This page contains: General Trial Format; Trial Details; Competitor Details; Site Details; and Crew Details.

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General Trial Format

Two courses only are available, built Rings 1 and 2. Note that here will be no table used in the Standard events at any level, per AAC pandemic rules.

Competitors are assigned a one hour time slot. Four time slots in the morning - at 9am, 10am, 11am and noon. Four time slots in the afternoon - at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm. Each time slot has 6 competitors assigned to it. Basically, these 6 competitors will drive in, walk and run the two courses, and drive out.

Each six-some of competitors is asked to arrive 15 minutes before their time slot, to exercise their dogs well distanced from Rings 1 and 2, in the area of Ring 3, until their designated time slot begins.

The ring crew, will be comprised of a minimum of 4 people in or near the rings:  (1) Judge;  (2) Timer;  (3) Scribe;  (4) Ring crew / Gate handler. With the addition of the 6 competitors, this is a maximum gathering size of 10 people per ring. If local COVID-19 rules allow outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people, more ring crew will be added.

There are additional Paws4Fun crew members on site, away from the rings. These include:

- The Traffic Cop stays near the main vehicle gate: handling the gate; ensuring that no one enters before their time, and showing those that do where to wait when they arrive early; directing them where to park when they are allowed into the field; making sure there are no traffic jams on the driveway.

- The Site Wrangler roves inside the competition field: ensuring that the competitors on site know where they need to be; ensuring the waiting competitors stay well clear of the competition rings; ensuring that completed competitors exit the property when they have completed their runs; generally answering questions on what is happening and where to find things.

- The Trial Director works near the shed. They will work with competitors to safely provide them with ribbons and rosettes if they so choose. Please wear a mask while picking up ribbons.

- The Scorekeeper works in or near the shed, entering scores into the trial database.

The ONLY competitors allowed on site at any time are the competitors assigned to the current time slot, and the competitors awaiting the start of their time slot. Competitors may not set up tents, they should car-crate their dogs and sit in their cars to the extent possible (depending on the needs of the dogs and the weather). No guests, spectators or videographers are allowed, competitors only.

The approximate schedule for each one hour time slot is, in sequence:

    (1) Socially distanced Judge's briefing in Ring 1

    (2) 6 competitors walk the course in Ring 1 (7 min)

    (3) 6 competitors warm up their dogs (5 min)

    (4) a competitor runs the course in Ring 1

    (5) any height / equipment changes needed are done by the Ring Crew, Timer and Scribe

    (6) repeat steps (4) and (5) for 5 more competitors

    (7) 6 competitors cool down and car-crate their dogs (5 min)

    (8) repeat steps (1) through (6) for the course in Ring 2

    (9) 6 competitors cool down their dogs in an area well distanced from Rings 1 and 2, and drive off the property

Don't worry, you don't to memorize all this, the Trial Director, Traffic Cop and Site Wrangler are there to help you!

Event Details

(1) Please be patient, choose kindness!! This is a different trial format, and we need your help to make this work. While we at Paws4Fun have tried to think of everything in advance, there are a ton of details to be covered. Help us to find a way to play the sport we all love while staying safe in these difficult times. No doubt things will change as the plan is executed, so please keep calm and have fun!

(2) There will be no check-in/registration.

(3) There is no Gate Keeper, no posted gate list, as there are only six competitors at any given time. The email competitors receive informing them of their time slot will also contain the running order for the four competitors in that time slot, and this running order will be verified with the Traffic Cop on arrival.

(4) Course Maps:
    - Course maps will be posted on the Paws4Fun web site for competitors to download and print for themselves at 7am the day of the event.
    - No paper copies of course maps will be provided at the trial. Competitors should print their own copies, or can view them on the smart phones.
    - Two copies of the course maps will be posted outside Ring 1. Competitors are requested to wear masks if studying these maps while there are
       other competitors nearby.

(5) Results will not be posted at the Trial, they will be published online a day or two after the event, and they will not be posted on site. However, competitors can ask the Scorekeeper for their results after their run (the Trial Director or Site Wrangler can help you find the Scorekeeper).

(6) Ribbons will be available at the shed to be handed out by the Trial Director who will be working there. The Trials Director and competitor can hand off the ribbons in whatever manner with which they are both comfortable. If competitors are uncomfortable taking ribbons, they can arrange to pick them up at a later date when they feel more comfortable. The Traffic Cop or Site Wrangler can instruct people on how to find ribbons.

