Official AAC RULEBOOK

OFFICIAL AAC RULEBOOK

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7.0 19 December 2017

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7.0a    22 December 2017
  • Typo fixed in table 2.7.2 19
 
7.0b    4 January 2018
  • Division names added in brackets next to jump heights in table 2.7.2 19
  • Typo fixed in TCT examples 33
  • Typo fixed in table 3.10A 48
 
7.0c  22 February 2018
  • Corrected range to be used in Target Course Times 33
  • Qualifying score - Consistent use of “less than or equal to” throughout 27
  • Added word “Individual” to number of compulsory single jumps 40,41,46

AAC Rulebook v7p0c (secured).pdf

7.1d

  2 July 2018
  • As documented below
AAC Official Rules Update V 7.1d (2018).pdf

Changes to Rulebook since its last Printed Publication

Jul 01,2018

7.2 Update Info Overview

7.2 Update Info Overview

Rule Book Update File: NA

Please save or print this update  PDF icon AAC Official Rules Update V 7.2 (2019).pdf and include it with your AAC Rulebook, V. 7.0, effective January 2019 and RulesUpdate V 7.1d.

Any rule changes related to Regional and/or National competition, or to the National Team, can be found elsewhere (see www.aac.ca for links). 

Print this update and include it with your AAC Rulebook, V. 7.0.

A-Rule Changes, Clarifications, and Interpretations, Effective between July 2, 2018 and December 30, 2018:

• Maximum Course Time

• Decoy Obstacles in Masters Jumpers 

• Leaving the Ring When the Run is Over 

• Leaving the Ring During a Run 

• Timer Malfunction 

 

B-Rule Changes Effective January 1, 2019

• Spread Jumps Must be Set with Five Foot Bars 

• Starters Jumper Class single Jump requirement reduced 

 

C-Pending Rule Changes:

The following rule changes, effective no earlier than July 1, 2019, are briefly listed here for convenience only. 

• January 1, 2020 - One piece metal jumps will be completely eliminated from the list of approved AAC equipment. (141212) 

• January 1, 2020 - All contacts (including the table) must be rubberised. (141222) 

 

D-Errata: 

C 2 Obstacle Construction Standards 

C 2.1 Weave Poles 

Paragraph 

“The poles shall be marked with a contrasting colour so that approximately fifty percent (50%) of the pole is light coloured by striping or banding. Striping or banding on weave poles must be painted to lessen the chance of injury as dogs push through the poles. “ 

Should read 

“All poles shall be marked with contrasting colours in an alternating or repeating pattern along the full length of the pole (such as, but not limited to, striping or banding) to increase the visibility of the poles. All patterns on weave poles must be painted or extruded into the plastic to lessen the chance of injury as dogs push through the poles “ 

(Ref: Motion 170217 – eff. Feb 2017) 

C 2.7.1 Single Jumps 

Remove words “or plank” from description of single jumps. 

(Ref: Motion 170204 – eff. Jan 1, 2018)

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7.2 Update Info Overview
Jul 02,2018

7.2 Maximum Course Time

7.2 Maximum Course Time

Rule Book Update File: NA

If used, the maximum course time (MCT) shall be set to mini veteran time plus 20 seconds. For Challenge class, the MCT shall be set to mini veteran target course time (TCT) plus 20 seconds. (170907) 

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7.2 Decoy Obstacles in Masters Jumpers

7.2 Decoy Obstacles in Masters Jumpers

Rule Book Update File: NA

The use of decoy jumps and/or tunnels in Masters Jumpers course design is now optional. (171108). 

 

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7.2 Leaving the Ring When the Run is Over

7.2 Leaving the Ring When the Run is Over

Rule Book Update File: NA

In Section 2.10.2, General Faults, the penalty for leaving the ring and/or catch area NOT under control shall be changed from “may be given a verbal warning and/or faulted, from 5 faults to an E, at the judge's discretion.” to “elimination”. (180694) 

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7.2 Leaving the Ring During a Run

7.2 Leaving the Ring During a Run

Rule Book Update File: NA

In Section 2.10.2, General Faults, the penalty for leaving the ring during a run is changed from dismissal to elimination. (180604) 

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7.2  Timer Malfunction

7.2  Timer Malfunction

Rule Book Update File: NA

The current wording of Section 2.11 Accidents and Other Unforeseen Events, Timer Malfunction, includes the following: 

In a case in which the stopwatch or electronic timer malfunctions, or the Timer makes an error, the Timer must notify the Judge as soon as the problem is discovered and the run must be halted. The handler will be allowed to attempt the course a second time. If the handler elects to run a second time, only the second score and time shall be recorded and used for the determination of placements. The first run is null and void and cannot be used for scoring purposes. 

In Gamblers and Snooker classes, if not enough time is given, the handler will be given the option to rerun or to keep the score earned in the first run. If too much time is given before the final whistle blows (e.g. If the Masters Snooker horn was set to 60 seconds instead of 55 seconds), the run is void and cannot be used for scoring purposes. The handler will be given the option to rerun.” 

