Copper City Curling Club
Butte now has the Olympic sport of curling, one of the fastest growing sports in the United States. Our first session has just begun with 16 to 20 teams. We expect involvement to increase as the word gets out about how fun and entertaining this game can be.
What is Curling?
Simply, a granite rock, a sheet of ice, and a target 42 yards away. If your team finishes with your rocks closer to the target than your opponents’ then your team of four wins a game all in a wonderful social competitive atmosphere.
What makes this game a challenging Olympic sport, played by people across the world?
Because there’s more to it. The 42-pound rocks curl (or curve) down the sheet with surprisingly little effort, traveling over an ice surface rife with nuances. Finesse and control of how hard rocks are thrown (the ‘weight’) become the important factors, not strength. The weight of a thrown rock affects the amount of curl, but a rock’s progress can be altered by judicious sweeping to polish (slightly melt) the ice in front of it, making a rock move both farther and straighter (sweepers can help a rock slide up to an additional 15 feet). Added complications are crafty opponents who place their stones in positions to block your access to the center of the target (the ‘house’). You have to think several rocks ahead to make sure that, at the completion of each end of 16 rocks, your rocks are closest to the button, the center of the house.
So curling is a game of strategy, of finesse, and yes of fitness.
What are the basic rules?
A game is made up of 10 ends (like innings). An end consists of each team member shooting (delivering) two stones alternately with the opponent’s player at the same position. When all 16 stones have been delivered, the score for that end is determined. For each stone closer to the center of the circles (the tee) than any of the opponent’s, one point is scored.