GROUND RULES rev. 12/22/02 (subject to additional revision)
2003 WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS
The following are the ground rules for the event, subject to carefully considered change by the head official:
I. THE CONTESTS - The event procedures are determined by the tournament staff. Administrative decisions are made by the tournament and event directors. In situations which directly affect the competitive situation of staff members, the staff member(s) involved will not participate in the decision-making process. The final decision on all competitive situations will be made by the head official. Basic competitive procedures and rules for the events are drawn from the WFDF Rulebook.
II. THE SCORING SYSTEM - The overall championships will be based upon players' finishes in the seven events. Based on the 2002 format referendum, we will offer divisions of play for both sexes. Players may enter less protected divisions if they wish, (such as a grand master entering as a master, or a women entering the open division), however, a player must compete in the same division for all events. Where appropriate, the cooperative events (freestyle and ddc) may have combined pools which involve multiple divisions.To compete in the divisional cooperative events (freestyle and ddc), players must partner with other players who are also eligible for that particular division. Junior divisions will be handled in a similar fashion, depending upon numbers of entrants per division. Event scoring will be based on the total number of players who are registered to compete in each division by 9PM on the evening prior to the beginning of play except that players who are registered for only one event will not be figured into the overall scoring. As an example, if 35 players are contending for the masters overall title, the point distribution would be as follows:
|GOLF, DISTANCE, ACCURACY,
SCF AND DISCATHON
and on down to ...
1st..... 35 each
2nd.... 33 each
3rd..... 31 each
4th..... 29 each
and on down to ...
17th.... 3 each
1st(3)... 35 each
3rd(2)... 30 each
5th(3)... 25 each
6th(2)... 22 each
T7th(3)(2).. 18 each
FREESTYLE - Current FPA rules of competition will be used. Exact distribution is dependent upon numbers of pairs and threesomes. Open, Masters and Grand Masters are pairs or threesomes. Women's division and SGM is pairs only. Legend is individual play with a thrower.
III. TIES - In general, ties will result in competitors or teams sharing the place and points, e.g., a 3-way tie for 10th is equivalent to the competitors equally sharing the total pool of points for tenth, eleventh and twelfth place. Ties will be broken, however, to determine the finalists and first place finisher(s) in any event.
If a tie exists for overall champion in a division at the end of the competition, the competitor with the highest number of first place finishes will be assigned the higher position. If a tie still remains after this procedure, the competitor with the most first and second place finishes will be assigned the highest position. If the decision has still not been reached, the procedure should continue down through the places.
TIEBREAKING - The following are methods by which ties for finalists and first place in each event will be broken:
DISTANCE - The tied players will have a series of simultaneous single throws in a head-to-head format. The first player to win three is declared the winner or advances.
SCF - The tied players will have one MTA and one TRC throw in a head-to head format. These results will be combined to produce an SCF score. The player with the highest score is declared the winner or advances.
GOLF - The tied players will have a sudden-death elimination beginning on a hole selected by the head judge and continue until the tie is broken. The first player to win a hole is declared the winner or advances.
FREESTYLE - Of the tied teams, the one with the highest score in the previous round is declared the winner or advances.
DISCATHON - Of the tied players, the one who had the best time in the previous round is declared the winner or advances.
ACCURACY - The tied players will have a head-to-head, sudden-death playoff with the first player to win a 4-throw station being declared the winner or advancing.
IV. SCRATCHES - Players must be at the event site, prepared to compete when called. The competitive order of these calls will be posted. In the event of a player not responding to the official's on-deck call, the following procedures come into effect:
DISTANCE AND SCF - If a player fails to respond to the official's on-deck call, the next player in order will be called. The absent player is to be called again for the next throwing position. If he responds, he may throw but is only allowed 3 attempts. If there is no response to the second on deck call, the player is to be listed as a scratch (SCR).
GOLF - The player will be called to throw at the tee in the order as listed on the score card or as determined by previous hole scores. If, after 30 seconds, the player has not thrown, he will be given a score of par plus 4 for the hole. This will be done for all holes at which the player is absent for the tee call.
FREESTYLE - Players not appearing for their assigned performance or judging responsibilities will be scratched 45 seconds after they are required to appear.
