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[17 Sep 01]

(Text copied from CCA Press Release)


KAMLOOPS, B.C. (September 11) - The Canadian Curling Association (CCA) today announced two new, exciting curling competitions designed to further popularize the sport of curling on a worldwide basis.

At a press conference today in Kamloops, the CCA unveiled details regarding the Continental Cup and Canada Cup of Curling Classic. The Continental Cup, which will offer prize money of $200,000 ($125,000 to the winning side; $75,000 to the losing side) will feature six teams from North America (three men and three women) challenging six others representing Team World, similar in concept to golf's Ryder Cup. There will be singles, mixed doubles, team and skins competitions within the Continental Cup format.

The site for the inaugural Continental Cup, to be held in November of 2002, will be announced shortly.

In making the announcement, CCA President Don Lewis said, "The Canadian Curling Association has been working for almost two years on the Continental Cup concept with the World Curling Federation (WCF), our marketing agent St. Clair Group, the United States Curling Association (USCA) and both TSN and CBC. We are very pleased to confirm that it has finally all come together and will take place for the first time in November of 2002."

The Canadian teams invited to play in the first Continental Cup will be the winners of the 2002 Nokia Brier and Scott Tournament of Hearts and the two teams representing Canada at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, to be determined from the Canadian Curling Trials, December 1-9 in Regina. The USCA will select a men's and women's team to join with the Canadian teams to compete as Team North America.

The selection process for the World men's and women's teams will be determined by the WCF, but it is expected to reflect, in part, standings from the Ford World Curling Championships plus a men's and women's team from Scotland.

"The World Curling Federation is very enthusiastic about the Continental Cup," added Roy Sinclair, President, World Curling Federation. "This is a great opportunity for curling to increase its exposure internationally and to profile the sport and its athletes. It's exciting to be working with the CCA toward what might become an even more extensive world curling competition program."

The organizations with teams competing in the Continental Cup will be responsible for their teams' expenses, involving transportation, accommodation and per diems. The WCF will pay these expenses for the World teams, the USCA for the United States teams and the CCA for the Canadian contingent.

The St. Clair Group, marketing agent for the CCA and WCF, will have the television and marketing rights to the Continental Cup. In this role St. Clair will provide a host broadcaster and work with the USCA and WCF on potential television coverage outside of Canada. St. Clair will also provide the prize pool for the Continental Cup, which initially will be $200,000 (Cdn.)

"The St. Clair Group is extremely pleased to see that the Continental Cup has become a reality and feel it will very much complement our current involvement with the Season of Champions," said David Beesley, vice-president of sales, St. Clair Group. "Our company is pleased to guarantee a purse of $200,000 for each of the first three Continental Cups."

Also announced today were details regarding the first Canada Cup of Curling Classic, which will be staged in Kamloops at Sport Mart Place, January 8-12, 2003.

"We have been working on this idea with the CCA since the fall of last year," said Norm Daley, representing the Kamloops Charity Curling Classic Association. "We believe the event has great potential. In addition, we take great pride in announcing that the Sandra Schmirler Foundation will be the main beneficiary of any profit the Canada Cup of Curling is able to generate."

The Canada Cup of Curling Classic will be managed jointly and financially underwritten by the City of Kamloops and the Kamloops Curling Charity Society, with the CCA acting in a consultative capacity relative to event operation and marketing.

The event will involve 10 men's and 10 women's teams competing in a round-robin preliminary leading to a Page System playoff to determine a champion. In each division, men and women will be divided into two groups of five with the top two teams in each group advancing to the playoffs.

The total purse money for the event will be $220,000 ($110,000 for each of the men's and women's divisions). The Canadian Bonspiel Series will be created in order to qualify a number of teams into the Canada Cup of Curling Classic. Currently, 15 bonspiels have indicated they will take part, with an additional 17 events in Atlantic Canada participating in final eliminations to determine a majority of teams for the Canada Cup of Curling Classic.

The men's and/or women's bonspiels which have agreed to date to be part of the process include the SGI Charity Classic and SaskPower Schmirler Women's Curling Classic in Regina, Kelowna Triple Cashspiel, McCain Superspiel West, McCain Superspiel East, Welton Beauchamp in Ottawa, Point Optical Classic in Saskatoon, Terroco Curling Classic and Parkland Savings Curling Classic in Red Deer, Painted Hand Classic in Yorkton, Abbotsford Curling & Ladies Classics, Evergreen Classic in Nipawin, Rainbow Cashspiel in Lethbridge and Bacardi Rum Cashspiel in Brampton.

