The rules for the sport of curling at the club level are contained in the Curling Canada Rules for General Play.
The rules for the sport of curling at the competitive level are contained in the Curling Canada Rules for Officiated Play (available by hard copy only), and the Curl BC –Official Guide for Qualifiers and BC Championships .
in addition to the Curling Canada Rules for Officiated Play, Curl BC implements the following rules at BC Championships leading to National Championships:
- Pre-Game Practice and Last Stone Draw Protocols- Click Here
- Coach Interaction Rules- U18 & U21 events, U25 events
- No Tick Rules (men’s and women’s play only)- Click Here
This document lists all the changes made in the 2022 – 2026 Curling Canada rule book, including both Rules of Curling for General and Officiated Play.
Two rule changes to highlight for officiated play are below:
Rule: 4. Stones (3)
Addition: The radius of the stone is 14.2 cm for the purpose of the calculation of triangulation
Rationale: Clarification of the radius of the stone
Rule: 17. Game Time Operation (10)(a)
Addition: Each team may request two time-outs per game and one time-out during any extra end. The time-out will be a maximum of sixty seconds in length plus any designated travel time for the coach (or alternate) to access the field of play.
Rationale: Facilities vary as to the position of coach. This allows for sufficient travel time to be designated for the coach to travel to the team
Curling Canada Rules for General Play
Click HERE for Curling Canada Rules for General Play. These are used at the recreational level vs the Curling Canada Rules for Officiated play that are used at the competitive level.
Curlers' and Coaches' Codes of Ethics
Curlers’ Code of Ethics
I will play the game with a spirit of good sportsmanship. I will conduct myself in an honourable manner both on and off the ice. I will never knowingly break a rule, but if I do, I will divulge the breach. I will take no action that could be interpreted as an attempt to intimidate or demean my opponents, teammates or umpires. I will interpret the rules in an impartial manner, always keeping in mind that the purpose of the rules is to ensure that the game is played in an orderly and fair manner. I will humbly accept any penalty that the governing body at any level of curling deems appropriate, if I am found in violation of the Code of Ethics or rules of the game.
Coaching Code of Ethics
The coach shall act with integrity in performing all duties owed to athletes, the sport, other members of the coaching profession and the public. The coach shall strive to be well prepared and current in order that all duties in his/her discipline are fulfilled with competence. The coach shall act in the best interest of the athlete’s development as a whole person. The coach shall accept both the letter and the spirit of the rules that define and govern the sport. The coach shall accept the role of umpires in providing judgment to ensure that competitions are conducted fairly and in accordance with the established rules. The coach’s conduct toward other coaches shall be characterized by courtesy, good faith and respect. The coach shall maintain the highest standards of personal conduct and support the principles of Fair Play.
Fair Play begins with the strict observance of the written rule; however, in most cases, Fair Play involves something more than even unfailing observance of the written rule. The observance of the spirit of the rules, whether written or unwritten, is important. Fair Play results from measuring up to one’s own moral standards while engaged in competition. Fair Play is consistent demonstration of respect for teammates and opponents, whether they are winning or losing. Fair Play is consistent demonstration of respect for umpires, an acceptance of their decisions and a steadfast spirit of collaboration with them. Sportsmanlike behaviour should be demonstrated both on and off the ice. This includes modesty in victory and composure in defeat.
Curl BC Official Guide for Qualifier and BC Championship
The guide contains the following sections:
- Curl BC General Rules
- Curl BC Category-Specific Rules
- Curl BC Competitor Guide
- Curl BC Team Briefing (to be added Sept. 15th 2022)
Supplementary Curl BC Rules Information:
- Zone/Open Qualifer and BC Championship Pre-Game Practice and Last Stone Draw Protocols
- Club Championship Curling Canada Category Specific Rules
You can submit suggested rule changes to Curl BC’s Competition Committee by completing this form.
