THE AMERICAN: Rules


THE AMERICAN: Rules




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Bareback & Bronc Riding

Sanctioning Body

The Bareback and Bronc Riding qualifiers for THE AMERICAN will be put on by the Pro Roughstock Series or PRS.
Headquartered in Belle Fourche, SD, the Professional Roughstock Series features the best cowboy athletes in the world matched up with handpicked world-class stock. Riders compete in the three most exciting and dangerous disciplines of Rodeo - Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, and Bull Riding. Each PRS event is televised on RFD-TV to over 45 million homes across the nation and airs on Friday nights at 9:00 pm CT, with replays on Sunday afternoons at 1:30 pm CT. For more information, visit www.proroughstock.com, follow them on Twitter @proroughstock, or like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/proroughstock.

Qualifiers

There will be 5 qualifiers nationwide. We will be taking the top 5 finishers from each qualifier to the Semi-Finals at Mesquite the week prior to THE AMERICAN. Following are some key points that sum up the qualifiers:

  • $750 entry fee.
  • May enter as many of the 5 qualifiers as you want.
  • Of the $750 entry fee, $250 is spent on stock. Of the remaining $500 25% is paid at that event, 25% will be carried over to the Semi-Finals, and 50% will be carried over to THE AMERICAN.

 

Semi-Finals: Mesquite, Texas

The Semi-Finals will be held one week prior to THE AMERICAN at Mesquite Arena. This event will consist of 25 contestants (top 5 from each qualifier). These individuals have already paid their $500 entry fee at the qualifiers, so there is no entry fee. These 25 contestants will be split into two performances: the first being Saturday night at 7PM and the second being Sunday afternoon at 2PM. After those 25 individuals ride in the performances, the top 5 in the average will solidify their spot in THE AMERICAN, along with the possibility of an exemption. The pay-out at the Semi-Finals will come from the other 25% of the $500 entry fee that the contestants paid at the qualifiers. There will be no round money paid, only average money.

Exemptions

Each event has the right of up to 2 exemptions per event chosen by THE AMERICAN selection committee. If two are selected there would be a match at Mesquite TX. If one is chosen he could compete at Mesquite or go directly to THE AMERICAN. Exemptions would have to pay entry fee The PRS world champion will be considered an exemption, being able to move directly into the Semi-Finals at Mesquite, however; if he competes in the qualifiers he revokes his exemption.

THE AMERICAN

THE AMERICAN will consist of the top 10 bareback riders and the top 10 bronc riders in the world  free of entry fees, as well as, the 5, possibly 6, contestants that qualified through the Qualifiers and Semi-Finals (making a field of 16). THE AMERICAN will be two rounds. All 16 competitors will get on once, with the top 4, after that round, moving on to a shootout round that will determine the champion and reserve champion (one ride determination, not average on 2). The champion will win $100,000 and the reserve champion will win $25,000. In the case that the champion came from the "not" top-10, they will place themselves in a pot for their share of the $1,000,000.

Event Dates

  • October 19, 2013
          Salina, KS
            Bicentennial Center
  • Novmeber 2, 2013
          Tulsa, OK
            SpiritBank Events Center
  • November 15-16, 2013
          Rapid City, SD
            Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
  • December 31, 2013
          Gillete, WY
            CamPlex Wyoming Center

Rules

Pro Roughstock Series rules apply (available upon request).
If a top 10 contestant declines their invitation to THE AMERICAN, that contestant is ineligible to compete at any of THE AMERICAN events.
If the PRS world champion wants to compete in the qualifying events post the PRS finals, he will no longer be eligible for exemption
All contestants must wear "rodeo attire" at every AMERICAN event (Qualifier, Semi-Finals, and THE AMERICAN).
Any further rules that are not addressed will be resolved by the decision of THE AMERICAN committee.
Every contestant must pay the entry fee at each particular event before they can enter THE AMERICAN side-pot
In the case of a tie, the horses score will be the determining factor on who moves on.

 



Barrel Racing

Sanctioning Body

THE AMERICAN qualifiers will be put on by Better Barrel Races or BBR. The BBR has grown from its original 1,800 members in 2003 to its approximately 8,000 members today. Better Barrel Races now sanctions more than 1,500 independently produced events in five designated regions across the United States. Over the past ten years the BBR has awarded more than $4 million in cash and prizes, making it the largest and richest divisional barrel race in the world.

Qualifiers

There will be 5 qualifiers nationwide. We will be taking the top ten finishers from each qualifier to the Semi-Finals at Mesquite the week prior to THE AMERICAN. Following are some key points that sum up the qualifiers:

  • $500 entry fee.
  • May enter as many of the 5 qualifiers as you want.
  • May enter each qualifier 2 times.
  • Each qualifier is one run (per entry).
  • Of the $500 entry fee, 25% is paid at that event, 25% will be carried over to the Semi-Finals, and 50% will be carried over to THE AMERICAN.

