About NSSCA

Our Vision

  • To be recognized as a leader in promoting stick curling in Nova Scotia and Canada
  • To be recognized as a progressive leader in stick curling in Canada.
  • To partner with government, educational institutions and communities to promote and communicate a healthy and active lifestyle.
  • To work cooperatively with NS Curling Association, Stick Curling Canada, curling clubs and stick curling leagues to ensure the best possible curling experience for both club and competitive stick curlers.

Our Mandate

To promote and develop stick curling within Nova Scotia.

To maintain a close association with the Nova Scotia Curling Association (NSCA).

To represent Nova Scotia’s interest on the Canadian Stick Curling Association’s (CSCA) Board of Directors.

Mandate focus areas

  • Promote stick curling throughout all geographical areas of Nova Scotia
  • Increase participation in stick curling through club, inter-club and competitive leagues.
  • Develop and maintain a database of curling clubs, club contacts and individual stick curlers in Nova Scotia
  • Determine playing rules / guidelines in conjunction with NSCA and CSCA
  • Coordinate a provincial stick curling championship in conjunction with the NSCA including:
    1. Establish a championship hosting committee to develop minimum requirements and work with the host club
    2. Select competition dates
    3. Select a host club
    4. Determine format of play
    5. Ensure supervision of play and coordination of officials
    6. Determine draws and championship schedule
    7. Determine awards / prizes to be presented
    8. Seek championship sponsorship
  • Work cooperatively with the other Maritime provincial stick associations in organizing the Maritime Stick Curling championship

Our Values

The NSSCA values include a commitment to

  • excellence
  • inclusiveness
  • transparency
  • accountability
  • integrity

We will represent the interests of all Nova Scotia stick curlers and strive to expand our membership to include non-traditional groups. We will strive for gender and geographical representation on the Board to allow for balanced and informed discussion of issues. We will create, and maintain, a non-discriminatory environment where input from all members is encouraged and individuals are treated with respect and dignity at all times.

The NSSCA Board represents the membership, will conduct themselves in a transparent manner and will be accountable to those members. NSSCA is a non-profit organization and there will be full financial disclosure of its activities. The Board will strive to effectively communicate its plans, and the results to date accomplishing those plans, to the membership on an on-going basis.

 

 

The NSSCA will hold itself to the highest ethical standards in all of its dealings and in its interactions with members.

The NSSCA will always act in the best interest of the membership.

Board of DIRECTORS

 

Bruce Densmore

CHAIR

Metro

Bruce's BIO

I am a retired CPA, CA. Spent most of my career as an assistant professor at Mount Saint Vincent University (17 years) and as president of an educational consulting company (15 years).

I bring board experience with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia board and serving as their last president before the merger of the three accounting bodies in Canada. I was also the inaugural chair of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Nova Scotia. Was also a long-serving member of the audit committee of the Halifax Regional School Board.

I am a hockey guy who found his way to stick curling after back injuries prevented participating in other sports. Immediately fell in love with stick curling and truly relish the ability to actively compete again.

Formed a competitive stick curling league in Nova Scotia after a trip to the 2018 national championships in Alberta.

Look forward to being the Chair of the Nova Scotia Stick Curling Association (NSSCA) and working with our very talented Board of Directors to move stick curling forward in Nova Scotia.

Betty Mattson

Vice-CHAIR

Valley

Betty's BIO

Betty Mattson is a member of the Wolfville Curling Club and is the Vice president of the Nova scotia Stick Curling Association. She has been interested in Stick Curling since her retirement from the Health care field. She has worked on numerous committees in Healthcare and is now spending time on the Provincial and National Stick Curling Association. Stick curling is a growing sport within Nova Scotia and Canada. It allows Seniors to remain active in the winter sport while enjoying the camaraderie of others. I look forward to enhancing the growth of this sport in my role as Vice President.

Jim Russell

Treasurer

Metro

Jim's BIO

Jim Russell has curled continuously since 1962.
Was President of the Halifax Curling Club 1998-1999
Represented NS in the 2009 Masters National Championships and the 2016 Canada Games
Won the National Stick Curling Championship in 2017 with teammate Milt Larsen
Was runner-up in the 2018 Maritime Stick Curling Championship with teammate Milt Larsen
Joined the NSSCA Board in 2019

Patti Simpson

Secretary

Yarmouth

Patti's BIO

Patti began curling and joined the Yarmouth Curling Club in 1992. She served on the Executive Association and Board from 2010-2017. In 2012, she embraced Stick Curling and has competed at the Provincial, Maritime, and National levels for the past 8 years.
Patti presently serves as Regional Director, South West with the Nova Scotia Curling Association as well as Secretary, Nova Scotia Stick Curling Association.

Patti looks forward to working with other Board members in providing leadership to promote and develop excellence in Stick Curling.

Bill Wesley

At Large

Central

Bill's BIO

Retired teacher/school counsellor. Served several years as an Executive Member of the NSSCA until retirement. Recipient of NSSCA Honorary Membership.

