Curling Etiquette

Don’t be late!

  • When you are scheduled to play, be ready to step on the ice on time. When you are late you are holding up seven other curlers!
  • If for some unavoidable reason you will be late, or cannot play, let your skip know as soon as possible and arrange your own spare.

Help keep the ice clean!

  • Please clean your shoes and slider before stepping on the ice.

Do not disturb a curler in the hack

  • Once a game has begun, please ensure that you do no disturb a curler in the hack.
  • Do not cross the ice when a player is in the hack.
  • Keep your distance.
  • Be silent.

Be ready to shoot

  • Be ready to take your position in the hack as soon at your opponent has delivered his stone.
  • You should be ready to shoot as soon as the opposition clears the ice.
  • This speeds up the game and keeps all players on their toes.
  • Delays detract from the game, and may result in shortened games.

Release the stone before the hog line

  • The handle should be clearly released before the hog line.

Sweepers stay between the hog lines

  • When you are a sweeper and it is not your team’s turn to throw, your position is on the side lines between the hog lines.
  • Only the skips and vices are allowed behind the tee line.

Do not get in the way of the opposing team

  • Stay out of the way of the opposing sweepers.
  • Stay to the side of the ice when you are not playing.
  • Sweepers should walk back along the sides of the ice leaving the ice for the opposition to use.
  • Do not cross the ice when a player is in the hack.

Keep alert

  • Pay attention to every shot being played; your opponents’ and your team mates’.
  • Stop rocks before they leave your sheet.

Be ready to sweep

  • After your team mate releases a rock be ready to sweep.
  • Don’t be in the position of having to run to catch up with the rock.

Burning or moving a rock

  • Accidentally touching a rock (“burning it”) while sweeping. It is critical that you immediately inform your skip that the rock was touched. The following options are then taken into consideration.
  • Between the tee line at the delivering end and the hog line at the playing end, the touched stone is removed from play immediately;
  • Inside the hog line at the playing end, all stones are allowed to come to rest, after which the non-offending team has the option to remove the touched stone and return all stones that were displaced to their original positions; or leave all stones where they came to rest; or place all stones where it reasonably considers the stones would have come to rest had the moving stone not been touched.

Notify the skips if you have touched a stone

  • 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.

One sweeper behind the tee line

  • Only one sweeper per team is allowed behind the tee line.
  • Arrange with your sweeping partner before hand who will continue to sweep once the rock is behind the tee line.

Stand still while in the house

  • A skip or third standing the house should keep perfectly still and avoid doing anything which would disturb the concentration of the opposing player in the hack.

Be a good sport

  • Never pass an adverse remark about a poor shot or smile at an opponent’s misfortune.
  • In fact, compliment them, as well as your own, on shots well made!

Scoring and measuring by the thirds only

  • The thirds (vices) must agree on the score at the end of each end.
  • When a measurement is necessary, only the two vices shall be in the house.
  • No rocks are to be moved until the vices say so.

Handshake and a drink

  • At the end of a game, whether you win or lose, give each of your opponents a hearty handshake, thank them for the game, and arrange to meet them in the lounge for a drink.
  • If you have won, offer to buy the first round of drinks for the opposing person at your position.
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