The concept will provide the winners of a number of major events with direct entry into the Canada Cup of Curling, while several other positions will be determined through a series of playoffs involving the winners of smaller bonspiels. The 2002 Scott Tournament of Hearts and Nokia Brier champions will also qualify directly for the Canada Cup of Curling Classic.

Extensive television coverage for the events will be consistent with the style curling fans have grown to expect from the coverage of Canadian and World Championships. Negotiations are currently underway amongst the St. Clair Group, CCA, CBC and TSN, traditional television partners of the CCA and WCF, regarding a comprehensive television package for both the Continental Cup and Canada Cup of Curling Classic.

For detailed information regarding the competition structure of the Continental Cup and Canada Cup of Curling Classic, visit the CCA website at

Warren Hansen,                             Dave Parkes
Manager of Event Operations         Media Chief executive officer
Canadian Curling Association         Canadian Curling Association

604-266-1106                               613-834-2076   
604-329-9850 (cell)                      613-850-1836 (cell)

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There will be six men's teams and six women's teams in the competition. The North American Team will be comprised of two teams from Canada and one from the United States (men and women). The competition will be known as the Continental Cup and will feature Team World versus Team North America.

The competition will be composed of four events; Mixed Doubles, Singles, Team and Skins.

Mixed Doubles

North America and The World will each pick four Mixed Doubles teams. Each team will comprise two throwers, two sweepers and a skip.

  • There will be markings placed on the ice similar to those used for Ford Hot Shots to allow the officials an easy guide for the placement of two stationary stones prior to the start of each end. One rock marking will be on the centre line 12 feet in front of the house while the other is behind the button so that the leading edge of the placed stone will touch the tee. Placement of the stones is simple. The team that wins the toss at the start of the game has the choice and the team losing the end will have the choice at the start of the next end.. The team with the choice can either place their colour of stone as the 12-foot guard or in the position behind the button. For example if you choose the 12- foot guard the opponent's rock will automatically be positioned behind the button and vice versa. This will be done by the officials. If a team chooses to position its stone behind the tee-line then the opponent delivers first and vice-versa.
  • An opponent's stone cannot be removed from play until the third rock of the end is delivered.
  • Each team throws five rocks. The person delivering the first stone of the end must also deliver the last rock of the end while the person throwing the second stone must deliver the third and fourth stones of each end as well. This rotation may be changed from end to end and is simply determined by who delivers the first stone each end.
  • A game will be six ends but could also be eight ends. Considering that only five stones are being delivered by each team, an end should be able to be completed in about 10 minutes, meaning six ends can be played in one hour or eight ends easily in one hour and 30 minutes.
  • Normal WCF rules of curling otherwise apply.
  • A total of 2 points will be awarded for each Mixed Doubles game won and one point for each tie.
  • Four Mixed Doubles games would be held on Thursday morning and four Mixed Doubles games would be held on Friday morning. Different teams can be used to represent the two sides on Thursday and Friday.
  • The opponents in each game are determined by one team captain declaring his team and then other captain announcing an opponent. Then the process reverses with the other captain declaring his/her second team and the other announcing the opponent and so on. This process will happen at a determined time a day prior to the competition.


The regular play procedure for the Hot Shots competition will be incorporated. The key elements would be as follows:

  • This will be a team competition where each side will appoint four throwers along with one sweeper. The broom will be held by an event-appointed judge.
  • The competition will have four players on one side against four players from the other side. The competition on each sheet of ice will be between the two players throwing and the player with the highest score after all shots will be declared the winner and the side awarded two points.
  • One set of games will be played prior to the team games on Thursday and again on Friday. Each side must appoint four different players to throw each day.
  • The procedure for determining opponents will be the same as in the Doubles competition.
  • A total of 16 points will be available for men's Singles and 16 points for women's Singles.
  • Four Singles games will be held for men and women prior to the Team games on Thursday. The same procedure will be followed on Friday.

Team Competition

The team competition will be games of regular curling and will be administered in the following manner:

  • Each side will play a total of six men's and six women's team games.
  • The points available for each gender will be three per game for a total of 18.
  • Normal WCF rules will apply.

