Competitions vary, but all carry three universal rules: 1) the boomerang must travel at least 20 meters 2) throws take place individually 3) throwers stand in the center of concentric rings marked on an open field.
A boomerang is a curved throwing instrument, used historically for functions including hunting and communication. Today, it is used in many different types of competitions. These competitions challenge participants on throwing distance, accuracy, catching and ability to perform tricks. Boomerang is a tournament sport, popular in the United States, Europe and Australia. Participants compete in events that challenge accuracy, endurance and creativity. Competitions are generally held in large open areas, featuring a circular throwing area.
Boomerangs have been used throughout history in Europe, Africa and most famously, Australia. There, Aborigines used it for hunting, religious and communication purposes. As Westerners came to Australia, the boomerang was increasingly used for sporting purposes. In the 20th century, boomerangs began being produced from birch plywood, hardwood and plastic. Today, boomerang is a popular competitive and recreational sport in the United States, Europe and Australia. Competitive disciplines include Aussie round, accuracy, endurance, fast catch, trick catch, consecutive catch, MTA 100, long distance and juggling.