1. All participants must complete a rider release before being allowed to enter the arena. Any rider who enters the arena to sort without a completed release will result in a no time for that team. Children under 18 must have a release signed by a parent or guardian.
2. All children under 18 years of age must be wearing a helmet.
3. There are twelve cows involved in each round of sorting. These twelve cows include 10 numbered 0 through 9, and two un-numbered cows. The un-numbered cows are to remain unsorted and should never intentionally cross the foul line. If the un-numbered cows cross the foul line at any time it is a no time.
4. Cows must be sorted in numerical order, starting with the given number. For example, if number 7 is called, the cows are sorted in the following order: 7,8,9,0,1,2,3,4,5, and 6.
5. A cow is considered sorted when it crosses the plane of the foul line. If the cow does not completely cross the line, it must be pushed completely across before the next cow is sorted or it will result in a no time. Once a cow is sorted (crosses the foul line), no matter which number in the sequence, it CANNOT cross the foul line again. If the cow crosses the foul line again it will result in a no-time for the team for that round.
6. If any cow is sorted out of numerical order, including either of the unnumbered cows, it will result in an immediate no time.
7. The 90 second sort time will start as the nose of the first horse crosses the start/foul line and the announcer will provide the number to be sorted first. The next team has 30 seconds to enter the arena and cross the foul line after the previous team sorts, and after the announcer calls the team to ride. Any delay in crossing the foul line may result in a no-time for the team for that round. Upon the decision by the judges, the announcer will call the team a no-time unless waived for a good cause. No team member may enter the arena after the time has started.
8. The order of Sorting is determined by the picking of a random number by the Announcer/Timer and then that cow must be sorted first; for instance if 7, is drawn as the first number, 7 must be sorted, then the 8 cow must be sorted, 9, 0, 1 and so on.
9.. A team will receive 90 seconds to sort their cattle. If the sorting is not complete at the conclusion of the 90 seconds, the number of cows successfully sorted will be recorded along with a time of 90 seconds.
10. Any rider falling off or becoming dismounted for any reason during a sort will result in a no time for that round.
11. Teams that sort in three goes, place higher than teams that only sort in two goes; teams that sort in two goes place higher than teams that sort in one go, no matter how many cattle were sorted or time accrued.
12. Placements will be awarded based on both total time and total cow count, with preference being given to those who sorted in three rounds as stated above. In the case of the same exact cow count with the same exact time, placements will be split accordingly.
13. All final decisions are to be made by the lineman and event coordinator. Any arguing with a decision will result in expulsion from the sorting and loss of entry fee and possible earnings.
14. All participants must sign a document stating that they have read and understand the rules as presented for the current year of sorting.
15. Any rider displaying inappropriate behavior will be given a warning to discontinue behavior, if behavior continues, the rider will be asked to leave.
16. Alcohol consumption is not permitted during the sorting.
17. Appropriate attire is required to ensure the safety of all riders. This includes boots, long pants, a shirt, and a helmet for any rider under the age of 18. Any questions about attire can be addressed by the event coordinator. Any rider wearing inappropriate attire will be asked to change before entering the arena for a sort. Failure to do so will result in a no-time for that team for that round.
18. There will be a Youth/Junior Division. A Youth competitor is any rider under the age of 16. A Junior competitor is any rider under the age of 12.
19. 2 Youth riders can ride with 1 adult, but only the Youth will be eligible for series end awards in the Youth Division. 1 Junior rider can ride with 2 adult riders, but only the Junior rider is eligible for series end awards in the Youth Division. Youth and Junior riders compete against each other for year end awards. There will be one set of awards for the combined Youth/Junior division. Adult riders assisting a Youth/Junior rider are not allowed to enter the herd unless the safety of the Youth/Junior rider is compromised.
20. Any Youth/Junior division rider can enter as an open rider and compete with the Adults, but any points gained as an open rider will apply to the Open Division only not the Youth/Junior Division. Any points a mixed division team garners in the Youth division will not be transferable to the Open division and vice versa, even if partially through the season the team chooses to compete in the Open Division.
21. Points will be accumulated throughout the course of the season to determine the winners of the year end awards. Points will be given per individual, not by team. Points will be accumulated over the course of the season, and a rider must participate in at least 6 sortings in order to be eligible for year end awards.
22. One individual can enter multiple times, with a different team partners.
23. Points will be awarded in a 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 basis for 1st place through 10th place among members, regardless of the number of entries or paying places. If you are entered on two or more teams only your top placing team will be awarded the points. ie if you place 2nd and 7th you get 9 points for that sorting.
24. There are three rounds in each sorting unless there is a decision made by the event coordinators to cause the sorting to end early.
25. Points and placing will be given based on a teams total time throughout all three rounds, then on the total number of cattle sorted in three rounds. Therefore, a team which successfully sorts all three rounds, and completes a sort under 90 seconds will automatically place higher than a team which sorts in all three rounds but does not complete a sort in under 90 seconds, despite the total number of cattle sorted.
Note: a team with cattle sorted in all three rounds will always beat a team with cattle sorted in only one or two rounds.
26. In the event of a tie, points and money if eligible will be totaled for that place plus the next appropriate place and divided equally between the teams. Example: two teams tie for 2nd place then 2nd and 3rd place points will be totaled and split, each member would receive 8.5 points and the next available points would be 4th place.
27. There will be a minimum of one judge per sorting to be positioned evenly with the foul line.
28. If a number is missing or falls off of a cow, or is noted on the ground by a participant that participant is responsible for notifying the event staff as soon as possible. If the rider is determined to be correct, the problem will be resolved by event staff and the team will be allowed to have a re-run.
29. Decision of the judge is final.
30. There will be a one time $20 awards fee, when a participant signs his/her release and information sheet (required just once a season). This award fee will be applied to year end awards.
31. There will a numbering system applied to all rider's competing in the sorting. This system will range from 1 being the lowest to 7 being the highest. A beginner rider who is new to sorting would be an example of a 1, and a professional who has competed regionally and won money against competition would be an example of a 7. Riders will be placed between these two numbers as determined by the event coordinators.
32. The number of a rider will be determied by the event coordinator based on a rider's ability to sit a horse, read and maneuever cattle, and previous performances at a sorting or similar event. If these cannot be witnessed it is the responsibility of the rider to accurately describe his/her ability so an accurate number can be assigned. If a rider is found to have knowingy lied or misled the event coordinator in order to establish a false number, that rider forfits any previous winnings and points and will not be permitted to continue to compete in any further events.
33. A rider's number can be altered if a rider's ability changes or shows increased winnings. A rider's number can only be changed by a value of one in either direction only once per season. Change in numbers is at the discretion of the event coordinators.
34. A new rider is responsible for presenting him/herself to the event coordinator at the time of their first entry to determine his/her number.
35. Any rider that feels that a rule has not been followed or that an unfairness has occurred during a sorting, can file a complaint in the office for a fee of $25. If that complaint is found to be valid, the rider will have the $25 returned. If the complaint is found to not be valid, the $25 will be added to the awards fund.