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Frequently Asked Questions: Players
(last revised: 5/5/06)

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This FAQ describes what you should expect as a player from a typical Turboshred competition. Keep in mind that all Turboshred competitions are a little different.

What is Turboshred?
How do you play Turboshred?
I'm a beginner. Can I still play Turboshred?
How many players jam at once?
How long will I play?
What music will we jam to?
What is judged?
What does my score mean?
Do you drop the highest and lowest scores from judges?
What's a possession?
What's the shot clock?
What happens if I'm in a jam and I get a bad throw?
What happens if it's not a bad throw, but just a little off and I want a rethrow?
How do I signal that I want the disc?
What if a player won't take turns and hogs every throw?
What if I can't throw good z's for clock or counter?
What if I'm tired?
Can I do co-ops with other players?
Can I use the z-machine for my throws?
How many discs can I use?
How are the groups seeded?
Will there be play-by-play?
How do I put my articles, photos or video onto the Turboshred site?


What is Turboshred?
Turboshred is an experimental freestyle flying disc competition that encourages aggressive, big move play.

How do you play Turboshred?
You are grouped with a few other players for a jam. You play for 6-8 minutes. Judges score you on your individual performance. At the end of the eight minute jam, the players scoring the highest advance. Those scoring the lowest are either eliminated or go to the consolation brackets.

I'm a beginner. Can I still play Turboshred?
Absolutely! If you are not doing the nail delay or other advanced tricks, just change the rules around so it's fun at your skill level. For instance, you could play for a shorter amount of time. You could give everyone a certain number of good throws to come up with their big moves. You could count a different number of tricks. Turboshred is about pulling off the most difficult moves you can. Set up your Turboshred competition so your friends can all have a chance to hit their biggest stuff.

How many players jam at once?
Usually four.

How long will I play?
90 seconds to 2 minutes for each player in the group. A standard jam of four people would play for 6-8 minutes.

What music will we jam to?
The tournament director will decide, but we recommend that each player gets to suggest one song and that songs are then randomly chosen from the suggestions. We recommend that at least two songs will be played during the eight minute jam.

What is judged?
Difficulty. That's all. How hard is each consecutive sequence? If you break consecutivity, a new sequence begins. Players can accumulate multiple scores per posession, but they should not disrupt the flow of the jam with re-revs. Judges will consider whether the attempted move is completed.

What does my score mean?
Each time a player finishes a consecutve sequence, he/she gets a score from 1-100 from each judge. Each player's score is the total of their best two moves in the jam. To arrive at the score, each judge submits their top two scores. Those scores are totaled and divided by the number of judges.

Do you drop the highest and lowest scores from judges?
No, the scores are averaged.

What's a posession?
Every time a freestyler gets the disc is called a posession. A posession starts with the player's first move or contact with the disc. A posession ends either when the disc is caught, dropped or when the shot clock expires.

What's the shot clock?
Every freestyler in a group needs to have an equal chance to shred, so there is a time limit on each disc posession. The shot clock starts on the player's first move or contact with the disc and ends 30 seconds later. If the shot clock expires, the head judge can call off the player's combo, and the player throws to the next competitor.

What happens if I'm in a jam and I get a bad throw?
If you get a substandard throw or a wild throw, you can request a rethrow. There is no penalty to the thrower for the first bad throw, but the thrower's score is penalized 5 point for each subsequent bad throw.

What happens if it's not a bad throw, but just a little off and I want a rethrow?
Each player gets one rethrow no questions asked in each round. For instance, if you want to do a restricted take in, and the first throw isn't where you want it, you can pick any thrower to give you a second shot at the move.

How do I signal that I want the disc?
Hold your hand up when the current player finishes their combo. The thrower picks who goes next. Make sure the thrower knows what kind of throw you want.
What if a player won't take turns and hogs every throw?
They can't. A player can't have another posession until everyone else has as many posessions as them.

What if I can't throw good z's for clock or counter?
If you can't give a good throw to the next player in the jam, you can ask another player to throw the disc. No player, however, should be imposed upon to throw too often.

What if I'm tired?
You can skip your turn, but you don't get that posession back.

Can I do co-ops with other players?
Of course! Co-ops are a huge part of jamming. A player may use his posession for co-oping. The posession counts against that player's tally of posessions. He/she can invite whoever he/she wants from the jam group. The judges will score each consecutive co-op sequence according to what each player does.

Players have found that co-oping in turboshred doesn't help their scores.

Can I use the z-machine for my throws?
It is not recommended. Unless you hear from the tournament director that it is allowed, assume you will not be able to use it.

How many discs can I use?
One

How are the groups seeded?
Generally, the world rankings and the FPA Competition Manual are used for seeding.
Will there be play-by-play?
Assume that there will be play-by-play announcements and learn not to get distracted by it. Practicing play-by-play announcing is recommended so the sport has many qualified announcers for the most public Turboshred competitions.

How do I put my articles, photos or video onto the Turboshred site?
The Turboshred site is a resource about the Turboshred format. The best place for Turboshred news, results, videos and photos is Shrednow. Any registered member can submit articles and photos there.

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