Contest format and judges criteria

Flatland and flatland competitions are fun and does not need to follow any rules. Therefore this is more about the format of the DownUnderGround competition. The rules for competition are very minimal.

Competition categories and description

  • Beginner – Riders who are beginners or able to complete simple tricks with not much complex linking ability.
  • Expert – Riders who are able to execute single difficult tricks and/or able to link medium to difficult tricks to form combinations and trick runs.
  • Open – Riders who possess a high level of riding skill, able to execute difficult tricks to form complex or difficult combinations.

Competition format

  • Each competitor has two competition runs.
  • Each competition run is can be up to two minutes in duration.
  • A rider can choose not use all of this time.
  • A rider will not be penalized if they opt out before the two minutes is up.
  • Each competitors contest run is judged by three judges.
  • The scores are added together from the competitors two contest runs.
  • Highest scores win or proceed to finals.
  • Placing points are awarded to each placing for the series year end title.
  • Finals are run in the same way.

Judging criteria

  • Each judge will judge the competing rider out of the three categories below.
    • Difficulty – How difficult and complex the tricks are.
    • Consistency – How consistent the rider is in pulling the tricks within the contest run.
    • Variety – This is left up to the judge’s discretion on what their own interpretation of variety is. This can take into account range of techniques (spinning, turbining, rolling, scuffing, stationary, pumping…) variety and range of tricks, types of tricks, combinations of tricks, front and rear wheel usage, backwards and forwards.
  • Each judge will score each category out of 20 points; the best possible score from one judge per contest run is 60 points.
  • Each competitor will have all three judges scores added together to form that riders contest run score.
  • Both contest run scores are added together to form the riders final score.

Important note – No judges at DUG will ever have to justify their decision to anybody.

Finals format

  • Beginner class has no finals and place getters are determined by an accumulation of points.
  • Expert and Open class have a final consisting of the top 3 to 6 riders depending on the number of riders at each contest.
  • The finals are run in the same format as the qualifying rounds.
  • Finalist get two x 2 minutes runs.
  • Scores are added together with the top point score being the winner of the competition.

DownUnderGround round 2 video submissions

  • The online video contest is open to all riders within Australia. (Even international riders staying in Australia at the time of the contest)
  • The contest in open to riders in Expert and Open classes.
  • The video submitted will need to contain a bmx flatland run similar to what you would unleash at a contest.
  • It must not be edited.
  • The video must contain up to two minutes worth of riding, but no less than 1 minute.
  • You are not judged on the quality of the video.
  • You are judged on the quality of your riding.
  • The video must be clear enough to show your riding.
  • Each rider’s video will be judges by three judges using the same criteria as the normal D.U.G. contest format.
    • Difficulty – How difficult and complex the tricks are.
    • Consistency – How consistent the rider is in pulling the tricks within the contest run.
    • Variety – This is left up to the judge’s discretion on what their own interpretation of variety is. This can take into account range of techniques (spinning, turbining, rolling, scuffing, stationary, pumping…) variety and range of tricks, types of tricks, combinations of tricks, front and rear wheel usage, backwards and forwards.
  • Each judge will score each category out of 20 points; the best possible score from one judge per video run is 60 points.
  • The three judges points are added together to determine the winner and place getters.
  • The riders placing points will be added to the DownUnderGround points tally for the year end results.