These are our home-made stones. These are the first batch that we have made up. We have two sizes currently: 8 stones that are roughly 34lbs and 8 that are 26lbs. The weight determines how the stone performs on the sheet. Creating your own homemade stones is pretty easy. I would love to say that these are our own design but we got the idea from some other folks online at http://www.mindenoutersclub.com
. They have a whole work up of how they did it and our constuction was pretty much the same. They also have a new link on their site that will take you to a whole Google forum of others making their own stones.http://groups.google.com/group/moc-make-your-own-curling-stones All of the designs will run you anywhere from $13-$20 a stone, just depends how fancy you wanna get. Remember you will be thowing these things against each other so try not to get too attached to their beauty. They are pretty.
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This is our "house". The house is the bullseye of curling. The coloring of our house has been painted on the ice with a mixture of food coloring and Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. The actual center of the house is a bottle cap melted into the ice. An intense Match requires a point of reference to measure stone placement and diffuse squabbles. Here is a link to a web page that tells you the offical dementions of a curling "sheet":http://www.mycurling.com/Articles/curlingsheet.html
The curling "sheet" is the name of the entire playing surface.
The D.A2.C.C. currently has only created one sheet. We figure that it is 50-60 feet from hack to button. It is a one house sheet meaning that you get tons of exercise at the end of each end by retriving the stones that you have thrown.
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"Sweep" up the lingo !
Courtesy of http://www.curlingschool.com/manual2007/AppendixA.html
LEAD: The player who throws fi rst for the team, then sweeps for the other players.
SECOND: The player who throws second. The second has more shots to choose from, which can make this
position diffi cult. The second then sweeps for the rest of the team.
VICE-SKIP: The Vice-Skip must be able to make all differnt kinds of shots whenever they are needed. The
most diffi cult position on the team, because they are called upon to make diffi cult shots.
SKIP: The Skip provides overall direction and strategy to the team as the team captain. The Skip throws
last and close up the game.
BITER A: A stone barely touching the 12-foot ring.
BLANK END: Neither team scores in the end.
BONSPIEL: A curling tournament.
BURNED STONE: A stone touched while in motion.
BUTTON: The smallest ring in the house. It is two feet in diameter, also called the “pot”.
CCA: Canadian Curling Association
CENTER GUARD: A rock short and in the center of the sheet
CORNER GUARD: A rock short of the house and to the side
DELIVERY: The process of throwing a stone.
DRAW: A shot that comes to rest within the house.
EIGHT END: An end where all eight stones are counting
END: When sixteen stones have come to rest, similar to an inning in baseball.
FREEZE: A stone coming to rest touching another stone.
FREE GUARD ZONE: The area between the hog line and the tee line, excluding the house.
FREE GUARD ZONE: The rule that states that an opponent’s rock cannot be RULE removed from play until
four rocks have come to rest.
GUARD: A shot that comes to rest in front of another stone for protection.
HACK: The pieces of rubber you push off from at either end of the sheet.
HAMMER: The last shot of the end.
HOGGER: A shot that comes to rest short or on the hog line and is removed from play.
HOG LINE: The thick black line 33 feet from the hack.
HOUSE: The area within the outside circle at either end of the sheet.
IN-TURN: A stone that rotates clockwise for a right handed player.
OUT-TURN: A stone that rotates counter clock-wise for a right handed player.
PEBBLE: The frozen bumps on the ice that the stones ride on.
PEEL: A hard takeout designed to remove guards.
RINK: A curling team.
RIGHT OFF: Stop cleaning, we need a pick
RUN BACK: Driving a front rock back onto another
SHEET: The total playing area for one game.
SPINNER: A rock thrown with excessive spin.
STEAL: Scoring a point without last rock advantage.
TAKE-OUT: A shot thrown hard enough to remove another stone from play. Also called a “HIT”.
TEE LINE: The line that intersects the house at the center line.
THE “TOSS”: The toss of the coin to determine last rock in the fi rst end.
TICK: Moving a rock a short distance with heavier weight
USCA: The United States Curling Association. The main offi ces are in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.
WCF: World Curling Federation
WCT: World Curling Tour
WICK: Running rock grazing a stationary rock