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Irish Two-Handed Super Heavy Stone Throw Rules – for General Public

The Irish have he Irish have a long tradition of throwing stones, sometimes at the British, sometimes at each other, but more often in a sporting competition. The following are adaptation of traditional Irish Rules for the Two-Handed Super Heavy Stone Throw.

General Rules
(a) Participants must be 21 years of age or older
(b) Participants must sign a waiver on registration
(c) Stone weights: 118 lbs. men; 56 lbs. women
(d) Three attempts by each individual participants is allowed and may be made anytime through out the day.
(e) Participants can vary throwing style between attempts.
Specific Rules
1. All rulings of the Judge are FINAL.
2. The Stone shall be thrown off grass, from behind the 4-foot foul line (painted line).

Note: A toe board will not be used; a painted foul line will be used with two vertical poles, erected in line with the end points of that foul line, providing an indicator of that line’s position.

3. The weight shall be thrown with one or both hands, without follow.  In other words, the contestant cannot step beyond the line or touch the ground in front of the line with any part of the contestant’s body.

Note: The vertical poles are treated as if they are beyond the foul line and cannot be touched with any part of the throwers body.

4. The competitor may use all or part of a 10-foot approach (run up) to the line as long as the stone is not over his head. Only overhead throws done from a standing or near standing position will be allowed.
5. It is open to the competitor to throw with or without a run or approach.
6. Any style of legal throw may be used as long as it is deemed safe by the judge.
7. All rulings of the Judge are FINAL.
8. Throws that are illegal:
a. Any style of throw in which the competitor is not facing the foul line.
b. Any style of throw in which the stone is over the head of the contestant while the contestant is approaching the foul line.  Only overhead throws done from a standing or near standing position will be allowed.
c. Any style of throw in which the thrower does not maintain control of the stone or his own body.
9. Fouls (invalid) throws:
a. The thrower may place one foot or both feet upon the line, but if either foot crosses over the foul line before the implement strikes the ground, the throw is ruled as a foul and not measured.  (When you step over the line, that is called the “follow”)
b. The thrower may not cross the foul line until the measure is taken; otherwise the throw will be ruled as a foul and not measured.
c. If the thrower ignores the instruction of the judge, the throw will be ruled as a foul and not measured.
d. The thrower makes an illegal throw; the throw will be ruled as a foul and not measured.
e. At no time during the throw, and not until the stone has been discharged into the air, may a competitor turn completely around, so that the back is towards the foul line, otherwise the throw will be ruled as a foul and not measured.  NO SPINNING
10. The measurement of the throw shall be from the nearest point at which the stone strikes the ground (nearest to the foul line) to the center of the foul line on the edge facing the field.

The roll of the stone does not count (did I really need to convie that?).

11. If you feel you have been judged unfairly, throw the stone farther on your next attempt as all rulings of the Judge are FINAL.

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