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Curling Etiquette

Start with a handshake. At the beginning of the game, greet the members of the opposing team with a handshake, tell them your name, and wish them “Good Curling”.

Finish with a handshake. When the game is over, offer each of the players a hearty handshake and move off the ice. All please reconvene in the lounge for some refreshment.  

Keep the ice clean. Sand, grit and dirt are the ice’s worst enemy. Change your grippers once or twice a year. The shoes you wear should only be used for curling. Keep them clean.

Compliment good shots, no matter which team makes them. Respect your opponent.

Be ready. Take your position in the hack as soon as your opponent has delivered his/her stone. Keep the game moving; delays detract from the sport.

Be prepared to sweep as soon as your teammate releases the rock. Brushes are available at each end to keep your broom clean. Replace your broom head at least once a year. 

After delivering your stone, move to the side of the sheet between the “hog “ lines. Leads and seconds are not permitted in “house” or “rings”, except when sweeping or to remove the stones after the count has been determined by the vices.

Be courteous. Don’t distract your opponent in the hack. Sweepers should stay on the sidelines between the hog lines when not sweeping. If you are waiting to shoot, stand off the ice behind your opponent. 

Place your skip’s rock in front of the hack to help speed up the game.

All games on the ice should run approximately the same time (usually 2 hours for 8 ends). Therefore, if your game is an end or two behind all other games you should pick up the pace. Each player should be ready to deliver their rock when their skip puts down the broom.


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