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Rulebook - Javelin

National Veterans Golden Age Games

Event 10: Javelin

Event 10-A: Javelin 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 official javelins. Competitors must use javelins that are provided.

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


An outdoor area as designated by the National Veterans Golden Age Games host. The area will be large enough to allow for spectators to be safely away from the area in which the javelin is being thrown. All javelin throws shall be made from an arc of a circle drawn with a radius of 8m at the end of a runway 4m wide. The landing sector is marked by two radii separated by 29 degrees, extending outward from a point on the runway 8m before the curved throwing arc. The host will provide a minimum of two javelin throwing areas.

Wheelchair Division- Throwing chairs, provided by the Games, will be utilized by all competitors in the wheelchair division. Competitors may be permitted to throw javelin from wheelchair if approved and considered safe by National Official. The host will provide a minimum of one javelin throwing area with a throwing chair.


Each competitor will have the opportunity to throw an offi­cial javelin 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 javelins will be used. The javelin shall consist of three main parts; a head, a shaft, and a cord grip. The shaft may be solid or hollow and shall be constructed of metal or other suitable material. The shaft shall have fixed to it a metal head terminating in a sharp point. Weight and length will vary by age/gender categories:

Ambulatory Division:

  • Women age 55 to 59 will utilize 500g javelin
  • Women age 60+ will utilize 400g javelin
  • Men age 55 to 59 will utilize 700g javelin
  • Men age 60 to 69 will utilize 600g javelin
  • Men age 70 to 79 will utilize 500g javelin
  • Men age 80+ will utilize 400g javelin

Wheelchair Division:

  • All women will utilize 400g javelin
  • Men age 55-79 will utilize 500g javelin
  • Men age 80+ will utilize 400g javelin

Rule 2:00 The Throw

Section 1
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 runway to throw the javelin a valid throw is to be made. Requirements for a valid throw:
  1. javelin must be held by the grip with one hand only
  2. at no time after preparing to throw until the javelin is in the air may the competitor turn completely around so that his back is towards the throwing area
  3. javelin shall be thrown over the shoulder
  4. no throw shall be counted in which the tip of the metal head, in contacting the ground when it first lands, is not completely within the inner edges of the lines of the sector before any other part of the javelin
  5. spinning is illegal
Section 3
A foul counts as one of the three per­mitted attempts, and the 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 throw. A foul will be called if:
  1. competitor touches with any part of the body, the arc as marked or the lines drawn which mark the runway
  2. competitor leaves the runway before the javelin has touched the landing surface
Section 4
All throws are marked at the nearest point of landing. Measurement is made directly after each throw and extends to the inside edge of the arc.
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 javelin imprint. After the zero end of the tape is secured, it is extended by the other measurer to the middle point of the arc. The official makes sure the tape is fully extended, and then reads the measurement to the lower quarter-inch of the arc's edge. In the mean­time, the javelin retriever runs the javelin back to the arc.
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 longest throw.

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