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VRQ Division and Points Enhancement for DY

VRQ Division and Points Enhancement for DY

DY athletes will now be eligible to earn more VRQ points at events with bigger payouts. WCRA will be enhancing how VRQ nominations and points are awarded for DY to be similar to the open level of competition with five (5) nomination and points division levels. Age-restricted (youth) events (rodeos and jackpots) will now be ranked based objective data to break them down into five divisions. Total payout is the greatest weighing factor that places each event into each division.

WCRA DY 2023 Talking Points

WCRA DY Qualifier Series (QS) Events

Select age-restricted (youth) events (rodeos and jackpots) hosted by WCRA and/or an approved event producer will be designated as a WCRA DY Qualifier Series event.

Winning a DY Qualifier Series event is paramount for the athlete.

  1. The highest placing nominated athlete at a DY Qualifier Series event earns a generic qualification to the 2023 World Championship event regardless of Segment DY23 leaderboard position
  2. Athletes may earn one (1) generic qualification. If an athlete is the highest nominated athlete at more than one QS event, we will drop down to the next highest placed nominated athlete to award the generic qualification at those events.

Each Qualifier Series event will also feature VRQ Expanded Points in any/all paid rounds of competition

  1. The Expanded Points feature provides opportunities for more athletes to earn valuable DY23 leaderboard points.
  2. Expanded points format events will award VRQ points beyond the final paid position in a round or aggregate up to 20 positions, in paid rounds of competition. Athletes must have recorded a qualified time in a round of competition to earn VRQ points.

Athlete must voluntarily nominate the Qualifier Series event to be eligible to earn a generic

qualification to the 2023 World Championship event.

  1. Qualifier Series events will be a minimum of DY2 in the VRQ.

DY23 Qualifier Series events can be found at: https://dy.rodeo/events/

Tiered DY Leaderboard

WCRA will implement a tiered leaderboard system for DY beginning with the 2023 season. Athletes 13-19 years of age are eligible to nominate events toward the DY leaderboards. Maximum and minimum ages are based on the athletes age on the first day of the world championship event (estimated date July 25, 2023).

  1. Junior Classification – 19U (19 years of age to 13 years of age)
  2. Youth Classification – 13-15 (athletes 13 years of age up to 15 years of age). If an athlete between the ages of 13-15 prefers to participate in the Junior Division, they may opt-out of the Youth Division.
  3. Athletes may only participate in one DY leaderboard at a time.
  4. Athletes are not required to participate in the DY23 leaderboard to be eligible to enter the Cinch World Championship Junior Rodeo. Athletes 19 and under may enter as Open Athletes once event entries open prior to the event.

With the separation of athlete competition at WCRA events, Junior & Youth athletes participating in the DY leaderboards will now be eligible to simultaneously participate in the WCRA TCR / WRWC open leaderboards.

  1. Open Disciplines – Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Steer Wrestling: Must be a minimum of 15 years of age to nominate and must be 16 years of age to enter and compete at the event.
  2. Open Disciplines – Bull Riding: Must be a minimum of 18 years of age to nominate, enter and compete at the event per PBR membership rules.

WCJR Events

19U Junior Classification Disciplines:

  • Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Bull Riding, Steer Wrestling, Tie Down Roping, Team Roping-Header, Team Roping-Heeler, Ladies Breakaway Roping, Ladies Barrel Racing, Ladies Poles Bending, Ladies Goat Tying
  • BB, SB, BR, SW – Must be a minimum of 15 years of age to nominate and must be 16 years of age to enter and compete at the 2023 WCJR event.

13-15 Youth Classification Disciplines:

  • Tie Down Roping, Team Roping-Header, Team Roping-Heeler, Ladies Breakaway Roping, Ladies Barrel Racing, Ladies Poles Bending, Ladies Goat Tying

WCRA DY Disciplines Eligible for Nominations

5 added disciplines will be included for DY23 nominations.

