For Getting Started
|Sheet||The specific playing surface upon which a curling game is played|
|Team||Four curlers who play together on a team in competitions|
|Curler||Any person on a team|
|Lead||The first player on a team to deliver a pair of stones in each end|
|Second||The curler who delivers the second pair of stones in an end|
|Third/Vice||The curler who delivers the third pair of stones in an end and assists the skip in determining the direction of the team.A� The curler acts as the skip when the skip is throwing their pair of stones|
|Skip||The curler who determines the strategy, and directs the play for the team.A� The skip delivers the last pair of stones in an end|
|Spare||An alternate curler or substitute for any team|
|Stone||A 42 pound round granite object|
|House||The rings or circles or circles toward which play is directed consists of rings and a button|
|Button||The circle at the centre of the house|
|4 foot||The ring closest to the button.A� The ring measures 4 feet across|
|8 foot||The ring next to the 4 foot.A� The ring measures 8 feet across|
|12 foot||The ring next to the 8 foot.A� The ring measures 12 feet across|
|Hacks||The foot-holds at each end of the ice from which a rock is delivered|
|Center Line||The line that runs down the centre of the sheet of ice|
|Hog Line||A line 10 meters from the hack at each end of the ice.A� Any stone not between the hog line and the back line is out of play|
|Tee Line||A�The line that runs across the sheet of ice and intersects the button|
|Backline||The line across the ice at the back of the houses.A� Stones that are over this line are out of play and must be removed|
|Backboards||The place off and behind the ice for placing your equipment|
Curling is considered a gentlemana��s sport because all curlers should have good etiquette.
A few things will make your curling experience more enjoyable.
- Always shake hands to start and end a game
- Mark up the score immediately on completion of an end
- When you are not delivering a stone stand to the side of the sheets between the hog lines
- Be as still and quiet as possible while the opposition is delivering a stone.A� The opposition should do the same for you.
- Keep your equipment to the back of the backboards so no one trips over it
- When opposing team is delivering, only the skip and third should be behind the opposing skip watching the rock.
- Ensure curling equipment is clean to prevent debris from falling on the ice surface.
- Avoid standing in front of a opposing players shot after he has thrown.
Tips for Curling Practice
IF IT LOOKS GOOD!A� — IT IS GOOD!
- First 3 feet–always straight back and straight forward
- Last 3 Feet–12 oa��clock release
- Hold in 2ndA�knuckle area with fingers together
- Hammer hold(ie holding it like a hammer) is acceptable but ensure the last 2 fingers do no affect release
- Top athletes hold at the back of the handle
- 90 degrees always for back and forward thrust (increases leg drive)
- Hips always lower than the shoulders
- Should be in line with the shoulder in the set up
- Right eye in rock line
- a�?Own the Rocka�? do not let the rock control you
Line of Delivery
- Step into the line
- Slightly wide is always okay
- Narrow develops the majority of trouble
- Five slides to do prior to every game and practice to keep you onA�track:
- back line,A�Tee line,A�Top 12,A�Half way between top house and hog,A�Hog line
- At the end of each slide, hold position for 3 seconds (count 1000, 2000, 3000) and stand up not touching the ice surface
- Head over rock
- Back straight
- One foot placement out from hip
- Always aim at something. Whether its a gripper or a broom aiming is crucial to a beneficial practice
- Always protect the hacks when throwing