Discus Throw – The Rules

It is needless to say that discus throw is a game that needs a lot of strength and endurance. So after a lot of hard work if you will lose your points on the field for some foul throw then it is very demotivating. Hence knowing the necessary rules and practicing in accordance to them well in advance is going to help you a lot.

The rules for Discus Throw game are laid and governed by IAAF for the discus, the playing environment, and for the player itself.

Rules Regarding Discus

Here are some of the important rules regarding discus −

  • The discus can be made of any material such as wood but it must have a circular edge with a metallic rim.

  • Inner construction can be both solid and hollow.

  • The cross section of the edge should be made in circular manner and it should have a radius of 6mm.

  • All sides of the discus should be identical. They must be free from any type of sharp edges or irregularities.

  • Finishing of the discus should be smooth.

Rules Regarding Discus

Rules Regarding Cage

Here are some important rules regarding cage −

  • The construction and the strength of the cage should be such that it can arrest a disc of around 2Kg coming at a speed of 25m/sec.

  • There should be no threat of rebounding of the disc from the cage.

  • The cage should have at least one side open. Therefore it is often recommended to construct it in a “U” shape.

  • At the lowest pint the height of the netting point should be 4m.

  • Synthetic and natural fiber is the idle material for the construction of the net. However, high tensile strength steel wire can also be used.

Rules Regarding Throw

Here are some important rules regarding throw −

  • The discus can only be thrown by an athlete when he or she will stand inside a circle which has a diameter of 2.5m.

  • During the course of throw, the athletes are prohibited from touching the top of the rim. However, they can touch the inner part of the rim.

  • An athlete cannot touch the ground beyond the circle.

  • If the athlete leaves the circle before the landing of the disc on the ground, then it will be considered as a foul throw.

  • In the Olympic matches, each athlete is given 8 chances to showcase their talents.

  • There is particular boundary of landing of the disc. If the disc lands outside that zone then that throw is considered invalid.