boomerang Competition disciplines

Modern sports boomerangs

Modern boomerang tournaments usually involve some or all of the events listed below. In all disciplines the boomerang must travel at least 20 metres (66 ft) from the thrower. Throwing takes place individually. The thrower stands at the centre of concentric rings marked on an open field.

Events include:

  • Aussie Round: considered by many to be the ultimate test of boomeranging skills. The boomerang should ideally cross the 50-metre (160 ft) circle and come right back to the centre. Each thrower has five attempts. Points are awarded for distance, accuracy and the catch.
  • Accuracy: points are awarded according to how close the boomerang lands to the centre of the rings. The thrower must not touch the boomerang after it has been thrown. Each thrower has five attempts. In major competitions there are two accuracy disciplines: Accuracy 100 and Accuracy 50.
  • Endurance: points are awarded for the number of catches achieved in 5 minutes.
  • Fast Catch: the time taken to throw and catch the boomerang five times. The winner has the fastest timed catches.
  • Trick Catch/Doubling: points are awarded for trick catches behind the back, between the feet, and so on. In Doubling the thrower has to throw two boomerangs at the same time and catch them in sequence in a special way.
  • Consecutive Catch: points are awarded for the number of catches achieved before the boomerang is dropped. The event is not timed.
  • MTA 100 (Maximal Time Aloft, 100 metres (330 ft)): points are awarded for the length of time spent by the boomerang in the air. The field is normally a circle measuring 100 m. An alternative to this discipline, without the 100 m restriction is called MTA unlimited.
  • Long Distance: the boomerang is thrown from the middle point of a 40-metre (130 ft) baseline. The furthest distance travelled by the boomerang away from the baseline is measured. On returning the boomerang must cross the baseline again but does not have to be caught. A special section is dedicated to LD below.
  • Juggling: as with Consecutive Catch, only with two boomerangs. At any given time one boomerang must be in the air.

World records

As of June 2010
Discipline Result Name Year Tournament
Accuracy 100 99 points Alex Opri (D) 2007 Viareggio (ITA)
Aussie Round 99 points Fridolin Frost (D) 2007 Viareggio (ITA)
Endurance 81 catches Manuel Schütz (CH) 2005 Milano (ITA)
Fast Catch 14.60 s Adam Ruhf (USA) 1996 Emmaus (USA)
Trick Catch/Doubling 390 points Manuel Schütz (CH) 2004 Milano (ITA)
Consecutive Catch 2251 catches Haruki Taketomi (JAP) 2009 Japan
MTA 100 139.10 s Nick Citoli (USA) 2010 Rome (ITA)
MTA unlimited 380.59 s Billy Brazelton (USA) 2010 Rome (ITA)
Long Distance 238 m Manuel Schütz (CH) 1999 Kloten (CH)

Non-discipline record: Smallest Returning Boomerang: Sadir Kattan of Australia in 1997 with 48 millimetres (1.9 in) long and 45 millimetres (1.8 in) wide. This tiny boomerang flew the required 20 metres (22 yd), before returning to the accuracy circles on 22 March 1997 at the Australian National Championships.

Guinness world distance record

A boomerang was used to set a Guinness World Record with a throw of 1,401.5 feet (427.2 meters) by David Schummy on March 15, 2005 at Murrarie Recreation GroundAustralia.[21] This broke the previous record set by Erin Hemmings who threw an Aerobie 1,333 feet (406.3 meters) on July 14, 2003 at Fort FunstonSan Francisco.

Reference: Wikipedia Boomerang