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KENNEL CLUB REGULATIONS H
General Regulations for Flyball and Agility Competitions



As at 1st January 2008

These Regulations apply to all licensed Agility Tests and Flyball Competitions, except where indicated.

1. Permission to hold Agility Tests and Flyball Competitions.

  1. The General Committee shall have the power to grant, withhold or cancel permission to hold any licensed Agility Test or Flyball Competition.
  2. Any cancellation or abandonment of a competition without prior permission of the General Committee must be reported in writing to the Kennel Club without delay.

2. Welfare of Dogs.
An exhibitor (or competitor) whose dog is entered at a Kennel Club licensed event should take all reasonable steps to ensure the needs of their dog(s) are met, and should not knowingly put their dogs' health and welfare at risk by any action, default, omission or otherwise. A breach of this Regulation may be referred to the General Committee for disciplinary action under Kennel Club Rules and Regulations.

3. Eligibility/Licensing.

  1. Agility Show or Flyball Competition licenses will only be issued to Registered or Affiliated Societies or other organisations approved by the General Committee.
  2. On the day of the event a current Public Liability Insurance Document must be held or the event will be deemed unlicensed.
  3. Companion dog shows may not hold Agility Shows or Flyball Competitions unless organised on their behalf by a Registered Society or Club and separately licensed.
  4. Dogs entered in Agility Shows or Flyball Competitions must be registered at the Kennel Club in accordance with Kennel Club Regulations for Classification and Registration B.
  5. Only dogs of 18 calendar months of age and over on the day of competition are eligible for competition at Kennel Club licensed Agility Shows and Flyball Competitions. However, Societies may accept Not For Competition entries at their discretion. Dogs aged four calendar months and over are eligible to enter Not For Competition.
  6. If, in the opinion of the General Committee, a dog is of a savage disposition it shall be ineligible for entry at any Agility Show and Flyball Competition held under Kennel Club Regulations.
  7. Persons disqualified or suspended under Kennel Club Rules are not eligible to take part in any Kennel Club licensed event.
  8. No activity shall be conducted which permits, encourages or develops aggression in a dog.

4. Application.
The application for a licence to hold an Agility Show or Flyball Competition must be made to the Secretary of the Kennel Club, 1-5 Clarges Street, Picadilly, London W1J 8AB on the official form which must be properly completed, together with the appropriate licence fee at least 6 calendar months before the proposed date of the competition.

5. Unlicensed Agility Show and/or Flyball Competitions.
Notwithstanding the provision of these Regulations, certain events which are not licensed by the Kennel Club may from time to time be recognised by the General Committee of the Kennel Club. The General Committee shall have power to grant permission for Kennel Club registered dogs to be entered for such events. A judge, competitor or promoter will not be prejudiced by participating in these special unlicensed events.

6. Guarantors.

  1. Licensed Agility Shows and Flyball Competitions require Guarantors who shall undertake jointly and severally to hold and conduct the competition under and in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the Kennel Club, to guarantee the due payment of any prize money, and to abide by and adopt any decision of the General Committee or any authority to whom the General Committee may delegate its powers subject to the conditions of Regulation H31.
  2. Such undertaking shall also be taken as an agreement by such guarantors and each of them, that any decision given against them or any of them, under Rule A42 of the Kennel Club Rules may be communicated by the Secretary of the Kennel Club to the Secretaries of the Dog Shows, Field Trials, Working Trials, Agility Shows, Flyball Competitions and Societies affiliated with the Kennel Club, and may also be published in the KENNEL GAZETTE, the official publication of the Kennel Club together with a report of any proceeding in the matter, including names, addresses and descriptions.
  3. Any notice sent by registered post to any such Guarantors at the addresses given by them on the license application shall be deemed full and sufficient notice on the part of the Kennel Club to them or any of them, of any proceedings, matters or decisions of the General Committee, or any authority to whom the General Committee may delegate its powers, or in regard to anything arising out of the License or to the conduct of the Competition, or in respect of any other matter whatsoever arising out of or in connection with the same.

