This posted PDF is a combination of the following documents :
- Regulations for Agility Trials
- AKC Agility Judges Guidelines
- Judge Blog entries 2010 thru Apr 2015
- Rules Applying to Dog Shows
- Match Regulations
As such, it allows you to search for a topic across multiple sources.
The Agility Department is making changes in order to simplify course design, course review, and safety. These changes make distances consistent to barriers and other obstacles. Distances specified are minimums and may have to be adjusted depending on safety, surface, speed and individual course design.
These changes will be effective for all trials starting October 1, 2015. Courses not yet reviewed for October 1 and later will be reviewed based on these revised distances. Judges may resubmit any courses they have received for October 1 trials and beyond if they have distance and/or spacing concerns. Judges must resubmit the entire set of courses for a given trial in order keep consistency in the review process.
Our goal is to help judges with their design, and continue to aid in the safety and success of all dog/handler teams.
Any questions please ask your reviewing Agility Rep.
Thank you for all you do to continue to improve the AKC Agility Program.
Carrie, Gail, Doug, Mark, Steve, Rhonda, Terri, Arlene & Lisa
On July 27, 2015 the AKC Agility Department will welcome Lisa Dempsey as their newest Executive Field Representative. Lisa lives in Fayetteville, GA with her husband two Scottish Terriers and a Scottish Deerhound.
When Lisa heard about agility she decided it was for her. Owning a 2-year-old, male, Scottish Deerhound at the time off she went to try agility. She now trialing with her fifth Scottish Deerhound and has competed at the Masters level with them. She also has Scottish Terriers. Her first one, Possum has achieved 12 MACHs, a PACH, and at 14 years of age is still working. Lisa has also shown a Flat-Coated Retriever. Over the years she has competed in the 4”, 8”, 12”, 16”, 20” and 24” heights. As an AKC Agility Judge she judged the 2014 AKC Agility Invitational.
Lisa has been the involved with the Scottish Deerhound Club of America and has been Chairperson of the National Specialty. She is also been an active member of Newnan Kennel Club, the Scottish Terrier Club of America and the North Georgia Hound Association. Outside of agility she has competed in conformation, rally, obedience, lure-coursing and earth dog.
Her 30+ years in the business world helps her to bring many varied skills and backgrounds to her new position.
Lisa is very excited to be joining the AKC Agility Department. Traveling, and meeting people around the country has been the best part of judging for her and she is looking forward to continuing that.
Judges are required to signal max course time in T2B
From Judges Blog June 16, 2014
If a dog reaches maximum course time (MCT) on a T2B course, the judge must blow their whistle. That signals the scribe to record “E”xcused and No Time on the scribe sheet and that the exhibitor’s run has ended. (the same as when a dog hits max course time on a standard or JWW course).
Setting Max Course Time
In order to signal max course time in T2B the judge must also set the max course time for three jump height groups per the Agility regulations. The horn going off and whistle being blown indicate max course time to the handler and scribe.
If the club does not have a speaker to sound the horn a whistle must be given to the timer, and the timer instructed when to blow it.
The whistle and/or horn is a clear indication to the handler that max course time has been reached and they will not receive a qualifying score and their run has ended. The importance of setting and signaling MCT time is clarified in the following example:
Example: Judge sets SCT for all heights at 60 secs (horn will sound at 80 secs, 20 secs over MCT). 4” dog runs the entire course without fault at 62 secs. The handler celebrates as they think they have qualified. The handler notices there is an E on the posting sheet and talks to the secretary who says they must have run over time. The handler indicates that the horn did not sound nor did the judge blow their whistle. The secretary suggests the handler ask the judge. The judge pulls the scribe sheet and shows the handler the time of 62 seconds and explains that they were 2 seconds over time and did not qualify. Handler asks the judge why there is not an E on their scribe sheet. The handler explains that the horn did not go off and there was not a whistle. The handler then questions whether or not the time is written correctly.
Section 5. Maximum Course Times (MCT).
- 50 seconds for the 20, 24, & 26 inch jump heights
- 55 seconds for the 16 inch jump height
- 60 seconds for the 4, 8, 12 inch jump heights
No additional time is added for dogs entered in Preferred,
as the fastest Preferred dog within each jump height will set
the Time 2 Beat.
