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PRCA | The American

 The American - FAQ Part 2

March 2-3, 2019
AT&T Stadium
Arlington, Texas
http://www.americanrodeo.com/

FAQ updated 10/11/2018

Exactly how does the qualifier system work?

  • How many qualifiers will there be, and where?
  • Will the number of qualifiers advancing from the various rodeos be the same? Will the advancement be based on points, money won, placing?

There would be five qualifying PRCA rodeos to obtain a total of 20 spots in each one of the seven PRCA events at the American Semi Finals. We are currently soliciting: (number of spots available in parentheses)

  • Billings, Mont. (3)
  • San Francisco, Calif. (3)
  • Denver, Colo. (Tentative) (5)
  • Rapid City, S.D. (4)
  • San Angelo, Texas (5)

Each contestant can voluntarily elect to select any or all five rodeos to be used as a qualifier. They would be required to pay $100 at the time of entry for the rodeo to be considered a qualifier. If at the first rodeo, say Billings, a contestant finishes in the top three spots of their event and paid the $100 nomination fee they would be qualified and required to pay the additional $400 of the semi-finals entry fee. Each contestant that qualifies, regardless of the number of rodeos, shall pay a total of $500. Keep in mind it will be the top three who elected to nominate the rodeo, so if the winner of the rodeo did not do so, then the qualifying positions would go to the number two through number four placed contestants.

What is the system by which competitors will qualify? Who is eligible to win the million dollars?
The top 10 ranked competitors in the PRCA World Standings will be in the field at The American, with the exception of bull riding. Bull riding will include the top 3 in the PRCA world standings and the top 3 in the Professional Bull Riders standings, in addition to cowboys from the PRCA Xtreme Bulls standings, additional cowboys from the PRCA world standings and others from RFD qualifying events. Just as in the past, the competitors who are qualified to win the $1 million prize pool will be those who come up through the qualifying system.

How does the money flow?
The contestants who nominate the rodeo will be invoiced by the PRCA and the $100 will be collected by the PRCA.

Does money won at The American count toward the PRCA world standings?
Yes, it does count. The PRCA has yet to determine how the dollars won at The American will be converted and applied to championship points in the PRCA | RAM World Standings. The points will convert in a way that will make The American significant, as are the PRCA’s other biggest rodeos, when it comes to the world standings and qualifying for the 2019 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

**UPDATE**
First place will be allowed to count $50,000 toward world standings. All other places will count in full.

Are permit holders and card members both eligible to enter the qualifier?
Yes.

Because the American will be PRCA sanctioned, does that mean ONLY PRCA members are going to be competing?
The American will continue to offer their qualifiers through similar entities as they have in the past. This would be such groups as Better Barrel Racing, Ultimate Calf Roping, USTRC, etc., however it will be less expensive to the contestant to qualify through the PRCA rodeos than the other entities. If they advance to The American from the Semi-Finals they must have a PRCA membership. Any who do not would be required to purchase a permit.

How and why were the 5 qualifier rodeos selected? What criteria were used to make the determination to invite these selected rodeos?
The time of year, the geographic location and the number of contestants allowed to enter and compete.

What are the dates of the 2019 American going to be? And is the prize money the same?
The American will take place March 2-3 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The prize money is going to be increased by $355,000, to a total of approximately $2.3 million.

Why is The American moving to a two-day event?
To allow those who emerge from the qualifiers a chance to compete at AT&T Stadium. March 2 will be qualifier day, while March 3 will be the day of the finals. A lot of rodeo fans will be traveling to Arlington that weekend, and it allows them to see two days of premium rodeo, instead of just one.

How many spots can someone have in the American Semifinals through PRCA qualifiers?
One.

If someone who obtains a spot in the American Semifinals through a PRCA qualifying event ends up getting an automatic qualification to the American, will the next available qualifier from that qualifying event, who nominated, take that spot?
Yes.

