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TRIPLES CURLING Triples Curling has been developed by Curling Canada’s National Training Centre in Edmonton Triples Curling is an exciting new discipline that has been developed by Curling Canada. As its name suggests, curlers compete in teams of 3 when playing Triples. All ends consist of 6 rocks thrown per team, with each player throwing 2 rocks. Unless otherwise indicated, Curling Canada’s rules apply to Triples, including those related to the Free Guard Zone rule. Practice: In order to allow all curlers to familiarize themselves with the playing conditions on the sheet, Triples is always be preceded by a short practice session. During this practice session each curler will deliver 2 shots in each direction. Recognizing that there is no Pre-Game LSD, this process should take no more than 5 minutes/team. Game Structure: Triples games consist of 3 ‘Sets’ of 2 ends each. Each Set can be seen as a 2- End ‘Mini-Game’, with each team playing with the hammer for one of these ends and without the hammer for the other. The team scoring the most points after these 2 ends wins that Set. However, if the score is tied at the completion of the set of a Set, it becomes a ‘Split Set’. Example 1: Team A scores 2 in End 1 of the Set, then Team B scores 1 in End 2 of the Set. The score is therefore 2-1 for Team A, so Team A wins the Set. Example 2: Team A scores 2 in End 1 of the Set, then Team B scores 2 in End 2 of the Set. The score is now 2-2, so the Set is considered a ‘Split Set’. Hammer: In the first end of Set 1, hammer is determined by a coin toss, with the winner automatically getting hammer. Hammer in the first end of Set 2 reverses from the first end of Set 1. Hammer in the first end of Set 3 goes to the team that is trailing on the scoreboard. However, if the score is tied heading in to Set 3, then the hammer in the first end simply reverses from Set 2. Positions and Throwing Order: One of the unique features of the Triples discipline is that curlers play each of the 3 positions (i.e., Lead, Middle, and Skip) for one Set of the game. Teams can determine which player starts in each position during Set 1. However, from that point onward the rotation of players must be as follows: Set 1: Player 1 = Lead, Player 2 = Middle, Player 3 = Skip Set 2: Player 3 = Lead, Player 1 = Middle, Player 2 = Skip Set 3: Player 2 = Lead, Player 3 = Middle, Player 1 = Skip Sweeping: Only one player (i.e., the current sweeper) is allowed to sweep rocks until the far hog-line. At this point, 1 of the other curlers (i.e., broom holder or thrower) can join in. This is intended to encourage each curler to take ownership of their respective positional responsibilities on every shot.

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Page 1: Triples - Curling Canada (EN) · TRIPLES CURLING Triples Curling has been developed by Curling Canada’s National Training Centre in Edmonton Triples Curling is an exciting new discipline

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TriplesCurlinghasbeendevelopedbyCurlingCanada’sNationalTrainingCentreinEdmonton

TriplesCurling isanexcitingnewdisciplinethathasbeendevelopedbyCurlingCanada.Asitsnamesuggests,curlerscompeteinteamsof3whenplayingTriples.Allendsconsistof6rocksthrown per team, with each player throwing 2 rocks. Unless otherwise indicated, CurlingCanada’srulesapplytoTriples,includingthoserelatedtotheFreeGuardZonerule.

Practice: Inorder toallowallcurlers to familiarize themselveswith theplayingconditionsonthesheet,Triplesisalwaysbeprecededbyashortpracticesession.Duringthispracticesessioneachcurlerwilldeliver2 shots ineachdirection.Recognizing that there isnoPre-GameLSD,thisprocessshouldtakenomorethan5minutes/team.

GameStructure:Triplesgamesconsistof3‘Sets’of2endseach.EachSetcanbeseenasa2-End‘Mini-Game’,witheachteamplayingwiththehammerforoneoftheseendsandwithoutthehammerfortheother.Theteamscoringthemostpointsafterthese2endswinsthatSet.However,ifthescoreistiedatthecompletionofthesetofaSet,itbecomesa‘SplitSet’.

Example1:TeamAscores2inEnd1oftheSet,thenTeamBscores1inEnd2oftheSet.Thescoreistherefore2-1forTeamA,soTeamAwinstheSet.

Example2:TeamAscores2inEnd1oftheSet,thenTeamBscores2inEnd2oftheSet.Thescoreisnow2-2,sotheSetisconsidereda‘SplitSet’.

Hammer: In the first end of Set 1, hammer is determined by a coin toss, with the winnerautomaticallygettinghammer.HammerinthefirstendofSet2reversesfromthefirstendofSet 1. Hammer in the first end of Set 3 goes to the team that is trailing on the scoreboard.However, if the score is tied heading in to Set 3, then the hammer in the first end simplyreversesfromSet2.

Positions and Throwing Order: One of the unique features of the Triples discipline is thatcurlersplayeachofthe3positions(i.e.,Lead,Middle,andSkip)foroneSetofthegame.Teamscan determine which player starts in each position during Set 1. However, from that pointonwardtherotationofplayersmustbeasfollows:

Set1:Player1=Lead,Player2=Middle,Player3=SkipSet2:Player3=Lead,Player1=Middle,Player2=SkipSet3:Player2=Lead,Player3=Middle,Player1=Skip

Sweeping:Onlyoneplayer (i.e., thecurrent sweeper) isallowed to sweep rocksuntil the farhog-line.Atthispoint,1oftheothercurlers(i.e.,broomholderorthrower)canjoinin.Thisisintended to encourage each curler to take ownership of their respective positionalresponsibilitiesoneveryshot.

