Overall Purpose of the Activity: To improve players aim and accuracy.
Objectives: To throw the stone closest to the target in the end of the rink and guard rocks
from being knocked out by other team
- 16 stones ( 8
stones one colour and the other 8 another colour)
- 8 brooms ( 4
for each team)
- 8 sliders for
shoes (tape or paper can be used for modified play)
- Modified rocks
for use in gyms
- Players need to be aware of
the weight of the rocks
- Tell players to never touch
rocks during play to avoid pinching fingers
- Inform players that rocks can
move quickly and to always be watching moving rocks
Planning and Organizational Notes:
- Tell players:
- To throw slowly to avoid falling and to
- Teams are made up of four players.
Each player throws two rocks, alternating with the opponent. The first player is known as the Lead and throws the first
two rocks. The second player is known as the Second and throws the second two. The third player is known as the Vice
Skip and throws the third two rocks. The fourth player is known as the Skip (team captain) and throws the last
- A coin toss determines which team starts.
The winner usually chooses to throw the last rock and the loser of the toss chooses the rock colour.
- Each team alternates when throwing stones.
So one team will throw then the other.
- As the lead is throwing, the second and
vice are designated sweepers, with the skip calling the shots. When the second is throwing, the lead and vice are the sweepers.
When the vice is throwing, the lead and seconds are sweeping. When it comes time for the skips to throw, the vice skip takes
over responsibility of the house and calls all sweeping for direction. The lead and second remain as the sweepers for the
- Only one team
can score in an end and the most any team can score is eight. A
team scores by placing rock closest to the target
Refinements to Look for:
- Play in the gym
to allow students to become familiar with the rule and skills needed
Simplification and Extension Ideas:
Use a smaller target
- Use lighter objects to throw instead of
- Shorten the distance between ends
- Use smaller throwing object so hitting the
target is harder