WCF Officers

President KATE CAITHNESS

Secretary General COLIN GRAHAMSLAW

Director of Competitions & Development KEITH WENDORF

Competitions & Development Officer EEVA RÖTHLISBERGER

Competitions & Development Officer DARRELL ELL

Competitions & Development Officer SCOTT ARNOLD

Competitions & Development Officer ALLEN COLIBAN

Competitions & Development Administrator LIZ MUNRO

Project Officer SASKIA MÜLLER-GASTELL

Development Officer RICHARD HARDING

Broadcast Manager JOANNA KELLY

Media Manager CAMERON MACALLISTER

WCF Secretariat
World Curling Federation
3 Atholl Crescent
Perth   PH1 5NG
Scotland
Tel. + 44 1738 451630
Email. info@worldcurling.org

Key Contacts WCF

Director of Competitions & Development KEITH WENDORF

Technical Delegate EEVA RÖTHLISBERGER

WJBCC 2017 Event Organisation

EVENT ORGANISATION – Local Organizing Committee

Main contact, Mr Jörgen Nilsson

Competition manager, Mr Flemming Patz

Venue/Logistics manager, Mr Per Bergman

Transportation/Accomodation/Hosting, Mrs Susanne Patz, Ms Tova Sundberg

Media/Information, Mr Jörgen Nilsson

Ceremonies/Banquet/Public relations, Mrs Catrin Bitén

Website for the event: http://www.worldcurling.org/world-junior-b-curling-championships-2017

Website from the organisers: www.curlingevents.se

Competition Officials

COMPETITION OFFICIALS

Chief Umpire Lawrence Forbes (CAN)

Deputy Chief Umpire Steen Rene Lauridsen (DEN)

Game Umpire Kaye Paterson (SCO)

Game Umpire Marg White (CAN)

Game Umpire Bob Bomas (NED)

Game Umpire Gheorghe Matau (ROU)

Game Umpires Christian Schaller (SUI)

Chief Timer Paul Beebe (USA)

Deputy Chief Timer Brigitte Schöneich (SUI)

Chief Ice Technician Jorgen Larsen (DEN)

Deputy Chief Ice Technician Mika Ollikainen (FIN)

Venue

Östersund Arena, Arenavägen 27, SE-831 91 Östersund

Explore the Arena in 360° via Google Street View

Östersund Arena was opened in December 2013 and therefore a modern, flexible and accessible building. It hosts two large halls for ice-hockey and figure skating, gymnastic halls as well as a restaurant.

 

Östersund Arena, the venue of World Junior B Curling Championships 2017. © Jörgen Nilsson.

Östersund Arena, the venue of World Junior B Curling Championships 2017. © Jörgen Nilsson.

Changing room at Östersund Arena, the venue of World Junior B Curling Championships 2017. © Jörgen Nilsson.

Changing room at Östersund Arena, the venue of World Junior B Curling Championships 2017. © Jörgen Nilsson.

View over the restaurant area at Östersund Arena, venue of World Junior B Curling Championships 2017. Photo: © Jörgen Nilsson

View over the restaurant area at Östersund Arena, venue of World Junior B Curling Championships 2017. Photo: © Jörgen Nilsson

Team Meeting

TEAM MEETING

The team meeting chaired by the WCF Technical Delegate will be held on Monday, 02 January 2017 at 20:00h in the “Wintergarden” at the OSD conference centre.

Attendance is mandatory for all team members and coaches.
The Team Meeting document will be distributed to all participating teams through their Member Associations.

Draw schedule

World Curling Federation (WCF) rules apply, unless otherwise indicated below or explained at the Team Meeting on 2 January at 2000 at the “Wintergarden” at the conference center “OSD”

The women and men have each been divided into 3 groups. At the end of the round robin series and tie-breaker games (there will only be one round of tie-breaker games), there must be a ranking for positions 1 – 3 in each group. The top 2 teams in each group plus the 3rd ranked team with the best DSC advance directly to the quarter-finals. The other two 3rd ranked teams play a qualification game to decide the last team in the quarter-finals. Following the quarter-finals there will be semi-final and final games, with the winners of the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals qualifying for the 2017 WJCCs.

