Curling Basics

There are a lot of resources out there these days for curling. Its popularity peaks with every winter Olympics and there are now 5 curling facilities in the greater Twin Cities metro area.

Curling Clinics

The curling clinics are the best way to get on ice instruction and the basics of the game. During a curling clinic you will learn the rules and sportsmanship of curling, and have some on ice instruction and practice time. See more information on the Curling Clinics page.

Group Rentals

Want a get your own group together for a curling party? Visit our Group Rental page for details on booking your session!

Resources for Curling Information

We have listed our favorite sites for more information on learning to curl. This should save you some time browsing and searching!

Basic Rules

Frogtown plays by USA rules. We listed some useful ones to get you started on our Basic Rules page.
See the USA Curling website for more information:


Curling is a friendly social game. You shake hands at the beginning. You shake hands at the end. During play you should not distract your opponent. Stand on the sidelines, near the center of the sheet, or on the ends behind the house. If you hit a rock you’re your broom or foot, YOU should say so; it happens all the time. More tips can be found on the Etiquette page.

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 fourth can join in wherever when they arrive ) 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 that scored will throw first in the next end.

This of course in only the beginning …..