Track & Field
Track & Field

The discus throw is a track and field event that can be traced back to Ancient Greece. In this event, the thrower must spin 540 degrees (one and a hlaf rotations) before releasing the discus. This is a very technical event and can take years to master.

What is a discus made of? A competition discus consists of wood, ABS plastic, or carbon fiber side panels with a steel or steel alloy rim. The steel/steel alloy rim protects the discus from dents, dings, and cracks during throws or transportation. The material of the side panels affects the discus weight. A solid wood discus would be the heaviest followed by hollow wood, ABS plastic, and carbon fiber.

What are discus regulation weights? Females ounder age 75 use a 1 kg discus. High school males use a 1.6 kg discus. College-aged through 49 year old males use a 2.0 kg discus. At age 50, the weight regulation decreases to 1.5 kg, and at age 60+, the weight regulation drops to 1 kg.

What are the differences between discus styles'solid rubber discuses are used for practice or indoor meets. Outdoor competition discuses vary based on the percentage of the total discus weight that lies in the rim. A higher percentage rim weight allows for a better flight trajectory and longer throw. This is why very light side panels are desireable. The lighter the sode panels, the more weight left over to be placed in the steel rim.

Q & A
By from on April 29, 2015
My Grandson has just starting doing the discus. He is in 8th grade. What size would be best to get.
By Customer Service on April 30, 2015

The male high school weight for discus is 1.6 kg. Middle school weights vary by location, so it would be best to check with his school or athletic club to see what weight they use.

By John Jessup from Dallas, TX, United States on September 26, 2014
what size/weight discus do 8th grade girls use?
By Customer Service on September 29, 2014

High school girls use a 1 kg discus. For any age under high school, you should check with your specific league for weight regulations.