The playoff match-up for the 1/4 finals will be:

(Game 1) 1st best DSC of the 1st ranked teams v to be determined* from the 4 other qualified teams

(Game 2) 2nd best DSC of the 1st ranked teams v to be determined* from the 4 other qualified teams

(Game 3) 3rd best DSC of the 1st ranked teams v to be determined* from the 4 other qualified teams

(Game 4) 1st best DSC of the 2nd ranked teams v to be determined* from the 4 other qualified teams

Semi-finals: winners of the 1/4 finals; opponents to be determined*

* to be determined – opponents will be selected on the basis of not having teams from the same group compete against each other. If necessary, the opponents will be determined by a “draw from the hat” (random selection) at the post round robin team meetings.

Losers of the semi-finals play in the Bronze Medal game.

Winners of the semi-finals play in the Gold Medal game.

All games are scheduled for eight (8) ends, with extra end(s) to break tied games.

There will be a nine (9) minute practice for each team before each round robin game. The practice starts 30 minutes before the scheduled game time. The team with the first practice during the round robin will be the team with dark stones, except for the first game of the men’s B and C Groups where a coin toss will determine first and second pre-game practice. 

At the conclusion of the team’s pre-game practice, two players each deliver a stone to the tee at the home end; the first stone with a clockwise rotation, and the second stone with a counter-clockwise rotation. The distances are combined to determine the Last Stone Draw (LSD) for that game.  The team with the lesser LSD distance has the choice of delivering first or second stone in the first end. If the LSD totals are equal, the team with the best unequalled LSD will have the choice. If the individual LSDs are equal, a coin toss will determine which team has the choice.

First named teams in each draw play the stones with the dark coloured handles, and wear dark coloured upper playing garments. Second named teams in each draw play the stones with the light coloured handles, and wear light coloured upper playing garments.

The Chief Umpire will determine the schedule and ice for all post round robin games as soon as the number of games required and the opponents have been determined. 

Functions

FUNCTIONS

During the Championship, there will be mandatory functions to be attended by all team members and coaches in team uniforms appropriate to the occasion.  Teams are requested not to leave these official functions before team introductions have been made and all speeches and thanks have been given.

Jeans are prohibited at all official functions.

Monday

Jan 02

20:00

Team Meeting – Wintergarden at Congress Centre

Monday

Jan 02

20:30

Opening Reception – Wintergarden at Congress Centre

Tuesday

Jan 10

16:30

Closing Ceremony (immediately after gold medal game)

Sunday

Jan 10

19:00

Closing Banquet  – Wintergarden at Congress Centre

All teams should attend to the opening reception.  The Organising Committee will offer some light snacks and drinks. There will not be any food service at the opening reception. Officials, teams and their leaders are free of charge. Others at a surcharge of SEK 150:-

The Closing Banquet is considered semi-formal so business attire is requested.

A limited number of additional tickets for the Closing Banquet can be purchased from the Organising Committee info@curlingevents.se The price per ticket is SEK 450:-

 

Media relations

MEDIA RELATIONS

There will be international, national and local media coverage of the championship.  The WCF and Organising Committee request that players grant interviews as requested by the media.  Words of caution however, make certain you do not make reference to any matters you do not wish quoted.  If you have a specific complaint about the competition please express it to the appropriate official of the WCF, not to the media.

Pins and badges

PINS AND BADGES

Prior to the commencement of all round robin games it is customary for each team member to exchange with his opposite competitor a pin, badge or banner representative of his club, region or Member Association as a souvenir gift.  The teams’ Member Association should arrange the required supply of these items.

Rules

RULES

The competition will be played under the World Curling Federation rules, as published in the current Rules of Curling and the Rules of Competition Booklet, October 2016.

It is the duty of all players and coaches to become fully acquainted with all rules prior to the team meeting.

The final authority for the operation and general conduct of the World Curling Federation events rests with the President of the Federation and her appointee(s).

