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Distance/Accuracy Field Layout and Scoring

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Distance/Accuracy (sometimes referred to as DA) is an event in Skyhoundz Classic Championships (Local, Regional Qualifiers, Open Qualifiers, International Qualifiers, European Championship, and the World Championship). While Pairs Distance/Accuracy is an event in Skyhoundz DiscDogathon Qualifiers and the Skyhoundz DiscDogathon 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. Scoring zones and field dimensions are depicted in the graphic at right (click to enlarge).

Distance/Accuracy competitors are allowed 60 seconds and one disc to score as many points as possible. 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. Notification of time remaining will be uniform for all competitors: 30 seconds, 10 seconds, and a countdown of the final five seconds before time is called.

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.

The thrower and canine are required to be behind the throwing line before time starts. When the competitor is ready, the line judge will signal the announcer by raising an arm. Soon after, a start cue will be given by the announcer indicating that time has begun. If, in the opinion of the line judge, the dog leaves before time begins, 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.

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.

Rick Rauwerda & Riff Raff

Scoring is based on the following point scale. No points are awarded for catches under 10 yards.

Zone 1 (10-20 yards) — 1 Point

Zone 2 (20-30 yards) — 2 Points

Zone 3 (30-40 yards) — 3 Points

End Zone (40-50 yards) — 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 jumping effort and subsequently lands with all paws in a scoring zone.

Distance/Accuracy Tie-Breaker 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.

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.

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Distance/Accuracy Field LayoutDistance/Accuracy IconPairs Distance/Accuracy

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.

Pairs Distance/Accuracy Tie-Breaker 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.

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