Curling Rules & Tips

COVID Flow of Play

COVID Return To Play Protocols V4


League Draw Times:

  • Ladies – Mondays 7:30 pm
  • Men’s – Tuesdays 6:30 pm
  • Mixed – Wednesdays 6:00 pm and 8:15 pm
  • Open – Thursdays 6:00 pm and 8:15 pm

League Rules:

  • Normal OCA Rules of play apply.
  • 5-Rock Rule in Effect
  • League games are 8 ends or 2 hours in duration; league games cannot run over the
    allotted time.
  • No team shall start an end with less than 10 minutes remaining in the 2 hour
    allotted game time. (i.e. start 6:00 pm no end shall commence after 7:50)
  • There will be a 15 minute ice maintenance period between draws.
  • There will be no tie breakers in league games, points will be awarded for wins and ties.
  • Score sheets must be completed and placed in the scoring envelope to have scores
  • During playoffs, the 10 minute time limit is removed. All games will be 8 ends
    and a tie is broken by a full extra end towards the glass.


  • League members can spare unlimited games within their league.
  • Paid members may spare for other leagues to a maximum of 5 games combined
    with no additional cost (After 5 games normal spare fees apply).
  • Non-member spares can play a maximum of 5 games per year (Non-member
    spares are not permitted to play during play-offs).
  • Spares can play an unlimited number of games, including play-offs by purchasing
    a Spares Membership for $150.00 (Normal per game spares fees still apply and
    spares cannot be listed as team members).
  • For league play, non-members can spare but MUST pay the prescribed spare fee
    at the bar prior to commencement of the game; it is the skip’s responsibility to
    ensure non-members pay and sign-in.
  • Spare Fees are $15.00 per game
  • Regardless of the type of spare, all spares are to register with the bar prior to
    beginning of a draw (Tracking the number of games spared will be maintained by
    club staff).
  • A team must play with at least 2 roster members.
  • Players must alternate female and male in Mixed League play.
  • During regular season play a spare can only play up to the position being
    replaced, and during play-offs spares may only play lead or second. Further to this
    in the Mixed League the Male/Female rotation takes priority. (Special cases can
    be addressed by the league convenor; advanced notice is required so that the
    opposing skip can be informed).

Rules and Updates

  • Cancellation of a game requires 24 hours’ notice to the opposing team skip. If 24
    hours’ notice is not provided, the cancelling team takes an automatic loss. Ice
    maintenance & inclement weather are exempt from the 24 hour notice.
  • In the event that games are cancelled due to weather or ice conditions and the
    games cannot be rescheduled, no points will be awarded.
  • If an original game has been mutually rescheduled and then cancelled, the team
    that cancelled the rescheduled game takes the loss if the game cannot be
    rescheduled again.
  • Make-up games must be played at least 1 week prior to the end of the current session or season. If the game cannot be rescheduled within the required time, the team that
    cancelled takes a loss.
  • It is the skip’s responsibility to ensure play is kept to 15 minutes per end; slow
    play can be addressed to the league co-ordinator and if the team continues to play
    slow, the Rules Chairperson will speak with the team concerned.
  • The five -rock rule applies, which states that any opponent’s rock cannot be
    removed from play in the Free Guard Zone until the sixth shot of the end.
  • The rules allow either team to remove their own stones from the Free Guard Zone
    at any time.
  • The throwing hand must be clearly free of the handle before the front edge of the
    rock reaches the front edge of the near hog-line.

Etiquette Reminders

  • Be dressed, ready to go on the ice and commence your game at the scheduled
  • Always be ready in the hack when it’s your turn to throw. This will greatly assist teams in completing 8 Ends within the specified time limit.
  • The sweepers should wait between the ‘Hog lines’ when the opponent is throwing.
    Stay still and as far as possible to the side of the ice when it is the opponent’s turn
    to throw.
  • Be considerate of new curlers – remember they are learning a lot of rules in a very
    short time.



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