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A Judge who is licensed for rally with either AKC, UKC or ASCA may judge IABCA Rally. The rally regulations define the exercises and the standard by which they are to be judged. The rally regulations set the standard for a perfect score of 200 points by which each dog's performance is judged. Rally judges must make decisions based on a mental picture of the perfect performance within the framework of the rally regulations. Studying the rally regulations increase a judge's knowledge. Putting the acquired knowledge into practice permits a judge to apply the principals of sound judging contained in the IABCA rally regulations. A judge may not discard, modify, or require anything not specified in the rally regulations. A rally title is intended to evoke admiration; therefore, the title must be based on performance that fully meet the requirements of the rally regulations. Scores for each exercise must be amply justified by the performance of the dog and handler. The owner of any dog receiving a qualifying score in rally has every reason to be proud. Earning a qualifying score should indicate a credible performance that fully justifies the eventual awarding of a title.
PREPARATION FOR JUDGING:
The judge must arrive a minimum of 45 minutes prior to the scheduled start of judging. Upon arrival, the judge will post the course(s) outside the ring. The judge may or may not have courses for the exhibitors to hand out, judge's discretion.
Prior to the scheduled judging time, the judge will inspect the ring, which must meet all requirements of the rally regulations. Size shall be determined by the judge pacing the ring. Checking the ring also requires the judge to:
- Examine signs and sign holders to ensure they are secure. AKC signs and descriptions will be used.
- Examine the distractions used in the Offset Figure 8 to determine that they can be seen and smelled but not consumed. Toys or food in covered bowls may be used.
- Measure the jumps in the Advanced, (if a jump is used), and Masters classes to ensure they meet the proper requirements; standard competition jumps 5' or 4' can be used.
The dogs will be judged in catalog order to the extent practical, without holding up the judging in any ring. For the Advanced and Masters classes, the trial secretary will arrange entries according to the dog's jump height, or ranging from either low to high or high to low. A judge need not mark absentees in the judge's book until the end of the class. Judges are not required to wait for dogs.
The judging schedule will be based on no more than 20 dogs per hour. There will be a 10 minute walk through in each level, familiarization time of the course before the start time.
If there are many entries, the judge may split the walk through time. Judge will take a break every 2 hours of judging to allow rest of the exhibitors to do a 10 minute walk through of the course.
Judging the Dogs. Unofficial scores, but not times, shall be posted ringside after each dog has completed the final exercise. The judge should honor an exhibitor's request to be excused. The judge also has the authority to excuse an exhibitor if the judge feels the exhibitor is having major difficulties on the course, ex: dog unmanageable throughout majority of the course, no control over the dog, dog will not perform exercises.
When judging is completed, judges must first assure their judge's books are complete and all scores, times, absences, excusals or other necessary information have been entered correctly. Judge must then sign the judge's book. Imperative that all information is correct in the judge's book as it will be sent to IABCA. Judge's score sheets should be kept for a period of 6 months in case there is a problem in a particular class that would be found.
EXPLANATIONS AND ERRORS:
After the class is finished, judges are not required to explain their scoring and should not enter into a discussion with a dissatisfied exhibitor. Any person who thinks there may have been a numerical error or an error in identifying a dog may report the facts to one of the stewards, the judge, or to the show or trial secretary so that the matter may be checked.
RESPONSIBILITY TO EXHIBITORS:
Each exhibitor has paid an entry fee for the purpose of competing and having their dog's performance evaluated. Judges are expected to be friendly and courteous to all who enter the ring. After a judge completes an assignment and has turned in the judge's book, the judge may discuss an individual dog's performance with the handler; however, a judge should never continue a conversation with an angry or aggressive person. After a class is done, the judge can instruct the table steward to post the score sheets in the judge's binder so the exhibitor may look at the score sheet, or take a picture of the score sheet with their phone, but the score sheets CANNOT be removed from the binder. The score sheets are the judge's property, therefore the score sheets MUST remain in the binder. If the exhibitor has any questions, the exhibitor must wait till the judge has free time to go over the score sheet.
Three (3) qualifying scores of 170 - 200, must be earned in order to receive a IABCA Rally Title Certificate. All three (3) qualifying scores can be earned under the same judge to qualify.
IABCA and The International Dog Shows RALLY RULES:
- RING SIZE: The ring sizes for Rally shall be 40 X 50 approximately. The ground surface outdoors will be the same as used for IABCA conformation shows. Indoors, the rings will be matted at the jumps.
- ARMBANDS: Exhibitors shall be provided armbands, which must be worn on the upper left arm, indicating their dog's order in the class.
