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Skyhoundz World Canine Disc Championships

10/9/21 / Skyhoundz Classic / Coolidge Park

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Purina® Pro Plan® is proud to be the official sponsor of the Skyhoundz International Disc Dog Face-Off. To discover why champion trainers, handlers, and competitors from all across the world trust Pro Plan to fuel their canine athletes, visit ProPlanSport.com

Skyhoundz International Disc Dog Face-Off sponsored by Purina® Pro Plan®

People's Choice Voting – Monday, August 31, 2020-Sunday, September 6, 2020

People Choice Voting has begun...

Overview

Overview

There’s nothing like a global pandemic to inspire canine sports enthusiasts to spend even more time with their canine companions. At Skyhoundz, we’re prepared to help you take that investment of time to an entirely new level through a fun event open to everyone.

Thanks to the generous support of Purina Pro Plan, Skyhoundz is providing the Virtual venue for the most talented canine disc teams in the world to participate in a unique competition.

Whether you live in “Tinsel Town,” Timbuktu, or Taipei, you can participate in this free Virtual canine disc competition! All you have to do is video your “dynamic” disc dog Freestyle routine, upload the video to our website, and we’ll take it from there. And by that, we mean that we will bend over backward to highlight the most entertaining and dynamic Freestyle performances of canine disc teams from around the globe. Every country (or US Territory) represented will have a National People’s Choice Winner…and then the competition will cumulate with an International People’s Choice Winner!

The Skyhoundz International Disc Dog Face-Off will be the most ambitious multi-country Virtual competition ever staged, and we want you to take up the challenge and show us what you and your canine can do. So, if you’re ready to shake off the “COVID cobwebs” and go paw-to-paw with the best disc dogs in the world, come join us in this adventure!

Rules

Rules

lt is free to register and compete (one person/one dog). Competitors are only allowed to compete with one dog, so pick your best dog to complete your team. You may video as many rounds as you like but only send us your favorite. The first 100 teams from each country [or US Territory] (where you reside) will be accepted. Maybe your country will only have one entry, and you will be its winner! (Winners will be subject to providing proof of residency.)

Registration: Competitors must register in order to be eligible to compete in the Skyhoundz International Disc Dog Face-Off. Registration will open Monday, July 27, 2020-Sunday, August 16, 2020. Please go here to register.

Field Set-Up: None. A typical Freestyle field is 20 yards x 50 yards with no lines or boundaries. But, if you want your field to be more compact that’s fine too! Just make sure it’s a safe space for your canine.

Discs: Competitors are required to use five Hyperflite brand discs (any model/either size). If you need to order some, you can get them through Skyhoundz.

Music: Playing music during your Freestyle routine is up to you, but not required. All music of the top teams will be replaced when posted online.

Clothing: As an official Skyhoundz event, and since the top performances will be posted on the worldwide web, while you compete, we request that you wear a Hyperflite or Skyhoundz shirt, but if you do not have one available, you may wear anything you like (shirt/cap) as long as it does not include the logo of a competing disc, dog food or treat manufacturer. And, no competing disc, dog food, or treat manufacturer’s signage (signs/tents) should appear in the background.

Judging: Your video will first be judged by Skyhoundz judges, based on the Skyhoundz PAWS scoring system, to narrow the field down to the top five teams from each country [or US Territory] (though scores will not be posted until the competition is completed in order to not sway the People’s Choice vote tally). If you make it to the top five teams, your National finish will be entirely up to you, your friends, and most importantly, the public through People’s Choice votes! Then, the top five National teams (based on the Skyhoundz judges' scores), move on to the International People's Choice vote to determine the overall winner. If necessary, all ties will be broken by Skyhoundz judges.

Freestyle Rules: Skyhoundz International Disc Dog Face-Off will be judged based on Skyhoundz Freestyle official rules as seen here.

