Rules for Heavy Games

  1. In the interest of safety, the judge has the right to disqualify any athlete who in their opinion does not have the ability to complete a throw without injuring themselves, other athletes or spectators.  The judge also has the right to disqualify any athlete who displays poor sportsmanship.
  2. In the distance events, the Stone Putts, the Weight Throws and the Hammer Throws, the places shall be determined by the best legal throw.  In the event of a tie, first place and the above method does not determine a first place winner and all tied athletes agree, then one additional throw shall be made to try to break the tie.  If a winner is not determined by this additional throw or all tied athletes do not agree to the additional throw, then the event shall be declared a tie.  Ties for places other than first not broken by the above method shall be declared a tie.  In the event of a tie, the points for places shall be added together and divided among the tied athletes.
  3. The trig is to be made of wood.  It shall measure 4’6″ long and 5 ½” to 6″ high.  Every effort shall be made to secure the trig to the ground so that it will not move during the event if an athlete steps against it.
  4. The athlete is not allowed to touch any part of the trig, except the vertical face nearest the athlete when they take their stance.  The touching of the ground beyond the trig, the top of the trig, or stepping on or going beyond the extension lines drawn from the sides of the trig by any part of the athlete’s body during their attempt, shall be a foul and count as a throw – whether the implement has been delivered or not.  The athlete shall start with at least one foot completely within the back sidelines and finish with at least one foot completely within the front sidelines.  During the attempt the athlete must also start with both feet inside the back line, and once they have started their throw, is not allowed to step over the back line with any part of their feet.  When the athlete releases the implement, one foot must be completely inside the front sideline and both feet must be behind the trig and the extension lines.  The lines on the ground shall be drawn so that they are in.  If an athlete steps over the line then it is a foul.  The athlete may start and stop their throw and it will not count as a foul as long as the weight does not leave their hand and as long as they do not foul with regard to the trig.
  5. In all distance events, after normal competition is completed, the winner may be given the opportunity to attempt to set a new games, National and World Record.  The athlete shall be given the option to have three attempts to try to set new records.  If the athlete chooses they may use all or none of these extra record attempts, the farthest distance reached by the athlete shall be recorded as a new record if the old one has been broken.
  6. In competition the weight for height, where all athletes have failed except one, that athlete is entitled to continue until they have missed three times at the same height.  The height to which the bar is to be raised shall be decided after consulting the wishes of the athlete.  Any Game, National or World Records must be achieved within that competition.
  7. No devices which assist an athlete when making a throw shall be allowed; that is taping of fingers together, the use of gymnastic gloves with wooden dowels and the use of weight lifting straps.  The use of gloves, taping individual fingers, toe spikes for the hammer throw and non-slip preparations are allowed.
  8. In order for an athlete to win or place in an over all competition, they must attempt to compete in all the events.  At the discretion of the judge, if the athlete does not attempt to compete in all events then they will not receive points or awards for the individual or overall competition.
  9. It is the responsibility of the athlete to know where they are in the rotation and to know what height the bar is at.
  10. The order in which athletes compete shall be determined by draw.  After each completed event, the athlete who threw first is now placed last in the next event and everybody moves up one place.  This is repeated after each event.
  11. When measuring the overall length of an implement it shall be measured from the bottom of the weight to the top of the handle.

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