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Skyhoundz Classic Canine Disc Championships

Skyhoundz Classic Championships Overview

The Hyperflite Skyhoundz Classic World Canine Disc Championship Series consists of Local Championships, State Championships, U.S. Qualifiers, International Qualifiers, European Championship, and the World Championship.

In order to be considered for a Skyhoundz World Record, scores or times must be attained at an official Skyhoundz Qualifier or Skyhoundz World Championship.


Skyhoundz Classic Local Championships

Skyhoundz Local Championships are free events, open to all competitors regardless of experience, and held in many cities, states, and countries. You are welcome to enter as many Skyhoundz Local Championships as you like.

For a complete listing of Skyhoundz Classic Local and State Championships, please go here.

Skyhoundz Local Championships Format

All Skyhoundz Local Championships consist of either:

A) Two 60-second rounds of Distance/Accuracy with winners determined by combining the scores from both rounds of Distance/Accuracy; or

B) Freestyle and Distance/Accuracy Combined: One 90-second round of Freestyle and one 60-second round of Distance/Accuracy with winners determined by doubling the Freestyle score and adding it to the Distance/Accuracy score.

Contact the local host to verify the competition format. If more than 25 teams compete, the local host may limit participation in the second round to the top 6-10 scoring teams from the first round.

Distance/Accuracy

Skyhoundz Local Championship Hosting Information

If your club/organization would like to host a Skyhoundz Local Championship, please go here to download a registration form. Skyhoundz Local Championships are available for free or for a nomal charge depending on the hosting package you choose. International Local Championship event hosts are also charged shipping and required to pay any taxes and duty. Skyhoundz provides the contest materials, rules, and prizes while you will need to supply the field, event materials, and manpower.

(Download Skyhoundz Local Championship Competitor registration/scoresheets here.)


The video shown above was shot by Mark Vitullo at his Hyperflite Skyhoundz Local Championship in Dublin, Ohio. It should give you an idea of what a Skyhoundz Local Championship is like.

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Skyhoundz Classic State Championships

One Skyhoundz State Championship is permitted per State. Registration fees apply.

For a complete listing of Skyhoundz Classic Local and State Championships, please go here.

State Championship Format

All Skyhoundz State Championships consist of:

Freestyle and Distance/Accuracy Combined: Two 90-second rounds of Freestyle and one 60-second round of Distance/Accuracy with winners determined by totaling all three rounds.

Contact the local host to verify the competition format. If more than 25 teams compete, the local host may limit participation in the third round to the top 6-10 scoring teams from the first two rounds.

Skyhoundz State Championship Hosting Information

If your club/organization would like to host a Skyhoundz State Championship, please go here to download a registration form. Only one Skyhoundz State Championship is permitted per State. Skyhoundz State Championship event hosts are charged a nominal fee for their event packages. Skyhoundz provides the contest materials, rules, and prizes while you will need to supply the field, event materials, and manpower.

(Download Skyhoundz State Championship Competitor registration/scoresheets here.)

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Skyhoundz Classic U.S. Open Qualifiers

For a complete listing of Skyhoundz Classic U.S. Open Qualifiers, please go here.

Participants in the Skyhoundz World Canine Disc Championship Series earn invitations to the World Championship by competing in Open Qualifiers. U.S. Open Qualifiers have no geographic limitations for competitor entry. Even current World Finalists may compete and attempt to earn additional invitations to the World Championship at Open Qualifiers.

Competitors from the U.S. are eligible to compete in any Skyhoundz Qualifier held in the U.S.

Registration fees apply.

