About Mixed Doubles
What is it the Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Trials?
It is a thirty-two (32) team event with four (4) pools of eight (8) teams competing in individual round robins. Following these four round robins, twelve (12) teams will then advance to the playoff round. The championship winning team will advance to the World Mixed Doubles in Fredericton, April 13-20, 2013.
Where & when
The event will be played Thursday, March 14 to Sunday, March 17, 2013 at the Leduc Recreation Centre in Leduc, Alberta. The Leduc Curling Club is an eight (8) sheet facility.
Teams will be comprised of one (1) male and one (1) female. Coaches are welcome and will have access to the field of play for practices and time-outs. However, there will not be a spare or alternate pool nor will alternates be allowed to compete. If a team cannot field two players for any game, they will default the game.
Sixteen (16) teams will be invited based on individual Order of Merit (OOM) points of the two players. The points will be those earned from the entire 2011-2012 season plus will included play up to December 31, 2012. The sixteen teams identified from the OOM are not subject to the MA Residency Policy nor are they subject to any age requirements.
Fourteen (14) teams will represent the Member Associations of the CCA. Each MA will be allowed one (1) entry.
At the conclusion of the four individual round robins, the top team in each pool will advance directly to the quarterfinals of the championship round. Ties for first place will be decided by who beat whom then, by the total distance of the draws for hammer in first end (best 6 of 7). These four playoff teams will be seeded in the draw based on round robin record first, then total draw shot distance second.
The second place team in each pool will advance to the round of twelve (12) of the championship round. Ties for second place will be decided by who beat whom then, by the total distance of the draws for hammer in first end (best 6 of 7). These four playoff teams will be seeded in the draw based on round robin record first, then total draw shot distance second.
The next four teams advancing to the playoffs of the championship round will be the next four teams with the best records not already in the playoffs regardless of which pool they played in. These four playoff teams will be seeded in the draw based on round robin record first, then total draw shot distance second. There will not be any tie-breaker games.
A team is composed of two players, one male, and one female. Alternate players are not allowed. A team must forfeit any game(s) in which it fails to have both athletes playing for the entire game. One coach will be allowed for each team.
The scoring shall be the same as in a regular game of curling. The “positioned” stones that are placed before the beginning of each end are eligible to be counted in the scoring.
Each game will be scheduled for eight (8) ends.
Each team shall deliver five (5) stones per end. The player delivering the team’s first stone of the end must also deliver the team’s last stone of that end. The other team member shall deliver the team’s second, third and fourth stones for that end. The player delivering the first stone can change from end to end.
Each team shall receive twenty-four (24) minutes of thinking time and each team shall receive three (3) minutes of thinking time for each extra end.
Modified Free Guard Zone
No stone in play, including the “positioned” stones and those in the house, can be moved to an out-of-play position prior to the delivery of the fourth stone of an end (the fourth delivered stone is the first stone that can remove any stone from play). If there is a violation, the delivered stone shall be removed from play, and any displaced stone(s) shall be replaced to their original position by the non-offending team.
Before the start of every end, one team shall instruct the game umpire to place their team’s “positioned” stone at the playing end of the sheet in one of two positions, designated A and B. The opponent’s “positioned” stone shall then be placed by the game umpire in whichever position (A or B) remains vacant. The location of these positions shall be determined in consultation with the Ice Technician.
Teams opposing each other in the game shall use the Last Stone Draw (LSD) to determine which team has the decision in the first end. The team with the lesser LSD distance shall have the decision on the placement.
Following the first end, the team that did not score shall have the decision on the placement.
If neither team scores in an end, the team that delivered the first stone in that end shall have the decision on placement in the next end.
The team whose “positioned” stone is placed in front of the house shall deliver the first stone in that end, and the team whose “positioned” stone is placed in the house shall deliver the second stone in that end.