I know that we all have our own favorite men’s curling organizations, but can you tell which ones are truly the best ones? I think the men’s curling world should have a ranking system.
The American Curling Association is the organization that does most of the ranking, but the Canadian Curling Association, the British Curling Association, and the British Women’s Curling Association (who are a few countries away from the US) are probably the only other major organizations in the world that actually do a lot of ranking.
The American Curling Association is a great organization to start with because there’s only one national competition in the US. That means that each state has a different set of rules for how to conduct contests, so you’ll never have a national championship, but you can have a national championship if you set up a team with one of the other states. I’ve heard that there is one other national qualifying tournament that is usually held in Canada, but I’m not sure.
I’m not an amateur curler, so I’d never do that. There is nothing on the US Curling website that states that you must be an amateur to participate in a national qualifying tournament.
To be honest, the only reason that a team of one state could qualify for a national championship is because they already compete on the national circuit, but that doesn’t mean they are automatically invited. Teams that compete in the national circuit are only awarded points for wins (or at least that is how it is supposed to work). To qualify for a national championship, you must enter a national qualifying tournament. If you are not eligible that is, then you are automatically invited.
Thats all for today. I will be back next week to continue my review of the rest of the season.
I have to be honest, I am a little biased towards the US as far as curling goes. We’ve been on the national circuit for over a decade now and we have to do better than we have. While the US has a great curling history, the best teams there are still very young and not well-known. If you are looking for a team to watch, watch the US.
I am not saying that anyone that is not eligible should not be involved. I am saying that we just have to be a little selective about who we allow to play. We just have to be a little more cautious about the people we let play.
One last thing to say about curling is that the rules are the rules. It is an individual sport and a player must be a man or a woman (as long as they are not a girl or a boy). So there is no official governing body for the sport in the US. That means that the best teams are the ones that are not regulated. Many teams do not play in the US because they are simply not good enough to be regulated.