Instead of playing in teams of four, mixed doubles curling is for teams of two players – one male and one female (no alternate/substitute player is allowed).
- The game is played on the same sheets of ice as “traditional” curling.
- Teams have only six stones each (instead of eight) and one of those stones, from each team, is prepositioned on the centreline before each end of play starts.
- Player one delivers the first and last stones and player two plays the second, third and fourth stones. If they choose to, the two players may swap positions from one end to the next.
- Sweeping can be done by both team members.
- Each team receives 22 minutes of thinking time and games are scheduled for 8 ends – compared to 38 minutes and 10 ends for “traditional‟ curling.