Definition: A Free Agent is defined as a member in good standing of any Member Association of Curling Canada competing as a non-resident player in the Tournament of Hearts and the Brier.
Free Agents are allowed to compete in the Tournament of Hearts and the Brier only (at any level of play). A maximum of one (1) Free Agent will be allowed per team, which includes any alternate player.
Free Agents competing in the Tournament of Hearts and Brier in any other Member Association will also be allowed to compete in any other competition (except the Tournament of Hearts and Brier) leading to any Curling Canada championship in the jurisdiction of the Member Association where they are resident. For example, player ‘A’ lives in Winnipeg and is a free agent for a Saskatchewan-based team in the Brier playdowns. Player ‘A’ would then be able to play in the Mixed for Manitoba, or any other Manitoba event he might be eligible for.
Student-athletes 20 years of age and under on June 30 the year prior to the Canadian Juniors or prior to the Under-18.
Student-athletes requesting this exemption must identify their “Free Agent”, then notify the Member Associations involved, seeking their approval. If necessary, they may be asked to provide the required documentation proving the remaining players (3 of 4) are bona fide residents of the Member Association they are intending to represent.
“Free Agent” requests must be received by the respective Member Associations thirty (30) days prior to the Member Association deadline for entry to the first stage of the championship in question. Following the approval process between the respective Member Associations, the player must also be registered appropriately on the Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS). Finally, the Member Associations will forward copies to Curling Canada.
All individuals must comply with the membership criteria of the province or territory they wish to represent including the acquisition of a Curling Canada Competitor Card.
Individuals claiming to be bona fide residents of the curling jurisdiction they wish to represent or, individuals engaged in the exemption process, may be requested to participate in Curling Canada’s Whereabouts Program, as administered by the Director of High Performance to validate their residency or the merit of their request for an exemption.