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We are excited to announce that the 1st Annual Suncoast Scots Scottish Highland Games & Celtic Festival that will take place on February 10, 2024. Registration will be available through the Foundation for Scottish Athletics at f4sa.org. Stay tuned for more information!
Open Stone Put
Similar to the shot put, except a stone is used that weighs usually between 16 and 22 pounds. It is called “open” style because any style of putting is allowed with the spin and glide styles being the most popular. The throwing area is a box 4’6” wide and 7’6” long. The thrower must keep one foot inside this area and not step over the back line or inside face of the trig or the throw is a foul.
This stone put uses a heavier stone usually between 22 and 28 pounds and it must be put from a standing position. The same throwing area and fouls for the open stone apply.
Weight for Distance
The weight can be either block or spherical shaped with links and a handle. The overall length cannot exceed 18”. The weight is thrown with one hand in a throwing area 4’6” x 9’. The thrower must keep one foot inside this area and not step over the back line or inside face of the trig or the throw is a foul.
The hammer has a lead or steel head with a bamboo or rattan handle affixed through a hole in the head. The overall length cannot exceed 50”. The athlete stands behind the trig with his back to the throwing area, winds the hammer around the head and releases over the shoulder. The athlete’s feet must remain in a fixed position until the hammer is released. Boots with blades attached to the front of them are usually worn to keep the feet on the ground and in a fixed position. Two different hammer weights are used-16lb & 22lb.
The Caber is a tree that has been cut and trimmed down so one end is slightly wider than the other. It can vary length from 16 to 22 feet and between 100 and 180 pounds. The caber is stood up for the thrower with the large end up. The thrower hoists the caber up, then takes a short run with the caber, stops and pulls the caber so that the large end hits the ground and the small end flips over and faces away from the thrower. The caber is scored for accuracy as though the thrower is facing the 12:00 position on a clock face. A judge behind the thrower calls how close to the 12:00 position the lands, 12:00 being a perfect toss.
The sheaf is either a 16lb or 20lb burlap bag stuffed with either chopped rope, straw or similiar product. The sheaf is tossed over a cross bar with a pitch fork. Three attempts are allowed at each height. If the thrower misses all three tries at one height, then they are out of that competition.
Weight over Bar
The weight over bar is the same as used for distance except it is shorter. The weight is tossed over a cross bar with one hand. Three attempts are allowed at each height. If the thrower misses all three tries at one height, then they are out of that competition. There are two different weights of (28lb & 56lb)