2016 - 2017 SACA Playdown Schedule

**Please note all dates and locations are tentative and subject to change**

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Please note Wheelchair Provincial dates have changed:
ew Dates - Mar. 31-April2/17 - Jasper Place, Edmonton

Broom Moratorium for Masters Category

For the 2016/17 season, the SACA Board has decided that in the Master’s category only, we will transition to the new Broom Rules from the WCF.  Therefore, during this year’s District and Southern Master events we will follow the guidelines of last year (see below).  This is only affecting the Master’s division as it is not a sanctioned Curling Canada event.  The ACF has determined that they will be following the New Rules and approved brush head for competition – ie yellow heads made of the specific pre approved material.  As a result, please be aware that if you are successful at the Southern playdowns you will be required (no option) to play with one of these new brush heads.

Curling Canada’s list of compliant brush heads allowed for the 2016/17 SACA District and Southern Master’s Playdowns ONLY

·         Asham TX

·         Balance Plus EQ

·         Balance Plus – “older models”

·         Goldline Norway Pad

·         Hardline IcePad – fabric inverted without plastic insert

·         Hardline Tour Elite without plastic insert

·         Olson Opti

·         Performance TX

·         Performance – “older models”

·         Warthog – woven side


Brush Head moratorium in effect:

Please view the playdowns brush-head moratorium by following this link, click here.

The Board of Directors of SACA has determined that for all Southern Alberta Playdown events (excluding Master's for the 2016/17 season and Bantam) the Broom moratorium is in effect.  If there is a confirmed violation of this rule during the event it will result in the default of that game.  A second violation in the event will result in team being removed from the competition.

Please note it is the teams' responsibility to be aware of all the rules and their compliance. 

Men's - Direct to Southerns

Three (3) Men’s teams will pre-qualified directly to the Southern’s based on current season results.  The two highest ranked Southern AB teams from the Alberta Tour as reported on the ACF website as well as the highest ranked Southern AB team from  the CTRS.  These teams will be decided after the direct to Provincial berths have been determined.  We will be qualifying from the CTRS first in case of teams on both lists.  The teams must retain 3 of the 4 players, listed on their registration form at each of their bonspiel events in order to count the points earned.  These teams  will also be obligated to abide by all SACA and ACF rules in regards to eligibility.  For this program, a special SACA residency rule has been formulated.  It states that 3 of the 4 members of the team must reside within the boundaries of SACA.  The definition of reside, for the purpose of this program, will be to occupy a residential structure with the SACA boundaries during the current curling season.  Exceptions may be granted by the SACA Board, for specific cases such as students and work relations.  Men’s Southern to be held Jan. 20-23/17 at Calgary Winter Club.

Fee changes as of 2015-2016 curling season:

The following fees will be collected:

The Individual Competitors fee set by the Curling Canada is $36 per person per event this year and applies in the following categories (those sanctioned by Curling Canada to a National Championship): Junior, Men, Women, Seniors and Mixed.

The ACF collects fees to assist in funding for the Provincial Champions in the following categories:

$20/team for U18
$100/team for Master Men Teams
$200/team for Master Women Teams

**Please note these fees are separately identified on the entry form

Juvenile name change to U18

U18 age eligibility - maximum of 17 years of age as of June 30th of the year prior to the International Championship (17 years and under as of July 1st, 2016)
Anyone born on or since July 1, 1998 is eligible.

Men, Women & Mixed - No minimum age restriction

Junior eligibility age to enter into playdowns has changed to 20 years and under as of July 1st the year preceeding the championship beginning in the 2016-2017 season. (20 years and under of July 1st, 2016)
Anyone born on or since July 1, 1995 is eligible.

Men & Women - Residency requirements 

Policy for Men & Women category (Brier & Scotties)

Curling Canada - Whereabouts program

Policy for Junior, Senior & Mixed

2016/17 Competitions Policy
General information of all SACA playdowns:

    -Game Format

Thinking Time - for timed events:
 Teams are allotted 38 minutes to complete 10 ends (and 30 minutes for 8 end games). Each Extra end is 4 minutes 30 seconds.  Clocks run when it is your teams turn to deliver until the stone reaches the nearer T-Line and then the clock is stopped. Clocks do not run for the first stone of an end unless there is a delay of game and the Umpire will advise the team and start the clock. Clocks remain stopped for a team timeout but will start following the 90 second time out . Penalties for running out of time apply for the Final games only.

ACF Coaching Requirements for 2016/17

Click Here to view mandatory Provincial requirements to Coach the following categories:
Juveniles, Juniors, Men, Women, Senior, 
Masters, Mixed, Wheelchair, Alberta Winter Games

Travelers Club Championship

 - Players/Teams who competed in the 2016 Travelers Curling Club Championship national event are ineligible to compete in the 2017 playdowns.

Click Here for the 2016/17 rules and eligibility criteria


January 1, 2019 is the deadline to maintain your Certified Status!

All Level 2 Certified Coaches who have been grandfathered into the new NCCP Coaching Stream, (to recognize past training and certifications) have been granted Certified Competition Coach status.

To maintain your “Certified” Coach Status, effective January 2010, coaches must complete the On-Line MED Evaluation (Make Ethical Decisions) within five years, (but strongly recommend completion as soon as possible).

Coaches who fail to meet this requirement will be reassigned “In Training” status with credit for all criteria except the MED.  Your “Certified” status will be restored when the required On-line MED evaluation is complete.

INSTRUCTIONS: Completion of MED on-line evaluation
A fee of $85.00 will apply

Curling Code of Ethics

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