How To Score Olympics Curling

When learning how to score Olympics Curling you must consider the layout of the Curling rink and the shape of the granite stone. At the center of the house or field of play is the button. The winning stone will be the nearest to the button and earns a point. Scoring Olympics Curling is exciting especially when the stone are placed so closely together that their positions must be measured.

  1. The scoreboard. The scoreboard for Curling looks similar to the scoreboard for a baseball game. There are 10 ends in Curling and a game is complete when the Curling teams have thrown 16 stones in 10 rounds. The scoreboard is laid out vertically with the number of the end in the first row and the number of points per round of each team in the bottom row.
    Curling Scoreboard
    End        1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10      Final
    Team A
      0 2 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1            7
    Team B
      1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0            4
  2. Points. At the conclusion of each end of play the team with the stone closest to the button, which is in the center of the 4, 8, and 12 foot circles that make up the house, is awarded a point. If a team has 3 stones closest to the button they will be awarded 3 points.  If all the stones in play were victims of a takeout, leaving the house is clear, there are no points awarded.
  3. The stone.  The 42 pound granite stone has a curved bottom. The sides of the stone are also curved. The position of the stone is measured by the outer most edge of the stone not by the position of the bottom of the stone.
  4. Too close to call. When 2 stones are too close in position that it is not possible to determine which is closer a special measuring device is used. The Biter Bar or Measuring Stick is placed in the house with one end resting in the button (the exact center of the house). On the biter bar is an adjustable finger that is set against the first stone to lightly touch the very edge of the stone. The bar is rotated to the next stone. If the finger doesn’t touch the edge of the stone, it is the loser. If the finger touches the stone deeper, the point is awarded to that stone.

Tip: A stone must be touching or in the house to earn a point. Stones outside the house will not count.

Warning: Use caution to never move a stone during the measuring process or during play.



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