Scoring is done by having rock in the house, nearer the center than the competitor's rocks. In other words, only one team can score per end. The maximum number of points in an end is 8, one for each rock nearer the tee than the opponent's closest rock. A rock only need be touching the house to count. Below is an example of a scoreboard, with an explanation to follow.
In the above example, the scoring is as follows:
- End #1: Red Team scores 1. Score is 1-0 Red.
- End #2: Yellow Team scores 3. Yellow leads 3-1.
- End #3: Yellow Team scores 2. Yellow leads 5-1.
- End #4: Blank End. Neither team scores. Yellow still leads 5-1.
- End #5: Red Team scores 2. Yellow leads 5-3.
- End #6: Red Team scores 4. Red leads 7-5.
- End #7: Yellow Team scores 2. Score is tied at 7.
- End #8: Red Team scores 1. Red wins 8-7.
The numbers down the center black section represent the total number of points for each team. The white rectangles with numbers on them are the ends. So in the above example, the yellow team scored in the second, third and seventh ends, while the red team scored in the first, fifth, sixth and eighth ends. Neither team scored in the fourth end, thus the absence of the white rectangle with "4" on it. If the score is tied at the end of the predetermined number of ends, the game will go into a sort of sudden death scenario, in which additional ends are played until a winner emerges. The vice skips are responsible for determining the score on each end. All rocks that are a similar distance from the tee are measured to determine scoring. The team that scores points on an end leads off the next end. The first shot will stay with that team until the other team scores.