1 AMATUER COMPETITON The NZFDA encourages amateur competition. Individuals or teams that accept money or other compensation for flygility competition or demonstration may not compete in NZFDA competition. They may, however, accept money for expenses, or prize money or trophies, uniforms or equipment that identify a sponsor or the host club.
2 FLYGILITY'S CHARACTER Flygility is a dog sport using some features taken from other dog sports but there is a need for skill in negotiating courses with a variety of obstacles and changes of direction. Accuracy is more important than speed.
3 COMPETITION CHARACTER Flygility is essentially a team knock-out competition where two teams compete simultaneously over separate courses that are as close to identical as possible. The best of three runs decides which team proceeds to the next heat.
4.1 There can be different team types:
4.3 It is the reponsibility of each team to ensure a Box-Loader is available to work with that team. If a team is unable to provide its own box-loader it should request assistance from the Tournament Manager when submitting an entry.
4.4 At an official Flygility Tournament the Management may offer Knock-Out competition for any or all of these team types if there are four or more teams of the same type submitting entries.
5 NAMING OF TEAMS Each team will have a name or designation registered with the NZFDA and the name of the member or members (dog and handler) will be specified in the entry form for each official Tournament. A handler may run more than one dog in the one team but may not enter in more than one team in the same knock-out class. Should two teams with the same handler in each be drawn in the same race, then the handler must use a substitute handler for one of the dogs in that race.
6 RESERVE DOG Each team, including an individual team, may have one dog (and handler) as a reserve which may be used at the team's discretion or in case of injury. Reserves may be used as substitutes at the end of any run during a heat.. A reserve may be reserve for more than one team, subject to the level at which the team competes.
7 SUBSTITUTE RUNNER
7.1 Any team may have one person to run in the place of any handler for re-run purposes. The handler intending to use this provision must advise BOTH judges of his/her intention before the round starts. The Substitute Runner will stand back from the start/finish line and clear of returning dogs. If called into action by the handler, he/she will take the dog by the collar from the handler immediately prior to the re-run.
8 COMPETITION LEVELS There will be three levels of competition :
(b) Intermediate : In addition to the Basic Equipment the ramp with hoops (ref 9) may be included and one change of direction is permissible but only by way of the bendy tunnel (ref 9). The change of direction will not be less than 150 degrees (ie referring to the clockface, running from 6 towards 12 the change cannot be greater than turning right to 1 or left to 11). All dogs may compete at this level.
(c) Open : The weaving poles (ref 9) may be included and there may be two changes of direction with or without the bendy tunnel. Any single change of direction will not be less than 120 degrees. (ie referring to the clockface, running from 6 towards 12 the change cannot be greater than turning right to 2 or left to 10) unless the bendy tunnel is used as the corner, in which case the corner can be as sharp as 90 degrees. All dogs may compete at this level. Points awarded will be advanced points.
(c) Advanced : The only limitation on the complexity at this level of competition is the equipment avalable, the practicality of setting out two equal courses and , of course, the safety of the dogs. Dogs amy not compete at this level until they hava ccumulated 20 points. Dogs that have gained the FDX title will not be entitled to a practice run.
(d) Novelty Class The Management may choose to offer novelty classes. Points for heat winners in this type of class will NOT be credited towards titles.
9.1 The Association's policy is to keep equipment costs to a minimum, consistent with safety, spectacle value, storage and transport. Agility equipment may be used so long as its dimensions meet the minimum measurements required for flygility. With all measurements, unless otherwise stated, there will be 10mm difference permitted up or down, thus recognising construction and timber shrinkage factors.