7. Undertaking of Guarantors.

  1. The application form for an Agility and/or Flyball Competition license must be signed by the by the Guarantors who must give their full addresses in the spaces provided on the form. The signed application shall be a binding undertaking.
  2. Should changed circumstances affect the status of any of the original signatories as Guarantors, then notice of replacement(s) must be forwarded to the Kennel Club. Such notice shall be accompanied by a signed declaration from the replacement Guarantor(s) agreeing to the conditions of the guarantee.
  3. Notice of such change(s) must be made in the Schedule, if possible, or by notice in the Canine Press.
  4. The Guarantors for Shows shall be as follows:
    1. Championship Shows - A minimum of six members of the Committee which must include the Society Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary.
    2. Open and Limited Shows - A minimum of three members of the Committee which must include the Society Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary.
  5. The Guarantors for an Agility and Flyball Competition shall be a total of three members of the Committee, which must include the Society Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary.

8. Documentation.
At every Agility Show and Flyball Competition the following documents must be available:

  1. The license for the Competition, which must be clearly displayed.
  2. The current Public Liability Insurance Documents, which must be clearly displayed.
  3. A copy of Kennel Club Rules and relevant Regulations.
  4. A copy of the Schedule for the Competition.
  5. The completed entry forms for the Competition.
    All entry forms must be preserved by the Committee for at least 12 months from the closing date of entries and must be forwarded to the Kennel Club if requested, together with any other documents. A list of results for each class must be retained by the Society for at least 12 months from the date of the Competition.
  6. An incident book, not to be of a loose leaf style.

9. Schedule.

  1. The organisers must issue a schedule for the event, such schedule to follow the layout of the specimen schedule provided by the Kennel Club and conform with Kennel Club Regulations. No modifications may be made to the schedule except by permission of the Kennel Club and such modifications must be advertised.
  2. Submission of Schedules - 2 copies of the schedule must be lodged with the Kennel Club when published or at least one month before the date of the Competition.
  3. Contents of Schedule
    1. On the front outside cover or title page, the name of the Society, the type, venue and date of the Competition as described on the licence and any additional title for which prior permission has been given by the General Committee of the Kennel Club; the names and addresses of the Guarantors of the Competition, and the Secretary's name, address and telephone number where appropriate, and the name of the Competition Manager, and the date of closing of entries.
    2. An announcement that the Competition is held under Kennel Club Regulations.
    3. Kennel Club Championship Agility Certificate (Large Dogs) and/or Kennel Club Championship Agility Certificate (Medium Dogs) and/or Kennel Club Championship Agility Certificate (Small Dogs) for Championship Class.
    4. The names of the Judge(s) with the name of the class.
    5. All offers of sponsorship or donations with the names of the sponsors.
    6. The amount of entry and other fees.
    7. The amount of prize money where offered.
    8. The time of opening of the Competition.
    9. An entry form, which must include a box for the Kennel Club Registration Number of the dog and the standard declaration as included in the specimen entry form issued by the Kennel Club.
    10. A statement if applicable on details of how entries can be made via the internet.
    11. Definition of classes.
    12. Method by which the Judge will mark the Tests (Agility Shows only).
    13. The heights of the "jump" obstacles.
    14. A statement that in estimating the number of awards won, all wins up to and including 7 days before the date of closing of entries shall be counted when entering for any class (Agility Shows only).
    15. A statement that it is the competitors' responsibility to be available for their class and running order.
    16. A statement that Handlers working more than one dog in a Class must ensure that the dogs compete in the sequence in which they are drawn. Failure to do so may result in elimination.
    17. A statement that dogs to be limited to a specified number of classes, if applicable.
    18. A statement defining the composition of teams (Flyball Competitions only)
    19. A statement that the mating of bitches within the precincts of the Competition is forbidden.
    20. A statement that no bitch in season is allowed to compete.
    21. A statement that the Committee reserves to itself the right to refuse any entries.
    22. A statement that should a Judge be unable to fulfil the appointment to judge the Committee reserves the right to appoint another judge.
    23. A statement that should circumstances so dictate the Society, in consultation with the Judge, may alter arrangements as necessary. Such changes and the circumstances surrounding them must be reported to the Kennel Club.
    24. Notice of Kennel Club Agility and Flyball Regulations H paragraphs:
      10.e.
      13.
      14.
    25. If applicable a statement that;
      1. Not For Competition entries will be accepted for dogs aged four calendar months and over. Details of each dog so entered must be recorded on the entry form and must be Kennel Club registered or
      2. Not For Competition entries are not accepted.
    26. A pay on the day class will be held if time permits.
    27. A practice ring will be available if space allows.