Skyhoundz Championships Open Qualifier Hosting Information

Skyhoundz Classic Qualifiers are moving from a Regional Qualifier model to an Open Qualifier Model. This means that more enthusiasts will likely find Skyhoundz Classic competitions in locations even closer to their places of residence. Accordingly, we will be seeking up to eight new Hosts for Skyhoundz Classic Qualifiers. Additionally, to ensure that Skyhoundz Classic Qualifiers continue to meet the needs and expectations of our competitors, going forward, Skyhoundz Classic hosts will need to reapply each year to host any type of Skyhoundz Qualifier. Skyhoundz Classic Qualifiers will be awarded after a careful review of criteria including, but not limited to, Host experience, association with large festivals and events, geographic location near population centers, record of increasing competitor participation, positive feedback from competitors, plans by the host to make their proposed Skyhoundz Qualifier a unique and memorable experience for competitors, etc. These changes are intended to help continue to grow participation in canine disc sports and create memories and associations that will last a lifetime.

Download Skyhoundz Championships Open Qualifier competitor registration form here.

Download Skyhoundz Championships Open Qualifier MicroDog, Open, and Youth Division scoresheet here.

Download Skyhoundz Championships Open Qualifier Pairs Freestyle Division scoresheet here.

Download Skyhoundz Championships Open Qualifier Sport Division scoresheet here.


Skyhoundz Classic Championships Qualifier Competitior Registration Form

Download Skyhoundz Championships Qualifier competitor registration form here.

Skyhoundz Championships Qualifier Competitior Scoresheets

Download Skyhoundz Championships Qualifier MicroDog, Open, and Youth Division scoresheet here.

Download Skyhoundz Championships Qualifier Pairs Freestyle Division scoresheet here.

Download Skyhoundz Championships Qualifier Sport Division scoresheet here.

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Skyhoundz Classic International Qualifiers

For a complete listing of Skyhoundz International Qualifiers, please go here.

Qualifiers for the Skyhoundz Classic World Championship are held in a number of countries.

Competitors from Mexico are eligible to compete in any Skyhoundz Qualifier held in the Mexico.

Competitors from Canada are eligible to compete in any Skyhoundz Qualifier held in Canada.

Competitors from any European country may compete in any Skyhoundz Qualifier held in Europe.

Competitors from Asian countries may compete in any Skyhoundz Qualifier held in Asia.

Competitors from Central America are eligible to compete in any Skyhoundz Qualifier held in Central America.

Competitors from South America are eligible to compete in any Skyhoundz Qualifier held in South America.

Registration fees apply.

Skyhoundz Championships International Qualifier Hosting Information

If your club/organization would like to host a Skyhoundz Championships International Qualifier, please go here to download a registration form. Because you will be hosting an International Qualifier, that will provide teams with invitations to compete in the Skyhoundz World Canine Disc Championship, you may be required to have a Skyhoundz representative oversee your event. The Skyhoundz representative will be available to assist you by serving as the Chief Judge of your Qualifier and by providing his or her services for free if you choose to host a disc dog clinic on the day before your Skyhoundz Championships International Qualifier. You may charge for this clinic, and retain all of the proceeds of any clinic to offset the expenses associated with staging your International Qualifier. In the event that a Skyhoundz representative is required, any travel expenses (including airfare from the U.S., Local Travel, Hotel, and Meals) will be the responsibility of the international host.

Download Skyhoundz Championships International Qualifier competitor registration form here.

Download Skyhoundz Championships International Qualifier MicroDog, Open, and Youth Division scoresheet here.

Download Skyhoundz Championships International Qualifier Pairs Freestyle Division scoresheet here.

Download Skyhoundz Championships International Qualifier Sport Division scoresheet here.

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Skyhoundz Classic European Championship

For the listing of the Skyhoundz European Championship, please go here.

The Skyhoundz European Canine Disc Championship is held each year in a European host country. Top finishing competitors at the European Championship also earn invitations to compete at the Skyhoundz World Canine Disc Championship.

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Skyhoundz Classic World Championship

For the listing of the Skyhoundz World Championship, please go here.

The Skyhoundz World Canine Disc Championship is the premier event in canine sports. Competitors qualify for the World Championship through Regional, Open, and International Qualifiers. Each year, the World Championship is held in a host city in the U.S. Participation in the World Championship is always free to those who qualify.

