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Men's Playoff Rules

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FORMAT, EVENTS AND RULES OF THE HIGH PARK CLUB MEN’S SECTION 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYOFFS

This document was emailed to Men’s Section Skips and posted in the High Park Club Draw Room on March 12th

1. Overview

The Men’s Section Championship Playoff format is designed to achieve broad participation while still rewarding the best teams from regular season play. The Men’s Section has 50 teams this season. The total number of teams invited to contest for the Club Championship will again be 24. 22 teams will qualify automatically based on aggregate standings at the conclusion of the regular season (11 from each of Monday night and Thursday night). 8 teams will be invited to compete in the Wild Card Event for the 23rd and 24th seeds. 10 additional teams will be invited to compete in the Sad Sack Event. In aggregate, this provides 40 teams and over 90% of Section members an opportunity to compete for prizes.

The Canadian Curling Association’s “The Rules of Curling for General Play” apply to the Men’s Section Championship Playoffs. The additional rules herein, primarily related to substitutions, also apply to address the unique format of play for the Men’s Section Championship Playoffs and as deemed necessary by the Men’s Committee to promote fair competition.

2. Playoff Seedings

Each team will be seeded at the beginning of the playoffs. The aggregate winner from the night that produced the prior year’s Club Championship team is seeded #1. In 2017, Thursday teams that automatically qualify will be seeded, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19 and 21 according to their aggregate standing at the conclusion of the regular season. Monday teams that automatically qualify will be seeded 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20 and 22. Seed 23 will be filled with the winner among the Thursday night teams participating in the Wild Card Event. Seed 24 will be filled with the winner among the Monday night teams participating in the Wild Card Event.

3. Declaration of Teams

For the 22 teams that qualify for the Championship Playoffs automatically based on their aggregate standing at the end of the regular season as well as the 8 teams participating in the Wild Card Event for the 23rd and 24th playoff seeds, their declared Championship Playoff team is assumed to be the same team (with players playing the same position on that team) that was registered with the office or the Draw Master as at January 31, 2017. Players who have qualified with both their Monday night and Thursday night teams are assumed to be playing with the team that qualified for the higher seed.

Any exceptions to either of the above assumed declarations are required to be reported by the Skip to the Draw Master prior to the commencement of the Wild Card Event on Monday, April 3rd, 2017. This includes the names of replacement players for those players that have qualified with both their Monday and Thursday night teams, as well as any changes to playing positions as they were recorded at January 31st, 2017. All declared Championship Playoff teams must include at least 3 players from the team that was registered with the office or the Draw Master as at January 31st, 2017.

Your Monday Draw Master is Mike Leblanc (416-604-7809 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). Your Thursday Draw Master is Mike Bilas (416-453-9427 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). Please contact them with any questions, matters requiring interpretation or matters not covered by these declaration procedures.

4. Wild Card Event – Monday, April 3rd

The Wild Card Event is considered part of the Championship Playoffs. Therefore, teams and individual players must declare their commitment to either the Main Event or the Wild Card Event prior to the Wild Card Event (see Declaration of Championship Playoff Teams above). It naturally follows that participating teams in the Wild Card Event may only choose substitutes that have not declared their participation in the Main Event (including the Main Event Qualifying Round).

The 4 highest ranked teams on each of Monday and Thursday nights that do not automatically qualify for the playoffs will be invited to participate in the Wild Card Event. If any of these Monday or Thursday teams do not accept their invitation in good faith by 5:00pm on Friday, March 31st, or decline their invitation prior to that time, the Draw Master will extend an invitation to the next highest ranked team on that night until 4 confirmations are received. It is expected that teams who accept their invitation will do so in good faith (i.e. with full intention to show up to play on Monday, April 4th with an eligible team).

Teams will be ranked according to their finish in the final aggregate standings. The composition of the draws will be determined by the number of teams accepting the Wild Card Event invitation (see Schedule A). Thursday teams will play other Thursday teams for the 23rd seed. Monday teams will play other Monday teams for the 24th seed.

Players from teams eliminated during the Wild Card Event are eligible to spare for any of the 24 teams competing for the Club Championship, subject to the substitution provisions in Section 16.

The Wild Card Event Draw Master for 2017 is Mike Leblanc. Please contact Mike with any questions on this event.

