The Rules of Curling – EXPLAINED!


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near explains the rules of curling
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curling is a Scottish sport that is now
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played internationally hand at the
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Windsor Olympics the game is played with
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two teams with four players taken to the
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ice at any one time there is one
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reserved player in case of injury the
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object of the game is for your team to
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score more points than the opposing team
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to score a player will push a 44 pound
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wok of granite otherwise known as a
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curling rock down a sheet of pebbled ice
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towards a circular target known as a
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house the middle of the house is known
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as the button the ice is 46 metres long
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and five metres wide and each house is
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roughly 34 metres apart odd lines are 21
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feet away from the bottom and the hack
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socks while feet behind the button the
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ice surface is not smooth it has a
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pebbled surface that is created to
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enable the stones to curl each player is
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given two stones and plays from both
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teams take it in turns to push the
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stones down the ice towards the button
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they start from the hack and
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methodically push the stones in a
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controlled manner place must let go the
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stones before reaching the hog line and
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any stones that touch the sides or both
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past the house are disqualified from
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play to score in curling your stones
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need to be in the house and only the
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team closer to the button actually
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scores they get one point for being
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closer to the button and they score one
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additional point for every stone that is
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close to the center of the button than
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any opponent stone in this example red
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scores three points as three of their
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stones are closer to the button than the
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nearest yellow stone in this example red
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only scores one point as only one of
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their stones it is close to the bottom
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than the nearest yellow stone curling is
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referred to as chess on ice and there’s
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a lot of strategy involved the place
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must throw the stones in a specific
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order the first two stones are thrown by
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the lead or the first these players
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usually have perfect weights and can
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place a stone exactly where they want
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them in the house the second two stones
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are thrown by the second these plays
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will usually throw the stones short of
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the house in order to get in the way of
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an opponent and causing blocks to guard
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their own stones
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the third two stones are thrown back the
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thirds these players are highly skilled
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in removing or taking out opponent
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stones
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whilst trying to leave their own stones
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in play the last two stones are usually
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thrown by the fourth otherwise known is
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the skip or skipper the skip is the
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captain of the team and is generally the
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best overall player they are responsible
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for playing the last two stones and for
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trying to score as many points as
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possible so what’s with all the sweeping
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as early you mentioned the ice surface
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is not smooth the surface is coated with
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frozen water droplets known as pebbles
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you can affect the speed and direction
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of curling rocks by sweeping the pebbles
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on the ice surface without going into
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too much detail this means that you can
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effectively steer a 44 can block of
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granite down a sheet of ice to land on
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an area the size of a toilet up to three
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players can sweep the ice in front of a
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curling rock but it must not be touched
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by a broom or by their feet the Skip
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generally shouts instructions to deal
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the teammates as to how hard to sweep
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the ice in order to get the shot
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required once all eight stones have been
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thrown this is known as an end a new end
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then begins play from the other side of
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the ice a curling game is played over
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Tenon’s and the highest score after ten
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ends wins there are no ties in curling
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so if the scores are tied after ten ends
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extra ends will be played to determine
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the winner that’s basically curling in a
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nutshell but there’s a few other things
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you’ll need to understand before playing
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or watching a game for example the
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hammer as you can probably tell it’s an
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advantage to throw the last stone in
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curling this last stone is known as the
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hammer and is usually thrown by the Skip
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once a team scores the hammer will go to
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the other team in the next end if there
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is no score at the end at the end the
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hammer is retained by the same team
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strategically some players will
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intentionally not score in order to
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retain the hammer burning a stone or
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burn rock as ill you mentioned you are
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not allowed to touch the rock with your
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broom or your feet if this happens the
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opposing escapes can decide whether or
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not to disqualify the stone and remove
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it from play leave the stones as they
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are or reset the stones and make them
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play that same shot again it is
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considered good sportsmanship to admit
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to any burnt rocket
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an extremely bad sportsmanship to burn a
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rock and not admit to it
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conceding if a team believes they have
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no realistic chance of winning they can
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concede the game and end the game there
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a team may concede anytime after the
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sick then measure if there is a dispute
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between teams as to who is closer to the
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button either team can request a measure
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an official will come out with a
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measuring device and find out for sure
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which stone is closest to the bottom the
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official will usually push away the
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stone that is not closer to the button
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leaving the closest stone on the ice
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time clock in the sport of curling you
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only have 73 minutes in which to
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complete all your shots
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if you’ve not started your final shot by
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the time 73 minutes is inspired
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you automatically lose the game now
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that’s a lot to take in but as you watch
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foreplay curling the rules will become
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clear if you found this video it’s all
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