The regulation weight of the metal ball in high school shot put is 12 pounds for boys and 8.8 pounds for girls. The ball must be thrown from within a 7-foot circle.
As of March 2014, Michael Carter of Jefferson High School in Dallas, Texas holds the national high school record with a 1979 throw of 24.78 meters, or 81 feet 4 inches. Carter went on to play football for Southern Methodist University and the San Francisco 49ers. The girls' high school record is held by Michelle Carter of Red Oak High School in Austin, Texas, whose record throw of 16.73 meters, or 54 feet 10 ¾ inches, came in 2003.