Inspection routine

  1. Inspect the surface of the ring for any protrusions or indentations. These can cause the athlete to loose their balance and potentially fall, causing injury
  2. Make sure that the ring is swept and free of any grass, dirt or other material that may effect the traction of the competitors' shoes
  3. Make sure that the yellow area is flagged off or otherwise partitioned so that non-competitors cannot wander into it
  4. Make sure that the landing area will not create unusual bounces or ricochets.
    • don't allow anything foreign in the sector that may cause a bounce (i.e. markers)
    • large stones can be a problem as well
    • make officials, workers and others aware of wet grass that will cause the discus to skid
  5. Inspect the cage and netting at least once per week, and as needed if the implement comes in contact with the cage or its supports
    • The cage should be sufficiently slack so that the implement will not bounce back toward the athlete in the circle
    • The red zone should be expanded to reflect this slackness. Use this procedure to determine the red zone around the cage:
      1. Pull on the netting (with a good amount of force) to see how far it is displaced toward the outside of the cage.
      2. Add an additional 3 feet to that point and mark the ground with a red line or stripe. This is a clear indicator to everyone that this is a potential danger area

Practice Considerations

Competition Considerations


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