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UKC Tournament of Champions

Official Rules

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Designed to: boost UKC Coonhound club nite hunt entries by requiring five cast wins at UKC Licensed nite hunts in 2020 to qualify for the UKC Tournament of Champions (spring of 2021).

UKC Tournament of Champions is: supported by increasing UKC Licensed nite hunt recording fees to $7 per dog starting in 2020, allowing an event of this level to be possible while keeping UKC nite hunts affordable for all.

The contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.

PURPOSE

An incentive to boost nite hunt entries at UKC licensed events, targeting dogs finished to Grand Nite Champion and those who prefer monetary awards. Its also an opportunity that affords the average competition hunter to participate for the largest event purse in UKC history.

PRIZE PAYOUT SCHEDULE

64-DOG FINAL
TOTAL PURSE: $200,000
1ST: $50,000
2ND: $30,000
3RD: $20,000
4TH: $10,000
ROUND 2 NON-WINNERS (12): $3,500
ROUND 1 NON-WINNERS (48): $1,000

Total Purse $200,000 First Place payout

Prize payouts will be made with a check and mailed within three weeks of the completion of the UKC Tournament of Champions Finals Event. Payouts are subject to any applicable IRS reporting and withholding requirements. An IRS Form 1099 will be issued to all prize winners.

To be eligible to receive a prize payout, the first registered owner must complete and submit a completed IRS Form W-9 before UKC (the Company) may issue the check. Prize payouts will be made entirely to the first registered owner of the dog.

If the qualified dog is owned by a minor, a parent or guardian of any participant who is a minor must sign a release on behalf of the minor to be eligible to receive a prize, but the Company reserves the right to refuse to award a prize to or on behalf of any minor.

ENTRY FEES

The entry fee for each qualified dog that enters the 2021 UKC Tournament of Champions is $100.00.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

Any UKC registered coonhound accumulating at least five cast wins in the calendar year is qualified for the UKC Tournament of Champions. Those cast wins must be wins that are officially recorded towards the dogs championship record on file at the UKC office. The calendar year runs from January 1 through December 31 each year. The first year of qualification begins in 2020.

ENTRY INFORMATION

A UKC Tournament of Champions Invitation is mailed to the first named owner of a dog who has earned five cast wins during the same calendar year, after those wins are processed by UKC. The Invitation will include an entry form for the owner to complete and submit to UKC, along with the entry fee, for entry into the UKC Tournament of Champions. Advanced entries only are accepted. The official entry form will note the deadline entry date for the event.

To enter the 2021 UKC Tournament of Champions, the entrant for each qualified coonhound must:

  • Submit a completed Official 2021 UKC Tournament of Champions Entry Form
  • Pay the entry fee
  • Be in good standing with UKC
  • Be a resident of the United States

Entry fees are non-refundable with the following exceptions: a written statement received by UKC from the owner on or before the Region Event date, reporting; 1) a deceased dog; 2) injured dog (must include vet statement); or 3) a female in season.

REGIONAL AND FINALS EVENT FORMAT

The first leg of the UKC Tournament of Champions is to compete in one of the four strategically placed Regional Events. These hunts will be held on Friday and Saturday nights, with one round on each night. Hunt time period for each night is two (2) hours, utilizing hunting judges. All UKC Licensed Nite Hunt Honor Rules are in effect for the UKC Tournament of Champions as applicable for the year the event is being held, unless noted otherwise. Owners have the option to enter their eligible dog in any one of the four regional events. Unless scratched for fighting, a dog may compete on one or both nights at the region and be eligible to advance to the Finals. A dog scratched for fighting on any night at the regions is also disqualified from any further competition and is not eligible to advance to the Finals.