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Skyhoundz Championships Competition Formats

Regional, Open, European Championship, International Qualifiers, and the World Championship consist of the same five Championship Divisions: Open Division, Sport Division, MicroDog Division, Pairs Freestyle Division, and the Youth Division.

Within those Championship Divisions, competitors may choose to compete in different Classes (except at the World Championship where the only Class is Expert) and thereby have their scores evaluated relative to several peer groups. Awards are given to the top three finishers in all Classes. Available Classes vary from Division to Division.

Important Note: Only Expert Class entries are eligible to receive invitations to the World Championship. Therefore, you must specify on your registration form that you wish to enter in the Expert Class, of the applicable Division(s), in order to compete for an invitation to the World Championship.

If a team chooses to compete in multiple Classes within a particular Division, then the competitor will only need to compete once in that Division, during the final rounds, to have the score counted for purposes of determining the team’s finish in each Class within such Division.

Although the standard minimum cut size at Skyhoundz Qualifiers is six. Organizers may exercise discretion and increase the cut to a larger number of teams in their sole discretion. Organizers should endeavor to communicate the increase in cut size to competitors as far in advance as possible. Notwithstanding any such notification of an increase in cut size, competitors should be aware that weather or time considerations may dictate a return to the minimum cut size of six, possibly even on the day of the event due to inclement weather or a greater number of entries than expected. In exceptional circumstances, Organizers have the discretion to modify Skyhoundz rules, but only to the extent necessary to safely, efficiently, and fairly run a Skyhoundz event.

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Beginning in 2014, all scoring will be cumulative. No scores will be dropped, all round's scores will be added to determine the final totals.

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The Skyhoundz website is the best source for the most current version of Skyhoundz rules as it is a dynamic and easily updatable source of information. Rules and formats do change from time-to-time and competitors and Organizers are encouraged to review the Skyhoundz rules prior to any competition.

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Skyhoundz Classic Open, European Championship, and International Qualifier Divisions


MicroDog Division (Freestyle and Distance/Accuracy Combined)

The MicroDog Division provides opportunities to compete in Expert Class only. — The top two Expert Class teams receive invitations to the World Championship.

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MicroDog | MicroDogs must be fewer than 16 inches tall as measured from the ground to a point midway between the shoulders and hips as determined by Skyhoundz officials.

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MicroDog competitors must use the Hyperflite K-10 Pup, (Competition Standard Pup, FrostBite Pup, Jawz Pup, or SofFlite Pup disc) or a similar (7"/177.8 mm) or smaller-sized solid plastic disc from a different manufacturer, that was designed specifically designed for canine use.

Round 1 — Freestyle elimination to the top six teams followed by Round 2 — Distance/Accuracy and Round 3 — Freestyle. First round scores are used for elimination. All scoring will be cumulative. No scores will be dropped, all round's scores will be added to determine the final totals.

Because some MicroDog Division teams also desire to compete in the Open Division, and because the two Divisions have identical formats, competing teams only need to compete once, at Regional, Open, and International Qualifiers, to be scored in both Divisions. However, in order for scores to count in the MicroDog Division, MicroDog teams must use the smaller discs described previously in all rounds. There are no disc size limits in the Open Division.

MicroDog Tie-Breaker If there is a tie for first or second place, the tie will be broken by the following criteria, as necessary: 1) The team with the highest combined scores in the Athleticism and Wow!Factor categories from the Freestyle Rounds, 2) The team with the highest score in Distance/Accuracy, 3) A Face-off round will take place 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.

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Open Division (Freestyle and Distance/Accuracy Combined)

The Open Division provides opportunities to compete in Expert, Masters, and Novice Classes. The top two Expert Class teams receive invitations to the World Championship.

Round 1 — Freestyle elimination to the top six teams followed by Round 2 — Distance/Accuracy and Round 3 — Freestyle. All scoring will be cumulative. No scores will be dropped, all round's scores will be added to determine the final totals.

Open Division 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 highest combined scores in the Athleticism and Wow!Factor categories from the Freestyle Rounds, 2) The team with the highest score in Distance/Accuracy. 3) A Face-off round will take place 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.

