Competitors earn points toward their standing in the UFO World Cup Series based on their performance at Major and Local Tournaments. These points are accumulated throughout the season, and at the end of the season the team with the highest number of points is declared the World Cup Champion. Only competitors who participate in the Open Division are able to earn points toward their standing in the World Cup Series. New Club Points Rule for 2009: As the UFO has added new features and events to our offerings, occasionally we have to update our rules to keep pace. Beginning in 2009, the UFO will award "club points" to the Open Throw & Catch division only. The same scales for Participation and Merit will apply. Competitors are urged to correctly indicate their club at each and every Major event they attend so we can properly assign UFO club points. Freestyle Rules and Guidelines The freestyle round is a timed freeform competition that is judged on a 40 point scale using the four categories included in the DISC freestyle scoring system - Drive and Athleticism, Ingenuity, Sequences and Flow, and Comprehensive. Only moves that begin with the disc in flight and end with a catch are scored. Takes, moves in which the disc is handed off to the dog, will not be scored. Rollers, throws that are intentionally rolled along the ground to the dog, will be scored provided the dog makes a clean catch. Moves such as taps and double throws in which one or more discs are intentionally missed by the dog and caught by the thrower will be scored provided they are cleanly executed. Time Limit Freestyle routines have a time limit of 120 seconds. Official time begins with the first throw, and countdown of time remaining will be given at 60 seconds, 30 seconds, 10 seconds, and time. In the interest of time, the UFO recommends competitors limit their pre-routines to 15 seconds or less. Discs Competitors may use up to 7 discs during their freestyle routine. At all Major Tournaments, event discs will be provided to all competitors for use during the competition. Hyperflite K-10, Hyperflite Jawz, WhamO Eurablend, and Dogstar discs are also approved for use during all UFO Major and Local Tournaments but must be provided by the competitor. Any disc not provided by the UFO must be in new condition. If a competitor has any questions as to whether a disc is acceptable for use, they are strongly encouraged to seek out UFO officials for guidance. The UFO reserves the right to deny the use of any disc it deems to be outside of these guidelines and will provide UFO competition discs as a replacement. Costumes and Props There are no clothing restrictions in the freestyle round; however, the use of a costume will not increase the likelihood of a higher score if it does not add to the overall entertainment value and crowd appeal of the freestyle routine. Competitors should be aware that the use of a costume could actually contribute to a lower overall score if it hinders the successful execution of moves or disrupts the overall flow of the routine. The use of any type of prop, an item not worn on the body as clothing, is not permitted while the competing team is on the field. If there should be any question regarding this matter, it is highly recommended that competitors consult with the UFO officials in advance. Infractions of any or any combination of the above guidelines during a competitor's round will result in a 1 (one) point deduction from the freestyle score for that round. Music Competitors who bring their own music should present it to UFO officials when they are called to the ondeck area. Contestants are encouraged to avoid music that is not suited for a family audience. Music should be marked clearly on the case with the name of the competitor and the track number, and must be presented on a CD. Bad country music will be chosen for competitors who do not supply their own tape or compact disc. Vaulting It is not necessary to include vaulting, using the thrower's body as a launching pad, in a freestyle routine in order to obtain a high score. If attempted, vaulting should be executed in a very controlled and safe manner, and special care should be taken to ensure that the dog lands safely and cleanly upon completion of the maneuver. Frequent repetition of vaults, or excessive height during vaults will not be rewarded. Point Deductions Each UFO official reserves the right to deduct up to 5 points from a competitors freestyle routine score, or in extreme cases, disqualify them entirely from the competition for violating any part of the Canine Welfare section of the UFO General Guidelines. The point deductions recommended by each individual judge will then be averaged to arrive at a final deduction value (0.5 point minimum). Judging Three judges will be responsible for judging one of the three subjective categories in the DISC Freestyle Scoring System: Drive and Athleticism, Ingenuity, or Sequences and Flow. Each judge will also give a score for the Comprehensive category, the high and low scores