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Wow! Those dogs are fast!!
This kind of reaction is common among those fans of Throw and Catch. This event is a race against the clock. With one disc, one dog, and one minute, the most points will win! Watch for the dogs catching air-there are bonus points awarded for mid-air catches. The further down the field the dogs go, the more points they get.
Often, dogs who are new to disc sports will get their start in Throw and Catch. But the seasoned vets need to practice too. There are a lot of points on the line with each catch, and a good round of Throw and Catch can make a dog's day!
Competition Rules and Guidelines
In the Throw and Catch Round, competitors are given 60 seconds in which to complete as many throws as possible with one disc. The canine and the thrower must be behind the line before time starts. When the thrower indicates that he or she is ready, the line judge signals to the announcer that the competitor is ready. At this time, the announcer counts down "3 - 2 - 1 - go" and simultaneously starts the clock with the word "go". Throwers must be behind the line for all throws, but they may move around the field freely between throws. If the thrower steps on or across the throwing line at the time of the release of the disc, the throw will not be scored. Countdown of time remaining will be given at 30 seconds, 10 seconds, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, and time. Completions are scored as long as the disc leaves the thrower's hand on or before time is called. Competitors may retrieve discs on the field, but must return behind the throwing line before throwing it.
The field is measured in 20 foot increments and points are awarded for successful completions as follows:
Throw and Catch Field Layout
There will be painted lines at 0 feet, 20 feet, 40 feet, 60 feet, 80 feet and 100 feet. There are no out-of-bounds along the sides or on the ends of the field.
A bonus point is awarded for either/both of the two criteria:
1. Any paw is located in the Bonus Landing Zone at the time of the catch
2. During landing if the dog is in the air at the time of the completion.
Bonus Landing Zone
The Bonus Landing Zone is a half circle with a radius of 5 feet and is centered laterally between the boundary lines. The front edge of the Bonus Landing Zone is located on the 80 feet line.
An Anti-Gravity Bonus point is awarded for each completion in which the dog clearly has all four paws off the ground in a distinct jumping motion. Completions will be spotted where the trailing paw of the dog is located at the time of the catch. If the dog is in the air at the time of the catch, the completion will be spotted where the trailing paw of the dog is located when the dog lands. The trailing paw must be completely on or across the line to score in the higher score zone.
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