Curlingis a sport where players throw 42 pounds stones down a 150 foot sheet of ice. Curling originated in Scotland, and came over to North America during European emigration to the United States. The sport has continued to spread across Europe, and is now becoming increasingly popular in Asia. With the addition of the Mixed Doubles format - in which one male and one female play on a team - there are a number of additional opportunities to further spread the culture of curling across the world.
The goal of the game is to score more points than your opponent by throwing your stones into a series of concentric circles, known as the house. In addition to throwing stones, two of the teammates will sweep the stone as it travels down the ice. In curling, each team is throwing stones into the house so that they can score points. The team that scores the most points after completing eight or ten ends will win the game. To successfully score points, teams will utilize various strategies depending on which team has the hammer and which end is being played.
Game Format and Duration
A game of curling is broken down into eight ends, in which the two teams alternate throwing each of their eight stones, for a total of 16 stones thrown per end. In more competitive play, ten ends will likely be played. Since the curling sheet is symmetric, teams will throw their stones towards one side of the sheet in an end, and then throw their stones towards the other side of the sheet in the next end. This cycle repeats until eight (or ten) ends have been played.