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07-13-20 06:19PM
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Curling glossary: body language edition

What are some of the more universal body language vocabulary in curling?

I know some teams have different ways to communicate the different weights/turns/shots internally, but I'm just looking for the basics right now, something more universal and used from one team to another, or one team to the officials.

So for example, WCF Rules of Curling (C7.c.ii) says that a team time-out is called with a "T" hand signal.

There's no official signal in the rule book for calling a technical timeout, but almost everyone uses the forearm "X", it seems.

Again, there's no official signal for calling for a measure, but almost everyone draws an imaginary circle with their index finger.

Are there more gestures?

How do you call a power play in mixed doubles? When you need a hog line umpire (example), do you have to do so verbally?

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Oh, here's one that I've gotten so used to by now that I almost forgot: what's with all the "broom toasts"?

Are all broom toasts the same? Sometimes they hold the broom halfway down the shaft and just raise their arm, other times they hold the broom by the very tip and swing the whole broom up to achieve maximum height, etc (example).

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Oh, here's one that I've gotten so used to by now that I almost forgot: what's with all the "broom toasts"?

Are all broom toasts the same? Sometimes they hold the broom halfway down the shaft and just raise their arm, other times they hold the broom by the very tip and swing the whole broom up to achieve maximum height, etc (example).



What about the collapsed broom "anti-toast" . . . . thats when the shooter has completely missed the stick and/or knows their weight is way too light or way too heavy.

The body language of broom collapse while still sliding explains all.

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I'm not sure I understand what you're referring to. Do you have examples?

The closest thing I can think of of a collapse while sliding is Kim EunJung's winning shot that lost her the game due to hog line violation ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIv9x7Ixlp8 ). This was a full body collapse, though, I don't think the broom had anything to do with it.

In any case, this is not the kind of body language/gestures in curling that I'm asking about, because it's more like personal expression rather than a mode of communication with another human being.

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The "Broom Collapse" as I call it is usually self-initiated when the shooter knows they've missed the stick mightily or they've put far too much or too little. . . .
Either their sliding arm or their support arm collapses once realization occurs - and their head hangs down momentarily as their teammates give them a hearty "Nice Shot, Jeanna" refrain.

Most curlers exhibit the trait Rochelle Brown, former of Team Carey exhibit - they focus on their stone as if nothing else in the universe matters for the next 12 to 17 seconds. The one player who not only focuses hard on her own shots but follows all other shots down the ice is Joanne Courtney. She was given that job when she was plucked off Val Sweeting's roster some years ago - and she does that job exceedingly well - even if it sometimes irritates opponents.

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FYI her name is spelled Rachel Brown. For the longest time it's misspelled as Rachelle. I think there's a funny story on that involving a birth certificate, but I don't remember the details.

It's never spelled as Rochelle.

And yes, Rachel does a lot of body English when watching the rock, depending on whether she's urging it to curl one way or the other, but that's not what I'm asking on this thread.

I'm basically asking similar to what Dean Gemmell said back in 2013 about curling adopting baseball umpire gestures and hand motions (video). At the most basic level, I'm asking what gestures and hand motions do we already have. The next level would be adding on more gestures and hand motions to address various situations.

Like, as much as I appreciated Oliver Dupont explaining (TWICE!) why he asked for a hog line umpire before Denise throws the in-off, I think it'd be far more efficient use of everyone's time if there's a gesture for it.

Perhaps more common, though, I think it would be cool if there are official gestures to emphasize upcoming power plays or extra ends.

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