The heart of curling is in its incomparable spirit. Without that spirit, curling is just another pastime. Played in that spirit, it is the king of all games.
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 and apply the time-honored traditions in the true spirit of the game.
“Curlers play to win but never to humble their opponents.” Every game ends with a hearty handshake and good will to both teammates and 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 her best.”
“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 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.
Only by strict observance of these time-honored traditions can curling be kept as a game that is played for love of the sport alone.