March 23, 2019

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  1. Fras

    As the Dollars keep getting bigger and bigger there will be more and more ridiculous restrictions placed on the once fun sport. What about the fabric in pants with most slides ending on the knees? What about finger prints from no gloves being wore after a slide? Fun ya for sure??

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  2. Broom Guy

    Another case of Curling Canada focusing its efforts on the elite and not on the dwindling amateur.

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  3. Andy Patenaud

    Why have exceptions? Just ban the hairbrushes and be done.

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    1. Gordon

      Just ban corner sweeping

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  4. Ally

    When is the official statement from Curling Canada coming out? Their current moratorium still says hair brooms are legal.

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  5. Kevindey

    This is getting a little crazy…. The whole point in sweeping is to improve the result of your rock…. Teams figured this out and started moving to younger front ends… Now they’ve figured out how to control the rock… So what…. Every sport goes through advancements that change the game…. Comp hockey sticks shoot the puck harder…. Receivers gloves are sticky…. Those sports didn’t say this old guy doesn’t get the extra 20mph out of his slap shot. So let’s ban the stick…. As long as it’s fair for everyone and everyone has access to the same technology…. Hair brooms have been around for years and now that there’s money to be won playing this game… it was only a matter of time before people started taking it scientifically serious for any edge… Think if you want to be competitive. We’re going to have to adapt… Instead of dragging the game backwards to make it fair for all the teams unwilling to adapt… Now Canada has a massive surplus of hair brooms that have been paid for and told they can’t use them anymore…. Cause let’s be real. Almost every league has the one person who takes the casual game a touch too serious and will point out the rule now that says you can’t use your broom… I’m sorry Curl Canada…. I don’t think there’s anything you can do about it against the world… Or we’re going to fall behind… If the worlds doesn’t jump on board with all the same bans and rules and regs.. Do you think other countries won’t take the edge to win Olympic gold…. Think we have to embrace it and start teaching it… Instead of being so old school and opposed to change..!

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  6. chenry

    That’s pretty ridiculous. Hair brooms have been around for decades and now, poof, gone.

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  7. Cliff

    The problem with directional sweeping is this; Take an exceptionally good skip and give him three ex-professional football players who can slide and deliver a rock. They don’t necessarily have to hit the broom. The muscle bound sweepers will do that for you!

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  8. Salesman

    we have to remember this is only for Top tier events. Brier, Scotties, WCT events.

    Noone cares if Joe blow at your local club is using a hair broom or the original icePad.

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    1. Hardline Curling

      Truth is some Hardline customers have called us they were being called names for using the icePad in club. Some Pro players have made it their mission to shame anyone who plays with the icePad at the club level. Highly doubt they’ll take the same approach for club curlers using hair.

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  9. Ian

    dusting off my old Rink Rat, no ban on those is there? 🙂

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    1. jim harrold

      lets go back to corn brooms an blisters

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  10. Clubcurl

    Why are they taking the brushes away and not doing anything about the technique of corner sweeping??? Just say no corner sweeping or snow plowwing.

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    1. Kevin

      That’s the question!

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    2. Gordon

      100% correct. Corner sweeping is making me stop watching elite curling.

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  11. Relic

    Time to enforce the sweeping rule the way it used to be. ie if the rock is traveling north and south the broom motion must be perpendicular east to west across the full running surface. Quit letting the sweepers cheat by ‘snow plowing’ and all the controversy will go away. Wayne Midaugh said many years ago on TSN’s Off the Record show that money would ruin this game. How prophetic he was!!!

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    1. George Hostach

      And Wayne’s one of them.

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  12. CraigR

    Equipment restrictions are part of every sport. Aluminum bats in baseball are banned at the highest level and regulated at lower levels. There are even more regulations in golf, from the material in a driver to the banning of belly putters on the PGA Tour. Why should curling be exempt from regulations to maintain an even level of competition? Having said that, these decisions have been done in a rash manner, and I hope once the off-season arrives all of the curling bodies will get together to come up with a regulation framework that can be rolled out in a more timely manner.

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    1. Hardline Curling

      Belly putters have not been banned. Just the way you use them. Furthermore, the new rule was to be implemented 2 years later. USGA has a framework in place for equipment and an open and transparent testing process. It would be great if the WCF could adopt the same policies.

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      1. Putt-putt

        Do u make putters ?

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  13. Bert Saxby

    If you’re worried that the sweepers can control the rock so that the thrower doesn’t have to be any good, then ban sweeping altogether, that’s the way to go! Oops, think my knee just jerked there…..

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  14. Jerry Butler

    How about we dive a bit further and talk about the sweeping techniques? A rule change that should be implemented!

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    1. AdminGK

      As everyone should know, thanks to your amazeballs February issue cover story, Jerry! 🙂

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    2. JMiller

      Why do you think the rule was changed in the first place?

      It’s nearly impossible to enforce.

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      1. AdminGK

        We wonder what is worse… a sport’s inability/unwillingness to police its athletes, or the IOC’s reaction to such inability/unwillingness? #justasking

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        1. Broom Guy

          If this rule of banning hair only affects the elite, why can’t Curling Canada just ban corner sweeping at an elite level where they are able to enforce sweeping technique?

