MARLA'S CURLING TIP OF THE WEEK
The only time a stone is left on the Hogline is... when a delivered stone makes contact with a stone that is just over the Hogline.
With last rock, Skips should direct play to the sides of the sheet to keep the center open for a final draw shot. Without last rock, Skips should direct play to the center of the sheet to take away the path to the four foot for the opposition.
To help pick up the speed of play, sweepers should move their skips stone to the hack while they wait for the skip to make their way down the ice. Also as a precaution to prevent picks, sweepers may like to sweep the delivery path while the person in the hack is cleaning their stone.
For Skips and Thirds - Hold the broom along the tee line when calling draw shots, even for guards. This will give you a good reference point for calling future shots. Also hold the broom directly in front of your body so the person delivering has a single target.
If a delivered stone is touched (burned) between the hoglines, it is removed from play immediately. If it is burned after it crosses the far hogline, allow the rock to continue until all rocks come to rest. The non-offending team may choose to either (a) allow the play to stand, (b) remove the touched stone and replace all affected stones as close as possible to their original position or (c) place the touched stone and all stones it would have affected where they reasonably consider the stones would have come to rest had the violation not occurred.
Take your glove off of your delivering hand for your two stones; this will give you much better feel and control.
Also regularly brush your broom head clean over the garbage cans at each end of the ice using the brushes provided. This helps keep debris off the ice surface.
Sweeping must be a back and forth motion (no snowplowing), and you cannot just lift your broom off the ice in front of the rock, this can drop debris in the rocks path. Lift to one side or the other when completing the sweeping motion. A stationary stone must be set in motion before any sweeping may occur.
Sweepers should judge the speed of the stone, the Skip should judge the line, communication of both speed and line is the KEY to executing a great shot.
All curlers should remain outside the house area until the Thirds have agreed on the score. The Third on the scoring team is responsible for posting the score. The Lead on the scoring team should get prepared for their delivery while the remaining Lead, Seconds and Thirds push the rocks into the corners.
If you curl 2-3 times a week, your gripper wears down that much quicker and should be replaced each year to avoid leaving rubber debris on the ice. Even once a week curlers should replace their gripper every other year.
Only Skips and Thirds are allowed to stand in the house area, they should stand still, well back of the house, and ensure their brooms are held off the ice while their opposition is preparing to throw. Leads and Seconds should position themselves between the hog lines well to the side of the playing surface when their team is not delivering.
When the buzzer sounds you will finish the End you are playing and complete one more End. An End is not considered to be in progress until the first rock has been delivered past the delivering End Tee line.
To pick up the speed of play, curlers should always be ready to throw when it is their turn to deliver and ready to sweep when another member of their team is delivering.
Behind the Tee line at the playing end, only one player from each team may sweep at any one time. If it is your own stone it can be any player, if it is an oppositions stone only the skip or vice skip may sweep. The front edge of the Stone must reach the Tee line before any sweeping can take place.
Use the boot boy at the complex entrance to take off any salt or snow from outdoor shoes, thus giving us less debris and puddles in the concession area where we put on our indoor shoes/curling shoes. Then be sure to use the boot boy at the rink doors before entering ice area.
Keep your stone at the 10:00 o'clock or 2:00 o'clock position (depending on the turn called) until the last metre of your slide, this is when you put the turn on your stone and bring the handle to the 12:00 o'clock position for your release.
If you have a No Lift Delivery, be sure to bring your stone straight back to your hack foot toe, to aid in your line of delivery to aim directly at the broom.
D0 NOT leave your hands or knees or any part of your body on the ice for an extended period of time. This causes a flat spot on the ice that will affect the rocks as they cross that area.
A buzzer sounds at 6:40 to start play. It is a good habit to head out into the rink area at 6:40 to do your practice slides, the coin toss and shake hands so that the first rock can be thrown by 6:45. This increases the chances you will finish 8 ends in the allotted time.
Always cool your slider down by sliding back and forth behind the hack prior to taking a practice slide out of the hack. This prevents wearing the pebble down in the house with a warm slider.