Rejoice! Take control of your earned Shoot-Out positions and decide where you want to rope, with whom you want to rope and how you’d like to become a Shoot-Out champion.
Flex Earnings, the exclusive point-earning program of the USTRC, allows you to utilize your earned Shoot-Out positions to the fullest. This new face for qualifying for a USTRC Shoot-Out is roper friendly, allowing the roper the flexibility and freedom to conduct their team roping business in a manner that fits their needs. Flex Earnings allow you to pair your earnings with partners you believe will make you most successful.
The Flex Earnings Program works just like a bank account that you add to as you win, and spend as you wish.
In order to fully understand how the program works, below are the key components of the qualification process; Flex Earnings, Applied Earnings and Available Earnings.
Flex Earnings – Point earnings allocated as a direct result of winning or placing at a sanctioned, grassroots or affiliated USTRC event. Flex Earnings can be used at the roper’s discretion at either the Regional Finals or the National Finals and with a partner of choice. Flex Earnings, which are more like points and not actual cash, do not carry over from season to season and therefore expire at the end of each season.
USTRC will allocate $6,000 in Flex Earnings for a National Shoot Out - $3,000 per partner
USTRC will allocate $2,000 in Flex Earnings for a Regional Shoot Out - $1,000 per partner
Applied Earnings – Actual cash winnings acquired as a result of placing at approved USTRC Sanctioned, Grassroots, and Affiliate events. Applied Earnings can be used at the roper’s discretion either at the Regional Finals or the National Finals or with a partner of choice. Unused Applied Earnings will carry over from season to season.
Available Earnings - The sum of Flex Earnings and Applied Earnings.
Note: USTRC will track Flex Earnings and Applied Earnings separately. However, the sum of the two will be totaled as Available Earnings for each roper to see on their on-line Ropers Results page (see Roper’s Results example opposite).
A National Shoot-Out is valued at $6,000 in Flex Earnings, which means $3,000 (points) will be allocated to each partners account.
A Regional Shoot-Out is valued at $2,000 in Flex Earnings, which means $1,000 (points) will be allocated to each partners account.
All Flex Earnings will be considered “generic,” which means you will have the flexibility to spend your Flex Earnings as you choose (Regional Finals or National Finals), with whom you choose and in any division of your choice. In other words, USTRC doesn’t mandate that you must use your Flex Earnings with the partner you won with nor will you have to use it in the division you won it in. It’s now your choice to invest your Shoot- Out/Flex Earnings as you see fit.
In addition to the above Flex Earnings distribution, participation at any USTRC event qualifies Gold Plus members to receive $3,000 of Flex Earnings and Gold Spur members to receive $1,000 of Flex Earnings.
So, if for some reason you fail to qualify for a Shoot-Out by not placing in the Average at a USTRC event, your membership Flex Earnings guarantee you a Shoot-Out position.
YOU TAKE CONTROL
With USTRC’s Flex Earnings Program
Here’s how you can invest your earnings:
You may use a portion (increments of $100) of Available Earnings (sum of Flex Earnings and Applied Earnings) toward a Shoot-Out qualification. For example, Roper A has $1,400 in Available Earnings and Roper B has $600 in Available Earnings they can combine their $2,000 of Available Earnings to qualify for a Regional Shoot-Out entry. The same holds true for a National Shoot-Out. If Roper A has $3,500 in Available Earnings and Roper B has $2,500 in Available Earnings they can combine their $6,000 of Available Earnings to qualify for a National Shoot-Out entry.
Gold Plus Shoot-Outs fall under the same guidelines. The Flex Earnings may be used to enter a Regional Shoot-Out or National Shoot-Out. Again, it’s your money, spend it as you see fit.
Flex Earnings, not to be confused with Applied Earnings, must be used in the season they were won.
Unused Applied Earnings will continue to be allowed to carry over from season to season. Applied Earnings are acquired as a result of placing at approved Sanctioned or Affiliate events whereas Shoot-Outs/Flex Earnings are not awarded.
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