5. Invitational Skins Event – Thursday, April 6th

The annual Invitational Skins Event will be played at 6:30pm, and will be followed by the annual Calcutta.

The Draw Master for the Invitational Skins Event is Kevin Brown. Please contact Kevin at 416-767-7736 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions on this event.

6. Main Event Qualifying Round (Monday, April 10th)

Teams seeded 1 to 8 receive a “bye” into the Main Event. Teams seeded 9 to 24 play the Main Event Qualifying Round (9 v. 24, 10 v. 23, 11 v. 22, etc… to 16 v. 17). Please check the Draw Board carefully for the time of your game.

Winning teams from the Main Event Qualifying Round will be reseeded from 9 to 16 based on their seedings heading into Main Event Qualifying Round. The reseeded teams will then be paired with the teams seeded 1 to 8 that received the bye into the Main Event. The losing teams from the Main Event Qualifying Round are similarly reseeded 1 to 8 for the Trophy Event.

7. Main Event – Round 1 (Thursday, April 13th)

16 teams will contest the Main Event in a double-elimination format that will produce the Club Champion, as well as the winners of the Second (B), Third (C), and Fourth (D) Events.

The bottom 8 teams are reseeded for Round 1 (see Main Event Qualifying Round above) but there is no reseeding in later rounds. The match-ups for Round 1 are 1 v. 16, 2 v. 15, etc… to 8 v. 9. Winners of Round 1 continue to Round 2 of the Main Event. Losers of Round 1 will contest the D Event.

8. Main Event – Round 2 (Monday, April 17th), Round 3 (Thursday, April 20th) and Finals (Saturday, April 22nd)

Winners in Round 1 of the Main Event continue to subsequent rounds. Losers in Round 2 will contest the C event and losers in Round 3 will contest the B event. The B, C and D events are single elimination.

9. Trophy Event – Round 1 (Thursday, April 13th and Monday, April 17th), Round 2 (Thursday, April 20th), Final (Saturday, April 22nd)

The Trophy Event is a single-elimination event for the 8 teams that lost in the Main Event Qualifying Round. The Trophy Event runs parallel to the Main Event.

Teams for the Trophy Event are reseeded for the quarterfinal games (see Main Event Qualifying Round above) but not reseeded thereafter. The first round of the Trophy Event is played over the first 2 dates of the Main Event. Please check the Draw Board carefully for the date and time of your game.

Draw Master responsibilities for the Main Event Qualifying Round, the Main Event and the Trophy Event will be shared between Mike Bilas and Mike LeBlanc. Please contact Mike L or Mike B with questions.

10. Sad Sack – Saturday, April 22nd

The format of the annual Sad Sack Bonspiel will be two 4-end games beginning at 11:00am (the second draw should commence no later than 12:30pm). Teams will be invited to participate in this bonspiel based on aggregate standings at the end of the regular season. The bottom 5 teams from each of Monday and Thursday are guaranteed an entry into the 10 team field. If a team declines its invitation, the team with the next highest aggregate points on the same night will be invited. If 5 entries can not be filled from any one night based on this process, the Draw Master may choose to fill the open spots with teams from the other night.

Match-ups in the first draw will be determined on a random basis. Match-ups in the second draw will be set by the Draw Master.

The Sad Sack Draw Master for 2017 is Michael Blakely. Please contact Michael at 416-314-3415 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions on this event.

11. Draw Times, Defaults, Rescheduling and Speed of Play

All early games for the Wild Card Event, Main Event (including the Main Event Qualifying Round) and Trophy Event are to begin at 6:30pm sharp. Accordingly, all players should take to the ice no later than 6:25pm. If one team is not eligible to begin to play its scheduled game by 6:35pm, that team will forfeit one point, one end, and the hammer. At the end of every ten minutes thereafter, that team will forfeit another point, another end, and the hammer, until 6:55pm at which time the offending team forfeits the game by default.

While there is no time clock rule enforced for the Championship Playoffs, please play quickly out of courtesy for the teams scheduled to play in the late draw behind you.

The scheduled start time for the late draw in the Wild Card Event, Main Event (including the Main Event Qualifying Round) and Trophy Event is 9:00pm. Late games may commence as soon as the numbers are taken down on your sheet by the Club’s ice staff. Please support our ice staff and allow them to do their job.

