HearingLife Tour Challenge Format and Qualification

Format

The 2023 Tour Challenge features a total of 32 men’s teams and 32 women’s teams. Both divisions are split into two tiers with 16 teams each.

Round-robin play consists of four pools with four teams each. Teams play four games against teams from another pool (i.e. Pool A teams play Pool D teams, Pool B teams play Pool C teams). The top eight teams overall qualify for the playoffs. Moving forward there will no longer be tiebreakers in any Grand Slam of Curling event, other than the Players’ Championship (applies to both men’s and women’s events).

Qualification

Tier 1: The top 16 men’s and women’s teams based on WCF world rankings as of September 18, 2023, will be invited to participate. In the event an invitation is declined the next ranked team on the WCF rankings list will be invited until the field is complete.

Tier 2: Once the Tier 1 field has been confirmed, Tier 2 invites will be sent out to the teams ranked 17-32.  The winners of the Tier 2 event will receive a bye to the 2024 Co-op Canadian Open.  $5000 will be given to the team to cover costs of travel and accommodation.  The winning team’s entry fee will also be waived.