01/09/2015 06:37 EST | Updated 03/11/2015 05:59 EDT

A short guide to mixed doubles curling

CALGARY - A quick look at mixed doubles curling:

— A team is composed of two players, one male and one female. Scoring and ice are the same as in regular curling.

— Each team has 46 minutes of playing time over eight ends instead of a traditional curling game of 73 minutes over 10 ends.

— To start each end, a stone is pre-positioned on the button and an opposing stone is positioned in front of the house as a cente guard. Both rocks are considered in play.

— Each team throws five stones per end. One player delivers the first and fifth stones, while the teammate throws the second, third and fourth.

— No stone in play can be removed prior to the fourth stone thrown in an end.