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

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.

Jennifer Chase

Jennifer Chase

At Large

South Shore

Jennifer's BIO

JENNIFER”S BIO

My interest in curling was sparked watching the 2015 Men’s World Championship. I took advantage of a learn to curl program during the 2015-16 season and joined my local curling club the next year.

Halfway through my first season I fell and fractured a leg. I love the feeling of comradery you experience at a curling club and my love of the sport has only increased over time.

 

Not being able to curl in the traditional manner; I found stick curling. I want to do my part to get as many people as I can interested in the sport. I also want people who are unable to curl in the traditional manner to know that they are still able to use the stick to participate compete and have fun on the ice.

Kim Whytock

Kim Whytock

At Large

Metro

Kim's BIO

Kim Whytock is a member of the Mayflower Curling Club. He is interested in supporting growth of club and interclub stick game leagues throughout Nova Scotia. For many curlers new to the stick game, the pace and diversity of play is surprising. The stick game diversifies their curling experiences through providing opportunities to experience the role of skip and throwing all of the shots in an end.

Milt Larsen

Milt Larsen

At Large

Metro

 

Milt's BIO

Milt has over 50 years of curling experience. He made the move to skip in 2004, competing at Seniors, Masters and Grandmasters Provincial play downs and cash spiels.

He has been a stick curler for 7 years.

With team mate Jim Russell, they won Canadian Stick Curling Open Championship in 2017.

He is utilizing his coaching experience and is providing instruction at stick curling clinics.

Judy Power

At Large

Metro

 

Judy's BIO

Bio is forthcoming.

Elaine Orr

At Large

Northern

 

Elaine's BIO

Elaine is a member of the Truro Curling Club and presently serves as Treasurer on their Board of Directors.

Following retirement from a career with RBC, Elaine has been able to spend more time actively participating and enjoying the game of curling.  In 2019 she switched to using the stick and joined the stick league in Truro in 2020.  Having always playing front end she is enjoying the challenge and diversity of learning the stick game and calling the ends as a new skip.

She looks forward to serving on the Provincial Stick Curling Board with her fellow board members.  Her goal is to introduce, promote and increase participation in stick curling across our Province.

Gary Burton

Gary Burton

At Large

Eastern

 

Gary's BIO

Bio is Forthcoming.

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.

 

safe curling rules
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.
  •  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

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.

Teams tied for a Playoff position cannot be excluded from the playoffs without having played a tie-breaker game(s).

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.
  1. Winner 65
  2. Finalist ​​​​50
  3. Semi Finalist ​​​40
  4. Quarter Finalist ​​​30
  5. Non-Playoff teams per win​  ​07
  6. Teams with no wins​​ ​05
  7. 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.

Spare Pool –
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.

Section 6: Local Rules

Rules of Play – Stick
The rules of two person stick curling is a combination of Curling Canada rules 8, 19, 20 effective until August, 2022 and supplemental Canadian Stick Curling Association rules which may be modified on a more frequent basis.

Curling Canada Rules

8. Delivery
(1) The delivery of a stone by the right hand shall be initiated from the hack located to the left of the centre line. The delivery of a stone by the left hand shall be initiated from the hack located to the right of the centre line.
(2) If a single, moveable hack is in use, the delivery of a stone by the right hand or the left hand may be initiated from a hack located on the centre line.
(3) The delivery and release of a curling stone are intended to occur in a reasonably straight line from the hack towards the target broom.
(4) (a) A player, whose team is in control of the house, is in the process of delivery from the time the player is positioned in the hack until the stone is released.
(b) A player shall only commence a forward progression from the hack with a stone after the previously delivered stone and any stones set in motion have come to rest or have crossed the back line and their team is in control of the house.
(5) The stone shall be released before it reaches the hog line at the delivering end.

19. Curling With A Delivery Stick
(1) The use of a curling aid commonly referred to as a “delivery stick”, which enables the player to deliver a stone without placing a hand on the stone handle, is considered acceptable.
(2) The use of a delivery stick is not allowed in events leading to Curling Canada championships. Exception: wheelchair curling.
(3) If a player starts a game with a delivery stick, then that player shall use a delivery stick throughout that game.
(4) A player may not alternate delivery from the traditional hand delivery to a delivery stick or vice-versa.
(5) If delivery begins from the hack, then players using the delivery stick must adhere to Rule 8(1) and 8(2) and, stones must be delivered along a straight line from the hack to the intended target broom.
(6) The delivery may also begin anywhere along the centre line with a portion of the stone touching the centre line prior to the delivery. The stone must be delivered along a straight line from this position on the centre line to the intended target broom. See additional clarification in Canadian Stick Curling Association Supplemental Rules effective September 30, 2021.
(7) A stone delivered with a delivery stick must be released before it reaches the hog line at the delivering end. Rule 8(5).
(8) All other delivery rules apply.

