World Mixed Curling Championship 2017 heads to Switzerland

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The 54 Member Associations of the World Curling Federation (WCF) have approved the WCF’s proposed resolutions for sweeping and brushes in elite curling, at its Annual General Assembly (AGA) in Stockholm, Sweden, today (Saturday 10 September).

This approval gives the WCF the authority to set rules, specifications and policies for sweeping techniques and brush technology – the first of their kind in the sport. At the AGA five new or adapted sweeping and equipment rules were accepted – a summary of these rules can be found below.

It was also announced that brushes will now be made from a single fabric, which is from a single source – these will have one standard composition, weave, coating and colour; the approved brushes must be made widely available for purchase and the new standardised brushes will first be used at World Mixed Curling Championship 2016 in Kazan, Russia next month (14-22 October).

Furthermore, the WCF’s position on brushes in the recreational market and the National Research Council of Canada’s Executive Summary following the Sweeping Summit 2016 held in Kemptville, near Ottawa, Canada were published – these documents can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

A series of other announcements and decisions were made during the AGA including venues for future championships, additional rule changes and board elections.

It was announced that the Andorra Curling Association will host its second-ever international curling championship in (6-13) May 2017, when they hold the European Curling Championships C-Division 2017. Also, it was confirmed the World Mixed Curling Championship 2017 will be held at the Palladium de Champéry in Champéry, Switzerland, in (6-14) October 2017.

The MAs voted for WCF Vice President for the Pacific-Asia Zone, Hugh Millikin to retain his position on the Executive Board, while Sweden’s two-times Olympic champion Cathrine Lindahl was appointed as Director. Later in the day the Executive Board met and accepted Guyana and Mexico as Conditional Members of the WCF – which takes the total number of Member Associations to 56.

WCF President, Kate Caithness, said: “I’m delighted that Hugh has been reappointed and Cathrine appointed to the board in their respective positions. I look forward to working with them in the coming years.”

“I’m also pleased that we have reached, what I believe are, clear and lasting solutions to the challenges we have faced with brushes and sweeping over the past 12 months.

“Thank you to the Swedish Curling Association for their kind hospitality this week and for hosting another successful Congress and Annual General Assembly.”

The sixth Annual World Curling Congress will take place in Bled, Slovenia from 14-17 September 2017. The 2017 WCF Annual General Assembly will be held on Saturday 17 September.

To read more about the work of the WCF in the past season you can download and read the WCF Annual Review 2015-2016 at www.worldcurling.org/review-2015-2016

News and pictures from the Congress and AGA has been posted on our website (www.worldcurling.org) and Twitter, Instagram (@WorldCurling) and Facebook (/WorldCurlingFederation) channels.

Summary of new sweeping and equipment rules approved at AGA 2016:

  • Sweeping Rules R7 (a): The sweeping motion can be in any direction (it need not cover the entire width of the stone), deposits no debris in front of a moving stone, and finishes to either side of the stone.

  • Uniform / Equipment C3 (e): Each player must declare his or her approved sweeping device at the start of a game, and only that player can use that sweeping device for sweeping during the game.

  • Uniform / Equipment C3 (f): A player may not change their brush head during a game, unless the Chief Umpire grants special permission.

  • Uniform / Equipment C3 (g): If an alternate player comes into a game, they must use the brush head of the player they are replacing.

  • Rule C3(h): All Field of Play equipment used at WCF competitions must meet WCF Equipment Standards as defined and published on the WCF Website. Reasons for equipment being considered non-approved include, but not restricted to: damage to the ice surface, non-conformance with existing rules or standards (i.e. – electronic communication devices), performance testing results that give an unfair advantage, failing to register equipment with the WCF office by the deadline date.

  • Rule C3 (i): The penalty for using equipment in WCF competitions which does not conform to standards for Competition Equipment established by the WCF: (i) First team offence during a competition – the player is disqualified from the competition and the team forfeits the game. (ii) Second team offence during a competition – the team is disqualified from the competition and all players are not permitted to play in WCF competitions for a 12-month period.
  •  Resolutions put to the WCF Annual General Assembly 2016
     WCF position on equipment used for domestic or recreational curling
     NRC Executive Summary from Sweeping Summit 2016
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