Second (curling)

Curling positions

In curling, the second is the person who delivers the second pair of stones. On most teams, where the second does not act as skip or vice, the second will sweep for each of their teammates. Due to the free-guard rule, which prevents some early stones from being removed from play by the leads, the second is usually a curler with a high degree of proficiency throwing takeouts, peels, and other power shots.[1] Following the adoption of the 5 rock rule in 2018,[2] the role of the second has become more of a finesse role, as seconds often have to throw guards and other finesse shots.[3]


  1. ^ Weeks, Bob. "Curling For Dummies Cheat Sheet". Retrieved 17 April 2013.
  2. ^ McCormick, Murray. "Curling's new five-rock free guard zone rule designed to generate offence". National Post. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  3. ^ Wyman, Ted. "The evolution of the second position in curling has brought more finesse players into the Brier". Winnipeg Sun. Retrieved 9 March 2021.