for will be dropped, and the remaining score will be the final Comprehensive category score. Each category is scored on a scale from 1-10 in 0.1 (one tenth) point increments. Judges have the option of writing a few short notes or suggestions on comment cards for the benefit of the competitor. One additional judge will be responsible for determining a Catch Ratio Score. The Catch Ratio is used for reference and as a tiebreaker only. It will not be added to the other scores. DISC Freestyle Scoring System Drive and Athleticism - Judges look at the athletic ability of the canine competitor with special consideration for the dog's level of prey drive, speed, stamina, tracking skills, leaping ability, and control while in the air and during landings. Canines should show consistency while catching discs with varying spins and orientations over a range of distances. Ingenuity - Judges look at the creativity, athleticism and throwing ability of the human half of the team with special consideration for the consistent placement of discs, and ability to deliver a variety of difficult throws. Successful completions are an important part of this category, but emphasis is placed on innovation and variety, not execution and repetition. Sequences and Flow - Judges look at how the team works together to present a routine that flows naturally from trick to trick and transitions smoothly between sequences. Individual sequences should be composed of tricks that logically flow together, and competitors should pay close attention to proper disc management when linking sequences to form a routine. Solitary tricks that are not part of an obvious sequence are given consideration for their contribution to the flow of the routine as a whole. Teams are not penalized for taking time to set up tricks properly provided the overall momentum of the routine is not compromised. Comprehensive - Judges score the general impression of the routine as a whole with special consideration for showmanship, presentation, energy, and overall crowd appeal. Catch Ratio - A mathematically determined number that is obtained by dividing the number of completions by the number of attempts, multiplying by 10, and then rounding to the nearest tenth of a point. For example, (22 catches) / (30 attempts) * 10 = 7.3333, or 7.3 by rounding to the nearest tenth of a point. 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. If, during a round, the competitor believes the disc has become unsafe for the dog to catch because of a broken rim or a large tear, it may be handed to the judge for replacement. The damaged disc must be handed to the line judge before a replacement is given, and time will not be suspended during a disc change. 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. Scoring The field is measured in meter increments from 0 to 50 meters, and points are awarded for successful completions as follows ( 1 meter = 1.0936 yards): Distance 0 - 15 Meters 15 - 25 Meters 25 - 35 Meters 35 - 50 Meters English Conversion 15 Meters = 49 feet, 2 inches 25 Meters = 82 feet 35 Meters = 114 feet, 10 inches 50 Meters = 164 feet Points 0 1 2 3 Bonus A one-half point Anti-Gravity Bonus 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. Throw and Catch Field Layout Field Layout The field is set up so that competitors have a choice to throw from either end of the field; however, the throwing direction cannot be changed once time has started. Low profile cones are placed 20 meters apart along the edge of the field. There is no out-of-bounds along the sides or on the ends of the field. Bonus Landing Zone The Bonus Landing Zone is a half circle with a radius of 5 meters and is centered laterally between the boundary cones. The front edge of the Bonus Landing Zone is located on the 35 meter line. A bonus point is awarded if the following two criteria are met: 1. The completion is spotted beyond the 35 meter line (i.e. in Zone 4) 2. Any paw is located in the Bonus Landing Zone at the time of the catch or during landing if the dog is in the air at the time of the completion. UFO Majors Major Tournaments are high profile competitions that are more highly attended and more tightly organized than Local Tournaments. The format of these competitions follows the UFO General Rules and Guidelines as well as the Major Tournament Rules and Guidelines. To be eligible for World Cup points at a Major, a handler must enter the same dog in both Open Division Freestyle and Open division Throw & Catch, thus earning an "overall" score at the event. Only the top two overall finishes at Major Tournaments count toward a team's standing in the World Cup Series. Points at Major Tournaments are awarded to competitors as follows: Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Points 100 95 90 85 80 75 70 65 60 55 50 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19+ Scoring at Majors Scoring at UFO Majors is as follows: 45 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 The Final score for Open Throw & Catch is the sum of all