curling basics

In curling, players slide stones on a sheet of ice towards a target area which is segmented into rings. This target area in curling is called “the house.”

The sport is played with two teams, each of four players, who take turns sliding heavy, polished granite stones (rocks) across the ice (curling sheet) towards the house.

Each team has eight stones and the purpose is to gather the highest score for a game. Teams play from one end of the curling sheet to the other, and each end lasts until both teams have thrown all of their stones. A game may consist of eight or ten ends. Points are scored for the stones resting closer to the center of the house than any opponents’ stones at the end of each end.

Two Minute Guide to the Sport of Curling

rules and strategy

If you are new to curling and would like to learn more, the following links will help you get into the game:

curling lingo

Not sure what “biter”, “hog line”, or “pebble” mean? Check out this handy guide to curling lingo from Curling Canada.