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2018 Championship Guidelines

Sunday, April 22, 2018


The 2018 U-FLI Championship will be held November 9th - November 11th, at Purina Farms, Gray Summit, Missouri.

  • Entries open August 28, 2018 at www.u-fli.com.
    • Only electronic entries will be accepted; mailed-in entries will be returned. 
  • The closing date for entries is September 28, 2018 (entries received after that date, will not be accepted).

U-FLI will acknowledge Champions in multiple divisions.


1)     Clubs, participants and dogs must be in good standing with U-FLI.

2)     Clubs must have competed in at least two different U-FLI events held on separate weekends, during the 18 months leading up to the Tournament of Champions.

3)     Only one team from each club will be allowed to enter the Tournament of Champions.

4)     U-FLI will designate a club's seedtime, based on the club's fastest tournament time posted during the 12 months leading up to the closing date of the Tournament of Champions. If no time is available, the fastest posted time during the 18 months leading up to the closing date of the Tournament of Champions will be used.

5)     Clubs may elect to move up into a faster division, but may not move down a division. 

a)     Current club seedings are listed at: http://u-fli.com/champseeding.php

6)     Clubs that cannot meet the eligibility requirement may qualify for an exception. Inquiries for an exception should be directed to the Championship Committee at: championship@u-fli.com

7)     Clubs may only enter dogs that are eligible for entry on their Regular Team.

Championship Format

1)     The Tournament will consist of an estimated total of  9 divisions:

Division #

Low End

High End

Break Out






































2)     In an effort to make more competitive racing divisions, the divisions may be adjusted by the Championship Committee based on entries received.

3)     A bracket format may be implemented at the Tournament of Champions to separate large divisions into smaller brackets. Each bracket will race a round robin format.

4)     The final divisions, racing format and scoring method will be determined after the closing date of the Tournament of Champions.

5)     Dogs participating in the Championship will earn U-FLI points.

6)     Unless specified in the U-FLI Championship program, all other U-FLI rules of racing will apply.

Championship Special Rules

1)     If a team withdraws from racing without just cause, at the opinion of the Head judge or the U-FLI rep, they will be disqualified from placement at the event. If the Head Judge or U-FLI Rep is associated with the team involved, the decision would then be reviewed by the Rules and Regulations Committee.

2)     A Championship Club must always be able to compete against any other Championship Club regardless of division, and except as provided for in section 2.4 of the Rules of Racing, without delay.

3)     The breakout time for the Tournament of Champions competition is 0.25 second faster than the low-end time of each division.

4)     For the Singles and Pairs classes, in the event of one lane false starting, their heat counts as a loss.  The team will still have the option of re-running the heat alone for a recorded time.  The lane that runs clean is awarded the time and the heat.  If both lanes false start together, the heat is rerun and the fastest, non-false start time will win the heat.

5)     For the Singles and Pairs classes, the following break out rule will apply: 

a)     The break out for each division in the Singles and Pairs classes shall be 0.15 second faster than the seed time of the top seeded team in that division, with the exception of the top seeded division in each class where no break out will apply.

b)     If any team in a division runs faster than the designated break out time, the team will receive a loss for that heat.

c)     If a team breaks out three times during the tournament, that team will not be eligible for placement in the tournament. The team may still participate but all remaining heats will be scored as losses.

d)     When both racing teams break out, both teams will receive a loss for that heat. When one team breaks out and the other has an infraction, both teams will receive a loss for that heat.

e)      If a break out is missed and the race is over, the Scorekeeper shall change the tournament records to indicate the break out and the affected team will be notified. Please note that additional heats may need to be run to determine the winner of the race.


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