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The sport of canine frisbee at its most basic. Who can throw the furthest? What dog can put on the afterburners and make that incredible long-distance catch? The Bark in the Park Longshot event is a long distance catching event. The dogs that make the big catches will go home with the prizes, but everyone will go home happy!
Most 'Long Distance" events have a throwing line. Instead of a "throwing line" that is set in place and having the need to mark catches and compare and measure, etc, etc…Bark in the Park instead has a CATCHING LINE.
ALL TEAMS (teams = dog and human) get ready to throw. The first throw is from 20 feet away. Throwers must be behind the throwing line. The catch must be made across the catching line (where the front feet touch down during the catch, or after, if caught in mid-air). All teams make this throw. (No, not at the same time; in order, one after the next). Each team that successfully makes a catch across the catching line will continue on to the next distance. The progression of distances will be:
20 feet, 40 feet, 60 feet, 80 feet...and so on…
If you catch across the catching line, you stay in. If you miss...
Each team has 3 misses for the whole game. A throw will be scored a miss if they miss the catch OR if they miss the distance (i.e., the catch is NOT across the catch line). If a team misses, they IMMEDIATELY make a second try. Misses are cumulative, so if you miss once at one distance, that miss WILL count against you if you miss a second time at a longer distance. Once a team gets their 3rd miss, they are out.
This will continue until there is only one team left, our winners.
If at any point, multiple teams are eliminated, they all leave. However, in the case where one of these would end up in the top 3, then ALL of those teams that missed will move back to the previous distance, and go again in single elimination until that place or places have been decided.
Tie breaker example:
There are 5 teams left. At 80 yards, 3 of the remaining teams are eliminated when they get their 3rd miss. One of these teams will be the 3rd place finisher, so a tie-breaker must be implemented to determine this. These 3 teams will then move back up to the 60 yard line, where they will all make one throw. They will continue in the normal fashion (moving back when a distance has been completed) until there is only one team left (filling that 3rd place placement).
Order of go will be the order of sign up. Order stays the same for the entire game. No changes. The order of go doesn't matter, actually. The game will always be the same for everyone, no matter where they are in the running order, because you will need to make a catch at a certain distance. This is an important distinction. You can't beat someone by throwing farther, you beat them by making catches and outlasting them. It doesn't matter whether you throw 1st, 2nd or 17th. Your task is the same. You have to make a catch at that distance. Whatever the other teams do doesn't affect you.
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