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A registered, non-playing member of the team who is eligible to substitute for a playing team member.
A line at the back of the house, extending across the width of the sheet, which is parallel to and located 1.829 m. (6 ft.) from each tee line.
An end resulting in no score for either team because at the end of this end no stone is in the house. A stone is in the house if it lies within the twelve foot (3.7 m) zone or any portion of it's edge lies over the edge of the ring.
A term used to describe the stone which will be the last stone delivered in that end; also called the "hammer."
The line dividing the playing surface down the middle. It joins the midpoints of the tee lines and extends 3.658 m. (12 ft.) beyond the center of each tee line.
The team that is currently in control of the playing area, and scheduled to deliver the next stone.
State of a sheet of ice where the sides are slightly elevated compared to the center, so that a cross section of the ice would look like a cross section of a dish; this sometimes happens near the end of a week-long tournament because the pebbling motion tends to apply more pebbles to the side, while sweeping during games happens more often near the center and wears down the ice more in that region; when there is a dish, rocks will curl more towards the center and less away from the center.
A portion of a curling game that is completed when each team has thrown eight stones and/or the score has been decided. Tournament style games usually run for 10 ends.
Free Guard Zone
The area at the playing end, between the hog line and the tee line, but excluding the house.
Buildup that can occur on ice surfaces when there is excessive humidity in the air; tends to makes stones stop faster and curl less.
The foot-hold at each end of the ice which is used by a player to start the delivery of a curling stone.
The part of the stone held by the player; used to describe the desired direction of rotation of the handle (and therefore the stone) upon release in a given delivery; "Losing the handle" refers to a stone which stops curling or which changes direction of curl while moving.
Hit and Roll
A stone that knocks an opponent's stone out of play, and then rolls to another position in play.
Hit and Stay
A takeout where the played stone stays in the spot where it made contact with the stationary stone; also called nose hit.
A line extending across the width of the sheet that is parallel to and located 6.40 m. (21 ft.) from each tee line.
Hog Line Violation
A stone that is removed from play for the end because it was not released before it reached the hog line at the delivering end.
A stone that is removed from play for the end because after being delivered it did not come to rest completely beyond the inside edge of the hog line at the playing end.
A hit on a stone that's off the center line that causes the thrown stone to come "in" toward the center of the house off of the stone that was outside the center of the sheet.
The rotation applied to the handle of a stone by a right handed curler which causes the stone to rotate in a clockwise manner.
An instrument that determines which stone is closer to the center of the house (tee), or whether a stone is in the house.
A stone delivered off the broom too close to the desired target and therefore likely to curl past it.
A shot in which the player curls the stone in the opposite direction in which the stone is expected to curve due to significant defects in flatness of the ice surface; for example, if the curvature of the ice causes all stones to drift sharply to the right, a skip may request the shooter to aim to the left of the desired location and curve the stone to the left as well.
A rock delivered without a turn, usually done in error; stones thrown without a handle often follow an unpredictable path.
A takeout where the played stone stays in the spot where it made contact with the stationary stone; also called a "hit and stay."
The rotation applied to the handle of a stone by a right handed curler which causes the stone to rotate in a counter-clockwise manner.
Small droplets of water intentionally sprayed on the ice that cause irregularities on the surface, allowing the rocks to curl. Also a verb; the action of depositing water droplets on the ice, as "to pebble the ice between games."
A takeout that removes a stone from play as well as the delivered stone. These are usually intentional, such as for blanking an end.
When a rock's running surface travels over a foreign particle such as a hair, causing the rock to deviate from its expected path, usually by increasing friction and thereby the amount of curl.
Another name for a raise; usually means to raise a guard into the house and make it a potential counter.
Reading the Ice
When a curler considers how the condition of a sheet of ice will influence the path of a thrown stone, similar to how a golfer reads the undulations and texture of a green before determining where and how hard to hit a putt.
When a stone is thrown with a particular turn, but it eventually stops and begins to rotate in the opposite direction; usually the result of a pick or poor ice conditions. Sometimes it may even reverse twice in one shot, creating unpredictable shots that follow an S-shaped path.
A call given by the skip to tell the sweepers to neither sweep nor clean the rock; as compared to off!, which tells the sweepers to stop sweeping but not necessarily to stop cleaning.
1. A curling team. Often used with a location ("the Manitoba rink") or the name of the skip ("the Smith rink"). 2. A building housing the ice sheets ("the curling rink"). 3. Sometimes used as a synonym for sheet.
The device thrown by curlers during the game. It is made of granite and has a standard weight of 19.6 kg (44 lb). Also called a stone.
A section of the curling sheet that is dipped or troughed that can prevent a stone to curl or draw down its normal path of travel.
A shot in which the delivered stone bumps a second stone which in turn knocks a third stone out of play.
The part of the rock which comes in contact with the ice. It is about 7 mm wide (0.25 inches).
A device used by the Ice maker to smooth the ice after a period of extended play; usually performed in conjunction with pebbling.
The player who throws the third and fourth rocks for a team; on most teams they also sweep for all other players on their team.
A wide brush, traditionally made of sheepskin, which is used to clean the ice of any loose debris, typically during the mid-game break (commonly after the 5th end of tournament play).
Shot Rock / Shot Stone
The rock in the house closest to the button; the next closest rocks are second shot and third shot. To "be shot" means to have shot rock.
The player who calls the shots and traditionally throws the last two rocks; typically the best player on the team. As a verb, to "skip" means to lead one's rink,
A piece of Teflon or similar material attached to a curling shoe that allows the player to slide along the ice.
A type of release that makes the rock curl more, usually by imparting less rotation to the handle.
A stone traveling with a rapid rotation. Stones thrown in this manner will curl only a small amount, if at all.
A draw shot in which the played stone hits on the side of a stationary stone and both move sideways and stay in play. Not to be confused with split the house.
Split the House
A strategy of drawing to a different area of the house to prevent your opponent from taking out both stones.
Stacking the Brooms
Slang for socializing with teammates and opponents, often over a drink, after a game.
The center point of the house, where the tee line crosses the center line; the stones' distances from the tee determine the score for each end. Also called the pin.
The line that goes across the house intersecting with the middle of the button, splitting it into two halves.
Thick / Thin
The degree of contact between two rocks; the thicker the hit, the more contact between the stones; a hit with a small amount of contact is thin.
A shot that bumps a guard out of the way without removing it from play, to avoid violating the Free Guard Zone Rule; usually played with lead rocks late in a game to prevent the trailing team from setting up a steal.
Command shouted by a skip – sometimes "off!" or "whoa!" – to tell sweepers to stop sweeping (to bring the brooms "up" off the ice).
Vice or Vice-Skip
The player who discusses strategy with the skip behind the house and holds the broom while the skip throws his rocks; usually plays third; also known as mate.
The amount of speed with which a rock is delivered; more weight corresponds to a harder throw. When used in a phrase such as "tee-line weight", it refers to the delivery speed required for the rock to come to rest on the tee-line.
A shot where the played stone touches a stationary stone just enough that the played stone changes direction.
A stone delivered off the broom to the side away from the desired target, and therefore unlikely to curl far enough to reach it.
A stone that rocks from side to side as it travels because it is not resting on its running surface.