Open Throw & Catch rounds. T&C1 + T&C2 = Total The Final score for Open Freestyle is the sum of all Open Freestyle rounds. FS1 + FS2 = Total The Final score for Open Overall is as follows: (Please note-this section contains new rules) The first round of Freestyle will be doubled, and added to the first round of T&C. The final round of Freestyle is added to this score as well, for those teams that make the cut in to the final round of Freestyle. (FS1 x 2) + T&C1 + FS2 = Total The Final score for Intermediate Throw & Catch is the sum of all Intermediate Throw & Catch rounds. T&C1 + T&C2 = Total The Final score for Novice Throw & Catch is the sum of all Novice Throw & Catch rounds. T&C1 + T&C2 = Total UFO Locals Local Event Guidelines Local Tournaments must adhere to the UFO General Rules and Guidelines. Local contest organizers may use any competition format they wish provided the rules are thoroughly described and explained to contestants prior to the competition. Local Tournament organizers are given this freedom with the guidelines in order to encourage dog/thrower teams to be more versatile and to encourage experimentation with new rules and formats that may be used in Major competitions in the future. The organization responsible for running a Local Tournament may choose to utilize the UFO Freestyle and Throw and Catch Guidelines as well. The UFO board of representatives will approve rules of individual Local Tournaments prior to the competition date on a case by case basis. It is advised that the rules for the local be published in some form prior to the contest. UFO Local events are open to all competitors, regardless of their ability, race, sex, ethnicity, nationality, club or group affiliation. There are no limits to the number of locals a competitor may attend, however, only their two highest finishes will count towards their World Cup Series total. Local Tournaments are generally lower profile events than Majors. The points available at a Local Tournament are enough to give teams the edge over close competitors in the World Cup series, but the Local Tournaments are not worth enough to allow someone to win the World Cup title without placing well in Major Tournaments. If Local Tournaments include more than one division, only the results of the Open Division (or highest division) will contribute to World Cup standings. Points at Local Tournaments are awarded to competitors in the Open Division Overall Category as follows: Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10+ Points 20 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 Please note-there are no direct finals qualifications or club points at a UFO Local. UFO World Cup Finals The UFO World Cup Final is the pinnacle of disc-dog competition. The event is only open to the top dogs in the world-they most compete all year long to earn a spot in this prestigious event. The points earned at the Finals are added to a teams regular season score to determine the UFO World Cup Champions. Points at the World Cup Finals are awarded to competitors as follows: Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19+ Points 100 95 90 85 80 75 70 65 60 55 50 45 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 UFO Club Championships Many competitors have affiliations with clubs or teams consisting of several dog/thrower pairs. Club Standings are based on the World Cup Points earned by club members in the Open Division of Major. Each competitor that enters the Open Division at a Major Tournament will automatically earn 5 participation points for their club* at their first UFO Major of the season, and will automatically earn 10 participation points for their club at each subsequent UFO Major of the season. Additionally, each club member will also have the opportunity to earn additional merit points for their club based on their overall placing at the tournament. Dog/Thrower teams may only contribute points toward the standing of one club or team in the World Cup Series during any given season. Although only a competitor's top two placings at Majors count toward their final individual standing, there is no limit on the number of participation points a team can earn for his or her club. This provision is meant to encourage competitors to travel to other Majors in order to earn points toward the World Cup Standing of their club or team. Club points will be awarded as follows: Merit Points Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11+ Points 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 Participation Points Event # 1st Major attended 2nd Major attended 3rd-9th Majors attended Points 5 10 10 Competitors who claim a club affiliation are encouraged to put this down on their entry form at every UFO Major that they attend. Please only report one club affiliation. The first club affiliation that a competitor indicates at their first Major of the year will carry through for the rest of the year. Club affiliations CAN NOT be applied retroactively. Though we will correct mistakes on the