Welcome to the Chinguacousy Curling Club
Information for New Members
Welcome and thank you for choosing to join us at the Chinguacousy Curling Club. This is a wonderful place to curl and meet people, whether you are a social curler or a competitive league player. As a new curler, I hope the information below will help by answering a few of the frequently asked questions and will make you feel at home at Ching. If you have additional questions or concerns regarding anything at Ching, please feel free to reach out to myself or any club member, and we will be happy to help you out!
Chinguacousy Curling Club, President 2016-17
This is a blend of rules and unwritten agreements that govern players’ actions on (and occasionally off) the ice. Rules which emphasize the best of the game: sportsmanship, courtesy and respect for your opponent.
- A curling game starts and ends with handshakes. That same ritual governs the action at curling clubs across the country. We shake hands before and after the game, no matter whether it’s a Friday night social, a playoff-deciding league match, or a weekend bonspiel. For all curlers, it’s “Good curling!” and a firm handshake to start and end the action.
- The vice (or third) from each team comes together to toss a coin at the start of the game to determine last stone advantage in the first end.
- When your opponents are preparing for delivery, stand to the side of the sheet, single file and between the hog lines. Move only after the stone has been released. Do not stand on the end boards behind a person about to deliver a stone.
- Only skips and thirds may congregate behind the tee line. They should not move or hold their brooms on the ice while the opposition is preparing to deliver a stone.
- Wear clean, appropriate footwear that will not damage the ice. (The club has sliders available)
- As all games operate with a strict time limit, all curlers should be ready to go when it’s their turn to deliver a stone.
- At the conclusion of an end, all players remain outside the rings until the opposing thirds have agreed on the score.
- Admit it if you touch a rock with your broom or shoes as it is moving, or if you have moved a still rock by accident. The skips will make a ruling decision based on the circumstances.
- Refrain from throwing your arms in the air and cheering wildly when the opposing skip misses that crucial last rock. It’s not just common courtesy – it’s simply curling etiquette. In this game, sportsmanship should be demonstrated both on and off the ice.
- Important rule of etiquette. Winners buy the losers a drink, and the losers return the favour in round two. That is how the game is played, and we curlers wouldn’t have it any other way.
- Blank end - An end where no points are scored.
- Bonspiel - A tournament in which curlers compete.
- Burning a rock - An infraction that happens when a player touches a stone as it’s traveling down the sheet.
- Button - The very center of the target rings or house.
- Delivery - The action of throwing a stone to the other end of the playing surface.
- Eight-ender - A perfect end where every one of the team’s eight stones scores a point.
- End - The way a curling game is divided. An end is like an inning in a baseball game. A curling game has either eight or ten ends.
- Gripper - The rubberized sole of one of your curling shoes. It helps you keep your footing on the ice. See slider.
- Hammer - The last rock of the end.
- Hack - The foothold in the ice you use to push off from when you deliver the stone.
- House - Also known as the rings, this is the name of the giant bull’s eye at either end of the sheet of ice. It consists of a set of concentric circles, called the 12-foot, 8-foot, 4-foot, and the button.
- Hurry hard - A directive given to sweepers by the skip or third, to sweep vigorously for line .
- Rock - Also known as a stone, the granite playing utensil that a curler delivers. Regular-sized rocks weigh approximately 44 pounds.
- Sheet - The frozen playing surface on which the game is played.
- Slider - The slippery sole of one of your curling shoes. It helps you move or slide along the ice.
- Tee line - The line on the playing surface that runs across the middle of the house.
- Weight - The amount of force used to deliver a stone.
Curling is a sport in which two teams (rinks) of four players each slide 40-pound granite rocks (also called stones) down a sheet of ice toward a target at the other end. Each team tries to get more of its stones closer to the center of the target than the other team.
- Throwing rocks - Each player on the team throws two stones in each end. (An end is similar to an inning in baseball.) Each team throws eight stones in an end. The players alternate throwing with their counterpart on the other team.
- Curling rocks - When a rock is thrown down the ice, depending on its rotation -- which is applied intentionally -- it will curl, or bend, one way or another. How much (or little) a rock curls or bends, depends largely on the conditions of the playing surface.
- Sweeping - Sweeping makes a rock curl less and travel farther. The lead, second, and third all take turns sweeping the rocks. The skip, who is like the team’s quarterback, is the only one who doesn’t regularly sweep stones.
- Keeping score - Once all 16 rocks have been thrown down the ice, the score for that end is counted based on the final positions of the stones in the house, (the group of circles on the ice that looks like a bull’s eye). Only one team can score in an end. A team scores one point for every rock that it has closer to the center of the house than the other team.
- Strategy - Generally, the skip determines a rink’s strategy. During the game, the skip stands at one end of the sheet and tells his or her other three players where they should place their shots. A team’s strategy doesn’t always go according to plan. This is a part of what makes curling so much fun. No two games are alike; the unpredictability is always appealing.
The Members of a Curling Team
A team consists of four players. Each player has specific duties:
- Lead - Throws the first two rocks of the end and then sweeps the next six. The lead usually sets up the game with guards but is not limited to this.
- Second - Throws the third and fourth stones of the end. The second sweeps the first two stones and then the final four of the end.
- Third/Vice - Throws the fifth and sixth rocks of the end. The third/vice also sweeps for the lead and second and then replaces the skip in the house while the skip throws the final two rocks of the end. The third/vice also posts the score at the conclusion of the end.
- Skip: - The captain of the team who decides the strategy. It is the skip’s job to tell the other players where to throw their shots and when to sweep for line. The skip usually delivers the last two shots of the end, but will sometimes throw lead/second/third rocks but still determine the strategy.