This section shall be amended as follows: 

In a case in which the stopwatch or electronic timer malfunctions, or the Timer makes an error, the Timer must notify the Judge as soon as the problem is discovered and the run must be halted. The handler will be allowed to attempt the course a second time. If the handler elects to run a second time, only the second score and time shall be recorded and used for the determination of placements. The first run is null and void and may not be used for scoring purposes. 

In Gamblers and Snooker classes, if not enough time is given, the handler will be given the option to rerun or to keep the score earned in the first run. If too much time is given before the final whistle blows (e.g. If the Masters Snooker horn was set to 60 seconds instead of 55 seconds), the run is void and cannot be used for scoring purposes. The handler will be given the option to rerun.” 

For Standard, Jumpers, and Challenge: In the event that a dog completes the run and is clean, but cannot be assigned a time due to timer malfunction, the handler will have a choice of running again for time only OR accepting a score equivalent to a clean run at standard course time (target course time in Challenge) for their height division/category. If the handler elects to re-run for time only, then they must run the entire course as it is designed without any non-completions. In the event that the team incurs a non-completion, they will be whistled off and the score will revert to a score equivalent to a clean run at standard course time/target course time. Should the re-run be over the SCT, time faults will be applied. 

For Snooker, Gamble, Team and Steeplechase: If there is a timer malfunction or an incorrect amount of time given, the handler/handlers will be given the option to rerun for points and time (the first run is null and void). In the case where not enough time was given, the handler will also be given the option to rerun or to keep the score earned in the first run.” (171223) 

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Jan 01,2019

7.2 Spread Jumps Must be Set with Five Foot Bars

7.2 Spread Jumps Must be Set with Five Foot Bars

Rule Book Update File: NA

All spread jumps (double, triple, ascending) must be made up with five foot bars for all heights and all categories. (171010) 

 

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7.2 Starters Jumper Class single Jump requirement reduced

7.2 Starters Jumper Class single Jump requirement reduced

Rule Book Update File: NA

The number of unique single jumps required in Starters Jumpers course design has been reduced from eight to seven. (180606) 

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Feb 01,2018

7.1 Update Info Overview

7.1 Update Info Overview

Print this update and include it with your AAC Rulebook, V. 7.0.

Please Note: because July 1, 2018 falls on a weekend, any rule changes normally effective July 1, 2018 are instead effective July 2, 2018 (Rule Book Section 1.6).  

 

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Feb 15,2018

7.1 Scoring and Ranking

7.1 Scoring and Ranking

Rule Book Update File: NA
Effective February 15, 2018, it shall be understood that,

for all classes and all levels, dog’s time must be less than or equal to the posted SCT/TCT in order to qualify. (180211)

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Mar 15,2018

7.1 Performance Enhancing Items in the Ring

7.1 Performance Enhancing Items in the Ring

Rule Book Update File: NA
Effective March 15, 2018, Section 2.10.2 General Faults, Food and Toys in the Ring, shall be replaced by the following: 

“Performance Enhancing Items in the Ring - Food, drink, toys, or cigarettes shall not be permitted in the ring at any time, including walk-throughs and course building. Any handler utilizing such items, or any other performance enhancing item ( any item that, in the judge’s opinion, the dog is clearly focused on, and/or is aiding in the dog’s performance) in the ring during a titling run, whether before or during the run, must be dismissed for the run or the day, at the Judge's discretion. Please note that, if the handler has entered a run “FEO with Toy”, a suitable toy may be carried in the ring without penalty (see Section 2.5.1.1). 

If a handler is seen to have any such item on their person but not being utilized after the dog has performed the first obstacle in a qualifying run, instead of dismissing the handler, the judge will call “FEO” and the run may continue as such. 

Phones or similar devices are not permitted in the ring during a run, hearing aids excepted.” (180308)

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May 17,2018

7.1 Pinch/prong and Electronic Collars at a Trial

7.1 Pinch/prong and Electronic Collars at a Trial

Rule Book Update File: NA
Effective May 17, 2018, the following wording in Section 2.2.4, At the Trial 

“Although the AAC does not specify restrictions on dog training tools allowed at trial sites, competitors are reminded that host clubs are free to impose on-site bans on such things as choke or pinch collars, shock or bark collars, or extendible leashes.” 

Shall be amended to read: 

“Although the AAC does not specify restrictions on dog training tools such as choke or limited- slip collars, head halters, harnesses (no-pull or other type) or extendible leashes, competitors are reminded that host clubs are free to impose on-site bans on these types of items. Pinch/prong and electronic collars (dummy or not), including citronella spray collars, are not permitted at AAC sanctioned events.” (180506) 

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Jun 01,2018

7.1 Elimination of Non-standard Wheel Assemblies

7.1 Elimination of Non-standard Wheel Assemblies

Rule Book Update File: NA
Effective June 1, 2018, non-standard wheel assemblies on the dog walk and A-frame are no longer allowed.

