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The Spirit of Curling:


Curling is a game of skill and of traditions. A shot well executed is a delight to see and so, too, it is a fine thing to observe the time-honoured traditions of curling being applied in the true spirit of the game. Curlers play to win but never to humble their opponents. A true curler would prefer to lose rather than win unfairly.

A good curler never attempts to distract an opponent or otherwise prevent him from playing his best. No curler ever deliberately breaks a rule of the game or any of its traditions. But, if he should do so inadvertently and be aware of it, he is the first to divulge the breach.

While the main object of the game of curling is to determine the relative skill of the players, the spirit of the game demands good sportsmanship, kindly feeling and honourable conduct. This spirit should infl
uence both the interpretation and application of the rules of the game and also the conduct of all participants on and off the Ice.


Etiquette and Safety:


Curling is a game of sportsmanship and etiquette, in addition you want to stay safe on the ice.  Here are a few things to remember during play:

  • Handshakes: Curling games begin and end with a handshake. Shake the hand of each member of the opposing team and wish the “Good Curling” or “Have a good game”. This is a good time to introduce yourselves as well if you don't know each other.

  • Know your position on the ice. Never be in a position that will distract your opponent. Do not cross the ice when the opposing team is in the hack, do not get in the way of their sweepers. Sweepers on the opposing team need to be positioned between the hoglines. Only the skip and vice skip can be in the house when the opposing team is throwing.

  • Be ready to go:   When the other team is done throwing their rock, have your rock cleaned and be in the hack ready to go. Slow games and people not ready distract from enjoyment and pace of play.

  • Pay attention:  Always know where the rocks are going and be aware of what’s going on during your game.  When sweeping toward the house, for your safety be aware of where rocks are placed.

  • Scoring:  The vices on the teams are in charge of scoring. Let them decide on who scored and how many points.

  • Keep the ice clean:  Wear clean shoes and clothing.  Wipe your feet before stepping on to the ice.  Keep your broom/brush head and equipment clean.

  • Hands and feet safe:  Do not stop a moving rock with your hands or feet.  Stop it with your broom/brush.

  • Stop then stand:  Come to a stop on your slider and then stand up.  Replace the cover on your slider or keep control ov the step on slider.

  • Hack then step on slider:  Always step into the hack first and then on to a step on slider second.

  • Footing and speed:  Be sure of your footing and travel at a speed that you feel safe and comfortable at when sweeping.  If you feel you can not keep up with a traveling stone safely, let it go.

"Good curling!"

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