Former coach and administrator with NSSAF representing schools in Cumberland, Colchester, Pictou and Hants counties in my capacity as District Co-ordinator.

Active member of LBNS playing into my 15th season. Former club president (Bedford LBC), Provincial Match Chair, Bowls Canada Umpire, and player (including competing in the Australian Open 2017).

30-year member of NSCA, including 9 years officiating the sport provincially, and finally nationally with the Canada Winter Games Competition in Halifax 2010.

29-year member of the Truro CC playing in competitions locally, provincially, nationally and internationally – represented Canada in Scotland 2009 winning the Strathcona Cup Competition in its Centennial Year.

Due to injuries, exited conventional curling in 2017 and have since taken up Stick Curling enabling me to remain relatively active in the sport I so love and enjoying the special fellowship with those similarly inclined

Karla Wilms

At Large

South Shore

Karla's BIO

Karla is the South Shore representative on the NSSCA board. When not working as the Academic Chair and Site Manager for the Shelburne campus of Nova Scotia Community College, she can likely be found playing golf, stick-curling, kayaking or gardening. 

Karla is relatively new to stick-curling and curls out of the Yarmouth Golf & Curling Club. She competed in the 2020 Provincial Stick Curling Championship and qualified for the 2020 Maritime Stick Curling Championship.

Karla also serves on the Board of Directors of River Hills Golf & Country Club in Clyde River and on the Board of the Nova Scotia Golf Association

Education

stick curling wellness

WELLNESS

 

 

General seniors wellness

Nutrition

Exercise

Rehabilitation

Clinics

NSSCA’s mandate includes growing participation in stick curling in Nova Scotia.

We would like to offer stick curling clinics at your club using our experienced instructor group.

Please use the contact form below to arrange for a stick curling clinic at your club.

 

TO ARRANGE A STICK CURLING CLINIC

To send an e-mail to the clinic committee chair please use the contact form below:

 

Stick Curling Rules

Below are the stick curling rules revised and combined as of August 2020.

 

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Rules

Stick Championship
I – GENERAL
The Stick Championship is open to any curler in NS who meets the eligibility criteria for the Provincial Championship and the Residency Directive.
While a single winner will be declared, the top four (4) Open and top four (4) Women’s finishing teams earn the right to represent Nova Scotia at the Maritime Stick Curling Championship.
If a team qualifying for the Maritime Stick Curling Championship cannot fulfill that obligation, then the next highest finishing team will be offered that opportunity. Provincial championship standings and tie breaker rules will form the basis upon which alternate teams are offered an opportunity to represent Nova Scotia.
The Local Rules of Play governing this Championship can be found in Section 6.

II – ELIGIBILITY
Teams may be composed of players from any NSCA Member Club
Players must be nineteen (19) years of age, or older, as of December 31 of the year prior to the Championship
Teams may consist of a maximum of two (2) players plus one (1) coach.

III – COACHES
Each team may be accompanied by a coach in accordance with the Coach Eligibility Chart
The minimum standard for this event is shown in Table Z (Section 5).
A coach may not join the team on the ice surface during a time out.

IV – FORMAT OF PLAY
The format of play for the Provincial shall be determined by the NSCA Competitions Committee in collaboration with the NS Stick Committee. The format shall guarantee a minimum of three (3) games for each team.
All games in the Championship shall be:
Six (6) ends duration. If a game is tied after the allotted six (6) ends, the teams shall play extra ends until a winner is declared.
Officiated – Last stone draw to the button (LSDB), time outs, pace of play and rules violations shall be monitored by an NSCA official. The host club organizer will assign volunteers to assist the NSCA official.
Untimed but at the discretion of the NSCA official, slow players may be put on a “shot clock.”

V – PRE-GAME BRIEFING
A pre-game briefing and coin toss will be held by the NSCA official approximately fifteen (15) minutes before each draw.
At all stages of this championship a “coin toss” will be used to determine:
Stone handle colour: The team choosing the dark coloured handle (blue/red) will throw a clockwise draw for their last stone draw. The team throwing yellow handle will throw the draw counter-clockwise.
Pre-game practice order.
A draw to the button competition will be used to determine last stone advantage in the first end.

VI – DRAW TO THE BUTTON
Following the completion of the Pre-game Practice, the Last Stone Draw Button (LSDB) will take place.
Team members will alternate taking the LSDB.
All LSDB shots will be thrown towards the home end unless decided otherwise by the championship organizing committee.
The Coin-toss winner delivers their LSDB first. If the two stones are tied in distance, or if neither team finds the House, then Hammer goes to the coin-toss winner.
A team cannot sweep the opposing team’s rock on a LSDB to determine hammer.
Both stones will be measured and used for tie breakers.

VII– LAST STONE ADVANTAGE
In the first end the team that had the lowest pre-game LSDB distance is awarded Hammer and will have the last shot.
Following the first end, the team that did not score shall have Hammer.

