DOGFRISBEE

Man, dog and the disc

Dogfrisbee belongs among the dog sports which are dynamic and very attractive for the spectators. There are several different disciplines in dogfrisbee but all off them work on the same base – a dog has to be successful in catching the discs. The interaction between a human and a dog has to create a harmony, it is not only about the high speed but also about a good timing, quality of the throws, originality of tricks but mostly fun! Because the most important in this sport is playing with the dog, a dog enjoys the game and catching the flying disc is a reward for him.

I. USDDN Slovak Open Dogfrisbee Championship

After the big success of the USDDN European Championship held in Trnava in 2018 the dogfrisbee action will be back this year. Under the head (and rules) of the international discdog organization USDDN, the very fist Slovak Open Dogfrisbee Championship will be held. The event is expect to welcome many top international teams as it will be ideal warm-up for the European Championship taking place the following weekend in Bologna, Italy.

DISCIPLINES

These are the USDDN approved disciplines of dogfirsbee competition. Find out what they are about:

The royal discipline in dogfrisbee, also the most attractive for the spectators. Freestyle presents a routine of various throws and original tricks performed by the player and his dog. You can see different acrobatic tricks like high jumps, vaults and jumps over the body of the player. The safety of the dog is important, players have to avoid any dangerous tricks which can lead to the injuries. A whole routine is accompanied by the music and a team has 2 minutes to perform it (counted from the first thrown disc). According to USDDN rules a team can use maximum of 10 discs on the field, they have to be the same size and weight.

 Freestyle discipline consists of two freestyle rounds and one round of Toss & Fetch. There are 4 judges, each one judging different category. First one is judging a Player category – he is looking at the field presentation, disc managment, quality and variability of throws and disc managment. Second judge is there for a Canine category – watching dog’s interest and focus during the routine, athleticism, which means how the jumps and tricks are performed by the dog. The third judge is usually considered as a Head judge, he is focused on a Team category and has the most difficult job. He is judging team as a whole and has to judge all the tricks and segments like rebounds also knows as vaults, jumps over the body of the player, dogcatches (player catching the dog in the air to his arms while the dog is catching the disc), etc. The last judge is also very important, he is counting the catch ratio so how many discs are thrown and how many are successfully caught by the dog. To get the best score in freestyle a dog has to catch as many discs as possible!

A distance discipline where time, speed and successful catch means everything! A team plays only with one disc. There is a time limit of 1 and half minute. The final score comes of two rounds of this game.

The competition field consists of 5 zones, each one is 10 yards long. A team gains points according to the zone where the dog catches the disc. 1 point by 10 yards, so by the borderline of  40 yards a dog can get 4 points. There is also a bonus zone located in the middle of the field, 5 yards wide. If the dog catches the disc successfully and lands with its paw in this zone he gets plus 0,5 point. A team will get another plus 0,5 point if the dog catches the disc in a clear jump (which means that all 4 paws have to be in the air). The maximum points for one throw is 5. Only 5 best throws are counted to the final score so the team can get maximum of 25 points in one round.

Another distance discipline which is able to hold one’s breath, because here the spectators can watch the longest throws. The aim of this game is that a dog has to catch the disc successfully as far as possible, not once the throws are longer than 70-80 metres! There is no time limit. This discipline is divided to men and women division. After the qualification throws they are divided into the groups and by the imposition scheme they fight to get to the Finals. Each team has 3 attempts to throw the disc in a longer distance than previous teams in the group.

DISCIPLINES

These are the USDDN approved disciplines of dogfirsbee competition. Find out what they are about:

FREESTYLE
SUPER PRO TOSS & FETCH
QUADRUPED

FREESTYLE

The royal discipline in dogfrisbee, also the most attractive for the spectators. Freestyle presents a routine of various throws and original tricks performed by the player and his dog. You can see different acrobatic tricks like high jumps, vaults and jumps over the body of the player. The safety of the dog is important, players have to avoid any dangerous tricks which can lead to the injuries. A whole routine is accompanied by the music and a team has 2 minutes to perform it (counted from the first thrown disc). According to USDDN rules a team can use maximum of 10 discs on the field, they have to be the same size and weight.

Freestyle discipline consists of two freestyle rounds and one round of Toss & Fetch. There are 4 judges, each one judging different category. First one is judging a Player category – he is looking at the field presentation, disc managment, quality and variability of throws and disc managment. Second judge is there for a Canine category – watching dog’s interest and focus during the routine, athleticism, which means how the jumps and tricks are performed by the dog. The third judge is usually considered as a Head judge, he is focused on a Team category and has the most difficult job. He is judging team as a whole and has to judge all the tricks and segments like rebounds also knows as vaults, jumps over the body of the player, dogcatches (player catching the dog in the air to his arms while the dog is catching the disc), etc. The last judge is also very important, he is counting the catch ratio so how many discs are thrown and how many are successfully caught by the dog. To get the best score in freestyle a dog has to catch as many discs as possible!

SUPER PRO TOSS & FETCH

A distance discipline where time, speed and successful catch means everything! A team plays only with one disc. There is a time limit of 1 and half minute. The final score comes of two rounds of this game.

The competition field consists of 5 zones, each one is 10 yards long. A team gains points according to the zone where the dog catches the disc. 1 point by 10 yards, so by the borderline of 40 yards a dog can get 4 points. There is also a bonus zone located in the middle of the field, 5 yards wide. If the dog catches the disc successfully and lands with its paw in this zone he gets plus 0,5 point. A team will get another plus 0,5 point if the dog catches the disc in a clear jump (which means that all 4 paws have to be in the air). The maximum points for one throw is 5. Only 5 best throws are counted to the final score so the team can get maximum of 25 points in one round.

QUADRUPED

Another distance discipline which is able to hold one’s breath, because here the spectators can watch the longest throws. The aim of this game is that a dog has to catch the disc successfully as far as possible, not once the throws are longer than 70-80 metres! There is no time limit. This discipline is divided to men and women division. After the qualification throws they are divided into the groups and by the imposition scheme they fight to get to the Finals. Each team has 3 attempts to throw the disc in a longer distance than previous teams in the group.

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