The first round of Agility Advisory committee recommendations have been approved by AKC’s Board of Directors and slated to be implemented January 1, 2014.
The complete list of approved changes may be found posted here:
Any questions regarding these changes should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Agility Advisory Changes Approved – Effective Jan 1, 2014
AKC’s Online Entry System Gets a Facelift
- New user interface gives an updated look & feel while offering more intuitive navigation through the entry process.
- The new multi-level sort helps you find agility events faster and easier.
- Updated messages throughout the application provide immediate feedback and help guide you to the best solution if a problem exists.
- Updated entry form allows you to notify the Trial Secretary if your dog needs to be measured
- Privileges to manage events/entries now granted immediately upon processing of the event application
- New link to Online Entry management eliminates the need to go through the Online Plans application to adjust your Online Entry limits
- New Entry Management tool allows you to turn off the Online Entry System so no additional entries will be accepted – even if there’s a cancellation.
- Automatic notification if your any of your Online Entry System events have accepted entries or cancellations (emails sent once per day for events with activity).
- Trial Secretary’s contact information is now included on exhibitors’ Entry Confirmations.
- New report available listing any dogs whose owner checked “Needs to be measured” on the Online Entry Form.
The AKC Agility Department is reviewing the breakaway tire regulation that requires that the tire stay open once it has been broken apart. After discussion with AKC Field Staff and the Agility Advisory Committee, effective September 3nd the tire will not be required to stay open once it has been broken open during this additional 6 month review period ending on March 3, 2014. All other aspects of the breakaway tire design and the judging of the breakaway tire will remain the same.
Effective September 4, 2013, clubs holding AKC agility trials must use a break-away tire in place of the standard tire jump. There will be a six month period (September 4, 2013- March 3, 2014) during which time the tire may stay apart upon being broken open or the tire may be allowed to automatically reset. The tire will be judged if it is broken open as an “F” which will result in a non-qualifying score “NQ”.
Judges and clubs please review the revised information on how to properly test the break point of the tire listed which is listed below.
Change to the Regulations are as follows for the next 6 months:
Chapter 3, Section 12. Tire Jump.
The Tire Jump consists of a tire (or a circular object that resembles a tire) suspended from a rectangular frame. The tire is constructed of two 180 degree segments that are connected at the top to allow for independent movement of each segment. The connection must be adjustable to allow for calibration/testing at the trial site by the Judge of record for the class. The setting for the connection is 16-20 pounds of horizontal force with 18 pounds preferred. The setting will be confirmed by using a calibrated scale (in foot pounds) attached to a tire side mounting point. With one side secured to the frame, the opposite side is pulled using the scale until the segments pull apart. When the tire is broken open it must stay open and not automatically reset. The inner diameter of the tire is 24 inches plus or minus an inch, and the wall is 3 to 8 inches thick. The tire must be connected to the frame at 3 points. There must be at least 7 inches between the outside of the tire and the sides of the frame, and the frame must be tall enough to accommodate the tire at the seven different jump heights, as specified for the Bar Jump. The uprights of the frame shall be secured to the base and the base must be weighted or secured properly to the running surface. The jump height is measured from the ground to the bottom of the tire opening. The tire shall not be displaceable off the frame. The tire shall have a minimum depth of 2 inches and must be made of flexible material, such as rubber or plastic to allow some give if hit by the dog.
In order to properly calibrate the tire, one side of the tire has to be firmly secured to the frame. Replace the bungee or elastic strap with a non-elastic strap (a dog leash would do in a hurry). After one side of the tire has been secured, use the provided fish scale to gently pull the segments apart.
Once you are satisfied that the tire meets the required 16-20 lbs. requirement, secure the tire to the frame with the provided strap or elastic band. Leave them loose enough as to not apply any additional pressure on the tire.
Judges will still be required to be in the proper position to see that the tire has been broken apart. You must physically see the tire come apart and not rely on any sound to justify a fault. Pleased refer to the JG diagram 3.3.3 (page 89) for the proper judging position of the tire.
To help clarify the confusion from an Event Committee Bulletin published earlier in the week:
Effective 1/1/14 –
The application fee for Rally with over 30 entries at last year’s corresponding event was reduced from $100 to $50.
The application fee for Rally, Obedience and Agility with 30 or less entries at last year’s corresponding event was increased from zero to $25.
