Rules and Regulations

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Measuring

Measuring – If you are a UKI member who has been measured at UKI trials you do not need a further measurement. If you have not been measured and you have a permanent height card with an actual measurement from another organization, please scan a copy & email to laura@ukagility.com or bring with you to check-in (time TBA but will be Wednesday afternoon/early evening). Measuring will be with the official WAO measure which is very precisely measured in mm. Measuring times to be announced. Please note: All dogs trying out for the WAO team USA must have an official WAO measurement.  If you have been measured at a prior WAO tryout or have been measured at a prior WAO event, you do not need to be re-measured. Dogs trying out for WAO 600 do not need measuring.

Jump Heights

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NOTICE TO COMPETITORS – Please Read

UK Agility International Rules and Regulations apply to the whole event and all people and dogs must comply with these at all times.  As a competitor it is your responsibility to be aware of the rules and regulations as they stand at the time of the show.  This show will run under the latest UK Agility International rules except where stated in the premium.

All dogs and handlers must enter through UK Agility International in order to compete, but do not have to become a paid member. If you or your dog is not already registered, create an account online through the UKI web site www.ukagilityinternational.com. Any results obtained under the Try Before You Buy membership are void if membership is not paid within 7 business days of the competition.

Competitors through submission of entry acknowledge that they are knowledgeable of UK Agility International Rules and Regulations including but not limited to the following rules regarding entry:

Dogs under 18 calendar months of age on the day of the show are not eligible to compete in UK Agility International trials, with the exception of dogs over 15 calendar months of age eligible to compete in Speedstakes.

Entries without fees paid in full will be returned. Separate entry forms must be completed by each competitor and must be signed by the competitor or guardian if the competitor is a minor. Entering online constitutes a signed entry form.

A dog shall be withdrawn from competition if it is: Suffering from any infectious or contagious diseases, interfering with the safety of any person or other animal, likely to cause suffering to the dog if it continues competing. A partial refund may be returned for the above reasons if accompanied by documented proof from a veterinarian. Partial refund will be given of 75% of the entry fees minus $50. This refund must be requested to laura@ukagility.com, with documentation, by 12 PM EST Monday 9 November 2016. Sorry but no refunds will be given after this time.

It is expressly understood that competitors alone are responsible for the behavior of their dogs, children and guests. Any competitor whose dogs, children, or guests create unnecessary disturbances or repeatedly engage in unsafe or disruptive behavior, may at the discretion of the show management, be asked to remove the offending dogs, children, guests from the event grounds. No refunds of fees will be made in such a case.

No competitor shall impugn the decision of the judges, UKI officials or show managers.

No person shall carry out punitive correction or harsh handling of a dog at any time within the boundaries of the show.

Should a judge be unable to fulfill the appointment to judge, the show management reserves the right to appoint another judge. Should circumstances so dictate the show manager, in consultation with the judges, may alter arrangements as necessary. Such changes and the circumstances surrounding them must be reported to UK Agility International. In the event of abandonment of the show through circumstances beyond our control, the show management may defray such expenses from the entry fee to cover the cost of the show preparation. These accounts will then be made public.

All dogs are entered at this show at their owner’s risk and while every care will be taken, the show management and/or UKI will not accept responsibility for loss, damage or injury however caused to dogs, persons or property while at the show.

All competitors MUST clean up after their dogs at all times. Failure to do so will result in competitors being asked to leave the show.

Returned checks do not constitute a valid entry. There will be a $30.00 service charge for returned checks. Payment of entry fees and service charges shall be made before a competitor may compete. Any unpaid fees or shortfalls to a UK Agility International account must be paid prior to the start of the event.  Any fees not received within 30 days of notice shall be reported to UK Agility International.  UK Agility International will suspend a dog’s/handler’s registration until fees are paid in full.

Media Rights Release: Through the entry into this event, all competitors grant to UKI and its affiliated companies, representatives, agents and assigns, all rights and permission to use or appropriate his/her and their dog’s name, biography, likeness, photograph, voice, performing persona, or other indicia of identity for broadcast, telecast, cablecast, transmission or distribution in any format or media known now or in the future. Further, I hereby release UKI and its affiliates, representatives, agents and assigns from any claim or cause of action for invasion of the rights of privacy, right of publicity, right of personality, or any similar right.

Rules of Conduct: UKI promotes dog agility pursuant to regulations consistent with international standards as a competitive, spectator sport. All competitors, officials, and event personnel shall conduct themselves in a professional and sportsmanlike manner consistent with the foregoing statement of purpose and seek to uphold, and enhance where possible, the image of the sport and UKI through such conduct and actions.

