What is a discus?
A discus is an implement in the shape of a plate, that the athlete has to throw as far as they can. The discus can be made of rubber, wood and metal or plastic and metal.
How heavy is the discus?
Can the discus be thrown underarm?
Yes, and it is a perfectly valid throw. For the younger athletes it may take a while to be able to make a discus fly flat. In fact the discus can come out of the hand in any way, even out the back. If thrown correctly however, athletes will get a bigger throw.
When is a foul recorded?
- If the discus lands on or outside the sector lines.
- If the athlete leaves the circle in an uncontrolled manner.
- If any part of the athlete touches the ground outside the circle during the throw.
- If the athlete walks out the front half of the circle.
Where do I measure from?
- Measurement is from the nearest edge of the landing mark of the discus to the inside edge of the circle
- The zero end of the tape goes out to where the discus lands.
- The tape needs to be pulled directly back through the centre of the circle.
What are some basic rules?
- Athletes must commence the action from a stationary position inside the circle – meaning they cannot do a run up from outside the circle.
- The athlete must not leave the circle until the discus has landed.
- Athletes must be told the reason they have been fouled.
- If the discus hits the cage, bounces off and lands inside the sector lines this is not a foul.
- Athletes can enter the circle from any direction (front OR back), but must exit from the back half of the circle behind extension line.
What are the safety considerations?
- Keep participants who are waiting their turn, well back from the cage.
- Judges should stand on the outside of the sector lines and always be alert.
- Participants should not lean on or touch the cage, while waiting for their turn.
- Make sure the discus is smooth and there are no unsafe edges.
- Make sure the sector lines extend well past the largest throw you are expecting and mark these with a marker.
- Carry the discus back after each throw.
- Athletes must not throw until told to. They have one (1) minute from name called.
What are some “Handy Tips” for conducting discus?
- For large groups, allow athletes to have 2 throws rather than 3.
- Have the next athlete ready to throw with the discus in hand.
- Move any discus that are not being used, away from the immediate area.
- For younger age groups, only allow athletes to do a standing discus throw (no turns or spins).