Field events include jumping, vaulting and throwing events. During meets, running events take precedence over field events. If an athlete is competing in both running and field events, he/she must check in and participate in the running event when called and can come back to complete his/her field event. The size and weight of equipment used in throwing events varies by gender and age.
In the long jump, competitors sprint down a runway and jump as far as they can from a wooden board into a sand pit.
Triple jump competitors sprint down a runway and jump off a wooden board, land on their take-off foot, jump again, and then jump again into a sand pit.
In the high jump, competitors must jump over a horizontal bar placed at measured heights without aid of any devices.
Pole vaulters uses a long, flexible pole as an aid to leap over a bar placed at measured heights.
In javelin competitions, athletes attempt to throw the javelin – a spear-like instrument – the farthest distance.
Discus throwers attempt to throw the discus the farthest distance.
In the shot put, competitors attempt to “throw” a heavy ball the farthest distance.