The "no tick shot rule" is to be trialled at the Lucerne 2021 Winter Universiade ©Getty Images

The World Curling Federation (WCF) is to test its "no tick shot rule" at the Lucerne 2021 Winter Universiade in December.

This follows an agreement reached with the International University Sports Federation (FISU) and local Organising Committee.

It is the first of three "Maximising the Value" trail rules approved by the WCF General Assembly to be implemented at an event.

"Throughout our relationship with FISU, they have been willing to work with the World Curling Federation and try new rules to assist in the growth of the sport," said WCF head of development Scott Arnold.

"This has also helped to ensure that our next generation of curling athletes remains healthy. 

"We look forward on continuing to adapt our sport for the better of the game and having FISU as an integral partner in this process."

This new rule would get rid of the tick shot within the first five stones of an end.

If prior to the delivery of the sixth stone, a delivered stone causes an opposition stone touching the centre line in the free guard zone to be moved off the centre line, the delivered stone will be removed from play.

Any displaced stone of the non-offending team would be replaced in the same position it was prior to the violation taking place.

"We in FISU, are pleased to be able to take part in the trialling of this innovative new rule proposed by the World Curling Federation," said Jeanette Johnston, FISU technical chair for curling.

"The young elite athletes competing in the FISU Winter Universiade Curling Tournament will be some of the first to give feedback on the implementation of this trial rule designed to challenge skills and make the game more attractive to spectators."

Other changes to be tested at other events include a shortened period of thinking time per end and the elimination of an extra end in the round-robin phase.

Instead, matches that are still at a draw in the round-robin stage will go down to a one-shot draw to the button, with the closest player getting their team two points, while the loser gets one.

These two rules are expected to be implemented at the upcoming World Curling Championships.

Curling is one of 10 sports at the Winter Universiade and is scheduled to start before the Opening Ceremony, running from December 6 to 14.

The Lucerne 2021 Winter Universiade is set to be held from December 11 to 21.