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2011 Rule Change Highlights for Conformation, Traditional Obedience & Rally Obedience.
Posted on 12/31/2010 in DED News.

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2011 Rule change highlights.
ALL EVENTS.
Temporary Listings. Club’s that are approved to sell Temporary Listing numbers must keep in mind that a Temporary Listing number must not be sold to any American Pit Bull Terrier.
Lure Coursing Meet. Each meet is considered as an activity. A UKC club may apply to hold no more than one meet per day. (A meet may hold a Coursing Aptitude Test, Coursing Test and Regular Stakes)
Terrier Races. A UKC club may apply to hold two of each type of Terrier Race-Flat, Steeple per day.
Judges Contracts. All Judge’s contracts must be signed and the club must keep them on file for a minimum of one (1) year after the event.

CONFORMATION RULE CHANGE HIGHLIGHTS.
Class Name Change. The Senior class (males/females 2 years of age but under 3 years of age on the date of the event) is being renamed. This class will now be known as the Intermediate class (and for the time being will be reflected as Intermediate (Senior) on most UKC paperwork.
Junior Showmanship Classes. In the Pee Wee and Sub Junior class, a parent, guardian or adult must accompany the child/dog in the ring and may assist the child in showing the dog/place on table and so forth. Just keep in mind that these classes are the foundation of learning and should be kept fun.
Ribbons / Awards.
    v Ribbons and rosettes.
      All ribbons and rosettes must include the UKC Seal of Merit and the name of the event hosting organization. The date and location of the event are optional.
      Certificates or other types of awards must not be substituted for required ribbon and rosette awards.
      Required Ribbons and Rosettes. All clubs must offer ribbons and rosettes for placements as described below:
    v Ribbons. Clubs are required to offer ribbon awards for all regular classes, altered classes, and non-licensed group placements. Clubs may choose to offer rosettes in place of ribbons at their discretion. Ribbon awards are to be the following colors and measure a minimum of two (2) inches in width by six (6) inches in length:
      1st place – blue
      2nd place – red
      3rd place – green
      4th place – yellow
      Best Male/Female of Variety – any color
      Reserve Best Male/Female of Variety – any color
      Best Male/Female – any color
      Reserve Best Male/Female – any color
      Best of Winners – any color
      Champion – any color
      Reserve Champion – any color
      Grand Champion – any color
      Best of Breed – any color
      Group First – any color
      Group Second – any color
      Group Third – any color
      Group Fourth – any color
    v Rosettes. Clubs may choose to offer rosettes that exceed the minimum set below. Placement rosettes that the club is required to offer are to be the following colors and criteria:
    v Best In Multi-Breed Show – purple, pink and white, three (3) streamer rosette with an overall minimum length of twelve (12) inches.
    v Reserve Best In Multi-Breed Show - purple and pink, two (2) streamer rosette, with an overall minimum length of ten (10) inches.
    v Best In Show - purple, gold and white, three (3) streamer rosette with an overall minimum length of twelve (12) inches.
    v Reserve Best in Show - purple and gold, two (2) streamer rosette with an overall minimum length of ten (10) inches
    v Best Junior Handler - purple and gold – one (1) streamer rosette with an overall minimum length of ten (10) inches.
    v Total Dog Qualifier - red, black and white – three (3) streamer rosette with an overall minimum length of ten (10) inches.
Optional Ribbons and/or Rosettes. Ribbons and/or rosettes for any award not indicated above (for example other non-licensed classes such a Novice Puppy) may be offered at the discretion of the hosting club and may be of any color or color combination not stipulated under Rosettes above.

CHANGE IN JUDGING PROCEDURE.
Judge’s evaluation of dentition. At the discretion of the judge they may either look at the bite on his/her own, or ask the exhibitor to show the bite. Judges may make that decision based upon breed, individual dog, and circumstances and will not necessarily use the same method for examining the individual bite of each dog or for each breed. If an exhibitor in the ring has strong feelings about showing the bite to the judge rather than having the judge open the mouth, then the judge should honor that exhibitors request to show the bite.

