The Colorado Disc Dogs run several competitions a year. These events are often sanctioned by a national or international frisbee dog governing body, and thus our events are run using the freestyle and minidistance rules of that particular organization. For events that are not nationally sanctioned, the club will usually elect to use the rules of one of the major organizations, usually the UFO or Skyhoundz. While similar, there are small differences between the two that should be understood.
Clicking the links above for the above mentioned organizations will take you to their homepage, where you can learn the rules and guidelines you should know for each. A UFO Major, a Skyhoundz Open Regional, and an AWI Qualifier also usually make stops in Colorado each season, and these events are run by the organizers rules. Please see their official sites for more information. For newcomers, playdays are a great place to get help with the various organization's rules, as is Spring Training!
In addition, The Colorado Disc Dogs have a general set of rules for our events. In order for our events to run smoothly, we ask that everyone observe these basic disc dog etiquette guidelines.
Basic Guidelines for Competition
Most of the events run by the Colorado Disc Dogs will have four (4) divisions. The following information should help you figure out which division you and your dog should enter. And as always, the staff at the event will gladly answer any questions regarding format or which division you belong. These divisions constitute the "format" of our events. At the Skyhoundz Regional and the UFO Major, the rules for those events will take precedence, so the number and names of the divisions may change. Please see the appropriate organizer's website to determine the format for our "big"events.
The five divisions that the CDD will offer at its events are: Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Open and Youth. On some occasions, a non-competitive Recreational division may be offered as well.
Novice Division: The novice division has been, and will continue to be, a division for people new to the sport. However, people progress at different rates when they start going to competitions -- some people improve quickly, and others get better more gradually -- and the club recognizes this. To that end, we allow new teams to remain in the Novice division for two years. During their first year (365-day rule), a novice team may remain in the division no matter what results they put up. However, during their second year, if a team competing in Novice earns two "Top 3" finishes, they must immediately move up to a higher division.
It should be noted that new teams are not required to stay in Novice. They can move up into other divisions at ANY time.
Novice competitors will compete in two rounds* of Mini-Distance (also called Distance/Accuracy or Throw & Catch) getting 60 seconds in each round to make as many throws for their dog as possible using a single disc. Points are awarded for catches based on length of throw and whether the dog was in the air at the time of the catch. Upon registration, all novice competitors will receive an official disc. Novice competitors may then use this disc or most any other safe disc in competition, including floppies.
Intermediate Division: The Intermediate Division is for experienced teams who have been involved in the sport for more than a year (365 days), but are not ready for the Advanced Division yet. Intermediate competitors will compete in the same Mini-Distance format mentioned above. Intermediate competitors must use a standard competition disc (Wham-O Fastback Frisbee, Hero 235, Dogstar, or HyperFlite). Some events do provide 1 disc at sign-up, but competitors at this level and above need to provide their own discs. Official club discs will be available for sale at competitions.
New for 2016-The Club has added Intermediate Freestyle to our offerings. This division is NOT worth any Colorado Cup points. We want the division to be a very stress free, consequence free round so that teams new to freestyle do not feel any pressure for Cup standings. New freestylers are always welcome, so if you think you can put on a good show, please don't hesitate to give it a try!
Advanced Division: The Advanced Division is for the top MiniDistance teams. These teams are generally very experienced, but the division is open to anyone.
Open Division: The Open Division is for the most experienced teams and consists of one round of Mini-Distance and one round of Freestyle. It is also known as "Open Combined". The Mini-Distance round of Open is also the advanced division round for every Open team. In other words, entering Open automatically puts that team in Open AND Advanced. The second round of Mini-Distance for Advanced will not count for Open. Open teams will do their Mini-Distance with the other Advanced teams (since it is the same division).
Freestyle consists of a choreographed routine with your dog set to music, utilizing multiple discs and any and every type of throw and trick you can think of. This is where you routinely see vaults off the back, flips, spins, jumps, rolls, weaves, and many other amazing moves. Teams are allowed 120 seconds to perform at all CDD Events.
Time begins with the first throw. In the case of the Skyhoundz Qualifier, the timing will be whatever the current Skyhoundz rule is.
For the specific rules and judging criteria used at CDD competition, please consult the website for the sanctioning body who's event we are running (AWI, Skyhoundz, UFO, etc).
Open competitors are also required to supply their own competition standard discs.
Recreational Division: The Recreational Division is designed to be a non-competitive division, appealing to those who want to "just play" or perhaps gain a little more experience before trying a competition. The division is open to anyone, regardless of the experience level of handler or dog. There will only be a single 60 second Toss and Catch (MiniDistance) round for each team. The round will be scored according to the normal scoring rules for that event's format (UFO or SkyHoundz), but the teams will NOT be ranked, nor will there be a final standings posted, or prizes awarded. Upon request, competitors will receive a copy of their score sheet following the event, but it will not contain any final standings information. Since there are no standings, teams in the Rec Division will NOT earn Colorado Cup points.
* Depending on the number of teams registered in each division, the availability of enough space to run a second field, and whether there are enough qualified volunteers to run the second field, the event organizers may run a second field, or decide to limit participation in the Second Round to the top finishers of Round One. This decision will be made once registration is complete and announced prior to the beginning of Round One.
Good luck out there!