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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.....................

By The Skip, Nov 1 2019 03:35PM

When stones are played into a house with stones lying it is important that the sweepers go all the way up the ice and anticipate any stones leaving the rink so that they stop it in time. This leaves the skip able to concentrate on getting the best result in the house without worrying about stones interrupting play on other sheets. It is not good to see skips sweeping stones while other stones leave the rink unattended. Accidents are possible and disrupted houses in adjacent rinks would also be unwelcome. I'm sure I would not be happy if a stone from another sheet hit any stones in play on my own sheet.

By The Skip, Nov 1 2019 03:31PM

The sign on the wall at Perth Ice rink says it all. When you have played your shot, don't lean on the ice with your hand or knee as this actually melts the surface of the ice and spoils it for any stones going over it. So it could actually ruin your own shot never mind anyone elses. So please, DON'T lean on the ice watching your shot progress down the ice, get up and look at it on your feet to ensure everyone can enjoy the game.

So anyone with wet knees after playing a shot is not good news. Let them know to try and avoid it next time.

Worst of all, I've just seen a young curler actually lie down on the ice to watch his takeout stone while sliding down the rink, unbelievable.

By The Skip, Jan 14 2019 12:54PM

At the Perth Masters there was a lot of swearing being broadcast from the Scottish guys. Not really too clever, didn't help anything other than show that they were being rattled by the outcome of some of the shots and offering encouragement to opponents to continue to rub it in. Didn't make us sound good round the world.

Please try and show some respect for everyone around you and keep the swearing to yourself.

By The Skip, Aug 29 2017 02:48PM

Everyone should enjoy the game of curling and respect all the other players and the the tools of the trade, especially the ice surface, but also stones and brushes even if they are your own property. It doesn't make for a great game if there are tantrums with kicked stones or slammed brushes, verbal abuse of yourself never mind anyone else.

So please keep your cool, analyse where you went wrong and commit to doing better, it wasn't the stone's fault so don't kick it, it wasn't the brush's fault so don't try and destroy it. All these things affect other players too, so keep it to yourself.

If in any doubt, the RCCC has discipline rules to be followed for all players.

By The Skip, Aug 29 2017 02:41PM

It doesn't hurt to smile or even laugh while you are playing if you are enjoying it. It lifts everyone playing and makes for a better game. The Scottish Men's team at the Junior worlds in Korea had to be warned by the umpire to moderate their language as they failed to beat Korea. The commentators remarked that it is good to have a light hearted member in the squad to cheer everyone up as it is important to keep morale up. The Scots boys looked pretty dour as they made mistakes to lose the game instead.

So if your happy and you know it and you really want to show it.......SMILE :-)

It really helps.

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