CONYERS, GEORGIA (PRWEB) August 29, 2006 —-
The 2006 United States National Boomerang Championship and Expo will fill the skies over this southeastern community from September 1 through September 4 at the Georgia International Horse Park. Featuring many of the world’s best boomerang throwers, including members of the US Boomerang Team, the 25th annual national tournament will showcase championship-caliber competition in seven events - Long Distance, Accuracy, Australian Round, Trick Catch, Endurance, Fast Catch, and Maximum Time Aloft (MTA). A public exhibition will also present learning sessions and high-flying crafts.
The goal of the national championship event, which Georgia last hosted 20 years ago, is to increase awareness of boomerangs as a skillful and dynamic activity for people of all ages as well as to “crown” the 2006 National Overall Champion, National Junior Champion, National Senior Champion, and National Long Distance Champion.
The United States Boomerang Association (USBA) is a non-profit organization run completely by volunteers who strive to promote the sport, craft, history and science of boomerangs. Learn more at http://www.usba.org
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The National Championship Schedule of Events is as follows:
9/1 10AM – 6PM – Long Distance Championship – throwers use a unique type of boomerang and throwing style to achieve distances of 100 meters and more, with a full return. The world record is 238 meters with a full return.
9/2 10AM – 6PM – Individual Championship – Day 1
Trick Catch - First throwing a single boomerang, the thrower must make a series of increasingly difficult catches – one-handed, under the leg, behind the back, and even with their feet! Then, throwers must do the catches while throwing TWO BOOMERANGS TOGETHER making a different type of catch with each one as it returns.
Maximum Time Aloft (MTA) - Ultra light-weight, high tech materials and experimental airfoils enable these special boomerangs to soar high up into the air, where they lay over horizontally and hover down slowly. The longest flight time wins! The world record time for an inbounds catch is 104.87 seconds.
Fast Catch - This exciting event tests how fast the thrower can send a boomerang spinning out a minimum of 20 meters to return for a catch five times. To get the best score the thrower must make five accurate throws and catches, with the lowest overall time winning. The world record is 14.60 seconds.
Endurance – Truly testing their endurance, the competitor throws a boomerang with a minimum distance of 20 meters for five minutes. The competitor with the highest number of total catches made during the five minutes is the winner. The world record is 81 catches.
9/3 10AM – 2PM – Individual Championship – Day 2
Accuracy - This unique skill event is the only one where the boomerang is thrown but cannot be touched upon its return! The thrower is awarded points for where the boomerang lands in the bull’s-eye.
Australian Round - The competitor throws a boomerang traveling up to 50 meters and more from the bull’s-eye of a giant set of circles painted on the ground. They receive points for the distance the boomerang travels, for catching the boomerang, and for the accuracy with which the boomerang is caught within the bull’s-eye. Throwers make five throws with a total possible score of 100. In over 25 years of competition no one has ever had a perfect score! The world record is 96 points.
9/3 2PM – 6PM – GLORP and Team Event Demonstrations
G-L-O-R-P - GLORP is a freestyle trick catch game that is similar to HORSE in basketball. The first person to throw attempts a trick catch. If they make it everyone else must make that catch or get a letter. When you have missed enough catches to spell G-L-O-R-P, you are out of the game. Last person standing wins.
30 meter Relay - Each team member runs from the 30 meter circle into the center circle to throw and catch a 30 meter boomerang, then runs back and tags the next team member. Fastest team wins.
Supercatch - Supercatch is a combination of Fast Catch and MTA. One team member throws an MTA. While the MTA is in the air, the others throw and catch as many Fast Catch boomerangs as they can. The total number of catches is the score.
9/4 10AM – 1PM - Demonstrations and Learning Sessions for the General Public
MEGA/mini Contest - The rules are simple: 20 meter minimum range; the smallest returning boomerang wins the Mini-Boomerang contest; the largest boomerang wins the Mega-Boomerang contest. The dimensions will be measured as the largest span possible across the boomerang.
GEL Games – Fun team games designed to provide fun for all levels of throwers. Games have outlandish names such as Sprinkler Head, Hackuracy, Cauliflower, Humpty, and Team Ben Ruhe Has a Posse.
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