Spot Landing is one of the events in Skyhoundz DiscDogathon Championships.
Spot Landing challenges competitors to complete as many catches as possible in the designated scoring zones within the time allotted. Scoring zones and field dimensions are depicted in the graphics on right (click to enlarge). The Spot Landing field was designed so that it is easily reproducible and consistently set-up from DiscDogathon to DiscDogathon. The X-pattern on the lower diagram represents tape measure(s) or string(s) used to help locate the "vector points" upon which the scoring zones are centered.
Competitors are required to make one attempt in each scoring zone (progressing from lower to higher value scoring zones) and may then attempt to score in the zones of their choice for the remaining time alloted. Competitors are rewarded with the noted point values for catches in which the canine lands with all paws inside a scoring zone. Catches landing outside scoring zones are worth one point each (canine effort point(s), however, the thrower must attempt to reach the scoring areas to earn the canine effort point(s).
The thrower and the canine must be within the throwing circle before time commences. Thereafter, the thrower and canine may move freely about the field to catch and/or retrieve discs. Competitors receive 60 seconds to score as many points as they can.
Spot Landing 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 total throws, 2) A Face-off round with each team receiving one Spot Landing throw. The team 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.