|by Peter, Devon||Germantown Academy 6th grade||1997|
State the name of your game and why you chose it.
Peter: We picked curling because it looks a lot like ice hockey, which I like, and because it resembles shuffleboard, which I play at the seashore.
List the countries where it is played and its origin.
Curling began in Scotland and the Netherlands about 400 years ago. It became popular in Canada and in more than 20 states in the United States.
Describe how your game is played. State the object of the game. Clearly describe the rules.
- There are 2 - 4 player teams.
Each player slides 2 stones toward the house (target), a 12 foot (3.7 meter) circle at the far end of the ice.
- The competitors slide 1 stone at a time, alternating with their opponents.
- When all 16 stones have been delivered, a period called an end or an inning has been played. A game usually consists of 8 or 10 ends and lasts 2 to 2 ½ hours.
- A player delivers the stones from a hack (foothold) 126 feet from the house. The object is to land the stone in the middle of the house.
List the equipment needed.
- a 146 foot ice field
- 2 houses being 12 ft in width and length
- a corn-bloom broom or bristle broom
- 2 stones.
Make recommendations for what type of athlete would enjoy playing this game. What skills does it demand?Peter: This game is good for an athlete that has a good sense of control, strong upper body to be able push the stone and good balance to stay up while pushing the stone.
Devon: The type of person who could play this game is a patient and calm person. He or she might need to know how to skate. A good place to play is in an ice rink where it is safe and there is ice.
What are your feelings about this game? Did you enjoy playing it? Would you recommend it?
Devon: I think the game looks fun but I am not the type of person to play because I don't have that kind of patience.
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