Curling is a game of skill and of tradition. A shot well executed is a delight to see and so, too, it is a fine thing to observe the time-honoured traditions of curling being applied in the true spirit of the game.
Curlers play to win but never to humble their opponents.
A true curler would prefer to lose rather than win unfairly.
A good curler never attempts to distract an opponent or otherwise prevent him or her from playing his or her best.
Nor curler ever deliberately breaks a rule of the game or any of its traditions. But, if he or she should do so inadvertently and be aware of it, he or she is the first to divulge the breach.
While the main object of a game of curling is to determine the relative skill of the players, the spirit of the game demands good sportsmanship, kindly feeling and honourable conduct. This spirit should influence both the interpretation and application of the rules of the game and also the conduct of all participants on and off the ice.
These principles of gentlemanly play have long been fostered by the Royal Caledonian Curling Association, and are recommended by it to its members’ associations in the expectation that the traditions of the grand old game of curling will continue to be observed by all who curl; beginners and experts alike.