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02-22-18 09:24PM
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Sweeping Question

Greetings from a new user. I saw a sweeping strategy at the Olympics and I'd like to get a better understanding of its use.

Here's the main question first and then an example...

Why would a team sweep their own rock to the sideline, thereby taking it out of play?

Example:

Team USA did this twice in the 9th end of Thursday morning's game against Canada.

Team USA had 2 rocks in the house and Canada had 1. The 2 USA rocks were behind the T-line, the Canadian rock was in front. Team USA cleared the Canadian rock with their next throw and USA's rock continued towards the edge of the house. A USA player swept the rock towards the sideline until it was out of play. His teammates were encouraging him, so it was obviously the correct move. Canada put their next rock in the house and Team USA did the same thing, clearing it and then sweeping their rock out of play.

I'd like to know why Team USA swept their rock out of play. Why not leave it in the house, assuming it would have stayed, or if not, why not just leave it wherever it landed along the side of the sheet? As far as I could tell, the rock would not have been useful for either team, based on where it was heading anyway.

Was it nothing more than a safety measure, i.e. if it's out of play it can't possibly become a factor later?

Thanks for your time!

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Great question and welcome to the site!

What was happening to Team Shuster and trying to remove those stones was that they could be used against Shuster in the future. For example, Shuster could play a hit to remove and opponent stone and if there was one in the back it would be harder to remove it. You would want to "jam" it onto one of those stones.

When you have the lead late in games, especially a couple points or more, you want to not have so many stones in play.

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Originally posted by Gerry
Great question and welcome to the site!


Thanks!

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When you have the lead late in games, especially a couple points or more, you want to not have so many stones in play.


That's what I thought, just wanted to be sure.

Thanks again.

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