Heavy Sports

IMG_0829 (Large)Throwing The Hammer
Standard Weight (gross) 16 lb. and 22 lb.

The hammerhead shall be of metal and spherical, and the shaft shall be of wood or cane. The overall length of the hammer shall be 4’2″. The hammer shall be thrown standing style and shall be delivered from behind a straight wooden trig 6″ high and not more than 4’6″ long. Each competitor shall be allowed three throws – the best out of the three to count. Each throw shall be measured from the trig to the nearest break of ground. All competitors must have one foot behind the line of the trig (except the face nearest the competitor when he takes his stance) or the ground beyond the trig, or the line of the trig extended by any part of the competitor’s body shall be a foul throw – whether the hammer has been delivered or not. Where the Judge deems it necessary to have boundary pins it is recommended they be 130′ from the edge of the trig and 12 yards at either side of the centerline. From the time the hammer is returned to the trig, a competitor shall be limited to a time of two minutes for each throw. Where ground records are claimed it is essential that the hammer be used from year to year on the same ground.

Tossing The Caber

There is no standard size or weight of caber, but the caber should be length and weight beyond the powers of all but the best athletes to turn. The practice of throwing a light caber for distance is not tossing the caber and should be discontinued. Each competitor taking any length of run he wishes and tossing from where he chooses. Where the ground is uneven a mark should be made from near which, and beyond which, the toss must be made. On no account should a fixed trig or stance be used. Each competitor shall be allowed three attempts – the best of three counts. An attempt shall commence when the caber has been set up and if the competitor allows the caber to fall, this shall count as one of his attempts. It is absolutely essential to have a competent judge, who thoughtfully understands the rules of the sport. In Championship Caber Events – two different ways of caber must be provided and only competitors able to toss lighter caber can proceed to heavier caber. In a championship should there be a first equal decision they will have further throws until one is judged the winner.

Highland Games-2380 (Large)Putting The Stone
Standard Weight 16+ lb.
The ball shall be of metal or stone and spherical. Where a stone is used, the competition should be styled “Putting the Stone”. The ball shall be putt from in front of the shoulder with one hand only, with out follow, and shall be delivered from a wooden trig 6″ high and not more than 4′ 6″ long. The run shall not exceed 7′ 6″. Each competitor shall be allowed three putts – the best of three to count. Each throw shall be measured from the center of the trig to the nearest break of ground. All competitors must have one foot behind the line of the trig prior to each throw, but both feet must be behind the trig on completion of the throw. The touching of any part of the trig (except the face nearest the competitor when he takes his stance) or the line of the trig extended by any part of the competitor’s body shall be foul point – whether the ball has been delivered or not. Boundary pins are neither necessary nor desirable except on uneven ground. Where the ground records are claimed, it is essential that the same ball or stone be used from year to year on same ground.

Throwing The Stone
Standard Weight (gross) 28 lb. and 56 lb.
The weight shall be of metal and consist of a spherical head with chain and ring attached, the total weight being 28 lb. or 56 lb. The weight shall measure 18″ overall. The weight shall be delivered from behind a wooden trig 6″ high and not more than 4′ 6″ long. The run shall not exceed 9′ and any style may be used for distance. Each competitor shall be allowed three throws with the same hand – the best of three to count. Each throw shall be measured from the center of the trig to the nearest break of ground. All competitors must have one foot behind the line of the trig prior to each throw, but both feet must be behind the trig on completion of the throw. The touching of any part of the trig (except the face nearest the competitor when he takes his stance) or the ground beyond the trig, or the line of the trig extended by any part of the competitor’s body shall be a foul throw – whether the weight has been delivered or not. Boundary pins are neither necessary nor desirable except on uneven ground. Where the ground records are claimed, it is essential that the same weight be used from year to year on same ground.


IMG_0443 (Large)Throwing The Weight Over The Bar

The ordinary commercial box weight with ring attached; weighing in all 65 lb. is the most satisfactory of this event. Each competitor shall be allowed three attempts at each height. He may commence at any height he desires, but having once commenced, he must continue. All measurements shall be made from the ground to the top of the bar at the point midway between the uprights. A competitor may use either hand but only one hand may be used in making a throw. It should be noted that where National or World Records are attempted, then the box weight must be used.


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