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Curling Terminology

Curling Term Description
Back Ring The portion of the eight-foot and twelve-foot rings behind the tee line.
Biter A rock that barely touches the outer edge of the twelve-foot ring.
Blank End A scoreless end with no rocks in the rings.
Blanking An End Deliberately creating a blank end for the purposes of retaining the last rock advantage for the next end of play.
Bonspiel A curling competition.
Board Weight A stone thrown with sufficient momentum or force to reach the back boards of the curling sheet. Synonymous with bumper weight.
Bump A short raise.
Bumper Weight Delivery speed that should come to rest against the bumper behind the hack Synonymous with board weight.
Burned Stone A stone in motion that is touched by a member of either team, or any part or portion of their equipment. A burned stone is immediately removed from play by the party who burned it.
Button The small circle in the center of the house.
Chip To hit only a slight portion of a stone.
Chip-and-Roll

When a moving stone chips another stone and moves (rolls) to rest at a different position.

Control Weight A takeout shot that is slow enough that the sweepers have relative control over its curl; faster than board weight, but slower than normal takeout weight
Counter A rock in the house which is in a scoring position.
Curl The line of travel the stone takes after delivery. A stone will seldom travel along the sheet in a straight line, unless it travels along a run or a fall. Generally stones curl more with less weight and less with more weight.
Dead Handle A stone that loses its turn after delivery or, which is thrown without a turn.
Drag When two rocks are frozen, hitting the top rock at an angle creates a drag effect that affects the direction of the second rock; the friction between the two frozen rocks makes the first rock "drag" the second rock slightly towards the same direction; hitting the top rock on the right makes the bottom rock move more to the left while hitting it on the left makes it move more to the right.
Draw The amount of ice that a stone curls when traveling down the sheet. A type of shot that requires draw weight.
Draw Weight The weight required to deliver a stone so that it comes to rest in the house at the distant end.
End The period of a curling game that is completed when each team has thrown eight stones. A complete game consists of a specific number of ends, usually eight, ten or twelve.
Fall A section of the curling sheet that is sloped which can cause a moving stone to curl in the opposite direction than intended.
Guard A stone that is placed in a position so that it can protect another stone from being hit.
Hack The foot-hold from which the stone is delivered.
Hack Weight The weight required to deliver a stone in order that it travels to the hack at the distant end.
Heavy A stone delivered with more weight than required to successfully achieve the desired shot.
Heavy Ice Ice that for one of many reasons requires more than the normal weight to slide the stone.
Hit Weight Another term for take-out weight.
Hog Line The wide black line 33 feet from the hack. A stone must completely cross the distant hog line to be in play.
Hogged Rock A rock that fails to slide over the distant hog line after delivery and must be removed from play.
House The four colored rings at each end of the sheet.
Ice The distance between where a delivered rock must be aimed (the skip's broom at the distant end) and the intended target or its final resting place, in order to successfully achieve the desired shot. The amount of curl for the type of shot determines the required amount of ice.
In-Turn The rotation imparted on a stone during delivery that causes it to spin in a clockwise direction for a right hander, and a counter-clockwise direction for a left hander.
Keen Ice Ice that for one of many reasons requires less than the normal weight to slide the stone.
Lead The first player on a team to deliver stones during each and every end.
Light A stone delivered with less weight than required to successfully achieve the desired shot.
Lost Turn A stone that has no turn on the handle and thus, does not curl.
Narrow

Delivering a stone to the inside of the skip's broom. (also refer to as - off the broom)

Normal Weight  Normal takeout weight; faster than control weight, but slower than peel.
Off the Broom A stone delivered narrow or wide of the skip's broom. The skip's broom is the point of aim during delivery.
Outside Another term for wide.
Out-Turn The rotation imparted on a stone during delivery that causes it to spin in a counter-clockwise direction for a right hander, and a clockwise direction for a left hander.
Pebble A fine spray of water droplets applied to the sheet before the start of each game. Curling stones slide along the frozen pebble, not on smooth ice.
Peel Weight A stone delivered with heavy take-out weight.
Port An opening between two stones that is wide enough for another stone to pass through.
Raise When one stone is bumped ahead by another.
Rink A team of four curlers. Also, the building in which the game is played.
Roll The direction a moving stone takes after it hits another stationary stone.
Rub When a moving stone barely touches another stationary stone. (Less contact than a chip)
Run A section of the curling sheet that is dipped or troughed that can prevent a stone to curl or draw down it's normal path of travel.
Second The second player on a team to deliver stones during each and every end. The second follows the lead.
Sheet The strip of ice upon which the game is being played. A curling club will have several sheets of ice to play on.
Shot Rock The stone closest to the button at any time during an end.
Skip The fourth player on a team to deliver a stone during each and every end. The skip usually directs the strategy during the game.
Swingy Ice Ice that for one of many reasons has a more than normal draw.
Take-out To completely remove another stone from play by hitting it with another.
Take-out Weight The weight required when delivering a stone in order to make at take-out.
Tee-Line The line that passes through the button of the house across the width of the sheet.
Third The third player on a team to deliver stones during each and every end. The third follows the second.
Tight Another term for narrow.
Turn The direction of rotation imparted on a stone during delivery that determines the curl of the stone. The two turns used in curling are the in-turn and out-turn.
Vice, Vice-Skip Another term for the third.
Weight The force or momentum transferred to a curling stone during delivery.
Wick Another term for chip.
Wide Delivering a stone to the outside of the skip's broom. (also refer to as - off the broom)
Wrecked Shot A missed shot caused by an accidental chip or wick-off of another stationary stone.

 

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