Structure

Starting with a structure is always a good idea...

To make it as simple and clear as possible, please find the schematic representation below. The format should be seen as a series of building blocks where hosts select what they want to offer in relation to their budget and time frame. Just so you know that not all elements will be present at all competions... but some things will always be sure in life.

Maybe a little explaination is in order...

Let's start with some basic vocabulary

 

Fetch It Far : A long distance competition where the message is clear, get it flying and keep it flying. There will be a

World Champion in all 4 categories

 

Fetch It : The well known distance game with a limited field where also a well placed disc is appreciated

Also here a World Champion needs to be found in all 5 categories

 

Fetch It In Style : A symphony of dogs, discs and music at high speed

No less than 7 World Championship trophies to give out for this part of the competition

 

Fetch It Furry Fast : For most better known as Time Trial Battle, a very short but fun game for every level

Also here 3 titles will be awaiting at the end of the season.

 

Surprise, there's one more... no extra charge, only extra honor and a cup at the end of the season.

 

Combo : A ranking if both Fetch It and Fetch It In Style are hosted at the same competition

As excpected, also the 5 categories competing can win the World Championship here as well

For this ranking all scores of all rounds are added and the best total gets the top rank

 

Ulna Measuring Method : This is a method to determine the heigth of dogs, using the ulna as a reference for the height of the dog. It is also a parameter which doesn't change over the years, and which is very hard to manipulate within the lifespan of a dog. The pictures will explain more than my words can ever do. This measurement is taken at the beginning of each season or when the dog enters his/her first competition. It will be executed by the head-judge, flanked by at least one other judge present. The head-judge will be provided with, or make, a device to measure and dogs are preferably held in the arms of the owner to do this procedure. This method is being used in other dogsports for some years and is based on scientific research.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And now to explain the other building blocks:

 

Fetch It Far

 

Men Standard : members of the male gender who think they are experts at this game, throwing with any non bite-resistant disc

 

Women Standard : members of the female gender who are experts at this game, throwing with any non bite-resistant disc

 

Men Open : members of the male gender who think they are experts at this game, throwing with any bite-resistant disc with a minimal weight of 120 gram

 

Women Open : members of the female gender who are experts at this game, throwing with any bite-resistant disc with a minimal weight of 120 gram

 

Fetch It

 

Experts : an expert is qualified through past experience, or through victory in debutant with more than 15 points in a one-day competition or 25 points in a two-day competition, and this for the rest of the career of that particular team.

 

Nano : is a category for handlers with small dogs under 14 cm ulna length as measured with the Ulna Measuring Method, where they have a chance to compete against their peers. Nano dogs have to use discs up to a diameter of 190mm. 

 

Team : with two handlers and one dog the fun gets doubled, imagine two discs, two handlers and one dog racing from one side to the other. another twist we hope you appreciate

 

Debutant : for people entering the competitive end of the sport, or start out with a new dog; if you have achieved first place on the podium with minimally 15 or 25 points as described above, you go to experts. This competition is optional for hosts to include

 

Golden Oldies: are dogs older than 8 years on the day of the competition. They get 120" to make a maximum of 5 throws, so time is not an issue anymore.

 

Fetch It In Style

 

Experts : are also here the experienced competitors through history or those qualified through victory in debutant with more than 60  points in a one-day competition or 90 points in a two-day competition, and this for the rest of the career of that particular team

 

Nano : this category is for the small dogs under 14 cm ulna length as measured with the Ulna Measuring Method, who compete against their peers

 

Team : is the level of competence where we expand from one handler to two. Together with the dog they should perform a pleasing routine with team elements as a base for the routine

 

Debutant : is meant for people entering the competitive end of the sport, or start out with a new dog; if you have achieved first place on the podium with more than 60  points in a one-day competition or 90 points in a two-day competition, you go to experts.

 

Apprentice : are pups under 18 months. No dog under the age of 12 months is allowed to compete in the other divisions. In between 12 and 18 months the handler can decide to already advance to the Debutants with the puppy. Pups do a 60” maximum routine in “Fetch It In Style” and a 30” “Fetch It” round. They are not allowed to compete in “Fetch It Far” Especially here vaults and flips will be considered as dangerous elements and they will make your score go down instead of up... just don't use those in your routines to keep the pups safe and make sure they have a long and healthy carreer in discdog!

 

Kids : is also a category with two handlers, but one of the handlers has to be under the age of 14 years on the day of the competition. The other handler has to be at least 18 years at the day of the competition. The junior part of the team is not allowed to throw discs that induce a vault or flip, these are reserved for the elder part of the team but not an obligation. They will not necessarily result in better scores

 

Golden Oldies: are dogs older than 8 years on the day of the competition where the balance in the elements of judging is changed and priority is set to safety and entertainment. Golden Oldies are also deserving of being  protected and vaults will no longer result in an upgrade of the difficulty in the technical judgement as is the fact with other categories. They are to be avoided in the routines. Overs are still a possibility. Flips will be scored as a A-element, regardless the throw, this to discourage the use.

 

Fetch It Furry Fast

 

Experts : an expert is qualified through past experience, or through victory in debutant with a time under 30 seconds, and this for the rest of the career of that particular team.

 

Nano : is a category for handlers with small dogs under 14 cm ulna length as measured with the Ulna Measuring Method, where they have a chance to compete against their peers. Nano dogs have to use discs up to a diameter of 190mm. 

 

Debutant : for people entering the competitive end of the sport, or start out with a new dog; if you have achieved first place on the podium under 30 seconds, you go to experts.

 

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