website, leaving the "club affiliation" line blank on a scoresheet is NOT considered to be a mistake. The information on the scoresheet, inasfar as we can read it, will be the official record once it is in the hands of the UFO. Club affiliations are voluntary information; the UFO has no way to verify this information. If the "club affiliation" line is left blank, it will be assumed that there is NO club affiliation for that competitor. General Rules Competitor Eligibility at Events All UFO events are open to all competitors, regardless of their ability, race, sex, ethnicity, nationality, club or group affiliation. Competitor's responsibility for Canines at events Competitors are responsible for the welfare and safety of their dogs at all times and are required to read and sign the UFO registration form which contains a liability waiver at signup. All canine competitors must have a current rabies inoculation and license at the time of registration. Parvo, bordatella, and corona virus vaccinations are also recommended, as is a preventative flea and tick medication. All dogs must be leashed, in a kennel, or otherwise under the owner's control at all times. At the discretion of UFO representatives or contest officials, any dog that is perceived to be a medical or physical threat to other canine competitors will not be allowed to compete and may be asked to leave the premises. Female dogs in heat are not allowed to compete and may not be brought to the competition site. Canine Welfare Abusive treatment of canine competitors, or any actions that may be perceived by UFO officials or spectators as such, will not be permitted. Electronic training aids of any kind, active or inactive, are not permitted during competition. While the health and welfare of canine competitors is the responsibility of their owners/trainers, the chief UFO official at the competition or the on-site veterinarian may be called on to ultimately determine whether a canine is fit to compete. Many disc dogs will continue to play even if they are badly injured, so competitors are encouraged to be aware of the physical condition of their dog at all times. UFO officials reserve the right to deduct points from the competitor's score, or in extreme cases disqualify a competitor altogether if they believe that the canine half of the team is being endangered unnecessarily. Examples of tricks or moves meriting point deductions could include, but are not limited to, the following: • • • Collision with the thrower's body, including leaps over the thrower's body, resulting in trips and/or tumbles. Direct impact of the disc to the canine's face or any other part of the body in a fashion that may be harmful to the canine Frequent repetition or excessive height during any trick or move that leads to reckless lack of control, collapses, crashes, tumbles, etc. by the canine half of the team The human half of the disc dog team should incorporate into a Freestyle routine only tricks and moves that have been properly trained and prepared for, resulting in the display of control and safe transitions throughout the routine. Nature Breaks and Other Disruptions If a nature break occurs on the playing field during competition, time will continue and any clean-up necessary must be done by the human half of the team upon completion of the round. As a courtesy to others, competitors should avoid allowing their dog to take a nature break on the playing field at any time as this can cause an unnecessary distraction for other canines participating in the competition. To this end, canine competitors should be kept away from the playing field before the competition begins and should be taken for a nature walk before they are scheduled to take the field during the competition. If an unleashed dog runs onto the field during competition, time will be suspended and the competitor will be given the choice to 1) continue with the rest of the round, 2) start the round over, 3) move to the end of the order and start the round over after their dog has rested. Time will be suspended for other unforeseen distractions or obstructions at the discretion of UFO officials, and the same three choices will be given. In the event that there is a music malfunction during a freestyle round, the competitor has the option to continue the round or signal to the officials to stop the clock. If the clock is stopped, the music malfunction will be treated like any other obstruction, and the competitor will be given the same three choices as outlined above. Treats As a courtesy to other competitors, treats or food of any kind is not allowed on the playing field during competition. Food that is inadvertently dropped on the playing field may cause an unnecessary distraction for other canines in the competition. Sportsmanship Abusive language, boisterous challenges of UFO officials, confrontations with other competitors, or any other unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated and will result in disqualification from competition. In extreme cases, the