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Rulebook - Shot Put

National Veterans Golden Age Games

Event 12: Shot Put

Event 12-A: Shot Put 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 shot puts. Competitors must use shot puts 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 shot put is being thrown. A circle shall be marked from which competitors must throw the shot put. The host will provide a minimum of two Shot Put throwing areas.

Wheelchair Division - Throwing chairs, provided by the Games, will be utilized by all competitors in the wheelchair division. (New for 2012) Competitors may be permitted to throw shot put from wheelchair if considered safe and approved by National Official. 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 shot put 3 times. Only the longest of each competitor's 3 throws will be counted.


Rule 1:00 Equipment

Official shot puts will be used. Construction to be of iron, weight will vary by age/gender categories:

Ambulatory Division

  • Women age groups will utilize 3-kilo (red) shot put
  • Men age 55 to 59 will utilize 6-kilo (gray) shot put
  • Men age 60 to 69 will utilize 5-kilo (green) shot put
  • Men age 70 and up will utilize 4-kilo (blue) shot put

Wheelchair Division

  • All women will utilize 3-kilo (red) shot put
  • All men will utilize 4-kilo (blue) shot put

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

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 putter enters the circle to start the put, an attempt must be made before leaving. It is considered to be a foul if he/she:
  • puts the shot on or out­side of the legal sector lines,
  • touches with any part of the body anything but the area within the painted circle,
  • false starts more than once, or
  • leaves the circle from its front half.
Section 3
A foul put 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 movements, and he/she stands at the circle to the open side of the shot putter.
Section 4
All puts are marked at the nearest edge of the point of landing. Measurement is made directly after each put 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 shot imprint. After the zero end of the tape is secured, it is extended by the other measurer to the middle point of the shot-put circle. The official makes sure the tape is fully extended, and then reads the measurement to the lower quarter-inch at the marked edge of circle. In the mean­time, the shot retriever runs the shot back to the circle.
Section 6
There will be no tie-breakers in the event of a tie.
Section 7
Competitors will be expected to use Olympic style form.

Rule 3:00 Scoring

Section 1
Scoring for First, Second and Third Place will be based on length of throw excluding the roll.

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