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Frequently asked questions

Q. I want to attend a UKA show. Do I need to register first? If so, how do I do that?
A. You can register with UKA by post or online. Registration online has a 50% discount. Please click the red “Register” in the left hand margin
Online Registration is: £6 per dog for its lifetime membership
£6 per handler for a 5 year membership

This includes ALL of your dog’s measurements and its records are kept by UK Agility
If you wish to register by post please send a SAE to the UK Agility office to receive a registration form.
“Try Before You Buy” membership allows you to register and enter a show without paying for the membership fee. (You still need to pay the show entry). To keep the account membership fees are due 7 days after the show. You may only use TBYB for your first show as a handler/owner.

Q. Once I’ve registered with UKA what happens then? Do I need a record book and to be measured?
A. All handlers and owners must be registered with UKA in order to compete in any UK Agility event. Your registration allocates you a number which allows both yourself and UKA to track your dogs results. All The UKA Agility rules can be viewed online for free but members may purchase the UK Agility Rules and Regulations book at any show therefore giving all members the opportunity to become knowledgeable of our rules and regulations. Record books will also be available to purchase at shows and are for your records only. These are not compulsory as your dog’s measurement will be recorded by UKA and all results will be available online. Measuring is part of your dogs registration fee so will cost you nothing.

Q. What are my options for payment when registering or entering a show online?
A. When you register or enter online you will have the option to pay by BACS or by posting a cheque. Please see the click “Payment” in the left hand margin for further details

Q. If I am transferring from The Kennel Club system, do I still have to start in Beginners?
A. UKA will allow dogs who are already competing under The Kennel Club system to transfer to an equivalent level in UKA as follows:
Kennel Club Levels UKA Performance Programme UKA Steeplechase Programme
Grade 1, 2 Beginners SC Beginners
Grade 3, 4 Novice SC Novice
Grade 5, 6 Senior SC Senior
Grade 7 Champion SC Champion

Once a dog is registered with UK Agility, results from other organisations do not count towards progression through the levels in UK Agility. Once a dog is registered with UK Agility, it cannot be registered again under a different name.

Entering a show
Q. How do I enter a UK Agility Show?
A. You can enter all shows online via the UK Agility web page. Once you are logged in all shows currently live to enter appear on your left hand margin. Click on the show name, select which dog, select the dogs heights (please make sure you choose a height for the events you are entering) and tick the classes you wish to run. Additionally you can choose camping if available and select if you are able to help. Click the “I Agree” button to complete the entry. For payment details please see the payment page in the left hand margin. All shows can be entered by post. All schedules are available on the “Show” page. Entry form and payment is sent to the UK Agility office.

Q. What are late entries?
A. Most shows take late entries on the day. There is a slightly higher cost for the privilege of entering on the day. When you arrive at the show you must go to the secretaries tent and fill out a late entry form. You need to have your dogs UKA numbers with you. You will be given a late entry scribe sheet where you must fill out all the details about you, your dog and the class you are entering. When you walk the course please write your name on the “Call in sheet” so the ring party know you are running. You do not have a running order and can run when you want in the class.

Q. Why does it cost slightly more to enter UKA shows?
A. UKA show entry price has not increased since 2004 when we began. Unfortunately 15p was added to the entry fee in 2008 due to VAT increasing the cost to £3.05 a class. To be able to offer 4 heights, 4 levels and competitions against only your peers the number of runs we are able to cater for in a day is reduced. The number of rosettes and trophies awarded corresponds with the number of entries taken per show and a higher percentage of awards are received by UK Agility competitors due to the height and class splits. All results are recorded online, which incurs a lot more additional work in the running and management of the organisation. If you compare entry fee costs to other dog sports in the UK, and to agility entry costs worldwide, we feel that you are getting good value for money. UKA is an organisation that is run solely for agility competitors by agility competitors.

Q. Are ring plans available to download on-line?
All handlers that pre enter will receive a ring plan with their running order. Ring Plans are also available from Agility Net and you can request a copy by emailing enquiries@ukagility.com

Q. Are running orders posted?
All handlers that pre enter will have their running orders posted to them. Included with the running order will be a daily ring plan showing the order and number of dogs in each class. A confirmation letter is sent as well which gives specific details regarding the show such as directions and heats available as well as including general UK Agility information to help you throughout the day.

Q. How do I find out if a show is taking entries on the day?
Although the majority of shows do take late entries, it is always worthwhile checking before you travel to the event. If a show has unlimited capping stated on the show schedule then late entries will be taken. If the show has a capping level then please either email the office or check the UK Agility Facebook page. The late entry price will be stated in the show schedule.

Q. Do all dogs need to be measured?
Those that want to run at Standard, Midi or Toy must have an official UK Agility measurement at or before their first competition. Any dog running at Maxi height does not need to be measured. To receive a permanent jump height measurement, dogs must be either competing at the Maxi jump height, or must be over 2 years of age.

