Posted on May 1, 2016




2.1 WSTR Roping Finale Formats  - The WSTR finale will be a four head average with three full go-rounds, and a short round. The top 10% teams in each of the rotations will advance to the short round. In addition to those forty teams, the fastest FOUR teams who miss the cut will also advance. Every team who makes the short round will be guaranteed a check. The short round will determine which check each team receives.


2.2 CONSOLATION - Teams who miss a steer, break a barrier or rope a leg, don’t be discouraged you still will have a chance. The Four-Steer Consolation is pretty unique and here is how it works. After the third round, each team will fit one of these scenarios with the potential to advance:

1)      The team roped well enough to be one of the 44 teams who advance to the Four-Steer Short Round in the main arena.

2)      The team missed at least one steer in either of the arenas.

3)      The team roped all three steers but missed the aggregate cut.

The unlucky teams, who fit scenario 2 or 3, are now hoping to get a shot at the Cons Mulligan Round.  To even things up, some teams (not all) who roped three steers but missed the cut in the Four-Steer Aggregate will have their slowest time of their three steers eliminated. Joining these teams in the Cons Mulligan Round will be teams who missed at least one of their steers in the first three rounds. The top twenty teams from these two scenarios will start the Cons Mulligan Round with their two best times immediately following the third round. So basically everyone eligible for the Consolation Mulligan Round will have run three steers that ultimately produced two good times.

As mentioned above, there is a catch here, to get into the Consolation Mulligan Round you have to make the “CUT” in your rotation. After the third steer is roped in each rotation of the Consolation, the Finale staff will identify the fastest 20 teams on two head to advance to the Cons Mulligan Round in each rotation from all these various categories. These top twenty teams from each rotation will rope another steer called the “Consolation Mulligan Round.” The fastest five teams within each rotation will receive consolation checks (at-large teams will be eligible to rope in the cons mulligan round, however, if they later make the main short-go, they will not be eligible for consolation payout).

2.3 GO ROUNDS - A fast time check is paid in each rotation. Only teams who are not advancing to the short round are eligible for fast time rotation checks. Because all 44 teams progressing to the average are guaranteed a check, there is no fast time paid in the short round.

2.4 FINALE ENTRIES - There are several ways to “ENTER” the World Series of Team Roping Finale. Ropers may qualify at a qualification roping, by winning $5,000 as a team and entering within 30 days of their win. Legacy ropers are the grandfathered-in ropers who directly entered the first year of World Series of Team Roping (2006). Legacy ropers have priority and are eligible for the discounted entry provided they meet the postmark deadline of May 31st.  , Their priority entries ends on May 31.  If there are direct entry positions left they are awarded on a first come basis. Direct entries are members who directly mail in an entry to replace qualified and Legacy teams who fail to fully complete their entry, (TBA or one side unpaid) or to replace draw out teams. These entries are date stamped as they arrive, and replace teams based on the priority of that date stamp. WSTR Members, USTRC members, CTRA members entering with legacies or as a direct entry MUST HAVE COMPETED AT A WSTR QUALIFIER sometime during the roping season or at the prior WSTR Finale. There will be no draw out fee up to one week prior to the event.  Drawouts occurring within one week of the event, unless for medical reasons for the roper or animal as certified, will be accessed at $250 drawout fee.e


2.5 ACCUMULATED EARNINGS  – Are entries from earnings a roper acquires as a result of placing at qualification ropings. Earnings are tabulated by request only and ropers may be asked to provide proof of winnings in some instances. To be eligible for accumulated earnings the roper must be a World Series Member in good standing at the time of the win. Accumulated earnings are another way for a WSTR member to win a guaranteed spot to the Las Vegas Finale.  The Accumulated Earnings benefit is available to WSTR members only who attend qualification events, win money, but not enough to count toward a full qualification spot. Earnings are counted during the roping season anytime after a WSTR membership is purchased. The earnings can be accumulated and applied to a generic discounted entry if received by September 30th.  To take advantage of the discounted entry fee of $2000 an individual must accumulate winnings of $2500 individually or $5000 as a team to get the discount.   This can be done with both partners adding their winnings together or if a roper has enough on his/her own ($2500), they can invite another roper who would pay the standard entry fee (assuming the invited roper has attended at least one qualification event during the season).  New this year, Special Fees Event winnings that do not earn a roper a direct qualification spot also count. Here are a couple of ways qualification entries can be applied as accumulated entries: 1.) A roper is already entered in the Finale and qualifies in that same division again, the qualification goes to the roper who is not entered, however, the roper already entered can apply those earnings to accumulated earnings.  2.) A team is already entered in the Finale and the same team qualifies in the same division again.   If they don’t choose to move up and rope together in a higher division, each can use their winnings as accumulated earnings. (Please note if a roper’s misses his/her qualification entry deadline those winnings do not count toward accumulated earnings.)