9.2 Team Equipment
i Each team shall supply its own flybox and have a spare box immediately available if required or forfeit the race.
ii All boxes are to have a pedal-release mechanism. To preserve the spectator appeal of the sport, dog skill levels and equal competition the box design must allow a distance of not less than 400mm between the top edge of the pressure pad and the centre of the ball-cup, at the point in the box's action where the ball leaves the cup, this being measured as a straight line. A ball when released must have a free unobstructed flight of not less than 600mm.
iii In the interests of dog safety the flybox will have no sharp projections which the dog could land on after leaping for the ball. If the ball cup is exposed and able to strike the dog, the cups edge must not project above the ball, or the cup must be made of a flexible material such as rubber.
iv Boxes shall be inspected by a panel of the Tournament's judges and shall not be allowed if in the opinion of the majority of the judges, the box has been constructed or altered in a manner which provides an unfair advantage to any one team or it was likely to cause injury to a dog.
v If a box malfunctions during a round the judge will immediately stop the round. The team will replace the faulty box with its stand-by box and the round will be started again. If the team has no stand-by box it will forfeit the race.
(b) Balls and ball containers - Each team will supply its own balls and two containers, one for each end of the course. Sizes of ball other than tennis balls may be used different sized dogs, the responsibility being with the dog-handler and box-loader.
9.3 Host Club Equipment - It will be the host club's responsibility to provide, for the duration of the Tournament, two sets of course equipment. Teams are asked to cooperate by loaning equipment.
9.4 BASIC EQUIPMENT
(a) Flyball pattern jumps, being the first and last obstacles in every course. (Mini height 200mm, Midi 300mm, Maxi 400mm) The crossboards of the jumps shall be painted white with 600mm between the vertical posts or panels of the jumps which will be 600mm high and may be painted in the colours of the owner's or sponsor's choice. The jump heights will be set according to the height of the smallest dog in that team.
(b) Agility hurdles - with wings preferred but not mandatory. (Mini height not higher than 200mm, Midi 380mm, Maxi 460mm). Hurdle heights for the whole team will be set according to the height of the smallest dog in that team. Bars prefereably 40mm outsie diameter and length1m - 1.2m. The number of bars will be at the Judge's discretion.
(c) Long jump - This will consist of four boards 150mm wide, the longest 1500mm long, the others reducing in length to allow them, with 25mm legs fitted to slot inside each other (i.e 2nd longest board 1450, 3rd longest 1400 and the shortest 1350mm). The longest boards will have legs giving the maximum height at the top edge of the sloping board, of 300mm and the bottom edge of the board 230mm. The two shortest boards will be at the top of the slope 250mm height and at the bottom 180mm. The two highest boards will be central, their slopes faces looking away from each other. The two shortest boards will be placed with their low edges the correct distance apart for the smallest dog in the team. All four boards will be evenly spaced to fill the distance gap. (mini 750mm, Midi 1000, Maxi 1300) On each side of the long jump, at mid-point a vertical marker - hurdle upright or hurdle wing, will be placed, close to the ends of the boards. The sloping faces of the boards will be painted white or of one colour clearly visible to dogs.
(d) Bendy tunnel Diameter Minimum 600mm Maximum 760mm with a mximum difference of 50mm between the diameters of the tunnels in each lane. Minimum length 3.0m Maximum 4.0m but this can easily be adjusted as the tunnel can be concertined.
(e) Poles and rope for start/finish line Two flexible poles, at least 1.5 metres in length , and a rope at least 8metres in length must be available to define the start line unless a painted line is used.
(f) Judges flags Each judge will be provided with two flags, one white and one coloured, 300mm square on a short handle. The coloured flag will be used to signal a rerun. The white flag will signal that the team has finished.
9.5 ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT
(a) Ramp Two planks, 300mm wide and 2.4m long with slats no further apart than 350mm, securely attached to a support allowing the highest point of the ramp to be 600mm from the ground. At each end of the ramp there must be a hoop. These are 25mm x 150mm x 900mm boards supporting a hooped length of stiff hose giving an opening 600mm wide at the base and 700mm high. These are to be pegged to the ground at the base of the ramps. Where it is not possible to peg the the hoops the ends of the ramps are to be placed on the hoops base.
(b) Weaving poles A bank of 6 poles will be used. To ensure the obstacle presents the same difficulty for all sizes of dogs the rigid plastic water pipe will have an inside diameter of not less than 30mm or an outside diameter of not less than 34mm. The 10mm dispensation for equipment sizes will not apply to the poles except as regards their length which will be 900mm and the distance between the poles which will be 600mm.