Skins Competition

This is catch-up time. The total points for the Skins competition for each gender is 128, while the total for the other three segments is 64. The Skins format will be structured as follows:

  • Each gender will play four Skins Games but the value, points-wise, of the four games will be different.
  • On Saturday afternoon two Skins Games will be played. One women's game worth a total of 15 points (Game B) and the men's game worth seven (Game A).
  • On Saturday evening another two Skins games will be played. The women's game would be worth seven points (Game A) and the men's contest 15 (Game B).
  • On Sunday, one men's game worth 21 points (Game C) and a women's match worth 42 points (Game D) will be played.
  • Sunday evening would be the reverse, with the men's game worth 42 points (Game D) and the women's 21 points (Game C).
  • In each case the opponents will be determined in a manner similar to what has been previously proposed.

Game A - 7 Points

End 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Points 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1 1/2 1/2 1/2 1 1/2

Game B - 15 Points

End 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Points 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 2 3

Game C - 21 Points

End 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Points 1 1 1 2 3 1 1 2 3 6

Game D - 42 Points

End 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Points 2 2 2 4 6 2 2 4 6 12

Prize Structure

Based on the total prize being $200,000 the following is the suggested purse split:

  • Winning side $125,000
  • Losing side $75,000


Category Men Women
Doubles 16 16
Singles 16 16
Team 36 36
Skins 132 132

The side that scores 201 points or more would be declared the winner.

Schedule (Tentative)

Day Time Competition
Thursday 09:00 AM Mixed doubles
  01:00 PM Singles (Men)
  02:00 PM Team (Men)
  06:00 PM Singles (Women)
  07:00 PM Team(Women)
Friday 09:00 AM Mixed doubles
  01:00 PM Singles (Women)
  02:00 PM Team (Women)
  06:00 PM Singles (Men)
  07:00 PM Team (Men)
Saturday 02:00 PM Skins, Men's (Game A) and Women's (Game B)
  07:00 PM Skins, Women's (Game A) and Men's (Game B)
Sunday 02:00 PM Skins, Men's (Game C) and Men's (Game D)
  07:00 PM Skins, Women's (Game C) and Men's (Game D)


Name of Event: Canada Cup of Curling Classic
Location: Sport Mart Place, Kamloops, B.C. (in this location for at least three years)
Date: January 8-12, 2003

Profit: The Sandra Schmirler Foundation will be the main beneficiary of the event. The first $50,000 of profit from the event will be directed to the Foundation. Subsequently, the Foundation will receive 70% of the profit (in excess of $50,000) and a local curling legacy will receive 30% of profit until the Foundation has received $100,000.

Prize Purse: $220,000 ($110,000 for the women's division and $110,000 for the men's division)

Teams: 10 men's and 10 women's

Qualifying process: Up to seven teams will be the winners of various men's and women's regional bonspiels. Position eight will be filled by The Scott Tournament of Hearts and Nokia Brier champions from the year prior. Two to three final positions will be filled through a series of playoffs involving the winners of other regional bonspiels. After year one, the defending champions will have the option of qualifying again through the above process or entering the event in position four of the Page Playoff.

Playoff format: Each division will divide teams into two round-robin sections of five. A Page System playoff will be utilized. The first place teams in each division will advance to positions one and two in the Page while positions three and four will be held by the two second-place teams.

In year two, the two second-place teams will play off for position three if the defending champion decides to accept position four.

Television: A comprehensive television package is currently being finalized with TSN.

Qualifying Bonspiels

(as of Sept. 11/01): SGI Charity Classic and SaskPower Schmirler Women's Curling Classic (Regina), Kelowna Triple Cashspiel, McCain, Superspiel West and East, Welton Beauchamp (Ottawa), Point Optical Classic (Saskatoon), Painted Hand Curling Classic (Yorkton), Terroco Curling Classic and Parkland Savings Ladies Curling Classic (Red Deer), Abbotsford Curling and Ladies Classics, Rainbow Cashspiel (Lethbridge), Evergreen Classic (Nipawin), Bacardi Rum Cashspiel (Brampton) plus 17 events in Atlantic Canada.

Canadian Curling Trials: The Canada Cup of Curling Classic will play a role in the determination of teams participating in the 2005 Canadian Curling Trials. This is currently being reviewed by the CCA and will be announced prior to December 31, 2001.

Continental Cup: For the second Continental Cup, two of Canada's four teams in the competition will be the winners of the 2003 Canada Cup of Curling Classic.



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