UFO board of representatives reserves the right to suspend an offending competitor from UFO competitions altogether for whatever time is deemed necessary. Sponsorship and Prizes Entry fees collected at UFO Tournaments are designed to fund a basic, bare bones competition series. Organizers of UFO Tournaments are allowed to accept sponsorship from outside sources to help cover the costs associated with running a large competition and to supplement the prize package offered to the competing teams. Regardless of the amount of sponsorship, UFO entry fees must be collected at all Major and Local Tournaments. UFO Event Entry Fees UFO officials will collect a nominal entry fee from competitors upon registration. At Major Tournaments, all competitors will receive official competition discs for use during the competition. At Local Tournaments, all competitors will receive an official competition disc upon registration. The funds generated with entry fees are used to offset the costs associated with organizing and running UFO competitions. The entry fee schedule is as follows: Major Tournament Open Throw & Catch Open Freestyle Intermediate Division Novice Division $15.00 per dog $15.00 per dog $15.00 per dog $10.00 per dog Local Tournament with 1 division Open Division $10.00 per dog Local Tournament with 2 divisions Open Division Novice Division $10.00 per dog $5.00 per dog Local Tournament with 3 divisions Open Division Intermediate/Recreational Division Novice Division Longshot Event All Divisions $10.00 per dog $10.00 per dog $7.00 per dog $5.00 per dog Please note-in order to be eligible for World Cup points at UFO Majors, a competitor must enter the same dog in both Open Throw & Catch and Open Freestyle. UFO World Cup Finals Information UFO All Star Events At the UFO World Cup Finals, there will be 2 "All Star" events. Participation in these events is only open to teams that have qualified via UFO Majors. To qualify for the All Star competition, a team must place in the top 3 of the Open Division Throw & Catch event or the top 3 of the Open Division Freestyle event at a UFO Major. Qualification for the All Star events are separate, and not interchangeable. Teams do not need to qualify for both All Star events, they can focus on one event if they wish. Teams may qualify for both All Star events, provided they finish in the top 3 of Open Freestyle and in the top 3 of Open Throw & Catch. This can be done at 1 or more UFO Majors, and does not have to be done all at once. Once a team is qualified, their status for UFO events will not change. In the event that a team shows up at another UFO major, and finishes in the top 3 of the same event, They receive no additional benefit. If a handler competes with a different dog, they will be treated as a separate team, and may qualify separately from any other dogs they might have already qualified with. That is to say that a handler may qualify for either All star events with multiple dogs. If a team is already qualified for an All Star event, and places in the top 3 of the same event at another UFO Major, the qualifying spot will NOT skip to the next eligible team. Only by placing in the top 3, and ONLY the top 3, will a team qualify for the All Star event at the UFO Finals. The Finals: At the UFO Finals, an All Star Freestyle competition and an All Star Throw & Catch competition will be held. The events are only open to teams that have pre-qualified as stated above. The winner of the All Star Freestyle competition will be declared the UFO Freestyle Super Star. The winner of the All Star Throw & Catch competition will be declared the UFO Throw & Catch Super Star. Please note-although the All Star competitions are taking place at the UFO Finals, qualification for the events has no bearing on the World Cup series, nor a team's World Cup standings. A team may qualify for the All Star events, or the World Cup finals, or both. Similarly, teams that qualify for the UFO World Cup finals based on their World Cup points are not qualified for the All Star events, unless they qualify as stated above. It is entirely possible for a team to qualify for both All Star events AND gain enough World Cup points to qualify for the World Cup final. In fact, it is likely we will see many teams qualifying for more than 1 event. UFO F.A.Q. What is the UFO? The UFO is an organization that is committed to running high quality, competitor friendly Frisbee dog contests. What are the goals of the UFO? The UFO aims to organize a series of well run competitions that comprise a World Cup Series of Frisbee dog events, the result of which is to declare a World Cup Champion Frisbee dog team. The UFO runs this series with maximum consideration to the competitors and their dogs by using a format and event protocol that always puts the best interests of competitors first. It is the goal of the UFO to hold events that are fun, convenient, safe, well organized, fair, and accountable. In addition, the UFO works directly with Frisbee dog clubs to run the events, and