02/18/2016 10:13 EST | Updated 02/18/2017 00:12 EST

Curling Canada limits hair broom use for sweepers at Scotties, Brier

GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. — Curling Canada is limiting the use of hair brooms at the Canadian men's and women's curling championship.

The decision, announced on Curling Canada's website, comes amid debate over whether new hair brooms scratch the ice and alter the movement of stones as much as certain banned fabric broomheads.

The use of hair brooms will be limited to skips and thirds holding the broom in the house, and for sweeping stones that have passed the tee-line.

Skips can also use them to sweep tick shots on guards in front of the house. 

Sweepers must use fabric broom heads allowed under the rules to sweep the stone as it travels down the ice. 

The Scotties Tournament of Hearts opened Thursday in Grande Prairie, Alta., with a pre-qualifying tournament. The Tim Hortons Briers is next month in Ottawa.