Video: Competitor's rounds must be filmed with a mobile phone or tablet from a fixed position (camera may be panned as necessary to keep the action in frame). To be accepted, the video must be made in one complete shot, raw, no video stoppages, effects, or editing of the video will be accepted. The video needs to have been recorded no earlier than July 24, 2020. Editing of the video is an automatic disqualification. We recommend uploading your video as soon as possible once video submission is open in case there are any issues with the uploading of your video. And, of course, we can only judge videos that are received in a viewable quality. Please note, while pre-routines are permitted, they are not judged, and will contribute to increased upload times. Therefore, we recommend minimizing any delays in getting started with your routine.

1) Each round should begin with the cameraperson starting the video, panning to the disc(s) that the competitor is holding. They must be clearly identifiable as Hyperflite canine discs.
2) The competitor must then be shown in the video stating his or her name and the name of the competing canine, followed by the team walking onto the field and competing until the round is completed.
3) The cameraperson shooting the video should be positioned on the side of the field that is opposite the sun (sun at their back).
4) Any helpers must do so while complying with Federal, State and Local laws, ordinances, guidelines, etc., as the same pertain to the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing/mask wearing, as appropriate, should be observed by all.

Timing: For timing, please download the official Skyhoundz Freestyle countdown timer from our website here. The countdown timer should begin with the competitor's first throw and be clearly heard throughout the video.

Submission: On Monday, August 17, 2020-Sunday, August 23, 2020 when video submission is open, please go here to upload your video. Upload speeds are generally faster directly through your phone/tablet to our website link than through a desktop computer. Any videos uploaded by competitors who are not registered are not eligible for this competition.

Assistance Required:

1) Cameraperson
2) Person to play Skyhoundz countdown timer
3) Person to play music if desired. Music is not required and will be replaced when posted online. Timing/Freestyle music should be handled by an additional helper so as not to interrupt the cameraperson.

All dates are based on US Eastern Daylight Time. Skyhoundz reserves the right to modify the rules, but only to the extent necessary to safely, efficiently, and fairly run a Skyhoundz event.

Event Timeline

Timeline

July 27, 2020

Registration Opens

Registration for the Skyhoundz International Disc Dog Face-Off opens, Monday, July 27, 2020-August 16, 2020.

July 27, 2020
August 16, 2020

Registration Closes

Registration Closes, 11:59 pm, Sunday, August 16, 2020.

August 16, 2020
August 17, 2020

Video Submission Opens

Video Submission Opens, Monday August 17, 2020-Sunday, August 23, 2020.

August 17, 2020
August 23, 2020

Video Submission Closes

Video Submission Closes. All video submissions must be completed by 11:59 pm, Sunday, August 23, 2020.

August 23, 2020
August 24, 2020

Skyhoundz Judging Begins

Skyhoundz judging begins to cut the entries down to a maximum of five teams per country. Monday, August 24, 2020-Sunday, August 30, 2020.

August 24, 2020
August 30, 2020

Skyhoundz Judging Complete

Skyhoundz judging finishes determining the top five teams from each country. Sunday, August 30, 2020.

August 30, 2020
August 31, 2020

National People's Choice Judging Begins

National People’s Choice Voting begins to determine national winners. Monday, August 31, 2020-Sunday, September 6, 2020.

August 31, 2020
September 6, 2020

National People's Choice Judging Ends

National People’s Choice Voting Ends, 11:59 pm, Sunday, September 6, 2020.

September 6, 2020
September 7, 2020

National People's Choice Winners Announced

National winners of the Skyhoundz International Disc Dog Face-Off announced, Monday, September 7, 2020.

September 7, 2020
September 7, 2020

International People's Choice Judging Begins

The top five National teams, selected by Skyhoundz judges, will compete in a People’s Choice Vote to determine the International winner. Monday, September 7, 2020-Sunday, September 13, 2020.

September 7, 2020
September 13, 2020

International People's Choice Judging Ends

People’s Choice Vote to determine the International winner ends.

