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Entertainment Proposed WCF curling rule changes now under consultation

00:10  26 september  2021
00:10  26 september  2021 Source:   cbc.ca

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The WCF proposed three trial rule changes for the upcoming men's and women's world championships in an attempt to bring in a new audience, but they are still in the consultation phase. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press). A change to thinking time: instead of 38 minutes per game, it's proposed that there will be four minutes per the first five ends and four minutes and 15 seconds per the last five ends. WATCH | Gushue, Weagle discuss potential changes on That Curling Show: Lisa Weagle and Brad Gushue break down some controversial rule changes proposed by the

As the sport of curling tries to forge a new path and win over new fans, proposed rule changes by the World Curling Federation are creating quite a stir in the granite world. In early September at the WCF ’s annual general assembly, a “Maximising the Value Working Group” proposed three trial rule changes for the upcoming men’s and women’s world championships if approved by members — all in an WATCH | Gushue, Weagle discuss potential changes on That Curling Show: Lisa Weagle and Brad Gushue break down some controversial rule changes proposed by the World Curling Federation.

The WCF proposed three trial rule changes for the upcoming men's and women's world championships in an attempt to bring in a new audience, but they are still in the consultation phase. © Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press The WCF proposed three trial rule changes for the upcoming men's and women's world championships in an attempt to bring in a new audience, but they are still in the consultation phase.

As the sport of curling tries to forge a new path and win over new fans, proposed rule changes by the World Curling Federation are creating quite a stir in the granite world.

In early September at the WCF's annual general assembly, a "Maximising the Value Working Group" proposed three trial rule changes for the upcoming men's and women's world championships if approved by members — all in an attempt to bring in a new audience, specifically a younger demographic.

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As the sport of curling tries to forge a new path and win over new fans, proposed rule changes by the World Curling Federation are creating quite a stir in the granite world. CBC | Sports News Read More.

As the sport of curling tries to forge a new path and win over new fans, proposed rule changes by the World Curling Federation are creating quite a stir in the granite world. CBC | Sports News.

The rules, quite simply, include:

A change to thinking time: instead of 38 minutes per game, its proposed that there will be four minutes per the first five ends and four minutes and 15 seconds per the last five ends.

No tick shot rule: if a stone is touching the centre line within the free guard zone it may not be moved off the centre line by an opponent's stone until after the fifth stone of the end has been played.

No extra ends in the round robin stage: instead, the games will be determined by a single draw to the button by both teams.

It seemed as though these rules would be implemented at the upcoming worlds, however, Graham Prouse, World Curling Federation Vice-President, Americas, says they are still in the consultation phase.

"These are not in place currently for the men's and women's world championships. They're proposed," he said during That Curling show.

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Now curling ’s global governing body, the World Curling Federation, is potentially risking the legacy of its marquee 2022 events by making drastic changes to the next world men’s and women’s championships—the ones that aren’t part of the current “Olympic cycle”—and the reactions have been It’s an odd choice for such drastic changes given the worlds’ elevated place in curling history. There’s no indication the new rules will stay beyond one year, or how their use will be evaluated. Many players and fans were surprised by the news coming out of the WCF ’s recent annual general assembly.

"While those rules are out there and there's been plenty of comments on it, and I'm glad to see people so passtnateoin, it's yet to be decided."

Prouse says these rules are proposed to entice new broadcasters in countries around the world to start showing curling.

"We're trying to reduce the resistance from new countries to take curling or existing partners to take more curling," Prouse said.

Easier to sell

Prouse says the current model of a curling game makes it difficult to fit in a broadcast time slot. He believes these rules could make the length of a game more predictable and easier to sell.

"The idea is to try and package it in a way that it fits into a broadcast framework. What can we do to protect the integrity of the game but at the same time make it as interesting as possible to broadcasters and audiences around the world?" he said.

"You have a certain timeframe and you're trying to fill it. Curling is unique in that it can end early or go long. That's a challenge for us as we try to fit a broadcast into an allotted time."

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Curlers never knowingly break a rule of the game, nor disrespect any of its traditions. Should they become aware that this has been done inadvertently, they will be the first to divulge the breach. While the main object of the game of curling is to determine the relative skill of the players, the spirit of curling demands good sportsmanship, kindly feeling and honourable conduct. Member Associations may submit in writing suggestions for this review to the Secretariat by 15 May. The proposals will be discussed at the WCF Annual Congress and then voted upon at the WCF Annual General Assembly.

WORLD CURLING FEDERATION ( WCF ) ANTI-DOPING RULES in accordance with the. These Anti-Doping Rules are sport rules governing the conditions under which sport is played. Aimed at enforcing anti-doping rules in a global and harmonized manner, they are distinct in nature from criminal and civil laws. They are not intended to be subject to or limited by any national requirements and legal standards applicable to criminal or civil proceedings, although they are intended to be applied in a manner which respects the principles of proportionality and human rights.

While many curlers are happy to hear the WCF is trying to grow the game, they're also feeling left out of the conversation.

"I think all of these decisions are based solely on TV and I don't think it's the proper way to go," said Brad Gushue on That Curling Show.

"If the product is good enough, the TV is going to make room for it. I don't think we should cater just to TV. I think some of these measures are drastic."

'Too much at stake'

Gushue says he doesn't mind the tick shot rule, but the other two? He can't wrap his head around them.

"I don't like the four minutes per end. Everyone who played in it at the Canada Cup everyone felt rushed. It was just a disaster. From a viewer's perspective having those conversations and strategy, that's probably one of the most interesting parts of the game," Gushue said.

"The extra end thing is just foolishness. If you want to go to a shootout you have to go with all four players. Oftentimes a skip can go four or five ends without throwing a draw. It's just too much at stake. The thought of applying this for a world championship is just mind blowing."

Prouse says there will be six to eight weeks of consultation regarding the rules. He says that consultation will include hearing from the WCF Athlete commission, Competition and Rules Commission, Member associations, marketing and broadcast partners and the general public.

"There is still opportunity for members and athletes and the general public to weigh in," Prouse said.

The final decision will be made by the WCF board.

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