Semi-Finals: Mesquite, Texas

The Semi-Finals will be held one week prior to THE AMERICAN at Mesquite Arena. This event will consist of 50 contestants from the qualifiers, the BBR World Champion and the possible Exemption Match or Exemption contestant. These individuals have already paid their $500 entry fee at the qualifiers, so there is no entry fee. Not including the possible Exemption contestants, 51 contestants will run one slack run, and then the top 20 finishers from that round will be split into two performances. One performance will be Saturday at 7 PM and the second will be Sunday at 2 PM. After those 20 individuals run in the performances, along with the possible Exemption Match or Exemption contestant, the top 10 times and the possible Exemption Match winner, or Exemption contestant, will solidify their spot in THE AMERICAN.
The pay-out at the Semi-Finals will come from the other 25% of the $500 entry fee that the contestants paid at the qualifiers. There will be no round money paid, only average money.

Exemptions

Every event has the right up to 2 exemptions that can be made by THE AMERICAN committee.
If two contestants are selected there will be an exemption match between the two at the Semi-Finals in Mesquite. The winner of this match wins an automatic bid into THE AMERICAN, making the field 16 teams.
If one contestant is selected they have the opportunity to compete at Mesquite and THE AMERICAN.
The BBR 2013 World Champion will receive an invitation directly to the Semi-Finals, but if he or she competes in the qualifiers, their invitation is revoked. This contestant must finish in the top 5 at the Semi-Finals to move on to THE AMERICAN.
Exemption contestants must pay the $500 entry fee.

THE AMERICAN

THE AMERICAN will consist of the top 10 barrel racers in the world free of entry fees, as well as, the 10 contestants that qualified through the Qualifiers and Semi-Finals, and the Exemption Match winner (making a field of 21). THE AMERICAN will be two runs. All 21 competitors will have one run, with the top 4, after that run, moving on to a shootout round that will determine the champion and reserve champion (one run determination, not average on 2).
The champion will win $100,000 and the reserve champion will win $25,000. In the case that the champion came from the "not" top-10, they will place themselves in a pot for the chance to win $1,000,000.

Qualifier Dates and Producers

  • September 28, 2013
         Loveland, CO
            Ranch-Larimer County Fairgrounds Indoor Arena
  • October 12, 2013
         Lincoln, NE
           Lancaster Event Center
  • November 9, 2013
         Alvarado, TX
           Diamond W Arena
  • November 23, 2013
         Jackson, MS
           Kirk Fordice Equine Center
  • January 18, 2014
         Buckeye, AZ
           South Buckeye Equestrian Center Arena

Rules

All BBR rules apply. (May be viewed upon request)
If the BBR World Champion prefers to compete in the qualifier events he/she can, but will no longer be eligible for exemption.
No age or gender requirement.
Contestants entering more than once at the qualifiers must do so on different horses. If a contestant happens to qualify for the Semi-Finals 2 times, they will need to do so on a different horse. A contestant cannot qualify more than once on the same horse.
If a contestant declines a top 10 invitation, they are not eligible to compete in any event of THE AMERICAN.
If an event has an exceptionally low number of entries, THE AMERICAN committee may limit the number of qualification spots given at that particular event.
All contestants must wear "rodeo attire" at every AMERICAN event (Qualifier, Semi-Finals, and THE AMERICAN).
Any further rules that are not addressed will be resolved by the decision of THE AMERICAN committee.
Every contestant must pay the entry fee at each particular event before they can enter THE AMERICAN side-pot
THE AMERICAN management has final decision.

 



Tie Down Roping

Sanctioning Body

THE AMERICAN qualifiers will be produced by Ultimate Calf Roping or UCR. The UCR just completed three full years of competition. Over the past three years the UCR has grown to 2000+ members. As of now, UCR is the largest calf roping organization in the United States.

Qualifiers

There will be 5 qualifiers nationwide. We will be taking the top ten finishers from each qualifier to the Semi-Finals at Mesquite the week prior to THE AMERICAN. Following are some key points that sum up the qualifiers:

  • $500 entry fee.
  • May enter as many of the 5 qualifiers as you want.
  • May enter each qualifier 2 times.
  • Of the $500 entry fee, 25% is paid at that event, 25% will be carried over to the Semi-Finals, and 50% will be carried over to THE AMERICAN.