DISCATHON - If a player fails to appear for his assigned starting group on-deck call, the next player in the starting order will move up and assume the place of the absent player. The absent player will then be called for the next starting group. If he appears, he may start but will have a 15-second penalty. If the player fails to appear for the second starting group, he or she is scratched.
ACCURACY - If a player fails to respond to the official's on-deck call, the next player in the order will be called. The absent player is to be called again for the next throwing position. If he or she responds, he or she may throw and a two-hit deduction is made from the score. If there is no response to the second call, the player is to be listed as a scratch (SCR).
DDC - (Experimental procedure) Should a player or team arrive more than 5 minutes late for the scheduled start of a game or fail to play any game in a round, that team forfeits each missed game at 0 points scored and their round placement will be determined including those game scores. A second ranking will then be done to determine the finish of the other teams in that round. The second ranking removes all games of any teams forfeiting any game in that round, skipping the rank positions already filled by teams who forfeited one or more games.
Appeals for exceptions to the scratch rules will be considered under exceptional circumstances and will be decided upon by the head official.
V. DISPOSITION OF ANOMALOUS RESULTS
SCRATCH (SCR) - Players who are scratched from the first round of an event earn no points for that event.
In non-cumulative events, players scratched after participating will be ranked together in last position of the round from which they are scratched.
In cumulative events, players scratched after participating will be ranked on the basis of the score which they have achieved in the round prior to being scratched.
DID NOT FINISH (DNF), NO CATCH (NC), ZERO (0) - In non-cumulative events, players earning these results are to be ranked together below players with measurable scores and above scratches. Appropriate points are to be assigned to these positions. These results do not qualify for advancement to a succeeding round regardless of the number of players to be advanced. Only players with measurable scores may advance.
In the case of cumulative events, players with these scores may continue to additional rounds if they fall within the appropriate number of advancing players. In the case of cumulative discathon rounds, a DNF result shall be represented as a time of 20:00 minutes.
DISQUALIFICATION (DQ) - Players disqualified in a particular event are to be listed below first round scratches and earn no points regardless of their position at the time of disqualification. If a player is disqualified after advancing to succeeding rounds of play in an event, his or her vacated position is held as a void at the lowest position of that round and no adjustment is to be made for lower-ranked players.
If a player is disqualified from the entire meet, the above procedure is used for all events in which he or she is entered and in the overall ranking if applicable.
VI. DISCS - Competition is limited to flying disc models which meet the WFDF General Disc Definition.
To be used in competition, discs must:
A) Have a saucer-like configuration with a flight plate unbroken by holes and an inner rim depth (that portion of the rim that is generally vertical to the flight plate) which is at least five percent of the overall diameter measurement.
B) Be made of solid plastic material without any inflatable components.
C) Not be less than 21cm of overall diameter, nor exceed 40cm of overall diameter and shall not weigh more than 8.3 grams per cm of overall diameter, however, no disc shall weigh more than 200 grams.
D) Achieve a rim configuration rating of 26 or greater and have a leading edge radius that is greater than 1/16" (1.6mm) (This includes all discs currently approved by P.D.G.A.)
E) Not exceed 12.3 kg (27 lbs.) of pressure as measured by the flexibility testing procedure.
F) Be essentially as produced, without any post-production modifications which affect the weight or flight characteristics.
G) Be of a production-type disc available commercially to the public in numbers of at least 1000.
H) Present no undue danger to players or spectators.
Any questionable discs will be considered by the head official.
Other event limitations include:
Accuracy & Discathon - Because of game design considerations, discs in play must meet the same specifications as those used for Vintage Class golf play.
Discs in this class must meet both the W.F.D.F. general disc specifications and these additional specifications:
1) Rim configuration - must achieve a rim configuration rating of 75 or greater.
2) Weight - must weigh no more than 6.7 grams per centimeter of outside diameter.
3) Rigidity - not exceed 9.1 kg (20 lbs.) of pressure as measured by the flexibility testing procedure.
Below are the specifications for some Vintage Class discs:
#5 Hi Tech Putter
* Upshot model with undercut rim is not vintage class.