September 13, 2020
September 14, 2020

International People's Choice Winner Announced

International winner of the Skyhoundz International Disc Dog Face-Off announced, Monday, September 14, 2020.

September 14, 2020
Registration

Registration

To compete in the Skyhoundz International Disc Dog Face-Off, competitors must register here between Monday, July 27, 2020-Sunday August 16, 2020 (11:59 pm, US Eastern Daylight Time). Just follow the step-by-step directions. Each competitor is limited to one dog, so if you have multiple dogs, pick the one you feel will do the best. If you have any questions, problems, or concerns with this form, please email us at info@skyhoundz.com or you can call us at 770-751-3882.

Sorry, registration for the Skyhoundz International Disc Dog Face-Off is now closed.

Sorry, registration for the Skyhoundz International Disc Dog Face-Off is now closed.

Skyhoundz International Disc Dog Face-Off Registration

Competitors are only allowed to compete with one dog, so pick your best dog to complete your team. (There is no fee to register.)

Please note, proof of residency will be required for all winners.

Address (billing/shipping)
Address (billing/shipping)
City
State/Province
Zip/Postal
Country

Commemorative Products

Shipping is free whether your address is domestic or international.

Please note: Shirts and discs will be produced in a month (after we have all the totals), so it will take a little time for you to receive your order. We appreciate your understanding.

We offer performance material Youth T-Shirts, Men's T-Shirts, and Women's Tank Tops with the official Skyhoundz International Disc Dog Face-Off logo screened on the front.

Commemorative Shirts

Sex/Style

Commemorative Discs

Commemorative discs are black Competition Standard discs with a purple and silver hot stamp.

Commemorative Disc
Total Commemorative Products

LIABILITY WAIVER AND FULL PUBLICITY RELEASE

For and in consideration of my participation in a Skyhoundz canine disc competition or contest, including but not limited to Open Qualifiers, Last Chance Qualifiers, and World Championships, whether at an actual or Virtual event (“Event” and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, I the undersigned, intending to be legally bound do hereby for myself, my heirs, assigns, executors and administrators, waive and release any and all rights and claims for damages or injuries arising out of, or in any way related to, my participation in the Event, which I may have against the following parties: PRB & Associates d/b/a Skyhoundz, Hyperflite, Inc., Nestlé Purina Petcare, Carson International, Inc. (CII), the administrator and owner of the facility hosting the Event; together with the contractors, agents, employees and representatives of each of them. I certify that my canine and I are healthy and fit to compete in the Event.

I further agree to comply with all applicable international, Federal, State, and Local COVID-19 related ordinances and guidelines in connection with my participation in the Event. I will also require that any family members, friends, helpers, camerapersons, etc. attending or, in any way, assisting with my participation in the Event abide by the same ordinances and guidelines.

I hereby grant to Skyhoundz, Nestlé Purina Petcare, and Carson International, Inc. (CII), exclusively, the right to record, broadcast, photograph, film, and otherwise make use of any digital recording of my performances and related interviews at the Event and to utilize such digital recordings, broadcasts, photographs, or films together with my name, image, likeness, voice, and biographical information, for such publicity, promotional, or commercial purposes as they may desire. I understand that Skyhoundz may assign the right to use the recordings, broadcasts, images, photographs, and film of my performance(s) together with my name, image, likeness, voice, and biographical information to such person or other entity (including, but not limited to a television broadcaster) as they may desire without my further consent or knowledge and I expressly agree to such assignment.

