S22. THE SCOTTISH JUNIOR CURLING CLUB CHALLENGE
(a) The Scottish Junior Curling Club Challenge shall consist of a Division 1 and Division 2. If there are enough entries there will also be a Division 3. It shall be competed for by members of Young Curlers’ Clubs which are affiliated to the Royal Club and who have not attained the age of 21 years at midnight on 30 June prior to the start of the season. Curling clubs are allowed to enter more than one group of two teams, but must name the players of each entry when entering.
(b) Division 1 and 2 shall be completed by the end of January and Division 3 by the middle of March annually. Each Club shall meet its own expenses, in respect of ice charges, accommodation and travel.
(c) The booking of ice for each Division shall be made by the Royal Club in May annually. The Challenge shall be played on week-end ice.
(d) All games shall be 8 ends or a 1 hour 50 minute bell.
(e) (i) In the event of a team being short of a player then the game shall start on time. The non-offending team shall be awarded 3 shots and 1 end counting a maximum of 8 ends for that game.
(ii) Where a game is forfeited the penalties shall be as stated under R 11(k): Failure to Appear. Should a team be two or more players short, then the game shall be forfeited, in which case 2 points, 6 shots and 5 ends shall be awarded to the non-offending team.
(f) (i) Withdrawals from the Scottish Junior Club Challenge must be notified in writing before 30th October.
(ii) If a Club withdraws their place shall be filled from the Division below them.
(iii) Should any Club fail to appear, that Club shall be responsible for the ice charges arising from the default incurred. See R11(k): Failure to Appear.
(g) All Clubs in each Division shall declare the composition of their teams prior to the start of the Competition. Any changes should be notified to the Chief Umpire.
(h) The completed score cards after each game shall be given to the Chief Umpire, with the names of the players, the completed score and duly signed by the skips.
(i) A player may substitute for another Club, but cannot play higher than lead.
(j) The bottom two Clubs in Division 1 & 2 shall be relegated to Division 2 & 3 with the top two Clubs in Division 2 & 3 gaining promotion to Division 1 & 2.
(k) The Trophies presented for the Challenge remain the property of the Royal Club, but may be retained by the winning Clubs on the strict understanding that they are kept in an official trophy cabinet at the Ice Rink at which the Club plays. The Ice Rink shall be responsible for the Trophy’s safety.
(l) All Junior Clubs must be accompanied by a responsible adult (25 years of age or over).
(m) Division 1 & 2
(i) Division 1 & 2 shall be played in one section of six with the top team being the winners of each division.
If Clubs are tied on points, their position shall be decided by ends won, shots up and shots scored. Where two or three Clubs are equal on points, ends won, shots up, and shots scored; one member of each Club shall deliver one stone, with sweeping allowed, to the tee at the home end. All stones finishing in the house are measured. Stones that do not finish in the house are recorded as 185.4 cm. (6 ft. 1 in.). Stones that finish so close to the tee that they cannot be measured are recorded as 0.0 cm.
(ii) Each Club entry shall be of two teams. At least two of the players must be female, one of whom must throw fourth or third stones. Clubs cannot change their teams after the competition has started unless they are making a substitution.
(iii) If any Club is unable to enter two full teams it may utilise young curlers from another Club up to a maximum of two players; one player per team who must play lead.
Division 3 shall be determined by the number of Clubs entered. The top two Clubs will be promoted to Division 2. If Clubs are tied on points see (m)(i) above.
All the Rules pertaining to the Challenge, except as stated above, shall be the Rules of the Royal Club in force at that time.