Sweeping Protocol

    Hello Everyone,

    Who knew that there could be so much confusion over sweeping? This subject came up at a meeting of the GTA Curling Club managers yesterday and one of the managers summed it up as a “S*** show. Everybody is just doing what they want.” She was afraid it was going to result in fisticuffs, and we all know that fisticuffs is contradictory to COVID social distancing guidelines. So what do we do if there’s an issue these days, we fix it with protocols. So, here they are, the new protocols for sweeping. These are based primarily on the most current protocols published by Curling Canada and CurlON, with a few clarifications.

    1. Sweeping is only permitted between the T-lines
    2. If you are sweeping a rock and trying to freeze on a rock behind the t-line, you must stop sweeping at the t-line and hope that you’ve swept hard enough to that point to get it all the way back to the opponent’s rock
    3. One sweeper from the delivering team per shot, no other sweepers from any team at any point during the shot.
    4. No relaying
    5. The player in charge of the house, typically the Skip or Vice, may not sweep the delivered stone or any other stones (both colours) set in motion by the delivering team
    6. In the event of a hack weight takeout, the player in charge of the house is not allowed to sweep the opposing team’s rock out after it is tapped and crosses the t-line

    There is also some uncertainty about where to stand when your team is not delivering.

    1. Curlers should remain on the same side of the sheet between shots. Please refer to Curling Canada’s diagram posted on the windows behind the sheets. In-ice decals have been installed on the sheets to indicate where to stand when your team is not delivering.
    2. Although we are fortunate enough to have spacious walkways along the backboards at the window end of the sheet, we ask that you please refrain from congregating there to await your turn.

    distancing illustrationsCheers,

    Doug  


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