Competitors should note that the WCF forbids doping and maintains an active policy to prevent the supply and taking of “prohibited substances” to or by players, coaches, umpires, officials or other agents involved with the conduct of the sport of curling.  “Prohibited substances” shall be those substances which shall from time to time appear on lists prepared by the World Anti-Doping Agency and which have been shown to affect an individual’s physical or mental condition and thereby influence the sporting performance of players or officials. 

Dope testing

DOPE TESTING

Dope testing may be carried out during the competition. Any competitors who are currently taking any medication, which is on the banned list of substances, must firstly seek expert medical advice on the possibility of it being substituted by a comparable substance which is not on the banned list.  If this is not possible, a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) in respect of the banned substance must be made by
04 December 2016
to the World Curling Federation, 3 Atholl Crescent, Perth PH1 5NG, Scotland, email: tue@worldcurling.org.

 

A copy of the list of banned substances and methods as issued by the World Anti -Doping Agency (The 2016 Prohibited List), TUE information, TUE application form and the WCF Anti -Doping Rules can be found on the following link: http://www.worldcurling.org/anti-doping-and-medical.

If TUE applications are not returned by 04 December 2016 the granting of TUE by the WCF prior to the Competition cannot be guaranteed.

The Anti-Doping Rules of the World Curling Federation will apply and the Anti-Doping Rules consent form must be signed by all participants in the competition and returned to the WCF by email to info@worldcurling.org by 04 December 2016.

The WCF is required by the WADA to follow these procedures.  It is therefore extremely important that ALL ATHLETES who may participate at WCF events are fully aware of these requirements and also provided with the necessary medical advice.

Cresting

CRESTING

There are six (6) positions for crests and badges;

  • THE RIGHT CHEST (1) AND UPPER LEFT ARM (1): will be reserved for the event, or an event crest of the Host Committee.
  • THE LEFT CHEST AND UPPER RIGHT ARM (total of 3): reserved for team sponsor’s crests or Member Association’s emblem:

Option 1: The left chest (1), and upper right arm (2), for a maximum of 3 crests, OR

Option 2: The left chest (2) and upper right arm (1), for a maximum of 3 crests

  • ON THE LEG (1) (between the knee and ankle): will be reserved for a team sponsor’s crest. All team members must wear the crest on the same leg and the crests must be at the same height.

Total crest size (edge to edge) shall not be greater than 10cm (4 inches) or not greater than 100 square centimetres (16 square inches). All team sponsors’ cresting must have the approval of the team’s Member Association. A clothing manufacturer’s trademark may be displayed provided it is not greater than 20 square centimetres (3.1 square inches) on jackets and trousers and not greater than 6 square centimetres (0.93 square inches) on any other item of clothing, including hats.

Hats: The only logo permitted, in addition to the manufacturer’s logo, is either that of the Event, or the athlete’s Member Association.

Team or Member Associations sponsors cresting will only be permitted if they advertise companies or organisations who carry out business in the country represented by the team concerned, and do not conflict with any sponsor of WCF events. Member Associations shall register sponsor names, and business category with a photograph or diagram in actual size with the WCF no later than
10 December 2016.
The WCF will confirm approval in writing. Every effort will be made to facilitate the acceptance of team sponsor requests. Sponsor names registered later, or not registered, may not be approved by the WCF. Crests that are not approved must be removed from the on-ice uniform.

Cresting placement should be the same for all team members on all playing-garments.

No cresting shall be permitted in any other area, or on other items of clothing or curling equipment without prior application to, and approval of the World Curling Federation.

All members of team support staff with On-Ice Accreditation must also adhere to the stated cresting policy.

Team uniforms

TEAM UNIFORMS

All Member Associations must register the colour of the jerseys, outer garments, jackets, or sweaters to be used by their teams competing in this event to info@worldcurling.org by 04 December 2016.  Please note red is a dark colour.

