Scoring and determining the prize-winning places in agility

Подсчет очков и определение победителя в соревнованиях по аджилити

The Clear Round is scored when a dog overcomes the standard course during the Standard Course Time (SCT) without any course faults stated in these Regulations. 
Any dog that has obtained a clear round gets a Qualification Certificate signed by a judge.

Course faults
Five (5) penalty points (faults) are scored for every mistake committed by a dog.

Faults of Time
The time required for completion of the course is measured and recorded to within 0.01 second. Time errors are scored when the actual time result exceeds the STC, i.e. the 5.52 seconds over the SCT, are estimated at 5.52 time faults.

Penalties are those faults (including disciplinary offenses) committed by either dog or trainer in addition to the time and obstacle course faults.

Total Faults
This is the total number of penalty points earned by a dog that is the sum, of course, time faults and penalties.

Awarding of prizes

When determining the prize-winning places the following should be taken into consideration:
a) Walkthroughs with no errors (clear runs) and best time results.
b) The total faults, which are the course, plus time, plus penalty faults together.
c) In situations when the total errors of the dogs are the same the dog with least obstacle course faults will be the first except when this dog got the penalties. Any dog earned a penalty will not be awarded by qualifications or prizes due to the seriousness of such faults.
d) In situations when the total faults and the course faults are the same for several dogs, the fastest dog will be considered first.

Tie Score
In case if the run was ended in a draw (track and time faults are identical) the result is determined in the run-off.

The course
In order to overcome the obstacle course successfully the dog has to (where applicable):
a) Take a Long Jump passing between the front uprights, leaping over the boards and getting out between the rear uprights. It is possible to perform the Long Jump back and forth, if the highest bar is in the center of the obstacle.
b) Climb the board of the Dog Walk treading at least one (1) leg or part of a foot (make a foot touch) upon the contact zone, pass the upper section, and then go down by another board, placing at least one (1) leg or part of a foot in the contact zone.
c) Jump through the hoop.
d) Make a jump across the springboard and perform Double, Triple Jumps.
e) Overcome the A-frame correctly by climbing and descending it. The dog must put at least one (1) leg or part of foot in the contact area of the Frame on the way down.
f) Climb the Teeter-Totter putting at least one (1) leg or part of foot in the contact zone, cross the equilibrium point and walk down, likewise, treading at least one (1) paw or part of a paw on the contact zone. The dog has to stay on the Teeter until the board fell down, touching the ground.
g) Jump on the table and stay there for a time frame of five (5) seconds until the judge says to continue the course.
h) Enter a tunnel(s) from the front end and exit it at the opposite end.
i) Enter the Slalom through the space between the first two uprights for the first upright to be on the left side of the dog. Then the dog is required to complete this obstacle, weaving each rack.

Under regulations of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) performing any contact obstacle the dog need to place at least one (1) foot in the ascending contact zone and all four (4) feet, while walking down the obstacle’s descending contact zone. If this rule is not entirely observed 5 penalty points will be incurred for each missed or failed contact area.

Types of faults in agility

Every club has its own elaborated rules about what counts as a fault and if one is able to earn a qualifying point having faulted runs. A completed distance made according to the minimum prescribed standards for errors, time, mistakes, score points, etc., is called as qualifying run, which in some cases gives the advantage in earning the titles in agility. A clean running or clean round is the one that was carried out with no faults. 

Different organizations assign different priorities to the possible faults, which include the following: 
Time loss - exceeding the maximum time allotted by the judge for the course completion (standard course time - SCT). 

Missed contact zone - when the dog was unable to place a paw(s) onto the contact zone performing a contact obstacle. Jumping from an obstacle well before reaching the contact area is sometimes referred to as "fly off". 

Brought down or fallen bar – displacement of a bar (or panel) when jumping over it. 

Slalom fault – approaching the first and subsequent poles from the wrong side (the first pole must always be on the dog’s left side, when entering) missing poles, or weaving back in attempt to overcome them again correctly. 

