Indoor Collegiate Throwing Events


Indoor Throwing Facility

To the left is the "cage" for both indoor shot and the weight throw. This is used as the primary saftey precaution between the thrower and the spectators and judges. It happens very often that one little mistake will throw off the athletes balance and the implement could fly in any direction.

The cage is made up of a netting, usually held up by 5 posts. Some outdoor facilities use a metal cage that resembles cyclone fencing, but this can prove dangerous. If the thrower loses control of the implement, it may bounce off of the metal cage, and back at the thrower. With netting, the cage gives a little bit of lee way, where it absorbs most of the initial shock of the impact. In the front of the cage are gates, where one is folded in based on whether the thrower is left, or right handed in the weight throw.

On the right is the indoor ring used for competition. With the toe board facing the vectors, it is used as a shot put ring. Many schools will either take off the toe board or rotate the whole entire ring platform to move to toe board on the side for the weight throw, to prevent a tripping hazard out of the front of the ring.

The Weight Throw

Weight throw is almost identical to the hammer throw. It has the same footwork, and the same general technique. There may be a few differences though due to the increase of weight and shorter overall length of the implement.

The men's weight weighs in at 35lbs, while the women's is 20lbs. The implement consists of a ball inside of a holder, then attached to a swivel and a handle.

The event is completed by swinging the weight around the head or doing a static start. This is followed by a series of turns such as the hammer and releasing the weight into the vectors by while keeping control in the ring.

The size of the circle or ring, is the same size as that of the shot put ring. It is possible to utilize the same board, only if the shot put toe board is removed to reduce the hazard.

To watch how this throw is performed, click here!



Shot Put

Indoor shot put and outdoor shot put are identical besides the material that the shot is made out of. An outdoor shot is made of steal or brass, where an indoor shot is usually made out of plastic and filled with sand or lead.

In shot put, we originally saw men throwing stones, and even cannon balls from behind a line for sport. We saw this transform into it's cousin in the Highland Games.

A shot is a rounded metal ball, varying in size as there are no size restrictions. The men's shot weighs 7.26kg, and the women's is an even 4kg.

It must be thrown with one hand from behind a box at the front of the ring, called a toe board. It must land within vector lines for the throw to be considered legal, without falling outside of the ring during the throw.

For more in depth information about the shot put event, click here!

To watch how this event is performed, click here!



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