When hack and slide on the ice.

When I first heard we were going to do a paper on a sport, the first thing that popped into my mind was “soccer!” Then when I heard that we couldn’t do soccer I was bummed out. But then I thought about a sport I find interesting and have watched before. I thought of curling because I’ve seen it on television for Olympic qualifications. It seemed like a confusing and very concentrated game. I’ll try to make this as fun as humanly possible.Curling was invented 1511, by the Scottish people. Games were played in the winter, over ponds and lochs. Curling’s nickname is “The Roaring Game” because of the huge 44-pound rock sliding down the ice. The Grand Caledonian Curling Club was made in 1838, which are responsible for making the first official rules. Men’s curling was introduced to the Olympics in the 1924 Winter Games in Chamonix. By 1988 women joined the men in the Olympics.Curling is played on an ice surface that is 150 ft. long and 16 ft. 5 in. wide. It’s set up so you can play from both ends. In the middle, there are 4 coordinated circles, known as the house on each end. The center circle is 1 foot wide, the next circle is 5 feet., the next is 8 feet, then the outer circle is 12 feet. Players start by moving a stone from a block called the hack. The hack is 126 ft. from the center circle. Players swing the stone back and forth until thrust off the hack and slide on the ice. They must release the stone before the front makes contact with the hog line. The hog line can be found 33 ft. from the hack and 93 ft. from the center circle line.The free guard zone is the space between the hog line and the center circle line. Stones may not be removed from play by the competition until the first four stones in an end have stopped. Players can bump other stones with shots, but can’t knock them out of play. If an opponent’s stone is knocked out of play when the Free Guard Zone Rule is in issue, that is called an infraction. When that happens your stone is removed and replaced by your opponent’s stone. If a stone is in the house normal rules are in play. This rule was placed to make sure one team wasn’t defensive-oriented. Also to make sure it wasn’t considered a boring game.After the stones are thrown sweeping is allowed by the players. Sweeping helps push away any debris on the ice that might slow it down. Or take it off track. It can also melt a thin layer of ice that lessens friction, and therefore enlarges the distance the rock travels. Players only on the throwing team can sweep between the tees. Players can’t sweep opponents’ stones in that range. One person from both teams can sweep at any given time. Only stones that are moving can be swept. Players can’t touch the stones while their moving. They can only sweep in front of the stone, in a direction vertical to the direction of motion. Players can sweep stones that have been hit by opposing stones.If a player is injured and can’t continue playing, or can’t start the game, the team has 2 options. One is to go on without a fourth player, or they can insert an alternate into the injured player’s spot at the beginning of the next end. The playing rotation can be changed when a substitute enters the game. Violations include when players release the stone after touching the hog line. The stone will be removed from play. All affected stones must be moved back. You can’t touch a moving stone as well. You also can’t touch a stone that’s stationary. You can also get punished for playing out of turn. In a normal game, there are 10 rounds, each team throws eight stones, with each player throwing 2 stones. They then score by how many stones are closest to the middle, without a stone from the other team interrupting.I think that curling is a pretty interesting sport. It might be slow and boring at times. Then you see the skilled moves these players can make, and it makes it worth watching!