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"Where Saints and Sinners Curl Like Winners"

September 25, 2014
League News
Wow!  Great action in week 1 on the new ice!  Here are the current standings:

    TEAM                      Wins       Losses

1) Curls Gone Wild           1              0

2) Simon Sez                  1              0

3) Sweet Sweet Nectar   1              0

4) Atomic Rocks              0              1

5) HMBIATC                   0              1

6) Girls Rock                   0              1

The current standings as well as the upcoming schedule are posted at the website each week for your convenience.


Congratulations to our most recent award winners:
  • Rookie of the Year - Jack Croker
  • Volunteers of the Year - Nick Kitinski and Tom Sawyer
  • The Nick Kitinski Sportsperson of the Year - Heather Smart
  • Best Dressed - Brian Okiec
  • Most Entertaining - Nathan Rudig

Learn to Curl

A Learn to Curl session will be held this Sunday (September 28) at 9:15 pm at the Las Vegas Ice Arena.  Come see what you've been missing!

Be at the arena at 8:45 pm to sign up.   For further info, visit our 
Curling Considerations
In our ongoing mission to help you further understand the game and enhance your enjoyment of it, our Curling Considerations column discusses different aspects of curling from rules, to on-the-ice etiquette, to equipment, to how the game flows.  If you have questions about anything curling related, feel free to email us at and we'll address your question in an upcoming issue.
The Free Guard Zone

The free guard zone is one of those quirky curling rules that makes the game more fun but makes you wonder "how did they come up with that?"

The free guard zone is an area on the curling sheet that starts at the hog line (at the far end of the sheet) and ends at the Tee line of the distant house (but does not include the house area).  In the diagram above, the free guard zone is denoted in light blue (the thrower is throwing from the right side hack in this example.)

The rule associated with the free guard zone applies to the first four stones that have been played during an end (two from each side.)  The rule is that stones in the free guard zone may not be removed by an opponent's stone.  If an opponent's stone hits the other teams stone and removes it from play, the stone that was hit out of play is returned to it's original position (before the shot was thrown) and the opponent's stone is removed from play instead. Again, this applies only to the first four stones thrown in an end.

As an example, if the red team throws their first stone in to the free guard zone area, and the yellow team then throws their first stone and hits the red stone out of play, the red stone is replaced where it originally was and the yellow stone is removed from play.   After the first four stones have been thrown, the rule is no longer in effect.

This rule was added in response to a strategy that was previously used, at times, by teams that were in the scoring lead.  They would remove opponent's stones (also known as "peeling") so that the stones could not be used for scoring.   This would effectively limit the opponent to scoring one point, at most, during an end.

Experienced teams may try to "tick" stones in the free guard zone, moving them to the side so that they are not as useful, without completely knocking them out of play.  This is allowed - stones in the free guard zone can be hit as long as they are not completely hit out of play.

Trivia: the rule was originally known as the "Moncton" rule after the bonspiel where it originated.


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