Each team member shall wear identical uniforms for all games. Each garment (shirt, jacket or sweater) shall have the player’s surname in 2-inch (5cm) letters across the upper back of the garment, and the country name in 2-inch (5cm), or larger letters, across the back above the waist. If desired, a national emblem may also be worn on the back, but only in addition to the country name and has to be displayed between the player’s surname and the country name. The members of a team shall wear light-coloured shirts and playing jackets when delivering stones with light-coloured handles and dark-coloured shirts and playing jackets when delivering stones with dark handles (red is considered a dark colour). Upper playing garments of all team members must be the same colour during the competition.

When two players have the same surname, the first letter of their given name shall be added to the player’s name on the garment. If the first letter is also the same either another initial should be added, or the full or abbreviated given names shown.

Passports/Visa

PASSPORTS

Travellers to Sweden, must have a passport that is valid for a minimum of three months after your proposed visit and must have been issued in the last ten-year period.

If you are a professional athlete or functionary, you can participate in international competitions for up to three months over the period of 12 months, without having a work permit visa.

However, citizens of certain countries do need a visa to enter Sweden.

To be granted a visa, you need an invitation from the Swedish Curling Federation (SCF) arranging the competition; one invitation per person. This invitation will be sent out by the World Curling Federation (WCF).

For more information regarding Passport and Visa requirements follow these links:

  • List of Swedish Schengen representations

(http://www.government.se/government-policy/migration/list-of-swedish-schengen-representations/)

  • Countries whose citizens may or may not require visas to enter the Schengen area

(http://ec.europa.eu/immigration/tab2.do?subSec=12&)

Local transport

LOCAL TRANSPORT

The WJBCC shuttlebus departs from the player hotel Scandic Östersund Syd and the journey to Östersund Arena takes 10-15 minutes.  Make sure you check the timetable carefully.
The shuttle service is for participating teams and team leaders. Media are welcome to travel with the shuttles, but the athletes have priority. You can find shuttle schedule at the front desk of the hotel and the information desk at the Östersund Arena.

There are also local buses which run between the city centre and the arena. You can download an APP giving you more information on the routing and the schedule: iPhone AppAndroid App

Accommodation

ACCOMMODATION

The Team Hotel is the Scandic Östersund Syd. Find out more about the hotel on the following website: http://www.curlingevents.se/player-hotel/

Teams are encuraged to make their bookings through the on-line booking tool: http://eepurl.com/ca8tPj

All bookings should be made before 31 October 2016. After that date availability or rates can not be guaranteed.

Family and friends can stay at the Headquarters Hotel, the Clarion Hotel Grand, Östersund. Bookings should be made directly with the hotel. +46 63 55 60 00 When making a reservation for a family member, please indicate the discount code “Curling2017” in order to profit from the special rate.

Accreditation

ACCREDITATION

The Organizing Committee will provide accreditation for 8 people maximum (5 athletes, one Coach, one Team Official and one Professional Assistant to the team *).

*Member Associations must apply directly to the WCF to ask for approval for accreditation for this person. Any additional people from the 8 mentioned above will be treated as spectators. 

Useful numbers in Sweden

USEFUL NUMBERS WHEN IN SWEDEN

Emergency 112
Police, not urgent matters 11414
Hospital 063-15 30 00, after working hours 11 77
Pharmacy 077-140 54 05
Train 0771-75 75 75
Airport 010-109 56 00
Taxi 063-199 000 www.taxiostersund.se
Scandic Östersund Syd 063-685 86 00

Clarion Grand Östersund 063-55 60 00

Laundry

LAUNDRY

The hotel has a very limited capacity for laundry. There is however a laundry service for team jerseys/socks/underwear at Östersund Arena. Please contact the Arena reception at the athletes entrance.
Price: SEK 100:- per laundry bag (You’ll get a laundry bag there)

Electricity - Power adapters

ELECTRICITY – POWER ADAPTERS

In Sweden the standard voltage is 230 V.  The standard frequency is 50 Hz.  The power sockets that are used are of type F. 

You can use your electric appliances in Sweden, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220V – 240V.

If your appliance states “INPUT: 100-240V, 50/50HZ” it can be used in all countries of the world.

