Importance of correct SCTs by Day

John Brading in AKC’s Companion Event Operations has reported to us a couple of instances in December where the Standard Course Times (SCTs) of one day have been changed after that day has been completed and the marked catalog results were printed/signed.  As such, what was sent in by electronic results did not match the marked catalog results, affecting the calculation of MACH/PACH points and affecting the eligibility of dogs into Nationals.

Please take a moment to verify you are on the correct day within your software when entering SCTs for a class.

Minimal review of electronic results are performed in the office. The paper catalogs are only used as backup if the electronic file can not be loaded or, as in this case, when a discrepancy is reported by an exhibitor to the office.

 

As the Crow Flies

This website has been found to be pretty close to the AKC calculations for distance between trials:  http://tjpeiffer.com/crowflies.html

Please remember if it is close contact the Companion Operations office for the final determination.

We wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a wonderful New Year.

The AKC Agility Department

 

Updates to Regulations for Agility Trials

The majority of the changes were made to include the Premier class.  All changes are underlined in the book with the exception of Chapter 1, Section 3 since 1 word was removed.

In addition to the Premier class there were a few clarifications to the Regulations:

Chapter 1, Section 3. Eligibility of Dogs – Removed the word “deaf” from Paragraph 7 allowing deaf dogs to compete.

Chapter 3, Section 12. Tire Jump – Additional clarification regarding tire jump

Chapter 4, Section 1. Course Size, Suitability and Facilities – Clarified that equipment may not be stored inside ring

Chapter 14, Section 7 – Updated height and Preferred class information

Chapter 14, Section 9 – Added measurements for Ascending Spread Jump for AKC heights

Chapter 14, Section 11 – Updated Equipment Chart

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Carrie & The Reps (Gail, Doug, Mark, Rhonda, Arlene, Terri & Lisa)

New Agility Regs posted to web site

An updated PDF copy of the AKC Regulations for Agility Trials has been posted to AKC’s web site at:

http://images.akc.org/pdf/rulebooks/REAGIL.pdf

 

Pre-trial packets being sent out for upcoming trials will contain these new Regs.

Change in Regulations for Agility Trials allowing deaf dogs to compete, effective Oct 1st

To:          All Clubs Eligible to hold AKC Agility, Rally and Tracking Events; AKC Delegates; and

AKC Agility, Rally and Tracking Judges

From:      AKC Companion Events

Date:      September 21, 2015

Subject: Allowing Deaf Dogs to Participate in Agility, Rally and Tracking

At the September 10, 2015 AKC Board of Directors meeting, the AKC Board approved a recommendation to allow deaf dogs to participate in AKC agility, rally and tracking events.

This change is effective for all trials held on or after October 1, 2015.

The following regulations will be modified to reflect this change:

Regulations for Agility Trials

Chapter 1 – Section 3. Eligibility of Dogs . (Change to paragraph 7)

Rally Regulations

Chapter 1 – Section 15. Disqualification, Ineligibility, Excusal, and Change in Appearance of Dogs. (Change to Paragraph 2)

Tracking Regulations

Chapter 1 – Section 13. Disqualification, Ineligibility, Excusal, and Change in Appearance of Dogs. (Change to Paragraph 2)

Comments may be sent to: agility@akc.org

Premier Titling Classes – starting October 1st!

We are excited to announce the newest AKC class – Premier – starting October 1, 2015 This class will provide an opportunity for agility competitors to demonstrate different handling skills than those required for the Master Level Classes in Standard & Jumpers With Weaves.  The Premier class will focus on handling the sequence or sequences of the day. Premier is an optional class. Clubs may, but are not required to offer Premier Standard and Premier Jumpers with Weaves on the same day. Exhibitors may enter Premier and Master Standard and/or Jumpers With Weaves on the same day. A club may add Premier to an already approved trial as long as the premium has not been published for the trial.  The Trial Chairperson will need to send an email to the Companion Operations department to have it added.   July 1, 2015 there will be the new Trial application that will have the Premier classes as an option both for online applications and paper. Both Standard and JWW Premier courses will be Master level courses incorporating a number of elements that challenge the dog and handler in ways that are not seen on traditional AKC courses.  These elements include sequences like threadles, back-side jumps, pull-throughs, layering, challenging weave pole entries, and longer running passes.  One bi-directional jump or tunnel will be allowed to encourage handling strategies.  Obstacle spacing on Premier courses may exceed the limits of those on Master courses. Premier courses will use the same obstacles as the corresponding Master course. At the judge’s discretion a viaduct may be used in place of the panel jump, there may be 3 tunnel passes and there will be no table.  A Premier course will have 19 to 21 obstacles, 3 side switches, 4 Premier Elements and 5 Challenges.  Courses will be judged using AKC Master scoring and hand signals.