If neither team scores in an end (Blank End), the team that delivered the last stone in that end shall have Hammer in the next end.

VIII – TIE BREAKERS
Teams tied for a Playoff position cannot be excluded from the playoffs without having played a tie-breaker game(s).
The tie-breaking process shall consist of (in order):
Most wins.
Results of head-to-head play.
Draw to the button (LSDB) accumulated distances.
Closest draw to the button.

IX – TEAM RANKING / SEEDING
The following seeding system has been adopted for seeding teams at the NSSCA Provincial Championship.
Points will be awarded for each person on the team.
Points are based on the prior season’s NSSCA Championship results.
If only one person from a team returns the next year they will carry only their own points forward to the new team. Team points will consist of first team member’s points plus the points associated with their new partner.
Winner ​​​​65
Finalist ​​​​50
Semi Finalist ​​​40
Quarter Finalist ​​​30
Non-Playoff teams per win​  ​07
Teams with no wins​​ ​05
New Entries this year​  ​00

X– TEAM DRAW ASSIGNMENTS
The championship format will be determined by the NSSCA in consultation with the host club organizing committee
Teams will be seeded based on total team points determined using section IX above.
If there is a pool play format, then teams will be placed in pools in a manner that ensures the best possible balance between pools.
The championship format and related seedings must be approved by NSCA

XI – OTHER
Timing –
The NSSCA Championship would normally be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If there are large registrations, or other issues that need to be adapted for, then play could commence on Thursday evening and extend to Monday evening.
A team shall not be scheduled to play more than three (3) games each day, unless time constraints require teams to play tie-breaker or playoff games.
A team will not be scheduled for more than two (2) games within a four (4) hour period, unless time constraints require teams to play tie-breaker or playoff games.
A spare pool must be maintained by the host club for the Championship draws.

On-ice Assistants
An on-ice assistant will be permitted for a wheelchair athlete participating in the Championship.
An on-ice assistant is not mandatory and must be provided by the wheelchair athlete if they wish to use one.
It is not the responsibility of NSSCA or the host club to provide an on-ice assistant.
The on-ice assistant may:
provide assistance in cleaning and positioning rocks prior to delivery,
provide an “anchor” for the wheelchair during the athlete’s delivery process, and help to clean up post end and hang the score.
The on-ice assistant may not provide strategic advice.

The NSCA reserves the right to hold an Open, Women’s and Mixed Division championship if the number of teams allows.
Stick

Rules of Play
The NSSCA applies the Rules of Curling for General Play, as approved by Curling Canada, expect where modified by Canadian Stick Curling Association Rules, or as modified below.

Teams
(1) Each team is comprised of two curlers.
(2) One member of each team stays at each end of the rink and must not cross center ice (except as provided for in Rule 6.2 related to timeouts).

Delivery
The two delivering curlers alternately deliver six stones each per end, while their teammates skip that end. The next end roles are reversed.
All games are scheduled for six ends.
Each stone must be delivered with a curling or delivery stick, from a standing or, in the case of a wheelchair, sitting position.
Some part of the stone must touch the center line at the start of delivery. Delivery progress must be forward towards the broom being held at the other end of the rink. Initial delivery progress cannot be a lateral motion.
All stones must be released before reaching the near hog line.
A stone is in play when it reaches the hog line at the delivering end. A stone that has not reached the hog line at the delivering end may be returned to the player and be redelivered. The player can only attempt the previously called shot using the previously called ice.

Sweeping
Sweeping / brushing is not allowed between the hog lines.
Sweeping/brushing is allowed by the delivering team only from the hog line to the back line at the skip end. Sweeping / brushing is allowed by the opposition team from the tee line to the back line at the skip end.

Displaced Stationary Stone – Four Rock Rule
The first three stones delivered in an end may not be removed from play before delivery of the fourth stone of that end. No stone in play, including those in the house, can be removed from play prior to the delivery of the fourth stone of an end (the fourth delivered stone is the first stone that can remove any stone from play).

If there is a violation, the delivered stone shall be removed from play, and any displaced stone(s) shall be replaced, as close as possible, to their original position by the non-offending team.

Timeouts
Each team may call a maximum of two (2) ninety (90) second time-outs during a game. During an extra end, one time out per team is allowed.
During timeouts the team calling the time out may cross the center ice and meet by the house at the skip end. The team not calling the time out cannot cross the center ice.

Extra-Ends
All games are six ends.
In case of a tie after six (6) ends, an extra end is played, with each player delivering 3 stones. Curlers exchange roles at the midpoint of an extra end to complete the end.
An extra end shall be played from far end (skip end) to the near end (closest to the glass)
In the event that the extra end is a blank, another end is played using the extra end format. Each player will deliver their stones from the end of the rink where they finished the previous extra end.

Contact

To send an email to the current NSSCA chair, please use the form below.

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