WEE Celtic Highland Games

Children's Activities: Athletics

Our Inaugural year is a training year for our wee lads and lassies as well as the faire. So its merely an exhibition, but games came arise in year to come, maybe from youth to adult.  As always with the faire our growth and reflection depends on you and what you enjoy.  We believe this will be a new favorite.



Probably the most famous of all the heavy events, the Caber Toss dates back to the 16thcentury, where there are references to “ye casting of ye Bar.” This event is also one of themost misunderstood. Distance has no bearing on the outcome of the event. The object ofthe contest is to toss the Caber end‐over‐end so that the small tapered end falls directlyaway from the contestant. A long tapered log is stood upright and hoisted by thecompetitor who balances it vertically holding the smaller end in his hands. Then thecompetitor runs forward attempting to toss it in such a way that it turns end over end withfirst, the upper (larger) end striking the ground and then the smaller end, originally held bythe athlete, following through and in turn striking the ground in the 12 o’clock positionmeasured relative to the direction of the run. If successful, the athlete is said to haveturned the caber. Cabers vary greatly in length, weight, taper, and balance, all of whichaffect the degree of difficulty in making a successful toss. Competitors are judged on howclosely their throws approximate the ideal 12 o’clock toss on an imaginary clock. For theWee version of this event, the athlete will be able to aim the caber at an actual image of aclock with the score calculated based on the distance to Midnight. The closer to Midnight,the higher your score. Competitors will use authentic cabers for younger athletes. Eachcompetitor is given two opportunities to toss the Caber and all tosses are scored for acumulative score. Technique will be explained or demonstrated by volunteer.



The modern or Olympic hammer throw is an athletic throwing event where the object is tothrow a heavy metal ball attached to a wire and handle. The name “hammer throw” isderived from older competitions where an actual sledge hammer was thrown. Suchcompetitions are still part of the Scottish Highland Games, where the implement used is asteel or lead weight at the end of a cane handle. With the feet in a fixed position, thehammer is whirled about one’s head and thrown for distance over the shoulder. Then theyapply force and pick up speed by completing one to four turns in the circle. In competition,most throwers turn three or four times. The ball moves in a circular path, graduallyincreasing in velocity with each turn with the high point of the ball toward the sector andthe low point at the back of the circle. The thrower releases the ball from the front of thecircle. The two most important factors for a long throw are the angle of release and thespeed of the ball. Each athlete gets two attempts, with the best throw being scored.

For our wee laddies and lassies, we continue our play on words and the weighted ball is replaced with a foam and canvas cover hammer.  We do not ask they spin for safety of all, but the goal remains distance within a confined area. 


SHEEP (play on word SHEAF) TOSS

The origins of this event obviously lie in the agricultural regions of Scotland. In thetraditional event, a 20 pound sheaf of hay enclosed in a burlap bag is tossed with a threetined pitch fork over a bar. For our wee laddies and lassies, the pitchfork is replaced witha plastic pitch shovel and the bale of hay is replaced with a smaller and lighter sheep that fitsinto shovel. Each competitor will start at an age‐determined level and be allowedcontinued attempts until he or she fails to toss the sheaf over the bar. Successfulclearance of the height allows the athlete to advance into the next round at a greaterheight. Activity will be scored in feet and inches for highest successful toss.



It's time to dust off your Kilts and get ready because The Great Kilted Sprint & Relays has now begun in Bucks County PA. We hope to have our kilts finely prepared for this inaugural activity, but feel free to bring your own.  We will encourage athleticism and healthiness, with some fun themed relay races and sprints, hopefully with a full band of kilts from our celtic kilted partners.



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