  1. Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Bull Riding, Ladies Poles Bending, & Ladies Goat Tying

19U Junior Classification Disciplines:

  1. Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Bull Riding, Steer Wrestling, Tie Down Roping, Team Roping-Header, Team Roping-Heeler, Ladies Breakaway Roping, Ladies Barrel Racing, Ladies Poles Bending, Ladies Goat Tying
  2. BB, SB, BR, SW – Must be a minimum of 15 years of age to nominate and must be 16 years of age to enter and compete at the 2023 WCJR event.

13-15 Youth Classification Disciplines:

  1. Tie Down Roping, Team Roping-Header, Team Roping-Heeler, Ladies Breakaway Roping, Ladies Barrel Racing, Ladies Poles Bending, Ladies Goat Tying

WCRA DY23 Nomination Dates

  • Nominations for Segment DY23 open on Monday, May 2, 2022
  • Nominations for Segment DY23 close on Sunday, June 25, 2023
  • (tentative closing date based on estimated event dates)

Youth World Champion Bonuses

  • WCRA DY Men’s All Around World Champion – $2,000 bonus
  • WCRA DY Ladies All Around World Champion – $2,000 bonus
  • WCRA DY World Champions per discipline – $1,000 bonus
  • WCJR Men’s All-Around Champion – $2,500 in bonus money (2 places paid)
  • WCJR Ladies All Around Champion – $2,500 in bonus money (2 places paid)

Junior World Champion Bonuses

  • WCRA DY Men’s All Around World Champion – $4,000 bonus
  • WCRA DY Ladies All Around World Champion – $4,000 bonus
  • WCRA DY World Champions per discipline – $2,000 bonus
  • Jr. Ironman side pot – $5,000 in bonus money (6 places paid)
  • WCJR Men’s All Around Champion – $2,500 in bonus money (2 places paid)
  • WCJR Ladies All Around Champion – $2,500 in bonus money (2 places paid)

DY World Champion and WCJR Bonus Payout

  • WCRA DY World Champions will be crowned in all disciplines and the All Around (Cowboy & Cowgirl) from both the 19U Junior Leaderboard and the 13-15 Youth Leaderboard. World Championship cumulative points will accrue through the entire segment (May 2, 2022 – June 25, 2023) and extend through select rounds of competition during the world championship event.
  • WCJR Champions All Around Champions (Men’s and Ladies) will be crowned in the 19U Junior and the 13-15 Youth classes
  • Athletes must have a minimum of fifteen (15) VRQ points on the DY23 leaderboard to be eligible to earn a World Championship.
  • Maximum of 11,300 World Points are available in each discipline during the WCJR event.
  • Junior All Around Cowboy eligible disciplines – Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Bull Riding, Steer Wrestling, Tie Down Roping, Team Roping-Header, Team Roping-Heeler.
  • Youth 13-15 All Around Cowboy eligible disciplines – Tie Down Roping, Team Roping – Header, Team Roping –Heeler.
  • Junior and Youth All Around Cowgirl (both 19U and 13-15) eligible disciplines – Team Roping-Header, Team Roping- Heeler, Ladies Breakaway Roping, Ladies Barrel Racing, Ladies Poles Bending, Ladies Goat Tying
  • Jr. Ironman Side Pot mandatory disciplines – Steer Wrestling, Tie Down Roping, Team Roping-Header, Team Roping-Heeler (must enter and participate in all 4 disciplines). Top 5 advance to Jr. Ironman
  • Championship held during the CINCH Timed Event Championship in March 2024.

Jr Ironman Sidepot Details

The Cinch WCJR will also serve as a Jr. Ironman qualifier with the top five advancing to Jr. Ironman Championship held during the CINCH Timed Event Championship in March 2024. The Jr. Ironman Side Pot will have $5,000 added money with the mandatory disciplines: Steer Wrestling, Tie-Down Roping, Team Roping-Header, Team Roping-Heeler (must enter and participate in all four disciplines).