2019 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - World Champions Rodeo Alliance

Q: WHAT IS THE WCRA?

A: World Champions Rodeo Alliance (WCRA) is a professional sport and entertainment entity, created to develop and advance the sport of rodeo by aligning all levels of competition. In association with Professional Bull Riders (PBR), WCRA produces major rodeo events, developing additional opportunities for the rodeo industry, athletes, stock contractors, stakeholders and fans.

  • WCRA is an entity developed to advance opportunities for rodeo athletes and the sport of rodeo.
  • WCRA is complementary and non-competitive to rodeos, rodeo organizations or others in the industry.
  • WCRA is creating incremental earning opportunities for rodeo athletes through the development of new, large format, large payout rodeo events.
  • WCRA and Professional Bull Riders, Inc. have entered into a definitive agreement through which WCRA gets access to and support from the largest western sports and lifestyle organization.

WCRA is NOT: 

A sanctioning body or a membership driven organization. WCRA maintains a neutral position toward any/all rodeo organizations. Nor does WCRA crown a year-end champion. Attempting to develop the rules of competition nor govern the sport

CONTACTS

[email protected] Do you have an event you would like to have added to the WCRA Virtual Rodeo Qualifier (VRQ)? Submit the event flyer to [email protected] 24 hours prior to the event start time. No flyer? No problem, just submit the following information:

  • Name of event:
  • Date of event:
  • Arena where the event is being held:
  • City, State:
  • Start time of event:
  • Where results may be found:
  • Additional information about event

[email protected] Athlete support with nominations, points, specific VRQ questions, etc.

Note: if you have any issues attempting to nominate an event in the VRQ, be sure to screenshot what the error is in the VRQ and email us an explanation of the issue you are having. Our team will respond as soon as possible to help you through the problem.

[email protected] – submit any results for events that an athlete has nominated

[email protected] – general questions about the WCRA

Facebook: WCRA Rodeo

Instagram: WCRA Rodeo

VIRTUAL RODEO QUALIFIER (VRQ)

Q: HOW DO I JOIN WCRA?

A: To participate in the WCRA, an athlete needs to register as a user in the WCRA Virtual Rodeo Qualifier (VRQ). No membership dues or fees required. Register HERE;  An athlete must be over the age of 13 years old to have an online account with WCRA.

Q: HOW DO I DOWNLOAD THE APP?

A: The app is available through your web browser at app.wcrarodeo.com. It is a mobile formatted webpage, not a native app and therefore not available in the app store. Learn how to add it to your homescreen in seconds HERE

Q: HOW LONG IS THE WCRA SEASON?

A: WCRA divides the calendar year into segments. In most cases each segment consists of a Semi-Finals and Major. Points accumulate during each segment and have a deadline where points cut off. The points reset at the start of each new segment, with the exception of points that users have accumulated for nominating future segments. The deadline for point cut offs are as follows:

  • Segment 4 – 12/1/19
  • Segment 5 – 4/12/20
  • Segment 6 – 6/28/20
  • Segment 7 – 8/16/20

Click HERE to view the upcoming WCRA events.

NOMINATIONS

Q: HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO NOMINATE?

A:

  • Division 1 – $200/nomination
  • Division 2 – $150/nomination
  • Division 3 – $100/nomination
  • Division 4 – $50/nomination

A transaction fee of $9.99/nomination applies.

Q: DO I NEED TO NOMINATE EACH DAY OR DOES ONE NOMINATION COVER THE WHOLE RODEO/EVENT/ BARREL RACE?

A: There are two different classifications of rodeos in the WCRA system that requires a different amount of nominations.

  1. The first is a “standard format”, where the competition lasts over several days and may have several go rounds, a finals and an average. Standard formats only require one nomination for the entirety of the event.
  2. The second is a multiple entry jackpot format. This is an event that requires multiple entry fees and each race/roping/etc. has its own payout and concludes at the end of each round. These multiple entry jackpot formats require a nomination per race/roping/round/etc.

