The 31st Japan Scottish Highland Games will consist of five of the events described below. A limit of 12 athletes will be allowed to participate in the games. Experience is not a prerequisite for participation in the heavy events, but there is a registration fee of ¥1000, payable on the day of the games. If a kilt is rented there will be a charge of ¥1000 to cover cleaning and repair.
There is no standard size or weight of the stone. Most games use stones of between 16lbs and 24lbs. 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.
The same rules apply in the Braemar Stone Put as in the Open Stone Put except there is no approach allowed. The stone must be put from a standing position. Reversing the feet after the release is allowed.
The weight will be thrown with one hand only. The total weight of each implement will be 28 lbs., 42 lbs. and 56 lbs. 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. The backline will be drawn 9' 0" from the trig.
The hammerhead shall be spherical and made of metal, and the shaft shall be of wood, rattan, or bamboo. The total weight of each hammer will be 16 lbs., and 22 lbs. 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. No back line is drawn for the Hammer Throw and sidelines are normally not drawn either. All fouls besides the backline foul still apply.
The caber is actually not tossed or thrown but turned end over end. 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. It is recommended that a back judge and a side judge be used. The judge may set boundaries if he feels the ground in a certain area is not suitable for the caber to be tossed or to provide safety for the spectators. Competitors 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. It is up to the judge to determine if the caber has passed through it. 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.
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 42 lbs. and 56 lbs. 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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