Social Distancing Games
FloorCurl is a great option for social distancing activities. You can continue to enjoy all the fun and exciting gameplay while practicing social and physical distancing.
How to Setup FloorCurl Games with Social Distancing Procedures
Social Distancing FloorCurl Games can be played 1-vs-1 or with two teams of two playing 2-vs-2. Setup your mats as normal (see below – Fig. 1b). In both setups, players will need to keep a distance of at least 6 feet (2 meters) between each other. You can use tape or decals to designate player spots, 2 feet (.61 meters) from the edge of each side of the target mat.
When playing 2-vs-2, each player will deliver stones from opposite sides of the mats (see Figure 1a). To prevent cross-contamination, it is recommended each player use a pusher stick to deliver the stone. Pusher sticks can be purchased from the FloorCurl shop. When playing 2-vs-2, you will stand at one end and deliver to your teammate at the other end. Your opponents will stand at least 6 feet (2 meters) from you and your teammate on the other side of the mat.
If you do not have pusher sticks it’s recommended to play 1-vs-1 so you will not need to share stones with your partner and risk contamination. If playing 2-vs-2 without pusher sticks, you can wipe down the stone handles prior to each throw.
When playing social distancing FloorCurl games with the Full Rink Mat, players can alternate standing stand 6 feet (2 meters) behind the mat and at the throwing line. Please ensure you have 6 feet (2 meters) of clearance on each end of the mat to allow for appropriate social distancing.
FloorCurl Quick Guide
Floor Curling is a modified version of the Olympic sport of curling with one major difference – no ice!
Place your two target mats with the rings (the “house” in curling) approximately 6.25 meters (20.5 feet) apart. Each mat should be slightly offset from the other to avoid standing on the mats when delivering the stones. Note the distance between mats can easily be adjusted to suit your group’s preferences.
Delivery of the Stones
Stones should be delivered from floor level by hand, or via the use of a Pusher Stick for participants that cannot, or prefer not, to bend to floor level.
Teams determine who has “Hammer” (or last rock) in the opening ”end”, usually by way of a coin toss. Having the last rock is considered an advantage.
Stones are delivered in an alternating manner. Red, blue, red, blue, or vice versa, until all 8 stones are played.
Once all eight (8) stones are played an “end” is completed and scoring is tabulated (see below). Typically a Floor Curling game consists of eight (8) ends but this can also be adjusted to suit your group.
Scoring (same as on-ice curling)
The object of the game is to score more total points than the opponent over the course of the match.
At the completion of each end, a team scores one point for each stone that is closer to the “button” (centre of the rings) than the closest stone to the “button” of the opposing team. Only stones that are in, or touching the rings (when viewed from overhead), are eligible to score. Only one team can score in any given end.
Here are some sample scoring scenarios (see Figures 2, 3, 4).
Prior to playing, ensure the surface is as clean as possible. A dry mop of the surface prior to use is highly recommended. Do not get the bearings wet as they can rust. Ensure that the playing surface is both clean and dry. This will prevent dirt and dust from gathering in the bearings and will prolong their life.