Semi-Finals: Mesquite, Texas

The Semi-Finals will be held one week prior to THE AMERICAN at Mesquite Arena. This event will consist of 50 contestants (top 10 from each qualifier). These individuals have already paid their $500 entry fee at the qualifiers, so there is no entry fee. These 50 contestants will run one slack run, and then the top 20 finishers from that round will be split into two performances that weekend along with the possible Exemption Match contestants or Exemption contestant. The first of the two performances will be that Saturday at 7 PM and the second will be Sunday at 2 PM. After those 20 individuals run in the performances, the top 5 times from that round of 20 will solidify their spot in THE AMERICAN along with the possible Exemption Match winner, or the individual Exemption contestant.
The pay-out at the Semi-Finals will come from the other 25% of the $500 entry fee that the contestants paid at the qualifiers. There will be no round money paid, only average money.

Exemptions

Every event has the right up to 2 exemptions that can be made by THE AMERICAN committee.
If one exemption is used, that contestant will be placed into the Semi-Finals and THE AMERICAN.
If 2 exemptions are used, an exemption match between 2 committee selected contestants will take place at the Semi-Finals in Mesquite. The winner of this match would attain an automatic bid into THE AMERICAN, making THE AMERICAN field 16 contestants.
Exemption contestants must pay the $500 entry fee.

THE AMERICAN

THE AMERICAN will consist of the top 10 tie down ropers in the world  free of entry fees, as well as, the 5 contestants that qualified through the Qualifiers and Semi-Finals, and the Exemption or the Match winner (making a field of 16). THE AMERICAN will be two runs. All 16 competitors will have one run, with the top 4, after that run, moving on to a shootout round that will determine the champion and reserve champion (one run determination, not average on 2).
The champion will win $100,000 and the reserve champion will win $25,000. In the case that the champion came from the "not" top-10, they will place themselves in a pot for the chance to win $1,000,000.

Rules

UCR Rules apply. (May be viewed upon request)
If an event has under 50 entries, THE AMERICAN committee may limit the number of qualification spots given at that particular event to 5.
There is no age or gender requirement
If a top 10 contestant doesn't accept their invitation, they are ineligible to compete at the qualifiers.
All contestants must wear "rodeo attire" at every AMERICAN event (Qualifier, Semi-Finals, THE AMERICAN).
Any further rules that are not addressed will be resolved by the decision of THE AMERICAN committee.
Every contestant must pay the entry fee at each particular event before they can enter THE AMERICAN side-pot
THE AMERICAN management has final decision.

Qualifier Dates

  • September 27, 2013
          Stephenville, TX
            Lone Star Arena
  • October 25-27, 2013
          San Angelo, TX
            San Angelo Fairgrounds
  • November 22, 2013
          Amarillo, TX
           Tri-State Fairgrounds/Bill Cody Arena
  • December 20, 2013
         Tulsa, OK
           Expo Square- Mustang Arena
  • January 21, 2014
         Denton, TX
           Diamond T Arena

 



Team Roping

Sanctioning Body

THE AMERICAN qualifiers will be being put on by United States Team Roping Championships or USTRC. Based in Stephenville, Texas, USTRC represents more than 35,000 members worldwide who enjoy the sport of team roping. Whether they engage in the sport professionally or recreationally these team ropers look to the USTRC to provide quality production and classification to ensure the best and most fair competition possible. Currently, the USTRC offers more than 85 sanctioned events and 300 affiliate events nationwide to help you get started on the road to exciting team roping action. Each year, the highlight of the team roping season are USTRC's seven regional finals and its National Finals of Team Roping, which combined offer more than $6 million in prize money and over a $1 million in prizes to its member ropers, one of the richest prize packages in equine and rodeo-related competition.

Qualifiers

There will be 5 qualifiers nationwide. We will take the top ten finishers from each qualifier to the Semi-Finals at Mesquite the week prior to THE AMERICAN. Following are some key points that sum up the qualifiers:

  • $500 entry fee.
  • • May enter as many of the 5 qualifiers as you want until one is qualified for the Semi-Finals.
  • May enter each qualifier 2 times.
  • • Qualifiers are 5-steer averages
  • • Of the $500 entry fee, 25% is paid at that event, 25% will be carried over to the Semi-Finals, and 50% will be carried over to THE AMERICAN
  • • Of the 25% that is taken out of the $500 entry fee, the money will be paid out only in the average (no round money).

Semi-Finals: Mesquite, Texas

The Semi-Finals will be held one week prior to the THE AMERICAN at Mesquite Arena. This event will consist of 50 teams (top 10 from each qualifier). These teams have already paid their $500 entry fee at the qualifiers, so there is no entry fee. These 50 teams will run two slack runs, and then the top 20 teams in the average after those two runs will be split into two performances for February 22rd and 23rd. The first of the two performances will be on Saturday at 7 PM and the second will be Sunday at 2 PM. After those 20 teams run in the performances, the top 5 teams in the average will solidify their spot in the THE AMERICAN. There will also be the possibility of a 2 head exemption match (one head both performances) with the winner on 2 head qualifying for THE AMERICAN.
The pay-out at the Semi-Finals will come from the other 25% of the $500 entry fee that the contestants paid at the qualifiers. There will be no round money paid, only average money.