Local currency

LOCAL CURRENCY – SWEDISH KRONA –  SEK

Currency exchange rates may be found at: 

The monetary unit is the Krona (pl. kronor); one Krona = 100 Öre.

Bank notes are printed in values of 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 kronor. Coins are 1, 2, 5 and 10 kronor. 1000kr-notes are not very common in everyday life. Better stay with the smaller ones.

Sweden has and will get new coins and banknotes during 2015 and 2016. Older banknotes with the denominations 20, 50 and 1000 became invalid for payment on 31 July 2016.

Banks in Östersund do not exchange foreign currency. However, there is an exchange office run by Forex (yellow signs). Bring your Passport with you, an exchange fee of 50 SEK will be charged.

Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere. Visa and MasterCard (MC) are the most common and American Express (Amex) is not always accepted.

Use your Debit card – everywhere in Sweden merchants encourage cashless transaction even buying a bread from convenient shop; some do not even accept cash (e.g.: public transport).

The suggestion, bring small amount of cash, then carry along your debit card, if not use your credit card. Euros may be accepted at the bigger stores, but not always at a good rate.

There are plenty of ATM-machines in the city area. Basically there are two kinds of ATMs, Swedbank (grey) and the other ones (usually blue). VISA and MC-cards are commonly accepted in both ATMs.  Remember to verify your pin number, there are places that don’t accept signature as identification.

Medical services

MEDICAL SERVICES

The county hospital in Östersund has a emergency unit open 24/7.

If you only need a medical advice, you can call +46 771-11 77 00. The service is run by Swedish national health services. They do not charge for the advice via the telephone. If they think you need medical attention they’ll arrange for you an appointment at the emergency unit.

As a visitor to Sweden, you are entitled to health and medical care on the same financial terms applicable to Swedish residents. However, you will need to show your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). All other visitors need to have a valid travel insurance.

IN AN EMERGENCY CALL:     112

There is one single number for all emergency services in Sweden. All operators speak English fluently. If your country is a member of the EU or EEA (European Economic Area), don’t forget to bring your European Healh Insurance Card.

Telephone and country dialing codes

TELEPHONE AND COUNTRY DIALING CODES

00 is the International Dialling Code you use to make an overseas call from within Sweden.

46 is the International Country Code to call Sweden.

63 Östersund

Tipping

TIPPING

Tipping is not mandatory. You only do it if you find the service and food nice, and you normally tip 10% if you have had a nice experience. The amount depends on how much the bill comes to.

Some people round the amount up by 5-10%, some do not tip at all.

In self-service cafés you normally wouldn’t tip at all, even though many provide a small collection plate by the cash desk.

Taxi drivers will appreciate if you round the bill up and give a few kronor extra, but hairdressers, beauty therapists, etc., will not expect a tip at all.

Tipping discreetly is a good way to make sure you’re remembered and especially well-looked after, but service charges are often included in the bill at sit-down restaurants and waited tables in bars, so giving extra should be seen as icing on the cake.

Weather

WEATHER

Local weather conditions may be found by clicking on this link: Weather forecast for Östersund

Historical averages for this time of year are of -3°C as daytime highs with average lows of -9°C. 
The last two year’s were a lot colder (-15 to -25°C) with the lowest temperatures around -30°.

International consulates

INTERNATIONAL CONSULATES

For a list of embassies and consulates follow this link:

http://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-in/sweden

Water

WATER

The local tap water in Östersund is excellent, cleaner than some bottled water brands and therefore safe for drinking.

Smoking

SMOKING
Sweden introduced a smoking ban in 2005, which includes smoke-free restaurants, bars, and public places. However, the Swedes allowed for restaurants to create a separately ventilated designated smoking room without servers – an “indoor smoking patio”.

Travelling by air to Östersund

TRAVELLING BY AIR TO ÖSTERSUND

Åre/Östersund Airport (OSD) is closest to Östersund, only 14 km. Scandinavian Airlines, SAS, the largest airline in Scandinavia, offers cheap flights to and from Åre/Östersund airport every day.
SAS also offers youth tickets to and from Östersund.

