General Competition Rules

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STRUCTURE AND EVENTS

AWI Series Events Divisions

The official AWI World Championships will consist of the Open Division only, including Freestyle and Toss & Catch. The AWI "Cash and Catch" Division will be in the Last Chance Event ONLY. There will be NO Cash and Catch Saturday and Sunday at the Championship event.

The US Qualifiers will now include Recreational Freestyle and Recreational Toss and Catch Divisions for any teams that want to compete but may not be ready to compete at the highest levels yet. 

The AWI Qualifiers in Europe consist of the Open Division only, including Freestyle and T&C as well as the AWI Cash and Catch Division.
The local clubs running the qualifying events may run additional divisions at their discretion. 
The AWI does not guarantee continuity of divisions at every competition. 

Please contact the hosting club to see whether additional divisions will be offered, and check www.ashleywhippet.com often for more updates as they become available. 


QUALIFYING FOR THE AWI EUROPEAN/WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

The top 4 finishers at the  AWI Open Qualifiers  in the USA will receive an invitation to the Ashley Whippet Invitational World Championship. 

The top 5 finishers at the AWI Open Qualifiers in the EU will receive an invitation to the Ashley Whippet Invitational World Championships.

The winner of the previous year AWI World Championship is automatically invited back for the next year World Championship.  

The top 5 finishers at all European Open Qualifiers will also receive an invitation to the European Championship. 

The winner of the previous year AWI European Championship is automatically invited back for the next year European Championship.


The top 5 finishers at any international Qualifier will receive an invitation to the AWI World Championship.
 
The rules described herein for qualifiers and Championship will apply equally to both the World Championship Series and the European Championship Series.

Competitors can enter with as many dogs as they want at one event.

Competitors may qualify three canines for the AWI World Championship. Max. 2 dogs per handler can qualify for the AWI World Championship at one event in either Division of Open Overall or Cash and Catch.

If a competitor places in the top five with more than two dogs in either division the top two placing dogs will be the ones to qualify.
The additional dogs’ invitations will slide down to the teams finishing in sixth place and beyond. 

Additionally, if a team that is already qualified for the AWI World Championship plays at another Open Qualifier and places in the top five, that invitation will slide down to the team finishing in sixth place, and so on.

If the top 4 US teams, or 5 from International events, cannot make it to The Finals weekend from either Open or T&C Divisions, we will allow the invitation to slide down to the next 2 teams only. 

So in other words, if one of the top 4 teams that qualify at one of the US events cannot commit to going within 2 weeks , the 5th place team is invited. If they also cannot go we will let the invite slide down ONLY one more, to the 6th place team.

At an International AWI Qualifier after the top 5 teams are in place, if per chance one or more of those teams cannot make it to the Finals weekend we will slide the invite down to 6th place, and then 7th if necessary. No more invites after that. 

These top 5 teams will have up to 2 weeks to give the AWI Event Coordinator notice if they will be attending The World Finals. If one of those 5 teams cannot make it , The AWI Staff will then give the 6th and 7th place finisher notice of each of the openings. There will be no more invites after that.


ENTRY FEES

Entry fees for the USA:
Open class ( Freestyle and T/C ) : $20
Cash and Catch : $20 Each team will get two rounds in Open Division.
Recreational Freestyle : $15
Recreational Toss and Catch : $15

Entry fees for Europe:
Open class ( Freestyle and T/C ) : 17.50 euro
Toss and Cash : 7.50 euro

What happens with the money?
For Europe:
From the entry fees of the Open class 7.50 euro from each starter goes to the host. 10 euro from each starter goes to the AWI.
From the entry fees of the Toss and Cash 2.50 euro from each starter goes to the host. 2.50 from each starter goes to the AWI and 2.50 from each starter goes to the cash pot for the winner.
The money that goes to the AWI in Europe is used for:
Buy give aways for the players bags , cover costs for running the EC ( place, judges, players dinner, insurance, PA sytem and so on , for the qualified teams can compete for free ), covering costs for shipping stuff to the hosts and support the winner of the EC to give for the trip to the WorldFinals.
For the USA:
From the entry fees of the Open class $10 from each starter goes to the host. $10 from each starter goes to the AWI.
From the entry fees of the Cash and Catch $10 from each starters entry fee goes to the cash pot for the winner,  $10 from each starters entry fee goes to the AWI.