Off Course - performing the wrong obstacle than it was required to pass according to a numbered sequence of the course. 

Refusal - dog approaches the correct obstacle, but later evades (refusing to take it), or stops and pauses long undecided before attempting this obstacle. 

Skipping - dog runs by ignoring the correct obstacle. 

Touching a dog – the trainer intentionally or, in some circumstances, accidentally touches the dog or obstacle. 

Training in the ring - the trainer consciously undertakes the actions that seem to be committed for the purpose of dog training instead of trying to overcome the course in the right direction, for example, controlling the dog in order to repeat the already completed obstacle when regulations do not permit this. The penalty for this action depends on the organization: the dog’s handler may be excluded from the competition; removal can be scored but the handler will continue the course; the handler and his dog may be allowed to finish the race but for the remaining course time, etc. Some organizations are not punished for dog training inside the ring. In general, the judge has the right to decide what is and what is not related to the training in the ring. Some organizations do not have any penalties for dog training inside the ring. In general, the judge has the right to decide what is and is not the training in the ring. 

Additional faults – the dog bit the trainer or judge; the demonstration of unsportsmanlike behavior; the dog ran away from the obstacle course; the dog escaped the ring and did not come back; presence of the collar during the agility distance (in clubs, where collars are prohibited), etc. 

Aggression is not allowed in the competition. If such incident was recorded the offending animal is removed from the playground. In most cases, the dog gets a second chance to pass the course but the second incident usually entails the compulsory exclusion. 

When the handler falls down to the ground it is not considered as a fault in agility. Fortunately this championship measures only dog’s agility not the trainers. Most of runs have been counted as successful when the trainers still managed to send the dog in the right direction for the remaining period of time after kissing the mud. 

Faults of the Course

Five penalty points are incurred when:
a) the dog goes through the two front racks of the Long Jump and goes out through the side. As well if the dog shifts knocks down or refuses to overcome the boards while performing the Long Jump. Dogs touching the boards will be imposed a penalty only if they are displaced when jumping.
b) the dog skips the contact zones of the Dog Walk on his way up or the way down. If either of the two contact zones were skipped, the two (2) faults will be counted at once.
c) any portion of an obstacle, including the hoop, is being displaced by the animal or trainer whilst running through it.
d) on the A-frame the dog misses the contact zone on the way down.
e) the dog leaves the Seesaw board before it touched the ground.
e) on the Seesaw the dog skips the contact areas on his way up or down. If both zones were missing, it is regarded as two (2) committed faults.
h) the dog abandons the table before the judge ordered: "Forward!", it needs to go back to the table where the count of five (5) seconds will start again.
h) in the Slalom, after entering the first pole correctly, but failing to come through a gap, no additional penalties will be counted for negotiation of the next gaps. The dog should continue weaving through this obstacle after skipping. Repetition of any part of the Slalom is regarded as wrong course.
i) the dog refuses to pass any obstacle.

Refusing to perform an obstacle

This is the action of a Judge if the dog displayed a refusal to take an obstacle when the Judge immediately indicates this to the trainer by saying ‘Refusal’. That obstacle must be completed again.

Refusal referrers to the situations where:
a) the dog fails to attempt to negotiate an obstacle
b) running up the obstacle the dog turned the other way or stopped in front of it unwilling to move forward
c) performing a Long Jump the dog did not pass between two (2) front supports or refused to jump over the boards.
d) on a Dog Walk the dog refuses to climb to the upper ramp or flies off from the obstacle before the horizontal section.
e) when trying a Bar Jump the dog has not passed between the two uprights.
f) attempting an A-frame the dog was unable to climb up the ramp, or jumped off the obstacle before reaching its highest point.
g) trying a Seesaw the dog failed to walk up the board or jumped off this obstacle before its rotation point.
h) at a Table the dog runs past the back plane of the Table, i.e. the edge point of the Table from which he is still able to jump on it. After the confirmation of refusal, the dog is allowed to jump onto the Table from its any side.
i) attempting a Slalom the dog weaved the first pole to the left of it, second is to the right of this obstacle (the first pole is on the right side of the dog, and the second is on his left, etc.).


