Rules of curling
Check out the rules of curling on the Canadian Curling Association's website.
At the Rexton Curling Club, we don’t want you to curl unless you know how to do it safely!
If you are an inexperienced curler, receive an orientation to the game and a basic lesson before you get on the ice and play.
Here are some tips:
- Warm up & stretch properly before a game.
- Wear warm loose fitting comfortable clothing & not jeans, sweat pants since they are not the right type of clothing to curl.
- Wear flat shoes with clean soft rubber soles if possible.
- When stepping onto the ice, put your gripper foot or foot without the slider onto the ice first.
- When stepping off the ice, remove your gripper foot last.
- Always hold your curling brush with both hands, except when delivering a rock.
- Do not pick up a curling rock.
- Do not stop a moving rock with your foot, use your brush.
- When moving a rock, keep your brush in contact with it at all times.Rules of curling
Code of Conduct
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.
A major factor in ice quality is the condition and cleanliness of members' shoes and equipment. Keeping the ice clean requires a conscientious effort by all members. It would be most helpful if all curlers would:
- Several times a year take your gripper and gripper shoe home and scrub them with soapy water. You will be surprised at how dirty they will be
- Use the boot brush every time before entering the ice house.
- To the extent possible, stay off the carpet in the ice house and clean your broom over the garbage cans provided.
- Check your broom to ensure that it is clean and in good repair. Synthetic brooms can be cleaned with water and a small brush. Hair brooms should be replaced as soon as there is any hint of shredding.
- Keep hands and knees off the ice. Hands and knees will quickly leave a mark on the ice which is difficult to remove by brushing.
- Do not use any footwear on the ice that has been used outdoors.
Ice rinks are always cold. Make sure you have enough warm clothes, especially when learning, although vigorous sweeping can soon warm up a curler, and it is not unusual to find some in short sleeves!
It is important to have well fitting, comfortable and warm curling shoes, although beginners can use trainers with a detachable slider (obtainable at the Club). If you suffer from cold feet, wear an extra pair of socks or even long johns!
Curling trousers should be of a stretch material or be loose enough to cause no restriction in the delivery slide.
Always make sure your footwear is absolutely clean before stepping on the ice - use the boot cleaners provided.