Qualification for The Dominion playdowns


The Dominion Curling Club Championship is an annual event for men’s and women’s curling teams who have won their respective local club championships. Winning teams from the Club event will be “The Dominion Club Champions” and play down to produce a provincial/territory champion from all 10 provinces and 3 territories, plus a separate entry for Northern Ontario, who will then compete at the national level.

The 2014 Club playdowns for the Dominion Curling Club Championship will take place Feb. 7-9, with the provincials March 27-31 at the Silver Fox in Summerside, and the nationals November 24-29, 2014 at the Mayflower Curling Club in Halifax.

In order for your team to qualify for the Club playdowns, the Board of Directors had decided that you must play together in a regular league (e.g  the Tuesday evening Competitive League, the daytime competitive league, the Wednesday evening Ladder League), or in a new Thursday evening “The Dominion” draw, for a minimum of six weeks.

Here are the 2014 national eligibility criteria:

The Dominion Curling Club Championship Eligibility Requirements 2014

We trust that all participants will respect the intent of this championship which is for curling clubs to engage their members to participate in a club championship to declare a club champion to represent the curling club. The event is formulated for true club championship teams, not elite, past or present. The objective is to support the development of curling across Canada. We keep this objective in mind as we set our eligibility requirements and on-ice rules, including the CCA Rules of Curling for General Play. The Dominion reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to exclude any team that violates this spirit and intent as it pertains to the rules below.

1. The curling club, represented by the team, must be affiliated with its Provincial/Territorial curling association and all dues must be paid in full. The players of any club champion team must be members in good standing of the affiliated curling club. Any player can be a member of more than one affiliated curling club, but shall declare one “home club” for this competition.

2. Each club will declare a men’s team and women’s team of 4 players that have played together regularly in a sanctioned club league.  Alternatively, club members who curl regularly may participate in a designated The Dominion Curling Club Championship competition within their club. Players who play exclusively in a major/super league without playing in another sanctioned club league are ineligible to compete.

3. Each team will be allowed only 1 player who has played in a Juniors’, Men’s (Brier), Women’s (Scotties) or Seniors’ provincial/territory event in the current or previous 4 curling seasons, or participated in a Grand Slam event in the current or previous 4 curling seasons.* (2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14)

*Exception – Provinces/Territories with an open provincial/territory event will be permitted 1 player who has placed top 25% in a Juniors’, Men’s (Brier), Women’s (Scotties) or Seniors’ provincial/territory event in the current or previous 4 curling seasons, or participated in a Grand Slam event in the current or previous 4 curling seasons.

4. All games will be 8 ends with ties being decided by a full extra end.

5. Once a four person team has been declared a club champion, a maximum of 1 replacement/substitute player from the club can play lead. It is at the discretion of each curling club to determine their replacement/substitute rules throughout their process to declare their club champions.

6. Each team will be allowed a maximum of 2 players under the age of 20, as of December 31st of the year prior to the championship (minimum age of 15 as of December 31st). Provincial/Territorial curling associations may adopt a more restrictive age criteria if they choose.

7. The Dominion has the sole authority to grant exceptions to these rules in extraordinary circumstances. Before exercising this discretion, The Dominion will consult with the relevant Provincial/Territorial curling association, and will notify the Provincial/Territorial association in writing of any decisions regarding exceptions that are granted.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Are stick curlers eligible? Yes, stick curlers are eligible
  • Are wheelchair curlers eligible? Yes, wheelchair curlers are eligible
  • Can The Dominion Curling Club Provincial/Territorial Champions from previous years repeat their titles? Yes, repeat champions are eligible
  • Which charity does The Dominion Curling Club Championship support? The official charity partner is Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) . Each year the SCI chapter in the Province/Territory that is host the national event benefits from the funds raised during the week of the event


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