An exciting opportunity for your club to grow!
Doubles curling is growing in interest and gaining popularity around the world. Mixed Doubles is now played in more countries of the world than the traditional game itself. In a few short years, the World Curling Federation (WCF) has developed a Mixed Doubles World Championship, and it has been officially added as a sport to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.
This discipline of the game has been a little slower to catch on in Canada, but that is beginning to change. In order to keep Canada on the “top of the curling world” we need Doubles Curling to become established through regular league and bonspiel play. Curlers need an opportunity to experience the game and to master the games’ different skills and strategies. It is exciting, challenging and a unique opportunity for curling clubs to attract new curlers to a more fast-paced version of the game.
About Doubles Curling
Beyond the obvious difference, a two-person team versus a four-person team, the core elements of the game itself remain intact in the Doubles game. Teams can be mixed, or of the same gender, young or mature curlers. Your club does not require special equipment or ice preparation, although the game is more fun on ice that curls. Curlers of all skill level can play. With only six stones, eight ends and two players, games are fast-paced and have lots of rocks in play!
- At the competitive level, each game is scheduled for eight (8) ends but that can shortened for a club experience of 5-6 ends (which takes less than 1 hour to play). The scoring is the same as in a regular game of curling.
- Teams only have six stones in an end and two (one of each colour) are positioned before each end starts
- Each team shall deliver five (5) stones per end. The player delivering the team’s first stone of the end must also deliver the team’s last stone of that end. The other team member shall deliver the team’s second, third and fourth stones for that end.
- The player delivering the first stone can change from end to end.
In September 2015 the World Curling Federation passed new rules for Mixed Doubles to make the game both more challenging and more exciting for spectators. Try it!