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The score for an end is determined after the 16 rocks have been shot.

Only one team can score in each end. A team scores one point for each stone closer to the center of the house than the opponent's best rock, as long as the stone is within 6 feet (1.83 meters) of the tee. The team that scores shoots first in the next end, leaving the opponent to take the hammer, or last shot of that end. Teams may sacrifice a point to get the hammer of the next end.

The team with the most points at the conclusion of 10 ends wins. Teams can earn up to eight points in each end, but they usually score one to three points. If a tie occurs after 10 ends, the competitors play an extra end to determine the winner.