(7) Titles earned will be celebrated on the Paws4Fun FaceBook page after the Trial. No title ceremonies on site, sorry.

(8) A ring exit and entry gates will be opened and closed by the Ring Crew Entry/Exit Gate Handlers, competitors should not touch the gates and should maintain a two meter distance from the Gate Handlers and from the other competitors while entering and exiting the ring.

(9) There there will be no Leash runner. Competitors may drop their leash/collar on the ground in the ring near the gate. AAC rules temporarily allow competitors to run with their leash in their pocket.

(10) There will be six warm up jumps, one for each competitor to use. In between time slots, the jump bars on the warm up jumps will be disinfected by the Site Wrangler, so the competitor may handle them during their warm-up time.

(11) Dog Measurement, per AAC temporary rules:  Judges will provide a one-time measure for dogs under 2 years of age. Dogs over 2 years of age must have at least one official measurement recorded on their Dog ID Card up to December 31, 2021.

Competitor Details

(1) What to bring:

    - MUST bring your own mask and hand sanitizer.

    - Bring your own copy of the course maps.

    - DO NOT bring a tent or much crating stuff. You will only be on site for about an hour.

    - If you can, please crate your dog in your car so that you can set up and exit in the minimum amount of time. 

(2) Competitors MUST wear a mask during the walk-though. (If a competitor cannot wear a mask for medical reasons, accommodations will be made if possible.) Competitors may wear masks while running events, or not, at their own discretion.

(3) Spectators are not allowed. If you wish to bring a spectator, please contact the Trials Secretary prior to the Trial, at TrialsSecretary@paws4funagility.ca

Site Details

(1) All persons MUST maintain a physical distance of 2 meters from people and dogs with whom they do not share a residence.
(2) Dogs not sharing a residence MUST be kept at a physical distance of 2 meters from each other.
(3) There will be no garbage cans on site. Everything brought on site, including garbage and poop bags, must be taken off site by the person who brought it.
(4) No competitor crating setup allowed, competitors should crate from their cars (depending on the needs of the dog, and the weather).
(5) Maximum 10 people allowed in a Ring at any time.
(6) No food, snacks, water will be provided by Paws4Fun. Everyone is responsible for bring their own food and drinks.
(7) There will not be a cooling pool provided for dogs. Handlers should be aware of the need to keep their dogs cool.
(8) Competitors must not intentionally touch equipment, ring gates or barriers at any time, during their runs, during their walk-throughs, or in-between runs.
(9) There will be a port-a-potty with hand-sanitizer provided. Everyone is asked to sanitize hands well before and after using, and wear a mask while inside the port-a-potty. Surface disinfect will be provided and everyone is asked to wipe the handles inside & out after use. The the door handles/locks will be disinfected periodically throughout the day.
(10) Accidents will happen, and any of us may inadvertently break rules no matter how hard we try to follow them. That said, the Paws4Fun Site Wrangler will ask anyone deliberately not adhering to government or Paws4Fun Agility COVID-19 pandemic rules to leave the property immediately. 

Crew Details

(1) Paws4Fun provided staff while competitors are on site:
    - In rings: Judge, Timer & Scribe, 4 Ring Crew.
    - On site, away from the rings: Traffic Cop & Site Wrangler; Trial Director; Scorekeeper.

(2) Friday, Saturday & Sunday evenings when there are no competitors on site, the build and tear down crews will work. Crews must sanitize hands before touching gates or equipment, and must wear masks during build and tear down.

(3) Timer, Scribe, Ring Crew, Traffic Cop & Site Wrangler must work in half or full day shifts.

(4) All crew working in the ring will wear masks while dogs are running, It may not be possible for the Judge to wear a mask while calling Snooker or Gambler events.

(5) Paws4Fun will provide hand sanitizer which Paws4Fun staff must use when they arrive on site, and before they leave the site.

(6) Responsibilities by role:

 

Trial Director

    - Must maintain a 2 meter distance from all competitors and their dogs, and wear a mask when this is not possible.

