of Curling Terms
- curling tournaments
- the instrument used to sweep the ice. Brooms
with brush heads are most common.
- a turn of the rock's handle upon release
makes the rock curl, or curve, as it travels down the
ice. The rock curls in the direction of the turn.
- the body of motion of a curler as the rock
is being shot.
- a rock that stops in front of, or in the
- One end is complete when all 16 rocks (eight
per team) have been thrown to one end. A game is usually
eight ends, or about two hours. Championship games
are 10 ends or about 2 1/2 hours. After each end, the
score is determined.
- a draw that finishes in front of and next
to another rock.
- a rock between the hog line and the house
used to prevent the opposition from hitting a rock
in the house.
- a rubber foothold from which curlers deliver
the rock. It is about 125 feet from the scoring area.
- the last rock of each end.
Lines - Located 21 feet from each tee. A rock
must be released before the near hog line, and travel
beyond the far hog line, or it is removed from play.
- the round scoring area, 12 feet in diameter,
with concentric circles of four and eight feet in diameter
- a command shouted by the skip to tell the
sweepers to sweep.