THE RESUMPTION OF CURLING IN SASKATCHEWAN WILL BE AN IMPORTANT PART OF RETURNING TO A DEGREE OF NORMALCY DURING THE PANDEMIC. AS A HEALTHY, COMMUNITY-BUILDING ACTIVITY, CURLING CAN HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE MINDS, BODIES AND SPIRITS OF SASKATCHEWAN RESIDENTS. IN TIME, SPORT WILL CONTRIBUTE TO REBUILDING THE ECONOMY AS WELL.

CURLSASK Return to Play Guidelines

Updated: October 20, 2020

CURLSASK has worked to ensure our Saskatchewan Curling Clubs and athletes can safely return to the ice! We have recently updated the guide to include the most recent Travel Restrictions and information Free Agent.

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Curling Canada Return to Play Guidelines

While these guidelines are national by nature, you and your club must follow the authority of relevant agencies in your community / municipality / province / territory to customize your own plan. Further, these best practices may be expanded or changed based on evolving guidance from your governing authorities. Use this document as a guide to develop your own program for start-up this Fall.

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Re-Open Sask Plan - Nov 13, 2020

Although the challenge is formidable, it’s one that we’re overcoming by working together. We’re resilient people and are not allowing COVID-19 to dampen our spirit or dim our anticipation of the future.

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Sport and Activity Guidelines

Operators of sports and recreation facilities (multiplexes, gymnasiums, courts, rinks, training facilities, indoor playgrounds, etc.) in Saskatchewan must be in compliance with these guidelines.

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Refunds?

There are many ways to approach potential refunds and often some discretion on a case by case basis is critical.

Consider the following policies:

No Refunds

If cancellations or closures are necessary due to COVID-19, refunds will not be provided. The club is committing to you, our members, by committing the funds necessary to put the ice and open for the season. In return, the board asks that you committed to the curling club which is a non-profit organization and therefore is not in a position to provide full refunds.

Scaled Refunds

If the Club is required to close temporarily, every reasonable effort will be made to ensure that make-up games can be re-scheduled during the 2020-21 season’s timeframe (October – March). If the 2020-21 season never begins or transpires then curlers will be provided the option of a 100% refund of all league fees or a credit toward next curling season. If the 2020-21 season is cut short within 1 – 5 games then curlers will be provided the option of a 75% refund of all league fees or a credit toward next curling season.

Game Play Distancing Illustrations

Where do I stand? Check out this distancing illustration provided by Curling Canada.

Tip for Clubs; Print this poster and place behind each sheet to help your members learn the new traffic flow!

How To Create a QR Code & Screening Forms

Not sure where to start when it comes to screening? This handy document was created by Paige Engel of the Sutherland Curling Club to provide step by step directions on how to generate a QR code to aid in COVID Screening.

Please reach out to CURLSASK if you need assistance with this process.  REMEMBER, all curling clubs must have a contact tracing plan in place.

Screening and Contact Tracing on Paper!

Do you prefer to use paper and pen for contact tracing?

Here is a template to help get you started! Thanks to the Sutherland for sharing their template.

Additional Information and Resources

Town Hall #1 – July 22nd

-COVID-19 -Return to Play Plan -Updates from Curling Canada/CURLSASK -Discussion & Q/A

CLICK TO VIEW – Town Hall #1 Recording

 

Town Hall #2 – August 18th

-Hear Local Clubs Plans -PPE -Update from CURLSASK -Discussion & Q/A

CLICK TO VIEW – Town Hall #2 Recording

 

Town Hall #3 – September 3rd

– Return to Curl Town Hall

CLICK TO VIEW – Town Hall #3 Recording

 

Town Hall #4 – Wednesday, September 30th at 7:00pm

– Competitive Curling Town Hall

CLICK TO VIEW – Town Hall #4 Recording

 

Town Hall #5 – Tuesday, October 6th at 6:00pm

– Competitive Curling Town Hall #2

CLICK TO VIEW – Town Hall #5 Recording

Update – October 6, 2020

 

Town Hall #6 – Tuesday, October 27th at 6:00pm

– Competitive Curling Town Hall #3

CLICK TO VIEW – Town Hall #6 Recording

DATE: October 7, 2020

CURLSASK FAQ for the 2020-2021 Season

 

Will handshakes and coin tosses be allowed?

  • No handshakes this season.
  • For most occasions, (when social distancing can be maintained) flipping a coin will be allowed provided it is one person doing all the contact with the coin
  • See the Competition Guideline Chart for more information.

What are the sweeping rules?

  • It will depend on the risk level associated with that competition. There are three different scenarios: green– close to normal: yellow– use caution: red– high-risk
  • Green will allow most sweeping rules, yellow and then to red get more restrictive
  • See the Competition Guideline Chart for more information

Will masks be mandated on-ice?

  • Under the green scenario, it is no masks on-ice
  • As we move to yellow and red our mask use changes
  • See the Competition Guideline Chart for more information

What are the rules for coaches and junior play?

  • Coaches are permitted on the ice surface area but must physical distance from the opposition team
  • Masks are not currently mandated; subject to change

What is the qualification structure for the Men’s and Women’s Provincials?

  • Eight merit-based berths will be awarded through PTRS
    • Points are based on cash won, $100 = 1 point
    • Pay per win permitted
  • Four berths will come from the Last Chance event

What is the qualification structure for the SMDCT?

  • Fourteen berths through the MD Tour
    • Points are based on placement
    • Pay per win permitted
  • Six berths through the Last Chance
  • Four berths from the U18 MD Provincials

What are the rules for residents of Saskatchewan leaving the Province?

  • Persons leaving the Province and returning must self-monitor for symptoms
  • No COVID test is required

What about non-residents (free agents/birthright) entering the Province to compete?

  • Currently, a negative COVID test is required each time you enter the Province to play.

Are out of Province teams allowed to compete in Saskatchewan competitions?

  • Current SHA guidelines do NOT allow out of province teams.

Is out of province travel for sport permitted?

  • No, this means Saskatchewan teams are NOT permitted to leave the province for sport
  • Travel ban includes both practice, games and competitions
  • PTRS points will not be available for out of province events

What happens if teams travel out of Province for sport?

  • They may be subject to fines from the Saskatchewan Health Authority

What are the updated guidelines for Free Agents/Birthright players?

  • A recent negative COVID test is required each time you enter the Province to compete
  • The COVID Alert app is recommended to allow alert notification
  • Any alerts must be reported to the CURLSASK office
  • No social media posts about inter-provincial competition
  • Athletes only to solo practice in home jurisdiction
  • No leagues or competitions allowed in home jurisdiction
  • Please limit contact with others as much as possible
  • Please take all travel precautions and consider masking when social distancing cannot be maintained