Scoring In A Curling Game

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Curling is originally a Scottish winter sport played between two teams of four members each; it dates far back to the late medieval times. Its main aim is to hurl as many stones as nearer to the tee as possible. The field has two tees kept at a distance on 38 yards. These tees are surrounded with three colored circular rings of diameters four feet, eight feet and twelve feet. A stone has to reach at least the outer most rings to be eligible for a count in the score. The closer the stone is to the tee, the higher points its worth is.

The team with the highest number of accumulated points at the end of ten ends is the winner. After each end is concluded, the points are calculated as follows: after each team is done throwing its stones, the team that has the stone closest to the button wins that end. Following which, the winning team is awarded a point each for every stone which is most closely present to the button than the opponent’s closest stone. Other than the stone closest to the button, the position of all the other stones of the opponent, are of no significance. Only ‘in the house’ stones are considered in the scoring. If a stone lies within the twelve foot zone or any of its portion touches the edge of the ring, then the stone is considered in the house.

Due to the stone’s rounded edge, a stone barely in the house may not have any actual contact with the ring which will pass under the curved edge of the stone. Even then, the stone counts. Such a stone is known as a biter. Just looking at the stone might not tell which of two stones are closer to the centre or if one of them is a biter or not. Special devices are used to determine this distance however this can be done only after the completion of the end. So, a team has a chance to make strategy based decisions during an end, basing them on the assumption of rock positions that may turn out to be incorrect.

The scoreboards used can be of two types. One is the scoreboard similar to the one maintained in baseball and the other is the club scoreboard. The scorecard similar to one used in baseball is extremely appropriate for games that are televised in nature. It is also very simple to understand. It has twelve columns, ten for the ends, plus an extra for tie breakers and the last one for totals. Then there are two rows below, one for each team. The club score board is used traditionally in most of the curling clubs. It needs only up to eleven digit cards. There is a numbered centre row that depicts all possible accumulated scores. If a team scores three points in the first end, them a one is placed adjacent to three in that team’s column. If another two points are scored in the second end then a two will be put up beside the five in the team’s column. However if neither team scores in an end, it is called blank end. The blank end is indicated in a special spot for blank ends generally.

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