1. OUT RINGS ONLY FOOT ONLY
Closest to the button but rocks only in the 8 foot and 12 foot can count to score at the end of the end. IF a rock is biting the four foot, it is considered not eligible to score.
2. NO GUARDS
If the rock is not in the house, remove it from play!
3. NO SWEEPING AFTER THE FAR HOG LINE
No sweeping after the far hog line! Opponents can’t even sweep behind the T! So once it hits the hog line, watch and pray it ends up where you wanted it!
4. STICK CURLING
All players must use the stick to throw in the end. If a player already uses a stick, enjoy the advantage. All other regular curling rules apply (free guard zone etc.)
5. HOT POTATO
Must release the rock by the end of the house! Can’t slide out to the hog line! Same applies to curlers with a stick! All regular rules of curling apply! In the true manner of sportsmanship and safety if someone doesn’t release the rock by the end of the house and holds on to rock, just stop the rock after they release it and have them try again. Safety first in this end please.
6. CLOCKWISE TURN ONLY
Clockwise handles the entire end. This means in turns for rights and out turn for lefties. All other regular curling rules apply (free guard zone rule etc.)
7. REVERSE CURLING
Furthest away from the pin (but in the house) scores the points! It’s all about those rocks that are just touching the 12 foot! All other regular curling rules apply (free guard zone rule etc.)
8. NO TAKE OUTS
You cannot take out an opponent’s rock. If you do, the rock you threw is removed from play and your opponent’s rock is placed on the button. If there’s already a rock on the button, place the rock on top of it. *YOU CAN TAKE OUT YOUR OWN ROCK*
9. SNAKE ORDER
Throwing order for both teams will be Lead, Second, Third, Skip, Skip, Third, Second, Lead. All other regular curling rules apply!
10. ROCKS BEHIND T-LINE ONLY COUNT
Only rocks behind the T-line can count to score at the end of the end. Majority of the rock has to have crossed the t-line to count to score, hence the “behind” t-line.
11. COUNTER CLOCKWISE TURN ONLY
Counter-clockwise handles the entire end. This mean out turns for righties and in turns for lefties. All other regular curling rules apply (free guard zone rule etc.)
12. BOCCE CURLING
A little rock is placed in front of the house on the centre line. This is now your “moveable” button. If you accidentally take out the little rock, the non-offending team can place it wherever they want! All other regular curling rules apply (free guard zone rule etc.)
13. CALENDAR RULE
Whenever your birthday is between January and December, that is your new throwing order. For example, say a team has an original throwing order of Dylan lead, Pat 2nd, Wayne 3rd and Valerie Skip. Based on their months of birth, their new throwing order now would be Valerie lead (March), Wayne 2nd (June 3rd), Dylan Vice (June 21st) and Pat Skip (November). All other curling rules apply. *Skips can still call the end.
14. OPPONENTS THROW FRONT END ROCKS
The lead and second will throw their opponents rocks. However, you have to put the rock in play or else your opponent gets to put it wherever they want. Don’t hog it, don’t chuck it through, and don’t flash a takeout. Free guard zone rule still applies. The question is, where do you put your opponent’s rock in play that helps you?
15. DOUBLE TROUBLE
Teams will throw two rocks in a row! Lead without hammer will throw both of their rocks back to back, then the other lead will throw their two, then so on and so forth. All regular rules of curling apply!
16. MOST VALUABLE ROCK
Leads throw rock 8 and 7, Seconds throw 6 and 5, Thirds throw 4 and 3, and Skips throw 2 and 1. The reason for this is because whatever individual rock is shot rock at the end of the end, the number of the rock is the points you score in the end! So if your teams 3 rock is the shot rock, you score 3 points! 8 rock scores 8, 1 rock scores 1, etc. So protect those early rocks at all costs! All other regular rules of curling apply (free guard zone rule, etc.) (Other rules there has been in the past)
17. LITTLE ROCKS END
Normal end of curling EXCEPT you’ll throw the little rocks instead of the normal rocks. Hint: You need more weight to get them down the sheet than normal.
18. NO TALKING
During the end, there can be no talking whatsoever about curling, strategy, line calls, weight calls or discussion about curling between your team.