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Mixed curling, also known as coed curling, is the sport of
In mixed doubles curling, two players, one woman and one man, compose each team. The idea was developed by
The IOC did not approve the events for inclusion into the
At the start of each end, two rocks start in play — one in the back 4 foot with the front of the rock at the very center of the house, and a rock of the opposite color guarding on the center line, halfway between the front of the house and the hog line. Five rocks are played per team, with scoring performed as normal. One thrower must throw the first and last stones of each end, while the other thrower must throw the three in between.
No stone, including those in the house, can be removed from play prior to the delivery of the fourth stone of an end. If there is a violation, the delivered stone shall be removed from play, and any displaced stone(s) shall be replaced to their original position by the non-offending team.
Originally, the non-throwing team member must be behind the house-end hogline until the rock is released. This rule was relaxed in the 2016-2017 season, with the non-throwing member allowed to be near the thrower in order to start sweeping immediately if needed.
There is an additional concept, known as the option, given to one of the teams. The option is given to the team which did not score in the previous end (or randomly determined in the first end), and switches teams in the event of a blank end. The team with the option has the option to select which of the two rocks in play is theirs, with the hammer going to the team with the rock in the house.
In the 2015-16 season, a new rule called power play was added, which each team can exercise in one end per game, only when they have the hammer. Instead of positioning the rock in the house on the center line, it is placed to a position straddling the edge of the eight-foot circle, with the back edge of the stone touching the tee line. The opponent's guard stone is placed in line with the stone in the house and the hack. The power play cannot be used in an extra end.