Safety Guidelines During Meets
1) Only adults should be allowed to enter the throwing sector during warm up periods and during the actual meet.
2) When a throw is taking place there should be no more than two individuals between the sector lines.
3) Any individual inside the sector lines when a throw is taking place should be separated from each other. The suggested separated distance is approximately 20 feet.
4) An athlete during the meet or pre meet should not perform any warm up movements such as turns, winds, throws, etc with the implement outside of the cage.
5) Any individual including officials, media, coaches and spectators should be allowed to come within 5 feet of the cage when a throw is in progress. Flagging should be placed around the hammer cage.
6) Throwers should not proceed until then have been given verbal confirmation to do so by an official.
7) Retrievers and markers should never have their backs facing the throwing ring. A marker should move sideways rather than directly toward or away from an approaching throw.
8) Individuals such as fans, parents, other athletes or media should never be allowed to stand close to the sector lines whilst a practice or meet is taking place.
Safety Guidelines During Practice and Training
1) All hammer practice should be performed either at the end or beginning of track practice i.e. the field should be clear of all individuals not taking part in the hammer practice.
2)The practice should be under the constant and strict supervision of a coach or an adult who is competent and has the necessary skills and knowledge.
3) Using soft-landing hammers, chain hammers, towels etc should be considered by the coach if damaging the landing area is an issue. When it comes to training beginners or inexperienced throwers, a coach should consider using alternative implements.
4) In the event of a throw being in danger of going out of control, throwers can be instructed to bring it back under control whilst still inside the ring or cage. This is opposed to simply releasing the implement. Unless by trying to bring it back under control, in the judgement of the thrower, would cause the risk of injury to themselves.
5) Throwers should make sure that any and all potentials landing areas are clear before starting their action to throw.
6) As many meet safety guidelines as possible should be employed during practice sessions for a safer training environment.