What is it?
This will be 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 team will advance to the World Mixed Doubles in Dumfries, Scotland in April 23-30, 2014. The pools will be seeded according to the Order of Merit.
Where & when
The event will be played Wednesday, March 19 to Sunday, March 23, 2014 at the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club in Ottawa, Ontario. The Ottawa Hunt is a six (6) sheet facility. Teams are responsible for their own travel and accommodations. The host hotel is the Day’s Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel with a preferred rate of $135 per night. Accommodation costs are the responsibility of the individual teams. Please use this link to book your rooms: BOOK HERE
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 2012-2013 season including play up to December 31, 2013. The OOM is based exclusively on the Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS). 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 and they will be asked to confirm their entry by December 31, 2013, but not necessarily the names. The team members’ names must be confirmed no later than February 21, 2014. Member associations have autonomy on how they declare their team including residency and age eligibility.
The four (4) players from the winning team at the 2014 Canadian Mixed in Ottawa (November 2013) will be invited to attend. This winning team will decide on what the two pairings/teams will be for the Mixed Doubles Curling Trials.
If a Member Association is not able to send a team, their invitation will revert to the waiting list, which will be based exclusively on the Order of Merit. Any teams replacing any of the thirty-two invited teams will not be subject to the MA Residency Policy nor are they subject to any age requirements.
The entry fee will be $400 per team including teams identified by the Member Associations. The entry fees collected will be returned in full as prize money. Teams are also expected to pay all and any travel / accommodation expenses. The deadline for all entries will be December 31, 2013.
Each game will be worth $100 to the winning team (including playoffs).
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, by the total distance of the draws for hammer in first end (best 6 of 7).
There will not be any tie-breaker games.