Hearing Life Tour Challenge Format and Qualification

Format: The 2022 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. The top eight teams overall qualify for the playoffs.

Tier 1 Qualification: The top 16 men’s teams and 16 women’s teams based on WCF world rankings as of Sept. 12, 2022, 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 Qualification: Once the Tier 1 field has been confirmed on Sept. 15, 2022, Tier 2 invites will be sent out. Ten additional invitations will be extended based on WCF rankings beyond the Tier 1. To complete the Tier 2 field, five regional invitations will be extended at the discretion of the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling to teams within the province or region that the event is being held. The winners of the Tier 2 event will receive a bye to the Canadian Open, plus an honorarium is given to help cover flights and accommodations.