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Crossfire Penalty


Riders at Bryce Rodeo, Bryce, Utah, USA
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Definition: This penalty is used in the team roping event of rodeo.

In the team roping event, the heeler can only throw his loop after the steer changes direction (basically after the header turns the steer). If the heeler throws the loop too early a crossfire penalty can be called by the judges.

A devastating 30 seconds is added to the time of the run.

The crossfire penalty exists to make the team roping event more difficult and to prevent both ropers from throwing their loops almost simultaneously.
Garrett Tonozzi and Brady Minor were called for a crossfire penalty in round 4 of the NFR.
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