This event is offered at the Pro and Advanced Levels only,
as described below. Judging will be the same for both divisions, with duration of the performance as set forth below being the differentiating factor.
Judging will use the “C-A-R-D” freestyle judging
format, with points awarded in each category on a five point scale in quarter-point increments, with a minimum of 5 points and a maximum of 10 points possible. The duration of the performance shall be
from 90 to 120 seconds (45 to 60 seconds in the Advanced Class), and is measured from the start and stop of the music or other scripted material.
Competitor shall be ready to begin the performance without
delay on queue from the announcer, or other designated official. The judge may penalize the competitor for excessive delays entering or leaving the ring, and shall penalize the competitor
one-quarter point for each five seconds that the competitor exceeds the performance or overall time.
Should the duration be shorter than the minimum time
required, judges will evaluate the performance up to the point of termination, but there will be a three-point deduction in the total score. Should time be less than one-half of the required minimum
time, no score shall be awarded.
Any quantity of officially approved discs may be used. Small
props and costuming that are in good taste are allowed (and encouraged). All decisions made by the judging staff are final.
The maximum duration of a routine is 120 seconds (2
minutes). Remaining time calls from the announcer of 30 seconds and 10 seconds will be announced. Any quantity of officially approved discs may be used. The judge may penalize the competitor for
excessive delays entering or leaving the ring, and shall penalize the competitor one-quarter point for each five seconds that the competitor exceeds the performance or overall time.
The "C-A-R-D" categories for Freestyle Judging:
(Technical): A percentage score based on the catch/toss ratio shall be converted to points, and rounded to the nearest one-half point. For example; Team A has 26 catches out of 30 tosses during their freestyle routine. A calculator is used as follows; 26 catches divided by 30 tosses = 0.866 or 8.5 when rounded to the nearest half point. Takes and rollers are not counted. Only discs tossed to the dog will be counted.
(Presentation): The measure of artistic creativity and excellence expressed through ensemble originality, theatrical presentation and notable performance style.
(Composition): The competitor’s organization of routine structure, disc management, presentation complexity and disc agility skill level, combined with but not limited to the volume and quality of trick movements. An emphasis is placed on trick creativity and variety, not over repetition of a small number of trick movements.
Disc Dog Aptitude
(Agility): The training skills demonstrated by the dog’s disc handling and athletic abilities such as speed, strength, stamina level, disc/prey drive intensity, eye-paw coordination, leap-to-disc timing, positive body control and competition field behavior.
In case of a
tie, the competitor with the highest combined technical, composition and presentation score shall be the winner; should there still be a tie, then competitors with the greater technical and composition
score shall win; should there still be a tie, then the competitors with the greater technical score shall win.
The officiating staff is comprised of respected and
experienced members from the greater disc dog community. Our goal is to create a pool of staff members that represent diversity and integrity. We are proud of our long standing tradition of
mixing long time veteran trainers with newer trainers.