Each competitor acknowledges through their entry to the UKI US Open that their participation in the event is a privilege and not a right. By virtue of their entry in the event, competitors acknowledge and agree to comply with all UKI rules and regulations, and agree to accept any sanctions that may be imposed for failure to comply. The judge has sole responsibility for determining when it is appropriate to excuse a dog and competitor from the ring based on matters related to competitor misconduct. The UKI head officials have sole responsibility for determining when an infraction should result in expulsion of a competitor, manager, or other team official from the event and/or from future events.

The following is a partial list of infractions on which the judge or UKI officials may take action:

  • Abuse of a dog on the grounds
  • Actions that may have the appearance of abuse of a dog
  • Willful misconduct or interference with a competitor’s right to show
  • Any acts of poor sportsmanship
  • Violation of procedural rules (for example: smoking in the ring, etc.)
  • Compulsive, correctional training on the grounds
  • Willful misrepresentation on entry forms
  • Willful misrepresentation of animals
  • Dog aggression
  • Failure to exercise diligence in the control of the behavior of their dog.
  • Intimidation and/or impolite confrontation of judges, event officials, event helpers, or other competitors
  • Creating excessive delays as a failure to respect the authority of event officials

Refund Policy Entries will not be accepted, changed or altered after the closing date. There will be no refunds for entries withdrawn nor in the event a dog and/or handler is dismissed from the competition, regardless of the reason for dismissal providing this was within accordance of UK Agility International rules and regulations.  A full refund is available for any membership that is not older than 14 days from the creation of the account date. A full refund is available before the closing date or capping level is met for any show. There will be no cost if refund money is to be left in your UK Agility International account.  If money is to be returned then the following administration costs will be incurred: 1) If payment was received by check or money order then a $6 administration fee will be incurred; 2) If payment was received by credit card a 4% charge of the refund will be assessed, per transaction; 3) If payment was received from a Pay Pal account, a 5% charge of the refund will be assessed, per transaction. Once the event has closed refunds of any kind for any reason will not be available.

Running Orders: It is the competitor’s responsibility to be available for their class and running order. All runs for this event will be in strict running order. Failure to run in the order assigned will result in elimination. However, a “conflict”’ policy will be in effect at this event and is detailed below in the rules.  Every attempt will be made for handlers with multiple dogs for running orders of the first round (all unseeded rounds) to have several dogs between each of their dogs. All seeded rounds will follow the Running Order policy described below in the Schedule and Running Orders Section of the rules, without exception. It is the handler’s understanding with multiple dogs that they are entering a competition that does require strict running order and no advantage will be given to these handlers over handlers with only one dog.

Bitches in season may compete at the event. A mat must be used on the start line provided by the show management. You must notify the event management at check-in if your dog is in season or as soon as this happens during the event.  Competitors must note this on check-in board if running orders have already been produced. As to not to give BIS an advantage, they will continue to run at their assigned run order placement. This allowance is in concurrence with the WAO and UKI rules.

Any extraordinary circumstances within the event including competition rules will be decided, ruled or determined by UKI, managers and judges.

All Judges’ decisions are final. Absolutely no video review or video challenge is permitted. Please be sure you understand the Rules of Conduct explained above.

 

General Competition Rules
  • This event is open to all dogs and handlers irrespective of their level in UKI and their organization affiliation.
  • There is no pre-qualification necessary to enter classes, with the exception of the Masters Series Final.
  • Dogs and handlers do not need to be UKI members, but a UKI account must be created to enter the event. This must be created online at ukagilityinternational.com and then you will need to pay by check for your US Open entry.
  • Dogs may only compete in one height throughout the whole event.
  • Handlers who have earned a bye into Round 2 of the UKI Nationals and/or qualified for the Masters Series Final at a local UKI event, must be the same dog and handler partnerships that compete in these events at the U.S. Open and must run in the height that the Q’s and Bye’s were gained at.
  • Classes will be run in strict running order. Running orders will be randomly drawn for the first round of each class.
  • Classes will be run under UKI rules and regulations with additional rules detailed below. Any further amendments will be posted on the UKI web page and stated in the event confirmation letter.
  • UKI reserves the right to rule at the event on anything not covered in these rules.
  • No results from this event will go towards the qualifying for next year’s event.

 

            Jumping Warm Up

  • Entry open to ALL dogs.
  • Consists of a set Jumping course that will not be judged.
  • Competitors may run the course or use the Maximum Course Time (to be announced) to run NFC. (UKI NFC rules apply)
  • Running order will not be strict.

