Curling Lingo

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. 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. 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. The ring measures 4 feet across
8 foot The ring next to the 4 foot. The ring measures 8 feet across
12 foot The ring next to the 8 foot. 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. Any stone not between the hog line and the back line is out of play
Tee Line 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. 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 gentleman’s sport because all curlers should have good etiquette.

A few things will make your curling experience more enjoyable.

  1. Always shake hands to start and end a game
  2. Mark up the score immediately on completion of an end
  3. When you are not delivering a stone stand to the side of the sheets between the hog lines
  4. Be as still and quiet as possible while the opposition is delivering a stone. The opposition should do the same for you.
  5. Keep your equipment to the back of the backboards so no one trips over it
  6. When opposing team is delivering, only the skip and third should be behind the opposing skip watching the rock.
  7. Ensure curling equipment is clean to prevent debris from falling on the ice surface.
  8. Avoid standing in front of a opposing players shot after he has thrown.

Tips for Curling Practice



  • First 3 feet–always straight back and straight forward
  • Last 3 Feet–12 o’clock release


  • Hold in 2nd 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

Leg Angle

  • 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
  • “Own the Rock” 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

Practice Slides

  • Five slides to do prior to every game and practice to keep you on track:
    • back line, Tee line, Top 12, Half way between top house and hog, 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