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State Archives of Florida
Athlete "turning the caber" at the Key Biscayne Scottish Games - Key Biscayne, Florida.
Series 1664, Folklife Folk Festival Fieldwork and Program Planning and Documentation Files ; Box 2, FF18
Festivals--Florida--Dade County--Key Biscayne
Scottish Americans--Florida--Dade County--Key Biscayne
Men--Florida--Dade County--Key Biscayne
The caber is basically a log that athletes attempt to flip end-over-end. The caber is judged by the straightness of the turn by the head judge, who follows behind the athlete to get the best view. The event is sometimes referred to as the caber toss, but this is incorrect because the caber is not tossed; it is not heaved over a bar. A perfect execution is called a "twelve o-clock turn," where the caber falls straight away from where the athlete released it. The terminology derives from the release point being at the "6" and the caber planting at the center of an imaginary clock face. Then the caber becomes the hour hand upon landing. In a 12-o-clock toss, the caber falls away from the thrower, and the caber forms a straight line through the thrower. Sometimes the caber falls off slightly to the side. This may be a 10-o-clock, or 11:30, etc. Note that in scoring, a 10:00 is equivalent to a 2:00. If the athlete fails to turn the caber (the caber does not land between 9 and 3 o'clock), the side judge estimates the maximum angle that the caber achieved from vertical (from 0 to 90 degrees).
Chicago Manual of Style
Saltzman, Riki, Collector. Athlete "turning the caber" at the Key Biscayne Scottish Games - Key Biscayne, Florida. 1991-03-02. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. <https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/110972>, accessed 4 February 2023.
Saltzman, Riki, Collector. Athlete "turning the caber" at the Key Biscayne Scottish Games - Key Biscayne, Florida. 1991-03-02. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.<https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/110972>
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