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For more information on and to register in the Heavy Events at the Red Deer Games (and other Highland Games in Alberta) contact: Alberta Scottish Athletics Association

 Putting the Stone/Open Stone

Standard Weight: Men 16 lbs. to 22 lbs.
Women 8 lbs. to 12 lbs.
There is no standard size or weight of the stone. The stone must be put with one hand and with the stone remaining against the neck throughout the throw until the release. Any throwing style may be used as long as the rules are followed and the style is deemed safe by the judge.

Throwing the Weights for Distance

Standard Weights: Men 28 lbs. and 56 lbs.
Women 14 lbs. and 28 lbs.
The weight will be thrown with one hand only. The weight shall be made of metal but can be of various shapes and sizes including spherical, bullet or box shaped. The handle can either be attached directly to the weight or attached with a length chain. The handle may also be of various shapes and thickness such as a ring, triangle or a "D" shape. The total weight of each implement will be 14 lb., 28 lb., 42 lbs. and 56 lbs. The women shall throw 14 lb. and 28 lb. weights and the men shall throw 28 lb. and 56 lb. weights. The implement shall not measure more than 18" in overall length. Any throwing style may be used as long as the rules are followed and the style is deemed safe by the judge.

Throwing the Hammers

Standard Weights: Men 16 lbs. and 22 lbs.
Women 12 lbs. and 16 lbs.
The hammer head shall be spherical and made of metal, and the shaft shall be of wood, rattan,bamboo, or plastic(PVC pipe is sometimes used for increased durability). Rattan or bamboo is recommended over wood or plastic. The total weight of each hammer will be 12 lbs., 16 lbs., and 22 lbs. The women shall throw the 12 lb. and 16 lb. hammers and the men shall throw the 16 lb. and 22 lb. hammers. The length of the hammer will be no longer than 50" in overall length. The hammer will be thrown with the feet in a fixed position. There is no approach allowed in the hammer throw. The  competitor may move his feet after the hammer is released.

Tossing the Caber

There is no standard size or weight of a caber but the caber should be of a length and weight such that at least half the competitors can turn it. The caber is to be made only of wood. The caber shall be placed upright for the competitor, with the heavy end on top. The attempt begins when the competitor lifts the caber from the ground. If the competitor drops the small end of the caber back to the ground after having picked it up, this shall count as one attempt. The competitor may take any length of run they wish and may toss the caber from where they choose, as long as it is within the judge‘s boundaries. The caber must pass through the vertical position (90 degrees from the ground) in order to count as a turned caber.  The "clock face method" of judging shall be used. The caber in a perfect toss will pass through the vertical position and land with the small end pointing directly at 12 o'clock away from the competitor in an imaginary straight line extending from the competitor through the initial landing point and in line with the direction of the run. A valid throw is when the small end of the caber passes through the vertical position and falls away from the competitor to land within the 180 degree radius between 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock point once the toss has been made. Each competitor is allowed three attempts, all of which should be scored and the best of these to be used to determine placing.

Tossing the Sheaf

Standard Weights: Men 20 lbs.(16 lbs. or 20 lbs. for Amateurs)
Women 12 lbs.
The sheaf will be a burlap or plastic bag filled with a suitable material such as straw, mulch, or rope. The sheaf will be thrown over a crossbar for height with a pitchfork. The total weight of the bag shall be 20 lbs for men and 12 lbs. for women. If there is a master’s class they may throw a 16 lb. sheaf instead of a 20 lb. weight. The toss shall be made in any manner desired using a pitchfork with at least two tines.

Tossing the Weight for Height

Standard Weights: Men 56 lbs.
Woman 28 lbs.
The weight will be thrown with one hand only. The weight shall be made of metal but can be of various shapes and sizes including spherical, bullet or box shaped. The handle can either be attached directly to the weight or attached with a length chain. The handle may also be of various shapes and thickness such as a ring, triangle or a "D" shape. The total weight of each implement shall be 28 lb., 42 lbs. and 56 lbs. The women shall throw a 28 lb. weight and the men shall throw a 56 lb. weight. If there is a master’s class they may throw a 42 lb. weight instead of a 56 lb. weight. The implement shall not measure more than 18" in overall length but a weight shorter than this is normally used when thrown for height to avoid hitting the ground when swung between the legs. Any throwing style may be used as long as the rules are followed and the style is deemed safe by the judge.

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