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  15. Pat

    Most of us don’t play on perfect conditions with sanded rocks. Pretty soon the CCA will ban sweeping all together. Come on guys, I was enjoying how the sweepers actually saw a reason for their sweeping efforts.

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  16. Cory hennessey

    Just ban sweeping! All this is stupid.

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  17. Brian

    I have to assume a lot of the commenters here haven’t seen what can be done to a stone with hair brooms/directional technique. I mean you have to really see it – in game action from behind the stone by a team that knows what they’re doing. The results are hard to believe when you first see it. It’s so effective it actually makes it challenging to manage when calling line, but when you get the hang of it, it’s just so much easier to make shots (i.e. way less skill required).

    These also aren’t your 20 year old hair brooms that have been around forever – they are being made from a combination of synthetic fibers, rather than more natural hair, producing more scratches. I have observed from experience some hair brooms work better than others. There’s no debating the effect on the stone (but there is debate on what it does to the ice over the course of a game).

    It’s not so much a problem to the game when the hair brushes are used to keep a rock straight, but more a concern that they’re now used to make a rock curl. That’s new to the sport entirely, and isn’t necessarily a welcome development. “Directional” sweeping with traditional pads hasn’t been able to replicate those results – it’s really only been effective using hair brooms and the already banned hard/directional synthetics. We have an opportunity to decide whether we want the sport to go this new direction, or whether to say this is too far and shouldn’t be acceptable.

    Virtually all the top players recognize that these developments are bad for the sport. Honestly, it will be nice to go back to synthetic pads only, and playing the game the way it’s always been played (sweep to bring a rock further, straighter only). Get all this craziness behind everyone and go back to a system that rewards skill and athleticism first and foremost.

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    1. Jared

      Great post – right on the money.

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    2. Jerry Butler

      Well said! I couldn’t agree more!

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  18. Andrew

    Why make such a rushed decision? A few elite curlers whine and the cca bitches out and gives them their way. Changing rules mid competition doesn’t make sense. How about they actually take the time and do some proper scientific testing before making rule changes.

    Furthermore why is making more shots bad for the game…line calling is now more complex and shots can be ruined just as easily.

    Let the sport evolve.

    And a crazy idea that many have mentioned, why do they keep looking at the brooms? It was never an issue until the sweeping rules were relaxed allowing the “directional” sweeping to occur. Bring back the sweeping rules and allow all the brooms back into play.

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    1. Roderick Hutcheson

      I have seen the effect on of the hair brooms and when I played they were not used as of yet I think it’s pretty much the directional sweeping that is the problem here we never needed it when I had my old nylon broom here why start now as far as the hair broom is concerned there will always be stronger teams out there it’s what the sport is there will be loses and winners let’s not let some curlers that can’t lose gracefully dictate the grand game of curling here take out the directional sweeping and make it fair for all its not the brushes that are the problem it’s the curlers that take a vantage of the way they sweep and see the better out come from it

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  19. Yves Maillet

    This is unbelievable…There are so many variables that come in to play…ice conditions, sweeping technique, curling stones….yup, curling brooms are the problem….give me a break…again, the 1% wins….

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  20. Jim

    Is this same rule being instituted world wide or in Canada only??

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  21. jim harrold

    its all about the money an who can cheat the best . they should do drug checks dna checks an are they born in the providence they are representing LETS GET STUPID

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  22. Jared

    For those who haven’t seen it here’s Gushue’s demonstration of the effect the unidirectional sweeping is having. I for one did not understand what the fuss was about until I saw it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haEuz42YCdM&feature=youtu.be

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  23. Neil

    You want to get directional sweeping out of the sport? Start enforcing the rule that used to be strictly enforced – sweeping must be perpendicular to the rocks travel. None of these teams sweep at 90 degrees any more. That ’90 degree rule’ was brought in originally to stop ‘snowplowing’. Any angle less than that should be banned.

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  24. JJF

    In an amazing cross border alliance, the Canadian HardLine Company, and the American Trojan Company have co-mingled to introduce the HardLine-Trojan 8-Enzer. The broom head actually expands, given enough friction, and emits a slippery substance as needed depending on weight/line, to make every shot pure. Now this, Ladies and Gentleman will make curling sexy, eh!(sarcasm emoticon included)

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  25. Nick

    This is ridiculous ,synthetic brooms burn down the pebble to quickly…later on in the game you will see more missed shots due to the rocks “fudging”…Is that going to be good for the game??

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  26. David weber

    Go back to natural ice and the roots of the sport ,next we will be sitting on our duffs playing games on a Computer . Everything is getting so pussified nowadays .

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  27. Brian Goudge

    The bottom line…even with TV ads every 7 minutes, curling has lost it’s followers and the people who used to purchase tickets to attend in droves…Who cares what kind of broom rock chasers employ?

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  28. Charles

    Corner sweeping was banned 30 years ago, why is it Now legal. I’ve used a natural horse hair brush for over 35 years now I’m being labeled a cheater. BS Directional/Corner Sweeping has always been a problem.

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  29. Chilly Pad

    Hmmm…spoil the sport !
    Just ban brooms & sweeping altogether !
    OR, go to the other end of the spectrum ~ ‘Jetson’ SmartBrooms or Dyson VacuBrooms … ???

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  30. Cary

    I’d bring my corn broom out but someone might complain it makes to much noise.

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