|Brush Pad and Head, OCA and CCA Policy|
“A moratorium on the use of brushes with artificially textured brushing materials will be enforced for events on the OCAcalendar until such time as a new rule or statement is issued by the governing bodies.
Teams currently using artificially textured brushing material may comply with the moratorium by :
(1) if applicable, reversing the brush materials to place the unmodified fibre weave on the exterior
(2) using alternate brush materials composed of fibre weaves similar to Norway or EQ brush material
or (3) using a hair brush.
Players must be able to “see” the “fabric weave” in any brush head fabric that will come into contact with
the ice. Many fabrics are produced with two different sides: one that displays a weave, and one that
appears to be embossed/sealed and almost plastic in appearance. You can differentiate with the naked
eye. If you are uncertain, please bring additional brush heads that you are confident will be compliant with
this statement. Also, only equipment available for sale to the public at retail outlets will be permitted in the
field of play. No homemade equipment will be allowed during this seasons championships.
- Only brushes and brush heads available for sale to the public at retail outlets, including online outlets, will be allowed on the field of play.
- No modified, custom-made or homemade brushing equipment will be allowed on the field of play. This does not apply to branding / cosmetic related modifications nor does it apply to compliant brush heads that have been re-conditioned or re-covered for sale.
- Brush-head fabric that has been embossed / sealed / textured / modified from its original woven form will not be allowed on the field of play.
- For brush-head fabric to be allowed on the field of play, the fabric must have a woven appearance that is visible to the “naked eye”. The intent is to ensure the fabric makes contact with the ice as opposed to the embossed / sealed coating of the fabric.
- Brush heads containing “hardening” or “stiffening” materials inserted between the outer fabric and the internal cushioning material of the brush head are not allowed on the field of play. These materials may include but are not limited to: plastic, fibreglass, wood, and Teflon. In addition, brush heads that are constructed in a manner that greatly reduces the “normal” amount of compression may not be allowed on the field of play as determined by the Chief Umpire.
Teams currently using brush-head technology not in compliance with the above moratorium may comply by:
- If applicable, reversing the brush-head fabric to place the fibre weave on the exterior [in contact with the ice]; or,
- Utilizing alternate brush-head fabric comprised of fibre weaves that are visible to the “naked eye”; or,
- Using a hair brush.
- If applicable, removing any “hardening or “stiffening” inserts from between the fabric and cushioning material, or using an alternative brush.
Curling Canada will continue to work with the World Curling Federation and the Players Association to establish an evidence-based, well-defined equipment approval policy.
Enforcement in officiated events
- Players and coaches will be responsible for ensuring any brush brought on to the field of play is compliant with the moratorium.
- Once a player has selected one approved brush for that game, no replacement of that brush, brush head or brush head fabric shall be made without the approval of the assigned umpire.
- Circumstances for an umpire to allow the changing the one approved brush:
- A player may switch a synthetic brush with a hair brush as their one approved brush for the game but they may not switch back to a synthetic brush once the switch is done. Rationale: A circumstance to switch a synthetic brush with a hair brush would be that the ice is frosty. If this is the case, then the switch is reasonable, but permanent for the rest of the game.
- A player may not switch a hair brush for a synthetic brush under any circumstance.
- Replacement of a brush head or brush-head fabric would only occur in extreme circumstances to be determined by the umpire. As described, the circumstance must be extreme in nature, and not as a result of intentional damage to the brush by the player. If the damage is as a result of intentional damage by the player, then a hair brush will be the replacement brush. A ‘wet’ broom is not considered an extreme circumstance. In this case, it could be exchanged for a hair brush.
- Players may exchange brushes between themselves for the purpose of sweeping with the exception of exchanging with the skip (person in charge of play for the team). The vice-skip may use the skip’s brush as the target broom as a sweeping broom in the house when the skip is delivering.
- If a player intends to bring into the field of play a delivery device to be utilized as a delivery device only, that has the ability to be switched to a sweeping device, then the declared delivery device shall be marked in such a manner that it would be visible to an umpire if the device was used as a sweeping device. (Possible markings: bright duct tape, survey tape).
- Penalty for sweeping with a throwing broom: The delivered stone shall be removed from play and all affected stones shall be replaced to their original position. The throwing broom shall be returned to play as a throwing broom.
- Random inspections of equipment by an umpire may be carried out during the event and during a game. Players may request an umpire inspect a brush prior to or during a game.
As we progress through the implementation of the Moratorium, we have observed the processes, listened to concerns of players, and have further developed how we approach the Moratorium in the field of play.
Pre-game practice – The pre-game practice as stated, is not part of the game. As such any compliant brush may be used including throwing brooms.
Last Stone Draw – The Last Stone Draw is considered part of the game and as such the Moratorium is in force.
Penalties – If a player is found to be using a brush that is not allowed on the field of play under this moratorium, the offending team will forfeit that game.
- The Chief Umpire is authorized to administer this moratorium and may assign other umpires to perform various duties, as required.
- The Chief Umpire is authorized to make decisions regarding this moratorium not specifically covered in this protocol.
- All decisions of the Chief Umpire regarding this moratorium are final.
Curling Canada’s list of compliant brush heads by brand names as of Dec. 15, 2015
- Asham TX
- Balance Plus EQ
- Balance Plus – “older models”
- Goldline Norway Pad
- Hardline IcePad – fabric inverted without plastic insert
- Hardline Tour Elite without plastic insert
- Olson Opti
- Performance TX
- Performance – “older models”
- Warthog – woven side
- Hair brushes – various brands
IMPORTANT: this list of compliant brush heads assumes the hard insert has been removed and that the fabric has not been “doctored” after the retail sale. If the weave cannot be seen by the umpire, the brush head will be deemed non-compliant