HISTORY

Curling is one of the most popular sports in world. Otherwise it is called as “Chess on ice”. It was invented in Scotland in the 16th century in the Royal Court. Now it is played in various countries like Canada, US, Newzeland, Sweden & Switzerland.

RULES AND REGULATION

The main objective of this game is to slide a granite stone into a target area at the other end of a long, thin strip of ice which constitutes pitch.The team that propels their rocks maximum times closest to the center that wins.

Curling is played between two teams of four using eight granite stones each. The “pitch” is a flat, smooth area of ice measuring 45-46m long and 4.4-5m wide. There is a “house” at each end, a circular target made up of a blue outer circle with a 12ft diameter, a white circle inside that with a diameter of eight feet and a red circle with a diameter of four feet.Teams of four take it in turns to curl two rocks towards the target area with the scores being counted after all 16 rocks have been sent down the ice.

Sweeping may be done by two members of the team up to the tee line, while after that point only one player can brush. After the tee one player from the opposing side may also sweep.

International matches have a time limit of 73 minutes per side with two timeouts lasting a minute each. 10 minutes and one timeout are permitted per extra end in the event of a tie.

The stone must be released its front edge crosses a line called the hog. Foul throws are removed from the ice before they have come to rest or in contact with other rocks.

A stone touched or moved when in play by a player or their broom will either be replaced or removed depending on the situation.

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