Details for the FRIARS’ BRIAR 2021 ONLINE CURLING EVENT
FRIARS’ BRIAR 2021 ONLINE CLERGY CURLING EVENT
March 8 – 12, 2021
We are pleased to announce that registrations are open for the 2021 virtual Friars’ Briar!
Note: If you don’t want to curl, you may join social events and/or watch the curling games online as an observer!
Current limitations on interprovincial travel and gathering of large numbers of people have
created opportunity for the first ever online Friars’ Briar. We hope to emulate the feel of the
Friars’ Briar as much as we are able. To that end you can look forward to the following:
• A round robin and play-off style online curling tournament
• Heavenly Host award and other prizes
• Social gatherings through zoom (and possibly other platforms)
• Online AGM (this will be mandatory for all registrants to ensure quorum)
• Daily organizational gatherings for announcements
• A watch party for the Tim Horton’s Briar (assuming it will go ahead)
We hope you will join in the fun to make the 2021 Friars’ Briar both memorable and enjoyable!
In order to keep the event manageable, the decision was made to play individuals vs.
individuals as opposed to teams vs. teams. We will continue the ‘East/West’ Heavenly Host
Register first at: www.playcurling.com Curlers must create an account with
www.playcurling.com prior to Briar registration. You can create a free account. You can also
create a paid account (yearly/monthly). It is your choice. Instructions for creating the account
Register second at: 2021 Online Friars Briar Registration
Registrations will close on Sunday, February 21, 2021.
Follow-up information including online links will be sent to all registrants before the start of the
Briar. If you would like to participate as a spectator. Please let the BC host group know of your
interest so that you also get sent the links.
The competition will take place in Room 3 at www.playcurling.com.
Each Player competes as an individual, but you are allowed a coach/alternate.
The site has a text chat option. If you would like a video or audio chat with your opponent
explore platforms you both have in common (zoom/facebook messenger/ whatsapp/ discord/
google hangout/etc. or telephone)
We strongly encourage curlers to visit the site in advance on the Briar to both become familiar
with the site and to practice. Don’t be discouraged if it takes you a little while to get the hang of
it… it will come. And know that most of your competitors will be as new to the platform as you.
We wish to emphasize that although it is a competition… this Briar is meant to be collegial and
fun! Our main goal is to keep in touch, to maintain the rhythm of our Briar and to enjoy the
company of fellow curlers!!
Pools will be established for Round Robin Play. Each player will receive information about who
is in their pool. Games with opponents in your pool will be played at mutually agreed times
between Monday morning, March 8, and Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. PT (8:00 p.m. ET). The
schedule allows flexibility, but it is essential to keep the flow of play going so there is not a
backlog of games to play at the end of the day and so people in the eastern time zone don’t
have to be playing late at night. When players mutually agree on a game time, notify the drawmaster so the game times can be posted, and spectators may join.
A Playoff schedule for the championship round will be made from the top sixteen players.
Other play-off rounds will be structured around the number of players participating. These
games will be played on Thursday and Friday.
Spectators are welcome at all online games.
How to set up a Fee Account for Playcurling.com
Here is a step-by-step process for setting up your free account for www.playcurling.com.
1. Go to the web site.
2. Click on the “Play Now” button.
3. Click the “Sign In” Button.
4. On the bottom, right corner of the window, click the “Sign Up” button.
5. Create a Nick Name and enter it.
6. Create a Password and enter it (twice).
7. Enter an Email Address
8. Click the Sign-Up Button at the bottom right corner of the window.
9. Check your email for a verification message and click on the link to authenticate your
How to Start a Game (or practice session)
1. Sign In using your Nick Name and Password.
2. Click the “Play Now” button.
3. Click “Start Game.” (or Practice if you want to practice against yourself)
4. Choose a ‘Room’ in which to play. Most individual players go to room 1 to play against
strangers. In order to avoid the crowd, we will play in room 3.
5. Once in a room you may challenge any player who is available to play in that room or
wait to be challenged by another player. (For purposes of The Friars Briar 2021, please
set an appointed time to play against an opponent in your Round Robin Pool, meet in
Room 3 at that time and look for that person by Nick Name. If another person
challenges you while you are waiting for your opponent, please decline the challenge so
you are available to play your scheduled opponent when they are ready.)
6. Once in a room you may also watch other games by clicking on any game that is already
in progress. For the Friars’ Briar Bonspiel Online you are encouraged to watch and cheer
others on. A list of Nicknames will be published so you know who you are watching or
looking for. The in-game (written) chat feature works for players and spectators. It is
also a nice bonus to set up an audio chat with your opponent to have more immediate
visiting through FaceTime, Messenger, Discord or even by phone.
7. Bonus Tip: It is possible to play this game on a tablet now, but a computer is much
easier to control. Either a mouse or touchpad can be used but a mouse seems easier.
How to Play Online Curling
Players meet in Waiting Room 3, at a time agreed to by both parties. One player issues a
challenge to the other. The game chooses who has the hammer. Players play a four-end game
following all the usual rules including the Five-Rock Free Guard Zone rule. Note that all games
are played by the clock. Thinking time for each shot consists of 15 seconds plus an additional 2
minutes per end. Altogether that is a total of 4 minutes per player per end for thinking time.
This means that a four-end game will not exceed thirty-two minutes. Note, that if a player runs
out their clock, they will lose their shot, but they will still have 15 seconds for any subsequent
To shoot, use your mouse (or touch pad) to hold the broom in the desired place. Check to
make sure the turn on the rock is correct and change it if necessary, with the button at the
bottom of the screen. When ready to shoot hold the mouse button (pad) down until the
desired amount of weight is applied. You can judge the weight when the coloured power
indicator appears. (blue/green for guard; green for draw; yellow for hack weight; orange for
board weight; red for take-out… approximately). To sweep a rock hold down your mouse
button and wiggle the mouse back and forth anywhere on the ice surface.
If in doubt, use the help feature found with a ‘?’ button. If you still have questions, please
contact David Hunter for assistance.