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How to Play Curling

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Curling is a game of etiquette that has been played on frozen lakes since the 15th Century. With the increase in popularity of this sport, curling is now also played on indoors ice rinks. 2 teams or 4 compete by sliding granite curling stones toward a target called a "tee." Whichever team has a stone closest to the tee scores.

Getting Ready

Visit an indoor or outdoor ice rink that has curling. Wear warm clothes for both, but tennis shoes are fine for indoor curling.

Split up into two teams of 4.

Decide the order on each team of curlers. The first to throw is called the "lead," the second to throw is the "second," the third is the "vice" and the last to throw is called the "skip."

Shake hands between both teams and wish one another good luck. Etiquette is a focus in curling.

Playing the Game

Alternate turns between the 2 teams until each player has curled 2 stones. While one player throws, two players use brushes to change the stones glide path by polishing the ice and removing debris in front of the shot.

Start with the "lead" throwing first. The skip calls out where to throw and how hard, while the second and vice are brushing for the throws.

Rotate players after the lead players of both teams have thrown their stones. Now the second throws while the lead and vice sweep and the skip still calls out the directions.

Allow the vices to curl next while the leads and seconds sweep.

Finish with the skip throwing, the vice watching, while the lead and second sweep.

Determine which team has a stone closer after all 8 stones are thrown. Whichever team is closer gets a point for this "end."

Complete 8 ends and the team with the most points wins. In the event of a tie, play one more end to determine a winner. When the game is complete, thank your opponents by shaking hands and saying "good curling."

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