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Until the Skyhoundz World Canine Disc Championship!

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Hyperflite Skyhoundz Competitions

The year 2016 marks the 42nd consecutive year of competitive canine disc sports. Hyperflite's sponsorship of the Skyhoundz Classic World Canine Disc Championship Series — the largest disc-dog series in the world — ensures that disc dog competitors worldwide will have exciting venues in which to compete. The Skyhoundz Series consists of Skyhoundz Classic Championship, Skyhoundz DiscDogathon Championship, and Skyhoundz Xtreme Distance Championship.

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.

If you are interested in hosting a Skyhoundz competition, please go to the hosting tab for further information.

Skyhoundz Classic Championship

The Skyhoundz Classic Championship consists of Local Championships, State Championships, Qualifiers, and the World Canine Disc Championship.

Skyhoundz 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.

All Skyhoundz Local Championships consist of either:

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

or

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.

Skyhoundz Local Championships are standalone events with winners, but the winners do not advance to any further competition.

Skyhoundz State Championships

Only one Skyhoundz State Championship is permitted per State. Registration fees apply.

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 Championships are standalone events with winners, but the winners do not advance to any further competition.

Skyhoundz Classic Qualifiers / European Championship

The top scoring teams from each Skyhoundz Classic Qualifier earn invitations to the Skyhoundz Classic World Canine Disc Championship. Awards are given to the top three finishers.

All scoring is cumulative. No scores will be dropped, all round's scores will be added to determine the final totals.

To Qualify for the World Championship and/or receive awards at all Skyhoundz events, a competitor's score must be greater than 0. In other words, a team that does not score any points, or make a qualifiying catch (e.g., Xtreme Distance) and/or receive a qualifying time (e.g., TimeTrial), as applicable, is not eligible to Qualify for the World Championship or receive an award.

For a complete listing of Skyhoundz competitions, please go to the Schedule tab above.

If you are interested in hosting a Skyhoundz competition, please go to the Hosting tab above.

All Skyhoundz Classic Qualifiers consist of:

Freestyle and/or Distance Accuracy in the following six Divisions:

  1. MicroDog Open
  2. MicroDog Sport
  3. Open
  4. Pairs Freestyle
  5. Sport
  6. Youth

Eligibility

  • Competitors from the U.S. are eligible to compete in any Skyhoundz Classic Qualifier held in the U.S.
  • Competitors from Canada are eligible to compete in any Skyhoundz Classic Qualifier held in Canada.
  • Competitors living south of the U.S. border are eligible to compete in any Skyhoundz Classic Qualifier in Latin America, Central American, or South America.
  • Competitors from any European country may compete in any Skyhoundz Classic Qualifier held in Europe.
  • Competitors from Asian countries may compete in any Skyhoundz Classic Qualifier held in Asia.

Registration fees apply. All proceeds from Skyhoundz Classic Qualifiers benefit the contest host organizations.

The number of qualifying slots at Skyhoundz Classic Qualifiers is as follows:

  • Three in Open Division
  • Two in MicroDog Open Divison
  • Three in Sport Division
  • Two in MicroDog Sport Divison
  • Two in Pairs Freestyle Divison
  • Two in Youth Divison

Although the standard minimum cut size at Skyhoundz Classic Qualifiers is six. Organizers (after consulting with the Chief Judge) 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.

While contest hosts are free to add additional classes to Skyhoundz Classic Qualifiers (i.e. Novice Class, Youth Class, etc.), the only class recognized by Skyhoundz is the qualifying class. As such, only qualifying class results will be listed in our official results.

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

In exceptional circumstances, Organizers (after consulting with the Chief Judge) have the discretion to modify Skyhoundz rules, but only to the extent necessary to safely, efficiently, and fairly run a Skyhoundz event.

Skyhoundz Classic Qualifiers Divisions and Format

MicroDog Open Division (Freestyle and Distance/Accuracy Combined)

MicroDog | MicroDogs must be fewer than 17 inches tall as measured from the ground to the withers as determined by Skyhoundz officials.

MicroDog competitors must use Hyperflite Competition Standard Pup, FrostBite Pup, Jawz Pup, Jawz HyperFlex Pup, or SofFlite Pup discs.

Round 1 — Freestyle (elimination to the top six teams)
Round 2 — Distance/Accuracy
Round 3 — Freestyle

MicroDog Sport Division (Distance/Accuracy)

MicroDog | MicroDogs must be fewer than 17 inches tall as measured from the ground to the withers as determined by Skyhoundz officials.

MicroDog competitors must use Hyperflite Competition Standard Pup, FrostBite Pup, Jawz Pup, Jawz HyperFlex Pup, or SofFlite Pup discs.

Round 1 — Distance/Accuracy (elimination to the top six teams)
Round 2 — Distance/Accuracy

Open Division (Freestyle and Distance/Accuracy Combined)

Round 1 — Freestyle (elimination to the top six teams)
Round 2 — Distance/Accuracy
Round 3 — Freestyle

Pairs Freestyle Division (Freestyle Only)

Round 1 — Freestyle

Sport Division (Distance/Accuracy)

Round 1 — Distance/Accuracy (elimination to the top six teams)
Round 2 — Distance/Accuracy

Youth Division (Freestyle and Distance/Accuracy Combined)

Youth Division competitors must be 15 years of age or younger as of December 31 of the year in which they are competing in the Youth Division.