LODGING A COMPLAINT ABOUT A PROFESSIONAL HANDLER,
Lodging a Complain about a Handler.
    v At the event. Complaints about a Professional Handler may only be lodged with the host club through the Misconduct and Discipline section of these rules when a complainant believes the handler has violated this specific UKC rule and can provide proof of remuneration and/or one or more factors that may be considered in determining whether a handler is a professional.
    v After the event. If no proof can be made available at the event for the filing of a Misconduct, then the complaint should be filed with UKC within a reasonable amount of time after the event, and must address a specific event date accompanied by proof of remuneration and/or one or more factors that may be considered in determining whether a handler is a professional.
OBEDIENCE AND RALLY RULE CHANGE HIGHLIGHTS

CHIEF / BACKUP JUDGES.
Procedures when two Obedience Trials or two Rally Obedience Trials run concurrently. When two obedience trials or two rally obedience trials are running simultaneously and the officiating judge chooses to exhibit under the provisions of the backup judge procedures, he/she is prohibited from interrupting his/her judging assignment in order to exhibit. Therefore the judge must exhibit first, before all other entered exhibitors or exhibit last after all exhibitors regardless of which class he/she is entered.
Prohibitions on exhibiting. An officiating judge is prohibited from exhibiting in any other event other than the type of activity they are scheduled to officiate on the day that they are judging except as outlined under these provisions.
Acting as Chief Judge and backup judge on the same day. When a judge is scheduled as the chief/head judge for one performance event and a backup judge for another on the same day are ineligible to be considered for any placements or awards in either trial but may participate for legs, championship points towards the UKC title(s) and all-star points.

EARNING TITLES.
Qualifying legs. There is no longer any restriction on the number of qualifying scores that may be earned under the same Judge. (In other words, all legs may be earned under the same judge).

OBEDIENCE SPECIFIC RULE CHANGE HIGHLIGHTS

NORMAL JUMP HEIGHT AND DISTANCE.
High and bar jumps. A dog shall jump the height of its withers, except that no dog shall jump less than 6 inches or more than 24 inches. Height at withers shall be rounded down to the closest even number for the purpose of setting jump height. For example, an 18-inch dog shall jump 18 inches but a 17-inch dog shall jump 16 inches.
Broad jump. A dog shall jump a distance that is twice the height of its withers, except that no dog shall jump less than 8 inches or more than 56 inches. Height at withers shall be rounded down to the closest whole number before being multiplied by two for the purpose of setting jump distance. For example, an 18-inch dog shall jump 36 inches (18 x 2) but a 17-inch dog shall jump 34 inches (17 x 2).
RALLY OBEDIENCE SPECIFIC RULE CHANGE HIGHLIGHTS
Ring Size. The recommended Rally Obedience ring size for a trial is 40 by 70 feet (or 2800 square feet). The minimum ring required for Rally Obedience is 45 by 55 feet (or 2475 square feet.)
Veteran. A veteran dog is a male or female dog seven (7) years or older on the date of the trial. The dog’s age shall be determined by the dog’s actual birthday or closest known date of birth, as reported to UKC on the dog’s registration application. A Veteran Dog competes with other dogs in the same licensed rally obedience classes, for which it is eligible, and legs and points are accumulated toward the same titles and Rally Obedience All-Star ranking points, but a veteran dog is subject to different jump heights (high jump and bar jump). A handler enters his or her veteran dog in a rally obedience trial by indicating on the entry form that the dog is a “Veteran Dog”. A handler is not required to enter his or her dog as a Veteran Dog but may not switch between Veteran Dog standards and regular dog standards at the same trial or set of trials.
Start Time For Licensed Classes. The start of judging includes the judge’s briefing and the course familiarization, all of which shall occur after the advertised start time.
Total Junior Participant. A Junior Handler will be a male or female handler that has not reached his/her eighteenth birthday as of January 1 of the competition year. After December 31 of the year in which a Junior member turns 18, the Junior may no longer participate in the Junior program. A club may request verification of the Junior participants age. Total Junior Members are responsible to notify the Event Secretary/Manager of their participation upon checking in at the event.

