Backboards

The boards behind the hack at either end of the playing area.

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Blank End

An end that is scoreless.

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Bonspiel

A curling tournament.

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Burying a Stone

Placing a shot behind a guard so no part of the rock shows from the other end.

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Button

The innermost circle surrounding the tee. The button is usually one foot in diameter.

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Center Line

A line drawn from one hack to the other, passing through the tee at both ends of the ice.

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Circles

The round scoring area, 12 feet in diameter, with concentric circles 1, 4, and 8 feet in diameter.

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Come Around

A shot that curls around a guard.

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Coming Home

Playing the final end of a game.

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Counter

A stone that is in a scoring position.

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Curl

The rotating movement of a stone caused by turning the handle.

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Delivery

The act of throwing a rock.

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Double

Removing two stones from play with one shot.

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Draw

Although a draw is normally into the house, any rock where the speed will make it stop between hog line and back line.

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Eight-ender

An end in which a team has scored the maximum possible number of points.

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End

A division of the game. An end is complete when all sixteen rocks (eight per team) have been thrown. A club game is usually six or eight ends, or about one&ahalf to two hours long.

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Extra End

An additional end played to break a tie at the end of regulation play.

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Freeze

A draw that finishes touching or nearly touching another rock.

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Front End

The lead and second player on a curling team.

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Guard

A rock between the hog line and the house that can be used to protect rocks in the house.

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Hack

The rubber starting block embedded in the ice from which the curler begins deliver of a stone.

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Hammer

The last rock in an end.

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Heavy

A stone that is delivered with more than the desired amount of weight or force.

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Heavy Ice

Opposite of fast or keen ice. Heavy ice requires a stone to be thrown with more than normal weight.

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Hit

A rock intended to collide with another rock.

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Hit and Roll

A takeout that removes a stone, hitting it off center and then moving to a target area.

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Hit the Broom

When a curler releases his rock directly on the skip's target broom.

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Hog

A stone that stops short of the far hog line.

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Hog Line

A line located 21 feet from each tee. A rock must be released before the near hog line, and travel beyond the far hog line.

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House

The round scoring area, 12 feet in diameter, with concentric circles 1, 4, and 8 feet in diameter.

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Hurry

A call used by some teams to tell the sweepers to sweep quickly.

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In-turn

A rock whose handle is rotated inward toward the body. An in-turn for a right-handed curler rotates clockwise.

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Keen Ice

When little effort is required to deliver the rock. Also known as fast ice.

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Last Rock

The last rock to be thrown in an end.

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Lead

The player who delivers the rink's first two rocks of each end.

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Lie Shot

Having the stone closest to the tee.

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Light

A stone that is delivered with less than the desired weight or force.

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Long Guard

A guard near the hog line.

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Lose Handle

A stone that loses its initial rotating motion during its travel down the rink.

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Narrow

A rock delivered inside the intended line of delivery (between the skip's broom and the target).

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Off the Broom

A stone that is not delivered on the line of the skip's broom.

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On the Broom

A shot that started out on a line toward the skip's broom.

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Out-turn

A rock whose handle is rotated outward or away from the body. An outturn for a right-handed curler rotates counter-clockwise.

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Pebble

A light spray of water that freezes on contact with the ice creating small bumps that cut down the amount of the ice surface the rock is in contact with.

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Port

An opening between two or more rocks that is wide enough to allow a stone to pass through.

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Raise

The action of promoting a stone from one position to another closer to or in the house.

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Rings

The circles that make up the house.

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Rink

A curling team that consists of four players: the skip, third (vice-skip), second, and lead. Also refers to the place where curling is played.

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Rock

Stone.

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Roll

The movement of a stone after it hits another stone off center.

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Second

The player who delivers the team's third and fourth rocks.

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Second Shot

The stone that is second-nearest to the tee.

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Sheet

The 146-foot-long area of the ice on which the game is played.

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Shot

The stone that is nearest the tee during the play of an end (also known as shot rock). It may also refer to the playing of a stone (i.e., making a shot).

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Shot Rock

The rock that is closest to the tee.

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Skip

The player who calls the ice and determines the strategy. Almost always plays the last two rocks for his team (but may throw in a different order in some games.

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Slide

The part of the delivery after the curler leaves the hack and moves down the ice completing the throwing of the stone.

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Slider

A slippery device that is worn on the sliding foot during the delivery of a stone. Usually teflon,plastic or stainless steel.

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Steal

What happens when the team that does not have last rock scores a point or points.

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Sweeping

Using a brush to polish the ice in an effort to alter the action of the rock.

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Takeout

A type of shot that removes another rock from play.

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Tee

The center point of the house.

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Tee Line

A line passing through the tee at right angles to the center line.

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Third

The player who delivers the team's fifth an sixth rocks and assists the skip in strategy and ice reading.

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Vice-skip

See third.

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Weight

The amount of force applied to a rock to move it down the ice.

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Wide

A stone that is delivered outside the line of the skip's brush.

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Tee

The center point of the house.