Jackpot Jumpers Series (JJS) – General Rules

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The Jackpot Jumpers Series (JJS) competition is open to legal residents of all 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are at least 18 years old. The competition is subject to federal, state and local laws, and regulations. The JJS competition is sponsored by All Dogs Sports Park, LLC (ADSP). 5111 West Sargent Road, Lodi CA 95242.

These rules are guided by industry standards established via canine dock diving/jumping.

Costs: No membership fee. Each Team entry fee is $20, per wave.
Qualifying Event JUMP Finals have zero entry fees.

Jump to one of these sections:

Waves (aka Round, Splash or Heat)
Competition Team
General Event Format
Judging
Competition
Disciplines

– JUMP
– CATCH
– FETCH
Ribbons/Awards
Qualifier Event Finals / Cash Prize / Event Purse
Championship Qualification
Championship
Class/Divisions
– Open (16” and over at the withers)
– Lap (Less than 16” at the withers)

– Veteran (8+ years at time of event)

– Veteran Lap (8+ years, plus less than 16” at the withers))
Refund Policy
Inclement Weather

Each competition Team member (thrower and holder) must read and sign, without modification, the Jackpot Jumpers Series (JJS) Registration Form, which contains a liability waiver and publicity release. Competitors are responsible for reading and understanding the competition rules before they compete.

Due to time constraints, no practice throws will be permitted during the competition wave.  If time permits between waves, the dock will be open for practice.  The announcer will broadcast open dock start & end times throughout the competition day.

No food treats are permitted to be given to dogs while on the dock during the event (either wave or open practice). This will prevent dropped or uneaten treats from remaining on the dock or in pool and distracting competing canines.

Female dogs in any stage of heat will not be permitted to compete and are not to be in competition area but can be in the spectator area.

In exceptional circumstances, Organizers (after consulting with the Chief Judge) have the discretion to modify JJS rules, but only to the extent necessary to safely, efficiently, and fairly run a JJS event.

Canine Welfare

Competitors and spectators are responsible for the safety and welfare of their dogs. Competing canines must be supervised and under the care and control of their throwers/owners at all times. Only the competing team members (dog, thrower, holder) are allowed on the dock during competition. Dogs must be leashed or crated at all times, except when competing.

It is the owner/trainer’s responsibility to ensure that competing canines do not compete in more events than would be advisable given the prevailing weather conditions, with specific consideration given to the fitness and general health of the competing canine. At all JJS competitions, the Chief Judge will have final authority on the issue of whether a dog is fit to compete.

Abusive treatment of a canine, or any conduct of a competitor which might be perceived by spectators as such, will not be tolerated. Contest officials may disqualify any competitor who engages in this type of behavior. The wearing of electronic or chemical training aids, of any sort (active or inactive), will not be permitted on the dock during competition.

Competitor/dogs teams may not be permitted to compete if such canines are believed to pose a danger to people or other canines.

Vaccinations

All participating dogs must have proof of Rabies inoculation and will be required to show proof at registration.

Flu, DHLP-P and Bordetella vaccinations are strongly recommended but not required. If your dog does not have proof of Flu, DHLP-P and Bordetella vaccination (or Titer test), then a waiver must be read and signed acknowledging risks and responsibilities.

Waves (aka Round, Splash or Heat)

There are set start times and limitations to the number of competitors per wave.

All participants must check in at least 30 minutes before their scheduled wave start time.

When competitors check in, a running order will be created. Any conflicts should be resolved no later than check-in time.

A competitors meeting will be held 15 minutes before the wave. Judge meeting will include:

  • Final running order.
  • Competition rules and/or facility reminders.

Competition Team

  • The Competition Team consists of one dog and one human thrower (holders are welcome) (herein referred to as “Team”). The Thrower and holder cannot switch places, this would constitute a different Team.
  • A dog may compete multiple times in the same wave with different thrower, thus different Teams.
  • A thrower may compete multiple times in the same wave with different dogs, thus different Teams.
  • Handlers must be at least 18 years old to compete. Handlers must restrain and control their dog(s) at all times to maintain a safe competition environment for all competition teams, spectators, and participants at the event.
  • Pushing, pulling, or dropping a dog into the water, up the stairs to the dock or on the dock is strictly prohibited. A handler in no way can assist a dog in having a forward motion.
  • Tapping a dog as a means of encouragement is accepted.
  • Dogs must be at least six (6) months old to compete.

