Registration of teams for the Rocky Mountain Curling Invitational (RMCI) is now open for clubs based in Colorado. This is an open format invitational event and playdowns will be held at the Denver Curling Center.
The Rocky Mountain Curling Invitaional is a 16 team event that will take place April 26-29, 2018, with eight end games using the new five rock rule. While no timers will be involved, we are planning on having five draws per day with a scrape after each game so our ice should be fantastic. With a round robin format, everyone will know when all their games are giving them time to explore the surrounding area.
As this is an invitational event, there are minimum qualifications to enter and the teams that represent Colorado will be decided on the ice. To enter the competition, all four (or five) members of the team must have gone to a national event or signed up for any playdown event (including PIC) in 2016-2017 or 2017-2018. Alternatively, an individual may qualify by having gone to two out of state bonspiels between September 1, 2016, and January 31, 2018. If any one player doesn't meet the qualification by the entry deadline, the entire team is disqualified. Subs for the actual event will be allowed but only from those that enter the playdown pool. While having to qualify to play is a new concept, one of the reasons for hosting this event is to reward local traveling teams with a chance to play top teams at home.
To register as a Colorado team, all four curlers must be members with full ice privileges of the same Colorado based club.
We will use a playdown to select the top 4 teams. Other teams will be ranked to fill in spots in case we need additional local teams to get to 16 total teams. Exact playdown procedures and times have yet to be determined but will start in the February timeframe and be based on the number of teams entered.
The fee to enter the playdowns is $100 per team. All funds from entering teams will be equally distributed to the teams that advance to the event to offset the $500 entry fee for each team. The entry deadline is January 31 and the teams that earn a spot in the event will be required to pay the balance due ($500 minus the split winnings) by April 1.