Every sport has it’s own special terminology, and curling is no different. If you have been on a curling sheet before, or even if you have just watched curling on TV, you have probably heard a myriad of terms that you are unfamiliar with. Well rest easy because kodiakcurling is here to help everyone with this useful glossary!

  • Backline: This is the line (painted or just envisioned) at the back of the house beyond the deepest part of the outermost ring. Any stones over this line are out of play and henceforth removed.
  • Biter: A stone just barely touching the edge of the outer ring, but it still could score potentially.
  • Blank End: A complete end with no stones from either team in the house (scoring).
  • Bonspiel: A curling tournament, typically held over a weekend.
  • Brush: A type of broom used to sweep in front of a curling stone.
  • Burned Stone: A stone that is touched while in motion by either team (accidentally usually). This stone is immediately stopped and removed from play.
  • Button: The area inside the innermost ring in the house (the center of the bullseye).
  • Curl: The curving movement in either direction (left to right, or right to left) as a stone moves down the ice.
  • Draw Weight: The momentum needed to get a stone into the house at the other end of the sheet.
  • End: A portion of a curling match where both teams have thrown their 8 stones each towards the house.
  • Guard: A curling stone left generally in front of the house in order to protect a scoring stone in the house.
  • Hacks: The foot-holds at each end that a thrower begins his/her shot from.
  • Heavy: A curling stone delivered with more momentum than intended.
  • Hit: Using your curling stone to hit the other team’s curling stone and move it (generally out of play).
  • Hog Line: A line on the ice 33 feet from the hacks that throwers must release the stone before crossing, or else the stone is taken out of play. Also, the stone must pass the corresponding hog line at the other end of the curling sheet to remain in play.
  • House: A term for the scoring rings (bulls eye) that the players attempt to get their stones into to score.
  • In-Turn: A turning of the stone at release that causes the stone to rotate in a clockwise direction for a right handed player, the opposite for a left handed player.
  • Out-Turn: The opposite of an in-turn, a counter-clockwise rotation for a right handed player, clockwise for a left handed player.
  • Pebble: A light spray of water that is applied to the curling sheet before play which helps to reduce friction of the ice and increase curl.
  • Raise: Tapping one stone with another stone so as to move the first stone forward (generally into a scoring position where it was outside of the scoring position before).
  • Roll: The movement of a curling stone after it hits another stone, i.e. where the hitting stone eventually winds up.
  • Sheet: The playing surface that the sport of curling is played upon.
  • Shot Rock: At any point during a curling end, this is the curling stone that is closest to the dead-center of the button.
  • Slider: The slippery material either stepped upon, or built into one curling shoe which aids a thrower in delivering the stone.
  • Take Out: Hitting a stone with another stone with enough force so as to take the first stone out of play.
  • Tee Line: A line that crosses the very center of the button.
  • Weight: Amount of force the thrower applies to the curling stone in delivery.