The Schaefer Ladder is BDCC's season-long ladder competition and is open to men's, women's and mixed rinks. The Schaefer is run by the Schaefer Organizer who reports to the V.P. Curling - Men. The Schaefer is “skip's choice.” Rinks are made up by the Skips holding a position in the Schaefer Ladder, Membership on a Schaefer rink can be attained through the invitation of a Schaefer Skip.
The Schaefer Ladder consists of four sections of six rinks, classified as “A”, “B”, “C” and “D” sections. Rinks compete within their own sections, with A and B competing on Mondays, and C and D competing on Tuesdays. At end of each 5-game round robin, the top 2 rinks of B, C and D move up and the bottom 2 rinks of A, B and C move down. The bottom 2 rinks of D are open to challenge from any 4 member rink comprised of Club members. If successful, the challenging rink(s) replace the losing rink in the Schaefer.
Points are awarded on the basis of 6 points for a win in Section A, 5 points for a win in Section B, 4 points for a win in Section C, and 3 points for a win in Section D. At the end of the Curling season, an eight rink double knock out playoff is arranged involving the A Section winners of each round robin plus the remaining rinks with the most accumulated points. The winner is awarded the Schaefer Shield, named after Don Schaefer who donated the trophy in 1966.
The Schaefer Cup is awarded to the top team (A-1) at the end of the fourth round.
The Schaefer Trophy to the team with the most points at the end of season.