Field Events

General Rules

  • Flight assignments will be based on random draw, as will athlete competing order. Requests for flight reassignment will be considered when an athlete will be competing at the same time in another event. Field event officials, when requested, will make as much accommodation as possible to all athletes in allowing them to make up throws/jumps while competing in their flight if a change of flight is not granted.
  • Field event athletes should be pre-registered at least one week prior to Nationals. Any changes must be made at the sign-in table at least 45 minutes prior to the start of the flight.
  • Athletes should check in at the event site 30 minutes prior to the start of the flight.
  • No coaches or spectators will be allowed on the field.
  • USATF rules will apply, except where otherwise noted here.
  • Individuals on a team may compete without a partner.
  • For safety purposes in the long jump, temporary take-off (or “board”) markings on the runway are allowed; a facility’s existing runway markings need not be the only markings used for take-off board/foul, and measurement purposes.

Team High Jump:
Up to three athletes per team, each competing in the high jump, using decathlon-type scoring on an age and gender-adjusted scale, with the summed score of the two best athletes determining a team’s score. The team with the highest score wins.

The high jump will start each flight at one of the two heights (3′ or 5′). Each athlete can select which flight to enter in the high jump. Heights will be increased by 2″ increments at all intervals. Athletes may pass at any height.

Each athlete stays in the high jump competition until they have three consecutive misses at the same height.

Team Long Jump:
Up to three athletes per team, each competing in the long jump, using decathlon-type scoring on an age and gender-adjusted scale, with the summed score of the two best athletes determining a team’s score. The team with the highest score wins.

Each athlete will be allowed four attempts in the long jump. Anyone failing to jump when called will forfeit that attempt in the competition.

Team Shot Put:
Up to three athletes per team, each throwing the adjusted Shot weight for age and gender (shown in the table below), using decathlon-type scoring on an age and gender-adjusted scale, with the summed score of the two best athletes determining a team’s score. The team with the highest score wins.

Gender: Age: Shot Weight:
Male 49 years or under 16 lbs
Male 50-59 years 12 lbs
Male 60 years or older 4 kilos
Female 49 years or under 4 kilos
Female 50+ years 3 kilos
  • Competitors may use their own weight implement if USATF inspection/weight instrumentation is available at the meet. Otherwise, common weight implements are to be used. Athletes using their own implements must have them weighed by the Meet Inspector at least 45 minutes prior to the start of the flight.
  • Each athlete will be allowed four throws in the shot put. Anyone failing to throw when called will forfeit that attempt in the competition.

Team Discus Throw:
Up to three athletes per team, each throwing the adjusted Discus weight for age and gender (shown in the table below), using decathlon-type scoring on an age and gender-adjusted scale, with the summed score of the two best athletes determining a team’s score. The team with the highest score wins.

Gender: Age: Discus Weight:
Male 49 years or under 2.0 kilos
Male 50-59 years 1.5 kilos
Male 60 years or older 1.0 kilo
Female 49 years or under 1.0 kilo
Female 50+ years 1.0 kilo
  • Competitors may use their own weight implement if USATF inspection/weight instrumentation is available at the meet. Otherwise, common weight implements are to be used. Athletes using their own implements must have them weighed by the Meet Inspector at least 45 minutes prior to the start of the flight.
  • Each athlete will be allowed four throws in the discus throw. Anyone failing to throw when called will forfeit that attempt in the competition.

Decathlon Scoring:
(Shot Put, Discus, High Jump, Long Jump)

To score the field events, take the distance or height and convert to inches. Divide this mark by the record (in inches) shown in the table below, multiply the results by 1000, and truncate any fraction remaining. The result is the decathlon point score.

In other words:
(your mark in inches) / (inches for you in chart) * 1000 = (your score, after truncating any fraction)

Use the online Field Events Calculator to calculate this score easily: www.uscaa.org/goodies/fieldCalc.html
The web page may also be saved to your computer to use when not connected to the internet (e.g. at a meet). Save this web page periodically for any updates.

