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
    • never throw the hammer or weight from a shot circle when the toe board is still in place
  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 red 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, especially with the smaller hammers (5K and under)
    • make officials, workers and others aware of wet grass that will cause the hammer to skid
    • very hard ground can cause the hammer to bounce
  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
    • Net cages are preferable to "cyclone fence" cages, since the netting will absorb much of the energy of the implement.
    • In the hammer, a double layer net cage, with the layers at least 2 feet apart, allows for greater energy dissipation.
    • Make sure that the doors work properly and can be moved.
    • Make sure that any gaps between the cage and the doors are covered with netting.
  6. Consider replacing the netting as per the manufacturers recommendation
    • netting on outdoor cages will deteriorate more quickly than on indoor cages
  7. Inspect the implement
    • Weight:
      • inspect the harness for frayed or torn straps
        • remember: repairs may only be made with manufacturer supplied parts
        • replace or repair torn straps BEFORE the next practice session or competition with that implement
        • duct tape, athletic tape, electrical tape - are not manufacturer supplied parts
    • Both: inspect the handles for cracks or burrs
    • Hammer:
      • tape the ends of the wires so that they will not catch on netting or clothing
      • look for nicks or kinks in the wire that may cause it to fail. Replace if necessary

Practice Considerations

Competition Considerations


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