CHARLOTTETOWN – Curl P.E.I. will be hosting its inaugural provincial mixed doubles championship here at the Maple Leaf Curling Club from Feb. 13 to 17.
Entries and the entry fee of $100 per person have to be submitted by Jan. 16. Entries must be made online at PEICurling.com.
The winners of the provincial championship will advance to the 2014 mixed doubles curling trials in Ottawa, Ont., from March 19 to 23.
Teams at the trials in Ottawa are responsible for their own travel and accommodations, as well as the entry fee of $400 per team. The entry fees collected will be returned in full as prize money.
The 2014 world mixed doubles curling championships will take place in Dumfries Scotland, from April 23 to 30. This will be held in conjunction with the world senior men’s and women’s curling championships.
Mixed doubles curling is a new form of the traditional sport, with the following differences:
- Instead of playing in teams of four, mixed doubles curling is for teams of two players – one male and one female (no alternate/spare player is allowed).
- Teams have only six stones each (instead of eight) and one of those stones, from each team, is prepositioned on the centre line before each end of play starts.
- Player 1 delivers the first and last stones and Player 2 plays the second, third and fourth stones. If they choose to, the two players may swap positions from one end to the next.
- Sweeping can be done by both team members.
- Each team receives 46 minutes of playing time and games are fixed at 8 ends – compared to 73 minutes and 10 ends for “traditional” curling.