Curling is a sport in which players slide stones across a
sheet of ice towards a target area.
Two teams of four players slide 42 pound granite stones across
the ice curling sheet towards the house, which is the target
at the end of the sheet. The teams consist of a Skip, Third,
Second and Lead. The Skip is the chief strategist for the
team. Each member, beginning with the Lead, throws two stones
for a total of eight stones. The way to win the game is to
accumulate the most points. Points are scored for the stones
which are closest to the center of the house at the conclusion
of each end. A game may consist of ten or eight ends.
Curling gets it's name from the turning of the stone as it
slides on the ice. The curl of each thrown stone is caused
by the way a curler's hand is turned when they release their
stone. The path and distance of the stone can be further influenced
by the sweepers using their brooms as they travel down the
sheet with the thrown stone. The brooms are used to alter
the ice in front of the stone. Curling is a game of strategy
where the curlers try to place their stones in the best position
in each end. The skill and strategy required to properly place
a team's stones is what gives curling the nickname “chess
on ice”. Curling is sometimes also referred to as “the
roaring game” because of the sound the stone makes as
it slides down the ice over the pebbles, which are water droplets
on the ice surface.
HISTORY OF CURLING
Curling is thought to have originated in late Medieval Scotland.
A curling stone which bore the date 1511, and another bearing
the date 1551, were found when a pond was drained in Dunblane,
Scotland. In early curling, the players depended more on luck
than skill, because the stones were usually just flat bottomed
river stones, not the smooth polished stones in use today.
Curling was an outdoor sport in Scotland in the 16th - 19th
centuries. The first organized curling club in Scotland was
established in 1716 in Kilsyth, it is still around today.
Scotland is home to the World Curling Federation, the governing
body for the sport of curling. Scottish immigrants took the
sport of curling to Canada and the first club in North America
opened in 1807. The first club in the United States was created
outside of Detroit, Michigan in 1830. Today, curling is played
all over Europe and has spread to Japan, Australia, New Zealand,
China, and Korea
SPORTSMANSHIP OF CURLING
Good sportsmanship is an essential element in the sport of
curling. The Spirit of Curling is the traditional practice
of the winning team buying drinks for the the losing team
after a game. Players are also expected to call their own
fouls during the game, such as informing the opposing team's
skip when a stone is burned. Burning a stone occurs when a
broom or body part touches a stone after it has been thrown.
Sometimes a team will concede when it no longer has a reasonable
expectation of winning a game. Concession is not considered
to be “quitting”, it is an honorable act that
allows for more socializing time at the conclusion of the
game. To concede a match the losing team removes their curling
gloves and offer handshakes to the other team. Regardless
of whether a game is conceded or won during its natural course,
a game ends with sincere congratulations and handshakes all
THE ETIQUETTE AND COURTESY OF CURLING
All curlers should:
Be punctual: Get to the club 15 minutes before
your game starts. All games must start on time.
Try not to distract: When a curler is in
the hack ready to shoot, be courteous, refrain from talking,
moving, or anything to distract them from making their shot.
Be alert: Keep the game moving. Be in the
hack, with your clean rock, and ready when it is your turn.
Do not keep the skip waiting.
Be courteous sweepers: Remain between hog
lines, with brooms to your side when not sweeping. Never swing
your broom around (it's dangerous). When sweeping your teams'
rocks, you can sweep from Tee Line to Tee Line.
and Seconds should not be in the house while
Thirds are deciding the score.
and Skips should keep your broom behind you
so as not to distract the one delivering the stone when in
the house (and the opposition is up) .
THE GOLDEN RULE OF CURLING: Curling is a
gentleperson's game of long tradition and one where the Golden
Rule prevails, during and after the game.
THE EQUIPMENT OF CURLING:
1.Shoes: Special pair for ice only. They should not be worn
2.Brooms & Brushes: Keep clean. Cut loose bristles from
brushes. Please discard old brooms.
3.Please check for loose pins, badges or other ornaments that
could fall onto the path of a rock and foul or burn it.