A total of 64 dogs will advance from the Regionals to the Finals. The number of dogs advancing from each region is pro-rated, based on the number of entries in the region and the total entries entered in all regions. After advanced entries close and all entries have been processed by UKC, the number of dogs advancing from each Region to the Finals will be determined and announced. All dogs advancing to the Finals will be eligible for a portion of the $200,000 purse (Payout Schedule). The Finals will feature three rounds of competition, all are two-hour hunts. Round 1 will be held on Friday night. Rounds 2 and 3 (Final Cast) are held on Saturday night. Non-Hunting Judges will be used on all casts.
Regional and Finals location for the 2021 UKC Tournament of Champions are:

  • Northwest Region Troy, IA
  • Northeast Region Mt. Gilead, OH
  • Southwest Region Conway, AR
  • Southeast Region Elberton, GA
  • Finals TBD

Dates to be determined, targeting Spring 2021. Locations and dates subject to change without notice at UKC's sole discretion.

SCORING QUESTIONS, RULINGS AND APPEALS

UKC Field Representatives will serve as Master of Hounds for the Regionals and the Finals. All handlers are held to the procedures and timelines, as outlined in the UKC Coonhound Rulebook, when questioning a judges call or a call that was not made. The portion of that procedure which states; {Situations not questioned and notated at the time Judges decision is made, will not be considered}, will be enforced with no exceptions. If deemed necessary, the official has the authority to contact UKC's management to discuss a scoring question brought to them before rendering a ruling. Otherwise, any scoring question will be resolved on the same night and the ruling made by the Master of Hounds will be considered final with no further appeal applicable. By entering the UKC Tournament of Champions, you agree to abide by these rules and decisions of any ruling made by the Master of Hounds, which will be determined in UKCs sole discretion. Failure to comply with any published rule is grounds for immediate disqualification.

NITE HUNT RECORDING FEES TO BENEFIT GUARANTEED PURSE

While UKC guarantees and is solely responsible for the total purse as advertised, the UKC Tournament of Champions was implemented by hunters for hunters. Starting January 1, 2020, recording fees will be $7.00 per dog entered for UKC Licensed Nite Hunts, not to exceed $400.00 for each separate Nite Hunt. This recording fee does not apply to Regional Qualifying Event (RQE) and Youth Nite Hunts. The Slam Event Payout Schedule has been pre-adjusted and include applicable recording fees, with no maximum amount applicable. Per-dog recording fees for UKC Licensed Field Trials, Water Races, and Bench Shows remain as advertised and applicable for the current year.

The UKC Tournament of Champions is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law. The UKC reserves the right to reject entries from countries, states and jurisdictions where such sweepstakes are prohibited or restricted.

The UKC reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to refuse, disqualify or withdraw any entry at any time. The UKC will not be responsible for any injury, damage or loss of any kind arising out of your participation in the UKC Tournament of Champions. YOU AGREE TO RELEASE, DISCHARGE, AND HOLD HARMLESS UKC, ITS AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES, EMPLOYEES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS AGENTS AND ASSIGNS FROM AND AGAINST ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, LOSSES, INJURIES, OR DAMAGES RESULTING FROM PARTICIPATION IN THE UKC TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS. Except where prohibited by law, by accepting a prize, winner grants UKC a perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free license to use winner and his/her dogs name, photograph, voice and/or likeness without further authorization, compensation, or renumeration of any kind for promotion and other publicity purposes in any and all media now or hereafter known throughout the world.

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Notes

  • Any UKC registered coonhound accumulating at least five cast wins in the calendar year is qualified for the UKC Tournament of Champions.
  • The calendar year runs from January 1 through December 31 each year. The first year of qualification begins in 2020.
  • A total of 64 dogs will advance from the Regionals to the Finals.
  • Dates to be determined, targeting Spring 2021 for Finals.

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The UKC Tournament of Champions is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law. The UKC reserves the right to reject entries from countries, states and jurisdictions where such sweepstakes are prohibited or restricted. The UKC reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to refuse, disqualify or
withdraw any entry at any time. The UKC will not be responsible for any injury, damage or loss of any kind arising out of your participation in the UKC Tournament of Champions. YOU AGREE TO RELEASE, DISCHARGE, AND HOLD HARMLESS UKC, ITS AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES, EMPLOYEES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS AGENTS AND ASSIGNS FROM AND AGAINST ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, LOSSES, INJURIES, OR DAMAGES RESULTING FROM PARTICIPATION IN THE UKC TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS.