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Five-rock rule to be implemented at all championship events

By Jenny Biadasz, Event Services Manager T

here are two updates that curlers should be aware of as registra- tion for events has opened and league play has started or will be starting in the coming weeks.

As of Oct. 1, 2018, for all United States Curling Association (USCA)

events the new fi ve-stone rule for the Free Guard Zone (FGZ) will be ad- opted, with the exception of wheelchair and mixed doubles. T is means that prior to the delivery of the sixth stone of an end, a delivered stone that causes – either directly or indirectly – an opposition stone to be moved from the FGZ to an out-of-play position, will be removed from play. Any displaced stones also will be replaced by the non-off ending team to their positions prior to the violation taking place. Event eligibility for the U18 National Cham pionship has been updated

to remove the citizenship requirement for the 2018-19 season. Eligibility requirements for the event are now as follows: Any player who is less than 18 years of age at any time during the 30th

day of June of the year immediately

preceding (2018) the year the competition is to take place, and is a resident (no minimum residency required) of the United States as of registration deadline. All players must be league-playing (majority of scheduled games) members of a USCA member club within the registered region. Keeping in line with the World Curling Federation (WCF), the USCA

adopts all WCF Rules of Curling when appropriate. You can expect the fi - nalized version of the 2018-19 USCA Rules of Curling and Competitions posted online in October. Please feel free to contact me at jenny.biadasz@ with any questions. Q


World Mixed Championship Wheelchair National Team Trials Americas Challenge

World Cup of Curling, Leg #2 Junior National Championships Continental Cup of Curling U.S. National Championships World Junior Championships

Oct. 13-20 Nov. 2-4

Nov. 16-18 Dec. 5-9

Jan. 13-19 Jan. 17-20 Feb. 9-16 Feb. 17-24

March 2-9 March 2-12

Kelowna, British Col. Wausau, Wis. Chaska, Minn. Omaha, Neb.

Two Harbors, Minn. Las Vegas, Nev.

Kalamazoo, Mich. Liverpool, Nova Scotia

Senior Men’s National Championship Feb. 27-March 3 Mapleton, Minn. Senior Women’s National Championship Feb. 27-March 3 TBA Mixed Doubles National Championship Feb. 27-March 3 Seattle, Wash. World Wheelchair Championship World University Games

College National Championship Club National Championships U18 National Championships World Women’s Championship Mixed National Championship Men’s World Championship

March 8-10 Wayland, Mass. March 9-16

Lakeville, Minn.

March 12-17 Chaska, Minn. March 16-24 Silkeborg, Denmark March 24-30 Denver, Colo.

World Mixed Doubles Championship April 20-27 World Senior Championships Arena National Championships

Junior Nationals Berth Qualifi er #1 Junior Nationals Berth Qualifi er #2 Mixed Doubles Berth Bonspiel Junior Nationals Berth Qualifi er #3 Mixed Doubles Berth Bonspiel Junior Nationals Berth Qualifi er #4 Mixed Doubles Challenge Round Men’s Challenge Round for Nationals

National Championship playdown events: Oct. 12-14

April 20-27 May 5-11

Nov. 2-4 Nov. 2-4 Nov. 9-11 Nov. 25-27 Dec. 7-9

Dec. 19-23 Jan. 2-6

Women’s Challenge Round for Nationals Jan. 3-6 (dates, sites subject to change)

March 30-April 7 Lethbridge, Alberta Stavanger, Norway Stavanger, Norway West Chester, Pa.

Lakeville, Minn. Laurel, Md.

Madison, Wis. Bismarck, N.D. Duluth, Minn. Portage, Wis.

Grand Forks, N.D. Blaine, Minn. Itasca, Minn.

Stirling, Scotland Krasnoyarsk, Russia


The United States Women’s Curling Association Congratulates the 2017-18 Regional and National Winners of the USWCA Circuit!

Andrea Greisberger and Rebecca Hahn Tracy Lawless Donna Pearson Janet Banaski

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