Code of Ethics

Curler’s Code of Ethics

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

Fair Play

Fair play begins with the strict observance of the written rule; however, in most cases, fair play involves something more than even unfailing observance of the written rule. The observance of the spirit of the rules, whether written or unwritten, is important. Fair Play results from measuring up to one’s own moral standards while engaged in competition.

Parent's Code of Conduct

  • Fair Play is consistent demonstration of respect for officials, an acceptance of their decisions and a steadfast spirit of collaboration with them.
  • Sportsmanlike behavior should be demonstrated both on and off the ice. This includes modesty in victory and composure in defeat.
  • I will not force my child to participate in curling.
  • I will remember that my child curls for his/her enjoyment, not mine.
  • I will encourage my child to lay by the rules and resolve conflict without resorting to hostility or violence.
  • I will teach my child that doing one's best is as important as winning so that my child will never feel defeated by the score of the game.
  • I will make my child feel like a winner every time by offering praise for competing fairly, for trying hard and/or for at least making a good shot sometime in the game.
  • I will never ridicule or yell at my child for making a mistake or losing a game.
  • I will remember that children learn best by example, I will: applaud good plays and performance by both teams.
  • I will never question the officials' judgment or honesty in public.
  • I will support all efforts to remove verbal abuse from curling games.
  • I will respect and show appreciation for all the volunteers that contribute to each team so that my child has an opportunity to curl.

Coaching Code of Ethics

The coach must act with integrity in performing all duties owed to athletes, the sport, other members of the coaching profession and the public.

The coach must strive to be well prepared and knowledgeable in order that all the duties in his or her discipline are fulfilled with competence.

The coach must act in the best interest of the athlete’s development as a whole person.

The coach must accept both the letter and the spirit of the rules that define and govern the sport.

The coach must accept the role of the officials in providing judgement to ensure that competitions are conducted fairly and in accordance with the established rules.

The coach’s conduct toward other coaches must be characterized by courtesy, good faith and respect.

The coach must maintain the highest standards of personal conduct and support the principles of fair play.

The Rules of Curling

(Canadian Curling Association)