Q. How old must my dog be at its first measure?
A. Your dog must be at least 15 months of age

Q. Can I run a higher jump height than my dog measures? If so, can I later choose to move my dog back down to their measured height?
A. You may always jump higher than your dog’s measured height. If you change height in either direction your results still stand.

Q. What if I do not know my dogs’ height when entering my first show?
A. Competitors should enter the class they believe their dog is eligible for. Once at the show the dog should be measured at the first available opportunity. To measure your dog a UKA official measurer will have the dog placed in a standing position on a flat surface such as a table. The measurement is taken from the perpendicular line from the top of the dog’s withers to the flat surface. You will be able to transfer to the correct class, if you have entered under the wrong jump height.

Running a UKA show
Q. What if I want to run a UKA show?
A. If you are interested in running a UKA show please contact us directly at enquiries@ukagility.com. UKA offers a complete show management system that will assist you with all aspects of the arranging and running of your show. In addition, UKA provide backing, support and advice from an experienced team through all stages of planning, running and post event tasks. Please click on “Running a UKA Show” in the left hand margin for further details

Q. Can the Kennel Club take any action against me if I compete, judge or manage a UKA event?
A. No. The kennel club press release of Monday 15th September 2003 stated: The Kennel Club wishes to make it clear that it is ultimately a matter of choice as to whether an Individual wishes to participate in an unlicensed agility event. The Kennel Club also wishes to confirm that participation in any capacity at such an agility event will not result in any sanction being imposed by the Kennel Club.

Q. Are shows insured?
A. Yes all UKA shows are fully insured by UKA.

General Rules
Q. Why does UKA have 4 jump heights?
A. UKA has decided on 4 jump heights to more evenly split the numbers of the agility population. We believe All dogs should be able to compete against dogs of more similar sizes. These jump height divisions create the opportunity for more dogs to be able to participate in the sport by making it fairer for the different breeds.

Q. Why has UKA chosen not to judge the up contact?
A. UKA has addressed competitors’ opinions regarding the up contact. It is felt by many that the judging of the up contact is nothing less than stride discrimination. There is also concern that for certain breeds; having to break stride pattern to ensure getting the up contact, could cause impact injuries.

Q. How do I go about doing a training round at a show?
A. You must notify the person in charge of the scribe sheets that you will be running not for competition (NFC). If you do not state NFC prior to your run and the judge deems you to be training in the ring you will be eliminated. If you repeat a piece of equipment and the judge deems this was done with training in mind, you will be dismissed from the ring.

Q. Can I use a clicker, food or toys in my training round?
A. No food or audible training aids or audible toys will be allowed in a competition ring. All other toys may be used but consideration should be taken not to distract other competitors in other rings.

Q. Will I know what surface is to be used on the contacts at each show?
A. From January 1st 2013 only rubber contacts are allowed at UK Agility events

Q. How will rule changes be decided and implemented?
A. UKA is a customer service based organisation and therefore encourages feedback from its customers. Rules will be changed in keeping with our mission statement. Any rule that is amended in relation to safety or at the discretion of UKA can be brought into immediate effect. Other rule changes will be implemented on the publication of the new rule book.

Programmes & Height Divisions
Q. Why does UKA have 2 programmes?
A. To meet the needs of all dogs and the competitive interests of all handlers. Our Performance Programme was developed to challenge the dog and handler in every aspect of agility. This Programme includes agility, jumping and games classes. Our Steeplechase Programme was developed to allow for a fun and fast paced event that aims to bring more fun and excitement back into the sport.

Q. Do my points for one programme count for points in the other programme?
A. No.

Q. Why has UKA incorporated games classes into the Performance Programme progression?
A. The games are designed to bring back the fun of a tactical class back into agility. These classes also help to encourage new skills and bring new challenges to the sport. From listening to competitors from other countries it is apparent that once the games are understood they become a favourite class.

Q. When my dog achieves enough points to progress when can I start competing at the next level?
A. You must compete at the new level the next competing day at that show if there are any competing days left or if not at your next UKA show. If you have pre-entered a show and the closing date has not passed you can email enquires@ukagility.com to amend your entries. But if the closing date has passed you will need to go to the secretary’s tent at the show and present your running order card and ask for a move up ticket.

Q. What is a Casual class?
A. The casual class is designed for the new dog, dog recovering from injury, or older dog where the handler would like to run the dog in the competition environment. This class will award placements and clear round rosettes. Results will not be recorded by UKA, thus it is not for progression and titles. Casual classes will run both jumping and agility and shall follow the same rules as standard agility and jumping classes, however it allows the dog to jump one jump height lower than their competition height and the A-frame will be set lower too. The courses will not include spread jumps, long jumps or tyres. Weave poles may or may not be included in the casual jumping class.

Q. What is a Nursery class?
A. The Nursery class is designed for the beginner handler and/or beginner dog that may need some ring experience by being offered a smooth flowing course without the seesaw, tyre, spread jump or weave poles. The A-frame will be set at 1.60m, and it allows the dog to jump any height except Maxi. Clear round rosettes are awarded, but no placement awards. Results will not be recorded by UKA, thus it is not for progression and titles. Dogs must be at least 16 months of age to enter this class.