Furthermore, in consideration of acceptance of my entry into the Skyhoundz International Disc Dog Face-off (SIDDO) (“Event”), a virtual special event where both canines and their trainers/owners, will compete in a virtual freestyle flying disc competition I the undersigned, (“Participant”):

  1. Hereby agree to release and hold harmless Carson International, Nestlé Purina PetCare, the event sponsor(s), host site(s), and all persons associated with the Event, from and against any and all liability, claims, damages, suits, actions, judgments, and/or expenses whatsoever, arising out of or in any way connected with participation by me and/or my dog in the Event, including but not limited to any and all personal injuries sustained by me and/or my dog and/or any and all damages to personal property associated therewith.
  2. Hereby authorize Carson International, its subsidiaries, affiliates, divisions, successors, licensees, and assigns and those acting under its permission and on its authority (hereinafter “Carson”), to, use, and publish, on a world-wide basis, in perpetuity, any photographs, negatives, film/videotape and/or reproductions of me and/or my dog taken at the Event, in whole or in part, in composite or distorted character or form or as otherwise changed, or reproductions thereof, in color or otherwise, made through any medium whatsoever, with a real or fictitious name, now or at any time in the future. THIS INCLUDES ANY PHOTOGRAPHS AND / OR VIDEO THAT I MAY PROVIDE YOU.
  3. Hereby grant, assign and transfer to Carson all rights of every nature relating to the reproduction and use of such photographs, negatives, film/videotape and/or reproductions, and hereby waive any rights that I may have with respect thereto pursuant to any statute or law.
  4. Hereby waive any and all rights I may have to inspect and/or approve such photographs, negatives, film/videotape and/or reproductions, any finished product relating thereto or the use to which it may be applied. I further agree that this Authorization and Release shall be binding on my heirs, successors, executors, administrators and assigns.
  5. In connection with the subject matter hereof, ownership of any photographs, negatives, film/videotape and/or reproductions taken of me and/or my dog by or on behalf of Skyhoundz and Carson or their representatives, shall be vested in Skyhoundz and Carson, and I agree to release Skyhoundz and Carson and their representatives from any and all liability in connections therewith.
  6. Hereby warrant that I am the legal owner of the dog participating in the Event herewith and that I have full power and authority to grant all authorizations and permissions conveyed herein.
  7. Hereby warrant that I am of legal age and have every right to contract in my own name and further that I have read the above authorization and release prior to its execution and that I am fully familiar with the contents thereof.

By clicking, "I agree" below, I hereby agree to the terms and conditions set forth hereinabove.

I also hereby state that I have thoroughly read the rules, understand them, and agree to abide by them.

LIABILITY WAIVER AND FULL PUBLICITY RELEASE *

IMPORTANT

If, after you click SUBMIT, you do not receive an email from us, and your name does not appear on our list of competitors, your form was not received and you have not successfully registered.

Please contact us at info@skyhoundz.com, so we can confirm your registration.

Video

Video Requirements

Video: Competitor’s rounds must be filmed with a mobile phone or tablet from a fixed position (camera may be panned as necessary to keep the action in frame). To be accepted, the video must be made in one complete shot, raw, no video stoppages, effects, or editing of the video will be accepted. The video needs to have been recorded no earlier than July 24, 2020. Editing of the video is an automatic disqualification. We recommend uploading your video as soon as possible once video submission is open in case there are any issues with the uploading of your video. And, of course, we can only judge videos that are received in a viewable quality. Please note, while pre-routines are permitted, they are not judged, and will contribute to increased upload times. Therefore, we recommend minimizing any delays in getting started with your routine.

1) Each round should begin with the cameraperson starting the video, panning to the disc(s) that the competitor is holding. They must be clearly identifiable as Hyperflite canine discs.
2) The competitor must then be shown in the video stating his or her name and the name of the competing canine, followed by the team walking onto the field and competing until the round is completed.
3) The cameraperson shooting the video should be positioned on the side of the field that is opposite the sun (sun at their back).
4) Any helpers must do so while complying with Federal, State and Local laws, ordinances, guidelines, etc., as the same pertain to the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing/mask wearing, as appropriate, should be observed by all.

Timing: For timing, please download the official Skyhoundz Freestyle countdown timer from our website here. The countdown timer should begin with the competitor’s first throw and be clearly heard throughout the video.