Round 1 — Freestyle (elimination to the top six teams)
Round 2 — Distance/Accuracy
Round 3 — Freestyle

Skyhoundz Classic Qualifiers Competition Order

If you have one court available, the suggested order of competition is as follows*:

MicroDog Sport Division — Distance/Accuracy Elimination Round
Sport Division — Distance/Accuracy Elimination Round


Youth Division — Freestyle Elimination Round
MicroDog Open Division — Freestyle Elimination Round
Open Division — Freestyle Elimination Round


Youth Division — Distance/Accuracy Round (top six)
MicroDog Open Division — Distance/Accuracy Round (top six)
Open Division — Distance/Accuracy Round (top six)


MicroDog Sport Division — Distance/Accuracy Finals (top six)
Sport Division — Distance/Accuracy Finals (top six)


Youth Division — Freestyle Round (top six)
MicroDog Open Division — Freestyle Round (top six)

Open Division — Freestyle Round (top six)


Pairs Freestyle Division — (one round only)


*After the completion of each round, the order changes so the last place competitor goes first and the first place competitor goes last.

Competitors at all Skyhoundz Qualifiers (Classic, DiscDogathon, and Xtreme Distance) may only earn two World Championship invitations in any particular qualifier. If a competitor earns more than two invitations at a Qualifier, they will have to specify, prior to any awards presentation, which two qualifying invitations they are accepting and, once said choice is made, the remaining qualifying invitation(s) will roll down to the next team. If there is not a remaining team to roll down to, that invitation will simply expire and not be awarded.

For example, John Smith earned invitations to the World Championship in the Open Division and Sport Division with “Phydeaux,” as well as an invitation in MicroDog with “Gunner” at a Skyhoundz Classic Qualifier. John would have to choose if he wanted to accept the two invitations with “Phydeaux” or one with “Phydeaux” and one with “Gunner" prior to the awards presentation, so the remaining invitation would be available to the next competing team. Note — If an invitation pertaining to Pairs D/A or Pairs Freestyle is declined by one of the human team members, then the second human team member may still earn two invitations in the applicable Qualifier.

This rule change was made to ensure that no Qualifier is dominated by any one human competitor such that entries from a diversity of teams are discouraged and so that our Skyhoundz host organizations do not suffer economic harm as a result of diminished attendance at their events.

*The two invitation limitation does not apply to the Last Chance Qualifier.

Skyhoundz DiscDogathon Qualifiers / European Championship

Skyhoundz DiscDogathon Championships consist of five competitive events. The top scoring teams from each Skyhoundz DiscDogathon Qualifier earn invitations to the Skyhoundz DiscDogathon World Canine Disc Championship. Awards are given to the top three finishers.

To Qualify for the World Championship and/or receive awards at all Skyhoundz events, a competitor's score must be greater than 0. In other words, a team that does not score any points, or make a qualifiying catch (e.g., Xtreme Distance) and/or receive a qualifying time (e.g., TimeTrial), as applicable, is not eligible to Qualify for the World Championship or receive an award.

For a complete listing of Skyhoundz competitions, please go to the Schedule tab above.

If you are interested in hosting a Skyhoundz competition, please go to the Hosting tab above.

All Skyhoundz DiscDogathon Qualifiers consist of:

Bullseye, Freestyle, Pairs Distance/Accuracy, Spot Landing, and TimeTrial

Eligibility

  • Competitors from the U.S. are eligible to compete in any Skyhoundz DiscDogathon Qualifier held in the U.S.
  • Competitors from Mexico are eligible to compete in any Skyhoundz DiscDogathon Qualifier held in the Mexico.
  • Competitors from Canada are eligible to compete in any Skyhoundz DiscDogathon Qualifier held in Canada.
  • Competitors living south of the U.S. border are eligible to compete in any Skyhoundz DiscDogathon Qualifier in Latin America, Central American, or South America.
  • Competitors from any European country may compete in any Skyhoundz DiscDogathon Qualifier held in Europe.
  • Competitors from Asian countries may compete in any Skyhoundz DiscDogathon Qualifier held in Asia.

Registration fees apply. All proceeds from Skyhoundz DiscDogathon Qualifiers benefit the contest host organizations.

While contest hosts are free to add additional classes to DiscDogathon Qualifiers (i.e. Novice Class, Youth Class, etc.), the only class recognized by Skyhoundz is the qualifying class. As such, only qualifying class results will be listed in our official results.

