WCT Regulations - MEN
VERSION: June 15, 2020
I. WCT TOUR REGULATIONS
1.01 Event Categories (MEN/WOMEN)
(a) Events of the World Curling Tour are divided into 8 categories.
Champions Series, 1000 Series, 750 Series, 500 Series, 400 Series, 300 Series, 200 Series, 100 Series
(b) The category of each event will be determined by the WCT Executive upon receipt of the application.
(c) The awarded category is primarily chosen on the cash prize money offered by the event. Additionally, the expected tv coverage and the historical background of an event can also have an impact for the selection of the category.
For MEN/WOMEN Events
|Champions Series Events||-|
The following conversion rates will be used for events of the season 2020/21:
1 CHF (Swiss Franc) is
II. COMPETITION RULES
2.01 Teams Rules
WCF rules apply for all Men’s and Women’s WCT competitions with the following exceptions.
Each team participating in the WCT event must be registered and declare their team before its first match of the Season. WCT provides an online form for this purpose.
A player can only be registered in one team at any given time.
An exception is that players of the Men's or Women's World Tour may also be registered in a Mixed Doubles team.
Teams consist of no more than 4 registered players at any one time
In order to collect points at a WCT event for official WCT World Ranking Points, 3 of the 4 registered players shall be on the ice for the start of the first game of any given event.
Should a team be down by two registered players due to Injury or sickness during an event, they may play 2 original with a spare to remain legal and collect points for that event.
Teams that wish to make an official change of a player/s during the season, may do so at any time, but will need to re-register that new team. If a change is to take place, it must be between events only. Points lost or taken to a new team constellation will be calculated as follows:
Each player is worth 25% of the points gained by a team during his team membership.
When a player leaves a team, he/she takes their earned points with them. These points are then credited to the new team.
If a team replaces two or more players within a 90day period, the team will be penalized. The penalty corresponds to 20% of the teams points and becomes effective on the day of the last change. The penalty points decrease linearly over a 12week period.
Paragraph C does not apply between June 1 and October 1. During this period team changes are allowed without penalty.
Overall team points calculations will be in accordance to the WCT World Ranking as described in the definitions of art. III
The WCT Executive reserves the right to exclude, for good cause, any team from the official WCT World Ranking
2.02 Event Rules
WCF Rules apply except in the following instances
- Events must have a minimum of 8 teams
Events will select applying teams off the official “WCT” World Team Ranking, this official list is found only on www.worldcurlingtour.org which is the official WCT website Selection of teams will be in order from highest to lowest. A select few sponsor or local wild card teams will be accepted
Double, Triple Knockout or Round Robin in Group format are acceptable
Events shall end in playoffs. The number of teams in the playoffs is determined by the total number playing in the event. See chart
In group play, a complete ranking will be made after the round robin
Using a Knock-out system, the Higher road qualifier will always retain the hammer
In “Group” play, the higher ranked team after round robin is completed will always have the hammer in all playoff games
Hammer cannot be determined by a toss
Tied games will have at least one extra end
Other event formats may be considered on a case by case basis and needs to be approved by the WCT executive.
The WCT Executive reserves the right to exclude, for good cause, any tournament from the official WCT World Ranking
III. WCT RANKING
(a) The WCT Ranking is a mathematical method to rate the men, women and mixed doubles teams according to their performance in WCT Events.
(b) The here defined calculation of the WCT Ranking will take effect on June 1st, 2020.
(c) The WCT Ranking includes all results of WCT approved and registered events.
(d) Every team that has scored points in a WCT event will be listed on the WCT Ranking.
(e) The WCT Ranking represents all results of the WCT events played in the last 52 weeks. Results of an event drop out of the WCT Ranking exactly 52 weeks (364 days) after the last day of the event.
(f) All points obtained by teams will be counted. There are no limits to the number of events.
(g) If the team composition changes, the points are re-calculated according to section 2.01 Teams Rules.
3.02 Points Allocation Table
(a) Points shall be allocated based on the event category.
(b) In a 8-team event only the top 4 can receive points (W, F, SF2)
In a 9 – 14-team event only the top 6 can receive points (W, F, SF2, QF2)
In a 15+ team event the top 8 receive points (W, F, SF2, QF4)
* If a 3rd place game is played (winner will achieve 56% vs 4th place at 50%) of champions points.
3.03 Transitional Regulations
(a) The new WCT Ranking will become the official merit-based ranking system for the World Curling Tour on June 1st, 2020.
(b) For the transition, all events of the 2019/2020 season will be retroactively classified in the new categories system.
(c) The results of the last season will be adopted and the points will be credited to the teams according to the new WCT Ranking definitions stated above.
(d) As of June 1st, 2020, the WCT Ranking will thus represent the performance of the teams over the past 52 weeks. All events which are not part of the WCT (national championships, world championships, European championships, etc.) will no longer be included.
Disclaimer: The regulations are currently not fully implemented due to the pandemic and the challenges associated with it.