Elite 10: Rules & Regulations

Elite 10

Format

Both men’s and women’s divisions feature 10 teams divided into two pools of five with each team playing four round-robin games.

Five-rock rule

All games in the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling are played utilizing the five-rock rule.

Teams must wait until five rocks have been played before they can start eliminating rocks that are sitting in the free-guard zone (outside the house from the tee line to the near hog line). The five-rock rule is designed to generate more offence with an extra guard in play.

Time/Timeouts

All matches will be eight ends. Each team will have four minutes of “Thinking Time” to play each end. The clock will be reset to four minutes to begin every end. Teams will be allowed three, 90-second timeouts.

If a team runs out of time, they will stop delivering rocks for the rest of that end. Please note that this rule will be enforced. It is your responsibility to monitor your clock. The head official may notify a team if he/she deems it necessary.

Extra end shootout

The team that would have the hammer in a regular extra end will have the choice to go first or second in the shootout.

As in the pre-game shootout, the player will first deliver a rock towards the home end with the help of his/her brushers. Should both teams cover the pinhole completely, the same shooter will then deliver a second draw to the button without brushers. Should both teams cover again, a third stone would be delivered by a different player with the help of one brusher only, then no brusher if both teams cover again and so on until we determine a winner.

Timing devices

No timing device of any kind will be allowed. Weight to be judged without outside assistance.

No Tick Zone

A “No Tick Zone” rule will be in effect for this event. The zone is simply the centre line. A rock touching the centre line in the free guard zone may not be ticked off the centre line or raised in the house (by the opposing team) until the sixth rock of the end.

Match Play Scoring

This event will be played using the five-rock rule and scored in match play format.

To win an end a team must steal the end without the benefit of hammer or score two or more points when they have the hammer.

If neither team meets these requirements, no points are awarded (also called a “push”) and the hammer switches sides. Unlike the skins format, there are no carry-overs in the match play format.

The team that starts an end with the hammer loses the hammer for the next end unless they give up a steal, in which case they lose the end and retain hammer in the next end.

A checkmark on the scoreboard indicates which team has won the end. The total score — e.g. 1UP, 2UP — indicates which team is in the lead and by how many ends. All-square, listed as AS on the scoreboard, indicates a tie game.

Teams will earn three points for winning the game in eight ends or less.

Teams will earn two points for winning the game in a shootout.

Teams will earn one point for losing the game in a shootout.

Teams will earn zero points for losing a game in eight ends or less.

Playoff Qualification

The top six teams that earned the most points in round-robin play advance to the playoffs regardless of pools.

If teams are tied with the same amount of points, the team with the most three-point wins will be ranked highest. If teams have the exact same record, the total pre-game draw to the button distances of all four draws of the round-robin will be used.

Top two teams advance directly to the semifinals and the other four will play the quarterfinals.

The No. 1 ranked team will play the winner of the No. 4 vs. No. 5 match in the semifinals.
The No. 2 ranked team will play the winner of the No. 3 vs No. 6 match in the other semi.

Entry Fee & Purse Breakdown

No entry fee for this event. Both men’s and women’s divisions have a $100,000 (CDN) purse ($200,000 combined purse). The breakdown is as follows:

Winner: $24,000 plus Round Robin
Runner-up: $12,000 plus Round Robin
Semifinalists: $7,000 each team plus Round Robin
Quarterfinalists: $ 5,000 each team plus Round Robin
Round Robin* see below

*WIN: In eight ends or less, three points & $2,000
*WIN: In an extra end shootout, two points & $1,500
*LOSS: In an extra end shootout, 1 point & $500
*LOSS: In eight ends or less, zero points

The winners of the Elite 10 also receive invitations to the Champions Cup, which is the final event of the season and showcases all of the winners from major events in curling.

Pinty’s Cup

The Pinty’s Cup is awarded to the men’s and women’s teams that accumulate the most bonus points over the course of the season. Points are distributed at the Elite 10 as per below:

Winner: 12 points
Runner-up: 9 points
Semifinalists: 7 points
Quarterfinalists: 5 points
1 point per win for all other teams

For up-to-date standings and more information on the Pinty’s Cup, click here.