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AKC Trial Secretary Service: Agility, Specialties, Obedience/Rally
AKC Rules Effective January 1, 2013
Agility Clubs Allowed to Hold Twelve Events Per Year
The Board reviewed a Staff recommendation to allow clubs licensed for Agility to hold up to
twelve events per calendar year. Currently, clubs licensed for Agility are limited to eight
events per year. Following a motion by Dr. Battaglia, seconded by Mr. Amen, it was VOTED
(affirmative: Dr. Battaglia, Mr. Amen, Ms. Cruz, Ms. Scully, Mr. Kalter, Dr. Smith, Mr. Arnold,
Dr. Newman, Mr. Feeney; opposed: Mr. Ashby, Mr. Gladstone, Dr. Garvin, Mr. Powers) to
consider the matter at this meeting, waiving the usual notice requirement.
Following a motion by Dr. Battaglia, seconded by Ms. Scully, it was VOTED (unanimously) to
permit a club to hold up to twelve Agility Trials in a calendar year, effective January 1, 2013.
Per September 2012 Minutes of the Meeting of the Board of Directors
Agility - Publishing Full Running Orders Prior to the Event
The Board VOTED to amend the Regulations for Agility Trials, Chapter 1 Section 19, to allow
Agility trial secretaries to publish a full running order prior to the event that includes the dogs
catalog numbers, call names, breed of dog and the name of the handlers and/or owners. These
changes are effective August 1, 2012.
(Changes are underlined)
Section 19. Running Order ...…A judging schedule and the results of the
random draw of each height and within each class will be sent to all entrants.
Entrants will receive the catalog number assigned to each of their dogs along
with their dog’s registration number for verification of accuracy in the catalog.
Included in the judging schedule will be the quantity of dogs in each of the
heights within the classes. It is not required that any of the catalog numbers for
any of the other entrants be listed on the judging schedule. Due to the moving of
entries after the close of the trial but in accordance with the move-up regulations
the numbers assigned to dogs do not necessarily indicate what their running
order will be at the trial.
The judging schedule will be sent to entrants as soon as possible after entries
have closed but at least seven (7) days minimum, prior to the first day of the
event. Trial secretaries may also publish a full running order that includes catalog
number, the dog’s call name, breed of dog, along with handler and/or owner. This
may be done using email as described above. Trial Secretaries shall include the
following sentence on the required judging schedule and on the running order if
one is published prior to the trial: “This is a preliminary schedule which is
contingent upon the move-up entries that may not have been received yet.”
Per July 2012 Minutes of the Meeting of the Board of Directors
Beginning January 1, 2013, the class currently known as Excellent B (Standard, JWW, and FAST) will
become known as Master (Standard, JWW, FAST). This is being done to help clarify that there are two,
distinct classes after Open – that being Excellent, then Master. Within AKC’s Agility Regulations, this
class has always been referenced as “master”, reflected in the MX, MXJ, MXF title designations, etc.
Exhibitors consistently confuse Excellent A and B, treating these two, separate classes like Novice A and
B. With this name change to Master we hope to get rid of that confusion which leads to qualifying legs
Per Announcement from AKC to Licensed Agility Trial Secretaries September 17, 2012:
Name Change for Upper-Level Classes
Ok, at long last, here are the regulation changes and FAQs page for AKC’s regular to preferred one-time
cross over allowance.
Effective January 1, 2013, an exhibitor may show their dog in a preferred class that is equal to or less
than where their dog is currently showing in the equivalent regular classes. As such, a MACH dog may
initially enter Master Preferred level STD/JWW classes, skipping the lower Excellent, Open, and Novice
Once we see a dog qualify in preferred on/after January 1, that will become the dog’s ‘starting point’ for
preferred. As such, if a MACH dog qualifies in Novice Preferred on/after January 1, 2013, then the dog
must complete the Novice, Open, and Excellent level classes before being eligible to enter Master
There are many other class variations, but those are the basics.
This is a ONE-TIME cross over allowance – based on the first qualifying preferred class entry AKC
processes on/after January 1, 2013.
No legs/Qs or points cross over from regular to preferred.
Each class (i.e. Standard, JWW, FAST, T2B) have their own, separate one-time cross over allowance.
The cross over does not work “backwards” from preferred to regular.
It is complex to explain in writing, however simple in scope. Please read thru the attached PDF and let
me know of your questions. We’ll continue to build the FAQs page (which is being posted on AKC’s
Agility web page).
AKC Agility Field Rep – Event Analyst
Dear Trial Secretaries and Judges,
There was an error in the Regulation and the subsequent FAQs that were sent out yesterday regarding
the Regular to Preferred Crossover.
Let me clarify:
-The crossover only happens when a dog moves to Preferred at a higher level than they are
qualified for in Preferred.
- Once a leg is earned at the higher level the dog may no longer be entered at a lower level.
- Dogs may only be entered at the level they are currently eligible for in Regular classes OR
Example: A MACH dog may enter Novice Preferred or Master Preferred classes. If they enter
Novice Preferred and earns a couple of legs they have NOT used their one time crossover. This
dog may still be entered at the Master Level in Preferred at any future date. If the dog is
entered at the Master Preferred Level and earns a leg they have then used their one time
crossover. A MACH dog may not enter Excellent A or Open for their crossover class. They may
only enter Master Preferred as their crossover OR they may choose to enter the dog in Novice
My sincere apologies for any confusion this has caused.
Director of Agility
Click here for the revised rules and FAQs.
American Kennel Club