Club Member Code of Conduct
  • Members are expected to abide by the Spirit of Curling Etiquette.  (See section below.)
  • Members are expected to abide by the ECA #CurlClean anti-doping policy associated with Clean Sport and the UK Anti-doping rules.
  • Members are to actively participate in pre-curling set-up and/or post-curling clear-up. We are a self-run club and expect all our members to arrive early or stay after to assist with this.
  • We have a zero tolerance for verbal or non-verbal abuse or harassment toward any club member or arena staff member.
Curling Etiquette: The Spirit of Curling

The Spirit of Curling is a commonly used term in the sport. It refers to the respect curlers show, not only to one another but also to the sport itself. It is encapsulated by the saying that a curler would rather lose than win unfairly.
We all want to have fun on the Ice but so that the game is fun & fair for everyone here are some simple ways in which we can all enjoy the game.

  1. Be on time; arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the game. If you are unable to make your game, let your skip know as far in advance as possible so that he/she can find a replacement player.
  2. Clean your shoes.
  3. Every curling game begins with a friendly handshake to both teammates and opponents. Opposing leads toss a coin to determine who gets the hammer.
  4. Be ready to throw your stone immediately after your opponent’s stone has been delivered. This will speed up the game and make it possible to play the full 8 ends each week.
  5. Clean your stone before every shot.
  6. You should not disturb a player in the hack or during their delivery. (The leads of the opposing team should be at the hog line to the side of the ice
  7. Stay out of the way of opposing sweepers. Do not cross the ice in front of a player who is about to throw their stone.
  8. Sweepers should be alert and ready to sweep immediately if called upon and they should stay with the stone all the way to the house, sweeping or not.
  9. When in the house, skips and thirds should keep their brooms behind them and stand still while opponents are throwing.
  10. Leads and seconds should never be standing at the back of the far house while the opposition is throwing their stone. They should stand on the sideline between the hog lines.
  11. No one should deliberately delay the game.
  12. If you touched (burnt) the stone while it is in motion, you should be the first one to declare so. Do not stop the burnt moving stone. Let it come to rest and let the skips decide on the placement of rocks.
  13. If you accidentally move a stone in the house, say so immediately so the opposing skip may put the stone back in a spot where he/she is satisfied (as close to the original spot as possible).
  14. If a measure of a stone is required, the opposing thirds should be the only curlers in the house until the measure is completed.
  15. If a ruling of any kind is required during the game, ask the Umpire for a ruling. If the Umpire is not available, ask an experienced skip for a ruling.
  16. Try to keep the spirit of good sportsmanship during the game by congratulating people on good shots.
  17. Every curling game ends with a friendly handshake to both opponents and teammates. The winning team usually buys drinks for the opposition team. The opposing team usually returns the favour gesture and offers to buy a second drink. Usually, skips buy skips a drink, thirds buy thirds a drink etc.
  18. Experienced curlers will make every effort to help new curlers with deliveries, sweeping and explaining the rules of the game. Remember try not to spend too much time talking about strategy to keep the game moving.
  19. The final etiquette in curling is to HAVE FUN AND ENJOY THE SPIRIT OF THE GAME!
Health & Safety

Like with all sports and activities, there are risks involved in curling.  We strongly recommend wearing protective headgear and we provide these on-site. You can also purchase your own from any major curling supplies shop.

Ice is slippy (and very hard) and curling stones are heavy (20kg each) and so there are a number of safety rules which you must follow:


  • Never lift the stones off the ice.
  • Do not send a stone in the direction of anybody whose back is towards you.
  • If you see a stone heading towards somebody who is not looking shout ICE loudly.
  • If you hear the shout of ICE make sure that it is not directed at you.
  • If you need to stop a moving stone do this with brush not feet.
  • Move stones with brush or hands on the handle.
  • Do not swing your brush around wildly.
  • Do not cross in front of anyone who is about to throw.
  • Do not throw unless your path is clear.
  • Do not run on the ice.
  • If you fall over stand up on the gripper foot first.



Attendance & Cancellation Policies
  • Attendance registration closes at 19:00 the Sunday before the Thursday Curling Session. 
  • Class cancellation policy applies. No refunds will be issued for late cancellations. Cancelling less than 48 hours before the session counts as a late cancellation.
ECA Membership Information

The 2023-2024 membership rates for the ECA are as follows:

  • Full member £30
    A Full Member will have one vote at the Annual General Meeting or an Extraordinary General Meeting and may participate in ECA Championships, if eligible under the criteria in ECA Policy 11 (International Team Selection Policy).
  • Associate* member £15
    An Associate* Member will not have a vote at the Annual General Meeting or an Extraordinary General Meeting and may not participate in ECA Championships but may represent England at the 4 Nations or in other friendly international matches or National competitions.
  • Junior Full member £15
    A Junior (Full or Associate*) Member, under the age of 21 on the 30th June before the start of a season, will pay 50% of the appropriate subscription.
  • Junior Associate* member £7.50
    A Junior (Full or Associate*) Member, under the age of 21 on the 30th June before the start of a season, will pay 50% of the appropriate subscription.
  • School Child £2
    Full and Associate* Members under the age of 18 on the 30th June before the start of a season, and in full time education, will pay a School Member subscription as set by the Annual General Meeting unless they wish to participate in an ECA Championship (except the ECA Schools Championship) in which case they will be regarded as Junior Full Members and therefore required to pay the appropriate subscription.

*Associate Members can participate in the Inter-Club and Duncan Stewart competitions.