The House Rules

Proper Etiquette at Windy City Curling

All games should start with a handshake and a “Good Curling!” between every player.

All shoes, brooms, and other equipment should be clean of debris before stepping onto the ice to keep the sheet as pristine as possible. Street shoes worn outside should not be used for curling.

The team to begin with Hammer advantage is determined by a coin toss between thirds.

Be safe on the ice:

  1. Do not chase after a rock moving too fast for you.
  2. Never sweep while moving backwards.
  3. If a rock is moving towards someone with their back to it, warn them.
  4. Should you start to fall, try to tuck your chin to your chest to protect your head.

Play with a good sportsmanlike attitude.

Commend all players on a good shot.

You are allowed to be happy about a good shot, but don’t overdo it. Be humble.

You are allowed to be unhappy about a bad shot, but keep it together. Be civil.

If possible, try to lift your hands and knees up from the ice after a delivery slide to prevent your body heat from degrading the pebble or leaving an imprint.

For the Non-Delivering Team:

  1. Sweepers should remain still, off to the side, and between the hoglines.
  2. Once the opposing team has delivered their stone out of the hack, the next player on-deck to shoot should ready their stone in front of the hack and clean it. If need be, this is also the time to put a slip-on slider over your shoe.
  3. The Skip and/or Vice should be waiting behind the back line of the house to give the current Skip peace and space to focus on their game.
  4. Any player on a non-delivering team should be standing with their brooms parallel to the ice, especially anyone behind the house at the playing end.
  5. Any talking while the other team has the ice should be kept to a non-distracting volume.

For the Delivering Team:

  1. Be ready to deliver your stone once your team has the ice.
  2. Sweepers should be alert, paying attention, and ready to sweep when needed.
  3. Every member of the team should actively help the current shot.
  4. Leads and Seconds can greatly help the pace of the game by readying the stone for their Skips and Vices (especially if they are currently engaged in a strategic discussion).
  5. Move to the sides of the sheet as soon as your shot comes to a rest to yield the ice to the other team.

Be mindful of your movement within eyesight of someone delivering a stone, and don’t deliberately distract an opponent.

Be mindful of games on other sheets:

  1. Be respectful of both teams when exchanging dialogue with players from other games.
  2. If you see a player on the sheet next to you already in the hack, wait to deliver your stone until they have done so.
  3. Try to be aware of moving stones on adjacent sheets. Be alert for any stray stones that may come your way.

Protect our granite! Stop moving stones from hitting a hack, striking the scoreboard, bumping the back wall, or soaring into another sheet. If possible, try to anticipate a big weight delivery or a hit that may send them that direction.

Remember to be safe on the ice. (See bullet-points above.)

When an End is Finished:

  1. Only the Thirds shall determine the score. All other players should remain out of the house until this is done.
  2. The scoring Skip that is to start the next End should immediately head to the playing end of the sheet to call their first shot, instead of helping clear stones.
  3. The Lead to deliver the first stone of the next End should get their slider on (or gripper off) and ready their first stone in front of the hack while the other players clear away stones.

If it impossible for a team to win or tie, it is customary for the trailing Skip to concede the match by offering a handshake to the leading Skip. Don’t drag out a competition longer than necessary.

Conclude all matches the same way they began: with a handshake and a “Good Curling!” between every player.

During Open Curling and League Nights, ice time can be used for practice after a game, if desired. During a bonspiel however, the ice should be vacated as soon as possible to allow the ice-makers ample time to pebble and nip the sheet in anticipation of the next draw.

Did we mention to be safe on the ice? 🙂

Have fun!

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