Changes to Field Trial Rules and Regulations

 

On March 4th, the Retriever Field Trial Council voted to adopt a new process for amending the Retriever Field Trial Rule Book. It is the Council's intention to improve communication and give members of the field trial community a greater say in and clearer understanding of the rules which govern their sport. The process gives members of the field trial community an opportunity to:

  • have input and submit amendment proposals to the rule book to the Council for consideration
  • review proposed amendments and direct opinions and concerns to the Council
  • vote through their member clubs in a non-binding poll. This will further provide the Council with a sense of the field trial community’s receptiveness to proposed amendments

The Process

The following is an abbreviated version of the process that Council will begin using January 2014 at the start of a new 3 year term

  • The rule book in principle is amended once every 3 years
  • There are 12 council members, one from each of the following 12 Zones unless there isn't an active retriever field trial club in the zone: Zone 1-Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador, Zone 2-New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island, Zone 3-Quebec, Zone 4-Ontario North, Zone 5-Ontario East, Zone 6-Ontario west, Zone 7-Ontario Central, Zone 8-Manitoba, Zone 9-Saskatchewan, Zone 10-Alberta, North West Territories & Nunavut, Zone11-Brittish Columbia South West, Zone 12-Brittish Columbia Interior & Yukon. Council member contact information can be found at CKC Representatives by Zone. If a council seat is vacant, member clubs should contact their CKC director and recommend an appropriate candidate. It is the directors responsibility to inform the CKC and appoint a member to the Council

Year 1

  • From April thru August, Council Members will review the rule book, draft potential changes and if necessary assist members of the field trial community in preparing amendment proposals for the Council. The proposals should include the exact wording of the amendment, where the rule is to be inserted or amended, background information and an outline of the intent of the amendment proposal
  • In October, the Council will meet to review and discuss all of the amendments proposals that have been submitted for consideration and decide which proposals will move forward in the amendment process
     

Year 2

  • In March, proposed amendments will be published on the NRCC website
  • Members of the field trial community will have until July 1st to review the proposed amendments and submit feedback to the Council thru a link on the NRCC website
  • Member clubs which have hosted a retriever field trial in the last 2 calendar years will be eligible to vote on amendments until July 1st in a non-binding poll thru a link on the NRCC website
  • In August, the Council will meet to review all of the information that was gathered through the feedback form and the poll. After careful consideration it will decide to recommend adoption, revise or withdraw proposed amendments
  • In December, the Chair of the Council will present the Council's submission to the CKC Board of Directors for approval
     

Year 3

  • Amendments passed by the Board will become effective on March 1st of the Council’s third and final year. The Council will prepare a report for publication on the NRCC website.
     

Amendments Under Consideration by the Retriever Field Trial Council

When amendments to the rule book are being considered by the Retriever Field Trial Council, they will be published here. This will give members of the field trial community the opportunity to review and discuss any changes to the rules and regulations that govern their sport.

Vote

When proposed rule book amendments are being considered by the Retriever Field Trial Council, a link to an online poll will be available here. CKC member clubs which have hosted a retriever field trial in the last 2 calendar years will be eligible to vote.
 

Feedback

When proposed rule book amendments are being considered by the Retriever Field Trial Council, a link to an online feedback form will be available here. Anyone from the field trial community is welcome to voice their opinions and provide feedback.
 

Amendments Passed by the CKC Board of Directors

(Effective January 1, 2014)

3  JUDGES

3.2     Judges’ Qualifications

3.2.6  n the Qualifying stake, there must be at least 2 judges and their combined experience must be such that they have judged a total of 3 Qualifying and/orAll-Age stakes. If 3 judges are used, their combinedexperience must be such that they have judged a total of 5 Qualifying and/or All-Age stakes. It is recommended that one of the judges be a judge, who on at least one occasion, has judged an All-Age stake at a CKC approved trial. A judge who has not, within the previous 5 calendar years, judged a Qualifying stake at a CKC approved retriever trial, shall not be approved to judge a Qualifying stake, unless within the same period he has judged at least one Junior stake or an All-Age stake at a CKC approved retriever trial or he is judging with a judge who has judged at least 5 Qualifying and/or All Age stakes within the previous 5 years or a combination of the two.

3.2.7  In the Junior stake, there must be at least 2 judges and their combined experience must be such that they have judged a total of 3 Junior and/or Qualifying and/or All-Age stakes. It is recommended that at least one of the judges be a judge who has judged at least one All-Age stake at a CKC approved retriever trial.

3.2.10  If an AKC qualified judge has no previous CKC judging experience, the judge must successfully complete and submit a mandatory open book test of the rulebook per Section 3.2.3. This will help ensure the new judge is familiar with the CKC rules for the event.

9  SPORTSMANSHIP

9.1    Code of Sportsmanship

9.1.5  The sportsman judge treats all handlers, trial officials or any other person present in any capacity at the event with courtesy, respect, dignity and impartiality

9.2    Unsportsmanlike Conduct

9.2.1  It shall be deemed unsportsmanlike conduct if a person during the running of or in connection with an event abuses or harasses a judge, handler, trial official or any other person present in any capacity at the event.

9.2.2  Any participant, including any person serving in any capacity at an event who displays unsportsmanlike conduct or who is seen to kick, strike or otherwise roughly manhandle a dog while on the grounds of a Retriever field trial at any time during the holding of the event, may be expelled from the trial by the Retriever Field Trial Committee.

9.2.4  The Retriever Field Trial Committee shall investigate, at once, any instance of alleged unsportsmanlike conduct on the part of any participant, including any person serving in any capacity at an event, or any report that a handler has been observed kicking, striking or otherwise roughly manhandling a dog. If the Retriever Field Trial Committee, after investigation, determines that a person is in violation of this section, and that the incident, if proven, would constitute conduct prejudicial to the sport or the CKC, it shall exercise its authority in accordance with the Complaints section of these rules.

Final Report

The rule changes that will take effect Jan 2014 focus on three areas. Judges qualifications, sportsmanship and unsportsmanlike conduct.

3.2.6 & 3.2.7 The amendments to judges qualifications are an effort to increase the size of the judging pool for minor stakes.

3.2.10 This change ensures that AKC qualified judges that intend to judge CKC events are familiar with the CKC Retriever Field Trial Rules and Regulations. This rule does not apply to AKC judges that have judged CKC events in the past.

9.1.5 The Council felt that all persons present and participating in retriever field trial events should uphold a high code of sportsmanship. In an effort to reinforce this notion, the code of sportsmanship for judges has been further defined.

9.2.1, 9.2.2 & 9.2.4 These paragraphs define how individuals who display unsportsmanlike conduct are handled. Members of the council agree that anyone who participates in an event should be treated with respect and dignity. Furthermore, anyone participating in an event including persons acting in an official capacity should be held to the same standards of conduct as handlers and are subject to the same rules and procedures in instances of misconduct.

Please note that a new rulebook amendment process begins later this year. If you have concerns or any changes that you would like to see introduced, please contact your field trial council representative. A list of field trial council representatives can be found under Official Business. Guidelines on the new rulebook amendment process can also be found here.