- SIGNS AND HOLDERS: The designated wording and symbols must be used. Signs must be a minimum of 8½ x 11 inches. Weather conditions will dictate securing of signs and holders. Colors are optional. Twenty exercise sign holders are required plus one each for the Start and Finish signs. All sign holders or signs (not including those for Start and Finish) will be clearly and sequentially numbered on the course. Numbers need to be approximately 3 inches high. Signs with numbers 7,8,9,11,12,23 may be used more than once on a rally course. All other signs may only be used once on any course.
- SIT/STAY: In place of HONOR we will be using a Sit/Stay: When the Team crosses the finish sign, they go immediately to Sit/Stay, handler sits the dog facing the lead, tells the dog to stay, walks out 15', gets the leash, comes back to dog, going around the dog back to heel position, judge says "exercise finish", handler clips lead on dogs collar and leaves the ring.
- PLACEMENT OF SIGNS: Signs will be placed to the right of the handler's path except for those indicating a change in direction, in which case the sign will be directly in front of the team to aid in that change. Exercises using cones, the exercise sign is placed near or on the first cone or post where the exercise starts. Entry into the weave pattern is with the first cone or post at the dog/handler's left side. The team must complete the entire exercise by passing the last cone or post. Exact placement of signs is made by the judge while walking the course along the path that will be taken by the handlers. In cone exercises, a minimum of 16 cones are needed, in case more than one cone exercise is used. Serpentine Weave Once uses 4 cones, Serpentine Weave Twice 4 cones, Spiral Dog Outside 3 cones, Spiral Dog Inside 3 cones, Off Set Figure 8 with and without distractions 2 cones. The Offset Figure 8 with no distractions can be used in all levels. Offset Figure 8 with distractions can only be used in Advanced and Masters (upper levels).
- LOCATION OF PERFORMANCE IN RELATION TO SIGNS: Except for exercises requiring entry with the sign on the left, exercises are performed near the designated signs, either directly in front or in front and to the left of the signs. For stations where the teams are required to make a side step to the right, the sign shall be placed in the initial path of the team, thus requiring the team to make sufficient size sidestep to the right in order to pass the sign on the right.
- FAMILIARIZATION TIME: The course for each class will be posted. A ten minute walkthrough will be allowed for handlers without their dogs. When the same course is used for A and B classes, the judge may choose to combine the walkthrough times. The judge must be available in the ring during this period to answer any questions handlers might have. The judge may also brief the handlers on the course during this period. Course maps will be posted for the Exhibitors to go over. It is to the judge's discretion whether or not course maps will be handed out to the exhibitors. Posting the maps where the exhibitors can view them is a must. Suggestion- Some exhibitors are now using their phones to take pictures of the posted course maps.
- JUDGING: The judge's orders will be "Are you ready?"� followed by "Forward."� Exhibitor waits at ring entrance for the Judge to invite them into the ring. Team goes to Start Sign, Dog can be either in a stand or sit. Then judge will ask, etc. Dogs must come in ring on lead and leave ring with dog on lead.
- TIMING: All dogs will be timed. Times will be used only in the event of a tie in score for a placement. Timing will begin when the judge gives the order "Forward" and will end when dog and handler cross the Finish station. In the case of tied scores, the dog completing the course in the least amount of time will receive higher placement. The times will be entered to the 1/100 of a second on all runs. If there is a tie on time and score, there will be a runoff to break the tie.
- QUALIFYING SCORES AND GENERAL SCORING: To qualify, dog and handler must receive a minimum score of 170 points out of a possible 200. Rally title may be added after the
dog's name when three qualifying scores have been earned. Scoring for all levels is based on a maximum score of 200 points. Scores will be posted ringside after each dog has completed the final exercise. Times and scores will be recorded in the
The Following deductions shall apply on a scale from 1 to 10:
- 1-2 Point Deduction for each of the following:
- Tight leash
- Dog interfering with handler
- Poor sit/crooked sit
- Slow, delay or resistance to respond
- Touching or ticking a jump, pylon, post, or person
- Out of position
- No noticeable change of pace
- 3-5 Point Deduction for each of the following:
- Repeat of a station/segment (1 retry)
- Excessive barking
- Lack of control/teamwork/briskness
- Handler error
- Sign(s) moved out of place
- Luring dog/Pleading with dog
- No sit F/F
- 10 Point Deduction for each of the following:
- Incorrectly performed station
- Failure of dog to go over the jump in proper direction - No retries allowed
- Sit/Stay (Master level only), if the dog does not stay in a sit - No retry allowed
- Non-Qualifying Score shall be given for the following:
- Dog unmanageable
- Station not attempted/skipped
- Consistently tight leash
- Dog eliminates in the ring
- Handler asks to be excused
- Bar knocked off
- High Jump used as an aid
- Broad Jump stepped on or in between
- Does not meet minimum standard
- IABCA (International All Breed Canine Association), Rally Trials may be help in conjunction with the IABCA conformation shows (International Dog Shows) or as a separate event from the IABCA conformation shows. IABCA may hold 1 to 4 trials in same weekend. IABCA will have full authority in decision making pertaining to the rally trials. IABCA will set the entry fee per published on their website, flyer, or entry form.
