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Curling 101 - The Basics of the Olympic Sport of Curling

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An overview of the Olympic sport of curling. Terms, game play, teams, history, facts and resources.

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  • 1. Curling 101 By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Event Planning Software for Curling

2. By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Event Planning Software for Curling 3. What Is Curling? Originated in the 1500's on themarshes of Scotland A team sport played on ice Curling is an Olympic medal sport Two teams of four players each slide42-pound granite rocks down a sheetof ice 140 feet long by 15 feet wide The rocks are delivered from one endof the sheet to the other toward thecenter of a 12-foot diameter targetBy Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Event Planning Software for Curling 4. The Object of the GameThe Object : Throw rocks closest to the center of the 12-foot ringto score points The targets are painted into the ice just below the surface at bothends of the sheet of ice The game to be played back and forth, usually eight or ten times Each player throws two rocks toward the target, alternating with theopponent. Rocks traveling down the ice will curve anywhere from sixinches to six feet. After all sixteen rocks have been thrown the score is determined. Teams score one point for each rock closest to the center of thehouse without an opponent's rock closer. In each end (similar to aninning in baseball), only one team can score. By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Event Planning Software for Curling 5. What are they doing to the ice?A unique part of curling is theconcept of sweeping. Playersvigorously sweep, or brush theice in front of the rock tokeep it moving. The frictionand resulting heat of thebrooms momentarily melts amolecular layer of the ice infront of the rock. This thinlayer lubricates the bottom ofthe rock allowing it to travelfarther and straighter.By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Event Planning Software for Curling 6. Does the rock really curl?Rocks are intentionally rotated as theyare thrown. The friction of the rocks small surfacearea on the bumpy curling ice (asopposed to smooth surfaces for hockeyor gure skating) causes the rock toswing anywhere from 2-5 feetdepending on the pebble (bumpiness) ofthe ice, humidity in the air around theice, and amount of speed and sweepingduring the delivery of the rock. By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Event Planning Software for Curling 7. By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Event Planning Software for Curling 8. Who sweeps and who throws the rocks?Teams are made up of four players. Each player throwstwo rocks, alternating with the opponent.The Lead: Throws the rst two rocks.The Second: Throws the second two rocks.The third position is known as the Vice Skip and throws the third two rocks.The fourth position is known as the Skip (calls each shot and is the team captain) and throws the last two rocks.By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Event Planning Software for Curling 9. Curling as an Amateur SportCanadian bonspiels offer cash prizes; however, there are no full- time professional curlersCurling returned to the Winter Olympics in 1998after a hiatus since 1924By comparison, most competitive curlers are older than athletes in other sportsThese days junior curling has become very popularCurling is considered a very social sport and drinking beer after matches is commonCurling is one of those rare sports that can be enjoyed and/or played competitively for almost any age group By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Event Planning Software for Curling 10. Gender in Curling Teams are either comprised of onlymen, only women, or two men andtwo women There are world championships inmens and womens curling, but not formixed gender curling At the National Level there are alsoJuniors, Seniors, Masters andWheelchair curling championships. There are clubs that offer mixedleagues for recreation as well as clubsthat offer competitive tournamentsand Cash Spiels for mixed teamsBy Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Event Planning Software for Curling 11. Team Naming Except in international or national and provincialevents in Canada and the United States a team willusually be known by the last name of the Skip There is an emerging tendency for teams withsponsors, to name their team using the sponsorsname rather than the Skips name During international, national, and provincial eventsteams are known by their country name Some groups are protesting the use of the lastname of the Skip as the team name because theyfeel that it is offensive to the front-end curler By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Event Planning Software for Curling 12. By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Event Planning Software for Curling 13. Common Curling Terms Bonspiel: A curling tournament Cash Spiel or Cashspiel: A tournament with signicantentry fees and large prizes, sometimes part of a charityevent House: The three concentric circles where points arescored Heavy: A stone that is thrown harder than required andwill probably slide too far Off!: A call given by the skip for the sweepers to stopsweeping a rock Raise: A Shot in which the delivered stone bumps anotherstone forward By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Event Planning Software for Curling 14. Curling Game PlayCompetitive play usually consists of ten endsAn end consists of a player from each team throwing two rocks down the ice with the players on each side alternating shotsIt is not uncommon for a losing team to end the match before all the ends are completed if they dont think they have a chance of winningIn international competition, each side is given 73 minutes to complete all their throwsCurling clocks and clock software exist to time the matches, such as this one: http://www.curlingclock.com/By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Event Planning Software for Curling 15. By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Event Planning Software for Curling 16. Curling FactsThere are 1.4 million curlers in the world 1.2 million of them live in CanadaThe granite for curling rocks come from only two quarries in the entire world Each rock costs about $500 USD The person delivering the rock slides on the ice due to a thin layer of Teon glued on the bottom of one shoeLike golf, curlers call penalties on themselves for rules violationsThe winning team buys drinks for the losing team after the game By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Event Planning Software for Curling 17. Curling OnlineThe advent and inuence of the internet has madending curling clubs and curling events easier Exposure on the internet and the introduction ofthe sport back into the Olympics could lead to anincrease in participation USA Curling (http://www.usacurl.org), thegoverning body of curling in the United States andpartner of Compete-At (www.Compete-At.com),uses online registration for all of their eventsBy Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Event Planning Software for Curling 18. Notable Links & ResourcesCurling on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CurlingUSA Curling Association: www.usacurl.org/Canadian Curling Association: www.curling.caWorld Curling Federation: www.worldcurling.netCompete-At.com - Curling Events & Clubs By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Event Planning Software for Curling 19. Image Credits http://www.ickr.com/photos/gesika22/2978462322/ http://www.ickr.com/photos/barberenc/2939604130/ http://www.ickr.com/photos/bretarnett/136222945/ http://www.ickr.com/photos/trektrack/305673357/ http://www.ickr.com/photos/sovietuk/602890123/ http://www.ickr.com/photos/sebino/2149359482/ By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Event Planning Software for Curling 20. Content Credits Curling on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curling By Compete-At: Online Registration Solutions & Event Planning Software for Curling