 

Exemptions

Every event has the right up to 2 exemptions that can be made by THE AMERICAN committee.
If two are selected there will be an exemption match between the two teams at the Semi-Finals in Mesquite. The winning team of this match wins an automatic bid into THE AMERICAN, making the field 16 teams.
If one team is selected they have the opportunity to compete at Mesquite and THE AMERICAN

THE AMERICAN

THE AMERICAN will consist of the top 10 team roping teams in the world  free of entry fees, as well as, the 5 teams that qualified through the Qualifiers and Semi-Finals, and the Exemption Match winning team (making a field of 16). THE AMERICAN will be two runs. All 16 teams will have one run, with the top 4 teams after that run, moving on to a shootout round that will determine the champion and reserve champion (one run determination, not average on 2).
The champion will win $100,000 and the reserve champion will win $25,000. In the case that the champion came from the "not" top-10, they will place themselves in a pot for their share of the $1,000,000.

Qualifier Dates

  • November 15, 2013
          Fort Worth, TX
            Will Rogers Coliseum
  • December 27, 2013
          Scottsdale, AZ
            Westworld Equestrian Center
  • January 7, 2014
          Odessa, TX
           Arena TBD
  • January 10, 2014
          Waco, TX
            Heart of Texas Coliseum
  • February 14, 2014
           Bryan, TX  
           Brazos County Expo Center

Rules

All USTRC rules apply.(May be viewed upon request)
No age or gender requirement.
A team may not qualify twice. An individual contestant may qualify for the Semi-Finals twice, but must be with a different partner. If an individual qualifies twice for THE AMERICAN, he/she must choose a partner from their two qualifications, however; his/her partner with the team he/she does not choose to compete in THE AMERICAN with has the right to choose an alternative partner.
Team roping teams will be invited as a team. If a top 10 team chooses to decline their invitation, they will not be allowed to rope at the qualifiers with anyone else. Top 10 teams are not allowed to go to qualifiers.
If an event has under 50 teams, THE AMERICAN committee may limit the number of qualification spots given at that particular event to 5.
All contestants must wear "rodeo attire" at every AMERICAN event (Qualifier, Semi-Finals, and THE AMERICAN).
Any further rules that are not addressed will be resolved by the decision of THE AMERICAN committee and USTRC.
Every contestant must pay the entry fee at each particular event before they can enter THE AMERICAN side-pot
THE AMERICAN has final say.




All dates and information are subject to change

 



Bull Riding

Rules

All PBR Rules apply (available upon request).
If a contestant declines a top 10 invitation, they are ineligible to compete in THE AMERICAN side-pot.
All contestants must wear "rodeo attire" at every AMERICAN event (Qualifier, Semi-Finals, THE AMERICAN).
Any further rules that are not addressed will be resolved by the decision of THE AMERICAN committee.
Every qualifying event winner qualifies directly to THE AMERICAN. If the qualifying event winner was not in THE AMERICAN side- pot, the highest placing AMERICAN side-pot contestant will receive the qualifying position.
THE AMERICAN committee has final say.
Every contestant must pay the entry fee at each particular event before they can enter THE AMERICAN side-pot.
Tie – breaker for the number one spot at a qualifying event will be decided by a ride off. (This does not effect payouts)
If a contestant receives a qualification spot to THE AMERICAN and later ends in the "top 10" in the PBR World Standings, the first man out of the World Standings ( #11) will receive the qualification spot.
If an alternate is to be used due to an injury, the highest ranked contestant in PBR World Standings that doesn't have a qualification spot will be chosen.




All dates and information are subject to change



Steer Wrestling

Rules

Event producer rules apply (available upon request).
If an event has under 50 entries, THE AMERICAN committee may limit the number of qualification spots given at that particular event to 5.
No age or gender requirements.
If a contestant declines a top 10 invitation, they are ineligible to compete in THE AMERICAN side-pot.
All contestants must wear "rodeo attire" at every AMERICAN event (Qualifier, Semi-Finals, THE AMERICAN).
Any further rules that are not addressed will be resolved by the decision of THE AMERICAN committee.
THE AMERICAN management has final decison.
Every contestant must pay the entry fee at each particular event before they can enter THE AMERICAN side-pot.
In the case of a tie for the final qualifying spot, there will be a "run - off."
Times will go to the hundredths to prevent as many ties as possible.
The "Top 10" are allowed to enter THE AMERICAN qualifying events until after December 15.
If a contestant receives a qualification spot to the Semi-Finals at Mesquite, TX and later ends up in the "Top 10," the first man out from the side-pot within the particular qualifiying event will receive the open position.




All dates and information are subject to change

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