Toss and Fetch Rules

There are three Toss & Fetch divisions, Novice, Intermediate and Pro divisions.

Toss and Fetch Divisions

We realize that teams progress at different rates when beginning to compete. In some instances, their team skills may be more advanced and they may want to start in a higher division right away. New teams are not required to start off in the novice division if they so choose. For others it may take more time and practice before moving up to the next division.

NOTE – Anyone is free to enter the freestyle Open division if your dog is at least 18 months old. BUT, a team (handler and dog) may only enter 1 division per tournament. We also offer the Training Division at the end of each regular tournament. See the Training Division page for more info.

Novice Division Rules

The Novice Division is for people new to the sport, inexperienced, casual or walk-on players. This division is also open to micro-dogs (dogs weighing 20 lbs or less) and puppies(4 to 8 months old).

If competitors in the Novice division win twice and have another placement of 1st, 2nd or 3rd, they will be promoted to the Intermediate Division.

Note: The order in which the achievements occur are not critical.

Intermediate Division Rules

The Intermediate Division is for teams who have been promoted from the Novice Division and have some field experience. Or teams that are new to competing, but throw pretty well and would like to bypass the Novice Division.

– Teams that have been moved up to Pro may now move back to the Intermediate Division, if you have not won the Pro Division.

***Since this is the first season of the Intermediate Division, teams will not be promoted by placements to the Pro Division until the 2019 season. The criteria of 2 wins and 1 additional placement, 1st, 2nd or 3rd, will promote them to the Pro Division, will be put in place in 2019.***

But teams may move up if they choose to.

Pro Division Rules

This is where the best of the best battle it out!

Since the Pro Division is the most advanced toss and fetch division, teams are never promoted out of this division.


If a team plays in a certain division and the handler gets a new dog, they may “backslide” 1 division with their new dog.

For example, Handler (A) throws for his dog, Fido, in the Pro Division. If Handler (A) adopts a new dog, he may drop back to the Intermediate Division when competing with the new dog. Same goes for Intermediate competitors dropping back to Novice with a new dog.

HOWEVER, if Handler (A) adopts a puppy and the puppy is over 4 months old and under 8 months old or if the dog, regardless of age, weighs 20 pounds or less, then Handler (A) could enter the Novice Division.

NOTE – backsliding divisions is NOT allowed with borrowed dogs! A borrowed dog is defined as any dog that does not live in the thrower’s home. Any borrowed dog must compete in the highest division the thrower competes in with their own dog.

For All Divisions:

1. Dog and handler must be behind the throwing line before the announcer says GO! After the first throw, dog and handler may move about the field as they like, but all throws must be made from behind the same throwing line where the team started to score.

2. 1 disc, 60 seconds. A 2nd disc may be given to the foot fault judge before the round starts to exchange with in case the first disc becomes damaged. The 2nd disc may only be taken after the foot fault judge has been given the damaged disc.

Time will continue to run during this hand-off exchange. Countdown of time remaining will be given at 30 seconds, 10 seconds, 5 4 3 2 1 and time. Any throw that is released before the announcer says TIME will count.

3. 1 practice throw allowed, with or without dog, IN FIRST TOSS AND FETCH ROUND ONLY.

4. Announcer will ask if player is ready and time will start when the announcer says GO!

5. Stepping on or over the throwing line while making a throw will result in a foot fault and that throw will not be scored. Foot fault judges will raise a red flag to signal a footfault and the announcer will call out FOOTFAULT.

6. Time will not stop for nature breaks. The handler should continue as soon as the dog is ready and do any clean up immediately after their round. Competitors are asked to keep a poop bag in their pocket when competing to expedite clean up.

7. There will be no out of bounds at regular club tournaments.

8. Any catch made with all 4 paws clearly off the ground will be awarded a half point bonus.

• 0 – 10 YDS = 0 pts
• 10-20 YDS = 1 pt
• 20-30 YDS = 2 pts
• 30-40 YDS = 3 pts
• 40-50 YDS – 4 pts

10. In order to score in the higher scoring zone, all 4 paws must land in that zone or on the line.

Rev 2016

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(updated 3-31-18)