promote the clubs and the sport of Frisbee dog play. Can I join the UFO? No. The UFO is an organization that runs competitions and manages the World Cup series. To get involved in the sport, find your local Frisbee dog club and join them-chances are, they are already running a UFO event! When will my scores be online? When will the World Cup Standings be updated? The organizers of the UFO try to get event results online as soon as possible. For Majors, results are usually online sometime during the week following the event. For UFO Locals, the event host is responsible to get the results back to the UFO as soon as possible. This can sometimes be a few days, sometimes longer. Is the UFO the governing body of the sport? No. The UFO plans to take great pains to make their influence and events a positive addition for competitive Frisbee dog enthusiasts in the overall scheme of disc dog events in existence today. The UFO neither claims nor intends to imply any sort of governing, sanctioning, or overriding authority in the disc dog world outside of our own events; similarly, the UFO recognizes no authority higher than itself for the purposes of running and sanctioning events. Participation in an event outside of the UFO will not ever have a bearing on the competitor’s experiences with the UFO. In fact, the UFO absolutely encourages disc dog teams to expand their interests, and participate in any event they choose. A sport where fun is the central, and ultimate goal should have no restrictions on where that fun is had, or in whose company, so long as it is done safely. where we are wanted. It looks like the UFO event format is very similar to what is already out there. Why? The UFO looked very long and hard at event formats, judging systems, competition criteria, and we tried to assess the overall track record of what has worked and what has not in the past. The UFO chose to use a format that is very similar to the format that was established and developed by Ashley Whippet Enterprises over the past 25 years because we felt that there were no major problems inherent with the basic structure of that format. There are minor tweaks to the competition format and our Freestyle Judging Criteria is different, but overall competitors will find that this format is very familiar. In addition, the UFO will constantly solicit input from competitors to try to make the events better. There is no one ultimate, best event format or rules. The sport is constantly evolving, and the UFO will try to stay ahead of the curve. Can I play more than one dog at a competition? Can someone else in my family play my dog? The answers to both of these questions are yes. There is a limit of four dogs per handler at any UFO event, and a limit of two handlers per dog at any UFO event. The UFO asks that competitors be very mindful of the safety of their dogs, so watch for exhaustion if one dog is being used by two people. The UFO believes that most top competitors would most likely NOT share their dogs with other handlers, but as the UFO would like to encourage families to participate as well, the possibility that two family members may want to use one dog gives rise to this allowance. All dog/thrower teams are ranked separately, so the points that a thrower earns with one dog have no bearing on a his or her ranking with a second dog. Likewise, points earned by a dog with one thrower have nothing to do with points earned by that dog with a second thrower. Should I compete in the Novice, Intermediate, or Open Division? Competitors are left to their own judgment as to which level they choose to compete. UFO Majors will offer three competition levels: Novice, Intermediate, and Open. UFO local format will be up to the event organizer. Please be aware that you and your dog will only earn points toward your World Cup ranking by competing in the Open division at UFO Majors and the highest division at UFO Locals. The points a team can earn are much higher at a UFO Major than at a Local. Novice divisions are specifically offered to give the new competitors a chance to play without the pressure of playing against the "big dogs" of the sport. When trying to pick which division to play in, a competitor should evaluate their OWN skills, not the skills of the dog. The Novice division is not a division for new dogs with experienced owners, or handlers that just don't think they are good enough. Move up. What is to keep someone with an unlimited travel budget from going to all the events? Please remember that the UFO tries to encourage travel to other events, as opposed to discouraging it. However, to try to keep participation fair for all competitors, only the points a team earns from its top 2 placings at UFO Majors and top 2 placings at UFO Locals will count toward that team's total for the season. Teams are allowed to compete at all the events, and are fully eligible to win any prizes for their placements at the events. If a team, for instance, has first place finishes at two UFO Majors, they would not be able