10. Entry for Competition.

  1. Entries for the event must close at the time indicated in the Schedule, which must be no later than 14 days before the event opens.
  2. Entries received by post bearing the Post Office postmark of the date for closing of entries or before must be accepted subject to the conditions of Regulation H9.c(21).
  3. Entries from competitors claiming that undelivered entries have been correctly posted must be accepted on the day of the Competition, subject to the conditions of Regulations H9.c(21). Such claims will have to be substantiated to the Kennel Club which will request documentary evidence, subsequent to the Competition.
  4. A dog must at the time of entry for the Competition, be registered as required by Kennel Club Rules and Regulations in the Competitors' name (or registration or transfer applied for). In the case of a partnership the full name of every partner must be given. In the case of dogs recorded as owned by a limited company, the Directors and the Secretary of the limited company will jointly be considered as the competitor for the purpose of the Regulations. A dog acquired subsequent to entry having been made at a Competition may compete as the new owner's property provided that an application for the transfer has been forwarded to the Kennel Club before the Competition, and the new owner has undertaken to abide by the Regulations and conditions of the original entry form.
  5. A separate application for entry must be made by each owner and acceptance of the entry declaration must be given in accordance with the provisions specified thereon - whether in writing or via the internet. Entries cannot be accepted without the appropriate fees or acceptance of the entry declaration.
  6. If a Competitor reports before competition that a dog has been entered which is ineligible, the dog must be withdrawn from competition(Except under regulation H(1)(B)4.11 where, at the discretion of the Show Management, the dog's entries may be transferred in order that it can compete at the correct height category).

11. Control of Dogs.
The owner, competitor, handler or other person in charge of a dog at Kennel Club licensed events must at all times ensure that the dog is kept under proper control whilst at the licensed venue including its environs, car and caravan parks and approaches.

12. Free Passes.
The Committee of an Agility Test and/or Flyball Competition shall provide all competitors with a free pass enabling them to enter the event at any time of the day their competition is scheduled, but in the case of a dog owned in partnership only one such free pass need be issued. Additional free passes may be issued at the organising Committee's discretion.

13. Withdrawal of dogs from Competition.
A dog shall be withdrawn from competition and removed from an Agility Show and/or Flyball Competition if it is:

  1. A bitch which is in season.
  2. Suffering from any infectious or contagious disease.
  3. Interfering with the safety or chance of winning of an opponent.
  4. Of such temperament or is so much out of hand as to be a danger to the safety of any person or other animal.
  5. Likely to cause suffering to the dog if it continues competing.

14. Competition of Dogs Suffering from Contagious or Infectious Disease.
No dog suffering from any infectious or contagious disease or having been exposed to such disease during the period of 21 days prior to the Competition may compete. Competitors infringing this Regulation will be liable to be fined and/or dealt with under Kennel Club Rule A42.

15. Animals allowed in Event.
No animal other than one officially entered shall be brought into the precincts of the event during its continuance, except any dogs registered to assist the disabled, or dogs required for educational or instructional purposes or by permission of the General Committee.
However, at the discretion of the show society, a dog brought to the show by a spectator maybe admitted into the precincts of the dog show, with the proviso that those in charge of the dog sign a declaration confirming the dog is free from disease and that the dog will be kept under proper control at all times.

