Basic Rules

Basic Rules to get you started

Curling is played by 2 teams of 4 players. The teams alternate throws towards the circular target (called the house). The object is to have more stones closer to the center than your opponent after all 16 stones have been thrown. Each player throws two stones, while their teammates sweep and direct the stone towards the house.

A typical game is played in 8 ends. In each end, 16 stones are thrown. Only 1 team can score in an end; the team with the closest stone to the center (the shot rock). That team scores one point for each stone closer than their opponent’s best stone.

Your team consists of a lead, second, vice skip, and skip. Once you set your line-up for the game, you must keep it that way for the entire game. The lead throws the first two stones for your team, while the second and vice sweep. The skip will call the shot, and can help sweep if needed. (Any of the 4 positions can act as ‘skip’, but you must always throw in the order which you started.)

If you have only 3 players, the lead throws the first 3 stones, the vice throws the next 3, and the skip throws the final 2 stones. (Your forth can join in wherever when they arrive J) Subs generally should throw either lead or second.

The hammer is the last stone of the end, which is an advantage. The vice skips will flip a coin at the start of the game to determine the color of stones and the hammer for the first end. The coin toss winner chooses first, typically choosing the hammer. The means the opponent throws first. After the end, the team taht scored will throw first in the next end.

This of course in only the beginning …..

Scoring & The Score Board

After all 16 stone have been played, the team with the stone closest to the center wins the end. They receive one point for every stone that is closer then their opponents.

The example below is a typical score board. The center blue numbers are the total score. And the black numbers represent the ends.

In this game, after three ends the score is tied; red -3 and yellow -3. The following example shows how we got there….