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SetValues:InordertoensurethatafullTriplesgameisplayedandthateachplayerhasameaningfulopportunitytoplayall3positions,theValueassignedtoSet3isgreaterthanitisforSets1and2.ThespecificSetValuesareasfollows:

Set1:2PointsAvailable(1Point/TeamifaSplitSet)Set2:2PointsAvailable(1Point/TeamifaSplitSet)Set3:4PointsAvailable(or2Points/TeamifaSplitSet)

ThegoalofthesedifferingPointValuesistoensurethatthefull3Setsareplayedwithouttheoutcomeofthegamebeingdetermined.Thus,evenifTeamAwinsSets1and2(andthereforeleadsthegame4-0)itisstillpossibleforTeamBtotiethegamebywinningSet3outright(sincethescorewouldnowbe4-4).

TiedGames:IfthegameistiedafterSet3,aTeamDraw-the-ButtonTie-Breakerisbeused.Theteamsalternatethrowingtheirdrawsasifthiswasthe‘ThirdEnd’ofSet3.ThethrowingorderandpositionalresponsibilitiesfortheTie-BreakerremainthesameastheywereinSet3.

Thecumulativepointtotalofall3playersonateamdeterminestheteam’sTie-Breakerscore.ThescoringsystemforeachshotoftheTie-Breakerisasfollows:

5Points:RockstopsincontactwithButton4Points:RockstopsincontactwithFourfoot3Points:RockstopsincontactwithEightfoot2Points:Rockstopsincontactwith12foot1Point: RockstopsInPlay,butNotinRings0Points:RockstopsOutofPlay

IntheeventthatbothteamsfinishtheTie-Breakerwiththesamenumberofpoints,eachteamidentifies1curlertothrowasinglemeasuredDraw-the-Buttonforthewin(withsweeping).

Coaches:CoachesarepositionedintheiceareainTriples.Coachesmaystandeitheronthesidelinebetweenthehoglinesoronthebackboardbehindthehouse.InSets1and2,thecoachoftheteamwiningthepre-gamecointossispositionedonthe‘AwayHalf’ofthesheet,whilethecoachoftheteamthatlosesthecointossispositioningonthe‘HomeHalf’.InSet3,coachesarepositionedonthehalfofthesheetwheretheirteamhasthehammer.

Pleasenotethatcoachesareonlyallowedtocommunicatewiththeircurlerswhentheotherteamisincontrolofthehouse.Thisisintendedtomaintainthepaceofplay,andtoensurethatthecurlersmaketheirowndecisions.However,teams/coachescancall1x60secondTime-Out(timedbytheotherteam’scoach).Time-Outscantakeplaceanywhereonthesheet.

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SCORINGATRIPLESGAMEONATRADITIONALCLUBSCOREBOARD

Note:TheCurrentSet’sEndScoresarevelcroedoverorneartheRed/Yellowdesignations.TheX’srepresent“backwards-facing”endmarkersandareonlyusedtoindicatea‘SplitSet’.

Redscores2inthe1stEndofSet1

Red 21 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Yellow

Yellowscores2inthe2ndEndofSet1.Thisisa‘SplitSet’,with1pointgoingtoeachteam.

Red 2 X1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Yellow 2 X

Yellowscores1inthe1stEndofSet2.

Red X1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Yellow 1 X

Redscores3inthe2ndEndofSet2.RedthereforetakestheSet,andisawarded2points.

Red 3 X 21 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Yellow 1 X

Redscores1inthe1stEndofSet3.

Red 1 X 21 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Yellow X

Yellowscores2inthe2ndEndofSet3.YellowthereforetakestheSet,andisawarded4points.ThismeansthatYellowwinstheGame5pointsto3points.

Red 1 X 21 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Yellow 2 X 3

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SCORINGTHESAMEGAMEONANARENASCOREBOARD

Note:‘ThisSet’isvelcroedoverHammerheading,withtheCurrentSet’sEndScoresbelowit.TheCurrentGameScoreforallCompletedSetsisshownbelowtheTotalheading.

Redscores2inthe1stEndofSet1

Team THISSET 1 2 3 4 6 7 8 9 10 11 TotalRed 2

Yellow

Yellowscores2inthe2ndEndofSet1.Thisisa‘SplitSet’,with1pointgoingtoeachteam.

Team THISSET 1 2 3 4 6 7 8 9 10 11 TotalRed 2 1 1

Yellow 2 1 1

Yellowscores1inthe1stEndofSet2.

Team THISSET 1 2 3 4 6 7 8 9 10 11 TotalRed 1 1

Yellow 1 1 1

Redscores3inthe2ndEndofSet2.RedthereforetakestheSet,andisawarded2points.

Team THISSET 1 2 3 4 6 7 8 9 10 11 TotalRed 2 1 2 3

Yellow 1 1 0 1

Redscores1inthe1stEndofSet3.

Team THISSET 1 2 3 4 6 7 8 9 10 11 TotalRed 1 1 2 3

Yellow 1 0 1

Yellowscores2inthe2ndEndofSet3.YellowthereforetakestheSet,andisawarded4points.ThismeansthatYellowwinstheGame5pointsto3points.

Team THISSET 1 2 3 4 6 7 8 9 10 11 TotalRed 1 1 2 0 3

Yellow 2 1 0 4 5