16. Veterinary Support.
The Secretary of a licensed Agility Show and/or Flyball Competition is required to arrange veterinary support compatible with the arrangements for the Competition and anticipated entries. The name, address and telephone number of the Veterinary Surgeon, Practitioner or Practice supporting the Competition is to be available.

17. Judging Contracts.

  1. Invitations to judge must be made by organising societies in writing and they must ensure that written acceptances are received. Written acceptance must be followed by written confirmation of the appointment by the Society upon which a judging contract will be deemed to have been formed; except that in the case of appointments to award Agility Certificates, the contract to judge will only be formed when Kennel Club approval of the appointment has been given.
  2. Societies are required to include the following wording in Judges' invitation letters:
    "In accepting this invitation you agree to be bound by Kennel Club Rules and Regulations and the Kennel Club Code of Best Practice for Judges. In doing so you also recognise that you are obliged to notify us in writing of any change in personal circumstances which will affect your ability to fulfil this judging appointment.
    You should also note that we reserve the right to cancel the contract before the date of the appointment if there is a change in your circumstances, which in our reasonable opinion would adversely affect your ability to fulfil the appointment."
  3. In the event of a judge failing to honour an engagement to judge, the General Committee will require reasons for such failure, and in the event of the explanation not being considered satisfactory, the General Committee may impose a fine. Similarly, in the event of a Society not honouring a judging contract, the Society may be required by the General Committee to give reasons for such failure, and in the event of the explanation not being considered satisfactory, the General Committee may impose a fine upon the Society.
  4. In the event of such fines not being paid within the time stipulated by the General Committee, the judge or Guarantors of the Competition, as applicable, may at the discretion of the General Committee be dealt with as if a complaint under Kennel Club Rule A42 had been lodged and proved to the satisfaction of the General Committee.

18. Approval of Judges.

  1. Show Societies must apply to the General Committee for approval of Championship Agility Class judges for Championship Agility Shows, at least nine months before the date of the Show on the approved form. All first time appointments must be applied for a minimum of twelve months before the date of the Show on the form provided.
  2. On a person's first appointment to judge the Championship Agility Class the minimum conditions which must apply are:
    Criteria:
    On application a person must have:
    1. a minimum of 5 years experience of competing at Kennel Club licensed Agility Shows and,
    2. a minimum of 5 years experience of judging at Kennel Club licensed Agility Shows and,
    3. to have judged at a minimum of 10 licensed Agility Shows over the previous 3 years and,
    4. to have judged at Kennel Club licensed events at Grade 5 or above, class size and geographical distribution of judging appointments will be a consideration and,
    5. to have handled a dog competitively at Grade 5 or above, or
    6. have been approved to judge the Agility Stakes at Crufts Dog Show or
    7. otherwise approved by the General Committee.
    8. at the time of judging a first Championship appointment the Judge must have attended a Kennel Club Agility Regulations and Judging Procedure Seminar and passed the Regulations and Judging Procedure examination.
  3. The Committee shall have the power to grant, withhold, suspend or cancel the approval of any judge.

19. Judges and Judging.

  1. Organisers of Agility Shows and/or Flyball Competitions must ensure that those invited to judge are competent to fulfil their engagement taking into account the nature of the competition.
  2. Additionally judges appointed to officiate at a Kennel Club licensed show for the first time must have attended a Kennel Club Agility Regulations and Judging Procedure Seminar and passed the Regulations and Judging Procedure examination.
  3. Judges appointed to officiate for the first time at a Kennel Club licensed show must have attended a Kennel Club Agility Course Design and Judging Seminar and passed the assessment.
    (Effective date: 1 January 2009).
  4. Judges at an Agility Show and/or Flyball Competition may not enter a dog which is recorded in their ownership or part ownership; or handle a dog at the Show/Competition at which they are judging.
  5. Judges at Kennel Club licensed Agility Tests and/or Flyball Competitions are expected to maintain and abide by the highest standards in accordance with Kennel Club Rules and Regulations and appropriate Codes of Best Practice as published from time to time.
  6. Judges are nor permitted to make a public commentary on the dogs whilst judging.
  7. Any physical disciplining of the dog by the handler in the ring or any uncontrolled behaviour of the dog must be penalised by adjusting the dog's score and the judge may bar the dog from further competition in the class.
  8. The Judge must observe the dog at all times whilst it is in the ring, even after elimination from competition.

