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Ready, Set, Trial! By Jamie McKay, CPDT KA Volunteering at Agility Trials Trials cannot run without volunteers. Exhibitors new to competition may be reluctant to volunteer due to uncertainty over what a specific job entails. Following is some general information about the jobs that need to be done for each class so you can see what you might be interested in doing to help at your next trial. Course Builders: Host clubs usually need assistance the day before the trial to set up the rings and move equipment. The chief course builder directs the placement of the equipment according to a specially marked course map. The morning of the trial, a volunteer holding an armful of jump bars shadows the chief course builder, who shows the volunteer where to place the bars on the ground. The chief directs the builders for proper obstacle placement in accordance with the judge’s course design. After the trial clubs often need help to disassemble the rings and move the equipment. Gate Steward: The gate steward stands outside the ring entrance and is a cross between an attendance monitor and a starting line22 up announcer. The gate is the link between the action in the ring, the exhibitors, and the score table. Responsibilities include reviewing the ring sheets to be sure all dogs are checked in and adjusting the running order (as allowed by the sanctioning organization) when handlers have ring conflicts. When the class starts, the gate steward makes sure the next four teams to run are ready. The most commonly used phrases for informing teams when they’re running are “on the line” for the dog entering the ring, “on deck” for the second dog, “in the hole” for the third dog, and “in the abyss” for the fourth dog. The gate steward updates the scribe during the class if there a dog missing or changing running position. The gate steward also informs the ring crew when the last dog in a jump height is on the line by calling out “last dog at this height.” Scribe: A scribe’s primary job is to keep their eyes on the judge at all times and record the judge’s calls. The scribe sits next to the timer and works closely with the timer to ensure the accuracy of results. Before the class, the scribe or assistant scribe reviews the scribe sheets with the gate steward to be sure they match the running order. Each dog’s scribe sheet is placed on a clipboard before the dog runs. The scribe records any hand signals the judge makes on the sheet. A closed fist indicates a refusal and is recorded on the sheet as an R. A wrong course is indicated with one open hand held up and is recorded as a W. Two open hands raised indicate failure to perform and is recorded as an F. A table fault is indicated with a V sign made with two fingers or two hands in a T and is record as a T. If the judge blows the whistle signifying the dog is eliminated, it is recorded as an E. In games classes the scribe records points as the judge calls them. The time of the dog’s run is also recorded on the sheet. Assistant Scribe: The assistant scribe makes sure the scribe gets the scribe sheets in the correct order. After each team crosses the finish line, the assistant scribe receives the score sheet from the scribe and records the time. If a carbon copy is attached to the scribe sheet, the assistant scribe places the copy in a designated © clean rU n © Stewart event Ima geS .com SonalItIeS n/pet-per © alISSa Beh © clean rU n Clean Run | March 11

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Clean Run - March 2011

Clean Run - March 2011
Editorializing: Go Get the Dog
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Backyard Dogs
Who Needs a Training Partner?
Difficult Students, Difficult Dogs, Happy Endings
Ready, Set, Trial! Volunteering at Agility Trials
The Breeders Behind the Dogs
Working on Stimulus Control
Teaching FOCUS and Impulse-Control Classes: Introduction
Power Paws Drills: Long Way, Short Way
Help for Heel Pain: The Facts About Plantar Fasciitis, Part 1
Hydrotherapy for the Canine Athlete
Getting the Biggest Bang for Your Seminar Dollar
When Pigs Fly: You Can Do It
You Know Your Dog Is Aggressive If... Part 5
Want the Best Training Results? Then Play!
Challenges for Rising Stars

Clean Run - March 2011