OFFICIAL CHERRY PIT-SPITTING HANDBOOK
The contest is open to everyone regardless of age or sex.
All contestants must register in qualifying court prior to spitting,
unless spitter is awarded a special exemption by the official tournament judge.
Registration deadline is 12:00 noon on day of Championship.
No foreign objects may be held in the mouth which would give an
advantage in spitting the pit. Denture racks will be provided for those wishing to remove
The contestant's foul line will be determined on a handicap basis
according to height, in order to remove any advantage to taller contestants. The handicap
will consist of a two-inch (50.8 mm) withdrawal from the base foul line for each one-inch
(25.4 mm) of contestant height over four feet (1.21 m). Any contestant four feet tall or
less will stand at the base foul line. The decision of the tournament line judge is final.
Contestants must select three cherries from the regulation variety
(Montmorency) supplied by the tournament committee. Cherries must be washed and chilled to
55-60oF pit temperature.
Each cherry must be inserted in the mouth whole, all soluble solids
eaten prior to spitting of the pit. No part of the cherry may be removed from the mouth
Each contestant must spit his/her pit within 60 seconds of the time he/she is called to
the line by the tournament judge. Three spits are allowed. The longest of three is
recorded. If a pit is swallowed, that spit is forfeited.
Contestants' hands must remain below the shoulders (to avoid popping
Contestants' feet may not touch or cross the foul line.
Spitters must stand flat on the ground -- or ground level platform -- to spit. Spitters
are prohibited from using any kind of mechanical or other device to improve body thrust or
spit length (including hydraulic hoists, wall support, etc.).
The pit spitting range will be available for practice spitting from 10:00 a.m. until
noon on the contest day. Practicing spitters will be allowed three spits.
Qualifying rounds for the championship contest will be held Friday, the
day before the Championship, at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., and on Saturday, day of
Championship, starting at 10:00 a.m. Deadline for reporting to qualifying court is noon on
contest day. (All times listed are EDT.)
Pit Spitting Platform (4 ft x 8 ft.)
Cherry Pit Spitting Court (asphalt-base court 100 ft x 20 ft.)
"On Deck" Area and Height Measurement Area
OFFICIALS / JUDGES
Distance Judges (one official judge and one assistant)
Pit Sweeper (Removes pits from course between contestants)
Line Judge (Monitors foul and handicap lines, positioned on left of spitter)
Official Timekeeper (Spitter has 60 seconds to spit pit after inserting cherry in mouth.)
Handicap Measurement Judge (Measures height, determines handicap)
Official Tournament Judge
Emcee and Announcer (spit-by-spit announcer and color man)
Pit Spitting Platform consists of a 4 ft. by 8 ft. (1.21m x 2.42m) area
with measurement marks at two inch (50.8mm) increments for handicap allowance. May use a
plywood piece laid flat on asphalt.
Cherry Pit Spitting Court is 20 ft. x 100 ft. and marked out on an
asphalt base with measurement marks at one foot increments. Measurement marks are about
1/4 inch wide and numbered, showing distance from court end, which helps for quick
distance identification. (A ruler attached at midpoint and perpendicular to a two foot
handle is useful for exact measurements.) "Outside court" boundaries are clearly
visible, two inch wide stripes. If a pit lands on this boundary mark, it is considered
"out of bounds". Asphalt surface must be clean, smooth and level. (A driveway or
a parking lot works well.)
"On Deck" and Height Measurement Area accommodates spitters
awaiting turn and height measurement for determination of handicap. (Accurate measurement,
to nearest inch is required.) Area includes a sturdy table to accommodate the following
Measuring Equipment (vertical pole with 8 foot tape attached) for
measuring contestants' height.
Box for filing spitters' names and handicap
Awards and Trophies
Spit-by-Spit Scoreboard is positioned so as to be visible to crowd. Longest of three
spits is announced by Distance Judge and recorded by Scorekeeper. A couple long tables
end-to-end provide space for podium and officials.
Spectators' Area consists of bleachers set to the side of court, a few feet from court
boundary, and shaded when possible.
OFFICIAL DISTANCE JUDGE
Approves the condition of pit spitting court.
Keeps court clear during contest.
Points to the pit when it lands.
Measures the distance the pit traveled (to the nearest 1/2 inch).
Announces to the scorekeeper the exact distance the pit traveled including the roll within
Verifies the scorekeeper's figures.
Removes the cherry pits after each contestant finishes.
Observes action of each spitter in case of question as to infractions.
Assists Distance Judge.
Removes pits form court between contestants.
OFFICIAL LINE JUDGE
Monitors court boundaries and foul lines.
Verifies the contestants' handicap.
Observes action of spitters during contest.
Keeps 60 second clock and monitors contestants' time of spitting (after inserting cherry
Observes action of spitters during contest.
OFFICIAL HANDICAP MEASUREMENT JUDGE
Identifies contestants and gets complete addresses.
Figures each contestant's handicap, as follows:
A contestant standing 4 feet tall (1.21m) or less would stand at the regular foul line
(at the edge of the court). If one is taller than 4 feet (1.21m) there will be a 2 inch
(50.8mm) handicap assessed for each one inch (25.4mm) above 4 feet (1.21m). The purpose
for this is to remove the advantage that the taller contestant has in trajectory of the
Makes certain the Official Line Judge instructs the contestant to stand
at their assigned foul line.
Renders final judgment in case of dispute.
Endorses the distances before submitting to the Record at conclusion of the contest.
Identifies winners and presents awards.
Files all records and answers correspondence.
Enters contestants' proper names on scoreboard. (Previous world champions are the last to
Records distance of each pit and enters longest of 3 spits on scoreboard as announced by
Works with Master of Ceremonies.
Checks scoreboard (sheets) and submits them to Tournament Judge at end of contest.
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