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IGRA Rodeo Rules Proposals
2015
First posted Oct 13, 2015
Last update Oct 13, 2015

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This document includes the Rodeo Rules advance proposals to be considered at the 2015 IGRA Annual Convention. In accordance with standard annual convention practice, deletions are underlined and additions are bolded. When deletions or additions result in a change to section or paragraph numbering, it is understood that the renumbering will be done during editing and is, therefore, not indicated in the proposal.

 

 

 

The following table designates which committee will consider each proposal. Committee assignments are subject to change and each committee may have additional proposals to be considered.

 

 

Proposal Prefix

Committee

RR

Rodeo Rules

ASS

Auditor, Secretary, and Scorekeepers

AIC

Animal Issues and Concerns

FIN

Finals Rodeo

 

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

 

Clinton Coil, Chairman

IGRA Rodeo Rules Committee

 

310-291-1847


AIC-01

RULE I - ASSOCIATION REQUIREMENTS

 

2. Licensed Veterinarian.

A.            Have a veterinarian on call for the period the host association permits animals on the rodeo grounds of rodeo weekend and post name and phone number in the barn area.

B.            WITH NO EXCEPTION. A veterinarian with large animal care experience will be on site during the running of all events, performance and slack, foot parade, and grand entry. Non-compliance will result in the host association/chapter being fined $1,500.00 for the entire rodeo. A second consecutive rodeo violation will result in the host association/chapter being fined $3,000.00 for the entire rodeo and be suspended from hosting an IGRA-sanctioned rodeo the next year.


ASS-02

RULE III - REGISTRATION

2. Entries.

 

C. Contestants with an assigned IGRA number must mail a completed IGRA Event

Entry form with a postmark date no less than twenty-two (22) days prior to the

rodeo's first performance or complete and pay for an online registration form with a date-time stamp of 10:00p.m. Standard Mountain Time no less than fifteen (15) days prior to the rodeo's first performance to compete in that rodeo.


FIN-03

RULE II - CONTESTANT REQUIREMENTS

18. Finals Rodeo Invitation Acceptance

A.            Finals Invitation Draw information must be available for review, which would include invitees and decline lists.


FIN-04

RULE XIII - RODEO AWARDS

 

6. Finals Rodeo All-Around Champions Prize Money.

 

A.    Finals Rodeo All-Around Champion top five (5) qualifying cowboys and cowgirls will be awarded the following.

 

Place Cowboy Cowgirl

1st $ 700 $ 700

2nd 500 500

3rd 300 300

4th 200 200

5th 100 100

Total $1,800 $ 1,800


RR-01

RULE VII - RULES FOR EVENTS

 

2. ROPING EVENTS.

 

A. General Rules for Roping Events.

1. Lap and tap timing will be used. Two (2) Judges will be used to start and stop time. The Start Judge will flag the barrier line at the chute. Time starts when calf or steers' nose clears the chute gate. The finish flag Judge will be mounted on horseback and positioned in the arena on the left side of the boxes to flag the finish of the event for mounted roping events. In Calf Roping on Foot, the finish Judge must be on foot and positioned in the arena to flag the finish of the event. The positioning of the finish judge and the requirement to be mounted may be waived by the Arena Director due to unusual arena conditions or safety concerns.


RR-02

RULE VII - RULES FOR EVENTS

 

3. SPEED EVENTS

A.    General Rules for Speed Events.

 

5. Disqualification.

f.          Taking more than 90 seconds to cross the electronic start line after being signaled from the Arena Director (or designee) to begin their run.

 

 

RULE IX - GENERAL RULES

 

21. The Arena Director or their designee will time the 90-second rule for speed event contestants to enter the arena from the time the contestant is notified.


RR-03

RULE I - ASSOCIATION REQUIREMENTS

 

28. Limited Rodeo.

A.            Association must apply for a "limited rodeo" by including the request on their rodeo application and include all of the following information.

1.             Contestant registration opening and closing dates whether mail or electronic.

2.             Maximum number of contestants (men, women, teams) for each event.

3.             An outline on how contestant registrations will be limited.

4.             An outline of process to be used to confirm or deny contestant registration(s).

B.            Associations who obtain approval to hold a limited rodeo must publish their "limited rodeo" policy a minimum of 90 days prior to their rodeo, must include all items listed in Section A above, and include a statement that all first-time contestants will be allowed to compete.


