About the Sport

Curling has a long and rich history. While its origins are lost in the mists of time, Scottish curlers already were playing the game by the beginning of the 16th century on frozen ponds and lochs.

Their earliest equipment included stones formed by nature, each one unique. These stones often curved, or “curled,” as they slid down the ice, and the players used besoms or brooms to clear snow and debris from the path of the stones.

Today, curling is a game of strategy, finesse and strength, contested by teams generally comprised of four players. The principle of curling is simple – get your stone closer the center of the target circles, called the “house,” than your opponent. Players of all skill levels can participate and compete even at older ages than most sports allow.

Respect, honor and tradition are core elements of the game. Curlers are close knit and you can rely on a warm welcome in curling clubs throughout the world. Camaraderie among players is inherent in the sport and tradition calls for both teams to sit together after a game, discussing what was and what might have been.

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A 2 Minute Guide to Curling

 
 

Curling Etiquette

 

Start with a handshake. At the beginning of the game, greet the members of the opposing team with a handshake, tell them your name, and wish them “Good Curling”.

Finish with a handshake. When the game is over, offer each of the players a hearty handshake and move off the ice. All please reconvene in the lounge for some refreshment.  

Keep the ice clean. Sand, grit and dirt are the ice’s worst enemy. Change your grippers once or twice a year. The shoes you wear should only be used for curling. Keep them clean.

Compliment good shots, no matter which team makes them. Respect your opponent.

Be ready. Take your position in the hack as soon as your opponent has delivered his/her stone. Keep the game moving; delays detract from the sport.

Be prepared to sweep as soon as your teammate releases the rock. Brushes are available at each end to keep your broom clean. Replace your broom head at least once a year. 

After delivering your stone, move to the side of the sheet between the “hog “ lines. Leads and seconds are not permitted in “house” or “rings”, except when sweeping or to remove the stones after the count has been determined by the vices.

Be courteous. Don’t distract your opponent in the hack. Sweepers should stay on the sidelines between the hog lines when not sweeping. If you are waiting to shoot, stand off the ice behind your opponent. 

Place your skip’s rock in front of the hack to help speed up the game.

All games on the ice should run approximately the same time (usually 2 hours for 8 ends). Therefore, if your game is an end or two behind all other games you should pick up the pace. Each player should be ready to deliver their rock when their skip puts down the broom.

 


 

Link for the 83-page Discover Curling downloadable manual

http://17962-presscdn-0-57.pagely.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/58/files/2015/04/Discover-Curling-Manual-1.pdf

Link to download the Discover Curling – Getting Started in Curling for Adults Instruction Videos

http://17962-presscdn-0-57.pagely.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/58/files/2015/10/DiscoverCurling-Wholevideo.mp4

Link for Stick Curling video

http://17962-presscdn-0-57.pagely.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/58/files/2015/10/DiscoverCurling-StickCurling.mp4

 


 

Here are some basic curling tips for curlers of all skill levels courtesy of; Curl up With Jamie Sinclar

Tip #1 Balance

Tip #2 Sweeping

Tip #3 Broom Position

Tip #4 How to Score

Tip #5 Reading the Scoreboard

Tip #6 Stance in the Hack

Tip #7 The Slide

Tip #8 Grip and Release

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