Basic Rules of Curling

Curling is a sport played by two teams typically comprised of four players each. The field of play is known as a sheet, and the targets on each end of the ice are known as houses. Teams alternate sliding rocks down the ice towards the far house, with each player delivering two stones – or a total of eight rocks for each team.

If you are familiar with how scoring works in bocce, then you will understand how to score in curling. At the conclusion of each end – after both teams have delivered all eight of their stones – the team with the rock that sits closest to the center of the house (known as the “pin”) will score the points. They score one point for each stone that is closer to the center than the other team’s best rock. Only rocks that are at least touching the house are eligible to score, and only one team can score in each end.

A typical curling match is played over a set number of ends, with eight ends being the most common length. At the conclusion of the final end, the team with the most points wins! Should the match remain tied, a number of tiebreakers can be used, ranging from a one-rock shootout to a full extra end.