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Curling 101

About the Sport

Curling has a long and rich history. While its origins are lost in the mists of time, Scottish curlers already were playing the game by the beginning of the 16th century on frozen ponds and lochs.

Their earliest equipment included stones formed by nature, each one unique. These stones often curved, or “curled,” as they slid down the ice, and the players used besoms or brooms to clear snow and debris from the path of the stones.

Today, curling is a game of strategy, finesse and strength, contested by teams generally comprised of four players. The principle of curling is simple – get your stone closer the center of the target circles, called the “house,” than your opponent. Players of all skill levels can participate and compete even at older ages than most sports allow.

Respect, honor and tradition are core elements of the game. Curlers are close knit and you can rely on a warm welcome in curling clubs throughout the world. Camaraderie among players is inherent in the sport and tradition calls for both teams to sit together after a game, discussing what was and what might have been.

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Curling Etiquette


Start with a handshake. At the beginning of the game, greet the members of the opposing team with a handshake, tell them your name, and wish them “Good Curling”.

Finish with a handshake. When the game is over, offer each of the players a hearty handshake and move off the ice. The winning curlers traditionally offer their counterparts some refreshments.

Keep the ice clean. Change your shoes. Sand, grit and dirt are the ice’s worst enemy. The shoes you wear should only be used for curling. Keep them clean.

Compliment good shots, no matter which team makes them. Respect your opponent.

Be ready. Take your position in the hack as soon as your opponent has delivered his/her stone. Keep the game moving; delays detract from the sport.

Be prepared to sweep as soon as your teammate releases the rock.

After delivering your stone, move to the side of the sheet between the “hog “ lines, unless you are the skip. Leads and seconds are not permitted in “house” or “rings”, except when sweeping or to remove the stones after the count has been determined by the vices.

Be courteous. Don’t distract your opponent in the hack. Sweepers should stay on the sidelines between the hog lines when not sweeping.

Place your skip’s rock in front of the hack to help speed up the game.

All games on the ice should run approximately the same time. Therefore, if your game is an end or two behind all other games you should pick up the pace. Each player should be ready to deliver their rock when their skip puts down the broom.



Curling Questions
What's Curling? 
Curling is a team sport played on ice with granite stones.  It's fun for all ages, families and individuals. 
How much does curling cost? 
At the Rice Lake Curling Club (RLCC), 1st and 2nd year curlers pay only $125 for many weeks of fun during the winter. 
How can I learn to curl?
The best way to start curling is to take our LEARN TO CURL CLASS. Our curling class starts the first week in October on Monday and Thursday nights, 6:00PM to 8:00PM
Cost: $25
If joining for a full season the cost will be deducted from your first year dues.

Instructional Videos

Skip Basics #1
Lead Stone Placement
By RLCCRocks
Rice Lake Curling Club members Bill Kind and Joe Knepper discuss/demonstrate different strategies for placement of lead stones and utilization of the free guard rule.
Skip Basics #2
Broom Placement
By RLCCRocks
Rice Lake Curling Club members Bill Kind and Joe Knepper discuss/demonstrate broom placement for takeouts and watching the line while interpreting ice conditions.
Curling Basics
Split Timing
By RLCCRocks
Rice Lake Curling Club members Bill Kind and Joe Knepper discuss stopwatch use as an aid to determine rock weight and need for sweeping.
Stick Delivery
By RLCCRocks
Rice Lake Curling Club members Bill Kind and Joe Knepper discuss and demonstrate use of a delivery stick.
Swept into House
By RLCCRocks
Video demonstrating the use of sweeping to carry the rock into the house.
Curling Sheet Preparation & Cleanliness
By RLCCRocks

Rice Lake Curling Club member and Head Ice Keeper Larry Sharp demonstrates procedures to prep a sheet of ice following game play. Beginning with sweeping/cleaning, followed by pebbling and nipping.

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Rice Lake Curling Club
912 S Wisconsin Ave.
Rice Lake, WI 54868, USA

Phone: 715-234-9812
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