Team roping rules

  1.    There will be two timers and a flagger. ( The flagger will drop the flag whenever a steer escapes from the arena. In case a flagger flags out a team that legally has two loops remaining, that team will get a rerun)
  2. Each team is allowed two loops. Roping a steer without letting go of your loop is a no time.
  3. The Header & Heeler will start behind the head gate with a barrier.
  4. Time will be taken when the steer is roped, both horses facing the steer in a resonable straight line, with ropes dallied & tight. Steer must be standing when roped by the head or heels, with horses, rider and steer clear of ropes.
  5. The length of the score shall be set by the stock contractor.
  6. When automatic barrier is used, neck ropes must be tied with string properly or an electric eye used. A 5 second penalty will be added for a broken barrier.
  7. A broken horn on natural horned cattle, will be considered a no time. A broken rope will be considered a no time. A dropped rope will be considered a no time.
  8. A steer belongs to a contestant when he/ she calls for it regardless of what happens; except in cases of mechanical failure or if the steer escapes the arena. If the steer escapes the arena, flag will be dropped and watches stopped. Contestants will get their steer back with a lap & tap start, and time already spent, will be added on to the time used to qualify. if the rope is on the steer, roper will get a lap & tap start with the rope on the steers horns or neck in chute. Any roper who loses their rope on an object in the arena, receives a no time.
  9. Steers or roping cattle must not be handled roughly at any time. In the event of unnecessary roughness to the animal, the roper will be disqualified.
  10. If the heeler ropes a front foot or feet in the heel loop, this is a foul catch. Neither team roper is allowed to remove rope from the front feet by hand. However, should the front foot come out of a heel loop by the time the flagger drops the flag, time will then be counted. An automatic no time will be given if the rope is taken off by hand.
  11. LEGAL  CATCHES:   Both horns, half a head, around the neck. Any heel catch behind the shoulder is legal, if the rope goes up the heels. One hind foot is a 5 second penalty. Two feet is straight across. All others are illegal.
  12. Flagman will immediately flag out a roper as soon as any leg is picked up in any type of head catch.
  13. If roper dismounts, he or she will be flaged out.
  14. There is a 25 second time limit on a run.
  15. A Crossfire is illegal. The steers hind feet must change direction before it is roped by the heeler.
  16. In the event a contestant is injured in the first go round, the partners may get their entry fees returned or choose another eligible partner.
  17. If a plastic head comes off a steer, the team will get a new steer at the end of the round.
  18. Steers may be cut from the herd at anytime , at the discrection of the contractor or directors.
  19. The Executive shall have the power and authority to fine, suspend and cancel any member for non-payment of NSF cheques or any other breach of rules in the Association.The roper has 30 days to pay a NSF cheque or before they may rope at the next roping. If the roper issues a second NSF cheque, their fees must then be paid in cash.
  20. Any member who conducts themselves detrimental to the sport of Team Roping, shall be subject to a fine or suspension at the discretion of the Directors.
  21. APPROVAL OF ROPINGS:  To approve a roping you must phone the Secretary for dates, then the Secretary checks with a director for final approval. Results should be sent to the Secretary within 7 days.  Approval Fee are $20.