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Reply Journeydog17
8:10 PM on December 11, 2014 
Speed Curling Rules
(Invented by Doug Burchesky 07-APR-2012)

Here is how it works:

The main rule is that you must throw your stone before the opponent's rock comes to rest. When the stone comes to rest, the acting skip of the team raises the broom to signal the cut off time.
If you are unable to get the stone into forward motion in time, it is removed from play (self policed). The cut off time for delivering your stone is when the opponent?s stone either comes to rest, or if it goes out of play (take out, peel, hog, etc). If a stone goes out of play, then the cut off time is when the out of play stone/stones have been placed in their garage. If a team does not achieve forward motion and has to pull their rock, the next team must throw as soon as the pulled rock can be put in the garage.
There is no "think time" you must think on the fly.
On a raise or a split the cut off time is when the last stone comes to rest. (a tie with the cut off time and forward motion of the next delivered stone goes to the delivered stone).
It will be important for the curler "on deck" to be ready to throw. So let your other team mate sweep alone while you get ready. The person in the house should turn over the house to one of the other teammates when the player before him is throwing so that he will be ready to throw also.
Opponent stones in motion can be taken out as long has they have crossed the far hog line, however the first 3 rocks are considered free guards until they have actually entered the house.
Every stone in motion must have at least 1 sweeper to provide safety to other curlers.
You will learn to deal with the distraction of opponents moving on the ice while shooting. It will be no different than a basket ball game where the shooter needs to block out the distractions. This will be a very high action game. This may be just what the Olympic committee is looking for to add more spectator excitement to curling.

The person who will be throwing next, should be "on deck" getting ready (ie remove your gripper, clean your stone, etc.) The getting ready activities along with extended "think time" are the things that slow down a normal game.

The flow of activities might look like the table below:
Thrower "On-Deck" Sweeper "in the house"
lead 2nd skip vice
2nd vice lead skip
vice skip 2nd lead
skip lead vice 2nd

Notice for example, that the skip will most likely need to give up the house after the 2nd has thrown so that the skip can be doing the "on deck" activities while the vice is throwing.

The opponents "give up the ice" when their stone is at rest. They move to the side, but they do not need to stand still since the opponent?s rock is already underway.

The skip (or person in the house) will be challenged to anticipate where the opponent?s rock will stop when selecting the broom. The thrower will be challenged to "see through" the other team's sweeper who is just finishing on the previous stone (again this in not unlike basketball when the thrower has an opponent in his face).

It will be a fast pace game and most likely not popular with the more "senior curlers", but 60+ year olds have proven to be young enough to keep up with the action.

The concern that the game would be over in about 1 hour can be answered by "zero thinking time equals more drinking time".

Who knows, if enough people decide that they like it, maybe a league of speed curling could be created in the future. It could solve the economic question of how the get more utility out of the ice time at curling clubs, since two games of Speed Curling can be played in the time that a normal game is played. This could allow for double the membership at curling clubs!

?Good Curling? Fast Curling?

Doug Burchesky