From the entry fees of the Recreational Freestyle class, $5 from each competitor entry goes to the host and $10 to the AWI.

From the entry fees of the Recreational Toss and Catch class, $5 from each competitor entry goes to the host and $10 to the AWI.
The money that goes to the AWI in the USA is used for:
Buy giveaways for the players bags, cover costs for running the World Championship (place, judges, players dinner, insurance, PA system and so on - the qualified teams can compete for free), covering costs for shipping materials to the hosts.


REGISTRATION RULES

The times for registration opening and closing will be announced before the date of each event. Please arrive on time, or you will not be allowed to register and compete. NO LATE REGISTRATIONS ARE ALLOWED. Once registration is closed, no more entries will be accepted.

All competitors must sign the injury/illness waiver and full publicity release.

No substitutions of either canine or thrower will be allowed at the Ashley Whippet® Invitational once the injury/illness waiver has been signed.


INTERRUPTIONS

If, during the Freestyle routine or the Toss & Catch round, there is an unexpected interruption on the field, such as a loose dog, or debris on the field, time will stop at signal from the head judge, and the player will have one of three choices:

  • Resume where they left off in the routine, once the field is cleared
  • Start over right away after the field is cleared
  • Re-do their routine after all remaining teams have finished that round of freestyle

NATURE BREAKS

Canine handlers are REQUIRED to clean up if their dog takes a nature break. In consideration of other competitors, and the health and welfare of all competing animals, all competitors must take their competing canine for a nature break before they are called to go on deck. If a nature break takes place while a dog is on the competition field, time will continue to run and the competitor must continue their routine. An appropriate amount of time will be allowed to clean the affected area after time has expired.Canine handlers are REQUIRED to clean up if their dog takes a nature break. In consideration of other competitors, and the health and welfare of all competing animals, all competitors must take their competing canine for a nature break before they are called to go on deck. If a nature break takes place while a dog is on the competition field, time will continue to run and the competitor must continue their routine. An appropriate amount of time will be allowed to clean the affected area after time has expired.


GROUNDS FOR DISQUALIFICATION

Disqualification will be at the sole discretion of the head judge. The following will be grounds for mandatory disqualification:

  • Abuse and endangerment of an animal
  • Female dogs in any stage of heat that are not reported
  • Dogs under one year of age used in freestyle competition
  • Dogs under 18 month of age used in freestyle competition with high jumps,vaults etc.
  • Overly aggressive canine behavior
  • Dogs who are found not to be current on rabies vaccinations

Boisterous challenges of contest officials, abusive language or other inappropriate or unsportsmanlike behavior could result in the competitor's disqualification from the event.

Competitors are responsible for the safety and welfare of their dogs at all Ashley Whippet® Invitational events. Competing canines should be properly supervised and must be under the care and control of their handler at all times. Failure to do so could result in the disqualification of that team.

Any other violations of these rules may result in disqualification at the discretion of the head judge.Disqualification will be at the sole discretion of the head judge. The following will be grounds for mandatory disqualification:


DOGS ALLOWED IN COMPETITION

Any physically sound dog may compete in the AWI World Championship Series, subject to the restrictions described below:

Due to the risk of injury because of underdeveloped anatomy, dogs must be at least one year old to be eligible to compete in the AWI World Championship Series Open Division. Dogs under one year of age may compete in the AWI Toss & Catch World Championship and any Toss & Catch division run at any Open Qualifier. The AWI realizes that it is difficult to determine the age of some rescue dogs, and does not want to bar any dogs from competition. The AWI requests that handlers use their best judgment in entering dogs of uncertain age, not vault dogs under the age of eighteen months ( if so the AWI will disqualify the handler for lifetime from playing any AWI event), and above all BE SAFE.

