Throwing boomerangs is fun all by itself but you can add
to the enjoyment by playing simple games, either by
yourself or with other throwers.
Try catching your boomerang behind your back, or
under your leg, use both one-handed and two-handed
catches. If your boomerang is hovering down to the
ground, wait until it is low enough, then kick it back
up into the air and catch it, be creative. Trick catches
make up a large part of competitive events.
See how many times you can get your boom to return to
the exact spot you threw it from. Keep one foot planted
after the throw and catch your boom without moving your
How many times can you catch it without dropping?
To juggle boomerangs you need to have two boomerangs
(this is probably obvious to most people). Throw the
first boomerang - just before you catch it throw the
second boomerang. While the second boomerang is still in
the air, throw the first one again. The idea is to keep
one boomerang in the air at all times. This used to be a
competitive event but the really good guys could do this
all day long, so it was dropped. It is still fun to do
on your own and helps improve your accuracy and
The boomerang game G-L-O-R-P is the same as the
basketball game H-O-R-S-E. The first thrower does a
trick catch and all the other throwers must do the same
catch to avoid getting a letter. If you get all five
letters you are out of the game. Last thrower left
without G-L-O-R-P is the winner.
The first thrower (the Dominator) performs any trick
catch of his/her choosing (except a Two Handed Catch)
and then all the other throwers, in their assigned
order, throw and attempt the defined catch. If they do
not complete the defined catch they get their first
letter. If the Dominator continues to perform trick
catches, he continues to be the Dominator. When that
Dominator drops, the next thrower becomes dominator.
This continues until one thrower is left without
G-L-O-R-P. He/she is the winner.
The same catch cannot be done twice in a row, but a
thrower can do an identical catch to one he has already
done as long as it is not done back to back;
When a new Dominator takes over, he cannot perform an
identical catch to the last catch the previous Dominator
If a Dominator does a Two Hand Catch, or attempts a
trick catch that he does not complete, but does not drop
it, it is called a Pass. On a Pass, all the other
throwers must catch the boomerang to avoid getting a
letter, but the first thrower to do a trick catch,
captures domination, and becomes Dominator. The pass has
For the serious competitor.
The following are the sanctioned events of
competition. The field is laid out in concentric rings.
The bullseye is 2 meters across. Each ring is laid out
from the center of the bullseye at 4, 6, 8, 10, 20, 30,
40 and 50 meters.
- Accuracy: The 'rang must travel out past the 20
meter line. Let the boom land on return.
- Trick Catch: The competitor throws a boomerang
which must travel past the 20 meter line. With each
throw, a different catch is attempted. Here is the
list of catches: two-handed catch, one-handed left
hand catch, one-handed right hand catch, behind the
back catch, under the leg catch, one hand eagle
right, one hand eagle left, foot catch. ( An eagle
catch is where the forearm is above the plane of the
boomerang when the catch is made.)
- Fast Catch: The object is to throw and catch one
boomerang five times in the shortest time possible.
The boomerang must travel out past the 20 meter
line. All throws must be from within the bullseye,
but they can be caught anywhere. World Record: 15.03
seconds for the five throws and catches, using one
- Doubling: Two boomerangs are thrown at the same
time from the same hand. Each boomerang must be
caught with a different style of catch. See Trick
Catch for types of catches.
- Aussie Round: The ultimate boomeranger's event.
Points are awarded based upon the distance the
boomerang travels, the accuracy of its return, and
your ability to catch the boom.
- MTA (Maximum Time Aloft): A boomerang is thrown
and timed for the duration of the flight. Flights of
a minute and more are not uncommon. The World Record
is around 1minute 40 seconds.
- Endurance: Same rules and objective as Fast Catch,
except now you're "playing" for 5 minutes.
Most catches in five minutes wins.This is a killer
event! World Record: 73 catches.
- Juggling: Two like-flying boomerangs are used. The
object is to throw your first boom, followed by the
second one before the first is caught, and on and
on... World Record: 503 consecutive catches.
Juggling is no longer a sanctioned event is USBA
Competitions. Never the less it is a challenge to
say the least.