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Bonspiel Rules

Play will be governed by the rules of the Canadian Curling Association



Special Bonspiel Regulations


Breaking Ties: **New for 2015**

Number of Games: Each team in the Regular Section is guaranteed a minimum of four games. Each team in the Seniors Section is guaranteed a minimum of three games.


Length of Games: All games, including the finals, in both the Regular and Seniors sections shall be eight ends, using the four-rock free guard zone rule.

In the event of a tie in all games except finals, a single draw to the button by any team member with sweeping and toward the glass shall decide the game. For final games, a full extra end shall be played toward the glass.

The schedule is drawn on the basis of two hours for an eight-end game. Should one team be causing a game to fall significantly behind the fifteen minute per end pace, officials will have the authority granted under Rule 8.4 of the CCA rules to give one warning and then give the team 30 seconds to put a rock in play.

In the interest of maintaining schedules, when a team has run out of rocks, the game must be ended. A team may concede the game at any time. No games will be ended or called on account of any time limit.


Practice Time: Due to scheduling requirements, no practice time will be permitted.


Marking Scores: To avoid confusion and possible error, please ensure that markers for final ends are posted on the score sheet for each game. If the last end is not completed, it is to be posted as a dead end. Skips are responsible for handing in the correct score sheet to the Club co-ordinator


Composition of Teams: Each team shall be composed of four women. All players in the Seniors section must be 55 years of age or over. A team cannot commence, nor continue to play, with less than three players. If a player is absent, the first two players shall play three stones each.


Substitutions: A maximum of two substitutes shall be permitted for a team in any one game and they may play any position. Substitutes need not be from the club who entered the team, but they must be persons who were not an original member of any other team at any time during the Bonspiel. Out of town teams in need of a substitute may call upon the draw chairperson for assistance.

Substitutes in the Seniors Section must be 55 years of age or over.


Late Start: If a team is not ready to play at the hour designated for the game, one end shall be counted and one point awarded to the team present and ready to play, for each full period of ten (10) minutes it is kept waiting. The non-offending team shall have the last rock advantage in the end when play commences. If the waiting period exceeds thirty (30) minutes, the win will be awarded by default to the team present.

In the case of a default for any reason the opposing team is granted the win


Coin Toss: All team will flip at the start of each draw and the winner of the coin toss will have the choice of last or first rock. Rock colours will be pre-determined.


Any decisions rendered by the Draw Chairperson with respect to the Bonspiel, including delays due to bad weather, shall be considered final.


Feedback: The Crystal Heart committee has made every effort to accommodate team requests and to ensure that the draw is fair and equitable for everyone. The committee welcomes any recommendations that would improve future events.