How to play 3

Recreational Curling

Wheelchair curling is a sport for everyone.  Curling is a game of skill, strategy and luck that is played on ice.  Above all, it is a fun game that can played by anyone regardless of age.

The folks at the website have some excellent instructional videos.

The Canadian Curling Association has produced an introduction video.


A WheelchairYour chair must have working brakes.

A curling stick – is provided by the club.  However, if you with to purchase your own curling stick, please talk to a member as there are several options available to you.

 Warm clothes – the temperature in the curling rink must be cold enough to keep the ice form melting.  With that in mind we recommend layering your clothes and wearing a hat and mitts in order to keep nice and warm.

Curling Rink diagram


Here are some terms and phrases you may hear while curling. Additional terminology  can be found at wikipedia ( and at the ( site.

  • back end – A team’s third and skip, considered as a unit.
  • back of the House – The portion of the house behind the tee line.
  • bonspiel –  A curling competition or tournament.
  • button Is the circle in the centre of the house.
  • CCA – Stands for the Canadian Curling Association.
  • competition – Is a play down involving any number of teams playing games to determine a winner.
  • counting stone Is any stationary stone in the house that is
    closer to the tee than any stationary stone of the opposing team.
  • curl – Is the amount that the rock bends while rocks travels down the sheet of ice.
  • delivered stone – Is a stone that is in motion from the moment that it has reached the nearer tee line and been released, until it has come to rest or is out of
  • delivering team Is the team who is in control of the house and whose turn it is to deliver.
  • draw weight –
  • end Is the part of the game in which two opposing teams each deliver eight
    stones alternately and then determine the score.
  • guard – A stone that is place in a position so that it may protect another stone.
  • game – Is  a  play between two teams to determine a winner.
  • hack – Is the ends of the ice where the stone is delivered.
  • house – Is the area within the outside circle at each end of the sheet.
  • in turn – Is the rotation that is applied to the stick to turn the handle of the stone which causes the stone to rotate in a clock wise rotation.
  • Jitney – An informal curling outing.  Not part of regular play and, too small to be considered a bonspiel.
  • Lead – The first person on each team to deliver the first set of stones in each end.
  • out-turn Is the rotation that is applied to the stick to turn the handle of the stone that caused the stone to rotate in a counter clockwise rotation.
  • Second – Is the second curler on the team that delivers the second set of stones for their team.
  • sheet – Is the area within the outside circle at each end of the sheet.
  • Skip – Is the last curler  to deliver the last set of stones for their team.  This player decides the strategy, and direct the play for the team.
  • stone set in motion – Is a stone in motion whose movement from a
    stationary position, in play, is caused by a delivered stone or another stone
    previously set in motion.
  • Third or Vice skip – Is the third person to deliver the third set of stones.  The third takes on the duties of the skip. Only while the skip is delivering his set of stones.


Once all 16 stones are delivered in an end, the team with the rock closest to the button is the winner of the end. The winning team gets one point for each of their rocks that is closer to the button than the opponent’s closest rock.  Only rocks within the house count.

Official Canadian Curling Association wheelchair curling rules

  1. Stones are delivered from a stationary wheelchair and the stone must be positioned completely within 18 inches(45.72 cm) of the centre line. Curling clubs that have active wheelchair programs or clubs hosting wheelchair competitions should install two (2) lines eighteen (18) inches (45.72 cm) on either side of the centre line running from the inside edge of the hog line to the outside edge of the twelve  (12) foot circle.
  2. During delivery, the wheels of the chair must be in direct contact with the ice and the feet of the player delivering the stone must not touch the ice surface during delivery.
  3. The delivery of the stone is undertaken by the conventional arm/hand release or by the use of an approved delivery stick.
  4. Stones must be released from the hand or stick before the stone reaches the hog line at the delivering end.
  5. A stone is in play when it reaches the hog line at the delivering end. A stone that has not reached the hog line at the delivering end may be returned to the player and redelivered.


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3 thoughts on “How to play

    • Sara

      If your rock is picking imildmateey after leaving your hand, then I would humbly suggest that it is not due to the ice, but some debris on the ice. Invest in a wide broom, and clean the ice TWICE before you play.Arena ice sucks, but people play on arena ice all the time without those kinds of problems. The biggest problem with arena ice is often that it is straight in other words, the rocks don’t curl much, but there’s not much you can do about that unless you have a day to turn the hockey ice into real curling ice. Most arena ice clubs also allow people to wear street shoes on the ice. From what I’ve seen, the overwhelming majority of people aren’t wearing real curling shoes. That is a recipe for getting debris on the ice. If people are going to wear street shoes on the ice they need to clean the HECK out of them before stepping on.

  • David Long

    Updates suggestions for your Curling Terminology:

    Draw: a shot that ends up in the house

    Hit: Hit – A take-out. Removal of a stone from the playing area by hitting it with another stone.

    Sheet: See curling rink diagram