Curling Rules and Regulations
Curling has a long tradition and has many fans worldwide. However, many people think it is the dullest sport every invented; next to golf and baseball. If you learn the rules and regulations you will find that this game is as exciting as any sport can be. Personally, I love to watch curling, especially during the Winter Olympics; it can get very exciting especially if you are rooting for your country's team. And, did you see the Norwegian team's pants in 2010? They started a worldwide trend; how can you call that boring?
I believe a love of curling is in my blood. I am Scottish by birth and Canadian by nationality; two important curling countries.
History of Curling
Curling is believed to have begun in Scotland in the Middle Ages, although other European countries dispute this fact; it was first mentioned in writing in 1540 by John McQuhin of Paisley. A sport very similar to curling also appears in the paintings of Pieter Brueghel the younger (1564-1636).
The first curling clubs were formed in Scotland and the Grand Caledonian Curling Club based in Edinburgh wrote the first "rules in curling" in 1838.
Curling was a part of the first Winter Olympic Games at Chamonix in 1924; three teams took part and Great Britain came out on top. In the next Olympic Games in 1932 curling was included as a demonstration sport and only two teams competed, the US and Canada; Canada won. Now the sport is fully represented at the Winter Olympic Games.
The Rules of Curling
Curling is played on ice, the field is called a curling sheet. The size of the curling sheet ranges from 146-150 feet long and 14.5-16.5 feet wide. Two rings are painted at each end of the sheet, creating a target of three rings and a bullseye.
There are 10 ends in each curling game divided between two teams; all throws by each team must take no longer than 73 minutes. Each team is allowed two 60 second time outs. Play starts with one team player throwing a curling stone towards the target area, trying to land their stone in that target. The stone is helped along the way by sweepers who sweep the ice surface to control its direction. Each team gets two consecutive throws. The goal of the next team to throw is to get their stones in the target but also to knock the opponents stones out of the area. Points are scored depending on where the stones come to a stop.
Curling stones weigh between 38-44 lbs and have a handle on top. They are no larger than 36 inches in circumference and 4.5 inches high.
The sweeping part of curling brooms used to be straw but now is more often than not made of synthetic materials. Curling shoes have one non-stick sole and a slider sole; however, there are covers that can be placed over shoes creating a slider sole.
Men with Brooms
Men with Brooms is a 2002 movie that stars Paul Gross and Leslie Neilsen. It's the story of a Canadian curling team who reunite for a championship tournament to honor their recently deceased coach. It's a great introduction to the game of curling and it is hilarious.