General Event Format

  • Running order will be posted in Alpha order (A-Z) by dogs name.
    Only exception: When handler or holder needs more time between Teams and identified before wave begins.
  • Team shall be given two jumps back-to-back.
  • Dry dogs can proceed to the ramp and get wet before their 2 competition jumps (this is not a practice jump)
  • Scores will be announced; please wait for score to be announced before 2nd
  • The Teams shall be placed/ranked within their jumped division based on the longest to shortest score within that division.

Judging

For consistency in scoring, regardless of the competitive event, judges should not be substituted in the middle of a competitive round. Exception: Judges can compete in any wave that they are also judging if substitute judge(s) are available.

Judging can be manual-by-eye or via a camera system. If judging by eye, then at least 2 judges are required.

Camera is the preferred method, subject to availability.

Resolving Ties

  1. Each Team’s second longest jump distance in that wave will be used as a tiebreaker.
  2. If still tied, those teams share the placement and earn the same ribbon and split the cash prize.

Competition

Scoring is based on distance. The dog will jump from the dock, into the pool. The Team that achieves the longest distance for each division wins.

Disciplines:

  • JUMP
    • Each competitor will have two competitive jumps (back to back).
    • The best of those 2 scores determines the Teams JUMP Score for that wave.
    • Score = Distance measured from the end of the dock to the base of the dogs tail entry into the water.
  • CATCH
    • Each competitor will have two competitive jumps (back to back).
    • A CATCH is constituted when a toy/bumper, thrown from the dock, is caught by the dog before the toy lands in the water.
    • The score is a combination of the distance that the toy/bumper was caught plus the distance when the base of the dogs tail as enters the water.
    • The best of those 2 combined scores determines the Team CATCH Score.
  • FETCH
    • A successful FETCH is awarded when the toy/bumper is grabbed or knocked from both clips suspended by the FETCH rig.
      • The dog does NOT have to possess the toy/bumper into the water.
    • Target/Bumper Options:
      • TimberTug, supplied by event if you don’t have one.
      • Team can supply their own toy/bumper
    • Toy/Bumper Requirements:
      • Must be able to be suspended from 2 clips
      • Body of toy must hang at least 3 inches from clips
      • Toy/Bumper must be approved by judge
    • Bumper will be suspended 4’ above water; Measured from the lowest point of the toy/bumper to the top of the water.
    • Format can be Round-Robin or back-to-back, to be determined by Judge.
    • Starting lineup will be determined by the starting distance of each dog. Shortest to longest in order.
    • The shortest jump distance is 2’ for lap dogs and 4′ for open dogs, increasing each round by 1’ increments.
    • Competitors may pass at any length, but must jump at the next 1’ increment. Competitors can pass as many times as they want.
      Competitors cannot pass back-to-back (consecutive) rounds.
    • Each competitor gets 2 jump attempts consecutively at each distance during their turn.
    • Competitors should complete their first jump attempt within 90 seconds of entering the dock and proceed directly to their second jump if they don’t complete the first.
    • Dogs must either grab the bumper or otherwise dislodge the bumper from its suspended position to be considered a successful completion of that respective distance.
    • Maximum misses: If a Team misses the bumper at a distance for two consecutive jumps, or has a total of 3 misses.
    • The last successful attempt prior to the maximum misses has been reached determines the Teams FETCH Score.
    • If a team chooses to exit their round before the maximum misses has been reached, their score will be disqualified. Unless due to injury.
    • If back-to-back format: A competitor continues back-to-back jumps in 1’ increments until maximum misses.
    • If round-robin format: A competitor successfully completes a distance, they leave the dock/pool and return back in line to await the next distance. Competitors entering at a new distance begin the round and then the existing competitors go after, in order.

Breeds

  • JJS is open to all canine breeds, including mixed breeds.
  • All breeds compete together within normal competition waves.

Lap Dogs

  • A lap dog is measured at less than sixteen inches (16”) from the top point of the shoulder (withers) down to the ground while standing in its “natural” stance.
  • Lap dogs compete within normal competition waves.