See Rulebook Section C 2.2 for a description of the allowed wheel placements. (130507) 

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Jul 02,2018

7.1 Measuring Device

7.1 Measuring Device

Rule Book Update File: NA
The following description of an AAC-approved measuring device shall be added as Section C2.7: 

“2.7 Measuring Device 

An exact measuring device (aka swing-arm measuring device) must have a scale marked in inches and the vertical scale arm must be perpendicular to the ground. The measuring arm must be level and parallel to the ground. It must be long enough to reach over a large dog in order to make contact with the withers. 

Wickets may be constructed of wood, metal, PVC or other rigid material. Each wicket should be wide enough to comfortably span the dog. The following heights, as measured from the ground to the bottom of the horizontal bar, are required: 12”, 15”, 18” and 22”. An optional 23” wicket may be provided. 

There is ZERO VARIANCE ALLOWED on the measuring device readings or the wicket dimensions. 

Hand-held laser measuring devices may be approved for use as long as they measure in inches and they include suitable instructions on calibration, inspection and use.” (180217) 

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7.1 Allowed Table Colour

7.1 Allowed Table Colour

Rule Book Update File: NA
The following wording in Section C.2.3 Table, 

“The surface of the table may be any colour or combination of colours except solid black. The colours may be arranged in any design, as long as the pattern does not cause a distraction to the dog.” 

Shall be amended to read: 

“The top of the table must be a light colour or combination of colours, so that the surface does not get excessively hot. These obstacles shall be painted with an exterior paint and treated with an anti-slip additive, or covered with a rubberized coating. Rubberised table surfaces may be any colour or combination of colours except solid black.” 

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7.1 Maximum Course Time

7.1 Maximum Course Time

Rule Book Update File: NA
If used, the maximum course time (MCT) shall be set to mini veteran time plus 20 seconds. For Challenge class, the MCT shall be set to mini veteran target course time (TCT) plus 20 seconds. (170907)
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7.1 Leaving the Ring During a Run

7.1 Leaving the Ring During a Run

Rule Book Update File: NA

In Section 2.10.2, General Faults, the penalty for leaving the ring during a run is changed from dismissal to elimination. (180604) 

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7.1 Leaving the Ring During a Run

7.1 ​Timer Malfunction

7.1 ​Timer Malfunction

Rule Book Update File: NA
The current wording of Section 2.11 Accidents and Other Unforeseen Events, Timer Malfunction, includes the following: 

In a case in which the stopwatch or electronic timer malfunctions, or the Timer makes an error, the Timer must notify the Judge as soon as the problem is discovered and the run must be halted. The handler will be allowed to attempt the course a second time. If the handler elects to run a second time, only the second score and time shall be recorded and used for the determination of placements. The first run is null and void and cannot be used for scoring purposes. 

In Gamblers and Snooker classes, if not enough time is given, the handler will be given the option to rerun or to keep the score earned in the first run. If too much time is given before the final whistle blows (e.g. If the Masters Snooker horn was set to 60 seconds instead of 55 seconds), the run is void and cannot be used for scoring purposes. The handler will be given the option to rerun.” 

This section shall be amended as follows: 

In a case in which the stopwatch or electronic timer malfunctions, or the Timer makes an error, the Timer must notify the Judge as soon as the problem is discovered and the run must be halted. The handler will be allowed to attempt the course a second time. If the handler elects to run a second time, only the second score and time shall be recorded and used for the determination of placements. The first run is null and void and may not be used for scoring purposes. 

In Gamblers and Snooker classes, if not enough time is given, the handler will be given the option to rerun or to keep the score earned in the first run. If too much time is given before the final whistle blows (e.g. If the Masters Snooker horn was set to 60 seconds instead of 55 seconds), the run is void and cannot be used for scoring purposes. The handler will be given the option to rerun.” 

For Standard, Jumpers, and Challenge: In the event that a dog completes the run and is clean, but cannot be assigned a time due to timer malfunction, the handler will have a choice of running again for time only OR accepting a score equivalent to a clean run at standard course time (target course time in Challenge) for their height division/category. If the handler elects to re-run for time only, then they must run the entire course as it is designed without any non-completions. In the event that the team incurs a non-completion, they will be whistled off and the score will revert to a score equivalent to a clean run at standard course time/target course time. Should the re-run be over the SCT, time faults will be applied. 

For Snooker, Gamble, Team and Steeplechase: If there is a timer malfunction or an incorrect amount of time given, the handler/handlers will be given the option to rerun for points and time (the first run is null and void). In the case where not enough time was given, the handler will also be given the option to rerun or to keep the score earned in the first run.” (171223) 

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7.1 ​Timer Malfunction
Sep 12,2018

7.1 Leaving the Ring When the Run is Over

7.1 Leaving the Ring When the Run is Over

Rule Book Update File: NA
In Section 2.10.2, General Faults, the penalty for leaving the ring and/or catch area NOT under control shall be changed from “may be given a verbal warning and/or faulted, from 5 faults to an E, at the judge's discretion.” to “elimination”. (180694) 
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7.1 Leaving the Ring When the Run is Over