 

            Agility Biathlon Sponsored by HititBoard.com

  • Entry open to ALL dogs. Separate competition for each jump height with no pre qualification necessary.
  • Consists of a Jumping round and an Agility round with the results combined.
  • Running order for Agility will be in reverse order of Jumping results.
  • Cumulative scoring; least faults wins with time as tie breaker only, in all aspects of the Biathlon.
  • In the event of a tie for the Agility Biathlon Champion, the scores from the Agility round will determine the winner. If there is still a tie, the dogs will compete in a run-off on the Agility course.
  • Eliminations in the Jumping round will not progress to the Agility round.
  • Eliminations in the Agility round will not be placed in the Agility Biathlon.
  • A no-show in either class will result in disqualification from the Agility Biathlon, including prizes and awards and further runs in this class.

 

            Open Power & Speed Sponsored by Ultimate Agility

  • Open to ALL dogs. Separate competition for all jump heights with no pre qualification necessary.
  • A Power and Speed class.  Titling with points awarded to your current level.
  • Least faults wins with time used as a tie-breaker.
  • In the event of a tie a run-off will be required.

 

            Speedstakes Challenge Sponsored by 4 Legged Flix

  • Entry open to ALL dogs with no prequalification necessary.
  • Separate competition for each jump height.
  • Consists of 2 Speedstakes rounds with the results combined.
  • Running order for round 2 will be in reverse order of round 1 result.
  • Cumulative scoring; least faults wins with time as the tie breaker only.
  • In the event of a tie for the Speedstakes Challenge, the scores from round 2 will determine the winner. If there is still a tie, the dogs will compete in a run-off on the round 2 course.
  • Eliminations in round 1 will not progress to round 2.
  • Eliminations in round 2 will not be placed in the Speedstakes Challenge.
  • A no-show in either class will result in disqualification from the Speedstakes Challenge, including prizes and awards and further runs in this class.

 Games Challenge Sponsored by Advanced Canine Rehabilitation Center

  • Entry open to ALL dogs
  • Separate competition for each jump height.
  • Consists of a Snooker round and a Gamblers round with the results combined.
  • Running order for Gamblers will run in reverse order of Snooker results.
  • Cumulative scoring; highest number of points wins with time as tie breaker only.
  • In the event of a tie for the Games Challenge Champion, the scores from the Gamblers round will determine the winner. If there is still a tie, the dogs will compete in a run-off on the Gamblers course.
  • Eliminations (dogs not stopping the timers by going over the finish jump) will score 0 points with SCT as the course time.
  • A no-show in either class will result in disqualification from the Games Challenge, including prizes and awards and further runs in this class.
  • The top 50% of the Snooker initial entry or top 10 in each height, whichever is higher, will progress to the Gamblers round providing MINIMUM score of 20 is achieved (eliminations will not move forward).

Masters Series Last Chance Heat Sponsored by 1-TDC

  • Entry open to ALL dogs regardless if the dog has already qualified for the Final. Separate competition for each jump height with no pre qualification necessary.
  • Consists of an Agility round and a Jumping round with results combined.
  • Running order for both classes will be in random order for this event.
  • Cumulative scoring; dog with the lowest score wins.
  • Faults converted into seconds (5 faults = 5 seconds) and time faults treated the same as course faults but converted on a 1:1 ratio.
  • Winners in each height of the Agility round and the Jumping round qualify for the Masters Series Final.
  • 1st & 2nd place overall qualify for the Masters Series Final.
  • In the event of a tie for the combined results, the result from the Agility round will be the deciding factor. If there is still a tie, the dogs will compete in a run-off on the Agility course.
  • Eliminations will result in 100 faults with SCT time as the time.
  • Dogs that score double elimination will not be placed.
  • A no-show in either class will result in disqualification from the Last Chance Heat, including prizes and awards and further runs in this class.
  • If a handler qualifies for the Final who has not yet qualified throughout the year, they will need to pay the Masters final fee at the Open to run in the Final.

 Masters Series Final Sponsored by 1-TDC

  • All handler and dog partnerships must pre-qualify in a local Masters Heat from around the country during Oct 3, 2015 through Oct 2, 2016 with the exception of the Last Chance Heat held at the USA Open
  • Pre qualification can be gained at local heats by winning the individual  Masters Series Agility & Jumping classes and/or coming 1st & 2nd Overall without an E in either class unless a win occurred in the non E class.
  • Separate competition for each jump height.
  • Consists of an Agility round and a Jumping round with results combined.
  • Running order for both classes will be in random order for this event.
  • Cumulative scoring; dog with the lowest score wins.
  • Faults converted into seconds:  5 faults = 3 seconds (note this is different than the heats). Time faults treated as course faults but converted on a 1:1 ratio.
  • In the event of a tie the result from the Agility round will be the deciding factor. If there is still a tie, the dogs will compete in a run-off on the Agility course.
  • Eliminations will result in 100 faults with SCT as the time.
  • Dogs that score double elimination will not be placed.
  • A no-show in either class will result in disqualification from Masters Series Final, including prizes and awards and further runs in this class.

