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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Scoring zones and field dimensions are depicted in the graphic (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 / 9.1-18.3 meters) — 1 Point
Zone 2 (20-30 yards / 18.3-27.4 meters) — 2 Points
Zone 3 (30-40 yards / 27.4-36.6 meters) — 3 Points
End Zone (40-50 yards / 36.6-45.7 meters) — 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.
Distance/Accuracy teams can only use one disc to complete with. However, they can give the line judge a replacement disc if they so choose.
If, during the round a competitor believes the disc has become unsafe (e.g.: broken rim, or a large tear in the disc), it can 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.
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 Division competitors must use Hyperflite Competition Standard Pup discs, FrostBite Pup discs, SofFlite Pup discs, Jawz Pup discs, Jawz HyperFlex Pup discs, or Jawz X-Comp Pup discs.
Competitors receive one minute to score as many points as they can.
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, 10 seconds, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, time!”
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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 where each member of the tied Paris D/A team(s) will make one throw (two throws total). The highest combined score for the tied teams will determine the champion. This Face-off will be repeated until one team receives a higher score than the other(s). Officials will permit the competitors to rest their dogs as necessary.
An open, flat, grassy area free of obstacles that is at a minimum of 50 yards long x 30 yards wide.
The field is a truncated diamond shape with a throwing line, then 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 yard lines.
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.
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.