In the race for the longest catch the current leaders for the teams with a female handler are : Spike and Alina Funke - 65.04 m
For the men the chase is open on: Bolle and Thomas Fischer - 82.83 m
The best average for the divisions with a female handler goes to: Patches and Sandra Funke - 50.48 m
Same thing for the male counterparts, there the team to beat is: Bolle and Thomas Fischer - 79.75 m
As more competitions pass by, the situations we encounter lead us to continue polishing the format. As GCDC pretends to be a very flexible format, rules have slightly changed again to give you the best possible experience
So this is how we see the (for this moment) best way to run the event FIF:
A first round of 60 seconds where the best 3 throws are measured and also count for the best average. Top 2 go on to the Semi-Finals
A Last Chance Throw (LCT) for all teams that didn't make it in the first round. As the name clearly states, it's all about that 1 throw. The longest catch will proceed to the Semi-Finals. If there is no catch at the first throw for a particular division, everyone receives another throw, until a winner is found
A Semi-Final where every competitor has 3 throws. These throws have to be made consecutive, meaning every team throws 3 times, before the next team is called on the field. The one with the shortest distance is eliminated.
A final where both teams again receive 3 throws, but this time the throws are made alternate. Meaning the team with the second shortest distance in the Semi-final makes one throws, followed by the other team. This is repeated 3 times, or until a winner can be determined.
If someone qualified for the semi-finals decides to scratch before the Last ChanceThrow, second place in the Last Chance Throw will be taking that spot
Only the first round counts for the Best Average part of the competition
Both in the Last Chance Throw, Semi-Finals and Finals only the longest throws are measured. In the semi-finals and the finals a throw is only measured when it is visualy longer than anything thrown during that competition
All throws in Last Chance Throw, the semi-finals and finals must be made within one minute. It is up to the line judge to start the timer or not. If he does, the competitor must be made aware time is running
Two discs are allowed per throw, these discs may also be changed after each throw, all required discs for that round can be brought to the start line. The second disc can be brought as a lure to get your dog already out. While the dog is running towards that disc, the second disc is thrown to obtain a second catch at a further distance
All throws must be made from behind the start line, foot faults will be called when any part of the foot or concealment for this body part touches the first part of the line
When the team is ready, the line judge will signal the speaker to start the countdown. (3, 2, 1 go) From the start of the countdown, the dog can be sent out, but the disc has to wait until the word "go" before being released.
In order to make the furthest possible catches, there is no limit for the dog to be sent out prior to the throw, a catch can be defined when the disc is caught between the closed jaws of the dog. As long as the mouth is not fully closed, the disc can escape from the oral cavity, making the catch unvalid. Even if the disc has been in the mouth, but not long enough for the jaws to fully close, the catch is not valid. Only a disc that maintains at a least a second between fully closed jaws can be considered a valid catch.
As this is a very time consuming element by nature, we would like to point out that we have no time for any unforeseen delays. Therefore, if you don’t appear after your name has been called 3 times, the round will be scratched
The 3 furthest throws are measured from the start line to the point of the catch or where the disc lands. When the disc is caught in the air, the point of the landing becomes the point of measurement
In order to win any of the divisions or events, at least one catch must be made. If no catch is made, there will be no winner in that category
Small discs, also known as markers, will be used to mark the catches during the round and measured after the round has finished
For a disc that is tipped by the dog, we are giving the advantage to the dogs that master this art and we consider the eventual catch as the point for scoring. When the disc is tipped out of bounds, there will be no points scored, that's the other side of the medal.
A ranking for all divisions in the longest throw will be made, top 20 in that ranking after the last qualifier will be invited for the World Championships. There is also an extra honor for the team with the best average in either the first round or the Last Chance Round.
This event works with 1 line judge, 2 judge spotters and 1 head judge who does the administration and has the responsibility for the end result, he is in constant contact with the administration
All general rules of the GCDC are applicable in this part of the event
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