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HORSESHOE COMPENDIUM

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HORSESHOE PITCHING RULES
Authorized by the National Horseshoe Pitchers' Association of
America in Convention Assembled, August, 1939.
HORSESHOE COURTS
     Rule 1. Sec. a.- Lay-out of Courts-A court shall consist of two pitchers' boxes with stake in the center of each and shall cover a level area over all of ten (10) feet in width and fifty (50) feet in length.
     Sec. b.- When a number of courts are constructed as required in tournament play, the stakes shall be at least ten (10) feet apart between courts, and front pitching box foul lines preserve a straight line across the entire lay-out. Construction shall be made to permit of north-south pitching.
     Rule 2. Pitching Distance-The pitching distance shall be forty (40) feet between stakes. Ladies' pitching distance thirty (30) feet.
     Rule 3. Indoor Pitching - When indoor courts are constructed, the height of pitching boxes should not be over six (6) inches above floor level. Ceiling height at least twelve (12) feet.
     Rule 4. Sec. a.-Pitchers' Box-Pitchers' box shall be six (6) feet square, with stake in the exact center.
     Sec. b. The pitchers' box shall be filled to a depth of six (6) inches with potter's clay or substitute of like nature and kept in moist and putty-like condition in the stake area. (When boxes are hard surface, as related in Section C, the opening about the stake shall be filled with clay).
     Sec. c.- When the pitchers' box is hard surface, an opening not less than thirty-one (31) inches in width, and forty-six (46) inches in length must be left about the stake and filled with clay.
     Sec. d. Foul line surrounding the pitchers' box shall be well defined and the frame at the front must extend approximately one (1) inch above the surface.
     Sec. e. Foul lines shall be determined by inside measurement to the near side of the box frame from the stake.

HORSESHOE EQUIPMENT
     Rule 5. Stakes-The stakes shall be of iron or steel, one inch in diameter, and shall extend twelve (12) inches above the clay surface with a three (3) inch incline toward the opposite stake.
     Rule 6. The Official Shoe-No horseshoe shall exceed the following dimensions: seven and one-half (7½) inches in length; seven (7) inches in width; two and one-half (2½) pounds in weight. No heel or toe caulks shall project more than one and one-sixteenth (1 1-16) inches in height over all; that is including the body of the shoe. The opening between the heel caulks

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