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Late Starting Games

Should your opponent not be available (3 or more curlers not available to begin) to start the game as the ice is ready, please inform your league-representative. USCA Rule R11-i (see below) shall be enforced against teams not prepared to play in a reasonably timely manner. The time of delay shall begin recording when the following conditions are met:

  1. One team is prepared to play and the other is not.
  2. The league commissioner or someone designated as 'in-charge' has been informed that a team is not ready to play at the start of draw time.
  3. All games featuring both teams ready to play have delivered their first stone.

If you suspect you may be late for a draw, please inform your teammates and your opponents. This rule may not be enforced under extenuating circumstances (e.g., a severe weather situation, family emergency, limited parking due to a Mavericks Hockey game). We encourage people to use the Spirit of Curling with this rule.

USCA Rule R11-i
(i) If a team is not available to start a game at the designated time, the following takes place:

(i) If the delay of the start of play is 01:00-14:59 minutes (01:00-09:59 minutes Mixed Doubles), then the non-offending team receives one point, and will have choice of first or second stone in the first end of actual play; one end is considered completed. 
(ii) If the delay of the start of play is 15:00-29:59 minutes (10:00-19:59 for Mixed Doubles), then the non-offending team receives one additional point, and choice of first or second stone in the first end of actual play; two ends are considered completed.
(iii) If play has not started at 30 minutes (20 minutes for Mixed Doubles), then the non-offending team is declared the winner by forfeit.

(j) The final score of a forfeited game is recorded as “W – L” (win – loss).


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