A valid throw is when the small end of the caber passes through the vertical position and falls away from the athlete to land within the 180 degree radius between 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock. An overhead view is drawn below to demonstrate some turned cabers and how to score them.
The direction of run is determined
by the path taken once the athlete is deemed, by the judge, to be in
control of the caber. The athlete may run in one direction and then stop
and change direction, as long as they maintain control of the caber. If
the caber lands in a 12 o'clock position pointing away from the athlete
but not in a direct line with their run, then the judges must determine
the athlete's original direction of run and establish where a true 12
o'clock toss would be. He must then give an appropriate judgment based
on the amount of deviation from the line and the amount of control
demonstrated. At the discretion of the judge the athlete may be assessed
up to a 1 hour penalty.
Each athlete is allowed three attempts, the best of these to count in the determination of his/her placement in the competition. The CABER must pass through the vertical position in order to count as a turn. The order of placing shall be determined by the nearest to 12 o'clock toss made by an athlete. If the athlete did not turn the CABER, then placing shall be determined by the toss closest to the 90 degree vertical. In the event of a tie, the place shall be determined by the next best turn or turns. If this does not produce a first place winner one additional attempt by the tied athletes shall be made. If a winner is not determined by this additional attempt, then the event shall be declared a tie. Ties for places other than first not broken by the next best attempt shall be declared a tie. If after one completed round the CABER has not been turned by any athlete and the judge agrees, the CABER may be cut or substituted. The CABER shall be cut from the large end and the amount to be determined by the judge. This process can be repeated until the CABER has been turned. If the CABER breaks during the competition, then the placing is determined by the completed round or rounds. If another CABER of equal size and difficulty is available, then all three rounds of the broken CABER are not considered in the placing. When a qualifying CABER is used then any successful turn qualifies the athlete for the next CABER.
Animation of Tossing a Caber