WORLD CURLING NEWS Big changes to world competitions on the horizon By World Curling Federation

Member Associations to 60. Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Portugal, and Saudi Arabia have all been approved into conditional membership. T is news comes following the Federation’s Annual General Assembly


in September, which saw the members of the Federation accepting a series of major championship format changes – introduced to help grow the sport worldwide.

T ese include: t

Increasing the World Women’s and Men’s Curling Championships from 12 to 13 teams with a six-team playoff – to be implemented in the forthcoming season (2017-18).

t T en, in 2018-19 a World Qualifi cation Event will be added to the international curling calendar.

t T e World Wheelchair Curling Championship will have 12 teams from 2019, up from 10 in past seasons.

t the conclusion of the sixth World Curling Congress in Bled, Slovenia, the World Curling Federation Board has accepted new Associations into its membership, taking the told number of


From 2018-19, the Free Guard Zone rule will be amended to help reduce blank ends and improve competition within games.

t Also, the World Curling Federation announced a brand new four- leg, World Series of Curling, which will begin in season 2018-19. For a full overview of decisions taken at the Annual General Assembly visit,


OCT. 21 USCA Level I Instructor Course, Wausau CC, Wausau, Wis.

OCT. 21-22 Earle Morris Coaching Course, Hampton by Hilton Boston, Natick, Mass.

USCA Level I/II Offi ciating Course, Potomac CC, Laurel, Md.

OCT. 28 USCA Level I Ice Technician Course, The Country Club, Brookline, Mass. USCA Level I Instructor Course, Detroit CC, Ferndale, Mich.

OCT. 29 Wheelchair Instructor Course, Wausau CC, Wausau, Wis.

USCA Director profi le Joel Leneker, Grand National Region

Club: Nutmeg CC, Bridgeport, Conn. Year started curling & where: 2007, Nutmeg CC Education: Bachelor of fi ne arts-theater and bachelor of science-graphic design from the University of Bridgeport Occupation: Graphic designer, Connecticut Tennis and Pool Club manager, adjunct graphic design lecturer at Gateway Community College USCA Committee(s): Membership Committee

Additional leadership roles: t Grand National Curling Club, Mixed Championship Coordinator, 2015-present

t Nutmeg CC president, 2009-2011

t Grand National Curling Club, 150th Anniversary Celebration Chairperson, 2016-present

“I choose to volunteer for the USCA Board of Directors in hopes of bringing new ideas to the sport of curling, to help the recreational curler improve through curling education programs and to give back to the curling community that helped me learn a new sport later in life.”

To read Joel’s full biography and those of other USCA Board of Directors members, go to the “About Us” section at

NOV. 18 USCA Level I Instructor Course, The Country Club, Brookline, Mass.

DEC. 2 USCA Level I Instructor Course, Chesapeake CC, Chesapeake, Md.

DEC. 2-3 USCA Level I/II Offi ciating Course, Dakota CC, Lakeville, Minn.

DEC. 16 USCA Level II Instructor Course, Columbus CC, Columbus, Ohio

DEC. 16-17 USCA Level I/II Offi ciating Course, Detroit CC, Ferndale, Mich.

JAN. 13-14 USCA Level I/II Offi ciating Courses, Duluth CC, Duluth, Minn.

JAN. 20 USCA Level I Instructor Course, Bowling Green CC, Bowling Green, Ohio

JAN. 20-21 USCA Level I/II Offi ciating Course, Brainerd Lakes CA, Brainerd, Minn.

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