Curling is a sport in which players slide stones across a sheet of ice towards a target area. Two teams, each of four players, take turns sliding heavy, polished granite stones, also called “rocks”, across the ice curling sheet towards the house, a circular target marked on the ice. Each team has eight stones. The purpose is to accumulate the highest score for a game; points are scored for the stones resting closest to the centre of the house at the conclusion of each end, which is completed when both teams have thrown all of their stones.

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1. The Alberta 55 Plus Games and all sanctioned ALBERTA 55 PLUS events will follow
the rules as outlined by the Canadian Curling Association.

These rules are available by searching www.curling.ca or by contacting:

Canada Curling Association
1660 Vimont Court
Cumberland, Ontario, Canada K4A 4J4

2. Age groups, events and competition procedures for an Alberta 55 Plus Games are
specified in the current Activity Information Book.

3. General Overview
a) All games shall be 8 ends. Should a game be tied after the regulation 8
ends, an extra end shall be played.
b) The four-guard rock rule shall be enforced.
c) Players may alternate positions prior to the beginning of any game, but not
during a game.
d) In the mixed category, the male, female rotation shall be maintained.
e) Name an alternative player on the roster for men’s and women’s teams.
Name two alternative players on the roster of the mixed team. Any
alternative would only be instated because of acceptable substitution
reasons (ie. Injury, illness) An alternative player does not pay the
registration fee nor attend the Games unless instated as a player.
f) All teams are assured of four (4) games at the provincial level, two each
day.
g) Curling sticks are allowed.

4. Tie-break information
a) If two teams are tied for a playoff position, the round robin win/loss record
of those teams against each other shall be used to determine their ranking.
b) If three or more teams are tied after the round robin, their ranking shall be
determined by the results of the team skills competition.

5. Skills Competition
– At the conclusion of the third game, in order to break a three-way tie between
teams in the same pool, each team member of the tied teams will deliver one
rock with the objective being to place said rock on, or as close as possible to,
the button. The distance from the center of the button to where each
individual rock stops will be measured. If the rock being delivered does not
reach the house, or goes through the house, there will be a penalty of 200cm.
The measurement will be recorded as 200cm. A team member may hold the
broom and sweepers are allowed. Each rock is removed after the
measurement.
– The distance from the button to where each of the four rocks delivered by a
team has stopped will then be totaled.
– The aforementioned skills competition will take place on the sheet each team
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– Should this format be required to break a tie, the least accumulated distance
from the pin shall establish the order in which the teams finish in a pool. The
team scoring last at the completion of its third eight-end game throws first in
the skills contest. The team delivering the first rock shall deliver all of its four
rocks before the players from the opposing team start to deliver their rocks.