to earn any more points toward their World Cup Standing by competing in other Majors. They are free to compete in other UFO Majors and any points they earn will contribute to their Club Standing if they have a club or group affiliation. Why does time continue if my dog takes a nature break? I can't control that! Actually, the UFO believes you can. Owners control the feeding schedule of their dogs and can take the responsibility to take their dogs for a walk prior to competition. When any dog eliminates on the playing field, it has the potential to create an unnecessary distraction for other canine competitors who come after them in the order. Allowing the clock to run during nature breaks is a way to make competitors aware of this event that could potentially affect the outcome of the competition. Please clean up after you pets! Can I win any money at a UFO event? This will be entirely up to the individual event organizers. The UFO does not budget for any prize money. It is the belief of the UFO, however, that is nice to win a little cash sometimes, and maybe pay for travel expenses incurred while traveling to a distant competition. Conversely, the UFO recognizes that money can make people do evil things, especially when competition is involved. Therefore, the UFO has placed a limit of $1000 the cash purse offered at any UFO event. Contact the event organizer prior to the event for more information about exact prize offerings. What do my scores mean? The UFO hopes to promote an atmosphere of free exchange of ideas and constructive criticism between the judges and the competitors. Remember it is usually polite and accepted practice not to approach a judge during the actual event. However, the UFO plans to have its judges available for brief inquiry about scores, methodologies and suggestions after every Major. In addition, the scoring sheet the judges will be using has an area that the judge may choose to write any comments or criticism for the competitor. Competitors pick up the judging comments with their scoresheets at the end of the competition. Please feel free to ask the judge what your score means. Can I run a UFO event? Please contact the UFO about this. email Chris Sexton at email@example.com. As this is a point’s series, and quality of the events is critical, there are many factors that must be weighed before an event will be added to the schedule. The quality of all of our events is very important, and something that we feel will only be maintained by working with experienced event organizers, and evaluating each new event on a case by case basis. It is best to contact us the year before you would like to run an event. What does "UFO" stand for? Unidentified Flying Object, silly! Way back in the day, the UFO letters stood for something, but since we were known as the UFO, we are now just "The UFO". Guidelines for Extra-Terrestrial participation in the UFO World Cup Competitor Guidelines: The UFO World Cup Series is open to any creature from any planet in any system. There are no limits as to how many arms or legs or eyes or other sensory organs a handler may possess. Canine Guidelines: Only canines are allowed to compete. Canines must be Canis Lupus Familiaris, and must be from planet earth, or a direct descendant. No genetic modification for performance will be allowed. Canines must be able to breath earth air (78% Nitrogen, 21% Oxygen), and must be able to compete at earth normal gravity (note-if you are using a gravity simulator, earth mass is 5.9736x10^24 kg, where 1kg is 83.33 x 6.02214179 x 10^23 atoms of carbon-12.) Behavior and Etiquette Guidelines: The UFO is run by people who compete in events themselves. We understand winning and losing, and the exhilaration and exasperation that accompany any competitive Endeavour. That being said, it is NEVER acceptable to eat your dog under ANY circumstances. If your dog is having a bad day, it is probably still getting acclimatized to earth conditions. Or more likely, you can't throw. Dogs rarely make mistakes-their handlers are usually the problems. Please be aware that phase-weapons, lasers, and wormhole-traps have NO place on the competition field. Or near it, for that matter. Field Guidelines: On earth we compete on a flat area approximately 60 meters long and 25 meters wide. A meter is equal to the length of the path traveled by light in a vacuum during the time interval of 1/299792458 of a second. The second is currently defined as the duration of 9,192,631,770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the caesium-133 atom. This area is covered with a non-carnivorous, soft vegetation. It is known as "grass" here. It can be purchased in nearly any quantity should a non-terran wish to take some home for the purposes of creating a realistic practice environment. Non-Terrestrial Events: Event organizers from all parts of the galaxy are encouraged to speak with the UFO about setting up and running an event in their local star systems.
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