Dog Disc CompetitioN
Dog disc Local Championship!
Skyhoundz dog-disc throwing contest (free-entry)
General Competition Rules
Skyhoundz Local Championships
Skyhoundz Local Championships are free events, open to all competitors regardless of experience, and held in many cities, states, and countries. You are welcome to enter as many Skyhoundz Local Championships as you like.
The Local Championship during Dogs2Vets Fest on April 29 consists of:
- Two 60-second rounds of Distance/Accuracy with winners determined by combining the scores from both rounds of Distance/Accuracy;
- Skyhoundz Local Championships are standalone events with winners, but the winners do not advance to any further competition.
- Each contestant must read and sign, without modification, the Hyperflite Skyhoundz Registration Form, which contains a liability waiver and publicity release. Competitors are responsible for reading and understanding the competition rules before they compete.
- Because of time constraints, no practice throws will be permitted at any Hyperflite Skyhoundz events.
- No props of any kind, including capes, vests or other adornments worn by canines, are permitted in competition.
- No food treats are permitted to be given to dogs while on the competition field. This will prevent dropped or uneaten treats from remaining on the field and distracting competing canines.
- Female dogs in any stage of heat will not be permitted to compete and must not be brought to the competition site.
- If a spectator’s dog runs onto the field during a competitor’s round, time will be suspended. Once the spectator’s dog is leashed and has been removed from the field, time will resume from the point of interruption. Officials will use every effort to allow the interrupted team to be returned to their status on the field, including physical field location and time remaining, at the point of the interruption.
- The judges decisions are final and are not subject to video review.
- In exceptional circumstances, Organizers (after consulting with the Chief Judge) have the discretion to modify Skyhoundz rules, but only to the extent necessary to safely, efficiently, and fairly run a Skyhoundz event.
Distance/Accuracy (sometimes referred to as D/A or D&A) is one of the events in the Hyperflite Skyhoundz Classic Championships (Local Championships, State Championships, Classic Open Qualifiers, Classic International Qualifiers, Classic European Championship, and the Classic World Championship).
Distance/Accuracy is a fast-paced event in which teams attempt to score points by completing as many catches as possible within various scoring zones in the time allotted.
If, during the round a competitor believes the disc has become unsafe (e.g.: broken rim, or a large tear in the disc), it may be handed to the line judge for replacement (if the competitor has provided such a replacement). Time will not be suspended during a disc change.
The thrower must always throw from behind the throwing line and between the throwing line cones, but may move freely around the field at other times. A throw will not be scored if the thrower steps on or over the throwing line prior to or during the release of the disc (foot fault). If the disc leaves the thrower’s hand before time is called, the throw will be scored if caught by the canine inbounds.
To receive points, catches must be completed by a canine with all paws landing within one of the official scoring zones. If a canine catches a disc with paws in more than one scoring zone, the catch will be scored as if it were made in the lower scoring zone. If a canine tips the disc and subsequently catches the disc inbounds, the catch will be scored where the catch was completed.
To get an idea of what Distance/Accuracy is all about, here is a video of one of the top performances from the '10 Hyperflite Skyhoundz World Canine Disc Championship. Rick Rauwerda & Riff Raff score a total of 23.5 points in their one-minute Distance/Accuracy round.
Pairs Distance/Accuracy is one of the events in the Hyperflite Skyhoundz DiscDogathon Championships (DiscDogathon Qualifiers, DiscDogathon International Qualifiers, DiscDogathon European Championship, and the DiscDogathon World Championship).
As the name implies, Pairs Distance/Accuracy is Distance/Accuracy with two human throwers of any age or sex making alternating throws to their canine teammate. Scoring zones and field dimensions are depicted in the graphic shown at right (click to enlarge). The Distance/Accuracy rules that apply at other Skyhoundz events also apply in DiscDogathon Pairs Distance/Accuracy. Teams competing in Pairs Distance/Accuracy will receive 60 seconds per round to complete as many catches as possible.
In the event that is necessary for one team member to retrieve a disc dropped by a canine during a Pairs Distance/Accuracy round, any member of a Pairs Distance/Accuracy team may retrieve the disc, but said disc must physically be carried by the retrieving team member back to the throwing area. Both team members of a Pairs Distance/Accuracy team must be behind the throwing line at the time each throw is made, or foot fault(s) will be called and such throw(s) will not count.
To give you an idea of what Skyhoundz DiscDogathon Pairs Distance/Accuracy looks like, here is a video of Rick Nielson / Dean Werts and Tucker at Academy Dog Sports in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Skyhoundz has selected Hyperflite flying discs as the official flying discs of Skyhoundz World Canine Disc Championship Series. As such, at all Skyhoundz competitions (including, but not limited to, Local Championships, State Championships, DiscDogathon Qualifiers, Skyhoundz Classic Qualifiers, Xtreme Distance Qualifiers, DiscDogathon World Championship, Skyhoundz Classic World Championship, and Xtreme Distance World Championship), competitors are required to use Hyperflite discs.
MicroDog competitors must use the Hyperflite Competition Standard Pup, FrostBite Pup, SofFlite Pup disc, Jawz Pup, or Jawz HyperFlex Pup discs.
The Distance/Accuracy field set-up provides the ability for competitors/teams to choose their throwing direction, however, competitors/teams cannot change throwing direction once time has begun. (Pairs Distance/Accuracy team members are required to throw from the same throwing line.) Field dimensions and the ability to throw from either end are subject to change, at the discretion of contest officials, due to overall field limitations or for safety considerations.