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Pairs Freestyle Division (Freestyle Only)

The Pairs Freestyle Division provides opportunities to compete in Expert Class only. Teams compete in one Freestyle round (two Freestyle rounds at the World Championship) — The top two teams receive invitations to the World Championship.

Pairs Freestyle Division 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 highest combined scores in the Athleticism and Wow!Factor categories, 2) A Snapshot round will take place with each team alternating turns and receiving ten seconds in which to demonstrate their strongest trick or cluster of tricks. Order of competition will be determined by a coin toss. The timekeeper will announce the start of Snapshot when each competitor signals his or her readiness to begin. The judges will then declare a winner based on their impressions of the overall quality of the Snapshot performances. Officials will permit the competitors to rest their dogs as necessary.

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Sport Division (Distance/Accuracy)

The Sport Division provides opportunities to compete in Expert, Masters, Novice, and Team Classes. — The top two Expert Class teams receive invitations to the World Championship.

Round 1 — Distance/Accuracy elimination round to the top six teams in each class. Round 2 — Distance/Accuracy. Final scores are cumulative.

Sport Division 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 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.

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Youth Division (Freestyle and Distance/Accuracy Combined)

The Youth Division provides opportunities to compete in Expert Class only. Youth Division competitors must be 15 years of age or younger as of December 31st of the year in which they are competing in the Youth Division. The top two Expert Class teams receive invitations to the World Championship.

Round 1 — Freestyle elimination round to the top six teams in each class followed by Round 2 — Distance/Accuracy and Round 3 — Freestyle. First round scores are used for elimination and then dropped.* A team’s final score is determined by taking the third round Freestyle score and doubling it and then adding it to the Distance/Accuracy score.

*In Skyhoundz Classic Competitions in which a cut in MicroDog, Open, or Youth Divisions is employed by the Organizer, the first round Freestyle score is dropped, and the second round Freestyle score is doubled and then added to the Distance/Accuracy score to determine final scores. If there is not a cut in those Divisions, because an Organizer has chosen to allow all competitors to compete in all competitive rounds, then all the scores are added together to determine the final scores.

Youth Division 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 highest combined scores in the Athleticism and Wow!Factor categories from the Freestyle Rounds, 2) The team with the highest score in Distance/Accuracy. 3) A Face-off round will take place 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.

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Skyhoundz Open, European Championship, and International Qualifier Classes

Competitive Classes, vary from Division to Division, and apply only to Hyperflite Skyhoundz Regional, Open, European Championship, and International Qualifiers.

Expert — Anyone can enter.

Masters — Dogs nine (9) years and older (as of the date of the competition entered). A canine registered in the Masters Class may not simultaneously be entered in the Expert Class.

Novice — A team composed of a canine and thrower that either together or separately, have never finished higher than fourth place in the Expert Class at any Skyhoundz Regional Qualifier, Open Qualifier, International Qualifier, or European Championship in any of the following Divisions: Open, Sport, MicroDog, or Pairs Freestyle.

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Skyhoundz Open, European Championship, and International Qualifier Competition Order

The recommended order of events is as follows:

Sport Division—Distance/Accuracy Elimination Round (all classes: Expert, Masters, and Novice)

MicroDog Division—Freestyle Elimination Round

Youth Division—Freestyle Elimination Round

Open Division—Freestyle Elimination Round (all classes: Expert, Masters, and Novice)

MicroDog Division—Distance/Accuracy Round (top 6)

Youth Division—Distance/Accuracy Round (top 6)

Open Division—Distance/Accuracy Round (top 6 in each class: Expert, Masters, and Novice)

Sport Division—Distance/Accuracy Finals (top 6 in each class: Expert, Masters, and Novice)

MicroDog Division—Freestyle Round (top 6)

Youth Division—Freestyle Round (top 6)

Open Division—Freestyle Round (top 6 in each class: Expert, Masters, MicroDog, and Novice)

Pairs Freestyle Division

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