IF YOU CANNOT BE PRESENT FOR A GAME:
You are responsible for getting your own spare. You should start looking for someone as soon as you know you will not be available---don't wait until the last minute. If there is a bye team, ask those players first and then check the spare list. If you can't find anyone in your league to spare, then you may ask other club members.
Advise your skip who is sparing for you---or, that you have not been able to get
one. Ideally this should be done at least a day in advance of the game (in case the skip has to contact team members).
You should start going out on the ice at least 10 minutes before your start time so the first rock is thrown on time.
On the ice, greet each opposing player by shaking hands and if necessary introduce yourself.
Games are scheduled for 2hrs. If more then lhr 50 minutes of playing time has passed on the clock, a new end cannot be started.
DURING THE GAME:
- Normally, you should be able to play a full eight ends in two hours. To do this, be ready when it is your turn to deliver the rock. You should be in the hack & cleaning your rock before the opposing player's rock has come to rest at the other end.
- Leads and seconds should set up the skip's rocks.
- Only vices should be in the house while the scoring for an end is being determined. After an end and after the vices have agreed on the scoring, assist in clearing the rocks quickly from play. It is no longer expected that players set up the opposition's rock.
- When your opposition is preparing to deliver (or delivering) their rock, sweepers should stand at the side of the sheet between the hog lines. Ensure that your broom is also out of the way. Do not cross the sheet when a player is in the hack.
- Skips (and vices) should remain still behind the house when the opposition is delivering a rock.
- If you "burn" a rock (touch the rock when sweeping), between the hog lines, it is removed at that time. If the rock is "burned" between the hog line to the back line, it is left until the play is completed, then a decision is made by the skips.
AFTER THE GAME:
At the end of the game (win or lose), shake hands with each opposing player and thank them for the game. Traditionally, the winners buy the first drink and the losers always offer a refill.