Curling has its rules governing play, but equally as important is the way you conduct yourself while curling. This is outlined in the Curlers’ Code of Ethics in the book of curling standard rules.
- I will play the game with a spirit of good sportsmanship.
- I will conduct myself in an honorable manner both on and off the ice.
- I will never knowingly break a rule, but if I do, I will divulge the breach.
- I will take no action that could be interpreted as an attempt to intimidate or demean my opponents, teammates or officials.
- I will interpret the rules in an impartial manner, always keeping in mind that the purpose of the rules is to ensure that the game is played in an orderly and fair manner.
- I will humbly accept any penalty that the governing body at any level of curling deems appropriate, if I am found in violation of the Code of Ethics or rules of the game.
Some of the key items of proper curling etiquette are as follows:
- Shake hands with your opponents before and after each game.
- Opposing players will toss a coin at the start of the game to determine last stone advantage.
- When your opponents are preparing for delivery, stand to the side of the sheet, single file and between the hog lines. Move only after the stone has been released.
- If you are throwing next you may stand on the backboard, but remain quiet and out of sight of the opposition thrower.
- Only skips and thirds may congregate behind the tee line. They do not move or hold their brooms on the ice while the opposition is preparing to deliver a stone.
- Wear clean, appropriate footwear that will not damage the ice.
- Be ready to go when it’s your turn to deliver a stone.
- At the conclusion of an end, all players remain outside the rings until the opposing thirds have agreed on the score.
- Avoid resting hands and knees on the ice; this will prevent the ice/pebble from melting.
*** If for any reason a problem does arise, players are encouraged to speak with their league leads. In the event that a league lead is unable to resolve the issue, the league lead and the players may have their issues brought to the attention of a disciplinary committee made up of members of the board of directors.