Dogs in any stage of heat are not allowed at the competition site.
All dogs must have current Rabies vaccinations. Vaccinations for Parvovirus and Kennel Cough are strongly recommended.


DISCS ALLOWED IN COMPETITION

The following discs are allowed for competition at all AWI competitions:
All Hero Disc USA dog style models (includes size 235, 215 and the Atom 185)
All Wham-O fastback models (includes Eurablend)
All Hyperflite disc models (includes Jawz)
All Dogstar disc models
All mamadisc models
All Trixie disc models

Any dog friendly "pup" (smaller diameter) disc will be allowed. If a competitor chooses to use a smaller diameter disc for the freestyle round(s) the competitor may choose to use a larger disc to use for the Toss & Catch round. Any special disc requests to accommodate special needs dogs should be made to the AWI Tournament Director and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Any dog-friendly disc not mentioned on this list will be subject to the approval of the AWI Tournament Director or head judge at events with no AWI official around.


SCORING STRUCTURE

At the World Championship, all teams will complete one round of Freestyle and one round of Toss & Catch. These two scores will be added together and the field will be cut to the top 15 teams AFTER any ties have been broken. (Second-round cuts are made at the discretion of the Tournament Director and may be greater than 15 if time and other considerations permit.) These 15 teams from Open Overall Division will then run one more round of Freestyle and one more round of Toss & Catch on Sunday to crown The World Champion. We also will have the top 15 Open Toss & Catch teams run 2 more rounds to then crown that Champion.

The open qualifiers may run differently with only one round of freestyle and one round of Toss & Catch, depending on time constraints and number of volunteers. These changes can be made at the discretion of the hosting club, head judge, and/or tournament director , but will be announced before the event when possible, but can also be announced before a divisional round starts, if dangerous weather arrives.  

The US Qualifiers will now include a Recreational Freestyle class with only one round of Freestyle and a Recreational Toss and Catch class with only one round of Toss and Catch. If more playing time is desired, any competitors can enter the upper divisions.


APPLICABILITY OF SCORING SYSTEM

The Freestyle and Toss & Catch rules and scoring described herein will be used for the AWI World Championship. The same scoring rules will be used at the Open Qualifiers where possible. In the case of an AWI event piggybacking on another, the hosting club’s rules will take precedence. Rules for any additional divisions run at the discretion of the hosting club will be determined by the hosting club.


TIEBREAKERS

For the Open / Freestyle Divisions, the following scores from the FIRST round of freestyle will be used to break any ties in the order given below:

  • Catch ratio
  • Team score
  • Dog score
  • Human score
  • Overall score

For the Toss and Catch  Divisions the following Tiebreakers rules will be used:

  •  single highest round
  •  fewest throws to accomplish highest round
  •  One throw sudden death

MISCELLANEOUS RULES

All participants should attend the players' meeting before the competition.

Only the competing canine, thrower, officials, and field staff are allowed on the field during competition.

No food or treats are allowed on the competition field at any time.

Teams may not bring items other than discs used for competition and their dogs onto the field of play.

Dogs may wear standard collars on the competition field for the purpose of leash attachment. No shock, pinch, or other types of training collars are permitted on the competition field.

Competitors must walk their canines on a leash to the on-deck area and when exiting the field of play. Canines must be KEPT ON A LEASH at all times, except when competing.

Any activity that could be considered distracting should be conducted out of range of the competition so competitors are not distracted.

DISCLAIMER: AT ALL LEVELS OF COMPETITION, OFFICIALS OF THE ASHLEY WHIPPET® INVITATIONAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CHANGE FORMAT, COMPETITION RULES, TIME ALLOTMENTS, ETC., AT THEIR DISCRETION TO ACCOMMODATE THE NEEDS AND ENSURE THE OVERALL SUCCESS OF THE EVENT.