RR-04

RULE IV - RODEO LIVESTOCK REQUIREMENTS

 

6. Livestock Requirements.

D.    Team Roping steers, 400-500 pounds, and must have minimum of seven-inch horns, blunted to the minimum diameter of a dime, with smooth, rounded, and non-jagged edges. These steers cannot be used for any other event, must have been previously roped, and wear protective horn wraps during the event.

E.     Chute Dogging steers, 400-500 300-400 pounds, and must have minimum of seven-inch horns, blunted to the minimum diameter of a dime, with smooth, rounded, and non-jagged edges. These steers cannot be used for any other event, must have been previously dogged or wrestled, and have not been previously used for Team Roping.

F.      Camp event steers, 400300 -500pounds with horns of uniform length, blunted to the minimum diameter of a dime, with smooth, rounded, and non-jagged edges, and have been previously handled. No bobbed or partial tails.

G.       Calves, no more than a 30-pound difference between animals in the herd. Prefer they not have horns, and if they do they cannot have horns longer than two inches long.

H.       Common goats, similar in height and size.

1.      No more than 10-pound difference between animals.

2.      Height of 25-30 inches at shoulder.

3.      No Billy goats or fainting goats.

4.      Weigh no more than 65 pounds.


RR-05

RULE IV - RODEO LIVESTOCK REQUIREMENTS

 

8.      All stock must be run through the event chutes and through the arena prior to the start of the rodeo while the Arena Director and/or Chute Coordinator are present to inspect all stock. Chute dogging steers must be thrown, deco steers must be handled with head ropes, and wild drag steers must be handled with halters to check for aggressiveness.

 

9. The Arena Director and/or Chute Coordinator will inspect stock prior to each rodeo performance.

A.            No green (overly aggressive), sore, lame, sick, diseased, or injured animal, or animal with defective eyesight, will be used.

B.            An animal with any of the above noted characteristics will be referred to as "unfit" and are to be visibly marked and removed from competitive status.

C.            Inspect horned animals to see that they follow the guidelines in #6 above.

D.            Any animal not meeting the horn requirements must be visibly marked and pulled from competitive status or blunted appropriately.

E.             Arena Director and/or Chute Coordinator must inform the stock contractor if they decide to pull an animal for the above reasons.


RR-06A

RULE VIII - RULES FOR EVENTS

 

1. ROUGH STOCK EVENTS.

 

A. General Rules for Rough Stock Riding Events.

1. Any animal that becomes excessively excited or aggressive so that it gets down in the chute repeatedly, or tries to jump out of the chute, or in any way appears to be in danger of injuring itself or the contestant, should be released immediately and pulled from competition by the Chute Coordinator and Arena Director and the rider given a new animal.


RR-06B

RULE VII - RULES FOR EVENTS

4. Camp Events.

A.    General Rules for Camp Events.

 

12. All camp event animals are considered to be luck-of-the-draw. There shall be no rerides or lap and tap because of an animal lying down and not getting back up unless it is proven that the animal was injured. Rerides will be offered/given to all teams who competed on any animal that is pulled from competition for aggressive behavior.


RR-06C

RULE VI - ANIMAL CHARACTERISTICS AND CARE

 

3. If any animal during the rodeo becomes dangerous in character (repeatedly kicks, charges, or becomes dangerous to itself or others), the Arena Director and Chute Coordinator must discuss the competitive status of the animal.

4. If the decision is to remove the animal, they are to be visibly marked and held in a separate pen and must not be used in any rodeo event. Only the contestant(s) who were competing in the go during which the decision to remove the animal was made may be offered a reride. No other team or contestant will be offered a reride because they believe they had used the same animal on an earlier go.


RR-06D

RULE VI - ANIMAL CHARACTERISTICS AND CARE

 

3. If any animal during the rodeo becomes dangerous in character (repeatedly kicks, charges, or becomes dangerous to itself or others), the Arena Director and Chute Coordinator must discuss the competitive status of the animal.

4. If the decision is to remove the animal, they are to be visibly marked and held in a separate pen and must not be used in any rodeo event. No contestant or team will receive a reride based only on removal of an animal.


RR-07

RULE VIII - RULES FOR EVENTS

 

1. ROUGH STOCK EVENTS.

 

F. Chute Dogging.

 

    1. Chute coordinator can assign a helper/mugger. This person will be in the chute with the contestant and will help to move the steer out of the chute at a quicker pace. The helper/mugger cannot break the plane of the chute while helping intentionally.

RR-08

RULE VII - RULES FOR EVENTS

 

2.   ROPING EVENTS.

 

B. Calf roping on foot.

10. Penalties.

a.              A ten (10) second penalty will be assessed for stepping on or crossing over the barrier line before the calf's nose clears the chute gate.

b.             This event must be videoed and any 10 second penalty confirmed before it is assessed to the roper.

