Scoring Stones

At each end of the curling sheet is the house.  It consists of a twelve foot circle, an eight foot circle, a four foot circle, and an approximately one foot circle centered on "the button."  Stones are thrown from the hack toward the house, 126 feet away.

The circles themselves are mostly just for visual reference.  The tee line crosses the middle of the house, as does the center line.  In my diagram, the center line enters from the left, and the tee line covers the diagram top to bottom.

The colors don't mean anything, but the red/white/blue combination here is pretty common.

A rock outside the house (more than twelve feet from the center, measured from the closest edge) does not score.  A rock that scores always counts 1, even if it's right on the button (exactly in the center of the house).

Only one rink scores in each end, so only stones of a single color count.

In my examples, one rink is playing with the "red" stones, and the other with "yellow" stones.

In my first diagram (on the right), the yellow stone is closest (inside the four foot), so yellow counts 1.  The two red stones in the house do not score.

In my second (slightly more complex) diagram (on the left), the team playing red has four stones in the house, while yellow has two.

Two red stones are closest to the button, with a yellow stone just inside the four-foot.

Red counts 2.  They have two stones closer than the nearest yellow stone.

The yellow stone in the four-foot does not count, because there is at least one red stone closer.  Same with the yellow stone in the eight-foot circle.

The red stones in the twelve-foot circle do not count.

While the situations in these diagrams can occur anytime in an end, you only score after the last rock in the end has been thrown.

That's all there really is to scoring.

Tomorrow night is our second league game.  I think I'm ready.

Posted May 21, 2010, Updated February 15, 2011