    - Responsible for rule enforcement. Including ensuring all competitors wear masks during walk-through, and accommodations are made

       for those competitors who cannot do so.
    - Disinfect the warm-up jumps bars and port-a-potty between time slots.
    - Hand out Q-ribbons and title rosettes at the shed.
    - General resource for answering questions from competitors and volunteers, and assisting with tasks as needed.
    - Is Chief Course Builder for the midday course build at the lunch break between 1pm and 2pm, enlisting crew members to assist as needed.
Site Wrangler
    - Must maintain a 2 meter distance from all competitors and their dogs, and wear a mask when this is not possible.
    - Assist competitors who are on the fields waiting for their time slot and call them ring for briefing and walk-through.
    - Makes sure that crew members understand their responsibilities, and assists them as needed.
    - Responsible for rule enforcement. Including ensuring all competitors wear masks during walk-through, and accommodations are made
      for those competitors who cannot do so.
    - Is the videographer if the club is providing video'd runs.

Timer & Scribe
    - Must wear a mask at all times when in the ring, and interacting with others where a 2 meter distance cannot be maintained.
    - Bring their own pens/pencils (and clip board if so desired). These will not be handed from one crew to the next at crew change.
    - Timer will wipe the timer control box with disinfectant at crew change.
    - The Scribe will transfer the scribe sheets to the Scorekeeper in a manner acceptable to them both.
    - Timer and Scribe will help the Ring Crew handle equipment.

Traffic Cop
    - Must wear a mask while talking to competitors through car windows.
    - Handle the main vehicle gate, letting competitors enter at the appropriate time, making sure Ring 1 is clear when cars enter.
    - Instruct competitors on where to park, which practice jump to use, and where they walk their dogs away from the rings.
    - Review running order with competitors, ensuring they know where they are in the order.
    - Instruct competitors on the process for getting Q-ribbons and title rosettes.
    - If present during the lunch break from 1pm to 2pm, assists with the midday course build as needed.
Ring Crew / Entry Gate Handler
     - Must wear a mask at all times when in the ring, and interacting with others where a 2 meter distance cannot be maintained.
     - The Entry Gate Handler will be the only person who touches the ring entry gate, opening and closing it as competitors enter the ring.
     - As soon as a competitor has left the ring, the gate can be opened for the next competitor. At this point the 
     - Handles equipment for knocked bars, height changes, and regular/special equipment changes when not needed at the gate.
     - As soon as the running competitor has left the ring, the gate can be opened for the next competitor. At this point the Entry Gate Handler
       should go into the ring and help with equipment changes if needed. Once that is complete, they should return and close the gate, ensuring
       that the next competitor has entered the ring.
     - If present during the lunch break from 1pm to 2pm, assists with the midday course build as needed.
Ring Crew / Exit Gate Handler
    - Must wear a mask at all times when in the ring, and interacting with others where a 2 meter distance cannot be maintained.
    - The Exit Gate Handler will be the only person who touches the ring exit gate, opening and closing it as competitors exit the ring.
    - Handles equipment for knocked bars, height changes, and regular/special equipment changes when not needed at the gate.
    - As soon as the running competitor has left the ring, the Exit Gate Handler should close the gate and go into the ring to help with
       equipment changes if needed.
    - If present during the lunch break from 1pm to 2pm, assists with the midday course build as needed.
Ring Crew / Height Announcer
    - Must wear a mask at all times when in the ring, and interacting with others where a 2 meter distance cannot be maintained.
    - Height Announcer has a copy of the running order and announces height and regular/special changes between dogs.
    - Handles equipment for knocked bars, height changes, and regular/special equipment changes.
    - If present during the lunch break from 1pm to 2pm, assists with the midday course build as needed.
Ring Crew / Judge Assistant
    - Must wear a mask at all times when in the ring, and interacting with others where a 2 meter distance cannot be maintained.
    - Helps the Judge tweak courses after builds, at 8am each morning and at 1pm each day for re-build.
    - Is responsible for ensuring the crew does the 1pm course re-build.
    - Is the go-to resource for the Judge for whatever they need.
    - Reminds the Judge to stay hydrated. 
    - Handles equipment for knocked bars, height changes, and regular/special equipment changes.
    - If present during the lunch break from 1pm to 2pm, assists with the midday course build as needed.

Still got questions? Got comments? Feel free to email them to TrialsSecretary@paws4funagility.ca