Click here to review the Premier Class Regulations AKC Agility Regs NEW Chapter 11 Premier

The FORMS page of this Blog has been updated with both these Word documents and PDF versions of the entry form. Agility Trial Secretary software vendors will be receiving communication from Steve Herwig shortly with more specifics for integrating this new class into their software packages. IF you have customized software and need these specs, send email to Steve H at smh@akc.org

Congratulations to our Graduating Class of 2015!

Congratulations to AKC’s 13 new Agility Judges who passed the seminar this weekend!

Our sincerest gratitude to Bonnie Buchanan’s Bon-Clyde Learning Center in Sanford, NC for hosting the seminar and to all the volunteers who gave of their time on Saturday and Sunday helping us with the practical exam aspect of the seminar!

Judge City State Email
Baker, Bruce Georgetown TX bbaker22us@outlook.com
Boyd, Kenneth Vista CA ken.boyd@cox.net
Boyer, Jeffrey Venice FL jboyer012@gmail.com
Buchla, Todd Marietta GA todd@wisefoundation.com
Carleton, Nicholas Andover MA settinem1410@me.com
Davis, Zach Salem OR daviz295@newschool.edu
Ferrand, Brian Mills River NC bkfdogtrainer@yahoo.com
Gibbs, Ben Kingsport TN BCLoreLei@gmail.com
Gilmer, Frank North Beach MD FrankGilmer@yahoo.com
Kaplan, Elliot Gilsum NH elliot@threedoglodge.net
Ogle, Mark Swannanoa NC spotsaplenti4@yahoo.com
Rainer, Stefanie Dix Hills NY stefanierainer2@gmail.com
Simonelli, Laura West Islip NY sheltie8@yahoo.com

AKC’s New Web Site – Where to find Online Entries & Entry Management

AKC has launched a new web site this morning.

Please be aware if your exhibitors use Online Entries, the location has changed for finding the link. The link no longer exists on the Agility Home page.

To locate ENTER AGILITY EVENT(S) —

  • Go to: http://akc.org/
  • At the top right, click on SIGN IN
  • A Login pop-up will appear.
  • Although it asks for an Email and Password, just type in your MyAKC Account ID (which is possibly not an email) and password
  • Click the LOG IN button below password.
  • The top of the screen will change from SIGN IN to MY AKC. This is your only indication that you are now logged in.
  • Hover over the MY AKC and a drop-down with options will appear.
  • Under My Event Tools is where ENTER AGILITY EVENT(S) is located.

To locate ENTRY MANAGEMENT –

  • Go to: http://akc.org/
  • At the top right, click on SIGN IN
  • A Login pop-up will appear.
  • Although it asks for an Email and Password, just type in your MyAKC Account ID (which is possibly not an email) and password
  • Click the LOG IN button below password.
  • The top of the screen will change from SIGN IN to MY AKC. This is your only indication that you are now logged in.
  • Hover over the MY AKC and a drop-down with options will appear.
  • Under My Event Tools, click on MY EVENTS.
  • A new web page will open. ENTRY MANAGEMENT is on the left side under My Event Tools.

Contact Kim Mitchell at onlineentry@akc.org if you need further assistance.

2016 Corresponding Date Calendar

The published corresponding date calendar is correct for 2016. 2016 is a ‘shift year’ since January 2 is on a Saturday and the first dog event weekend is the first weekend to occur in which Saturday’s date is neither January 1 nor January 2.

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