Points chase to again determine teams for Continental Cup

June 29, 2016, 5:32 p.m. (ET)
Points chase will again be used to select USA’s 2017 Continental Cup teams

With the return of the World Financial Group Continental Cup of Curling to Las Vegas in 2017, the U.S. Curling Association (USCA) will again use an open points chase selection process to determine the men’s and women’s teams that will be invited to represent USA in this world-class event.

As with the 2016 event, this means that all teams that meet the USCA world championship eligibility criteria (must be U.S. citizens, and dues-paying members of a USCA club) may qualify to join the four Canadian teams (two women’s, two men’s) that will constitute Team North America in the WFG 2017 Continental Cup.

The USCA ad hoc committee formed to determine the 2016 selection process convened again after it was announced that the Continental Cup would return to the U.S. in 2017, reviewed how the process worked the first time around, considered all of the criteria used to establish the process last year, and decided to continue with this same process with a slight change to the cutoff date set for accumulating points – which is now set at Nov. 22 vs. Nov. 17. 

The open points chase process was selected because it most closely aligned with the goals of the event and the USCA. The criteria considered in establishing the selection process included:

  • Unique performance opportunity of the 2017 WFG Continental Cup of Curling.
  • Competitive responsibility of representing USA and North America.
  • Athletic capacity and aptitude as it applies to this unique competitive environment.
  • Athlete training, competitive scheduling, and promotional opportunities.
  • Value of athlete exposure to the following, and how this relates to the vision of the USCA in terms of growing the sport through competitive excellence:
    • High-level competition
    • Playing in front of large crowds
    • Competing in a distracting environment
    • Performing as part of a larger team
Points can be earned in World Curling Tour events, similar to the points gathered for Order of Merit consideration in the USCA’s world team selection process. For the 2017 Continental Cup selection, all team’s totals will start at zero to begin the season, and points accumulated through Nov. 22, 2016, will be counted. The ad hoc committee will monitor the points of all eligible teams, review all results for accuracy after the Nov. 22 cutoff, and determine which men’s and women’s teams will be invited to compete in the Continental Cup for USA (one men’s and one women’s team each, with a maximum of four players per team).

The members of the ad hoc committee are Derek Brown, USCA Director of High Performance; Doug Pottinger, USCA AAC representative to the U.S. Olympic Committee; Ann Swisshelm, USCA National Women’s Team Coach; Phill Drobnick, USCA National Men’s Team Coach, and Rick Patzke, USCA Chief Executive Officer.