2.6 DEADLINES -Books open for Legacy teams immediately following the December Finale in Vegas and close on May 30th each year. Other direct entries are accepted following the December Finale and are date stamped.  Books open for general public on June 1st (FIRST COME BASIS) regardless of Legacy status. The roping is closed when allocations are full, or October 15th, whichever comes first. All scheduled qualifiers will be honored and anyone who qualifies and meets the entry deadlines is guaranteed entry. All partial paid entries and incomplete entries must be completed by October 15th.  Incomplete entries will be refunded after October 15th.

2.7  QUALIFYING FOR SHORT ROUNDS BY ROTATIONS.- Qualification by rotation is a tool that WSTR has used for many years to prevent each of the large Finales from becoming super-fast mega ropings. The top eight fastest teams in each rotation will advance to the aggregate short round. Which basically means a team is only roping against roughly 90-100 teams for a shot at the big money. Qualifying for a Finale short round with guaranteed payback is actually easier in this situation than at any WS qualification roping with more than 100 teams and much easier than our larger qualifiers in Texas and Arizona. The qualifiers during the year pay on a 5% formula.   The Finales pay upwards toward a 10% formula. The odds of winning at the Finales are vastly improved as a result of these two features.

At-Large Teams” are another added feature of qualification by rotation.  To prevent any team from claiming that, by chance, their rotation had faster qualifying times than other rotations, four “at-large” teams advance to the short round of each Finale. These “at-large” teams are the four fastest times on three steers from the entire roping that did NOT advance from their rotation.  This feature eliminates the claims of imbalance of faster teams or cattle.

Any team in contention for an At-Large Spot will still have their longest time dropped and rope in the Cons Mulligan Round.  If their at-large time doesn’t hold and they catch in the Cons Mulligan Round they will be eligible for the cons payout if their time is in contention.  This provision is in place so that no team is ”at-large” team can double dip.  At-large teams are in an excellent position as they may be in the running for the main average on their original three steers, but if not, may be competing for the Cons mulligan round in their rotation in the event their at-large time doesn’t hold.

2.8  FINALE PAYOFFS – Typically a total of 44 teams are guaranteed checks in the short-go.  This occurs if eight teams from each rotation advance (with the majority of ropings having five rotations),  resulting in 40 teams to each short round, and an additional four “at-large” teams who make it for a total of 44 teams. All 44 short round teams are guaranteed a check. The math might be different depending on the number of rotations, however the number of at-large teams will remain at four. Consolation payoffs are paid by the rotation. Payoffs are calculated backward at WSTR. The total payoff is calculated, then rotation fast times are subtracted, consolation payoff is subtracted, aggregate flat payoff 31st to 44th are subtracted, aggregate flat payoff 21st to 30th are subtracted, staggered aggregate payoff 11th to 20th are subtracted, then the balance of the pot goes to the aggregate 1st thru 10th. The percentages for the final 10 places are paid on the same percentage scale as the qualification ropings.

2.9  FINALE RERUNS – In addition to the Flagger, the WSTR will have a additional Field Judge stationed in the arena or arena area reviewing every run. The Flagger will make the call and in the meantime the Field Judge(s) is looking for anything out of the ordinary, borderline calls, or potential objection.  The Flagger may call for a rerun, or the Flagger and/or the Field officials may call for a video replay of the run. If the Flagger or a Field official requests instant replay, a Replay Official will analyze the video and make the final determination on the run. That decision is final. No explanations are owed to a contestant, and the Replay Official will offer none.

WSTR’s position is that if none of the three people observing the run detect anything out of the ordinary, no rerun will be afforded. Ropers will be notified if they receive a rerun. Contestants in many cases are recording their own videos, nevertheless, the official HD video and angle provided from the arena to the Replay Official will be the only recording(s) used by the Replay Official to make final determination. Publicly arguing (includes social media) the matter beyond the final decision may be grounds for disqualification from the current division, future divisions or future events.

Just as at qualifiers Flaggers and field judges will be instructed to give the benefit of the doubt to ropers in any 50-50 “ability to compete” review. The money rounds (short rounds, consolation round) will be held to a much stricter standard, and are not 50-50 situations. In those situations there must be absolutely NO-DOUBT to the flagger or judge that the team did NOT have a fair ability to compete before a rerun will be awarded.  Reviews for cross fires must be absolutely conclusive that a call is wrong before it may be over turned. In the case of any cross fire occurring in any round, any 50/50 call will stay with the flagger.

There is some belief that because of the amount of money at stake, ropers should be afforded more discretion. However, our belief is that higher stakes should only afford a higher degree of review.  In all instances the underlying standard in granting reruns will be based on “the ability to compete” on the animal drawn (in the opinion of Field Judges). The Farm Tek break out barrier will be used to determine any question concerning excessive steer speed. Bad starts and slow horses require longer ropes, not more consideration.

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