Ribbons/Awards

  • Scores/results will be posted after each wave.
  • Ribbons will be awarded to the top 4 competitors, in each division, each wave.

Qualifier Event Finals / Cash Prize / Event Purse

  • JUMP Finals will occur each day.
  • Top 10 dogs in each division will be invited to compete in finals.
  • Dogs must compete in 2 waves, on the same day, to qualify for that days finals round.
  • Ribbons and cash prize will be awarded to the top 3 competitors, in each division.
  • Maximum cash prize, per division
    • 1st Place = $50
    • 2nd Place = $30
    • 3rd Place = $20

Note: Our goal is to grow these amounts over time…

  • Lap division finals will not be divisional, all lap dogs compete head-to-head
  • Must have at least 3 lap dogs to constitute a finals wave

Championship Qualification

To qualify for the JJS Championship (Scheduled for August, 2018) in JUMP, CATCH and/or FETCH… a Team needs to be ranked in the that discipline.

  • Minimum of 5 scores required from JJS Qualifier events to be ranked in the JUMP discipline.
  • Minimum of 2 scores required from JJS Qualifier events to be ranked in the CATCH and/or FETCH disciplines.

Ranking will be determined by the Team’s top 5 scores. JJS reserves the right to move any team to a different division at their discretion.

Championship

All divisions will compete in a semi-finals competition. The top ten (10) teams from each division will move on to the Championship Finals.

Placement for finals will be based on scoring from the Semi Finals competition.

If a team jumps out of their semi-finals division by at least (18) eighteen inches, they will be moved up to the division they jumped in and ranked accordingly.

The top (10) teams will then compete, within each division, for Championship placement.

Language/Measurements

For consistency and clarity across all levels of events, the official language of JJS events is English and measurements is in feet and inches.

Class/Divisions

JUMP Discipline

Open Class: (16” and over at the withers)

  • Novice Division                      1” – 9’11”
  • Junior Division                       10’ – 14’11”
  • Senior Division                       15’ – 19’11”
  • Master Division                     20’ – 23’11”
  • Elite Division                          24’ and above

Lap Class: (less than 16” at the withers)

  • Novice Division                      1” – 4’11”
  • Junior Division                       5’ – 8’11”
  • Senior Division                       9’ – 12’11”
  • Master Division                     13’ – 17’11”
  • Elite Division                          18’ and above

Veteran Class: (at least 8 yrs old at time of event)

  • Novice Division                      1” – 4’11”
  • Junior Division                       5’ – 8’11”
  • Senior Division                       9’ – 12’11”
  • Master Division                     13’ – 17’11”
  • Elite Division                          18’ and above

Veteran Lap Class: (at least 8 yrs old at time of event)

  • Novice Division                      1” – 2’11”
  • Junior Division                       3’ – 6’11”
  • Senior Division                       7’ – 9’11”
  • Master Division                     10’ – 12’11”
  • Elite Division                          13’ and above

CATCH Discipline

Open Class: (16” and over at the withers)

  • Novice Division                      1” – 14’11”
  • Junior Division                       15’ – 19’11”
  • Senior Division                       20’ – 24’11”
  • Master Division                     25’ – 29’11”
  • Elite Division                          30’ and above

Lap Class: (less than 16” at the withers)

  • Novice Division                      1” – 9’11”
  • Junior Division                       10’ – 14’11”
  • Senior Division                       15’ – 19’11”
  • Master Division                     20’ – 23’11”
  • Elite Division                          24’ and above

Veteran Class: (16” and over at the withers)

  • Novice Division                      1” – 9’11”
  • Junior Division                       10’ – 14’11”
  • Senior Division                       15’ – 19’11”
  • Master Division                     20’ – 23’11”
  • Elite Division                          24’ and above

Veteran Lap Class: (less than 16” at the withers)

  • Novice Division                      1” – 4’11”
  • Junior Division                       5’ – 9’11”
  • Senior Division                       10’ – 14’11”
  • Master Division                     15’ – 19’11”
  • Elite Division                          20’ and above

FETCH Discipline

Open Class: (16” and over at the withers)

  • Novice Division                      4’ – 9′
  • Junior Division                       10’ – 13’
  • Senior Division                       14’ – 17’
  • Master Division                     18’ – 21’
  • Elite Division                          22’ and above

