Rules Toss & Fetch USDDN

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Toss & Fetch Rules

Teams competing in Toss & Fetch formats will receive 90 seconds to compete. During a team’s allotted time, the team is allowed an unlimited number of attempts with a single disc, but only the BEST FIVE throws will count towards the teams’ score.

The USDDN encourage competitors to focus on good technique for each throw (only the best 5 throws count). Small dogs, big dogs, fast dogs, off breed dogs all have the same playing field. This USDDN Toss & Fetch format is the one format where a dog of any size, shape and breed has the ability and can reach a perfect score.

Practice throws don ́t have to be permitted prior to each competitor’s turn. The team must be behind the throwing line (Foul Line) for time to begin. Time will begin the instant the dog crosses the throwing line. A player can move about the field freely after the disc is thrown, but must return behind the same throwing line before every throw. It ́s not possible to change throwing line once the time starts.

If the disc has left the thrower’s hand before time is called, the throw will be scored if caught. The dog only has to behind the throwing line on the first throw.

A Foot Fault is when a competitor steps on or over the Foul Line at anytime during a throw. A throw will not count (and be called as a foot fault) if the thrower steps on or over the throwing Foul Line during release of the disc. If a Foot Fault happens that one throw ́s catch does NOT count towards the ending score. Such a throw is recorded as FF in the scoresheetDISCS

Teams must use one (1) disc for Toss & Fetch round.

Player can not mix discs of different weight classes or different diameter discs. If a competitor is found to have mixed the sizes or weight class of discs in a single round, in Toss & Fetch formats there will be a one (1) point penalty applied per throw made. However, the application of this rule cannot result in a score lower than zero.

Note: A penalty assessed for mixing discs is separate from any Canine Endangerment penalties.

Disc exchange

Competitors are allowed to change discs during their round in order to ensure that the player does not use a disc that has a broken rim, tear, or other type of damage that may substantially impair the flight of the disc or potentially injure the dog. At any time during their 90 seconds a thrower may inform the Line Judge that they will be exchanging discs, as long as they have planned ahead and provided a disc from the same weight/size class to the Foul Line Judge before they started.

Players have total discretion for deciding if and when such disc exchanges will take place. The disc doesn ́t have to be damaged and they are allowed to change discs as often as they want, but the time does not stop during this exchange. To exercise this option a player must walk over and hand the disc that they have been using – the in play disc – to the Foul Line Judge before taking hold of their replacement disc. The Foul Line judge is not allowed to bring a replacement disc or even throw it to the competitor.

Count down

A count down is the same for all divisions and formats of Toss & Fetch and it is a bit different from a count down for Freestyle. Remaining time is announced in this way:

– 60 seconds, 30 seconds, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and time.
Note: Except of these announced times, the timekeeper should remain quiet.

Scoring

When a dog makes a catch it is scored where the dog lands with their trailing paw (the paw closest to the Foul Line). Points are earned at the 10 yard, 20 yard, 30 yard and 40 yard lines with 1 point at 10 yards, 2 points at 20 yards, 3 points at 30 yards, and 4 points at the 40 yard line and an extra 1⁄2 point earned if all four (4) paws are off the ground within any 10 – 40 yard zones.

Each scoring zone starts on the line and ends to the beginning of the next line. If a dog lands on any of the 10-40 yards lines with their last trailing paw then on the line is the next zone.

If a dog has any one foot on the ground during a catch it is scored as a down catch. A mid-air catch is called when the dog breaks stride or visibly leaps with all four paws off of the ground in an obvious leaping motion (a break stride – a shifting jump). There must be visible air between the dog and the ground. If there is any question if it is up or down then it is called down.

There is an out of bounds side lines and a catch must be made within those left and right sidelines. A dog only needs to make a catch with at least one paw landing ON or INSIDE the side lines for the catch to be good. Out of Bounds is defined as a dog catching a disc with all four paws OUTSIDE the left or right sidelines. Such a catch is in the scoresheet recorded as OB.

Fouling/Soiling the field
If, during a team’s allotted time, the dog takes a nature break on or off the field, time will be immediately stopped and will not resume. Player will be required to immediately and thoroughly clean up after their dog.

Teams will not be disqualified for such an infraction, but in addition to forfeiting the remainder of their time, points will be deducted from the team’s score equal to the number of throws that had been made by the player before the nature break took place. However, the application of this rule cannot result in a score lower than zero.

Note: A penalty assessed for soiling the field is separate from any Canine Endangerment penalties.