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.
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.
Competitors may use up to 7 discs during their freestyle routine. At all Major Tournaments, event discs
will be provided