Curling Etiquette, Part IV
Editor: Chris Daffern
CURLING ETIQUETTE … the unwritten rules (Part IV)
We started off this series of four articles about curling etiquette by quoting from the Curler’s Code of Ethics. We noted that the unwritten ethical and etiquette standards evolve and change over time. So how can you know if you are doing the wrong thing? Well, hopefully your teammates will point it out – before the opposition does.
Or it just doesn’t sit right in your gut.
Or, to take a truism from the world of politics, and the “smell test”: if it doesn’t smell right, it isn’t.
This series has covered a lot of territory and has actually gone beyond straight etiquette into the roles of players and team play. If you think it’s time to advance your game from the purely social or recreational game to a more competitive experience, you’ve likely reached the point where you may want to form your own team or are open to being invited onto a team. We won’t dwell on that here other than to refer you to Bob Weeks’ “Curling for Dummies”, © 2001, pages 74 and 75, on “Forming the Team” and “Putting It All Together”.
There are plenty of opportunities to curl; club leagues, private club leagues that rent ice, bonspiels of all shapes, sizes and calibres of play, and as you progress in the game, hopefully you find you want to test yourselves in a more competitive environment in Ontario Curling Association sanctioned competitions.
Regardless, everywhere you play be mindful of the rules of competition, the etiquette of the game, ethical behavior and fair play. Wherever you curl, for better or for worse, your conduct does not only reflect upon your own personal standards but inevitably reflects upon your curling club.
We end with what is meant by “Fair Play”, according to the Canadian Curling Association.
- 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
- Fair Play is consistent demonstration of respect for teammates and opponents, whether they
are winning or losing.
- Fair Play is consistent demonstration of respect for umpires, an acceptance of their decisions
and a steadfast spirit of collaboration with them.
- Sportsmanlike behaviour should be demonstrated both on and off the ice. This includes
modesty in victory and composure in defeat.
We hope this series has been helpful to both brand new curlers and as a refresher to those of us more experienced. At the end of the day, it’s just a game. For most of us, the money on the line might cover the bar tab after the game. Final words of wisdom from Kim Perkins:
“The next time you feel anger well up after a missed shot or you feel the urge to make a nasty comment to your opposition, take a deep breath, count to ten, and remind yourself you are an adult and curling is a game … for fun!”
“And if all else fails take a tip from Heather Nedohin and stick to more creative expletives like, “Sugar-balls!”
Good curling! Good sliding! May your rocks always run true and be on line. And above all else, HAVE FUN!
(Acknowledgements: Credits and thanks to Bob Weeks’ “Curling For Dummies”, the Canadian Curling Association website, including liberal use of Kim Perkins’ “House Call” articles and blogs, the Ontario Curling Association, and other unattributed source information collected as the writer has visited other curling clubs. The best ideas are often those that have been implemented by others, “stolen” and adapted for use in your own club.)