Friday, June 27, 2014
Short & Sweet
Ladies get desired changes in BC Scotties
Released by Rebecca Connop Price, Curling BC/Voice file photo
Ladies’ Silver Medal Winners in the Tim Hortons Championships in February. Winners included Team Deputan representing Chilliwack. Chair of host committee Judy Francis Skip (L to R): Lisa Deputan, Third: Janet Klebe, Second : Laura Wigham, Lead: Jane Adam
hanges are being introduced to the Scotties BC Women's Curling Championship, presented by Best Western.
The changes have been introduced in response to feedback from competitive women’s teams who felt the competition's round-robin format was too lengthy.
The Curl BC board voted in favour of changing the competition from a 10-team round robin format to an 8-team triple knockout competition with a page playoff.
The teams can qualify for the championship in the same way as last year, but there are fewer berths. One berth is allocated to the returning champion and two berths are allocated to the Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS) points winners (the two women's teams with the highest ranking on the CTRS list).
There will continue to be two open events to decide the remaining berths. Starting in 2015, three teams will qualify at the first event and two teams will qualify at the second.
Mike West, who chairs the High Performance and Competitions Committee (the committee that looked at the changes), said: "The common request province-wide is that athletes and teams want the length of the event to be reduced.
"After a lot of research, feedback from athletes and coaches and reflection on last year's Scotties BC Women's Curling Championship, presented by Best Western, the Curl BC High Performance and Competitions Committee decided to make a proposal for change.
"We are glad that the board agreed with our recommendation."
The hope is that a shorter event will encourage more teams to take part, as it alleviates some of the financial burden of attending a championship.
The changes will come into effect for the 2015 Scotties BC Women's Curling Championship, presented by Best Western, which will take place at Golden Ears Winter Club in Maple Ridge in January 2015. A start date has not yet been decided on but the event will wrap up on January 25.
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