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Rule Change for Discus Throwing

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It used to be that high school and college discus throwing were a lot different from each other. The rules were different, the equipment was different, etc… However, now the gap between the collegiate and high school levels is shrinking. The latest change has to do with the field allotment into which the contestants’ throws must land.

Wheras in high school the throwers used to be confined to either a 40 or 60 degree area, collegiate track and field athletes had a slimmer 34.92 degree angle. Now though, high school athletes are being held to the same standards as their older counterparts. They too must keep their throws within a 34.92 degree area.

This change has resulted in a lot of anxious high school track and field coaches. However, this anxiety is not due their inability to teach their athletes enough discipline and technique to stay within the rules. The nervousness is due to the fact that many high school programs have purchased discus rings and structures that are manufactured specifically for the wider angle of high school discus throwing. Many are fearful that they will have to purchase new, expensive structures to keep their programs afloat.

However, there is a solution. Here at Robbins Sports we deal with one of the most prominent manufacturers of track and field equipment in the country – Stackhouse Athletic Equipment. While Stackhouse has begun to manufacture discus rings solely for the new regulations, it also offers a modification kit that will turn any previously sold Stackhouse discus ring into a new, rule-abiding ring. All that is required is two additional sleeves to be added to the already existing structure. So, coaches be not afraid. Stackhouse can help you.

Nishan Wilde is VP of Sales for Robbins Sports, an online resource for top of the line track and field equipment including Starting Blocks, Shot Puts and the ever popular Track and Field Discus.