Measuring Assistant – Throws

A Measuring Assistant is required for both jumping (Long and Triple Jump) and throwing events (Shot Put, Discus and Javelin).

Being a Measuring Assistant is not a huge commitment of time and really benefits the efficiency and enjoyment of the event for the athlete. Typically there are two field events requiring a Measuring Assistant per Age Group each week. The role of Measuring Assistant is best shared between volunteers.

The Measuring Assistant’s role requires:

Discus/Shot Put

  • Measurement of the put is taken by placing the measuring spike/zero‐end of the tape at the landing imprint edge closest to the throwing circle.
  • The measuring tape is pulled through the centre of the circle, and the reading is then taken from the inside edge of the stop board.
  • They hold the tape in place until the Chief Judge has read and called the distance of the throw being measured.

Javelin

  • Check for foot fouls (touching the line or over) and show a white flag if no foot foul has occurred, or a red flag if a foot foul has occurred;
  • When the Spotter has placed the zero-end of the tape in position, pull the tape through the centre of the sector lines intersection point on the runway (8 metres into the runup area).
  • They hold the tape in place until the Chief Judge has read and called the distance of the throw being measured.

For the safety of the Measuring Assistant, they should stand in a sensible position to avoid possible injury. The best location is in the Take-off area (Jumps), Runway (Javelin) and at the Circle (Discus and Shot Put), in a sensible position facing the athlete, and concentration is essential.

A Measuring Assistant does not require a WWVP Card.

See similar roles including Raker, Spiker, Spotter and Chief Judge.