There are also directions on how to set the max course times on the Judges Blog
T2B Guidelines May 2013-05-08
To set e-Timers that have been updated to the current SCT + 20 sec for MCT (version 2.6);
enter 40 for the 4”/8”/12” jump heights (40 + 20 = 60 seconds)
enter 35 for the 16” jump height (35 + 20 = 55 seconds);
enter 30 for the 20”/24”/26” jump heights (30 + 20 = 50 seconds).
To set e-Timers that have NOT been updated to version 2.6 or greater, thus are still set to calculate MCT as SCT Times 1.5;
enter 40 for the 4”/8”/12” jump heights
enter 37 for the 16” jump height
enter 34 for the 20”/24”/26” jump heights.
Please advise the club to get their e-timer programming upgraded.
Below is the PDF of a two-sided card which may be printed, laminated and provided to your timer.
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.
Exhibitors may enter Premier and Master Standard and/or Jumpers With Weaves on the same day. Premier is an optional class. Clubs may add Premier Std and/or Jumpers With Weaves to their trials each day. A club may add Premier as long as the premium has not been published for an approved 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
Over the summer we will be teaching Premier course design at the Continuing Education seminars scheduled. We will also offer an online video class to discuss course design for this class in August. Within the next few weeks we will post to the blog the different challenges for the Premier class that can be used. We expect as time goes on with your creativity we will be adding more and encourage you to look at course design from a different perspective for this class. Click here to see a couple of Premier courses to give you an idea of the challenges being incorporated. AKC Premier STD-JWW Course Samples
There will still be Premier demos being offered until October1, 2015. We encourage you to volunteer to design a course, judge at a demo and run your own dogs on the courses.
Thank you for all the judging corps has done to help us get this new class ready to run.
The time has come for us to move to reviewing in CRCD4 only and bid a fond farewell to CRCD3. Between new judges and many who have already changed it is getting more difficult to work in the 2 formats for the Reps. Many good updates have been made to CRCD4 over the past couple of years.
If you have CRCD4 do remember to click the “Online” button in the toolbar to see if there are updates to it. The current version is 4.22
As of January 1, 2016 you will need to submit your courses in CRCD4 for review
CRCD4 is $49.99 for an upgrade to your current CRCD3 licenses. If you save $7.14 per month between now and the end of December you will be all set to go as of January 1, 2016.
Thank you for your help.
Carrie & the Field Reps – Arlene, Doug, Gail, Mark, Rhonda & Terri
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!
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Premier Class Update:
We are excited about the Premier class and the feedback we have received to date. We do not currently have a start date for this new class. It has to be formally approved by the AKC Board of Directors prior to the announcement of any implementation date. We hope to be running it before the end of 2015. Clubs that have already had trial applications approved will be allowed to amend their application as long as the trial has not already opened. The Board will vote on the Premier class at their June meeting. Once that is done we can get all information out to you and the clubs.
We are working on the course design guidelines for you to be able to work with. Course design will be a work in progress. We plan to have a couple of webinars to discuss course design guidelines for Premier over the summer. We will also be reviewing them at the Continuing Eds that are coming up.
If you are asked to judge a premier demo please contact your Rep or myself so we can work with you on the current design criteria. We do need to approve the trials offering the demos and clubs need to use the Non-Regular Class request for form http://images.akc.org/pdf/events/agility/AEAGL4.pdf to request a demo (this is a correction from what was sent out yesterday!). This form needs to be submitted to Companion Operations for approval. Clubs need to agree to use the Premier scribe sheet and track data for us in an excel spreadsheet we will provide. Demos are not subject to the 330 run rule. You may judge this demo(or share judging) if you are entered in other classes at the trial
Have fun at the demos and let us know what you think!
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.
My apologies for not inviting all judges to the VMO Blog. If you would like to sign up and are not a VMO you are welcome to do so. I made this decision in response to concerns we get from judges that they receive too many emails/too much information from both the AKC and other sources. The information in this blog will largely be in reference to correct usage of the VMO forms, dog aggression towards VMOs and other general topics for VMO’s.
You may sign up for the VMO Blog at: https://akcagilityvmos.wordpress.com/
Happy Holidays to you and your families, Carrie
Please remember to check the mileage and number of days between trials when you are accepting assignments and signing contracts. This is part of the responsibility of an Agility Judge. With the number of 4 and 5 day trials, plus clubs changing show sites conflict occur that may not have been an issue in the past. John Brading, Manager AKC Companion Operations, can check distances for you. Please email him at email@example.com and he will check as quickly as possible. John understands that the club is waiting for a response. The clubs would rather wait a day or two to make sure the judge is available than find out a year later they have an issue. Thank you for your help.