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Coonhound Rules Proposals 2013
Posted on 08/05/2013 in Coonhounds.

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The following proposals are all those that will be reviewed, discussed and voted on by the Rules Committee on Friday, August 30, 2013 at Autumn Oaks. The Rules Committee is made up of two individuals representing each one of UKC's seven Chartered Breed Associations. A majority vote is required to pass any proposal. The Rules Committee will be chaired by Allen Gingerich, Senior Director of Hunting Events, United Kennel Club, INC. Results will be posted on the Coonhound News Page and published in the October Issue of COONHOUND BLOODLINES.



Any passed proposals will not go into effect until January 1, 2014.



UKC Coonhound Rules Proposals 2013
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Rule 2. POINT SYTEM:

1.) Change available tree position points to:
(b). 125 points for dog declared treed first, 75 points second, 50 points third, 25 points fourth. After one minute second tree position is not available. After two minutes, third tree position is not available. The only position available after two minutes is fourth tree position.
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Rule 4. POINTS WILL BE MINUS:

2.) Eliminate (d) and change (g) to:
(g). Dog treeing, but not declared treed, when judges arrives, will be awarded next available tree position. In the case of two or more dogs split tree points are awarded. Those strike and tree points will be minused, regardless of how the tree is scored. Dogs shut out on strike to receive minus tree points only.
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3.) Eliminate Rule 5b and add to Rule 4:
Any dog(s) coming into a tree, after the judge arrives, to receive its strike points minused, regardless of how tree is scored. If dog is shut out refer to Rule 3(d).

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Rule 5. CIRCLED AND DELETED POINTS:

4.) Add to deleted points section:
If a majority is not reached to plus, minus or circle strike and tree points, when scoring trees and a hunting judge is used.
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Rule 6. DOGS WILL BE SCRATCHED:

5.) Change to implement time period for dog not hunting to:
(d) Failing to make any attempt to hunt within any 15 consecutive scorecard minutes. Time is temporarily paused when time out is called or if dog is leashed at a tree but it then continues when dog is recast. A dog must be gone for five minutes or be declared struck before time is lifted.

6.) Replace (i) with:
(i) If dog trees on its first three trees of the hunt without having opened on track (judge’s decision).

7.) Add rule to cover dog aggression towards cast members as follows:
If dog shows aggression towards any cast member.
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Rule 8. TIME OUTS:

8.) Remove (c) and replace with:
When all dogs in cast are on leash and have been scored.


9.) Remove (i) and replace with:
If all dogs are declared treed or on leash time out shall be called after 10 minutes of hunt time has been used walking to split tree(s). Time is back in during shining time or if dog leaves tree.

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Rule 11. HANDLERS AND JUDGES:

10.) After rule stating: {Where dogs split up Judge will go} etc. add sentence:
If all dogs are declared treed and handled, cast may score trees in most convenient order.


11.) Change rule: {Permission will be given for other handlers to go to their dogs on split tree} to:
Judge may give handler permission to handle dog on a split tree unless cast is in the process of shining or scoring tree.

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Rule 16. TIES:

12.) Change tie-breaker rules to:
All ties to be broken as follows:
1) The dog that has the most plus first tree points.
2) If still a tie, the dog that has the least number of total minus points.
3) If still a tie, the dog that has the most plus strike points.
4) If still a tie, the dog that has the most circle tree points.
5) If still a tie, the dog that has the most circle strike points
6) If still a tie, dogs involved with hunt in one hour intervals until tie is broken, or flip a coin if all parties agree.

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Rule 17. GENERAL INFORMATION

13.) Replace rule that states: {spectators may not shine the tree} with:
Spectators may not shine the tree, unless, all handlers in cast agree. However, spectators are not included in the majority required to score trees and shall have no part in any scoring discrepancies.

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