Scoring

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Scoring in curling often seems much harder than it actually is. Below we will give some examples on both how to calculate the score as well as marking it on a curling scoreboard.

Scoring in the House
Once both teams have delivered their eight stones each, that “end” is complete. Think of an “end” as an “inning” in baseball. The vices of both teams will tally scores for that end. One point is scored for the team with their stone closest to the center of the house which is also known as the “button.” The team who wins the end is also awarded one point for each of their stones that are resting in (or touching) the house that are also closer than their opponents closest stone to the button. The points awarded do not change based on what ring it is in our touching. The rings are there only to help judge placement. Below are a few examples of typical scoring situations curlers will see while playing.

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In the first example, red will score one point because it is inside the red ring which is also known as the 4-foot ring and the next closest is yellow which is sitting in the white ring which is also known as the 8-foot.
In the second example, yellow will score two points because they have two of their stones closer than the closest red stone.
In the third example, yellow will score 4 points.
In the forth example, even though red has five stones in the house, yellow will score one because it is sitting closest to the button.
High Profile Events Scoreboard

Now that you understand how to calculate scores, you need to mark them on the score board. When watching Olympic or other higher level events, the scoreboard will resemble that of other major sporting events like baseball. Here, each end shows how many points were scored and by what team.  Those points are then totaled at the end.

In the example above, Yellow won the match 7-6. Although this is what you will generally see while watching on TV, it is not how curling traditionally scores a match. A couple things to take note of:

Ends are listed across the top like in baseball.
The hammer icon next to Red indicates that in the 7th end, Yellow scored so they will deliver first in the 8th end. Thus giving Red the hammer or last stone thrown in the 8th end.
Traditional Curling Scoreboard

A traditional curling scoreboard is shown above. Notice how the teams on the top and bottom of the board with points being listed down the center.

1st End


Red won the coin toss and took the hammer.
Red won the end and scored 2 points.
End 1 is placed above the score of 2.
The score is Red – 2, Yellow – 0.
2nd End

Yellow took the hammer since Red scored in the 1st end.
Yellow won the end and scored 1 point.
End 2 is placed below the score of 1.
The score is Red – 2, Yellow – 1.
3rd End

Red took the hammer since Yellow scored in the 2nd end.
Red won the end and scored 2 points.
End 3 is placed above the score of 4.
The score is Red – 4, Yellow – 1.
4th End

Yellow took the hammer since Red scored in the 3rd end.
Yellow won the end and scored 2 points.
End 4 is placed below the score of 3.
The score is Red – 4, Yellow – 3.
5th End

Red took the hammer since Yellow scored in the 4th end.
Yellow won the end and scored 1 point.
End 5 is placed below the score of 4.
The score is Red – 4, Yellow – 4.
6th End

Red kept the hammer since Yellow scored in the 5th end.
Yellow won the end and scored 1 point.
End 6 is placed below the score of 5.
The score is Red – 4, Yellow – 5.
7th End

Red kept the hammer since Yellow scored in the 6th end.
Red won the end and scored 2 points.
End 7 is placed above the score of 6.
The score is Red – 6, Yellow – 5.
8th End

Yellow took the hammer since Red scored in the 7th end.
Red won the end and scored 1 point.
End 8 is placed above the score of 7.
The wins the match with a score of Red – 7, Yellow – 5.

This is an example of an 8 end game which most leagues use. If there is a tie after 8, usually an extra end will be played. Also If there is a blank end where neither team scores, that end’s marker will be placed on top of the score itself or off to the side. For example, if the 5th end was a blank end, the 5 would be placed on top of the score of 5 so it is technically invisible or just left off the board all together.

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