association.
  • You are requesting residency to compete in playdowns in a Province/Territory and you have not been a permanent resident of that province/territory by the September 1 deadline

Application for Exemption of Residency Requirements Form (PDF) should be downloaded if:

  • You are living within a short distance of a provincial/territorial border;
  • You are a student wishing to compete in the province/territory where you are attending school versus your province/territory of your permanent residence;
  • You are based in two locations due to your employment situation;
  • You are applying to be a free agent (the sole out-of-province player) for a BC men’s or women’s playdowns team;
  • You have birthright status.
Brush head technology

Curl BC adheres to international brush head technology and sweeping regulations for playdowns in BC leading to national events. The regulations were approved at the World Curling Federation Annual General Assembly in September 2016. Curling Canada has created an FAQ page to answer questions about the new rules. Visit https://www.curling.ca/sweeping-moratorium-faqs/ to read more.

Uniforms and Cresting

All team members must wear identical uniforms (matching jackets and shirts) when accessing the field of play including Opening/Closing Ceremonies. This includes fifth players.

Coaches must also wear matching on-ice attire. If not possible, attire should be either similar in colour and style or plain black. Coaches and players are not permitted to wear jeans.

Advertising/sponsorship on team gear may be worn provided it does not conflict with Curl BC Event Sponsors. In other words, you cannot wear the logo of a company that is in direct competition with one of the Curl BC sponsors. Teams are not permitted to cover a sponsor crest with tape.

Curl BC Sponsors:

  •  Kruger (Scotties) (paper products)
  • Best Western (hotel)
  • belairdirect (insurance)
  • AMJ Campbell (moving and storage)
  • Connect Hearing (hearing aids and hearing health)

Provincial finalist crests are to be attached to the upper left sleeve or on the left chest, in the same position for all members of the team.

The surname of the athletes in letters approx 2” (5cm) in height is required on the back of team jackets and must be easily visible.

Baseball style hats (matching), worn with the peak to the front, toques and headbands that are free of corporate advertising conflicting with Curl BC sponsors may be worn.

Any questions about uniforms or cresting should be sent to Will Sutton at wsutton@curlbc.ca.

Player fines for violations

Introduction

Curl BC and our member centre event host committees are actively engaged in social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, blog sites) to extend the reach and messages of our organizations and engage with key audiences in a meaningful way. Staff, volunteers, athletes, coaches and officials are the best ambassadors and promoters of curling and are encouraged to take part and share their experiences through social media.

Guidelines

Only designated individuals will be given the authority to communicate through social media on behalf of Curl BC. These guidelines provide direction for volunteers, participants, and supporters who choose to identify their relationship with Curl BC through personal social media accounts at Curl BC events or in the lead-up to Curl BC events.

1. Be authentic and transparent. Write in the first person and be clear that you are speaking for yourself and not on behalf of Curl BC.

2. Exercise good judgment. Everything online is visible to the entire world and is discoverable. Respect the privacy and opinions of others and don’t reveal confidential information.

3. Links to the Curl BC website www.curlbc.ca, our event websites, our member centres’ websites and playdowns.curlbc.ca or other scoring sites are encouraged.

4. Add value and insight for the people who will read your posts. Social media is about building relationships, and providing worthwhile information and perspective.

5. During championship events, competitors should be conscious of sponsors. Curl BC’s partnerships with companies such as belairdirect, Best Western and Kruger help our events run successfully, as well as provide money that covers the cost of banquets and training for officials. Curl BC would ask competitors to respect those partnerships by not: A) distributing messages that may be seen as critical of the sponsors; and B) distributing messages praising direct competitors of our sponsors. This applies specifically during championship events.

6. Be responsible. Staff, volunteers, and participants are representatives of their community, sport, and member centre and are responsible for the content they publish and how they participate in social media.

7. Competitors hurt the sport and hurt their teammates by sending out negative messages of their own, or by sharing/retweeting negative messages from other people. These can consist of criticism of opponents, teammates, officials, broadcasters, events, sponsors, facilities and playing conditions, or sexist, racist or homophobic slurs. Curl BC rules and policies such as our Codes of Ethics apply to social media.

