the "lead" plays the first two stones for the team alternating with the opponent’s lead
Responsibilities:together with the "second" he is called "the front end" of a team
the "lead" is responsible for setting up the "end". In most cases, the results of the lead stones determine the tactical approach to any given end
in many cases, the outcome of the "end" is a direct result of the lead's shots
once the lead has thrown both stones, the lead's responsibility is to be a supportive teammate for the others and to become one of the core "sweepers"
the "second" plays the third and fourth stones for the team alternating with the opponent’s "second"
Responsibilities:together with the "lead" he is called "the front end" of a team
there are a wider variety of shots at the second position; the "second" often is asked to make the first offensive or aggressive move; this could be the first "come around" of the "end"; playing the "free guard zone" rule, the "second" is usually the one to "get under" first, meaning the first player to draw behind a "guard" or guards
the "second" should have the ability to throw heavy weight "takeouts" while still being able to hit the broom
Responsibilities:the „third“ must be able to play all shots
the "third" must have the skills to throw any type of shot at any time
the "third" is often asked to make the "kill" shot; this is the shot that seals the "end"
in addition to shot-making skills, the "third" must have excellent knowledge of strategy, "house" management and possesses good spatial skills for line calls; this is the most difficult job on the team because the "third" is expected to make flawless sweep calls on the skip's stones
in most cases, the "third" is the most well rounded player on the team
the "skip" usually plays the last two stones (seventh and eighth) of the "end" for the team alternating with the opponent’s "skip"; the "skip" doesn’t always play the last two stones as the rules state that at the start of a game he may decide to play in any position in the delivery rotation of the team
Responsibilities:he is team leader and must be able to play all shots
the skip's role is to provide overall leadership and strategic direction to the team
the "skip" must have a stabilizing influence over the rest of the team
even if the "skip" is not the best shooter on the team, he/she must be able to calmly execute the final shots; after the "skip" throws, the "end" is over; because of this, the pressure of any given shot may be extremely high