Rules of the Sport Curling
Rules of the Sport - Curling
Curling is a Scottish-born sport that started out by competitors sliding large stones across frozen ponds or lakes. Although one may not need to be the most athletically gifted to partake in curling, the fun that goes into playing the game makes it worthwhile. Curling is also considered one of the oldest Winter Olympic sports, being first introduced in 1924, then reintroduced in 1932.
How to Curl
Curling is essentially life-sized shuffleboard on ice. The goal of the game is to get your granite stone as close to the house (or goal) as possible at the end of eight-to-ten “ends” (also known as rounds). A curling participant may not need to be the strongest or most agile, but they will need to perfect their technique if they want to compete seriously.
Curlers will estimate the force needed to propel, and there is actually a ton of strategy that goes behind stone placement. Sweeps will be used to reduce the friction underneath the stone as it glides along the rink. The bristles of these sweeps can be anything from fiberglass to horse hair.
Rules of Curling
- There are two teams of four in a game of curling. These positions are: The lead, the second, the third (mate or vice), and the skip (captain).
- Each position has its own unique role. For example, the lead throws the first two stones to set them up as “guards”, or blocking stones. The second and third will throw set-up stones and finalize strategy. Lastly, the skip will attempt to get the team as close to the house as possible.
- The start of recreational games are decided by coin toss, whereas International or professional games are decided by the win-loss column.
- A curling rink is typically 146 to 150 feet in length and 14.2 to 15.7 feet in width.
- The house is the target curlers will be aiming for. It is divided into three parts: A blue four foot diameter center ring, a white eight foot diameter middle ring, and a red 12 foot diameter outer ring.
- Each “end” consists of two teams curling their eight stones down the rink. Once all 16 stones have been curled, the score is determined by tallying up which team has the most stones closest to the center of the house.
- For a stone to count as a point, it must be at least touching any point of the house.
- There is a red fault line that determines the point in which the stone must be released. If the curler passes this line without releasing their stone, that stone will be removed from play.
- If a sweep touches the stone at any point after being released, that is also a foul.
- In the event of a tie, there will be one sudden-death end to determine a winner.
Although curling isn’t necessarily the most popular sport out there, it is gaining attention due to its playability by a wide range of people. The sport is gaining players in North America, Japan, China, New Zealand, and Australia.
Written by: Devin Pickell