Curling is a sport in which players slide stones on a sheet of ice towards a target area which is segmented into four concentric circles. It is related to bowls, boules and shuffleboard. Two teams, each with four players, take turns sliding heavy, polished granite stones, also called rocks, across the ice curling sheet towards the house, a circular target marked on the ice.
Each team has eight stones, with each player throwing two. The purpose is to accumulate the highest score for a game; points are scored for the stones resting closest to the centre of the house at the conclusion of each end, which is completed when both teams have thrown all of their stones. A game usually consists of eight or ten ends.
Mixed doubles is a dynamic form of curling, where it is all about stone positioning, a lot of play to the four foot circle and a lot about angles. It is a faster version of curling that only requires two players on each team.
Mixed Doubles is played by two players. One male and one female on each team. Both teams play five stones each and start every end with one stone that has been pre-placed, so the maximum amount of points in each end is six.
Sturling is a 2-person game of curling which is open to individuals of any age and gender. It is open to both those with a traditional slide delivery as well as those who use a “stick” (including wheelchair curlers).
All games are six ends. One member of each team stays at each end of the rink. The two delivering players alternately deliver 6 stones each per end, while their teammate skips that end. Roles are then reversed and the partners deliver the stones back.
The RoadRunner Curling Club was started by James Brickley to bring the fantastic sport of Curling to Albuquerque. Together with Steve Stone and Pam Salata, he started the club August 2017.
We began by putting up a MeetUp page and having get togethers to watch curling. In November 2017, we invested in a set of curling stones and the initial equipment to start curling at the Outpost Arena.
If you are interested in learning more please contact us. If you would like to try it out, see the schedule for our Open Curl times.
We look forward to meeting you!