Tour Challenge: Rules & Regulations

Tour Challenge rings

Format

The Tour Challenge features the largest field in the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling series with a total of 60 teams split into two tiers.

Tier 1: 15 men’s teams and 15 women’s teams. Both divisions are divided into three pools of five teams each for round-robin play.

Tier 2: 15 men’s teams and 15 women’s teams. Both divisions are divided into three pools of five teams each for round-robin play.

Five-rock rule

All Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling games utilize the five-rock free-guard zone. Rocks sitting in the free-guard zone (outside the house from the tee line to the nearest hog line) cannot be removed from play until five rocks have been thrown.

Time/Timeouts

All matches will be eight ends. Each team will have 33 minutes plus two (2) x 90-second timeouts using the “Slam Time” System.

Slam Time

Teams are allowed a maximum of 30 seconds to deliver the first rock of an end. If the delivering team has not delivered its first rock within the 30 seconds, their clock will start.

If a team runs out of time, they will stop delivering stones for the rest of the eight-end match.

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 deems it necessary.

Extra End

Teams get five minutes to complete an extra end regardless of how much time they finished the eighth end. Each team gets one (1) x 90-second timeout regardless of how many timeouts they had remaining after the eighth end. If a team runs out of time in the extra end they will stop delivering stones.

Draw to the Button

During the round-robin, a different player for each game will execute the draw to the button. The chosen player will first deliver a rock towards the home end with the help of brushers. If the player covers 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 pre-game draw winner. The total distance of the shootouts will be used to rank the teams tied with the same record.

Playoff Qualification

After all round-robin matches are completed, the top eight teams based on win/loss records and ties from the field of 15 teams advances to the playoff round or tie-breaking system. Teams will then be re-ranked by their round-robin win/loss records, and if tied by their shootout scores.

Tiebreaker games will be eight ends. Should more than one (1) tiebreaker draw be needed, the head official reserves the right to change tie-breakers to six-end games.

*Shootout scores can achieve qualification, but not elimination without playing a tiebreaker match.
*Exception: Team(s) at 1-3 may be eliminated from tiebreakers, as a maximum of two tiebreaker draws will be played.

Entry Fee & Purse Breakdown

Entry is $1,200 per Tier 1 team, $800 per Tier 2 team, and is payable at the end of the event by teams that go winless in round robin play. Entry fee will be deducted from winnings for all the other teams.

Tier 1 Prize Money: $100,000 CDN (per division)

Winner: $20,000
Runner-Up: $15,000
Semifinalists: $10,000 per team
Quarterfinalists: $7,000 per team
$2,000 per round robin win (for non-qualifying teams only

The winners of the Tier 1 event receive invitations to the Champions Cup, the final event of the Pinty’s GSOC season that showcases all of the winners from major events in curling.

Tier 2 Prize Money: $50,000 CDN (per division)

Winner: $10,000
Runner-Up: $8,000
Semifinalists: $5,000 per team
Quarterfinalists: $3,500 per team
$1,000 per round robin win for non-qualifying teams only

The winners of the Tier 2 event earn invitations to a future top-tier Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling tournament with airfare and accommodations provided.

Pinty’s Cup

The Pinty’s Cup is awarded to the men’s and women’s teams that have accumulated the most bonus points over the course of the season. Points are distributed at the Tour Challenge Tier 1 as per below.

Winner: 12 points
Runner-up: 9 points
Semifinalists: 7 points
Quarterfinalists: 5 points
Non-playoff teams: 1 point per win

Note: Teams in the Tier 2 division do not earn Pinty’s Cup points.