Disqualification is incurred, if:
a) the dog has earned three refusals.
b) the dog does not attempt to go through the skipped obstacle again.
c) the dog takes the wrong course direction in any competition class.
d) in the Slalom the dog repeats any gap, no matter previously missed or completed.
e) the dog contaminates the ring in front of the judge.
f) by the Judge’s notion the dog gets out of control.
g) the trainer touches the dog in order to help him to overcome the obstacle.
h) the trainer contacts an equipment to help the dog or change the location of any obstacle in the ring without the judge’s permission.
i) the trainer brought food, clothing items or accessories (balls, belt bag, toys, educational booklets, etc.) into the ring.
j) the trainer ran under or jumped over any obstacle during the course.
k) the trainer has crossed the starting line before the judge gave the signal to start. He needs to start anew, otherwise a refusal will be applied.
l) any dog that negotiates an obstacle in a manner which, in the judge’s opinion it can clearly expose to danger itself, the trainer, or any other person.
m) the trainer rejected the judge's instructions
n) the trainer physically helped the dog to go beyond the starting line (to take off)
o) the trainer treads upon or over the distance line for a dog control in the open class.
In case a dog is disqualified under items a), b), c), d), k), o) the trainer will be allowed to complete the course.

Elimination from the obstacle course means disqualification, in which trainer and dog must immediately leave the ring, unless the judge changes his decision. The judge is obliged to use a whistle or bugle in a clear way to declare the dog’s removal.
The judge should be prepared for unexpected situations and be persistent and consistent in his actions.

Unexpected Circumstances

Under the circumstances beyond the control of the trainer - when Jump uprights are brought down by wind, fabric of a closed tunnel rolls down - the judge has a right to stop the run and after the restoration of the obstacles to require starting the course from the beginning. All penalty points scored before the dog was stopped will remain valid. Up to this breaking point the new penalty points will not be charged but the trainer should still exert maximum efforts to the course to take advantage of a new attempt. Additional penalties will be counted only from the position where such break took place.

Awarding a qualification / certificate in agility

The following degrees are conferred in the competition:

The sum of penalty points – 0 to 5.99
The sum of penalty points –6 to 15.99 VERY GOOD
The sum of penalty points –16 to 25.99 GOOD
26 or more penalty points NO QUALIFICATION

"The sum of penalty points" is the total faults on the course plus time faults during the course, plus penalty points.

"Certificate FCI in Agility" will be awarded to the dogs rated EXCELLENT three (3) times in competitions, having several clear rounds with simultaneous evaluation of two independent judges.


In determining the placements the following factors are taken into consideration:
  1. Total faults (course faults + time faults + penalties)
  2. In case of the same results for several dogs the dog earned less course penalty points (faults) will be the winner. Time is taken into account only at equal course faults.
  3. Dogs with equal outcomes (course and time faults are the same) the second race is assigned. If several dogs in the absence of scored penalties have equal sum of total faults and same course faults the fastest dog will be considered the winner.
Example: SCT = 65 seconds


Course Faults

Dogs time

Time faults


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Awards and titles in agility

There is a variety of awards in the form of rosettes (ribbons assembled into a bundle, to form a flower) created to reward the Agility participants.

Awards are generally given for the ranking and qualifying scores. Such awards are the different ribbons, rosettes, plaques, trophies, medals and badges. Some organizations award individual prizes for extra achievements defined in different ways, or other special awards for the contest. Dogs who scored all possible qualifying points to become champions in agility often receive special awards.

Different Kennel Organizations also award the titles to those dogs that maintained a long period of qualification at a certain level. Most of these organizations require three individual classifications with qualifying scores at any level to get the title; however, other clubs may exhibit greater or lesser requirements.