Lap Class: (less than 16” at the withers)

  • Novice Division                      2’ – 4’
  • Junior Division                       5’ – 8’
  • Senior Division                       9’ – 12’
  • Master Division                     13’ – 17’
  • Elite Division                          18’ and above

Veteran Class: (16” and over at the withers)

  • Novice Division                      2’ – 4’
  • Junior Division                       5’ – 8’
  • Senior Division                       9’ – 12’
  • Master Division                     13’ – 17’
  • Elite Division                          18’ and above

Veteran Lap Class: (less than 16” at the withers)

  • Novice Division                      1’ – 2’
  • Junior Division                       3’ – 6’
  • Senior Division                       7’ – 9’
  • Master Division                     10’ – 12’
  • Elite Division                          13’ and above

Sportsmanship

Although not every team can finish in the top positions, you are all winners in the eyes of your canines. So, when you’re out on the dock competing, don’t forget to have fun with your best friend. JJS will not tolerate displays of unsportsmanlike conduct at any level of competition and poor-sports could be asked to leave.

Whether or not you agree with your scores, you are expected to treat the judges, officials, and organizers with respect and interact with them as you would want others to interact with you.

Competitors should avoid confrontations with other competitors or challenges of contest officials. Abusive language or other inappropriate or unsportsmanlike behavior may result in a contestant’s disqualification from competition.

Nature Breaks

Dog owners/trainers are required to clean up after their dog’s nature breaks. Any nonclean-up may result in a contestant’s disqualification from competition.

Refund Policy

  • Entry fees will not be refunded if a dog is absent, disqualified, excused, or barred from competition.
  • Entry fees will be refunded for females in heat, if a dog is sick, or if a dog gets injured during the event.
  • Fees will be refunded if the event is cancelled due to bad weather.
  • Other refund circumstances will be addressed by the event coordinator on a case-by-case basis.

Inclement Weather

  • If the pool must be closed at any time for inclement weather, all activities will immediately stop. Competition will resume once it is deemed safe.
  • If the event is unable to be completed due to weather, refunds will be available.

Disclosures, Release & Waiver

All Dogs Sports Park, LLC, discloses there are risks involved in participation in the JJS events including but not limited to injuries from slipping and falling and dog bites. All participants in the JJS will sign a waiver that states, “I acknowledge the risks to participation to person and/or my property, and intend to be legally bound, hereby for myself, my heirs, assigns, executors and administrators, and waive and release any and all rights and claims for damages or injuries arising out of, or in any way related to, my participation in the Event, which I may have against the following parties: All Dogs Sports Park, LLC, its officers, contractors and volunteers, and the owner of the facility hosting the Event; together with the contractors, agents, employees and representatives of each of them. I certify that my canine and I are healthy and fit to compete in the JJS and that I can supply proof of current rabies vaccination on request by tag or certificate.”

Agreement to Official Rules and Policies

By participating, entrant agrees to abide by and be bound by the official rules. The decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding in all respects. Winning a prize is contingent upon compliance with these official rules and fulfilling all other requirements set for the herein.

License to Use Entries

By entering the competition, all entrants grant an irrevocable, unconditional, perpetual, worldwide, non-exclusive license to Sponsor and its respective licensees to reproduce, store, copy, transmit, publish, post, broadcast, distribute, display and create derivative works of and/or otherwise use (without limitation as to the number of times used) each element of an entrants’ entry ( including, but not limited to , the photos submitted) in connection with the Competition, the promotion of the Competition, and in any other manner at the discretion of the Sponsor in any media now and hereafter known. Entrant waives intellectual property rights, privacy/publicity rights or other legal or moral rights that might preclude Sponsors’ use of any entry (including but not limited to, the photos submitted) on Sponsor’s website does not indicate the entrant will be selected as a winner. Sponsor will not require to pay and consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with use of an entry.

Release and Limitations of Liability

By participating in the Competition, entrants agree to release, Indemnify and hold harmless the Sponsor, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, and agents from any claims or cause of action arising out of participation in the competition or receipt or use of the prize.

Disputes

Except where prohibited, each entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with, the competition or any prize awarded shall be resolved under the laws of the state of California.

Questions

If you have any questions, please email info@jackpotjumpers.com.

Last revision: 1/26/2018