Etiquette & Spirit of the Game


  • All players participating in ESSC Tournaments are expected to play with respect for everyone at the rink and with a “fun-first” attitude. ESSC Curling tournaments are a fun, non-threatening environment.
  • All players are expected to know the rules and manage their actions on the ice.
  • Players should promote fun and safety throughout each game: following the rules and talking to their own teammates who are not following the rules.
  • Promote sportsmanship throughout each game. Let the opposing Team Captain know if you are enjoying their team, congratulate your opponent on fun and fair play throughout the game.
  • Players that are concerned about a player on the opposing team are required to talk to their Team Captain so he/she can address the issue with the opposing Team Captain at the appropriate time.
  • Players are expected to act in a respectful manner if approached by an opposing Team Captain regarding their style of play and to make any requested changes.
  • Teams are expected to cheer for their opponents at the end of a game.
  • Players can provide constructive feedback to the ESSC as needed, which can include facility conditions, unsportsmanlike play, or helpful comments.


  • Before the game, the Captains will meet to introduce themselves and to discuss rules or sportsmanship issues that need to be emphasized.
  • Team Captains are to communicate their expectations to each other. At the end of the pre-game meeting Team Captains are required to communicate all information with their players.
  • Between ends, the Team Captains meet with one another to discuss any issues that arose. It is the responsibility of each Captain to communicate these issues to their teammates before resuming play.
  • At the end of the game, all players shake hands and Team Captains meet to discuss any issues with the game.

Format & Scoring


  • Teams are not required to declare a ‘lead’ ‘2nd’ ‘3rd’ and ‘skip’ for the entire game.
    • Players are allowed to rotate through the various positions, as long as each position is declared at the start of each end.
    • However, it is expected that all teams still follow the correct order of “2,2,2,2” when throwing stones in each end.


  • All games are 3 ends and/or 1 hour in length.
  • The score will freeze after the completion of the 3rd end, regardless of how much time is left in the time slot.
  • Teams can feel free to utilize the entire 1 hour slot and play for fun after the 3rd end.
  • Games can end in a tie, no extra end will be played in the case of a tie game.


  • Opposing players will toss a coin at the start of the game to determine last stone advantage. The winner of the toss has the choice between playing the first or second stone of the 1st end. For the 2nd and 3rd end, the team that loses the previous end has the choice between playing the first or second stone.
  • Each team must track the score for each end as well as points scored by the opposing team.
  • Please confirm the score with the other captain at the end of each end. Confirm the score with the other captain at the end of the game to ensure that both teams report the same score.
  • Mercy will be called when one team gains a lead of 8 points. The score will freeze and teams are encouraged to play the rest of the game for fun.
  • If there is a discrepancy at the end of the game, figure it out at the rink so that both teams report the same score to the ESSC.

General Playing Guidelines

Unless otherwise stated, the Canadian Curling Association Rules of Curling for General Play (herein referred to as ‘CCA Rules’) will apply to all games played in the Tournament.