The world isn’t really lacking in terms of unorthodox sports. Many people have gotten used to seeing the classics like football, basketball, soccer, handball, and a handful of others. But if you look deeper, you will see that there are many other sports that are not quite mainstream yet. And many of them have somewhat bizarre rules. Below you will get to learn more about the Baltic Highland Games.
Watching the Baltic Highland Games
First of all, we can’t neglect the importance of culture when it comes to the Baltic Highland Games. These games have originated in the country of Scotland. They are made to commemorate and celebrate the Celtic and Scottish cultures. So, these games do look Scottish.
Toss the caber
There are many events that take place in the Baltic Highland Games. Arguably the most iconic one is the tossing the caber event. A big log made from Scots Pine is being held upright by the competitor. His goal is then to use his strength and skills to throw the caber and hope that it will end in line with the original running line of the competitor. The best position that can be reached in this way is called the 12 o’clock position. This means that the caber is in perfect position for the competitor. The competitors all compete to reach this level. The competitor that has gotten the closest to this level will be the victor of the event.
Then there’s the hammer throw. The participants in this event grab the handle, spin as hard as they can, and throw the hammer as far as possible. The hammer weighs around 22 lbs. for men and 16 lbs. for women. The person that can throw the hammer the furthest will be the sole victor.\
You can also enjoy playing the shot put event. The competitors have a heavy stone weighing 20-26 lbs. near one of their ears, depending on their stronger arm. Then they either gather momentum by moving forward or they throw the stone from the same spot – depending on the rules. The further the stone is being tossed – the better ranked will the competitor be.
The tug o’war may seem like a child’s game to many of you. But this is anything but a child’s game when it comes to the Baltic Highland Games. Here, two teams of 8 people gather up to compete. There is one rope. Both the teams will start pulling the rope from opposite sides. The team that manages to pull the rope from their opponents will win the event. A nice addition here is the fact that there is another teammate that doesn’t directly do the tugging. He or she is standing near the competitors of his or her own team and instructs them on what to do. Apparently, there is a lot of technique and fine movement in this event that necessitates the person that gives advice from the side. This is truly one of the most interesting events of the Baltic Highland Games.
So, there you have it – these were some of the most popular sporting events in the Baltic Highland Games. You can see what they are about in some YouTube videos. Or you could, one day, enjoy competing in the Baltic Highland Games yourself.