About Curling

What is curling?

Curling is a team sport played on ice. The sport, which is now an Olympic medal sport, probably originated in the 1500's on the lakes and ponds of Northern Europe. Curling is played actively in more than thirty countries in Europe, Asia, North America, New Zealand and Australia. The majority of players live in Scotland, Canada and the United States. It is mostly played indoors at dedicated curling facilities housing multiple sheets (lanes) of ice.

The sport is played between two teams of four players each that slide 42-pound granite rocks down a sheet of ice 140 feet long by 15 feet wide. The rocks are delivered from one end of the sheet to the other toward the center of a 12-foot diameter target.

What do I need to curl?

The only essential items are a "slider" and a "broom", both of which can be provided by the curling club.

A slider is a piece of Teflon, plastic or steel that is slipped onto one foot in order to easily slide down the sheet of ice. The modern game of curling is designed around the ability to slide with no effort. The other foot usually wears a rubber-soled shoe used to grip the ice. To throw the rock, one foot pushes while the other slides. Right-handed curlers push with their right foot and slide on their left. More advanced curlers often choose to purchase special curling shoes with a built-in slider.

The broom or brush is used to sweep the ice (polish it, actually). It is also often used as a balancing aid during delivery of the stone.

Where can I find more specific information regarding gameplay and stategy?