20. Dog Fouling.

  1. Any owner, competitor, handler or other person in charge of a dog is required to remove, as soon as possible any fouling caused by their dog(s) at any Kennel Club licensed event within the licensed venue and within the environs of that event including car and caravan parks and approaches.
  2. Any organisation holding a Kennel Club licensed event is required to provide an adequate number of receptacles for the disposal of such fouling.

21. Use of Firearms and Sound Amplifiers.
The use of firearms is prohibited and the use of sound amplifiers is forbidden except as authorised by the Competition Management.

22. Sponsorship and Donations.
No offer of sponsorship or donation may be made on condition that a specified person is appointed to judge.

23. Payment of Sponsorship.
In the absence of any agreement to the contrary, the liability of the sponsor(s) for any class or classes at an Agility Show and/or Flyball Competition shall be limited to making good any deficiency between entry fees received and any prize money paid out. The Competition Manager must intimate the amount of sponsorship due within one calendar month of the close of the Competition and the sponsor(s) must pay this amount within 14 days of receipt of such notice. If the sponsorship is not paid within the specified time the Competition Manager must report the matter to the Kennel Club.

24. Objections.

  1. An objection to a breach of Kennel Club Regulation(s) may be made direct to the Secretary of the Show before the end of the Show. As an alternative, an objection may be lodged directly with the Kennel Club within seven days after the last day of the show and under these circumstances a copy of the objection must be sent to the Show Secretary.
    When an objection is lodged the following information must be given;
      A statement detailing the objection, quoting the relevant regulation(s).
      The objection fee of £35, or such amount as may from time to time be decided by the General Committee.
      The name and address of the objector.
      The name and address of the owner of the dog (if relevant).
      All relevant evidence.
    The objection fee may be returned after consideration of the objection.
  2. With the exception of objections made under Regulation H13 (Withdrawal of Dogs from Competition) the dog should be allowed to compete and a full report made to the Kennel Club.
  3. The right to lodge an objection to a dog or any action taken at a Show is limited to anyone in attendance at the Show not under a term of suspension imposed by the Kennel Club, or the owner of a dog competing or his accredited representative.
  4. No objection shall be invalidated solely on the grounds that it was incorrectly lodged.
  5. Objections or alleged breaches of Kennel Club Regulations shall be referred to the General Committee who shall have the power to delegate the hearing of the objection or breach of regulation to the relevant sub-committee or may decide to refer the matter for disciplinary action under Kennel Club Rule A42.
  6. Any appeal against the decision of the relevant sub-committee must be lodged within fourteen days of the decisions being given and will be subject to the prescribed appeals procedure as shall be determined by the General Committee from time to time.

25. Fraudulent or Discreditable Conduct at Agility Shows and Flyball Competitions.
The Secretary of an Agility Show and/or Flyball Competition must immediately report in writing to the Secretary of the Kennel Club any case of alleged fraudulent or discreditable conduct, or any default omission or incident at or in connection with the Competition which may come under his notice, even where parties concerned have indicated that they intend taking no action and at the same time forward to the Secretary of the Kennel Club all documents and information in connection therewith which may be in his possession or power. If evidence is placed before the General Committee to its satisfaction that undue influence has been exercised by any person(s), or that any improper means have been used to influence the appointment of a judge or to interfere with the competition of a dog at any event held under Kennel Club Rules and Regulations, the General Committee may require all correspondence and evidence in connection with the case to be produced in order that it may deal with the offender(s) under Kennel Club Rule A42.