*suggestions must be submitted by September 30th, 2023 to be considered for implementation during the 2023-24 season.*
Eligibility, Residency and Canadian Team Ranking System
Proof of Residency Requirements Form (PDF) should be submitted if:
- You have been requested to show proof of residency by a Provincial/Territorial Member Association.
- You are requesting residency to compete in playdowns in a Province/Territory and you have not been a permanent resident of that province/territory by the September 1 deadline
Application for Exemption of Residency Requirements Form (PDF) should be downloaded if:
- You are living within a short distance of a provincial/territorial border;
- You are a student wishing to compete in the province/territory where you are attending school versus your province/territory of your permanent residence;
- You are based in two locations due to your employment situation;
- You are applying to be a free agent (the sole out-of-province player) for a BC men’s or women’s playdowns team;
- You have birthright status.
National Club Curling Championships Rules
Brush head technology
Curl BC adheres to international brush head technology and sweeping regulations for playdowns in BC leading to national events. The regulations were approved at the World Curling Federation Annual General Assembly in September 2016 and have been updated regularly since then as new technology becomes available.
All brush heads, including “target” brooms must be WCF compliant. It is the responsibility of the players and coaches to ensure compliance.
Hair brooms and corn brooms are banned as sweeping devices. Visit the WCF website for the up to date code list and for more details: https://worldcurling.org/competitions/brushes/ . Visit https://www.curling.ca/team-canada/hp-athletes/policies-guidelines/brush-head-moratorium/ for the detailed Brush Head Moratorium document.
Uniforms and Cresting
All team members must wear identical uniforms (matching jackets and shirts) when accessing the field of play including Opening/Closing Ceremonies. This includes fifth players.
- Coaches must also wear matching on-ice attire. If not possible, attire should be either similar in colour and style or plain black. Coaches and players are not permitted to wear jeans in the field-of-play or any sanctioned Curl BC event.
- Advertising/sponsorship on jackets may be worn provided it does not conflict with Curl BC Event Sponsors. If Teams have a conflicting sponsor not approved by Curl BC on their jackets, they will be required to cover the sponsor’s crest prior to accessing the ice.
Curl BC Sponsors:
- Kruger (Scotties)
- Best Western
- AMJ Campbell
- Connect Hearing (for BC Masters Championships event)
- Original 16 (for BC Club Challenge Championships event)
BC Championship crests are to be attached to the upper left sleeve or on the left chest, in the same position for all members of the team.
Additional crests may be provided for categories with title sponsors. Team’s must follow these categories specific cresting requirements as instructed.
The surname of the athletes in letters at least 2” (5cm) in height is required on the back of team jackets and must be easily visible for all BC Championships. if the jacket has a hood, please ensure the last name is visible by placing it below the hood.
Headwear (baseball hats, headbands) can be worn if they match and are free of any corporate advertising conflicting with Curl BC sponsors. Hats with professional sport teams or other commercially trademarked logos cannot be worn on the ice during the championship. The Chief Umpire shall provide final approval of all headgear. Any headwear worn must be the same for every player should any player choose headwear.
Non-compliance will result in the competitor or team not being able to access the field of play for the event until they comply.
Any questions about uniforms or cresting should be sent to Bruce Renwick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Player fines for violations
In cooperation and with the support of the World Curling Players Association, Curling Canada and Curl BC have introduced a fine system that consists of fines for:
1. On-ice conduct, including:
i. Use of inappropriate language to the point that it is offensive.
ii. Making an obscene gesture that is deemed inappropriate by the Chief Umpire.
iii. Being abusive to anyone involved with the event.
iv. Refusing to talk to an accredited member of the media.
