The 2022 Princess Auto Players’ Championship features 16 of the top men’s teams and 16 of the top women’s teams from the World Curling Federation’s world curling team rankings.
A triple knockout format is used for the preliminary round.
The triple knockout consists of three brackets: A, B and C. Teams must win three games in order to qualify for the playoffs. Each loss drops a team to a lower bracket until they lose three games and are out of the tournament.
Two A teams (3-0 records), three B teams (3-1 records) and three C teams (3-2 records) advance to the quarterfinals.
No Tick Zone
The no tick, free guard zone will be implemented during the entire game.
In combination with the five-rock rule, teams cannot tick guards off of the centre line until five rocks have been played in each end.
Following an infraction of the rule, the non-offending team may decide to leave the situation as is.