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.
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 at curling clubs throughout the world. The 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.
The game itself is played between two teams of four – designated the lead, second, third, and skip – who take it, in turn, to alternately deliver two stones with their corresponding member of the opposition. Once all sixteen stones have been delivered, known in the game as an end, the points are calculated, with one point accrued for each stone from the same team nearest the center of the head. A full game of curling generally consists of 8 or 10 such ends and takes around two hours to complete.
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. The winning curlers traditionally offer their counterparts some refreshments.
Keep the ice clean. Change your shoes. Sand, grit, and dirt are the ice’s worst enemy. 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.
After delivering your stone, move to the side of the sheet between the “hog “ lines, unless you are the skip. Leads and seconds are not permitted in “house” or “rings”, except when sweeping or removing 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.
Place your skip’s rock in front of the hack to help speed up the game.
All games on the ice should run at approximately the same time. 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.