We would like to inform you of a rule change that will be applied for the 2023 Scotties and Tankard provincial championships of our elite series.
On September 20th, the world curling federation (WCF) announced that the no tick rule that had been trialled at the 2022 men’s and women’s world curling championships would be adopted for those events once again this season. On October 14th, Curling Canada announced that they had made the same decision for the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and the Brier in 2023 since those two events lead to both WCF events affected by this rule change.
Curling Quebec has decided that we would apply the same rule to our 2023 Scotties and Tankard provincial championships because they lead to the Brier and Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Please note that the no tick rule will not be applied at events that lead to these provincial championships, like the circuit final, regional qualification tournaments or Tankard Qualifier
Here is a summary of the no tick rule:
- A rock is considered to be in the no tick zone if it is touching part of the center line and is in the free guard zone (FGZ).
- No thrown rock can, directly or indirectly, move an opponent’s rock initially in the no tick zone to the outside of the no tick zone before the 6th rock of the end is thrown. If the non-throwing team has one of their rocks removed from the no tick zone before the 6th stone of the end is thrown, they can either remove the thrown rock from play and replace all the stones that have been moved back to their original position or leave all stones where they came to rest.
For more information about this new rule, please refer to the WCF information document: https://www.curling.ca/files/2022/10/NO-TICK-Rule-2022-23.pdf