Curling has often been referred to as
a 'Gentlemen's Sport', quite like golf, as there are more courtesies
to the game than actual rules. Most curling matches are played without
referees, only when play progresses into playdown levels do you
typically see referees overseeing a game. The players themselves
monitor and confess to their infractions of the rules.
1. Players should arrive at least 15 minutes before game time to
get equipment ready. Be prepared to go on the ice at the scheduled
time. Lateness may be penalized.
2. Let your skip know as soon as possible if you can't play in
a scheduled game. You should try to obtain a sub for yourself and
advise your skip who it is.
3. Smoking is not allowed anywhere in the ice playing area at any
4. Curling footwear must not be worn anywhere but on the ice and
inside the club. Do not use any equipment that might damage the
ice. All footwear should be checked and cleaned regularly.
5. Traditionally, before play begins, players introduce themselves
to the opposition, shake hands, and wish them 'good curling'.
6. When it is your turn to play, position yourself in the hack
immediately, clean your stone, and watch your skip for instructions.
7. Never distract a player who is delivering, or preparing to deliver
a stone by talking or moving.
8. Sweepers should get into position promptly. Never run across
the ice in front of a player who is about to deliver a stone.
9. Do not block the line of vision of the player who is delivering
a stone - stand well back.
10. Sweepers, when not sweeping, should not enter the house (rings)
unless instructed to do so by their skip.
11. Sweepers should get back over the hog line quickly once sweeping
has been completed. Do not stand around in the house.
12. A running stone, if touched by a broom, foot, or anything else
becomes a 'burned stone'. A burned stone is usually removed from
play (see rules). You are on your honor to say when you have burned
13. Compliment a player on a good shot. Never embarrass another
player by making remarks, clapping, or cheering for an unsuccessful
14. At the conclusion of each end of play, all players, except
the Thirds, must remain outside the house until the score is counted.
Only Thirds are to be in the house while a stone is being measured.
15. After the score for the end is determined by the Thirds, the
stones should be carefully removed. A carelessly deflected stone
ona player's heels could result in serious injury. Be careful. Never
run and leap over the stones.
16. Lead players should be prepared to start the next end quickly.
As the stones are being stacked at the conclusion of each end of
play, the Lead for the team that has just scored in the end should
be setting up his/her stone readying for the skip's instructions.
17. Any player who inadvertently breaks a rule, and is aware of
it, is the first to divulge the error.
18. At the conclusion of the game, shake hands cordially with the
opposition and your own team members.
Remember - promptness,
enthusiasm, and interest in your teams progress does create a very
positive effect on the outcome of the game.
When you observe these courtesies
towards your opponents, so shall you be given these courtesies by