 

 

RULE IX - GENERAL RULES

 

26. Video tapes and/or photographs cannot be used as evidence in Rodeo Review Requests and/or judging decisions.


RR-09

RULE VII - RULES FOR EVENTS

 

2. ROPING EVENTS.

C. Mounted Break-Away Roping

 

12. If rope accidentally makes a half hitch around the saddle horn, the rider my ride up and undally the half hitch but cannot assist in the rope breaking away from the horn.

 

12.13. Disqualification.

a.       If the string securing rope breaks or comes untied from the saddle horn prior to being thrown by the contestant, that rope may not be used in the event.

b.      Abusive treatment of any animal during the event.

c.       Roping the calf without releasing rope after the catch.

d.      Accidental or intentional dally or hang up of rope.


RR-10

RULE VII - RULES FOR EVENTS

 

3. SPEED EVENTS

 

C. Pole Bending.

 

4. Contestant may touch handle pole with his/her hand. However, if pole is purposely picked up and moved from the set pattern by the contestant, contestant will receive a five (5) second penalty.


RR-11A

RULE II - CONTESTANT REQUIREMENTS

 

14. Rough Stock Event Contestant Dress Code.

A.    Required to wear long-sleeve shirt, long pants, western hat or protective helmet, and boots that minimally cover the ankle and have a heel.

 

15. Roping and Speed Event Contestant Dress Code.

A.    Required to wear long-sleeve shirts, long pants, western hat or protective helmet, and boots that minimally cover the ankle and have a heel.

 

[Explanation: contestant is only required to wear one shirt. This was corrected in one section last year, but was missed in another section.]


RR-11B

RULE II - CONTESTANT REQUIREMENTS

 

14. Rough Stock Event Contestant Dress Code.

B.     Sleeves cannot be rolled or pushed up, with the exception of the riding arm(s) in Bull Riding, Steer Riding, and Bareback Bronc Riding. Failure to maintain sleeves down throughout the timed portion of the event will result in a five dollar ($5.00) fine payable to the Rodeo Secretary.

 

 

15. Roping and Speed Event Contestant Dress Code.

B.     Sleeves cannot be rolled or pushed up past the wrists. Failure to maintain sleeves down throughout the timed portion of the event will result in a five dollar ($5.00) fine payable to the Rodeo Secretary.

 

 

[Explanation: This change is to prevent the unfortunate situation where a skilled contestant performs well and covers, and then the officials are forced to disqualify them because of this minor technicality. Having sleeves down does not contribute substantially to safety, and sleeves are already allowed to be up in several dangerous events, such as Wild Drag Race and Steer Decorating. This change does not allow sleeves to be up; but, it makes the penalty more appropriate for this minor infraction that has nothing to do with the contestant's performance.]


RR-12A

RULE VII - RULES FOR EVENTS

1. ROUGH STOCK EVENTS.

F. Chute Dogging.

1. This event is set up in the bucking chutes.

2. The event has a sixty (60) second time limit.

3. Event requires three timers.

4. The finish line shall be drawn 10 feet from and parallel to the closed chute gate.

5. Event has two (2) judges.

a. The start Judge will drop a flag and simultaneously blow a whistle when chute gate begins to open. the animal's shoulder farthest from the gate crosses the plane of the chute gate.

b. The line/finish Judge will blow a whistle when the nose of the steer has crossed the 10-foot line and will drop the flag once the steer has been dogged.

 

 

9. A disqualification (DQ) will be given for any of the following.

a.       If the steer is dogged prior to the line/finish judge's whistle.

 

 

 

[Explanation: This reverses a change that was made last year. This would make the signal for the start of time less subjective and more consistent between contestants. This still allows a contestant 60 seconds to finish the event. However, a contestant who is slow to get the animal out of the chute will not score as well as someone who moves the animal quickly; which is probably appropriate. This also adds the whistle back to the start as the event existed before last year.]


RR-12B

RULE VII - RULES FOR EVENTS

1. ROUGH STOCK EVENTS.

F. Chute Dogging.

1. This event is set up in the bucking chutes.

2. The event has a sixty (60) second time limit.

 

 

9. A disqualification (DQ) will be given for any of the following.

f. Losing contact with the steer such that no part of the contestant is touching any part of the steer.

 

 

[Explanation: Loss of contact was on the DQ list until last year. Putting it back on the list will remove the chance for the contestant to chase the steer around the arena after being unable to dog.]