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Distance/Accuracy

Distance/Accuracy (sometimes referred to as D/A or D&A) is one of the events in the Hyperflite Skyhoundz Classic Championships (Local Championships, State Championships, Classic Open Qualifiers, Classic International Qualifiers, Classic European Championship, and the Classic 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.

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.

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.

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.

Pairs Distance/Accuracy

Pairs Distance/Accuracy is one of the events in the Hyperflite Skyhoundz DiscDogathon Championships (DiscDogathon Qualifiers, DiscDogathon International Qualifiers, DiscDogathon European Championship, and the DiscDogathon World Championship).

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.

To give you an idea of what Skyhoundz DiscDogathon Pairs Distance/Accuracy looks like, here is a video of Rick Nielson / Dean Werts and Tucker at Academy Dog Sports in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Discs

Skyhoundz has selected Hyperflite flying discs as the official flying discs of Skyhoundz World Canine Disc Championship Series. As such, at all Skyhoundz competitions (including, but not limited to, Local Championships, State Championships, DiscDogathon Qualifiers, Skyhoundz Classic Qualifiers, Xtreme Distance Qualifiers, DiscDogathon World Championship, Skyhoundz Classic World Championship, and Xtreme Distance World Championship), competitors are required to use Hyperflite discs.

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

Field Setup

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.

Scoring

Scoring zones and field dimensions are depicted in the graphic above (click to enlarge). 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 upward jumping effort and subsequently lands with all paws in a scoring zone.

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.

Tie-Breaker (Pairs Distance/Accuracy)

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.

Time

Distance/Accuracy competitors are allowed 60 seconds and one disc to score as many points as possible.

The thrower and canine are required to be behind the throwing line before time starts. The line judge will ask the competitor, "Ready?" When the competitor responds yes, the line judge will raise his/her arm. The announcer will then say, "Go!" and the time will begin. If, in the opinion of the line judge, the dog leaves before time begins, the line judge will signal to the announcer, 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.

Countdown of time remaining will be uniform for all competitors: 30 seconds remaining, 10 seconds remaining, 5 , 4 , 3 , 2 , 1, and time.