10.1 There will be two judges.
a The judge who designed the course will be the Course Judge and act as senior judge for that competition.
b The second judge will be known as the Support Judge.
The two Judges will in consultation decide on which lane each will judge. The judges will be positioned at the end of the start/finish line nearest their team.
10.2 There will be two flybox referees. A flybox referee may also be a flybox loader. Each Flybox Referee's responsibility will be restricted to observing, in the allocated lane, the competing dog's and box-loader's performance. If there is any infringement of the rules the Flybox Referee will immediately signal to the Judge of that lane, by raising his/her coloured flag, that there has been an infringement. The judge will then immediately raise his/her coloured flag, thus signalling a re-run will be required. Each Flybox Referee will have the additional responsibility to adjust jump heights or length depending on the height of the next competing dog or team.
10.3 The judge will ensure that his/her specified team does not infringe the rules relating to start/finish, clearing the obstacles, activating the flybox and retrieving the ball to cross the finish line. Immediately an infringement occurs the Judge will signal clearly with the red flag that the dog in error will have to re-run. The Course Judge will give the starting commands which will be by word of mouth - ARE YOU READY? GO!
10.4 If an infringement affecting both teams, eg a ball from one team intruding into the other team's area and affecting that team's performance, the Judges will confer and agree on the penalty. If the judges cannot agree the Course Judge will have final decision.
10.5 The Judges' decision will be unanimous in determining the winner of a closely contested round. If the decision cannot be unanimous the round will be declared "dead" and immediately re-run.
10.6 A dog belonging to a Judge at a tournament may compete in that tournament in any class including the class in which the Judge may be judging. However the dog must not run in the lane the judge is judging and should an infringement arise invloving the Judge's dog and affecting both lanes, the dog-owning Judge will leave the decision entirely to the other lane Judge.
11 COURSE SITE & LAY-OUT
11.1 The two course lanes are to be a minimum of 3 metres apart at any point. At the Start/Finish line the maximum distance between lanes is 6 metres.
11.2 From the start/finish line to the line touching the front edge of the flybox pedal, the distance will not exceed 30 metres. This distance should not be reduced unless there are exceptional circumstances, and the shortened measurement, with an explanation of the reduction, must be recorded on the Judges' Result Sheet forwarded to the NZFDA. The actual course length of a course can be longer than 30m due to the inclusion of turns.
11.3 The ring size should not be less than 44 metres in length (this allows for 7 metres before the Start/Finish line and 7 metres behind the flybox pedal) and wide enough to allow 5 metres clear at the sides of the lanes, taking into account turns within the course.
11.4 There shall be a distance of 2 metres from the Start/Finish line to the first jump which shall always be a flyball jump. No distance between the end of one obstacle and the start of the next obstacle will be less than 3 metres. There shall be a distance of 5 metres from the last jump, which shall always be a flyball jump, to the flybox pedal.
11.5 It is recommended that where possible two half-circles of dark-coloured plastic garden fencing (eg Netlon with 50mm squares, 1.2m wide cut in half to give 600mm height) be erected in a semi-circle or U around each flybox to prevent a miscaught ball wandering into the spectators or into the other lane. This barrier should be no closer than 3 metres from the box on the outer side of the course and 3m behind the box and then coming into a point midway between the two boxes. Each curve of the barrier will be 8m long.
12.1 A race is defined as the best two out of three runs
12.2 Practice Before the race starts,each dog may, if the handler wishes, have one practice run over the official course, a ball being used in the flybox as usual and the handler being free to encourage the dog in any way during the practice run. If, in a subsequent heat, a team has to run in the other lane from the one run in earlier, the team may have a practice run in the new lane. The shall be no practice or training in the ring for the duration of the Tournament except for practice runs as permitted in the two instances stated above.
12.3 The Start Dogs may start from a stationary or running start. If a dog's or handler's foot crosses the starting line before GO! of the start signal it is a false start. The run is declared dead and that run is started again. If the same team has a second false start in any other run of the race, that run will continue and the offending dog must re-run.