NEW RALLY TITLES
United Rally Obedience Excellent (URX).
    v Eligibility. A dog must earn the United Rally Obedience 3 title (URO3) before it is eligible to earn legs toward the United Rally Obedience Excellent titles. There is no limit to the number of Excellent title levels a dog can achieve.
    v Requirements. This title must be earned from B division of the Rally obedience 2 and Rally obedience 3 classes. To earn the Excellent titles, a dog must:
    v Combined wins. At ten (10) different UKC Licensed Rally obedience trials, earn a qualifying score in each of the Rally obedience 2-B and Rally obedience 3-B classes in the same trial.
      A qualifying score requires a minimum score of 70 points earned from each class (RO2-B and RO3-B) and
      The successful completion of all obstacles.
    v Advanced Excellent Titles. For every consecutive set of ten (10) combined wins the dog achieves, a numerical designation will be added to the dogs URX title on record. For example URX1, URX2.
United Rally Obedience Grand Champion. (UROG).
    v Eligibility. A dog must earn the United Rally Obedience Champion title (UROC) before it is eligible to earn legs toward the United Rally Obedience Grand Champion title.
    v Requirements. This title must be earned from B division of the Rally obedience 2 and Rally obedience 3 classes. To earn the Rally Obedience Grand Champion title, a dog must:
    v Combined wins. At fifteen (15) different UKC Licensed Rally obedience trials, earn a qualifying score in each of the Rally obedience 2-B and Rally obedience 3-B classes in the same trial with combined scores of 192 or above;
    v There is no restriction on the number of qualifying scores that may be earned under the same Judge

ALL-STAR RANKING'S
Eligibility. All UKC permanently registered dogs and all dogs with Limited Privilege listings (including mixed bred dogs) are eligible to earn All-Star ranking points. Dogs that have Temporary Listing (TL) numbers may earn All-Star ranking points but no points will be recorded or published until the dog is permanently registered.

Rally Obedience All-Star points. All-Star points are automatically awarded at all UKC licensed Rally Obedience events to each dog with a qualifying score of 91 or higher, in accordance with the following table. Rally Obedience All-Star points are calculated by UKC based on the official event report submitted by the Event Secretary.

Qualifying Score
All-Star Points Earned
91
1
92
2
93
3
94
4
95
5
96
6
97
7
98
8
99
9
100
10

Rally Obedience All-Star competition year. Rally Obedience All-Star points are calculated from January 1 to December 31 of each year.
Publication of Rally Obedience All-Star standings. UKC will tally the All-Star points by class (Rally 1; Rally 2 and Rally 3) and publish the names of the top 50 Rally 1 All-Stars, the top 50 Rally 2 All-Stars and the top 50 Rally 3 All-Stars on the UKC website each month.
Corrections to Rally Obedience All-Star standings. Corrections to Rally Obedience All-Star points or standings for any competition year must be reported to UKC not later than January 31st of the year following the competition year.
Rally Obedience All-Star Invitational. The 50 top ranked dogs in each class may be invited to participate in a Rally Obedience All-Star Invitational competition.

CHANGES TO JUMPS AND JUMP HEIGHTS.
Solid Jump. All parts of the Jump must be white. The jump heights for the high jump are range from four (4) inches and continue in two-inch increments up to and including fourteen (14) inches. The board inserts shall be 2-inches, 4-inches and 8-inches and used in any combination to set the proper jump height for the division.
Bar Jump. Standards for the bar jump must have provisions to hold the bar with the top edge of the bar measuring 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 14 inches from the ground. All parts of the jumps are to be white except the bar, which is to have alternating black and white bands approximately 2- inches and up to-6-inches in width. The jumps may be constructed of wood or plastic (e.g. PVC plastic pipe), or with metal standards.

Height Jump Table

Size Divisions
Height of dog at Withers
Jump Height
Veteran Height
1
Up to and including 14"
6
4
2
Over 14" and up to and including 20"
10
8
3
Over 20"
14
12

EXERCISE SIGNS.
Placement of the exercise signs. Exercises that require a dog to perform the 180 turn and/or pivot immediately after a jump is prohibited.
Distance between exercise stations. When designing a UKC Rally Obedience course, each exercise is to have a distinct beginning and a distinct ending. Each exercise must be performed on its own merit from start to finish since the total performance of the team is judged on the overall execution and completion of each exercise station. The length of space between exercises may vary depending on the exercises. In most cases, approximately 10 feet should be provided between exercise signs.

TIMING A PERFORMANCE.
Finish line. Once the dog has successfully completed or has failed in attempting to complete the last station, the performance is finished and the timer is stopped when any part of the last team member (dog and/or handler) crosses the Finish Line or an imaginary extension of it. Crossing the Finish Line at any other time during the performance does not conclude the performance.

