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Competition Rules

COMPETITION RULE CLARIFICATION AND CHANGE

1. PROVINCE KNOCKOUT COMPETITION:
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a) All games will be 8 ends or the bell.
(b) If any players are late then there will be a penalty of one shot per end up to a maximum of three shots.
(c) If at the end of the game the scores are peeled then a draw shot will take place with one player nominated from each rink to draw the shot. The rink with the winning shot at the last end will be the first to draw the shot to the centre of the rink head.
(d) Sweepers from the rink playing the shot can sweep the stone up to the tee or back line, the opposing players or skip are not allowed to sweep the played stone after the tee line.
(e) The first draw stone will be measured from the tee and removed from play; the opposing rink will then take their stone and make the draw. The stone will be measured if required and the stone of the team nearest the tee will be declared the winner of that match.
(f) Depending on the outcome of the semi-final there will be a short break between the semi-final and the final game. If the competition over runs then the President or his representative will determine the time needed between each and start the final off with play continuing till the bell; unless eight ends are played before the bell sounds.
(g) The winning rink from this competition is expected to represent the Province in the Province Championships held in November of the following season. Should the winners not wish to represent the Province nor take part the place will be offered to the runners up. The cost of entry and taking part is to be paid for by the representative rink and their club.

2. PROVINCE PAIRS COMPETITION:
(a) The pace of play of each game must take into account the time allowed. There will be 4 ends played within half of the time of the session being played. If a game is not completed within that time then the game will be stopped and the end being played will not count.
(b) Each player will play 3 stones per end; when there are three stones being played a maximum of 4 guard stones will be in play before they can be removed from play by the opposition.
(c) If at the end of the game the scores are tied a draw shot will take place with one player nominated from each rink to draw the shot. The rink with the winning shot at the last end will be the first to draw the shot.
(d) Sweepers from the rink playing the shot can sweep the stone up to the tee or back line, the opposing players or skip are not allowed to sweep the played stone after the tee line.
(e) The first draw stone will be measured from the tee and removed from play; the opposing rink will then take their stone and make the draw. The stone will be measured if required and the stone of the team nearest the tee will be declared the winner of that match

3. PROVINCE BONSPIEL COMPETITION:
(a) There will be two rounds in the competition and a prior draw will take place for the first-round games to determine the rinks playing one another.
(b) The first round will consist of 7 ends only with a break for lunch and drinks between the first and second rounds. The speed of play must be continuous and not cause any restrictions to the remaining time allowed for the session.
(c) The draw for the second round will be determined by the results from the first round and will be announced at lunch. Who plays who is determined by shots up, followed by ends won, followed by shots scored.
(d) The second round will start when the ice is prepared and ready as announced by the ice team and will be 8 ends or the bell.
(e) The penalty for late players will be one shot per end subject to a maximum of three shots. The penalty for a rink having only three players will be three shots to the opposition. This will apply to each round.
(f) Substitutes are allowed for the second game but no substitutes are allowed during a game.
(g) All players must be a member of the club they play for providing the club is a member of East Lothian Province.
(h) All players must also be a member of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club during the year in which they play.
(i) The winning team will be the team with the highest number of shots up overall from both games. In the event of a tie the winner will be decided by the number of ends won, or if still equal by total shots scored.

4. GENERAL:
(a) Where there is a dispute during any of the competitions the rules of the game published by the Royal Caledonian Curling Club will apply. If there is still disagreement then the matter will be referred to and determined by the President, Vice President and the Secretary whose decision will be final.
(b) Costs to enter any of the competitions will be determined at a meeting of the Province committee and club representatives usually in October when the draw will also be made for the competitions.
(c) The Competition dates and the draw will be announced to all clubs participating immediately after the October meeting. A reminder will be issued to clubs prior to the competition taking place.
(d) Clubs are responsible for their rink members being present on the day; penalties as listed above will apply should a member not be present and the club are responsible for paying the players ice fees. If a rink does not present itself then the club is responsible for all the payments due for that competition.
(e) If for any reason a competition has to be cancelled then an alternative date will be arranged but the Province will not be responsible for clashes with other national, international or domestic competitions run at the same time.

May 2019

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