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.
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.