First Time Competitor


  • Check event page for up-to-date info on parking, event entry, cancellations, change of venues, etc

  • Most events will have a quick instruction for first-timers on Friday night. Check event page for details.

  • Arrive early - Some event parking can be a nightmare and may require a shuttle service and or a bit of a hike.

  • Check-in starts one hour before the event. You will need to sign a waiver and will be assigned a flight (throwing group) of similar athletic ability.

  • 15 minutes before the event starts, there will be an athlete meeting to discuss the day's event.

  • Don't be afraid to ask questions. Everyone is willing to help.

  • It's okay to make mistakes, that is how you learn.

  • If you don't have a fork don't worry. An athlete will happily share theirs. Don't stick the fork in the ground and be careful not to poke anyone.

  • Have Fun!

What to Bring

  • MUST WEAR A KILT - Optional for first time throwers.

  • Sunscreen

  • Canopy for shade

  • Chairs

  • Cooler

  • Energy Drinks

  • Water

  • Food - Some events will provide lunch

  • Snacks

  • Cash for raffles, food, etc.

  • Hats

  • Gloves - to help protect hands (batting gloves, leather gloves, garden gloves)

  • Athletic tape - to help protect hands

  • Footwear such as sneakers, ankle boots, cleats, bladed shoes, etc. You can wear different shoes for each event. Flip flops and open-toed shoes are NOT recommended.

  • Wrist wraps for stone throwing

  • Chalk

  • Dress for the weather - Rain, snow, sleet, heat. We throw as long as it is safe.

  • Cameras

  • Spare clothing

Field Etiquette

Highland Games are family oriented events and our Athletes are role models for the community and youth. The following items can get you expelled or banned from Ancient Athletic events:

  • No cursing

  • Poor Sportsmanship or bad attitudes

  • Alcohol - Some events/demos may have a "No Alcohol" policy. This will be posted on the event page.

  • Unsafe behavior

  • Non-athletes are prohibited from being on the field

  • No pets on field

  • No standing or walking on cabers

  • Must have underwear under kilt. Boxer briefs or exercise shorts is highly recommended.