As a courtesy to your teammates and opponents and to help new curlers better understand the game, we'll try to post curling rules and etiquette reminders in the locker rooms and via email. Some things we've seen or have been asked to share:
Call or email your opponents if you are unable to make your game. Never no show. Teams are excited to play their game each week and many travel long distances to play. Always give plenty of notice. Each team was given a schedule that includes contact information for all the teams as well as a sub list. Please note, you do not need 4 players to play your game. You can always play a game with three.
Clean shoes and curling equipment help keep the playing surface in great shape. Thanks for doing a great job cleaning the ice after the games. Curlers have been really good about hands and knees off the ice.
Help your servers out. The Crooked Pint is working hard to provide and improve customer service on the ice. As they continue to train new and work with existing staff, please help them out by having a credit card or cash ready if you plan to place an order.
When your opponent is throwing, only skips and thirds are allowed behind the opposing skip in the house. They are to remain motionless so they do not distract the player trying to throw his or her rock. Try to have your broom off the ice or angled. Front end players should be between the hoglines.
When your shot is complete, immediately move to the side of the ice so your opponents can take over the ice. Ideally, decisions for lead, second, and thirds shots will not take too much time. Players can be in the hack with their rock cleaned ready to throw when the other team completes their shot. Pace of play will greatly improve and teams should have no problem getting a full game in.
As we get into busy holiday times, many of our curlers are excited to take friends and family on the ice. Try to limit this to one or two people and make sure to check in at the front desk. Guests can pay the drop in rate and sign a waiver. You'll want to avoid going on the ice during league play and stick to open ice times.