The Tour Challenge field features a total of 30 men’s and 30 women’s teams split into two tiers with 15 teams participating in each tier.
These tiers are then split into three pools of five teams each for round-robin play.
All events in the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling series are played utilizing the five-rock rule.
The winners of the Tier 1 event receive invitations to Champions Cup, which is the final tournament of the season and showcases all of the winners from major events in curling.
The winners of the Tier 2 event receive invitations to a future Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling event. For the 2016-17 season they will earn spots for the Canadian Open.
New for 2016: Each player on the team will execute the pre-game shootout one time during the four-game round-robin.
Each of the pre-game draws to the button will count towards a team total. The total distance of the four shootouts will be used to rank the teams that have completed the round-robin with the same record. Should a team register all zeros for the four draws, an extra draw must be executed by the player who has delivered the draw in the last round-robin game without sweepers.