Knowledge of Curling

Whether you are someone who became inspired to curl by television coverage of Olympic curling or an arena owner or manager seeking to add curling as an ice sport, gaining knowledge about the sport can help you along the way. To start, we encourage you to read two brochures, USA Curling and Learn to Curl. These brochures contain information about the history, rules, culture, and customs associated with the sport. Additional information can also be found in the Curling 101 section of this website, as well as in various books that can be purchased through internet book sellers.  

Understanding the culture of the sport is as important as knowledge of the rules of the game when thinking about starting a curling club. Curling is a sport of longstanding traditions. An excerpt from The Spirit of Curling explains: “Curlers play to win but never to humble their opponents. A true curler would prefer to lose rather than win unfairly ... while the main object of the game is to determine the relative skill of the players, the spirit of the game demands good sportsmanship, kindly feeling, and honorable conduct.”

Curlers shake hands with their opponents before and after each game