Scrape To remove ice layers until all sheets are level. Scraping removes old layers of pebble and any dirt. After a scrape, ice is faster than before the scrape.
Second The team member who throws the 3rd and 4th rocks. Part of the front end.
Sheet The field of play for curling, approximately 150 feet long and 15 feet wide.
Shot/Shot Rock The rock that is closer to the centre of the house than any other rock. The second shot is second closest to the centre of the house, etc.
Skip The team member who calls the game: making final strategy decisions, determining shots, and holding the target broom for teammates. Commonly, the skip throws the 7th and 8th rocks, but many skips throw in other positions. Part of the back end.
Slider The slippery surface on the sole of the slide shoe. Typically made of Teflon; metal and brick sliders are also made. Alternatively, a shoe-shaped piece of Teflon that can be attached temporarily to the slide foot.
Slow Ice Ice over which rocks travel less distance than they would when delivered with the same weight on fast ice. Also called heavy ice.
Spinner A rock that has been given too much rotation upon delivery. Spinners do not curl as much as rocks thrown with the proper amount of rotation.
Stabilizer A delivery aid gripped in the hand not holding the rock, used as an alternative to a broom. Pejoratively, referred to as a “crutch.”
Steal To score in an end without the hammer.
Stones The object thrown or delivered by curlers during a game. Stones, or rocks, are made of granite and weigh between 38 and 44 pounds.
Straight Ice Ice on which a rock, given a normal rotation, will curl less than expected – less than 3 feet.
Sweep A call from the skip to the sweepers to sweep. Also Yes. See Hurry and Hard.
Sweeping To move a curling broom back and forth in front of a moving rock. Sweeping is most effective when done quickly and with weight. Sweeping transiently alters the ice surface to reduce the friction between the rock and the ice surface. The rock travels farther and curls less.
Swingy Ice Ice on which a rock, given a normal rotation, will curl more than expected – more than 4 feet.
Take-out A rock which hits another rock, removing the second rock from play. Hits vary in weight, depending on how far the target rock needs to be moved and how straight the hitting rock needs to run.
Tap Back/Up A gentle hit, in which the thrown rock moves the hit rock a short distance. Tap backs may be used to move your own rock into a favorable position, or to move an opponent’s rock to a position useful for your team. Also Promote or Raise.
Tee Lines The lines crossing the width of a curling sheet through the centre of the house (the tee).
Third The team member who throws the 5th and 6th rocks. Typically, the third is also the vice-skip, and is in charge of the house when the skip throws. Part of the back end.
Tick Shot A shot called so as to barely nick a stationary stone in play and move it aside. Frequently used in late ends by the team with the hammer to move centre guards away from the centre of the sheet, but not remove them from play, which would violate the free guard zone rule.
Tight see Inside.
Triple A shot which removes from play 3 of the opposing teams rocks.
Turn see Rotation.
Up! A call from the skip to the sweepers to stop sweeping. Also Whoa! or No!
Vice/Vice-skip The team member who is in charge of the house when the skip throws, holding the broom and call line. The vice-skip is also commonly the third. In Canada, typically the person who tosses the coin to determine which team has last rock in the first end. Part of the back end.
Weight Typically used to indicate how hard a stone has been thrown. Heavy rocks travel farther, faster, and straighter; light rocks travel less distance, slower, and curl more than heavy rocks.
Weld it On To throw a perfect freeze.
Wick A shot in which the moving rock ticks the edge of a stationary rock, causing it to change direction. Sometimes called a Redirect.
Whoa! A call from the skip to the sweepers to stop sweeping. Also Up! or Whoa! or No!
Wide see Outside.