During a game, sweepers might call out numbers. These numbers indicate how far the sweepers think the rock in play will travel. This system is relatively new to the game and is often attributed to the Randy Ferbey rink since they were the first major team to use the system, but it is not known whose idea it originally was.
Diagram that shows the number weight calling system as it relates to the ice surface. The tee line has been contained within the button to avoid confusion.
- 1 to 3 indicates a rock in the free guard zone
- 4 to 6 the rings in front of the tee line
- 7 being on the button
- 8 to 10 the rings behind the tee line
- 11 is sometimes used to indicate a stone thrown so that it passes through the house and out of play
With this system, the sweepers can communicate more effectively where they think the stone will end up or the skip can better tell the deliverer how hard to throw it.