British Columbia Interior Masters Curling Association was formed in 1976 to organize, foster and promote curling amongst 60+ year old curlers who curl in a daytime/retirees curling league in the BC interior.
Annual competitions are held to determine 4 BCIMCA Zone winners.
Zone winners advance to a combined provincial championship with the 4 Zone winners from the Pacific Coast Masters Curling Association (PCMCA)
Walter Hobbs was instrumental in organizing the Senior Curling Association of BC in 1961 out of Kelowna.
His efforts led to the constitution of the British Columbia Interior Masters Curling Association (BCIMCA) in 1976. Walter Hobbs was elected to the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame in 1976. The Walter Hobbs Trophy is awarded annually to the BCIMCA team which has the best record against BCIMCA Zone representatives at the Combined Provincial Championships with the PCMCA.
THE BCIMCA GOVERNANCE
The BCIMCA is governed by a Board of Directors which consists of: a President, Vice-President, Immediate Past President, Secretary-Treasurer, a Zone Director from each of the 4 Zones. The Board meets in the spring and fall of each year, and holds an Annual General Meeting at a club central to the BC Interior clubs in mid-curling season open to all members of the Association.
The Zone Director maintains regular communication with all clubs and members within their Zone. Zone Directors coordinate scheduling of all Zone Play downs and ensure Zone play down events rotate on a regular basis among clubs within their Zone.
The BCIMCA president provides liaison with the PCMCA and with Curl BC on all matters related to the Association.
There are 4 Zones that make-up the BCIMCA.
Zone 1 – The West Kootenay
Zone 2 – The East Kootenay
Zone 3 – The South Okanagan
Zone 4 – The North Okanagan
Is open to any BC Interior Curling Club that has all it’s senior curlers (60+ years of age) registered and identified as BCIMCA members by paying a annual $4 membership fee for each curler who is an active curler in a daytime/retiree curling league.
The BCIMCA enjoys a membership of approx. 1,400 curlers across 17 curling centers.
AFFILIATION WITH CURLBC
Affiliation with CurlBC
The BCIMCA is an affiliate of Curl BC and augments their organization by fostering and promotion of curling opportunities to BC residents who are 60+ years of age. In so doing, the BCIMCA and PCMCA receive a combined annual funding of $5,000 from Curl BC.
Championships are held for Men, Mixed and Ladies. The 60+ (Master Men’s) and the 70+ (Grand Master Men’s) BCIMCA Playdown competitions are held in each of the 4 Zones respectively with the Zone winners advancing to the Provincial Combined Championship with the PCMCA to determine a BCIMCA Champion a PCMCA Champion and a Combined Provincial Champion.
The Men’s Combined Championships alternate annually between the Interior and Coastal associations.
A BCIMCA 60+ Mixed Championship was introduced in 2010 and a 60+ Ladies Championship added in 2014. The respective 4 Zone winners along with a host Zone team play a round-robin format to determine a BCIMCA Champion.
All member clubs in each Zone are eligible to host a Zone play down event. Host clubs are normally selected on a rotation basis within each Zone.
The Combined Championship Event is truly a grand event complete with team photo’s, parade of teams on the ice, a “toast” to the piper, a welcoming from dignitaries, ceremonial first rock, a meet and greet, hospitality room, prize draws, 0/50, and topped off with a Gala Awards Banquet on the last evening. This is a grand social event to acknowledge the winners, give thanks to the host and unwind after four days of competition.
RULES OF THE GAME
Rules of the Game
All BCIMCA Bonspiel’s or Play down’s are governed by the “Rules of Play of Curl BC”.
The delivery of a stone may be delivered with a “curling/delivery stick” in all BCIMCA and PCMCA Play. Here, “Stick Curling Canada Rules” apply.
At Provincial Combined Competition play, should a tie result after round-robin play a special “playoff” will take place. All members of each team will deliver two stones up and two stones back in their team throwing order. Sweeping is allowed. Points for each stone thrown by each team player are awarded and totaled on the basis of 4 points for a stone touching the button, 3 points touching the four-foot, 2 points touching the eight- foot, and 1 point touching the twelve foot. The team having the highest combined team point total is declared the Provincial Combined Champion.
WHY SHOULD YOU BE A BCIMCA MEMBER?
Why should you be a BCIMCA member?
- To support and promote healthy competition and fellowship for curlers 60+ years of age.
- To have the opportunity to compete at the 60+ Master and 70+ Grand Master age Championship level.
- To compete on a regular 4 member team Zone play down and provincial competition level if a “stick curler”.
- The cost to enter a Zone competition is a kept at a very reasonable amount.
- The Zone winner is provided with an amount of money from the BCIMCA that generally off-sets the majority of out-of-pocket expenses associated with playing at the Combined Provincial Championship Event.
FACTS & FIGURES
Facts & Figures
- The BCIMCA currently enjoys a combined membership of over 1,100 men and lady curlers in 18 clubs.
- The 60+ Master Men’s Championship commenced in 1976.
- The 70+ Grand Master Men’s Championship commenced in 2003.
- The 60+ Mixed Championship commenced in 2010.
- A ladies 60+ event commenced in 2014.
- A Ladies 60+ Championship is tentatively planned for 2015.