SSAAA offers unique options for Host
are interested in highlighting Scottish Heavy Athletics at their Game.
Our Signature Competitions
North vs. South
Southeast Scottish Amateur Athletics Association.
created the NORTH-SOUTH CHALLENGE CUP
in 1996. Five of the strongest athletes north of the Mason Dixon line
invited to form a team and take on the five best from the South. This
team event with its shades of the War Between the States has quickly
become one of the most talked-about athletic events in the country with
athletes vying to make the teams each year. THE NORTH-SOUTH CHALLENGE
CUP travels to a different host Game each year. Interested host
organization should contact the SSAAA President about
application to host the NORTH-SOUTH CHALLENGE CUP.
USA vs. Scotland
In January of 2000, SSAAA offered the first ever USA vs.
SCOTLAND TEAM CHALLENGE at the Central Florida Highland Games in
Orlando, Florida. Icelandair sponsored a team of athletes from
Scotland and flew them to face off in Scottish Heavy Athletics
competition with some of America's best amateur athletes. The event was
a fun-filled, resounding success with the event being covered by
several magazines and newspapers. We can offer this event to a host
organization whose sponsorship level may be willing to underwrite the
team trave needs.
East vs. West
of 2009, SSAAA offered the first ever
WEST TEAM CHALLENGE
at the Central Florida Highland Games in
Five of the strongest athletes west of the Mississippi River were
invited to form a team and take on the five best from east of the
river. The formation of this game was meant to build on the popularity
of the North vs. South game.
SSAAA currently holds its SSAAA
Championship in Georgia after a long run of hosting the game in Florida
and South Carolina. Often times, the SSAAA Champion is chosen to be the
captain of the South Team.
We would like to find homes for all our divisions
their championships. Some Festivals may want to host an event
Championship such as "The Southeast Caber Challenge" or "National Sheaf
Championship" to draw the best athletes in those events to their Game.
Other games may choose to hold state championships such as the "Florida
Heavy Games Championship". These types of events are great ways to draw
attention any Scottish
SSAAA offers several divisions of competition
athletes with in the region. The competitions are often divided as
"A" Division - includes the strongest and
"B" Division - the next tier of athletes
"C" Division - Novice or light-weight
Masters Division - experienced athletes
45 years of age. Some games will hold Masters division starting at age
Women's Division - women attempting the
with lighter weights
Super "A" - small group of "A" athletes
approaching the level of a professional competitor. Doesn't usually
compete as a division.
Several Games want to build their local base of
to boost support of their festival. SSAAA can offer a Training Seminar
or Clinic prior to a Highland Game which gives local athletes the
opportunity to learn the Scottish Heavy Events safely and correctly.
SSAAA also offer's clinics for the more experienced athletes where they
can hone their techniques and learn from each other.
Some festivals want to offer Tug-of-War, Rugby
Wrestling in their schedule of athletic events. While SSAAA uses most
of its resources to promote the traditional seven Scottish Heavy
events, we are able to provide advice, contacts and rules for these
SSAAA offers periodic clinics for the training of
Scottish Highland Games Officials. Highland Games athletic officials
include judges, scorekeepers and athletic directors. There are many
roles on the athletics field and all of them require diligence and
training. Anyone with an interest in Scottish Heavy Athletics is
welcome to attend these training clinics and learn from the best.
With our broad base of member athletes throughout
Southeast, we are often able to provide demonstrations of the Scottish
Heavy Events at schools and festivals. We are also able, with advance
notice, to provide pre-game Friday demonstrations for the media at
SSAAA sanctioned Games. We bring extra kilts for the adventurous sports
reporter who would like to try his hand at some of the Scottish events.
We make every effort to get our host game into the papers and onto the
television before the event when it can most improve attendance.