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Welcome to the blog of the Skip.

 

This is a place where the thoughts, trials, tribulations, celebrations and commiserations on being a skip (and no doubt comments on how to deal with a skip) will be posted as the season progresses along with any things Curling that may be of interest.

 

Help build up a store of useful knowledge by supplying helpful comments to any posts. Any interesting ones will be followed up in further posts.

 

Have you every wondered about what a skip has to think about while he is standing at the head managing the play?

Well I did and so I thought about what a skipping app for your phone and the likes of Google Glass would look like and so ended up with the screen view above. It is fantastically busy but I managed to cram everything I could think of into one screen wit the option of adding or taking away more information if required.

So what does it all mean? I'm sure you can figure out the easy ones, stone being played etc.

Left to right, top to bottom,

Ends to play, current end with hammer, previous ends with hammer.

Previous stones played, FGZ is not in operation now, stone 6 being played.

Left side:

The score is red 3, yellow 5.

Time left is 23minutes and 9 seconds, green colour as estimate that is more than enough time to complete

Player is Murray

Draw % success is 85%

Murray is right handed.

Shot is Legal (released before hog line)

There is a gap because the view is skewed to the left side of screen.

There is an average of 23cm draw on this side of line

Middle (over stone):

Handle is ON and good (green tick)

Arrows indicate how wide of brush shot is, line shows where in relation to brush

Red arrows mean wide of brush (red shift), Blue arrows mean inside brush (blue shift)

Tags are showing where pickup happened and patch of ice with no pebble

The shot is travelling faster by +0.05 seconds

Right side: No sweeping required.

Currently, lying down 2 yellow

Strategy Target scoring 2

The tactics are balanced at moment (options for defensive and aggressive not in use)

The ice is keen at the moment (getting faster)

There is an alternative play that would be successful if used based on current line/weight of stone.

Bottom: Recording movie

Zoom is on

Arrows indicate Green = Called shot, Blue = present line

Player information is ON

Ice tag information is ON

Rink icon shows called and current line. Blink on it to call up overlay showing stones in house.

 

WOW that's a lot to keep on top of. Spare a thought for the skip.....................

Who controls the centre controls the end

By The Skip, Feb 19 2020 01:58PM

It is normal for teams with the hammer to want to keep the centre open for their last stone. So it makes even more sense for the opposition to block it up. So what follows is a competition to keep their stones around the button. Guards in the free guard zone play their part. For the team with the hammer it is still possible to chip stones on the centre line out of the way as long as they don't go out of play. They normally put guards away from the centre and play behind them. However, it becomes impossible to ignore the stones that the opposition put into the centre and they have to move them. Knocking guards away from the centre line if they are far from the house, or knocking them into the house if they are close to the house to move stones in the house are normal strategies. For the team without the hammer, it is then important not to line up stones to make it easier to knock out stones in the house.

Let battle commence.

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