Shot Put:

Age Group: Thru 29 30-34 35-39 40-44 45-49 50-54 55-59 60-64 65-69 70-74 75-79 80+
Male: 867″
(72′ 3″)
798.5″
(66′ 6.5″)
728″
(60′ 8″)
659″
(54′ 11″)
591.5″
(49′ 3.5″)
654″
(54′ 6″)
620″
(51′ 8″)
664″
(55′ 4″)
580″
(48′ 4″)
539″
(44′ 11″)
497.75″
(41′ 5.75″)
483″
(40′ 3″)
Female: 752″
(62′ 8″)
711″
(59′ 3″)
670″
(55′ 10″)
629″
(52′ 5″)
588″
(49′ 0″)
547″
(45′ 7″)
542″
(45′ 2″)
465″
(38′ 9″)
424″
(35′ 4″)
321″
(26′ 9″)
293″
(24′ 5″)
270.25″
(22′ 6.25″)

 Discus:

Age Group: Thru 29 30-34 35-39 40-44 45-49 50-54 55-59 60-64 65-69 70-74 75-79 80+
Male: 2736″
(228′ 0″)
2733″
(227′ 9″)
2595″
(216′ 3″)
2464″
(205′ 4″)
2318″
(193′ 2″)
2432″
(202′ 8″)
2280″
(190′ 0″)
2442″
(203′ 6″)
2224″
(185′ 4″)
1818″
(151′ 6″)
1538″
(128′ 2″)
1460″
(121′ 8″)
Female: 2598″
(216′ 6″)
2595″
(216′ 3″)
2439″
(203′ 3″)
2295″
(191′ 3″)
2147″
(178′ 11″)
1983″
(165′ 3″)
1816″
(151′ 4″)
1655″
(137′ 11″)
1502″
(125′ 2″)
887.5″
(73′ 11.5″)
713″
(59′ 5″)
585″
(48′ 9″)

High Jump:

Age Group: Thru 29 30-34 35-39 40-44 45-49 50-54 55-59 60-64 65-69 70-74 75-79 80+
Male: 92″
(7′ 8″)
88″
(7′ 4″)
83″
(6′ 11″)
78″
(6′ 6″)
74″
(6′ 2″)
69″
(5′ 9″)
65″
(5′ 5″)
60″
(5′ 0″)
56″
(4′ 8″)
54″
(4′ 6″)
52″
(4′ 4″)
48.25″
(4′ 0.25″)
Female: 79″
(6′ 7″)
75″
(6′ 3″)
70″
(5′ 10″)
66″
(5′ 6″)
62″
(5′ 2″)
57″
(4′ 9″)
53″
(4′ 5″)
48″
(4′ 0″)
44″
(3′ 8″)
42.75″
(3′ 6.75″)
41.25″
(3′ 5.25″)
35.5″
(2′ 11.5″)

Long Jump:

Age Group: Thru 29 30-34 35-39 40-44 45-49 50-54 55-59 60-64 65-69 70-74 75-79 80+
Male: 350″
(29′ 2″)
330″
(27′ 6″)
311″
(25′ 11″)
291″
(24′ 3″)
272″
(22′ 8″)
252″
(21′ 0″)
233″
(19′ 5″)
213″
(17′ 9″)
194″
(16′ 2″)
182″
(15′ 2″)
170.25″
(14′ 2.25″)
144.5″
(12′ 0.5″)
Female: 276″
(23′ 0″)
257″
(21′ 5″)
238″
(19′ 10″)
219″
(18′ 3″)
201″
(16′ 9″)
182″
(15′ 2″)
163″
(13′ 7″)
144″
(12′ 0″)
125″
(10′ 5″)
123.5″
(10′ 3.5″)
122″
(10′ 2″)
109.5″
(9′ 1.5″)