These days, people are given various great games and sports that can help them relax and forget about their day-to-day life problems. If you are fond of a particular sport, which you like to play with your friends every time you can, or simply you like to watch its games on television, then you probably know what we’re talking about, when we say that no other hobby can be compared to loving a certain sport. Well, the truth is that we don’t know precisely what game you prefer, but in what follows, we are going to tell you more about curling, an ice sport which has been popular for centuries now.
The first thing you need to know about this sport is that it has a few simple rules to follow, so if you plan to become an amateur player, nothing simpler, as all you have to do is to read more about its basic rules and then go with the flow. However, you should know that this ice sport has come a long way, the first record of curling being dated back in 1511; more specifically a curling stone carrying this date has been discovered in Scotland. Furthermore, more evidence of this sport has been discovered in two paintings belonging to the artist Pieter Bruegel; both paintings are dated in 1565. So, we can easily say that this sport is one of long tradition, and it seems to continue gaining in popularity these days, as well.
Back to our curling rules, you should know that this sport is a team-oriented game, which involves two teams that compete in showing their skills when playing the game. Basically, this game refers to sliding stones across a sheet of ice towards the goal. Many have compared the regulation this game has with that of shuffleboard. Each team is made of four players, who take turns in sliding the curling stones. The team that gains more ends wins the match. Generally, there can be either eight or ten ends in a match. An important part of this game is given by the fact that all players, apart from the player releasing the stone, have to ensure a sleek path for the stone to travel on. The players hold curling brooms which they use to clean the ice surface, in order for the stone to reach the goal or hit the opponent’ stones and place them in wrong positions. Just like shuffleboard and bowls, curling is definitely a game of strategy.