Be ready to go on the ice 5 minutes before your game is to start. This allows for handshakes, warm-up slides and the coin toss!
If your teammate has to get their slider on, or your skip is coming down the ice, get the rock out for them while you’re waiting.
As soon as the opposing player has realeased their stone, the next player to throw should move quickly to the hack. Clean the rock and set up so when your skip takes control of the house, you’re ready to throw.
At the beginning of an end, if you do not have the hammer, your lead should NOT help to put the rocks away. Instead, the lead should find their rock, get in the hack, clean their rock and be prepared to throw as soon as the skip is at the other end.
Out of order
Rocks do NOT need to be put away in order. Simply putting the rocks neatly in the corners and not worrying about number order saves A LOT of time! If you are compulsive abou putting rocks away in order, skips can help by putting rocks that are out of play in their appropriate place as the end progresses.
Skips must stay focused on the next shot and not be chatting with the opposing skip or players on adjacent skeets.