Submission: On Monday, August 17, 2020-Sunday, August 23, 2020 when video submission is open, please go here to upload your video. Upload speeds are generally faster directly through your phone/tablet to our website link than through a desktop computer. Any videos uploaded by competitors who are not registered are not eligible for this competition.

Assistance Required:

1) Cameraperson
2) Person to play Skyhoundz countdown timer
3) Person to play music if desired. Music is not required and will be replaced when posted online. Timing/Freestyle music should be handled by an additional helper so as not to interrupt the cameraperson.

Correct Orientation

Incorrect Orientation

Example Video: Video filmed in one take, competitor and dog name spoken on camera, five Hyperflite discs displayed, video filmed horizontally, countdown timer heard throughout in background.

Video Position: The cameraperson shooting the video should be positioned on the side of the field that is opposite the sun (sun at their back), at the approximate location as shown in the diagram.

Field Set-Up

Field Set-Up

None. A typical Freestyle field is 20 yards x 50 yards with no lines or boundaries. But, if you want your field to be more compact that’s fine too! Just make sure it’s a safe space for your canine.

Cost / Prizes

Cost / Prizes

Cost: lt is free to register and compete (one person/one dog). Competitors are only allowed to compete with one dog, so pick your best dog to complete your team. You may video as many rounds as you like but only send us your favorite. The first 100 teams from each country (where you reside) will be accepted.

Prizes: In addition to some cool swag to help you celebrate your accomplishment which will be shipped to your homes, National and International winning teams will be celebrated on the Skyhoundz website, Facebook page, YouTube channel, and Purina’s website/social media channels!

FAQs

FAQs

How much does it cost to enter?

There is no cost to enter and compete.

I have several dogs, can I compete with them all?

No, sorry. To provide everyone an equal opportunity, and audiences a diverse choice, we have limited competing teams to one person and one dog. So, you need to pick the one dog you feel you will do the best with in one round of Freestyle.

How will the event be judged?

Your video will first be judged by Skyhoundz judges based on the Skyhoundz PAWS scoring system to narrow the field down to the top five teams from each country [or US Territory] (though scores will not be posted until the competition is completed in order to not sway the People’s Choice vote tally). If you make it to the top five teams, your National finish will be entirely up to you, your friends, and most importantly, the public through People’s Choice voting! Then, the top five National teams (based on the Skyhoundz judges' scores) move on to the International People's Choice vote to determine the overall winner. If necessary, all ties will be broken by Skyhoundz judges.

Stage 1-Skyhoundz judges will score all the teams and narrow the field down to five teams per country.

Stage 2-A National People's Choice Vote will determine the National winners

Stage 3-The top five teams from all the National winners (based on their Skyhoundz scores) move on to Stage 4.

Stage 4-International winner will be determined by a People's Choice Vote.

Is there a MicroDog Division?

No. When we first contemplated a Virtual event, we attempted to transfer our tried and true real life events to the virtual format. The overwhelming reaction was that it was too ambitious, too much work for the competitors, too difficult to set up, too expensive, impossible to prevent people from cheating, etc.

So, we took all of that to heart and distilled the Virtual concept down to the one event where all competitors can compete in on an equal footing. Freestyle is the only disc dog event where standard-size dogs have no inherent advantage over small dogs. In fact, small dogs are quicker, more agile, and obviously weigh less, so there is potentially much more you can accomplish with them than with big dogs. We fondly remember Bill Watters and Air Major (a terrier mix) who nearly won the (Open Division) World Championship and that was Freestyle and Mini-Distance combined. And, as a more recent example, if you look at last year's World Championship, Key and Spice (MicroDogs) had some of the top scores in the Freestyle portion of the Open Division. In Freestyle, it's not the size that matters, but the combined skill level of the team and their performance on the field that day.

That said, obviously, since we created them, when time and resources allow, we love to offer competitors MicroDog, Youth, and Pairs options.

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