- LEVELS OF RALLY: The levels rally to earn the IABCA titles will be as follows; Rally Novice A or B, Advanced A or B, Masters A or B. Once these levels are earned exhibitors may continue on to earn their RMX, RCH.
- JUDGES ALLOWED TO JUDGE IABCA RALLY: A person who is licensed for rally with AKC, UKC, or ASCA, is eligible to judge IABCA Rally. The judge know and follow IABCA Rally rules and regulations. In judging IABCA Rally the judge will judge each team fairly and impartially. In the event of the judge's inability to assume the assignment another judge may be contacted to take over. There will be no back-up judge to allow the officiating judge to trial with a dog.
- EXHIBITORS NOT ALLOWED ENTRIES UNDER HIRED JUDGE: IMMEDIATE FAMILY: Immediate family means husband, wife, father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law. A person that is living in the same household as the hired judge may not show under that judge. Trials are open to all other exhibitors, including handicapped handlers.
- DOGS ELIGIBLE TO COMPETE: Dogs that are registered with another organization may compete in IABCA Rally, including dogs of mixed breed that will have ILP or PAL, or Tracking Number with another organization.
RALLY NOVICE CLASS: All exercises are judged on leash, and all dogs must enter and leave the ring on leash. The leash must be made of fabric or leather. Rally Novice A and B must have between 10 to 15 stations (Start and Finish not included) with a minimum of three and a maximum of five stationary exercises per class.
THE RALLY NOVICE A CLASS: To be eligible for entry in this class, dogs may not have won an IABCA Rally Novice (RN) title or any other organization's obedience or rally title prior to the close of entries. A handler must own the dog entered or be a member of the owner's household or immediate family. The handler may not have previously handled any dog that has earned any other organization's rally title or any other Organization's obedience title. A person may enter more than one dog in this class. After a dog earns the Rally Novice (RN) title, it may continue to compete in the Novice B class until it earns its first Advanced qualification towards it's Advanced Title (RA). No dog may be entered in both Rally Novice A and Rally Novice B at any one trial. Once a handler earns the Rally Novice A title, the handler can no longer go in the Novice A class, entries must then be in the Novice B class.
THE RALLY NOVICE B CLASS: Any dog may be entered in this class indefinitely or until a qualifying score in the IABCA Rally Advanced class is earned. The owner or any other person may handle dogs in this class. A person may enter more than one dog in this class. No dog may be entered in both Rally Novice A and Rally Novice B at any one trial.
RALLY ADVANCED CLASS: All exercises are judged off leash, and all dogs must enter and leave the ring on leash. Rally Advanced A and B must have between 12 to 17 stations (Start and Finish not included) with a minimum of three and a maximum of seven stationary exercises. Courses shall have a minimum of three Advanced level stations plus one jump per class. Jump is optional, will be used at judge's discretion.
THE RALLY ADVANCED A CLASS: To be eligible for this class, dogs shall have won the IABCA Rally Novice (RN) title but have not won the Rally Advanced (RA) title or any other organization's obedience or rally titles prior to the close of entries. A handler must own the dog entered or be a member of the owner's household or immediate family. A person may enter more than one dog in this class. After a dog earns the IABCA Rally Advanced (RA) title, it may continue to compete in the Advanced B class until it earns it's first Masters qualification towards it's IABCA Masters Title (RM). No dog may be entered in both Rally Advanced A and Rally Advanced B at any one trial. A person or dog that has won an obedience or rally title in any other organization is not eligible to enter the A class.
THE RALLY ADVANCED B CLASS: To be eligible for entry into this class, competing dogs shall have won the IABCA Rally Novice (RN) title prior to close of entries. A dog completing the IABCA Rally Advanced (RA) title may continue to compete in this class indefinitely or until it earns it's first IABCA Rally Masters qualification. The owner or any other person may handle the dog in this class. A person may enter more than one dog in this class. No dog may be entered in both Rally Advanced A and Rally Advanced B at any one trial.