Note: For an event that has multiple divisions to enter, nominations are required for each division. For example, at a barrelrace that has an Open, a Futurity, a Maturity and a Stallion Stakes Race, all four divisions would require a separate nomination. And, at a jackpot that has an Open and an American Side Pot, both divisions would require a separate nomination. If you are ever unsure if your nomination covers the competition you are competing at, please email [email protected] for confirmation.  

 

Q: IF ONE PERSON NOMINATES THE RODEO, DOES THAT MEAN EVERYONE IS NOMINATED OR DOES EVERYONE HAVE TO NOMINATE THEMSELVES?

A: Nominations are associated with each individual athlete. So, if 50 athletes are competing at the rodeo, all 50 athletes should nominate the event to be eligible to earn WCRA points. In the Team Roping, a header and heeler must nominate themselves separately.

Q: IF I ATTEND AN EVENT, AND I AM THE ONLY PERSON AT THE EVENT THAT MAKES A WCRA VRQ NOMINATION, WILL I RECEIVE POINTS FOR FIRST PLACE? OR DOES EVERYONE AT THE EVENT RECEIVE POINTS SINCE I NOMINATED THE EVENT?

A: Nominations are associated with each individual athlete and points are given to that athlete based on the place that they earned. That athlete would not receive the highest awarded points from that event just because they are the only athlete that nominated.

Q: Does WCRA offer refunds for my nominations?

A: The only instance where WCRA will issue a refund for a nomination is if the event that was nominated was cancelled or the athlete can provide a vet release or doctor release to prove they were not able to compete. If you ever have a request for a refund, email[email protected] immediately after you are unable to compete at a nominated event.

Q: How can I get a coupon code from the WCRA?

A: WCRA uses coupon codes for the following reasons:

  1. To track nominations from different field representatives
  2. In place of refunds for cancelled events or vet/doctor releases
  3. Promotional, discount codes when coordinated with producers/organizations

If you are interested in seeing what current list of coupon codes are eligible, email [email protected]

Weekly Bonus Payout

The athlete with the most competition points in the WCRA virtual rodeo qualifier (VRQ) each week wins the weekly bonus. All athletes that have nominated an event in the WCRA VRQ are eligible to win the weekly bonus.

The athlete with the most competition points in the WCRA virtual rodeo qualifier (VRQ) each week wins the weekly bonus:

  • D1 – $500
  • D2 – $400
  • D3 – $250
  • D4 – $200 

Click HERE for more info

POINTS SCALE

Q: HOW DO I EARN POINTS?

A: An athlete must nominate an event they are competing at prior to the posted start time of the competition. WCRA has over 23,000 events in our database, but if you cannot find the event you are competing at, you are able to add the event into the WCRA Database by submitting the information to [email protected] Eligible rodeos or single discipline events must be an OPEN event per the sanctioning body or event producers ground rules.  The results must be verifiable and public results (i.e.  online or local newspaper). Once you pay your nomination fee, if you place in a paid position at the event, WCRA will input the results into its system, and your points will be applied during the weekly leaderboard update.

Q: HOW MANY POINTS CAN I GET PER NOMINATION?

A: There are three categories of points an athlete can earn – Competition Points, Consolation Points, or Nomination Points.  Only one category of points will be applied to the athlete based on their final position in the event results.

Note: Consolation points are given at alliance events only, nomination points are given at non-alliance events only.

  • Competition Points– Points earned for placing in up to 10 paid positions per the WCRA point system.
  • Consolation Points– Points earned at alliance events for nominations that do not result in earning competition points
  • Nomination Points– Points that are awarded when no competition points, nor consolation points are earned or awarded.

Visit HERE to see how point accreditation works.

Q: IF A RODEO PAYS 40 PLACES IN ONE GO ROUND, DO ALL 40 PLACES EARN POINTS? IS THIS THE SAME FOR ALL DISCIPLINES?

A: Points are awarded in each go round up to the top 10 paid positions. This applies to all nine rodeo disciplines. Click HERE to view the point chart.