The application fee for Obedience and Agility with over 30 entries at last year’s corresponding event remains unchanged – $100 for agility and $50 for obedience.
Here is a list of who passed at the New Judge’s seminar in Salt Lake City, Utah last weekend, hosted by the Greater Salt Lake Dog Training Club:
AKC 2013 New Judge’s Seminar – new judges
|Bishop, Christine||Roscoe, ILemail@example.com|
|Brane, Brian||Pittsboro, NCfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Defilippi, John||Stephens City, VAemail@example.com|
|Duckworth, Lauren||Leeds, ALfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Everline, Theresa (Terri)||Flowery Branch, GAemail@example.com|
|Gillice, Laura||Centennial, COfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Johnson, Pamela G||Ridley, MDemail@example.com|
|Kuterbach, Laura D||DuBois, PAfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mazur, Tracy||Draper, UTemail@example.com|
|Pennington, Wendy||Long Beach, CAfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Schnulle, Rebecca||College Park, GAemail@example.com|
The Trial Secretary report filled out after each trial weekend has been replaced by a PDF fillable-form. In addition, math functions have been added so once you type in the # of total runs at closing, # of withdrawn entries, and # of first runs, the form will calculate the remaining fields and provide a total of recording fees due.
Chapter 2, Section 5 of the Regulations For Agility Trials states:
After the age of two (2), the owner of a dog is allowed a one-time request to make use of the challenge measurement process over the dog’s lifetime. This challenge measurement process consists of a minimum of two (2) challenge measurements. If both challenge measurements place the dog into the same jump height class, then AKC will issue a new permanent card. If only one of the two challenge measurements places the dog in a different jump height class, then a third challenge measurement is required to determine the dog’s jump height class.
Until such time that the dog has received all required challenge measurements, the dog must continue to compete at the “original” jump height. When the second (or third) measurement is completed in the Challenge Measurement Process and the new shoulder height is different from the Permanent Jump Height Card previously issued, the new shoulder height becomes effective immediately.
A clarification of the time frame for accepting a change in jump height after the closing of entries is necessary. Per the Regulations above, a dog must continue to complete at the “original” jump height until such time that all of the required challenge measurements are received, after which the new shoulder height becomes effective immediately.
The challenge measurement process requires the dog to be measured a minimum of two times, three if the first two measurements do not place the dog into the same jump height class. As such, when an exhibitor is requesting after the close of entries that a jump height be changed from that submitted on the entry form, the exhibitor must produce copies of all challenge measurement forms to the Trial Secretary as proof that the final, required measurement (second or third measurement) occurred ON or AFTER the closing date of the trial.
If true, then the Trial Secretary shall honor the exhibitor’s request and change the entered jump height. The exhibitor must perform this notification prior to the start of judging during the first morning of the trial weekend.
If the final challenge measurement occurred BEFORE the closing date, then no change in jump height may be made. The exhibitor had time to notify the Trial Secretary before the closing date, hence the Rules Applying To Dog Show ruling regarding no changes to the entry after closing (except move-ups) applies.
To all AKC Agility Trial Secretaries:
I would like to take the chance to highlight a couple of changes approved by the AKC Board of Directors that may benefit your club.
Effective September 1, 2013 – Change to 100 mile Regulation
Clubs may have an agility trial within 100 miles of another agility trial if it is approved by the club who held the date first. This approval will be done in conjunction with Event Operations at the time of application and has to be renewed annually. The Regulations for Agility Trials have been changed as shown below:
Chapter 1, Section 2. Agility Trials Defined. Agility trials may not be held closer than 100 miles in distance on the same day except a club or association may be licensed to hold an agility trial within 100 miles of another club or association which has established its licensed trial on the same date only if in each instance it obtains the written permission of the club or association with the established date and submits the written permission along with its trial application. However, there may not be two all-breed agility trials on the same day at the same location.
Effective June 1, 2013 – Rally Trials are now a separate event
Clubs may now hold Rally Trials without regard to the number of Obedience Trials they are also holding. Rally is now considered a separate AKC event and is not tied to any other AKC event. If a club is licensed for Obedience they may now hold up to 12 Rally Trials per year. Any clubs not currently licensed for Obedience but who would like to offer Rally events will be required to successfully hold a minimum of one sanctioned rally A Match. For more information please contact the Obedience, Rally & Tracking Department at Rally@akc.org. The Regulations for Rally have been changed as shown below:
Chapter 1, Section 1. Application to Hold a Rally Trial. Clubs meeting the AKC requirements that wish to hold a rally trial must apply on the form provided by the AKC and submit the appropriate application fee. A rally trial is a separate event with a separate event number. The event application and fee must be submitted at least 18 weeks before the closing date for entries to the event. The trial may be held as a separate event or in conjunction with another event. Clubs may hold no more than 12 Rally trials per calendar year.