Games in any event may not be rescheduled at the discretion of the participating teams (this includes switching between the early and late draw). The Men’s Committee reserves the right to reschedule or cancel playoff games but will do so only in extraordinary circumstances.

12. Sheet assignments

Teams must play on the sheet they have been assigned. In the event of any discrepancies between the Draw Board at the Club and the Draw Sheet posted on the Club’s website, the Draw Board should be considered official.

13. Recording of Game Results

Game results will be recorded on the Draw Board at the Club by the Draw Masters (Mike L or Mike B), or in their absence, by another member of the Men’s Committee (John Ferren, Gary Parkinson, Kevin Sims, Mike Blakely, Peter Krimbalis or Kevin Brown). No other Men’s section members should record results. Game results will also be available on the Club’s website the following day.

Please notify one of the Draw Masters within 48 hours of your game if you have any questions or concerns with the recorded results.

14. Length of Games

All games in the Wild Card Event, Main Event (including the Main Event Qualifying Round) and Trophy event shall be 8 ends.

Games tied after 8 ends are to be settled by as many extra ends as necessary played towards the viewing glass.

15. Last Rock/Choice of Colour

The team with the highest seed gets choice of hammer or rock colour in the first end throughout all events of the Championship Playoffs, including the Wild Card Event.

16. Eligible teams and substitution rules

In addition to the 2016-2017 regular season substitution rules, the following additional rules apply to all events of the Championship Playoffs:

  1. Only members of the Men’s Section in good standing may curl in the Championship Playoffs. Members in good standing have paid all fees and prize fund assessments and were registered with the office and the Draw Master by January 31st, 2017.
  2. Declared playoff teams must consist of at least 4 players, 3 of which must have been players on that same team during the regular season based on the team that was registered with the office and the Draw Master as at January 31st, 2017.
  3. A team may declare itself a 5-man team provided that all 5 players played a minimum of 4 games during the regular season. The 5th man (or “alternate”) may Skip and play any position in the delivery rotation of the team.
  4. A team requires at least 3 of their declared players be present to be eligible to play in any Championship Playoff game and must play at least part of one Championship Playoff game with at least 4 of their declared players to be eligible to win any Championship Playoff Event.
  5. Substitutes for teams participating in the Wild Card Event may not be players that are declared on teams that have already qualified for the Main Event (including the Main Event Qualifying Round). They may be players from teams that have been eliminated in earlier games within the Wild Card Event.
  6. Substitutes for teams participating in the Main Event (including the Main Event Qualifying Round) or Trophy Event may not be players that were declared on other teams in either of these events (even if these other teams have been eliminated), but may be players from teams that were eliminated in the Wild Card Event.
  7. Once a player has been a substitute for one team in any of the Wild Card Event, Main Event (including the Main Event Qualifying Round) or Trophy Event, he may substitute again for that same team but he may not substitute for any other team in any of these events, even after the team for which he has played as a substitute is eliminated from further competition.
  8. A declared team member must always throw last stones (although a substitute may hold the broom).
  9. Single or multiple substitutes must throw either Lead stones or at least one position higher in the throwing rotation than the position(s) held by the registered team member(s) they are sparing for (with the highest position in the throwing rotation being defined as Lead).

A list of players from teams that did not qualify for the Main Event (including the Main Event Qualifying Round) will be posted and kept current on a best efforts basis by the Draw Masters. Confirming a substitute’s eligibility is the responsibility of the team’s Skip. The use of an ineligible player will result in the offending team forfeiting the game.

17. Trophy Awards and Prizes

Trophy awards and prizes will be handed out following the final games played on “Finals Night”, April 22nd. Calcutta payments will also be distributed at this time.

Schedule A

The following outlines scenarios related to the acceptance of Wild Card Event invitations and their implications for the scheduling of games.

For both the Monday and Thursday night leagues:

If one team accepts its Wild Card Event invitation, it automatically qualifies for the Main Event Qualifying Round of the playoffs.

If two teams accept their invitations, they will play at 6:30pm on Monday, April 4th.

If three teams accept their invitations, the two lower seeds will play at 6:30pm on Monday, April 4th, with the winner playing the highest seeded team at 9:00pm that same evening.

If four teams accept their invitations, both semi-final games will be played at 6:30pm on Monday, April 4th (with the highest seed playing the lowest seed), with the winners of those games playing at 9:00pm that same evening.

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