Q: DO I GET POINTS ONLY IN THE 1D OR IF I WIN MONEY AT ALL? (BARREL RACER POINTS)

A: In the barrel racing, the top 10 placing paid positions are given WCRA points. For example, in a 4D race, if 10 places are paid in each D, then the 10 placing positions in the 1D will receive WCRA points. If 5 places are paid in a 4D, then the top 5 in the 1D and the top 5 in the 2D will receive WCRA points.

Q: HOW MANY POINTS DO I NEED TO COMPETE AT THE WCRA SEMI-FINALS OR MAJOR EVENTS?

A: The number of points needed to advance to a Semi-Finals event will vary per the number of athletes nominating events.  Your position on the WCRA Leaderboard dictates your position in the Semi-Finals event format.

For example (SEGMENT 4 FORMAT):

First place on the Leaderboard at end of Segment will automatically advance to the Segment Major.  They will have the option to compete in the Segment Semi-Finals.

TIMED EVENTS:

1st place on the Leaderboard at the end of the Segment will qualify directly into the $1MM Major

1st-8th place on the Leaderboard at the end of the Segment will qualify into the final round of the Semi-Finals event and also have their entries fees waived for the event.

9th – 16th place on the Leaderboard at the end of the Segment will qualify into the progressive round of the Semi-Finals event and also have their entries fees waived for the event.

17th – 64th place on the Leaderboard at the end of the Segment will qualify into the preliminary round of the Semi-Finals event and will pay a $250.00 entry fee

ROUGH STOCK EVENTS:

Top 24 on the Leaderboard at the end of the Segment will qualify directly into the Lewis Feild Bulls and Broncs event held February 1, 2020 in Salt Lake City, UT.

ALLIANCE EVENTS

Q: WHAT IS AN ALLIANCE ASSOCIATION/RODEO? IS IT BETTER TO NOMINATE THOSE THAN OTHER EVENTS?

A: WCRA has created alliance partnerships with rodeo groups, committees, promoters, and single discipline-related organizations to create opportunities for members of these organizations to earn points beyond the WCRA “Competition Points.”  The benefit of nominating an alliance event is that just by nominating, you are guaranteed to earn points once you have competed. These points are called “Consolation Points.” If an athlete nominates and competes at an alliance event, and does not place in a paid position, they will earn half of the base points for that division.

  • Division 1 – 7.5 consolation points
  • Division 2 – 4.5 consolation points
  • Division 3 – 3 consolation points
  • Division 4 – 1.5 consolation points

RESULTS

Q: AM I RESPONSIBLE FOR SENDING IN RESULTS FOR THE EVENTS THAT I NOMINATE?

A: The WCRA data team updates the leaderboard on Wednesdays of each week. If the team is unable to locate the results by Wednesday, they will contact the athlete and give them 48 hours to submit the results. If an athlete nominates an event but is unable to provide the results within those 48 hours, the nomination will be forfeited and no points will be awarded.

DIVISIONS

Q: HOW DO I KNOW WHAT DIVISION THE EVENT IS IF I HAVE TO ‘ADD EVENT?’

A: Follow this link HERE to see how Division Rankings work –  If the WCRA data entry team is unable to validate the payout to place the event into a Division Ranking, it will default as a Division 4.

Note: If an athlete manually adds an event into the VRQ, it defaults to a Division 2 and the athlete will be charge the nomination fee of $150. If the WCRA events team later reclassifies the event to another Division level, the athlete’s nomination fee will be adjusted to the appropriate amount.

Q: IF I NOMINATE A SINGLE DISCIPLINE JACKPOT, HOW DOES THE WCRA CLASSIFY THE DIVISION SINCE IT DOES NOT HAVE ALL RODEO DISCPLINES AT THE EVENT?

A: For a single discipline jackpot, the total payout will be multiplied by 9 (disciplines) to be placed into its division. This will give athletes competing at the single discipline jackpots the same point earning opportunity as athletes that compete at a rodeo.