JUDGES CALLS.
Judge’s calls. Once the Judge verifies that the timing steward is ready, he/she will order the team to start their performance with a “Forward.” As the team begins the Judge will move along evaluating and scoring the performance as they proceed unassisted along the course. The Judge will only assist the handler under these circumstances.
Faults That Result In A Non-Qualifying Score. Calling of a “Fault” is permissible only when an exercise allows for a repeat attempt and a non-qualifying performance is in question.
    v Calling a Fault. The Judge may call out “Fault” during the performance to inform the handler of any fault that would otherwise result in the station being scored as non-qualifying.
    v Asking For a Ruling. The handler may ask the Judge for a ruling only in certain situations where it is unclear to the handler whether or not the dog has successfully completed an exercise or segment of an exercise.
    v Handler Initiation. A handler may initiate a repeat attempt of an exercise station if the fault is so obvious that it would result in a non-qualifying performance.
Assessing a Fault. When a “Fault” has been called or ruled by a Judge as a fault, the handler may repeat the station in an attempt to perform the exercise successfully or any time an exhibitor initiates a repeat attempt of a station (partially or in its entirety) shall be assessed a major deduction in addition to any other scoring deductions made during the repeat of the exercise.

ADDITIONAL / CHANGES TO ASSESSED PENALTIES
General Scoring. A change of pace is mandatory when the exercise sign indicates a “fast” or “slow” pace. Handler’s that fail to perform a change of pace whatsoever is to receive a non-qualifying score. A handier that does not notably change pace must receive a 10 (ten) point substantial deduction.
v Non-Qualifying Score.
    Exercise sign. A handler who knocks over an exercise station.
Substantial Mandatory (Fault). A substantial mandatory faults is a sever deduction made for a handler error that deviates their performance from the standards of an ideal performance. The following deviations and are to be assessed a ten (10) point deduction.
    Running between exercise stations to better their time.
    A handler that does not noticeably change their pace as indicated for station(s) 21 (slow pace); 22 (fast pace).
    A handler that does not maintain or return to their normal brisk pace after performing exercise 21 and/or 22.
Major and Minor Deductions (Fault). As the handler or the dog makes errors, a point value proportionate with the severity of the error is subtracted from the team’s points.
v Major Fault. Major errors are scored as 3 or more point deductions.
    First repeat of an exercise station and/or segment of an exercise. A mandatory major deduction of 3 points is to be assessed.
    Station Sign. A handler that moves an exercise station out of place.
    A dog that knocks over a station sign is to be assessed a major deduction unless otherwise outlined under the specific exercise.
v Minor Fault. Minor errors are scored as 1 or 2 point deductions.
    A handler who bumps an exercise station.
    A dog that bumps an exercise station.
v Major and/or Minor Faults. A handler who lures the dog into performing an exercise station is to receive a major or minor deduction, depending upon the extent of the deviation.

EXERCISE SCORING CHANGES.
Exercise 17. Call Dog Front-Dog Right & Forward
v Non-Qualifying.
    Failure of the handler to heel forward before his/her dog has returned to heel position.
    Dog sits upon the return to heel and fails move forward with the handler.
v Major and/or Minor Faults.
    Handler hesitates to move forward until dog reaches heel position.
    Dog sits upon the return to heel, but then moves forward with its handler.

Exercise 21. Slow Pace AND Exercise 22. Fast Pace
v Non-Qualifying Faults.
    Handler that fails to change pace whatsoever.
v Substantial Mandatory Fault (10 point deduction). Failure of the handler to change his/her pace substantially.

TOTAL JUNIOR.
High Scoring Junior. All clubs hosting a UKC Licensed Rally Obedience trial must offer a High Scoring Junior. Any Junior Member competing in a UKC Licensed Rally Obedience trial and who earns a qualifying score will be eligible to compete for High Scoring Junior. The Junior Member whose dog earned the highest score shall win the High Scoring Junior. Ties will be broken in accordance with UKC Rally Obedience rules. Juniors are required to follow the standard UKC Rally Obedience rules.
High Scoring Junior Ribbon – gold & purple
Preparing UKC Total Junior Club Form. When applicable, the Event Secretary/Manager is responsible for preparing the UKC Total Junior Club Form. All participating Total Junior Members information must be outlined on the Total Junior Member form regardless of score or placements. When the Event Secretary/Manager receives the official Judge’s books, the Event Secretary/Manager must record Qualifying scores earned by all UKC Junior Members. If the Junior Member also earns the overall High In Trial award, the Event Secretary/Manager must check the High In Trial box on the form.