Transfer to and from OSD airport by bus takes only 15-20 minutes to most locations in Östersund.

All athletes participating at WJBCC-2017 are offered a complimentary bus transfer between the airport and the players hotel Scandic Östersund Syd.

About Östersund

ABOUT ÖSTERSUND

Östersund is a city in Jämtland in the middle of Sweden. It is the seat of Östersund Municipality and the Capital of Jämtland County. Östersund is located at the shores of Swedens fifth largest lake, Storsjön, and is the only city in Jämtland. The city has a total population of 44.000.

It has a long history of as a centre of outdoor activities with a modern cross-country ski stadium and an actual piste in the city itself. The city has hosted several World Championships in various sports and hosted World Junior Curling Championships three times, 1999, 2008 and 2012.

Östersund, situated in the midst of the grandeur of the fells while providing the facilities of a lively small city with industry and commerce, shopping facilities and entertainment, is the natural choice for students.
Mid Sweden University in Östersund provides students with a variety of programmes and courses, while retaining a personal milieu. Mid Sweden University is one of Swedens youngest universities with approximately 18 000 students. Östersund’s specialities are tourism, eco technology and the ski college, where Sweden’s ski elite are able to combine studies with professional training. Many choose to study in Östersund because the city is close to the mountains and Jämtland’s beautiful natural scenery.

Language

LANGUAGE

Travellers can leave their phrase books at home when they go to Sweden. Most Swedes speak English.

Swedish is a North Germanic language, closely related to Norwegian and Danish (and through them, related to Icelandic). Spoken by over 9 million people, Swedish is the national language of Sweden and the official language of the Åland Islands. It is also an official language of Finland (along with Finnish), though only the mother tongue for about 6 percent of Finns.

Important phrases

IMPORTANT PHRASES

Although locals always appreciate it when you attempt a few words in their language, it’s not that necessary in Sweden as all swedes learn English at School. But it’s a nice icebreaker, if you start of with some words in broken Swedish we don’t have to feel embarrassed for our pronunciation.

Here are some popular phrases:

  • Hello  Hej
  • Goodbye Adjö/Hej då
  • Yes Ja
  • No Nej
  • Please Snälla/Vänligen
  • Thank you. Tack.
  • That’s fine. Det är bra.
  • You are welcome. Varsågod
  • Excuse me (sorry). Ursäkta mig/Förlåt.
  • Do you speak English? Talar du engelska?
  • I don’t understand. Jag förstår inte.
  • How much is it? Hur mycket kostar den?
  • What’s your name? Vad heter du?
  • My name is … Jag heter …
Meals

MEALS

At the hotel:
Teams staying at the players hotel (Scandic Östersund Syd) have a buffet breakfast and either lunch or supper included in their roomrate. Along with every meal (lunch/supper) teams can choose between different carbs (potatoes, rice or pasta). All meals include a saladbuffet, bread/butter and still drinks. No softdrinks included.
Evening snack is available from the hotel at the cost of SEK 65:- (Yogurt, cereals, bread with toppings)

You have to decide which of the half board meals (lunch or supper) You are going to eat at the hotel, please take a look at the playing schedule and place Your meal orders before 15 december, fill out the online order form that the organizer will distribute via email to Your teams main contact.

You can also pre order lunch/supper package at the Arena Restaurant. You will pay and receive Your vouchers when You arrive in Östersund.

At the venue:
It is also possible to order lunch or supper to eat at the venue. The Arena restaurant offers a buffet style lunch with two courses, a saladbuffet, bread/butter and milk/water/appledrink. No softdrinks included.
Please find pricing, a menu and order form at our website.

If You want a snack in the morning or evening you’re welcome to the Arena Kiosk. There You’ll find HotDogs, grilled sandwiches and of course traditional ”Swedish Fika” like coffee with cinnamon buns.

BREAKFAST LUNCH SUPPER

Hotel restaurant 05.45-10.00 12.00-15.00 18.00-21.00

Arena restaurant 10.00-14.00 18.00-19.30

 

Arena kiosk 07.30-10.00         14.00-18.00         19.30-21.30