As the United States Playdowns open this weekend, with coverage on CurlingZone.com as well as USACurl.org, a little controversy is coming out of Green Bay's Midwest South Regional as two entries have dropped out late, resulting in multiple efforts to rework the schedule.
David Brown of Madison, Wisconsin and Josh Bahr of Bemidji, Minnesota dropped out in the last two days and the event is still awaiting a reworked final schedule as play begins in less than 24 hours on Thursday at 2pm Central time.
The result of this has lead people to call for sanctions and this is not unheard of within the game. In Ontario playdowns, a late dropout prior to the event without cause could lead to up to a two-year suspension from play, and maybe it's time for this to be instituted here as the whole field now awaits changes that could drastically alter the draw.
The other issue is that berths are awarded on a floating basis across the country, with the calculations being done based on the strength of field at each event, and changes to fields could drastically affect all events. Sources say this wont affect things this season, but it may result in issues in the future.
To follow the results, check out the direct links to the East Regional, Midwest North Regional, Midwest South Regional and West Regional. Three Men's teams have direct berths to the United States Curling Nationals in Philadephia, with 5 more joining them after this weekend. Tyler George and Craig Brown received berths through the Order of Merit and Pete Fenson advanced due their selection to represent the USA in the Brazil Challenge.
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