Under Control

“Under Control” – Its a regional thing!

Not all rule sets have an “Under Control” clause:

the competitor will complete the throw under control as decided by the judge or the throw will be ruled a foul.

    • It is often ruled that the competitor is out of control when he goes to at least one knee, sits down, or any part of his body other than feet or hand(s) touch the ground.
    • A rule set without the “Under Control” clause allows any part of the body to touch the ground within the box. Thus, fouls cannot be called on those who sit or go to a knee within the box.
    • An explanation of why an “under control” clause exists has been provided by Carlos Borges and goes like this: 

      The reason for the ‘control’ language is so that a thrower who releases and plants one foot out and then has to take the other foot out to keep standing up CAN”T say “I finished with one in and one out” and demand that it be called fair, or can’t fall out the back and call it fair, or step over and call it fair claiming that they released before they stepped over.

  • An urban legend states that this rule was inserted as a response to Brian Oldfield, who had a bazaar throwing style in the weights, in which he was known to wind the weight in a circle around his head followed by a full discus spin ending with a release that had Oldfield landing on the ground in a push up position.  Rules sets today with or without the control clause would scratch his throws.  See the below video.