Q. Why has UKA chosen to allow dogs of 16 months of age and over to enter the Nursery class?
A. The idea of the class is to expose the younger dog to the competition environment. By removing the more difficult equipment and lowering the jump heights and A-frame, the handler and dog may have an easier transition from the training environment to the competition ring. It is recognised by veterinarians consulted, that the growth plates of the majority of breeds of dogs are fully closed by 14 months of age.

Q. How can I check on my dog’s progress?
A. All dogs progression results (clear rounds or top four placed clear rounds) will appear on your results page online. You must be logged in too see these results under “My Results” in the left hand margin. It is your responsibility to contact the UKA office within 6 weeks if you believe the official online results are incorrect.

Q. What happens when I get a title with my dog?
A. When you win a title your dog will have the initials placed after their registered name. UKA will issue the relevant certificate for each achievement gained. You must notify the UKA office of any title gained. Titles are available in both programmes.

Q. What National finals are there and how do I qualify
A. UKA Nationals is a week long show in the summer with the chance to compete in the National finals and the Grand Finals runs at the end of the year. For further details on the qualification process for available heats click on the relevant link in the left hand menu on the UKA web page.

Q. What are the Grand finals and how do I qualify?
A. The Grand Finals is held at the end of the competition year and has 9 finals, catering for all levels, over the weekend. Throughout the year at UK Agility shows there are many qualification heats for these different finals. The Grand Finals is an event dedicated to the sport of agility, showcasing the very best in Great Britain. With spectators and live streaming we guarantee this is an event you will want to qualify for. For further information click on “Grand Finals” in the left hand margin. For specific qualification heat information click on “UKA Heats” in the left hand margin

Q. At what point am I out of Beginners for life?
A. Results and progression are based on the dog only. Once a dog graduates from Beginners in the Steeplechase Programme or earns 24 points in the Performance Programme, (12 being in Agility) they can no longer enter the dog into Beginners level in the relevant Programme for life. The 2 programmes that UKA runs are separate and results from 1 programme have no effect on the other programme. If an owner has a second dog, and their first dog has already progressed from Beginners, the second dog can still begin its’ own programme at Beginners level. Any new dogs begin in the beginner level.

Q. How have UKA decided the different course levels and different course times?
A. UKA has done extensive research into design and layout in regard to fair and safe course difficulties and fair yet challenging rates of travel that allow the opportunity for all dogs that have been well trained to achieve a level of success.

Q. Do you cater for junior handlers?
The majority of UK Agility shows have 2 specific classes each day for Junior Handlers, Agility and jumping. The UK Agility open Championship runs throughout the year with 10 heats. The top 4 from each heat qualify for the Final held at the Grand Finals. The age cut off for junior handlers is Under 18 on the 1st December of that year.

Q. Are you going to regulate judges?
A. UKA states in its mission statement that it wishes to promote high standards in judging. With this in mind, The Derbyshire Agility Centre runs two judging courses accredited by UK Agility

Q. What happens if the electronic timing fails or equipment breaks?
A. If during a competitor’s run, the electronic timing fails, the scrime must immediately announce “timing failure”, notifying the judge of the malfunction. The competitor should continue on course until the judge stops the competitor. When the judge stops the run, the dog will then re-run for time, but will keep the faults incurred before the failure. If no faults were given and the dog faults an obstacle on the rerun before the place of failure, no faults will be given. If at any time during a class, the electronic timing fails and cannot be replaced with another unit or fixed; manual timing will be used for the remainder of the class. In the event that equipment breaks and cannot be replaced or fixed, the top 20 placements at the time of failure will rerun a new course. No new faults will be incurred, but new times will be given. During this time if the judge feels that the individual did not make a genuine effort to run clear in a sportsmanlike manner, it is in the judge’s right to eliminate that competitor. Those who ran clear prior to the failure are still considered clear and do not need to rerun.

Q. If I have any queries who do I contact?
If you have any questions about our shows, your entries, results or any other queries about UKA please contact – enquiries@ukagility.com

Q. Why are UKA shows capped?
A. To ensure maximum amount of runs are provided per dog, UKA shows may have a capping level applied depending on the show space and other conditions that may affect the number of runs per dog.

Q. Why do you have opening dates on the schedules?
A. The opening date allows entries to be taken in as fair a way as possible taking into account the capping rules. All competitors know when entries are open and therefore everyone is on an equal footing.

Q. What happens if I send my entry in by post and it arrives before the opening date?
A. Unfortunately if this occurs, UKA rules and regulations state that your entry will not be accepted and will be returned. This is because there is no other fair way to run the capping level. Please note, if you use a registered postal service, it must not be a service that requires a signature.

Q. What happens if I enter a show and my first dog is accepted but my second dog or partner’s dog is over the capping level?
A. Exceptions to the capping limit would be made in these instances only.

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