Weight Over Bar

Weight Over Bar Implements

  • It is the AD’s responsibility to verified all implements before the Games.
  • The Official length of the implement is its total length, including the weight, handle, and any attaching device.
  • The implement shall not measure more than 18 inches in overall length from the bottom of the weight to the top of the handle.
      • Track and field measure an implement from the bottom of the weight to the inside edge of the handle.
  • The weight shall be made of metal and shall consist of a spherical, box, or conical shape.
  • The handle may be of triangle, ring, or “D” design.

Implement Weights:

The official weight of each implement is the total weight, including the handle, and any connecting device (Shackle, Chain, …)

  • Men’s Pros and Amateur Division                  56 Pounds – 4.0 Stones
  • Men’s Masters and Lightweight Divisions       42 Pounds – 3.0 Stones
  • Men’s Senior Masters Division                       35  Pounds – 2.5 Stones This division is contested in only a few games in the Northeast
  • Women’s Amateur Division                            28 Pounds – 2.0 Stones
  • Women’s Masters Division                             21 Pounds – 1.5 Stones

Non standard weights: The Senior Master’s division is contested in a few games in the Northeast. The trend of AD’s using the 21 lb weight for all masters women (40 and above) is controversial but growing.  SMAI keeps records for the 21lb weight for age group 45 and above.  For Women Masters age 40-44, SMAI records are based on 28lb weight.

Weights are given in the imperial weight unit of stones, 1 stone = 14lb pounds.  As a judge, you are responsible for answering questions. When answering questions about the weight, you should consider giving the answer using first the stone weights, than in pounds, followed by a commentary about the believe that the weights where once used in conjunction with agriculture scales, which used the imperial weight system of stone weights. This adds an element of education, entertainment, and history to the answer for those asking the questions.

Throwing Motion

  • Any style may be used to toss the weight as long as it is deemed safe by the judge (and the rules are followed).
    • Specific field rules may not allow the spinning technique to be used.
    • Events that do not allow spinning may also ban side throws.
  • The competitor may use either hand to toss the weight, but only one hand may be used.


If spinning is allowed, some of the same safety precautions used in weight for distance event needs to be observed in height events.

  • No one should be allowed to stand on the release side of the thrower.
    • This is the kill zone and the weight is just as likely to fly out while spinning for height as it is for distance throw.  The trajectory will be different as the throwing mechanics is a bit different than those for weight for distance.
    • Often it is the judge who is standing or sitting in the Kill Zone as this is a good angle to judge whether the implement cleared the bar or not.   Beware, at one Midwest Games the judge was hit by a weight square in his cheat.
  • If more than one upright is used and the uprights are in close proximity, a heads up to the neighboring throwing pit maybe wise, especially when the pit is on the release side of the thrower.
  • In ControlThe competitor will complete the throw under control as decided by the judge or the throw will be ruled a foul; this clause is not in Borges based rules.


  • Even though each and every thrower is responsible for his/her own safety, the judge has the ability to set the tone by emphasizing safety issues before each event.
  • Before each throw, the impact area behind the uprights should be scanned for those foolish enough to cross. Throwing should be halted until the field is clear of those not involved in the event.
  • The judge should pick a position to stand or sit that allows clear view of the cross bar and outside of the impact zone.
  • The Kill Zone: Never stand or allow others to stand on the release side of the thrower as this is one of the most dangerous place to observe this or any event with the spin.
  • The Judge determines whether a throwing style is safe and whether the athlete can perform the style safely.
  • In the interest of safety, the judge has the right to disqualify any competitor who, in the judge’s opinion, does not have the ability to complete a throw without undue risk of injury to himself, other competitors, or spectators.
  • The judge also has the right to disqualify any competitor who displays poor sportsmanship or engages in inappropriate conduct.
  • The Judge and competitor are not equipment experts. However, the judge and competitors should periodically inspect the implement for damage that would compromise its integrity.
  • An announcement that a left hand spinner is up should be made.
    • They release on the opposite side, which may dictate observes to move.
    • Observers can get complacent in height events.
  • If a set of uprights are close together and spinning is allowed, participants at the neighboring upright could be withing the kill zone.  A word of warning maybe needed.