To view a video of how to set up a complete Skyhoundz Court (Bullseye, Distance/Accuracy, and Spot Landing), go here.
Scoring zones and field dimensions are depicted in the graphic above (click to enlarge). Scoring is based on the following point scale. No points are awarded for catches under 10 yards.
Zone 1 (10-20 yards / 9.1-18.3 meters) — 1 Point
Zone 2 (20-30 yards / 18.3-27.4 meters) — 2 Points
Zone 3 (30-40 yards / 27.4-36.6 meters) — 3 Points
End Zone (40-50 yards / 36.6-45.7 meters) — 5 Points
An additional half-point bonus will be awarded for each successful catch in which the dog makes a catch with all paws clearly off the ground in an obvious upward jumping effort and subsequently lands with all paws in a scoring zone.
If there is a tie for first, second or third place, the tie will be broken by the following criteria, as necessary: 1) The competitor with the fewest throws in both rounds, 2) A Face-off round with each team receiving one Distance/Accuracy throw.
The dog making the higher scoring catch will be declared the victor. If the teams are still tied after each has made one throw, Face-off continues until one dog makes a higher scoring catch than the other. Officials will permit the competitors to rest their dogs as necessary.
Tie-Breaker (Pairs Distance/Accuracy)
If there is a tie for first, second, or third place, the tie will be broken by the following criteria, as necessary: 1) The team with the fewest throws, 2) A Face-off round with each team receiving one Distance/Accuracy throw. The dog making the higher scoring catch will be declared the victor. If the teams are still tied after each has made one throw, Face-off continues (alternating throwers) until one dog makes a higher scoring catch than the other. Officials will permit the competitors to rest their dogs as necessary.
Distance/Accuracy competitors are allowed 60 seconds and one disc to score as many points as possible.
The thrower and canine are required to be behind the throwing line before time starts. The line judge will ask the competitor, "Ready?" When the competitor responds yes, the line judge will raise his/her arm. The announcer will then say, "Go!" and the time will begin. If, in the opinion of the line judge, the dog leaves before time begins, the line judge will signal to the announcer, time will be reset to zero, and a restart will be initiated. Competitors may send their canines downfield, or throw, anytime after the start signal is sounded.
Countdown of time remaining will be uniform for all competitors: "30 seconds, 10 seconds, 5 , 4 , 3 , 2 , 1, time!"
- Competitors are responsible for the safety and welfare of their dogs. Competing canines must be supervised and under the care and control of their throwers/owners at all times. Only the competing dog, thrower, and contest officials are allowed on the field during competition. Dogs must be leashed at all times, except when competing.
- The same thrower/dog combination may only compete once. It is the owner/trainer’s responsibility to ensure that competing canines do not compete in more events than would be advisable given the prevailing weather conditions, with specific consideration given to the fitness and general health of the competing canine. At all Skyhoundz Championships, the Chief Judge will have final authority on the issue of whether a dog is fit to compete.
- Abusive treatment of a canine, or any conduct of a competitor which might be perceived by spectators as such, will not be tolerated. Contest officials may disqualify any competitor who engages in this type of behavior. The wearing of electronic or chemical training aids, of any sort (active or inactive), will not be permitted during competition.
- Competitors with overly aggressive dogs may not be permitted to compete if such canines are believed to pose a danger to people or other canines.
- For consistency in scoring, regardless of the competitive event, judges should not be substituted in the middle of a competitive round. Judges should never compete in any event/class that they are also judging even if a substitute judge is available.
- Judges shall not compete in any event/class that they are also judging.
- For consistency and clarity across all levels of events, the official language of Skyhoundz events is English and measurements is in yards, feet, and inches.
- Coming up Next. On Deck, In The Hole, Are you Ready, Go, and all countdowns should be made in English.
- All field measurements and markings should be in yards, feet, and inches.
- Dog owners/trainers are required to clean up after their dog’s nature breaks. If a "nature break" takes place during a competitive round, at any Skyhoundz competition, the timing clock will continue to run. A competitor should not interfere physically with a canine during a nature break but may call the canine in an effort to expedite the canine's return to playing status. Any clean-up necessary must be accomplished by the human team member upon completion of the round.
- Where required by local ordinance, all participating dogs must have proof of Rabies inoculation and license. Parvo and Kennel Cough vaccinations are strongly recommended.
- Although not every team can finish in the top positions at a Skyhoundz competition, you are all winners in the eyes of your canines. So, when you're out on the field competing, don't forget to have fun with your best friend. Skyhoundz will not tolerate displays of unsportsmanlike conduct at any level of competition in the Skyhoundz Series.
- We urge you to familiarize yourself with our rules regarding unsportsmanlike behavior and understand that we will have a zero tolerance policy for unseemly displays of poor sportsmanship at our series of family-friendly competitions.
- Whether or not you agree with your scores, you will be well served to treat the judges, officials, and organizers with respect and interact with them as you would want others to interact with you.
- The Hyperflite Skyhoundz Championship Series represents family entertainment at its finest. Accordingly, competitors should avoid confrontations with other competitors or challenges of contest officials. Abusive language or other inappropriate or unsportsmanlike behavior may result in a contestant’s disqualification from competition.