Grand Forks Curling Club

1124 7th Avenue South
Grand Forks, ND 58201

701-775-9249

Our History:  Curling is played in over 35 countries throughout the world . Curling was "invented" in Scotland in the late 1400s .The first organized curling club was established in Lochleven Scotland in 1668 Much later a set of 12 rules was published and adopted by most clubs. The Royal Caledonian Curling Club was formed in 1836 thus creating a governing body which eventually led to uniform rules and regulations throughout Scotland and the rest of the world.There are 4 curlers (skip, vice skip, second and lead) on a curling team, each of whom deliver 2 rocks each end A game is played on a "sheet" approximately 14 feet wide and 140 feet long of pebbled ice .A game lasts approximately 2 hours or 15 minutes an end. There are 8 ends in club games.

The object of the game is to have your team's rocks (also known as stones) closest to the centre of the house which is made up of 4 circles 12', 8', 4' and approximately 1' in diameter. The curling rock weighs approximately 44 pounds or 19.95 Kilograms. They are made of special granite found only in Wales or Scotland

There are two types of shots: A draw shot, which is intended to stop in or in front of the house. A take out shot which is intended to hit an opponent’s rocks and move it .There are two types of turns: An in-turn where the rock rotates clockwise for a right-handed curler and counter clockwise for a left-handed curler. An out-turn where the rock rotates counter clockwise for a right handed curler, clockwise for a left-handed curler.

Sweeping or brushing may be done by any or all members of the team delivering the rock to make the rock go further or usually to make it run straighter 

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