Elite curlers adapt to new ‘no tick’ rule designed to inject more suspense into games


No tick is right here to keep in curling.

Canada has adopted the new rule the World Curling Federation examined on the girls’s and males’s world championships earlier this 12 months.

The “no tick” rule might be performed on the 2023 Canadian males’s and girls’s championships and within the playdowns to get there.

The tick shot as a method emerged from the implementation of free-guard zone. Stones in entrance of the rings, or guards, cannot be faraway from play in an finish till 5 rocks are thrown.

A well-executed tick shot pushes these guards to the wings, however retains them in play whereas opening up entry to the home.

Now, a guard on or partially on the centre line cannot be touched till 5 rocks are delivered.

Less predictable outcomes

The possibilities of a group profitable with hammer in a tied sport coming house, or in an additional finish, method 90 per cent, in accordance to the WCF.

So the rationale for the change is to make consequence much less predictable, and thus preserve eyeballs on a sport till the final rock is thrown, and cut back the variety of clean ends in a sport.

No tick provides the group with out last-rock benefit in an finish the prospect to draw round that centre guard into the rings, and probably pressure the opposition to execute more troublesome photographs to rating with hammer.

“It does present some fascinating curling,” reigning Canadian males’s champion Brad Gushue instructed The Canadian Press.

“Certainly on the lads’s aspect, the place groups have grow to be so proficient at making the tick and if they do not, make a double or triple peel to take away any likelihood of a steal, it is in all probability not a foul concept to have.

“We take a look at the statistics, a few of the prime groups are 95 per cent after they have the hammer coming house. It does not give a group a lot hope, or a spectator that is watching… it isn’t going to present a lot leisure when 95 per cent of the time, it is going to be a sure outcome.”

Vetting course of

The WCF authorised no tick at its congress final month after vetting it on the girls’s world championship in Prince George, B.C., in March, in addition to in April’s males’s championship in Las Vegas.

The prime groups had been already aware of it as a result of the Grand Slams started testing no tick again in 2019.

They’re enjoying a hybrid model of the rule at this week’s HearingLife Tour Challenge that concludes Sunday in Grande Prairie, Alta.

No tick is in impact within the eighth and further ends solely.

“Either or, like both decide it for the entire sport or do not,” Canadian girls’s champion skip Kerri Einarson mentioned, whereas including she’s not opposed to the no tick.

“It does make the tip of a sport lots more fascinating, particularly when you’re tied or one down, there’s nonetheless a superb likelihood which you could probably steal. We’ve positively found out various kinds of methods for it.”

Curling Canada needs subsequent 12 months’s Tim Hortons Brier and Scotties Tournament of Hearts winners to have performed no tick after they head to the world championships.

Mixed reactions

Gushue’s emotions in regards to the alteration are combined as a result of he is not but persuaded no tick will do what it’s supposed to do. He would have appreciated to see more information earlier than its introduction.

“Are we going to see as a substitute of it being 95 per cent groups profitable with the hammer, is it happening to 90 or will it push it down to 75?” he puzzled. “I do not assume now we have a large enough information set to say how a lot influence there’s going to be.

“If it is a 5 per cent change, is that sufficient to change the sport and probably confuse spectators a little bit bit more? If it is 20 per cent, it is sensible from an leisure standpoint.”

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The three-time Brier champion acknowledged he’ll like no tick if his group is chasing within the final finish, however will like it much less if he has hammer coming house tied up.

“As a group, we have at all times labored the primary 9 ends to ensure that we had the hammer coming house tied up,” Gushue mentioned. “You try this, and your likelihood is probably going to be diminished.”

Russia, Belarus out

The WCF additionally determined at its annual congress that Russia and Belarus are faraway from competitors for the rest of 2022, which suggests Russia will not play in subsequent month’s European championship in Oestersund, Sweden.

Russia’s girls might be changed by Hungary and the lads by Spain.

The WCF authorised a rule stating “the board of the WCF might take away a group or member affiliation from any WCF occasion if within the sole opinion of the board their presence on the occasion would injury the occasion or put the protection of the contributors or the nice order of the occasion in danger.”

Russia, with the assist of neighbour Belarus, invaded Ukraine in February.

The WCF shortly booted Russia, the 2021 runner-up, from the ladies’s world championship in Prince George the next month, in addition to from the lads’s championship in Vegas.


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