Curling etiquette and basic rules
In addition to the rules of the game, curling has rules of etiquette that help maintain the dignity and fun of the game for everyone.
- Be prepared to step on the ice at the designated time. If you are unable to make a game, advise your skip ahead of time and arrange for a spare. There is a spares list in the Members info area of the web site. You can obtain the password either on the bulletin board at the Carleton Place Curling Club or by sending a message to the CPCC mailbox.
- Greet each member of the opposing team with a handshake, a self-introduction and a wish for good curling.
- Clean your broom regularly. If you have a Brownie, use the brushes at the end of each sheet to clean off your brush head a few times each end. If you have a hair broom, hold it over the carpeted area and brush your hand across the hairs several times each end to remove loose hairs and debris.
- Be ready to play when your turn comes. As soon as your opponent has delivered (released) his or her rock, step into the hack and get your own rock ready (tilt it up, brush frost and loose dirt off the bottom and brush any resulting debris off the ice). Be ready and waiting for your skip’s instructions by the time your opponent’s rock comes to rest. Every end should take a maximum of 15 minutes – do your part to make sure your team stays on time.
- Do not disturb a curler in the hack. If you are waiting to play, stand quietly well behind the curler on the carpeted area and out of reach of the broom. If you are an opposing sweeper, stand at the side of the sheet beyond the hog line.
- Be ready to sweep your teammate’s rock as soon as it is released. It is the skip’s job to determine whether sweeping is needed to maintain the desired line; it is the sweepers’ job to determine whether sweeping is needed because the rock is lighter than what was called for, but the skip may still call you off. Let the skip know if you think the rock is heavier or lighter than what she or he called for.
- Sweep from side to side, and when you stop, don’t lift your broom straight up. Instead, make sure your last sweep finishes off to either side of the moving rock.
- Behind the tee line, only one member of each team can sweep at one time. If you decide not to sweep your own rock, make way for the other team.
- As soon as the delivered rock comes to rest, leads and seconds leave the house and return to the side of the sheet between the hog lines. Only the skips and vice-skips should be in the house.
- If you “burn” (touch) a moving rock with your broom while sweeping, do not stop the rock. Allow it to come to rest and alert both skips of what occurred. The opposing skip has three choices:
- allow the play to stand, or
- remove the burned rock from play and replace all the affected rocks to their original positions, or
- place the burned rock and all rocks it would have affected where they would have come to rest if the violation had not occurred.
- allow the play to stand, or
- remove the rock in motion and replace all the affected rocks to their original positions, or
- place the rock in motion and all rocks it would have affected where they would have come to rest if the violation had not occurred.