Curling FAQs

What is Curling?

Curling is one of the oldest team sports and is played on ice. The game dates back to medieval Scotland where competitors slid stones of various sizes across frozen lochs. Today the stones are standardized, composed of 42 pounds of granite with plastic handles bolted into the rocks. Curling gets its name from the spin placed on the stone once it is released. It has seen a rise in popularity since becoming a medal sport in the 1998 Winter Olympics.

Do I need to know how to ice skate?
Can anyone curl?
How is the game played?
What if I'm not able to crouch down and slide the way I see the people on TV do?
What are curling stones made out of and how much do they weigh?
Are there special shoes for Curling?
What equipment do I need to buy?
What does sweeping do?
If I'm a sweeper and my teammate throws the stone too hard, how can I slow it down?
What's with all the yelling?
Do you use a Zamboni?
How do you keep from falling?
How long is a game?
How do I get good at this?
Can I play in the Olympics?
What is Broomstacking?

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At the Ardsley Curling Club

. . . you'll find a warm atmosphere (yes, despite the ice), ideal for establishing and nurturing friendships. Here you'll play a great game in men's, women's, seniors and mixed league competition (Oct. - March). Instructional programs help you get started, and support from your teammates and 'skip' (captain) assures your progress. And there's a kid's program too. And you'll enjoy sitting in front of the clubhouse's giant fireplace with teammates and opponents after games with some refreshments, talking over the game's highpoints.

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