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Hiway Foundation Curling Tutorial

Hiway Foundation Curling Tutorial


Good day everybody! I’m Kyle from the St. Paul Curling Club and thanks to the Hiway Federal Credit Union Foundation
and the club for producing this video for your enjoyment and knowledge of the game. In this video we’ll cover the basics of the game, how the ice effects the stone,
team composition, team members’ responsibilities, scoring, game etiquette,
curling stone delivery, sweeping and safety. OK then, let’s go ahead and get
started. In the game the two teams oppose each other in an eight-end game and the objective is to place as many of your eight stones in the house as
possible for scoring opportunities. To achieve this requires defensive and
offensive tactics, proper sweeping and a basic knowledge of how the ice affects
the curling of the stone. Each sheet of ice has lines, houses and hacks. Each
sheet has a lateral boundary marked by a solid red line. Each sheet has a back
boundary marked by a black line. If the stone crosses over these lines, the rock
is removed from play. Each sheet has hog lines on either end of the sheet and the
shooter must release contact with stone prior to crossing the near red line and
then the rock must continue traveling down the sheet and cross over the second large red line to remain in play. Each sheet of ice has two houses which are
twelve feet in diameter and the rock or rocks closest to the center of the house
score the points. Only one team per end of play can score. Each house has a T-line.
Once the opposing teams rock crosses the T-line, the opposing skip may continue
sweeping the rock. Each sheet has a center line which is used to assist the
skip and determining the aim point or delivery line for the shooter. Also, each
sheet has a pair of hacks that you place your foot in to deliver the stone. If
you’re right-handed you place your right foot on the left hand side of the hack
and if you’re left-handed you place your left leg on the right-hand side of the
hack. The shaved ice is covered with a pebble that the rock rides on that enables the rock to curl. Without this pebbling it would be impossible for the rock to curl in to
its desired destination. Each team is comprised of four players: the lead, the
second, the third and the skill. Each player delivers two rocks in team
rotation. After the thirds of each team have delivered their two rocks, they
will relieve the skips so they can come and deliver their rocks. The game
begins with a handshake and a wish them good curling and a coin toss to
determine which team goes first. Each stone curls as it proceeds down the
ice based on the turn or twist given the stone during its release. The further
rock handle is turned either to the ten or the two o’clock position depending on
the turn requested by the skill. As the shooter slides out, the handle is rotated
to the 12 o’clock position and releases it on the line of delivery towards a
skip’s broom. There are two basic shots in curling, a draw and a take out. There are
variations on these two basic shots. A guard, to prevent the opposing team from
hitting a rock in the house. A draw, which curls around the guard into the house.
And a take out, which removes the opponent’s rock from the play. Strong
effective sweeping can significantly affect the distance rock travels on a
draw shot. Sweeping is what makes curling a team sport and is often the difference
between winning and losing. Some of the sweeping rules that you need to keep in
mind is that the sweepers must keep clear of the rock at all times, a rock
that is touched by a broom has been burnt and the rock is removed from play.
The team may sweep its rocks at any time and the opposing skip or acting skip
may sweep an opponent’s rock behind the T-line. Sweeping effectiveness is a
function of three elements: coverage, speed and pressure. OK guys and gals,
now that you know as much as I do about curling there are a few safety tips to
keep in mind. First of all, no running on the ice. Second of all, please clean your shoes before you come out on the arena and
always be mindful while you’re out here. Thanks a lot and have a great day. Let’s go curl!

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