8. During championship events, out of respect for the integrity of the game, players, coaches and alternates on the field of play will be prohibited from using any form of social media from 15 minutes prior to games until the completion of the game. However, teams can appoint someone sitting in the stands or watching on television to send messages via social media as long as there is no direct contact with the players, coach or alternate in the field of play.

Enforcement

Publishing inappropriate content related to Curl BC or one of its events, or any content that could be construed as bringing Curl BC or the event into disrepute, can and will lead to consequences. As stated in the Curl BC rules, Curl BC’s Board of Governors has the power, at any time, to suspend or expel, for just cause, any player or coach from competition for such period as the Board sees fit. For more information on the Curl BC Harassment and Disciplinary Policies, see the Curl BC Board Policy.

Reporting

Participants who believe that social media use by another participant or volunteer is inappropriate or may violate Curl BC’s rules or policies should report the matter to Curl BC (604-333-3619, wsutton@curlbc.ca).

Concussion Guidelines and Return to Play Policy

Curling Canada and Curl BC have both adopted Concussion Guidelines and Return to Play Policy (PDF).

 

Social Media Guidelines for Competitions

Introduction
Curl BC and our member centre event host committees are actively engaged in social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, blog sites) to extend the reach and messages of our organizations and engage with key audiences in a meaningful way. Staff, volunteers, athletes, coaches and officials are the best ambassadors and promoters of curling and are encouraged to take part and share their experiences through social media.

Guidelines
Only designated individuals will be given the authority to communicate through social media on behalf of Curl BC. These guidelines provide direction for volunteers, participants, and supporters who choose to identify their relationship with Curl BC through personal social media accounts at Curl BC events or in the lead-up to Curl BC events.

1. Be authentic and transparent. Write in the first person and be clear that you are speaking for yourself and not on behalf of Curl BC.

2. Exercise good judgment. Everything online is visible to the entire world and is discoverable. Respect the privacy and opinions of others and don’t reveal confidential information.

3. Links to the Curl BC website www.curlbc.ca, our event websites, our member centres’ websites and playdowns.curlbc.ca or other scoring sites are encouraged.

4. Add value and insight for the people who will read your posts. Social media is about building relationships, and providing worthwhile information and perspective.

5. During championship events, competitors should be conscious of sponsors. Curl BC’s partnerships with companies such as belairdirect, Best Western and Kruger help our events run successfully, as well as provide money that covers the cost of banquets and training for officials. Curl BC would ask competitors to respect those partnerships by not: A) distributing messages that may be seen as critical of the sponsors; and B) distributing messages praising direct competitors of our sponsors. This applies specifically during championship events.

6. Be responsible. Staff, volunteers, and participants are representatives of their community, sport, and member centre and are responsible for the content they publish and how they participate in social media.

7. Competitors hurt the sport and hurt their teammates by sending out negative messages of their own, or by sharing/retweeting negative messages from other people. These can consist of criticism of opponents, teammates, officials, broadcasters, events, sponsors, facilities and playing conditions, or sexist, racist or homophobic slurs. Curl BC rules and policies such as our Codes of Ethics apply to social media.

8. During championship events, out of respect for the integrity of the game, players, coaches and alternates on the field of play will be prohibited from using any form of social media from 15 minutes prior to games until the completion of the game. However, teams can appoint someone sitting in the stands or watching on television to send messages via social media as long as there is no direct contact with the players, coach or alternate in the field of play.

Enforcement
Publishing inappropriate content related to Curl BC or one of its events, or any content that could be construed as bringing Curl BC or the event into disrepute, can and will lead to consequences. As stated in the Curl BC rules, Curl BC’s Board of Governors has the power, at any time, to suspend or expel, for just cause, any player or coach from competition for such period as the Board sees fit. For more information on Curl BC Policy, see the Curl BC Board Policy Registry.

Reporting
Participants who believe that social media use by another participant or volunteer is inappropriate or may violate Curl BC’s rules or policies should report the matter to Curl BC (604-333-3622, wsutton@curlbc.ca).