How the Draws works - Round Robin
The Lucerne Curling Trophy starts with 24 teams playing in four groups according to the Round Robin principles. Each game is played over eight ends. If teams are tied after eight ends, one extra end will be played. If this end is blanked, then the team without the hammer in the additional end wins the game. Shake hands is allowed after six ends.
After the group games all teams will be ranked in a group-ranking according to their results. If teams draw on points, then the rank will be determined by the compulsory stone game after the first game.
The team ranking first in the group qualifies directly for the quarter finals. All other team will be ranked in all over-ranking according to the compulsory stone game. Team 1 to 8 of this ranking have to play a qualifying round, where the winners will likewise reach the quarter finals. First ranked meets the eight ranked, etc. Should two teams meet from the same group again, then the teams will be changed.
The games of the quarter finals will be set by draw.
At the quarter finals a straight knock out game is played, from where the four winning teams qualify for the semi final. the positions five to eight hold the fifth rank together. The semi final winners qualify for the final, positions tree and four are ranked with the third place.
The games are played without any time constraints, but the teams are requested to keep to the time schedule. A designated member of the game management retains the right, to use the "30 seconds rule" of Swiss Curling Association (SCA).
To be able to determine a clear ranking after the group games, each team has to play a stone game straight after the first group game. Each player from the previous group game hat to play a stone, whereby sweeping is allowed. The average of the stones played count as follows:
Stones in or touching the house: distance to the button
All other stones: 185.42 cm
Stones on the button: 0 cm
All measured distance are summed together and divided by the stones played. If teams have the same amount of points after the group games, then the team with the smaller average will be ranked better. Measuring of the distance will always be conducted by a member of the game management.