Does money won at the American count for PRCA world standings points, regardless of how they qualified (PRCA or another sanctioning body)?
Money only counts for PRCA World Standings points if a competitor qualifies through a PRCA qualifier.

**UPDATE**
No matter how you make it to the semi’s, if you get to the American and win money it will count as long as you are a PRCA member.

What rules will be used at the semifinals and The American? Sanctioning body or PRCA?
The same rules that have been used at previous American events.

What is the outline to advance to The American?

outline-to-advance

 

**Additional Information**

If a contestant decides to unofficial a qualifying rodeo does it still count as a qualifier?
Yes.

Will the money won at the semi-finals count for PRCA world standings?
No.

When is the deadline to buy a PRCA permit after qualifying for the American?
End of business on Friday, March 1st.

Can someone qualify at an outside event in addition to a PRCA qualifier?
Yes. A maximum of two qualifications will be accepted. (One PRCA and one outside)

 The American - FAQ Part 1

March 2-3, 2019
AT&T Stadium
Arlington, Texas
http://www.americanrodeo.com/

Please see questions and answers below regarding the PRCA sanctioning of The American

Why did the PRCA and RFD decide to work together? 

This is a unique opportunity for the PRCA to partner with RFD on this iconic event. In our efforts to grow the sport and create new opportunities for our membership, The American has all the ingredients to be another landmark PRCA event. The American is a well-established brand and is heavily promoted on RFD and other channels, and the format it offers drives fan engagement. Giving our members the opportunity to not only compete at The American but compete at the highest level, with substantial prize money, is an important step as we provide additional opportunities for our membership.

How did this agreement become a reality?

The leadership teams for both organizations, the PRCA and RFD, made it a priority to have their teams get together and work out the details for The American to be sanctioned by the PRCA.

What are the mutual benefits that the two companies offer each other in this agreement?

This agreement offers more opportunity for PRCA membership, and it ensures that the PRCA’s top cowboys will compete at The American. By incorporating the results of The American into the PRCA | RAM World Standings, and using a grassroots qualifying system, this is a terrific event which pits the weekend warrior cowboy against the top competitors in the world.

What are the dates of the 2019 American going to be? And is the prize money the same?

The American will take place March 2-3 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The prize money is going to be increased by $355,000, to a total of approximately $2.3 million.

What is the system by which competitors will qualify? Who is eligible to win the million dollars?

The top 10 ranked competitors in the PRCA World Standings will be in the field at The American, with the exception of bull riding. Bull riding will include the top 3 in the PRCA world standings and the top 3 in the Professional Bull Riders standings, in addition to cowboys from the PRCA Xtreme Bulls standings, additional cowboys from the PRCA world standings and others from RFD qualifying events. The remaining American qualifiers will emerge through various PRCA rodeos. The top 10 qualifiers advance to the first day of The American (March 2). Other qualifiers will come from the USTRC No. 9 roping, the Ultimate Calf Ropers, the Better Barrel Racers and various other entities. Not all qualifying events will be in conjunction with PRCA rodeos. Just as in the past, the competitors who are qualified to win the $1 million prize pool will be those who come up through the qualifying system.

Does money won at The American count toward the PRCA world standings? 

Yes, it does count. The PRCA has yet to determine how the dollars won at The American will be converted and applied to championship points in the PRCA | RAM World Standings. The points will convert in a way that will make The American significant, as are the PRCA’s other biggest rodeos, when it comes to the world standings and qualifying for the 2019 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Where will The American be televised? 

The American will be televised live on RFD-TV and will also be available on ProRodeoTV.com.

Why is The American moving to a two-day event?

To allow those who emerge from the qualifiers a chance to compete at AT&T Stadium. March 2 will be qualifier day, while March 3 will be the day of the finals. A lot of rodeo fans will be traveling to Arlington that weekend, and it allows them to see two days of premium rodeo, instead of just one. 

 
 
 
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