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Frequently Asked Questions


What is Curling?

The latest rage at the Winter Olympics, this ancient and venerable sport originated on the frozen ponds and lochs of 16th century Scotland. A TEAM sport, curling is both competitive and social yet steeped in a tradition of etiquette and fair play.

Each player throws or slides a 42lb.curling stone with a handle attached to its topside down a sheet of specially prepared ice. The immediate goal is to have your rock come to rest on the spot that the team captain or "skip" has requested. The ultimate goal is for the four-person team to have their rock(s) closest to the center of the target or "house". Curling is often referred to as 'chess on ice'. While the basics of curling are simple to learn, the finesse and strategy of "the roaring game" are never fully mastered.

Do I have to know how to ice skate?

No, curlers do not use ice skates and no skating ability is required. Instead curlers use special rubber-soled curling shoes. A "slider" generally made of Teflon is either attached to or slipped under one shoe.

What's with the brooms?

To understand the sweeping, it helps to have an understanding of the ice and the rock first. "Pebbling" or spraying a fine mist of water droplets prepares the ice for a game. The rock which is thrown with a slight twist, rides up on the "pebble" and will travel or "curl" in the direction of it's rotation. The sweeping causes a slight melting of the ice, thereby reducing the friction along the path of the stone. The harder the rock is swept, the further and straighter it will travel. It's important to note that every player on the team is involved with each stone that is played.

What's so special about the rocks?

The bottom of the rock is not flat, but concave and the actual running surface of the rock is only about 1/4" to 1/2" wide. This small running surface must combine with the rotation, the pebble and the sweeping to make the shot a success. The stones are made of polished granite quarried only on Ailsa Craig, an island off the coast of Scotland.

How can I join in?

The best way is to join us at one of our open houses. See our calendar on the home page for the next Open House!

We are VERY FRIENDLY and WELCOME NEW CURLERS. If you are interested and unable to attend an open house please feel free to contact us at (978) 724-3210 or email petershamcurling@gmail.com

What should I wear to curl?

Dress in warm loose layers. Avoid tight or binding clothing. Bring a pair of clean, flat, rubber-soled shoes. Please do not wear the same shoes outside as you wear on the ice as dirt and debris will ruin the ice. You do not need any special equipment!

How long does it take to play a game?

Most games are about 2 hours. In addition, you should arrive about 10 minutes before your game, and be prepared to stay and socialize after the game. For many, this is the best part of curling!

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