For those of you not familiar with New Age Kurling, it was while watching an Ice Curling World Championships that John Bennett was asked by his son to think of a sport that disabled people could all enjoy, that John came up with the idea of New Age Kurling. The game is played by pushing stones comprising of bearings along the ground towards a target. The idea of the game is to get as many of your stones closer to the centre of the target than your opponents stones. This is a sport that can be played by both able-bodied and disabled people of all ages and all abilities. This has quickly become a popular Sport and for the first time disabled people can play with or against able-bodied people on an equal level. The sport is now played all over the world, with regional, national and international competitions taking place on a regular basis. The clip below shows the game being played at one of our local Kurling tournaments.
HOW TO PLAY
New Age Kurling is a sport that requires participants to deliver ‘stones’ from one end of the court to a target at the other end of the court. The target has red, white and blue concentric circles and scoring is determined by the number of stones closest to the centre of this target. Each game normally consists of 6 or 8 ends and is played on a court based on half the width of a standard size badminton court with each end being played in the opposite direction to the previous end. The winner is the player with the highest number of scoring ‘stones’ at the finish of the game.
WHAT YOU NEED
- New Age Kurling stones – 4 red, 4 blue
- New Age Kurling vinyl target (House)
- Ramp and pusher sticks if required
- Flat, indoor playing area – badminton court size
Our starter kit contains everything you need to get you started
The game will start with the toss of a coin with the visiting team calling heads or tails as the coin is in the air. If the competition is at a venue where neither opponent has home court advantage, it will be the player listed first on the score sheet that will call. The person winning the toss will have the option of deciding either who will play first or with which colour stones they wish to play. The person losing the toss will then choose from the option not selected by the toss winner; e.g. if the toss winner chooses to play with red stones that the toss loser will have the choice of who plays first. Once it has been decided who will go first in the first end, the players will alternate at the start of each subsequent end. Therefore, if a player A wins the toss and elects to go first in the first end, player B will go first in the second end, player A will go first in the third end, player B first in the fourth end and so forth until all ends have been completed. During an end players will take it in turns to deliver their stones until all stones have been delivered. The stones may be delivered by the use of a pusher, by hand or by use of a ramp. Any form of pusher may be used; but must not exceed 125 centimetres in length when fully extended. Ramps can be used to assist the delivery of the stone for those disabled people who would find it hard to push their stone.
The target has concentric circles in red, white and blue – the scoring zone. The outer white sections of the target are not included in the scoring zone.
The stone which is within the scoring zone and closest to the centre of the target is deemed to be ‘scoring’. Other stones of the same colour as the closest stone will score if they are also in the scoring zone and are closer to the centre than any of the opponent’s stones. (The only possible scores in a singles game for any one end are 0-0, 1-0, 2-0, 3-0 or 4-0). (from https://kurling.com/new-age-kurling/rules)