How To Read A Curling Scoreboard

Curling is divided up into 8-10 ends. An end consists of each team alternating throwing 8 stones each (in the order as described above). After all 16 stones have been thrown (8 from each team), the end is scored. The score also affects which team gets the hammer, which is the last shot advantage for the next end.

The Scoreboard

In curling, the scoreboard keeps track of the score for the entire game. The score is updated on an end-by-end basis. There are two types of scoreboards in curling, ones that have the ends on top and ones that have the ends in the middle. Both scoreboards keep track of the score, but show it in different ways.

Ends on Top

If you have seen a scoreboard while watching curling on television, you have seen a scoreboard where the ends are listed on top. The numbers one through ten are arranged in order. Usually, a curling game will last ten ends. Sometimes, you will see an 11 on the scoreboard in case the score is tied after ten ends and another end is needed to determine the winner.

On the far left of the scoreboard are the team names. One of the team names is followed by an asterisk or hammer. This indicates which team had the hammer in the first end. We will learn about the hammer later on in Curling Scoring.

Lastly, the right side of the scoreboard has a space for the total score.

On this type of scoreboard, the score for each end is posted. The score will show which team scored, and the number of points scored. The team that didn't score receives a score of zero for that end. If neither team scored, both teams receive a score of zero for that end.

Score in the Middle

Another type of scoreboard in curling is much different than what you are used to seeing on television. This scoreboard contains the score in the middle of the scoreboard, typically up to 16 or 18 points. On the left side of the scoreboard, there is a team name above and below the score, with a space to indicate which team had the hammer in the first end.

Instead of a score being posted, the cumulative score is posted on an end-by-end basis. For example, if Team A scored 2 points in the first end, and 1 point in the second end, a "1" would be above the "2" on the score, and a "2" would be above the "3" on the score. Since 2+1=3, and the most recent end for Team A appears above the "3", then it is correct that Team A has 3 points. Then, if Team B scored 3 points in the third end, the "3" would go below the "3" on the score line.

To summarize this type of scoreboard, your cumulative score is maintained, and your end-by-end score can be determined from reading the scoreboard. This type of scoreboard is helpful because you can see which team is winning faster than calculating the scores from previous ends.