RALLY MASTERS CLASS: All exercises are judged off leash. All dogs must enter and leave the ring on leash. Rally Masters must have between 15 to 20 stations (Start, Finish and Call marker not included) with a minimum of three and a maximum of seven stationary exercises. In addition to the required rally signs, 1 or 2 jumps may be used (Judge's discretion) and the Sit/Stay exercise per class. Handlers may not touch their dogs or make any physical contact. Unlike in the Rally Novice and Rally Advanced classes, in Rally Masters, handlers are not allowed to pat their leg or clap their hands to encourage the dog. Verbal encouragement, multiple commands and/or signals with an open hand are permitted. Judge may choose to use 1 or 2 jumps in this level.
THE RALLY MASTERS A CLASS: To be eligible for entry into this class, competing dogs shall have won the IABCA Rally Advanced (RA) title, but have not won the Rally Masters (RM) title or any other organization's obedience or rally titles (including optional class titles) prior to the close of entries. A handler must own the dog entered or be a member of the owner's household or immediate family. A person may enter more than one dog in this class. After a dog earns the Rally Masters (RM) title, it may continue to compete in Masters B. A person or dog that has won an obedience title in any other organization is not eligible to enter the A class.
THE RALLY MASTERS B CLASS: To be eligible for entry in this class, competing dogs shall have won the IABCA Rally Advanced (RA) title prior to the close of entries. A dog completing the IABCA Rally Master (RM) title may continue to compete in this class indefinitely. The owner or any other person may handle dogs in this class. A person may enter more than one dog in this class. No dog may be entered in both Rally Master A and Rally Master B at any one trial.
RALLY MASTER EXCELLENT TITLE (RMX): The IABCA International Dog Shows Rally RM Title must have been awarded before requirements toward the IABCA International Dog Show RMX Title are met. This may start on the next trial following the awarding of the third leg of IABCA's RM Title.
The requirements for this title consists of 10 IABCA International Dog Show Rally trials and earn a qualifying score in each of the Rally Advanced B and Rally Master B classes in the same trials.
RALLY MASTER EXCELLENT TITLE (RMX): A qualifying score of a minimum of 170 points out of a possible 200 must be earned in both Advanced B and Master B in the same trials.
ADVANCED EXCELLENT TITLES: For every consecutive set of ten combined wins in the Advanced B and Masters B level the dog achieves, a numerical designation will be added to the dogs IABCA RMX, i.e. RMX1, RMX2, RMX3, etc.
RALLY CHAMPION TITLE (RCH): The IABCA International Dog Shows Rally RM title must have been awarded before requirements toward the RCH Title may be initiated. This may start at the next trial following the awarding of the third leg for the IABCA Rally Master Title. Rally Champion points are earned from the Rally Advanced B and Rally Master B classes by obtaining a minimum qualifying score of 191 points and a maximum qualifying score of 200 in either or both The points are accumulated from each of the Rally Advanced B and Master B classes based on the following scheme:
- 200 - 10 points
- 199 - 9 points
- 198 - 8 points
- 197 - 7 points
- 196 - 6 points
- 195 - 5 points
- 194 - 4 points
- 193 - 3 points
- 192 - 2 points
- 191 - 1 point
At least 80 points must be earned from the Rally Advanced B class and at least 40 points from the Rally Master B class. The remaining 80 points may be earned from either class. At the same time that the dogs are earning Double Q's for a Rally Master Excellent (RMX) title, they may also earn RCH points in both Rally Advanced B and/or Rally Master B. If they only qualify in one of the classes they can still accumulate RCH points if the single qualifying score was 191 to 200, even if they do not earn a DQ. Dogs are allowed to accumulate DQ's and points at the same time for the separate titles: Rally Excellent and Rally Master.
PLACEMENTS AND AWARDS:
Determining class section placements: The judge shall give up to four placements in each "A" and "B" section of each class, based on the dog's qualifying score. First Place must be awarded to the dog with the highest qualifying score, Second Place to the dog with the next highest qualifying score, so on so forth.
Ties: Each performance will be timed. If two or more dogs earn the same score in the same class, the winner shall be the dog with the fastest time. If the dogs remain tied with the same score and time, there will be a runoff to break the tie.
RIBBONS, ROSETTES AND MEDALLIONS:
All ribbons, rosettes, and/or medallions shall be awarded day of trial.
Awards are given for 1st - 4th place
Qualifying Certificates are awarded to exhibitors with a qualifying score in addition to the placement ribbon, rosette, or medallion.
HIGH IN TRIAL: The High In Trial award is given to the dog that has earned the highest qualifying score of all dogs competing in the trial. When two dogs competing in the trial have the same score, regardless of the class or section/division in which it was earned, the winner of the High In Trial award shall be the dog with the fastest running time. If there is a tie in score and time, there shall be a runoff.