Every curling match starts with a handshake as a symbol of sportsmanship.
A coin toss takes place prior to each match to determine which team gets last rock advantage.
Clean your shoes before entering the ice shed and frequently clean your broom during play to prevent debris from falling on the ice.
Be ready to deliver your stone as soon as the opposing team has delivered theirs; this not only allows more ends to be played in the allotted time but it also keeps people from getting cold.
Clean your rock before delivering it to remove any debris that may be trapped underneath.
Sweepers should stand to the sides of the sheet and between the hog lines when the opponent is delivering their stone.
At the conclusion of each end, players should remain outside the rings until the thirds have agreed on the score.
The third of the scoring team is responsible for marking the score after each end.
It is a curling tradition that at the conclusion of a game, each member of the winning team offers their opposing player a refreshment from the bar.
Be aware of the games on the sheets beside you. Don’t walk behind their sheets while someone is delivering a stone. Don’t walk on their sheet while they are throwing the stones,
For more tips, visit the Canadian Curling Association www.curling.ca