20. Canadian Stick Curling Association (CSCA) Rules
(1) The CSCA applies the Rules of Curling for General Play, as approved by Curling Canada with the following exceptions:
(a) Each team is comprised of two (2) players regardless of gender.
(b) One (1) member of each team stays at each end of the rink and must not cross centre ice (except as provided for in 20(1)(j)).
(c) The two (2) delivering curlers alternately deliver six (6) stones each per end, while their teammates skip that end. Then the roles are reversed. All games are six (6) ends.
(d) Each stone must be delivered with a delivery stick, from a standing or sitting (in a wheelchair) position. See additional clarification in Canadian Stick Curling Association Supplemental Rules effective September 30, 2021.
(e) A stone is in play when it reaches the hog line at the delivering end.
(f) A stone that has not reached the hog line at the delivering end may be returned to the player and redelivered. The player will redeliver the same called shot and ice.
(g) Sweeping/brushing is not allowed between the hog lines. See additional Nova Scotia Stick Curling Association clarification.
(h) The first three (3) stones delivered in any end may not be removed from play before delivery of the fourth stone of that end. When a stone(s) is removed from play prior to the fourth stone of the end, directly or indirectly and without exception, the delivered stone is removed from play and any other displaced stones replaced as close as possible to their original position(s).
(i) Replaced by Canadian Stick Curling Association Supplemental Rules effective September 30, 2021.
(j) In case of a tie, an extra end is played, with each player delivering three (3) stones. The curlers then exchange roles at the mid-point of an extra end to complete the end. See additional Nova Scotia Stick Curling Association clarification.

Canadian Stick Curling Association – Supplemental Rules effective September 30, 2021.

These rules may be a revision or clarification of the Curling Canada rules.

Reference Curling Canada rule 20 (1) d (additional Clarification)
1. A wheelchair curler, or competitors with declared and confirmed mobility issues, if they so choose, can have a designated Ice Player Assistant (IPA) during play, per impacted curler. The IPA could hold/brace the wheelchair and position/clean rocks for delivery. The same IPA could also sweep for the impacted player only at the direction of the delivering partner competitor and only in the “in play area” (from the hog line to the back line), including opponent’s stones behind the tee line. The IPA would also catch wayward stones when needed. IPAs would not be allowed to be involved in the shot calling or strategy discussions during a game. If an IPA is the declared coach of the team, they could participate in strategy only during the approved timeouts during the game. For safety reasons the IPA would need to wear proper footwear to actively participate on the ice.

Reference Curling Canada rule 20 (1) i (Complete Replacement)

2. Each team may call a maximum of two 90 second time outs during a game. During an extra end, one time out per team is allowed. Whenever a time out is called, the team calling the time out may consult anywhere on the ice surface, including in the playing area inside the hog line of the receiving end. Whenever a time out is called, the opposing team may consult outside the hog line of the receiving end or on the boards but not in the playing area inside the hog line of the receiving end.

Reference Curling Canada rule 19 (6) (additional Clarification)

3. In the case of a wheelchair player, or a player throwing with a delivery stick from a stationary standing position between the top of the house and the near hog line, the stone must begin from a point within 18 inches of the center line as per rule 17.1 of Curl Canada Rules of Curling for Officiated Play. When the player delivers the stone from an area between the hack and the outermost edge of the top of the house at the delivery end, a portion of the stone must be touching the centre line prior to starting the delivery.

 

Further Rules Clarification – Nova Scotia Stick Curling Association

Curling Canada 20 (g)

Sweeping / brushing is allowed by the delivering team only from the hog line to the back line at the skip / receiving end.

Sweeping / brushing is allowed by the opposition team from the tee line to the back line at the skip / receiving end

Curling Canada 20 (j)

An extra end shall be played from the far end (skip end) to the near end (closest to the glass)

If an 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.

 

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