The Curling Manual

Table of Contents

About CurlTech

CurlTech is a non-profit curling organization with the goal of increasing social and competitive curling awareness, growth potential and proficiency of all curlers. CurlTech operates only in the interests of the sport of curling. Our mission is to develop and document curling methods and procedures for use by all curlers from the novice to expert level. By constantly researching and participating in all aspects of curling, CurlTech can offer the latest curling information, systems and procedures in an effort to further the sport.

The delivery vehicle for CurlTech is The Curling School, an online training and information source. The Curling School can be found online at: www.curlingschool.com

CurlTech Philosophy

We believe there is a best way to do everything. Our staff members are constantly researching new and existing methods to create effective and efficient ways to curl, from the delivery and sweeping to strategy and equipment. We enter our staff into social bonspiels as well as top ranked competitive cashspiels to research firsthand what works and what does not.

We do not teach new concepts. We document and teach the "best practices" in the curling world. There are lots of instructors teaching new ideas. Before a new idea or concept makes it into a CurlTech document, it must work. This is measured only by performance whether at the club level or at the Olympic level.

About The Curling School

Whether you're a non-curler, a brand new curler, or a seasoned veteran, The Curling School, at www.curlingschool.com, has information that will help you learn about the game and improve your skills. The Curling School utilizes a director and a small staff with a wide variety of skills to develop methods to teach curlers at all levels. Our methods will allow new curlers to enjoy social curling faster and will develop today's aspiring Olympians into tomorrow's Olympic champions.

At the present time, September 2006, the Curling School offers no classes. The web site is the only content source. However, national organizations like the United States Curling Association use the CurlTech content as the training information source for their classes, clinics and certifications. Contact your national organization for clinics.

In the future, CurlTech hopes to conduct training and education courses throughout the world.

Listed below are the specific skills that the CurlTech staff members bring to the table:

  • Systems development (methods and procedures)
  • Professional training
  • Top-ranked national curlers
  • Ice making
  • Officiating and coaching

This broad set of skills allows The Curling School to develop and document the latest curling methods and procedures.

About this Manual

CurlTech is a curling organization with the sole purpose of disseminating information, skills and training methods to the general public. The main delivery source of the manual is through the web site curlingschool.com.

The manual is divided into sections, each covering a different topic. Within each section, the content is divided into basic information and advanced information. The advanced topics are more team based.

Manual Revisions and Updates

  1. The Curling Manual by CurlTech developed in November 2000
  2. Revised December 2001
  3. Revised March 2003
  4. Revised September 2006

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 him/her from playing his/her best.

No curler ever deliberately breaks a rule of the game or any of its traditions. But, if he/she should do so inadvertently and be aware of it, he/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."

The previous text was taken verbatim from the World Curling Federation (WFC) curling handbook. The Spirit of Curling is familiar to all who curl and its principles guide the sport.

Curling is one of the few sports in the world that emphasizes etiquette. All games, regardless of level, start and finish with hand shakes. In most league play, there are no referees or judges. Rules are based on the honor system and good shots are admired by all. Missed shots are never cheered.

The Olympic status has increased the competitive nature of the game, as well as overall interest in the sport. Despite the competitive aspect of the game, curling remains a highly social and gracious sport for all age groups.

"Broomstacking"

One tradition in curling is broomstacking. The term refers to the social get-together between opponents after each game. Originally, curlers, after completing a curling game on the pond, would stack their brooms in front of the fire and enjoy beverages with the opponent. This tradition is still alive today. It is expected that you partake in broomstacking after every game.

Broomstacking and the Competitive Spirit

There is also broomstacking at all competitive levels such as, national, and world championships. Although the focus of these competitive curling events is on determining a champion, the social etiquette is still there. Even at the most competitive levels, depending on the venue, teams will get together after the game for friendly discussion.