The System of Play

The Swiss Cup Basel 2023 will be played in Groups and Playoffs. All games run for 8 ends.
The winners and runners-up of each group qualify for the playoffs.
All losers of the quarter finals are ranked jointly in 5th place.

Special rules concerning extra ends

Friday and Saturday
In case of a tie after 8 ends one extra end will be played. If no team scores in the extra end, the team which had to begin the extra end wins the game.

From the quarter finals onwards, in case of a tie after 8 ends, additional extra ends will be played until a decision is reached.

Stone colour, hammer and practice time

The team whose name appears in the top panel of the score board plays with the red stones. The other team plays with the yellow stones.

Each team is granted a practice time of 5 minutes prior to their frist game.
The winner of a coin toss can choose the first or second pre-game-practice.
Afterwards the hammer for the first end is decided by two LSDs.

Immediately after the end of a game two LSDs will be played. The sum of the two LSDs will decide the hammer in the next game.


The two LSDs must be played by two different players, the first clockwise and the second counterclockwise.

Group Rankings

After completion of all group games, a ranking list for each group will be established according to the following criteria:

1. Number of wins
2. Results of direct games
3. DSC



Prior to the games, a practice time of 5 minutes is granted to each team.
All playoff games are limited to a maximum of 30 minutes “Thinking Time”.
A minimum of 6 ends must be played in all playoff games.

For the quarterfinals the winners of the groups can choose hammer or stone colour.

In the finals and semifinals, a coin toss will decide which team has the first pre-game-practice.


No prize money will be paid to the teams involved in finals that are not played correctly or not played at all.

The tournament is played according to the rules of the World Curling Federation (WCF). If necessary, a ruling decision will be taken by the supervisor of the games.