Broken Implements

Treatment of broken implements under the various rule sets are similar, and is another example of were standardization of North America rule sets can be made.

Borges Based Rules

When an implement is broken during a competition, a suitable and equal implement shall be substituted and the competition continued. If the judge does not feel that a suitable and equal implement has been substituted, then at the judge’s discretion, the round in which the implement was broken shall be repeated with the distances originally recorded in that round disregarded.

  • I think the rule clarity can be cleaned up a bit, perhaps to something like:  If the judge does not feel that a suitable and equal implement is available for substitution, then at the judge’s discretion, the round in which the implement was broken shall be repeated with the distances originally recorded in that round disregarded.
  • It is the judge’s option to continue the round or start the round over, when there is NOT a suitable substitution implement.
  • Time constraints and level of competition should weigh into the judge’s decision.
  • What happens if a record is set in a round in which a implement is broken and the round is started over?
    • Clearly (& unfortunately), the record would not stand and could not be submitted as the throw was not legal. OR could it?

NASGA Based Rules

If an implement breaks during a competition and cannot be repaired quickly, the round in which it broke should be started over with a new implement being used. If the judge determines that time does not allow for this, then a new implement will be used and the round continued where it left off.

RMSA’s Modification

If an implement breaks during a competition and cannot be repaired quickly or replaced with an equivalent implement then the round where the break occurred is scratched, and the round in which it broke should be started over with a new implement being used. If the judge determines that substituting a new implement will not affect the outcome, then a new implement will be used and the round continued where it left off.

MASA Modification

… cannot be repaired quickly, or replaced by a nearly identical implement, the round in which it broke may be started over at the judge’s discretion with a new implement being used. If the judge determines that time does not allow for this, then a new implement will be used and the round continued where it left off.

Differences

The difference in rule sets is whether the throwing round can continue after the implement is broken and what conditions allow the continuation.  All rules sets allow continuation as they use terms like should be and may be instead of shall be.  Borges rules takes is a step farther in that the round shall continue when a suitable replacement implement exists.

If in doubt, a judge can always check with his AD on whether he should continue or start over as the AD has the final say not the rule book.

  • This also allows the AD to take the heat from any throwers who do not like the decision.

If the round starts over, all prior throws are scratched – thus, if a record is broken and the round starts over, the record throw is ignored and cannot be submitted.

Broken Weights

The four weights pictured below are legal 28-lb weights for distance events.

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If any one broke, what would you do?

  • Would you substitute any one of these for any of the others and continue the round?
  • Would you start the round over?
  • Would you start the event over?

None of the weights are similar. Thus, a suitable and equal implement does not exist. The round should be restarted but the event does not have to be restarted. Under NASGA and MASA, the judge has the option to continue the round when time does not permit starting the round over. RMSA does not give this leeway but uses the “should be“. Borges based rule leaves it up to the judges discretion.

If there was a suitable replacement weight, under Borges based rules, the round continues. Under other rule sets, the judge could substitute that weight and continue from that point forward in all but NASGA rules, where only time constraints can trigger continuation of the round.  But then again, NASGA uses the term “should be” which gives wiggle room.  The AD has the last word on his field and thus can over-ride the rules, so in doubt, check with the AD.

Broken Hammers

With hammers, the handle is more likely to break than the head. Games may have multiple hammers of the same weight (shape, handle diameter, and material) so that the competition can continue quickly by swapping in the spare hammer.

The difficulty arises when the heads are not identical or hammers uses different size handles.

  • If the judge is force to use a hammer with a different size handle, the judge should seriously consider starting the round over.
  • If the judge is force to use a hammer with a different shaped head (bullet vs sphere), the judge should seriously consider starting the round over.
  • If the heads are similar, but not identical, it is a judgment call.

Broken Hammer Handles and Records

If a record has been broken using a hammer whose handle has subsequently broken, all pieces of the handle should be saved so that the weight can be verified and hopefully the length.

The AD should have verified the hammer before the start of the contest, and some would think keeping the broken handle parts a bit redundant. Better Save than Sorry!

In addition, if a record is broken, the judge should consider verifying the handle length before the next throw and if there is a second hammer consider swapping that hammer as the competition hammer to preserve the record breaking hammer.

Broken Stones

What can you do with a broken stone?

  • Duct tape it and start the round over.
  • Replace it with a new stone and start the round over.

If a record is broken and the stone splits in two, the record will not stand if the round is started over with a new stone.  This sucks.  The only way the record will stand, is if the remaining throwers in that round voluntarily scratch their throws allowing the rond to be finished.

Broken Cabers

If the caber is broken in competition and can not be repaired, a similar caber will be selected and the round (actually, most games start the event over rather than the round) will start over with all of the prior cabers results discarded.

Borges based rules:

If the caber breaks during the competition, placing is determined by all completed rounds. If fewer than two full rounds have been completed, and a caber of equal size and difficulty is available then all three rounds of the caber may be repeated. If a qualifying caber is used then any successful turn qualifies the competitor for the next caber.

Broken cabers can make this a time consuming event.  Thus, a properly equipped game should be prepared to mend cracked cabers in hope to nurse that caber through that division’s round.

The AD/Judge/equipment manager can duct tape the caber in hopes of providing some support. In addition to duct taping the caber, some games stock lathe to be used as a “splint” along with duct tape to nurse the caber through the round.