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

Skyhoundz DiscDogathon Qualifiers Competition Order

The suggested order of events is as follows:

Spot Landing


Bullseye


Freestyle


TimeTrial


Pairs Distance/Accuracy


Competitors at all Skyhoundz Qualifiers (Classic, DiscDogathon, and Xtreme Distance) may only earn two World Championship invitations in any particular qualifier. If a competitor earns more than two invitations at a Qualifier, they will have to specify, prior to any awards presentation, which two qualifying invitations they are accepting and, once said choice is made, the remaining qualifying invitation(s) will roll down to the next team. If there is not a remaining team to roll down to, that invitation will simply expire and not be awarded.

For example, John Smith earned invitations to the World Championship in the Open Division and Sport Division with “Phydeaux,” as well as an invitation in MicroDog with “Gunner” at a Skyhoundz Classic Qualifier. John would have to choose if he wanted to accept the two invitations with “Phydeaux” or one with “Phydeaux” and one with “Gunner" prior to the awards presentation, so the remaining invitation would be available to the next competing team. Note — If an invitation pertaining to Pairs D/A or Pairs Freestyle is declined by one of the human team members, then the second human team member may still earn two invitations in the applicable Qualifier.

This rule change was made to ensure that no Qualifier is dominated by any one human competitor such that entries from a diversity of teams are discouraged and so that our Skyhoundz host organizations do not suffer economic harm as a result of diminished attendance at their events.

*The two invitation limitation does not apply to the Last Chance Qualifier.

Skyhoundz Xtreme Distance Qualifiers / European Championship

Xtreme Distance competitions give canines exactly what they want — insanely long throws and are stand-alone events meant to showcase the pure speed and catching ability of canines and the throwing skills of the human team member. The top scoring teams from each Skyhoundz Xtreme Distance Qualifier earn invitations to the Skyhoundz Xtreme Distance World Canine Disc Championship. Awards are given to the top three finishers.

To Qualify for the World Championship and/or receive awards at all Skyhoundz events, a competitor's score must be greater than 0. In other words, a team that does not score any points, or make a qualifiying catch (e.g., Xtreme Distance) and/or receive a qualifying time (e.g., TimeTrial), as applicable, is not eligible to Qualify for the World Championship or receive an award.

For a complete listing of Skyhoundz competitions, please go to the Schedule tab above.

If you are interested in hosting a Skyhoundz competition, please go to the Hosting tab above.

All Skyhoundz Xtreme Distance Qualifiers consist of:

Teams compete in two divisions (Men's and Women's) in the following four distinct Classes

  • MicroDog
  • Light Plastic
  • Classic Plastic
  • Unlimited Plastic

Eligibility

  • Competitors from the U.S. are eligible to compete in any Skyhoundz Xtreme Distance Qualifier held in the U.S.
  • Competitors from Mexico are eligible to compete in any Skyhoundz Xtreme Distance Qualifier held in the Mexico.
  • Competitors from Canada are eligible to compete in any Skyhoundz Xtreme Distance Qualifier held in Canada.
  • Competitors living south of the U.S. border are eligible to compete in any Skyhoundz Xtreme Distance Qualifier in Latin America, Central American, or South America.
  • Competitors from any European country may compete in any Skyhoundz Xtreme Distance Qualifier held in Europe.
  • Competitors from Asian countries may compete in any Skyhoundz Xtreme Distance Qualifier held in Asia.

Registration fees apply. All proceeds from Skyhoundz Xtreme Distance Qualifiers benefit the contest host organizations.

While contest hosts are free to add additional classes to Xtreme Distance Qualifiers (i.e. Novice Class, Youth Class, etc.), the only class recognized by Skyhoundz is the qualifying class. As such, only qualifying class results will be listed in our official results.

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

Skyhoundz Xtreme Distance Qualifiers Competition Order

The suggested order of events is as follows:

MicroDog — Women's
MicroDog — Men's


Light Plastic — Women's
Light Plastic — Men's


Classic Plastic — Women's
Classic Plastic — Men's


Unlimited Plastic — Women's
Unlimited Plastic — Men's


Competitors at all Skyhoundz Qualifiers (Classic, DiscDogathon, and Xtreme Distance) may only earn two World Championship invitations in any particular qualifier. If a competitor earns more than two invitations at a Qualifier, they will have to specify, prior to any awards presentation, which two qualifying invitations they are accepting and, once said choice is made, the remaining qualifying invitation(s) will roll down to the next team. If there is not a remaining team to roll down to, that invitation will simply expire and not be awarded.

For example, John Smith earned invitations to the World Championship in the Open Division and Sport Division with “Phydeaux,” as well as an invitation in MicroDog with “Gunner” at a Skyhoundz Classic Qualifier. John would have to choose if he wanted to accept the two invitations with “Phydeaux” or one with “Phydeaux” and one with “Gunner" prior to the awards presentation, so the remaining invitation would be available to the next competing team. Note — If an invitation pertaining to Pairs D/A or Pairs Freestyle is declined by one of the human team members, then the second human team member may still earn two invitations in the applicable Qualifier.

This rule change was made to ensure that no Qualifier is dominated by any one human competitor such that entries from a diversity of teams are discouraged and so that our Skyhoundz host organizations do not suffer economic harm as a result of diminished attendance at their events.

*The two invitation limitation does not apply to the Last Chance Qualifier.