Curling the game with the ice
And the rocks And the sweeping
And the yelling Each game starts with a handshake
And a coin flip to determine who goes first Then two teams will take turns throwing 44
pound stones down a sheet of ice The target? A 12 foot house. It looks like
a bullseye. Just under 150 feet away.
Each team throws 8 rocks And the team closest to the centre after all
the rocks are thrown will score the points This process is repeated for 6 to 10 rounds
called “ends” until one team is victorious
It’s just that simple. Or is it? Each team has a captain called The Skip
Like a general on the battle field, he calls the shots to best ensure victory
Stones are delivered with a predetermined rotation so they actually curl as they travel
the ice. Of course this is why the sport is called
Curling! Over the course of each end, players can throw
guards to guard the house… Draws to try and score
Or takeouts to remove the opponents stone The skip then spends the rest of the time
yelling like a crazy person but what they are actually doing is EMPHATICALLY advising their players
to brush the ice in front of the stone Brushing can change the speed and direction
of the shot After each team throws its 8 stones the team
closet to the centre of the house will score OR….
If they have more than one rock closer than the other team, they count as well.
Once all of the ends have been played The team that has the most points wins!
Aside from a few dozen other details that’s all there is to it!