A few things all curlers should know

Curling Etiquette and Positioning

Below are some basic points of playing the game that beginners may already be aware of, and some finer points they may not:

Players not involved in delivering or sweeping should stand along the sides of the sheet between the hoglines, well out of play with your brush on the ice and directly in front of you

When you have finished sweeping your team's rock and you're walking back down the sheet, keep to the edge.

You should avoid stepping onto or walking up and down the sheet of ice next to the one you're playing on if teams are playing on it.

All players should be aware of what's going on in a game. Be ready to throw your rock when it's your turn.

Strategy and decision making is the responsibility of the skip. When it comes time for skips to throw, they should discuss strategy with their third. Decisions by skips, and skips and thirds together, should not be drawn out. Taking too much time is unfair on the opposition. Seconds and leads can get involved in some strategy discussions, but consistently being involved can slow the game down.

Only skips and vice-skips are allowed to congregate behind the tee line. They should stay still and ensure their brooms are not on the ice when the opposition is preparing to throw.

Speed of Play

It is the responsibility of all team members’ to ensure that the game is played at a pace that allows 8 ends in the allocated time.

Please note the following from the CCA Rules of Curling for General Play:

“(7) Each player shall be ready to deliver when their turn comes. They shall not take an unreasonable amount of time to play. Delay of a game in progress by a player for any reason (excluding accident or illness) shall not exceed three minutes.”


1. Arrive at least 15 minutes before Game time to Stretch, Change or Visit.

2. Be on the ice 5 minutes before game time, to shake hands, throw coin, converse.

3. While the opposition's rock is in motion, the next shooter should be cleaning their rocks and getting ready to shoot the moment the opponent's rock comes to a stop.

4. AFTER AN END: Only the Second and Third should push the Rocks to the boards, THE LEAD grabs their numbered stone and gets ready to shoot.

5. DO NOT SORT THE ROCKS, simply push them to the corner, and everyone grab their own numbered rock when it's their time to shoot. Do not waste time sorting rocks in sequential order.

Only the SKIP and THIRD should be discussing strategy, the Front End should move to the Delivery Hack and pull out their Skip and Third's rocks to save time.

SKIPS AND THIRDS discussing shots should be reduced to the odd strategic situation throughout the game.