Curling Last Stone Draw Rules

Game Setup

In curling, there are two ways to determine who gets the hammer and what stone color each team gets.

  1. Coinflip
  2. Last Stone Draw (LSD)

Coinflip

A coinflip is executed by the lead from each team. One lead will flip a coin and the other lead will call heads or tails while the coin is in the air. If the lead correctly guesses the side the coin lands on, their team gets to determine which team gets the hammer. If the lead incorrectly guesses the side the coin lands on, the opponent gets to determine which team gets the hammer.

curling coinflip

Last Stone Draw (LSD)

A last stone draw (LSD) is executed by the entire team before the game starts. Each skip will throw a draw to the button. This is performed like a regular shot in curling in which the lead and second will sweep the stone, and the vice will give the line for the skip's shot. An umpire will then measure the distance the stone is from the pin (in inches). If the stone is not in the house, it is given a distance of 73 inches: six feet (for the radius of the 12 foot) plus one inch (since it is not in the house). The team that with the smaller measured distance will win the advantage of the hammer in the first end.

The last stone draw (LSD) is used in competitive play and national and international competition. In some competitions, the skip will throw two shots - one in-turn shot and one out-turn shot - and the combined distance will be added to determine which team will win the advantage of the hammer.


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