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Rulebook - Discus

National Veterans Golden Age Games

Event 6: Discus

Event 6-A: Discus Wheelchair

Age Groups

  • 55-59
  • 60-64
  • 65-69
  • 70-74
  • 75-79
  • 80-84
  • 85-up


The National Veterans Golden Age Games host will provide discus. The body of the discus shall be made of wood or other suitable material with a metal rim, the edge of which shall be cir­cular. The cross section of the edge shall be rounded in a true circle having a radius of approximately 6mm. There may be circular plates set flush into the center of the sides. Alternatively, the discus may be made without metal plates, provided that the equivalent area is flat and the measure­ments and total weight of the implement corresponds to the specifications. Each side of the discus shall be identical and shall be made without indentations, projections, or sharp edges. The sides shall taper in a straight line from the beginning of the curve of the rim to a circle of a radi­us 25mm (min), 28.5mm (max) from the center of the discus. Competitors must use the dis­cus, which are pro­vid­ed.

Other Equipment: tape measure, score sheets, drinking water, non-ambulatory throwing chair, and first aid kit.


An area of adequate size designated by the National Veterans Golden Age Games host. The area should be large enough to allow for specta­tors to be safely away from the area in which the discus is being thrown. A circle shall be marked from which competi­tors must throw the discus. The host will provide a minimum of two discus throwing competition areas.

Wheelchair Division- Throwing chairs, provided by the Games, will be utilized for all competitors in the wheelchair division. The host will provide a minimum of one shot put throwing area with a throwing chair.


Each competitor will have the opportunity to throw an offi­cial discus 3 times. Only the longest of each competitor's 3 throws will be counted. Note: Competitors must throw in an Olympic style.


Rule 1:00 Equipment

Official discus will be used.

Ambulatory Division
Women age 55-79 will utilize 1.0kg discus
Women age 80 and up will utilize .75kg discus
Men age 55 to 59 will utilize 1.5kg discus
Men age 60 and up will utilize 1.0kg discus
Wheelchair Division
All men and women age 55-79 will utilize 1.0kg discus
Women age 80 and up will utilize .75kg discus

The brand/type of discus is to be determined by the event official, who shall pro­vide the discus for the competitors.

Rule 2:00 The Throw

Section l
Each competitor will have 3 at­tempts. If he/she elects, he/she may pass on his/her second and third attempts.
Section 2
Once the competitor enters the circle to start the throw, an attempt must be made before leaving. It is considered to be a foul if:
  • competitor steps on or outside of the legal sector lines,
  • false starts more than once, or
  • leaves the circle from its front half.
Section 3
A foul counts as one of the three permit­ted attempts, and the event official will mark an "F" next to the competitor's name on the entry sheet. The official is respon­sible for viewing the legality of a competitor's move­ments.
Section 4
All throws are marked at the nearest edge of the point of landing. Measurement is made directly after each throw and extends to the inside edge of the circle nearest the mark, and is measured along an extended radius of the circle.
Section 5
The measuring tape is kept at its extended length during the whole competition for speed of measure­ment. One measurer stays on the border of the sector with the zero end of the tape and is responsible for moving into the sector and marking the discus imprint. After the zero end of the tape is secured, it is extended by the other measurer to the middle point of the discus circle. The official makes sure the tape is fully extended, and then reads the measurement to the lower quarter-inch at the circle's edge.
Section 6
There will be no tie-breakers in the event of a tie.

Rule 3:00 Scoring

Section 1
Scoring for First, Second and Third Place will be based on length of the three longest throws.

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