Curling Etiquette


Curling has always been known for the prevalence of good sportsmanship and the friendly courteous rivalry that exists on the ice. The courtesies suggested are practised by curlers who understand the true spirit and tradition of the “roaring game.”
Every curling game begins with a hearty handshake of friendship and goodwill to both team mates and opponents.  The usual greeting is, “Good Curling“.  Often said to wish for a good game of curling.

  •  Be on time. Seven other people will be depending on you. If unable to make it, please, prearrange a spare in a timely.
  • Clean your shoes before stepping onto the ice. Clean your brush regularly during the game. It is everyone’s responsibility to keep the sheet of ice clean. However, you may not remove any foreign object from beneath a moving stone or from one that has come to rest.
  • Be ready to throw your stone immediately after your opponent’s stone has been delivered, Make sure that you clean your stone first.
  • In no way should you disturb a player in the hack or in his delivery or until he or she watches the stone come to a stop. You should stand still on the sideline and between the hog lines when your opponent is delivering a stone.
  • Stay out of the way of opposing sweepers.
  • Each skip should let the other members of his/her rink know what he or she is planning to do; let them in on the strategy.
  • Each skip should confer with the 3rd/Vice first.  If still in doubt the 2nd and lead shall be asked next respectively.
  • Sweepers should be on the sidelines – alert and ready to sweep immediately, if called upon, and they should stay with the stone all the way to the house, sweeping or not.
  • When in the house, skips and thirds should keep their brooms behind them and stand still while opponents are throwing.
  • No one should deliberately delay the game.
  • If you have personally touched (fouled or burned) a moving stone, you should be the first one to so declare.
  • If you have personally moved a stationary stone, say so immediately so that it may be replaced (put into original position) to the satisfaction of the opposing skip.

Congratulate opposing players, as well as members of your own rink, when they have made a good shot. Never, by word or deed, be guilty of any action that would embarrass, ridicule or chastise a player who has missed a shot or not swept properly.  Experienced curlers shall always encourage proper development and teaching roles.

Every curling game ends with a hearty handshake of friendship and good cheer!  The usual farewell term is, “Good Game“.

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