12.4 The Run
(a) Each dog is to negotiate all the obstacles in sucession, trigger the box and return, negotiating all the obstacles in succession, with the ball in its mouth. Only when the first returning dog has crossed the start/finish line with any part of its body (on the ground or in the air) and the ball it must carry is over the line , may the second dog start (and so on). The first team to have all dogs complete a faultless run shall be the winner.
(b) If a dog has started before the preceding dog has reached the start line, does not negotiate an obstacle, dislodges a hurdle bar, does not trigger the box, or does not return with the ball, the Judge will immediately flag the dog on its first fault and the dog will be required to rerun after the other dogs have run. If the handler's foot crosses the start/finish line during the dog's run the handler will be flagged and and the dog will have to re-run after the other dogs have run.
(c) A handler may recall the dog to the start line as soon as the dog makes no progress or faults. The Judge will immediately raise the coloured flag and commence a 5 second count using the words- FIVE THOUSAND, FOUR THOUSAND, THREE THOUSAND, TWO THOUSAND, ONE THOUSAND, GO. The next dog to run will not cross the line until the Judge counts GO and the flagged dog has returned over the start line (Note: two dogs must not be on the course at the same time.)
12.5 Re-runs A dog will re-run after the other dogs in the team have run. If the handler wishes, on the re-run only, he/she or the team's runner may run with the dog to encourage it. The person may press the pedal and may out the ball into dog's mouth but must not carry the ball which the dog must take over or through all obstacles and over the finish line. Any dog errors on the re-run shall be corrected there and then as the dog must complete the course accurately. If these conditions are not fully met the dog is disqualified and as a result the team is disqualified. (and the run is awarded to the other team)
12.6 Knock-down of Flyball Jumps or Hurdle Bars If a dog that knocks over a flyball jump or hurdle bar, the obstacle will not be replaced during that run but the dog shall be required to re-run. In a team calas all remaining dogs will be required to run throught the flyball jump as if it was standing and/or run through the hurdle uprights, or wings, despite the bar not being in place, and/or run through the vertical markers of the long jump. The obstacle will be rest before the next run.
12.7 Wandering Ball If a dog miscatches a ball and it hits the box-loader or rolls into the other lane it will still be in play. If the dog or ball do not adversely affect the performance of the other team , there will be no penalty. However, if in the opinion of either Judge there has been adverse effect the offending team will forfeit that run. If the dog miscatches a ball and the ball becomes inaccessible to the dog for any reason (eg bounces back into the box, rolls into the spectators) the handler will recall the dog which shall have to re-run.
12.8 Flybox Loader After loading the box the loader must remain stationary in the upright position, behind the box and may give only verbal encouragement to the dogs. Hands will be kept behind the back except when loading. The ball container should be placed right behind the loader so that a miscaught ball will not bounce into it. If in the opinion of the Judge the loader through body movement, gives encouragement to the dog, the Judge will flag the loader and the dog will be required to re-run.
13 AGGRESSION If a dog shows undue agression towards another dog or person, at any time during the competition, the Judge may pull that dog from the competition and a stand-by dog will be used. The degree of agression that warrants substitution is to be determined by the Tournament Manager. All dogs excused from competition for aggression must be reported to the NZFDA. On receiving the second such report on any individual dog the Executive Committee will have the right to bar that dog from any future competition. An application for reinstatement may be submitted after the period of one year.
14.1 No dog will compete before it is twelve months of age. If in the opinion of the Judges, a dog is lame or a bitch is in season, the Tournament Manager will have the right to excuse the dog from competition unless the handler presents a Clearance Certificate from a veterinarian.
14.2 All dogs shall wear a leather or fabric collar (not a chain collar) to enable the handler to restrain the dog while waiting its turn. Holding the dog by the scruff of the neck, or other parts, should be discouraged.
15 DOG HEIGHTS
The heights for Midi and Mini dogs will be the same as those used for agility dogs by the New Zealand Kennel Club Currently Mini 380mm and for Midi 460mm
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