The Spirit of Curling
Curling is a game of skill and
traditions. A shot well executed is a delight to see and so, too, it is a fine
thing to observe the time-honored traditions of curling being applied in the
true spirit of the game. Curlers play to win but never to humble their
opponents. A true curler would prefer to lose rather than win unfairly.
A good curler never attempts to
distract an opponent or otherwise prevent another curler from playing his or
No curler ever deliberately breaks
a rule of the game or any of its traditions. But, if a curler should do so
inadvertently and be aware of it, he or she is the first to divulge the breach.
While the main objective of the
game is to determine the relative skills of the players, the spirit of the game
demands good sportsmanship, kindly feeling and honorable conduct. This spirit
should influence both the interpretation and application of the rules of the
game and also the conduct of all participants on and off the ice.