Thank you for all you do to support the American Kennel Club.
Director of Agility
Chapter 1, Section 13, of the Regulations for Agility Trials states:
Entry Limits. A trial-giving club may impose a numerical limit on entries in any or all trial classes. If entry limits are used, AKC recommends that a “total entry limit” be used, stating a total number of runs allowed per judge and for the entire trial. Individual judging limits shall be 330 dogs maximum per day without regard to class level or type (Standard, JWW, T2B, FAST or Non-Regular classes). If entries are limited, the numerical limitation(s) must be stated on the cover of the premium list.
Chapter 1, Section 18 further states:
Event Limit Options, Judge Assignment Changes and Load Balancing Entries. The maximum number of dogs assigned to any judge in one day shall not exceed 330, except as described in Chapter 1, Section 20.
If a club elects, it may place limits on a judge and/or a club may place limits on a single class or set of classes in the premium list. If a limit is placed on a single class or set of classes, no entries may be accepted beyond this established limit. If a limit is placed on a judge, the club must continue to accept entries and any additional dogs beyond the judge’s limit shall be assigned to another judge.
At no time may a Limited or Random Draw trial exceed its overall event limit. The premium list must state the overall event limit. If any other limits are established for the judge(s) or class(es), those limits must also be stated in the premium list.
All judges’ class assignments must be approved by the American Kennel Club. Once judging class assignments have been approved by the American Kennel Club, any change to assignments for any reason must also be approved by the American Kennel Club prior to publication.
Stating “Entries limited to 330 runs per judge, per day” is a regulation, not a limit imposed by the club, hence does not need to be included in your premium list.
AKC’s recommended method of limiting entries is by “total entry limit”. In doing so, your premium list should simply state the total number of entries per day being taken. For example, for a two ring, two judge trial, your premium cover might state “Limited to 660 runs per day”. Being “total entry” you would then take entries regardless of class entered or judge counts until you reach the total entry limit of 660 runs, at which time the trial day would be “full”.
Using the “total entry limit” method a club may NOT limit taking entries by class or judge count. In other words, if during a 660 total entry limit trial you have received 330 runs for Judge A you may not stop taking entries.
Immediately AFTER closing, determine by judge counts if any judge is over the regulated 330 runs for that trial day. Do not take into account anticipated absences, move ups, or possible additional entries after closing from the wait list. Use the total on hand at closing time. If any are over 330, you MUST immediately contact AKC’s Event Operations (John Brading, firstname.lastname@example.org) with your proposed load balancing solution to put all judges back within the 330 limit. Your post-close confirmation letter MUST NOT be sent out until John Brading’s department has responded and a solution has been approved.
IF you wish to avoid load balancing, then you must establish entry limits by class or set of classes (Ch 1, Sec 18). For example, your premium cover might state:
- Combination of all FAST classes and all JWW classes will be limited to 330 entries per day.
- Combination of all Standard classes and all T2B will be limited to 330 entries per day.
Using the “entry limits by class” method, you would monitor run counts for each combination of classes listed and once that limit is reached, your trial would be “full” for that combination of classes.
Please note that Ch 1, Sec 18 states you may not use this selective method if limiting by judge.
One additional point – if your club wishes to just utilize the regulated 330/judge limit (hence 330 runs for a 1 judge trial; 660 runs for a 2 judge trial, etc), your must still state a limit on the Trial Application form. Event Operations will not assume what limit you wish to impose. In some instances, a club may wish to impose a limit higher than the number of judges initially hired in hopes they’ll be hiring an additional judge if their entries exceed expectations. For example, a club may impose a 660 limit on a 1 judge trial, knowing they will need to hire a 2nd judge if their entries exceed 330 runs.
ALL correspondence that is sent out to the exhibitors must also be sent to the judge(s) of record. Judges must be kept informed of all information communicated out to the exhibitors so that everyone is on the same page come trial weekend.