v. Refusing to wear an RF microphone. (Broadcast games only)
vi. Refusing to cooperate with the televising network. (Broadcast games only)
vii. Dress code violation (including the use of unapproved logos or sponsorship on clothing or equipment)
- 1st Offence: Fine from $150 – $500
- 2nd Offence: Fine from $500 – $1000
- 3rd Offence: Fine up to $1000 and suspension
2. Refusing to take a directive given by a Curl BC Official.
- 1st Offence: Fine from $300 – $600
- 2nd Offence: Fine from $600 – $1000
- 3rd Offence: Fine up to $1000 and suspension
3. Conceding a game before the time frame designated by Curl BC without permission.
- 1st Offence: Fine from $500 – $1000 for each member of the team on the ice
4. Off-ice activity: Any conduct considered to be inappropriate by Curl BC.
- 1st Offence: Fine from $300 – $600
- 2nd Offence: Fine from $600 – $1000
A suspension may also be levied in association with these fines. For all Curl BC-owned or managed events from which athletes are eligible to receive funds, fines shall be collected from the amount of money owed the team at the conclusion of the event. For other Curl BC events, any fines levied shall be collected prior to the athlete’s participation in another Curl BC event. All funds collected through fines shall be contributed to the Curling For Life Endowment Fund.
Any appeal of the fines or suspension imposed, are to be forwarded to:
2001A – 3713 Kensington Ave
Burnaby, BC, V5B 0A7
or email: email@example.com
The appeal must include full details of the identified infraction.
Concussion Guidelines and Return to Play Policy
Curling Canada and Curl BC have both adopted Concussion Guidelines and Return to Play Policy (PDF).
Social Media Guidelines for Competitions
Curl BC and our member centre event host committees are actively engaged in social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, blog sites) to extend the reach and messages of our organizations and engage with key audiences in a meaningful way. Staff, volunteers, athletes, coaches and officials are the best ambassadors and promoters of curling and are encouraged to take part and share their experiences through social media.
Only designated individuals will be given the authority to communicate through social media on behalf of Curl BC. These guidelines provide direction for volunteers, participants, and supporters who choose to identify their relationship with Curl BC through personal social media accounts at Curl BC events or in the lead-up to Curl BC events.
1. Be authentic and transparent. Write in the first person and be clear that you are speaking for yourself and not on behalf of Curl BC.
2. Exercise good judgment. Everything online is visible to the entire world and is discoverable. Respect the privacy and opinions of others and don’t reveal confidential information.
4. Add value and insight for the people who will read your posts. Social media is about building relationships, and providing worthwhile information and perspective.
5. During championship events, competitors should be conscious of sponsors. Curl BC’s partnerships with companies such as belairdirect, Best Western and Kruger help our events run successfully, as well as provide money that covers the cost of banquets and training for officials. Curl BC would ask competitors to respect those partnerships by not: A) distributing messages that may be seen as critical of the sponsors; and B) distributing messages praising direct competitors of our sponsors. This applies specifically during championship events.
6. Be responsible. Staff, volunteers, and participants are representatives of their community, sport, and member centre and are responsible for the content they publish and how they participate in social media.
7. Competitors hurt the sport and hurt their teammates by sending out negative messages of their own, or by sharing/retweeting negative messages from other people. These can consist of criticism of opponents, teammates, officials, broadcasters, events, sponsors, facilities and playing conditions, or sexist, racist or homophobic slurs.
8. During championship events, out of respect for the integrity of the game, players, coaches and alternates on the field of play will be prohibited from using any form of social media from 15 minutes prior to games until the completion of the game. However, teams can appoint someone sitting in the stands or watching on television to send messages via social media as long as there is no direct contact with the players, coach or alternate in the field of play.
Publishing inappropriate content related to Curl BC or one of its events, or any content that could be construed as bringing Curl BC or the event into disrepute, may lead to disciplinary procedures. For more information on Curl BC Policy, see the Curl BC Board Policy Registry.
Participants who believe that social media use by another participant or volunteer is inappropriate or may violate Curl BC’s rules or policies should report the matter to Curl BC (604-248-6082, firstname.lastname@example.org).