Understanding Curling for the Olympics

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  • BACKLINE — The line across the ice at the back of the house. Stones which are over this line are removed from play.
  • BITER — A stone that just touches the outer edge of the circles.
  • BLANK END — An end in which no points have been scored.
  • BONSPIEL — A curling competition or tournament.
  • BRUSH — A device used to sweep the ice in the path of a moving stone.
  • BURNED STONE — A stone in motion touched by a member of either team, or any part of their equipment. Burned stones are removed from play.
  • BUTTON — The circle at the centre of the house.
  • COUNTER — Any stone in the rings or touching the rings which is a potential point.
  • CURL— The amount a rock bends while travelling down the sheet of ice.
  • DRAW WEIGHT — The momentum required for a stone to reach the house or cirlces at the distant end.
  • END — A portion of a curling game that is completed when each team has thrown eight stones and the score has been decided.
  • GUARD — A stone that is placed in a position so that it may protect another stone.
  • HACKS — The foot-holds at each end of the ice from which the stone is delivered.
  • HEAVY — A rock delivered with a greater force than necessary.
  • HIT — A take-out. Removal of a stone from the playing area by hitting it with another stone.
  • HOG LINE — A line 10 meters from the hack at each end of the ice.
  • HOGGED STONE — A stone that does not reach the far hog line. It must be removed from play.
  • HOUSE — The rings or circles toward which play is directed consisting of a 12-foot ring, 8-foot ring, 4-foot ring and a button.
  • IN-TURN — The rotation applied to the handle of a stone that causes it to rotate in a clockwise direction and curl for a right-handed curler.
  • LEAD — The first player on a team to deliver a pair of stones for his/her team in each end.
  • OUT-TURN — The rotation applied to the handle of a stone that causes it to turn and curl in a counter-clockwise direction for a right-handed curler.
  • PEBBLE — A fine spray of water applied to a sheet of curling ice before commencing play.
  • RAISE — When one stone is bumped ahead by another.
  • ROLL — The movement of a curling stone after it has struck a stationary stone in play.
  • SECOND — The curler who delivers the second pair of stones for hi/her team in each end.
  • SHEET — The specific playing surface upon which a curling game is played.
  • SHOT ROCK — At any time during an end, the stone closest to the button.
  • SKIP — The player who determines the strategy, and directs play for the team. The skip delivers the last pair of stones for his/her team in each end.
  • SPARE — An alternate player or substitute.
  • SLIDER — Slippery material placed on the sole of the shoe, to make it easier to slide on the ice.
  • SWEEPING — The action of moving a broom or brush back and forth in the path of a moving stone.
  • TAKE OUT — Removal of a stone from the playing area by hitting it with another stone.
  • TEE LINE — The line that passes through the centre of the house parallel to the hog line and backline.
  • THIRD, VICE-SKIP OR MATE — The third player on a team to throw two stones in each end. Generally this player acts as the skip when the skip is delivering his/her stones and assists with shot selection decisions.
  • WEIGHT — The amount of force given to the stone during the delivery.