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Bend Curling Club Code of Conduct

Curlers' 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 umpires. 

  • 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. 

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. 

  • 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 behavior should be demonstrated both on and off the ice. This includes modesty in victory and composure in defeat.


Ice Safety

  • Never go onto the ice when your balance is impaired from sickness, excessive alcohol, etc.

  • No consumption of alcoholic beverages during play

Curling Etiquette

  • Start with a handshake. At the beginning of each game, greet the members of the opposing team with a handshake, tell them your name, and wish them “Good Curling!” Make sure everyone knows everyone else. 

  • Finish with a handshake. When the game is over, offer each player a hearty handshake and say, “Good game,” regardless of the outcome. The winning curlers traditionally offer their counterparts some refreshment, with the opponents reciprocating.

  • Compliment a good shot. One of the nicest curling traditions is that players and spectators compliment a good shot by either side while withholding comment on a poor shot or a competitor’s misfortune.

  • Be courteous. Avoid distracting movements when a curler is in the hack. When your team is not shooting, keep your distance and stand quietly. Sweepers should stand off to the side between the hog lines. Never walk or run across the ice when an opponent is in the hack. Avoid gathering around the hack at either end of the ice.

  • Be ready. Get into the hack as soon as your opponent has delivered his/her rock. Keep the game moving—delays detract from the sport. Be prepared to sweep as soon as your teammate releases the rock.

  • Wait for the score. Vice skips are the players who determine the score for each end. Other players should wait outside the house until the outcome is settled. Once decided, others may help clear the rocks. 

  • Keep the ice clean. The shoes you wear for curling should only be used for curling. Sand and grit from street shoes can ruin the ice surface. Change into a clean pair of flat, rubber soled shoes that can grip the ice. 

  • Practice on a different sheet. Those who arrive early to throw a few rocks to practice or warm up are encouraged to do so. But, be sure to avoid using the sheet you’ll be playing on. 

  • Be on time. Get to the club in time to change and warm up before the game. When you’re late, you hold up the other players. If you know you’ll be unavoidably late, let your team know in advance. 

  • Get a sub. There may be times when you’re not able to curl as scheduled. It’s your responsibility to get a substitute. Call your skip and give the name of the curler subbing for you.

INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR Improper conduct, foul or offensive language, equipment abuse, or willful damage on the part of any team member is prohibited. Any violation may result in suspension of the offending person(s) by the curling organization having jurisdiction

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Bend Curling Club

61149 South Highway 97
PO Box 550
Bend, Oregon 97702

(971) 808-CURL (2875) 

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The Pavilion
1001 SW Bradbury Dr.
Bend, OR 97702


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