UKI National Championship Sponsored by Clean Run

  • Entry open to ALL dogs with no pre qualification necessary to enter Rd 1.
  • Separate competition for each jump height.
  • Consists of a Rd 1, Rd 2 (semifinal), and Final. Rd 1 will be a Jumping class. Rd 2 and the Final will be an Agility class.
  • Each round is a separate competition (scores not cumulative).
  • In each round the dog with the least faults will be deemed the winner with time used as a tie breaker.
  • Rd 2 Bye earned throughout the year at local UKI trials: To earn an automatic bye into Rd 2, dog and handler partnerships must have earned Five (5) Agility clear rounds and Five (5) Jumping clear rounds & two (1 jumping & 1 agility) of these results must be obtained on the same day. Two (2) Games class qualifying scores (Snooker, Gamblers, Snakes & Ladders, Power & Speed) and Two (2) Speedstakes clear rounds. Clear rounds have no time or course faults and can be obtained from current level dog is working at, including Masters Heat classes (not available for Nursery). Automatic Rd 2 Byes enter the event directly at Rd 2 and will not run in Rd 1.
  • Progressing to Rd 2: The top 50% of the Rd 1 entry (this does not include the Rd2 Byes in this calculation) or top 10 in each height, whichever is higher, will progress to Rd 2 (eliminations will not move forward).
  • In the event of a tie for a progression place from round 1, a run-off will be required.
  • Running orders for Round 2 will be random draw.
  • Eliminations will result in 100 faults with a SCT as the course time.
  • Progressing to Finals: The top 8 from Round 2 in each height will qualify for the Final (eliminations will not move forward).
  • Running orders for the Final will be reverse order of round 2 results, in the event of a tie for the top 8 placements from round 2, a run-off will be required.
  • A no-show in any round will result in disqualification from the UKI National Championship, including prizes and awards.
  • Any extraordinary circumstances to be ruled by UKI.
  • AUTO RD 2 BYES – YOU MUST ENTER THE UKI NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP CLASS and also tick the Rd 2 Bye class

            

Clean Run Challenger Round

  • Entry open to dogs that had entered the Agility Biathlon and UKI National Championships and did not progress through to the SUNDAY Finals: Biathlon – Agility, and the UKI National Championship Final. (If you are in one of these Finals, this class is not available to you)
  • Separate competition for each jump height.
  • Consists of an Agility class that is a one-off round with scores from previous rounds irrelevant.
  • Least faults wins with time used as a tie-breaker.
  • In the event of a tie a runoff will be required.
  • The winner qualifies to run in the UKI National Championship Final. They will run first in the Final (eliminations will not move forward).
  • Any extraordinary circumstances to be ruled by UKI.
Managing Conflicts

Managing Conflicts for Handlers with Multiple Dogs in Non Seeded Classes

In the initial classes of each event (non-seeded runs) a random draw will produce the running order. Handlers with more than one dog will have their running orders altered to achieve the following:

A gap of 10 dogs (9 dogs between their runs) will be created by moving the first-drawn dog earlier in the running order.  If this does not achieve a 10-dog gap then the second-drawn dog will be moved down in the running order.

If there are not enough dogs in the class to achieve the 10-dog gap the biggest gap possible will be created.  If this gap does not achieve the minimum 10 dog gap, then a break of 6 minutes will be given.  The 6-minute countdown will start as the handler’s first dog crosses the finish line; the handler must enter the ring with their second dog before the countdown is complete.

Handlers with more than 2 dogs will have their dogs split using the 10-dog gap rule. If there are not enough dogs to achieve this, the dogs will be split evenly through the running order and the 6-minute rule will be adhered to. If a handler has dogs in different height divisions, and the 10 dog gap can not be achieved, the 6 minutes will run through while the jump heights are being changed.

Handlers must notify us before 6 pm Wednesday November 16 of any potential clashes.

 

Multiple dog conflicts in Seeded classes:

In the seeded classes a handler has earned their running order and the advantage this brings; therefore, their dogs will not be automatically moved to create a gap. Instead, they will be given 6-minute break between dogs.  However, a handler may choose to move their first dog to a spot earlier in the running order to create a gap of 10 dogs (9 dogs between their runs).  If this is unable to be achieved, the 6-minute rule will be used.

A handler must notify the results office within 30 minutes of the results being posted of the previous class in that particular event if they wish to move their running order for the next round. Failure to do so will mean they will be given a 6-minute break.

 By entering more than one dog in this event, handlers indicate their acceptance to comply with these rules.