League Rules and Policies
General Rules of Play
The most important rule is observing the spirit of curling. This is explained in the USCA Rules of Curling and Competition copied from the US Curling website:
“Curling is a game of skill and tradition. A shot well executed is a delight to see and it is also a fine thing to observe the time-honored traditions of curling being applied in the true spirit of the game. Curlers play to win, but never to humble their opponents. A true curler never attempts to distract opponents, nor to prevent them from playing their best, and would prefer to lose rather than to win unfairly.
Curlers never knowingly break a rule of the game, nor disrespect any of its traditions. Should they become aware that this has been done inadvertently, they will be the first to divulge the breach.
While the main object of the game of curling is to determine the relative skill of the players, the spirit of curling demands good sportsmanship, kindly feeling and honorable conduct.
This spirit should influence both the interpretation and the application of the rules of the game and also the conduct of all participants on and off the ice.”
As part of the spirit of curling, if you aren’t sure the correct ruling, ask an experienced curler and communicate with the opposing team. Assume goodwill with your opponent. Never purposefully delay the game to deny your opponent an extra end to catch up.
All play will be governed by the USCA Rules of Curling and Competition unless stated below which can be found here. This includes use of the five-rock free guard zone role.
Determining who has hammer in the first end
During league play, hammer will be determined by a coin flip. The winner of the coin flip will have the choice of hammer in the first end or stone color.
Subs and team requirements
Teams must have at least 3 players to compete in a game. If less than 3 players are present when all other games have started, the team with less than 3 players will forfeit the hammer in the first end. If less than 3 players are present at 8:35 (based on the clock at the ice arena), that team will forfeit the hammer and the other team will begin the game with a 2 point advantage. If less than 3 players are present at 8:45, that team will forfeit the hammer and the other team will begin the game with a 4 point advantage. If less than 3 players are present at 9:00, ,that team will forfeit the game.
Subs may be used by a team. However, a team must have at least 2 members of its team roster as registered at the start of the season present in order to play a league game. A team may use a maximum of two subs for a game during the regular season league play. A team may use a maximum of one sub for a game if contesting for the championship.
Playdowns may be required for national events such as the Arena National Curling Championship. If a team desires to participate in a competition the club has received a bid for, they must announce to the board by writing at least 4 months before the first day of the event. If more than one team announces their desire to participate, a playdown will be used to determine who will receive the club’s bid for the event. Due to the inherent difficulties of finding ice time, specifics of when the playdown will take place must be determined on a case by case basis. The playdown will be one 8-end game. The winner of this game will receive the club’s bid for the event. Alternate methods of playdown may be used if agreed upon by both teams. If more than two teams register their desire to participate, the Park City Curling Club Board of Directors will determine the method to be used to choose a winner.
All players should do their best to make sure at least 6-ends are played. To this goal, keep the games moving by not overthinking shots. When it is your turn, be ready to go in the hack as soon as your opponent finishes delivering their stone. Because games must be completed and rocks removed from the ice before 10 pm, a buzzer will be used. The buzzer will be set to sound at approximately 9:30. After the buzzer, teams should finish the end that they are in and play one additional end. Skips should communicate with each other after the buzzer sounds to confirm the total number of ends to be played.
Games that are tied after 6 ends have been played or time restricted will go to a one-shot draw to the button if possible (due to the way our ice works this year, it will be possible on most nights). Anyone on your team may throw the stone and offensive sweeping is allowed. The team who would have had the hammer if another end would have been played will throw second at this shootout. The team with the closest shot to the button will score 2 pts. and the other team will score 1 pt.
The league winner may be determined in a variety of different manners based on the number of teams who register for the league in a given season. The final format for determining the winner of each league will be published and posted in this space before the second week of league play begins.
Fall League 2019
Summary: The 2019 Winter League will consist of 9 weeks of regular season play, followed by a one week playoff/championship. Every team will have a bye for one week, so every team will play a total of 8 games in the regular season.
Points: Wins are worth 3 points, games that are tied after 6 ends have been played or time restricted will go to a one shot draw to the button if possible (due to the way our ice works this year, it will be possible on most nights). Anyone on your team may throw the stone and offensive sweeping is allowed. The team who would have had the hammer if another end would have been played will throw second at this shootout. The team with the closest shot to the button will score 2 pts. and the other team will score 1 pt. Losses are worth 0 points.
Qualifying for playoffs: After the regular season, the teams with the two highest totals in points will advance to the final. All other teams will be seeded and play a similar seeded team. Your team’s final seeding may affect your placement in the league for next season. Due to the number of teams joining the league, an upper and lower division may be created for the next season, and your team’s rank may affect its placement for next season.
Ties for seeding will be resolved in the following order:
1. All non-mutual results will be excluded and points retabulated
2. Head-to-head result
3. Most outright wins
4. Most Shootout wins
5. Draw to the button following Week 9 (if possible)