If you’ve watched any curling on TV you’ve probably heard the players respond to the skip’s “where?” with something like “three” or “eight/nine” and you’ve probably wondered what exactly those numbers mean.
Excerpted from Wikipedia’s Glossary of Curling entry the text below explains just what those numbers mean.
During a game, sweepers might call out numbers. These numbers indicate how far the sweepers think the rock in play will travel.This system is relatively new to the game and is often attributed to the Randy Ferbey rink since they were the first major team to use the system, but it is not known whose idea it originally was.
- 1 to 3 indicates a rock in the free guard zone;
- 4 to 6 the rings in front of the tee line;
- 7 being on the button;
- 8 to 10 the rings behind the tee line.
Sometimes, 11 is used to indicate a stone thrown so that it passes through the house and out of play. With this system, the sweepers can communicate more effectively where they think the stone will end up or the skip can better tell the deliverer how hard to throw it.