The CURLSASK Competition Committee will be bringing forth potential changes to be approved by the CURLSASK Board of Directors at meetings on May 29-31, 2015. Input for the suggested changes came from the SCT and SWCT Committees, competitor surveys, officials, competition liasons and CURLSASK Region Coordinators. The changes were previewed at the recent CURLSASK AGM meetings and received strong support for the following:
The 12 team Provincial Format will remain for 2016. The key change is the elimination of concurrent January North/South Playdowns. Rather, two (2) provincial qualifying events will be held – one in December and one in January to declare eight (8) teams for the Provincials. Teams may enter one or both qualifying events, but once a team has earned a berth, they are ineligible to enter a qualifying event. Four (4) teams will qualify directly to Provincials through the Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS) and Sask Women’s Curling Tour prior to these qualifying events.
Region playdowns will be discontinued and teams will qualify to the 8 team Senior Men’s Provincial through a Northern or Southern Qualifying Event. These Provincial Qualifying Events will be held on the same weekend in February. Teams will not need to adhere to region boundaries; i.e., choose the Qualifying Event most convenient for your team. The number of berths will be prorated based on entries.
Curling Club Championships (Travelers)
The provincial draw and format will be revised eliminating the 16 team four pool structure. Final format and structure are still in the works but with making this change a day will probably be added to the provincial event (ie. Friday to Monday).
Region Playdowns will be eliminated. The 16 team Provincial Tankard format will remain but the qualification process changes. Ten (10) Teams will come from WCT and SCT Tour events while six (6) will come from the North/South qualifying events. Four (4) Sask Curling Tour Spiels and the Sask Players Championship (1) will each qualify a team to the provincials. The highest ranked team on the Sask Curling Tour will receive a direct entry to provincials (1 team). The four highest ranked teams on the CTRS will also receive a direct entry to the Tankard (4 teams). The remaining Tankard berths will be through Northern or Southern Provincial Qualifying Event (6 teams). These 2 Provincial Qualifying Events will be held on the same weekend in January and teams will not be restricted to the Region boundaries .
All other CURLSASK Provincial competitions will remain with similar formats and procedures but some may have some minor adjustments. The Competition Committee, once receiving final approval from the Board, will communicate the 2015-2016 Competition playdowns procedures, rules, registration dates and information to competitors via the website and email communication for those who we have email addresses for. If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact the CURLSASK office throughout the off-season.
Chair, Amber Holland – Executive Director
Dennis Smith – President
Christy Walker – Board Member
Mitch Minken – Board Member
Del Jones – Member at Large
Mike McClelland – Chief Official
Ken McArton – Level 4 Official
Brian Champion – Region Coordinator
Jim Wilson – Board Member