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Curling 101 – Teams, Stones, Scoring

Published: February 5, 2014, 7:06 am, by Dena Rosenberry
Some basic facts about the sport of curling, courtesy of Associated Press and Vancouver Olympic Committee

Some basic facts about the sport of curling, courtesy of Associated Press and Vancouver Olympic Committee

I’ll start off sharing some of the basic questions I’m asked about the “roaring” game.

How many players are there on a team?
Aside from mixed doubles teams (more on that later), curling teams comprise four players.

Which one of you throws the stones?
Each player slides, or delivers, two polished granite stones down a “sheet” of ice toward a bullseye called the “house.”

How heavy are the stones? And what are they made of?
Each stone, made from a specific type of close and evenly grained granite, weighs about 42 pounds.

How do you score points?
Points are scored based on the stones closest to the center of the house, a small circle called the button. For each stone closer to the button than the opponent’s stones, a team scores one point.

What else do you want to know about curling?