Friday 6 November 2015
Statement regarding allowable sweeping equipment for 2015 Pacific-Asia Curling Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan, 8-14 November 2015
A moratorium on the use of brush heads constructed from fabric which has been textured, sealed or modified from its original woven form will be enforced for the 2015 Pacific-Asia Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan, 8-14 November 2015.
Teams currently using sweeping equipment constructed from these types of fabric may comply with the moratorium by (1) if applicable, reversing the brush materials to place the fibre weave on the exterior, (2) using alternate brush materials composed of fibre weaves, or (3) using a hair brush.
Also, only sweeping equipment available for sale to the public at retail outlets will be permitted within the boundaries of the field of play. No modified, custom made or home-made sweeping equipment will be allowed during the 2015 Pacific-Asia Championships, except those devices which have had fabric reversed to conform to the moratorium.
Most fabric used in curling brush heads is produced with two different sides: one that displays a weave, and one that is embossed, sealed or patterned and may appear “plasticized”. The difference can usually be easily determined with the naked eye or a low-power magnifying device.
The "fibre weave" in any brush head fabric which comes into contact with the ice must be visible to players and umpires. A compliance protocol will be well-communicated to the athletes at the Team Meeting, prior to the competition.
This is an interim decision of the WCF Board and applicable only to the 2015 Pacific-Asia Curling Championships. WCF Member Associations whose teams are competing in Almaty were advised on 30 October 2015 this measure could be taken and we anticipate they have prepared for such an event.
The decision to enact this moratorium was not taken lightly and is based on analysis of various brush head fabrics, as well as athlete observation and testimony regarding devices and materials used in elite competition.
The World Curling Federation acknowledges and appreciates the cooperation of curling equipment manufactures in reaching this decision and will continue to work with that group, along with WCF Athlete Commission, WCF Member Associations and other stakeholders to establish a well-defined equipment policy.