26. Penalty for Infringement of Kennel Club Rules by Agility Show and/or Flyball Competition Management.
The General Committee shall have power to fine the Guarantors of an Agility Show or Flyball Competition who have broken Kennel Club Rules and Regulations in the conduct of the Competition.

27. Disqualification and Forfeit of Awards.

  1. A dog may be disqualified by the General Committee from any award whether an objection has been lodged or not, if proved amongst other things to have been;
    1. Competing at an unrecognised Competition.
    2. Handled by a person disqualified or suspended under Rule A42 as from the date of the complaint having been lodged at the Kennel Club and for the period of disqualification or suspension.
    3. Not entered on a Kennel Club approved entry form in the name and with the details which are recorded with the Kennel Club.
    4. Entered after the date announced for closing of entries, subject to the condition of Regulation H10.b. or contrary to Kennel Club Rules and Regulations.
    5. Suffering from an infectious or contagious disease.
    6. In competition in a class for which it was not entered.
    7. Entered for competition or handled in the ring by a judge at that Competition.
    8. Registered or recorded as owned by the scheduled Judge within a period of twelve months prior to the Competition. This shall not apply to dogs owned by a Judge appointed in an emergency.
    9. Not correctly registered and recorded in the name of the Competitor(s) or limited company at the Kennel Club or as provided in Regulation H10.d.
  2. To have been the subject of any other default, omission, action or incident occurring at or in connection with the Show rendering it unfair that the award should be allowed to stand.
  3. A dog shall be disqualified by the General Committee from any awards gained whether an objection has been lodged or not if entered in a class for which it is ineligible and not withdrawn from competition and the Competitor may be fined at the discretion of the General Committee.
  4. The owner of a dog disqualified for any of the above reasons is liable to forfeit all entry fees paid, and all prize money won by such dog.

28. Fines.
The General Committee shall have power to fine any person for breaches of Kennel Club Regulations subject to a right of appeal notice of intention of which must be lodged within 14 days from the date on which the decision is given and subject to the prescribed appeals process as shall be determined by the General Committee from time to time. In the event of such fines not being paid within the time stipulated by the General Committee, that person may, at the discretion of the General Committee, be dealt with as if a complaint under Kennel Club Rule A42 had been lodged and proved to the satisfaction of the General Committee.

29. Payment and Delivery of Prize Money and Printed Awards.

  1. All prize money and printed awards must be available for collection at the Competition.
  2. Prize money and printed awards, except special awards, not collected on the day, must be claimed not later than 31 days from the close of the Competition, otherwise they will be forfeited.
  3. Where any money prize is offered in the Schedule it must be paid in full, without deduction except in cases where amounts are legally due to the Competition organisers.
  4. In the event of the disqualification of an award winner subsequent to the receipt of any prize or prize money, such prize or prize money must be returned at once on receipt of a demand from the Competition organisers. A failure to comply with any request shall be reported to the Kennel Club and may be dealt with under Rule A42.

30. Order of merit when dogs are disqualified.
If a dog be disqualified, the prize to which it would otherwise have been entitled shall be forfeited. The Committee may at its discretion move up the dog or dogs next in order of merit (up to and including reserve or fourth place) to take the prize or prize(s).

31. Delegated Powers of the Scottish Kennel Club.

  1. For the purpose of Paragraphs 1 and 3 of these Regulations the power to grant, withhold or cancel permission to hold any licensed Agility Show and/or Flyball Competition in Scotland shall be delegated to the Scottish Kennel Club.
  2. For the purpose of these Regulations, all powers of the General Committee relative to events in Scotland and licensed by the Scottish Kennel Club are delegated to the Executive Council of the Scottish Kennel Club. Applications for licences, objections and allegations of fraudulent or discreditable conduct relative to Agility Shows and/or Flyball Competitions licensed by the Scottish Kennel Club must be made to the Secretary General of the Scottish Kennel Club, Paterson House, Eskmills Park, Station Road, Musselburgh, EH21 7PQ.

From the "Agility and Flyball Regulations 2008" booklet.


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