S3. European Playdowns
(a) If a playdown is required to find representative teams for the European Championships, the two finalist teams from the previous season’s Scottish Championships will be invited to compete in the European Playdowns.
(i) To be eligible to participate in the European Playdowns a qualifying team must have the fourth player and two other players from the previous season’s team that entered the Scottish Championships (excluding any substitute(s) who shall not count towards the eligibility criteria).
(ii) The Head Coach, along with an RCCC Sub Committee for the competition, may select one or more teams to participate in the Playdowns. The number of qualified teams plus selected team(s) will not exceed four.
(iii) All teams playing in the European Playdowns must also enter the Scottish Curling Championships with the same team line-up.
(iv) To be eligible to participate in the European Playdowns teams will be required to have completed the Players International Participation Agreement prior to commencement of the event.
(b) The Playdown format will be dependent on the number of teams entered.
(i) Where there are only two teams competing, a best of five games competition shall determine a winner. The LSD will take place to determine who gets the choice of last stone at the first end. The LSD will take place for each game.
(ii) Where there are three or four teams competing, a double round robin shall be played after which the top two teams will play a best of three games to determine the winner.
(c) All games shall be 10 ends: a minimum of 6 ends must be completed.
(d) In the event of a tie in any game an extra end or ends shall be played to determine a winner.
(e) Where teams are tied for the top two places Section C9. Team Ranking Procedure will be used determine ranking.
(f) The top ranked team at the conclusion of the double round robin will have the choice of playing first or second stone in the first end of game one and game three in the best of three (see Section C9. Team Ranking Procedure). If the top ranked team has finished the round robin unbeaten it would take a 1-0 lead in the games and have the choice of playing first or second stone in the first end of game three. Its opponents would have the choice of playing first or second stone in the first in of game two.
(g) In tie-break games the team delivering the first stone of the first end will have the choice of stone handle colour.
(h) All team members must wear identical uniform see C3: Team Uniforms / Equipment
(i) The winning teams shall represent Scotland in the European Championships. See C12 - International Representation.