2017-2018 CENTRAL CATTLEDOG ASSOCIATION TRIAL RULES


 

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

The Central Cattledog Association (hereafter CCA) is hereby formed for the purpose of:

  • Fostering, promoting and developing the use of cattledogs for the benefit of farmers, ranchers, other livestock owners and cattledog handlers.
  • Fostering, promoting and facilitating humane handling of livestock by educating farmers, ranchers, other livestock owners and cattledog handlers in the proper use of well-trained cattledogs.
  • Conducting educational events, including clinics, demonstrations, sanctioning trials, and keeping records for the purpose of qualifying dogs for the CCA Finals and year-end awards.

 

INFORMATION

CCA shall provide information to its members via general membership meetings, e-mail, Facebook, and the CCA website located at www.centralcattledogs.com.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • The CCA Board of Directors has the authority to act on hardship situations on a case-by-case basis.
  • The CCA Board of Directors has the authority to set disciplinary action for any valid, written complaint filed by a CCA member. A complaint must be filed, in writing, within thirty (30) days of the infraction or incident. These infractions can include, but are not limited to unsportsmanlike conduct, offensive language, disrespect to sponsoring host, laborer, or other trial official, abuse to animals, or misrepresentation of dogs and their classifications.

 

RULE CHANGES

Rule changes and/or new rules made during the trial year will go into effect immediately after the rule change is approved by the Board of Directors, unless the change will affect year-end issues such as Dog of the Year points or handler status. In those cases, the rules will go into effect with the first trial of the next trial season.

 

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership is not required to compete in a CCA sanctioned trial. However, each competitor must sign a Statement of Responsibility prior to competing in CCA trials. This statement is renewed annually.
  • Voting rights of the membership are defined in the Bylaws document.
  • Membership dues are to be paid annually, April 1 through March 31.
  • Participating Membership dues are $20.00 per year. This level of membership is for the handler who wants to compete in CCA sanctioned trials and earn Dog of the Year points.
  • New Novice handler membership is free for the year beginning April 1, 2017.
  • Family Membership dues are $20.00 annually for the first family member and $10.00 for each additional member. This level is for family members living in the same household. Each member has the same privileges as the Participating Membership.
  • Participating or Family Membership is required to be current before going to the post in order to earn qualifying points for Dog of the Year.

 

SANCTIONING

The CCA sanctions five classes: (1) Open, (2) Nursery, (3) Intermediate, (4) Pronovice and (5) Novice. The eligibility requirements for each class are described below. CCA charges a sanctioning fee of $4.00 for each dog run in these five classes. These funds are used for the operation of the organization and to help put on the CCA Finals. The sanctioning fee along with the complete trial results must be sent to the CCA Secretary as soon as practical after the trial date.

 

The trial host must be a member in good standing of CCA and must submit a sanctioning application to the Secretary of the Board at least 14 days prior to the trial date. The Board will consider the sanctioning application and notify the trial host of approval or any required changes. The trial host has the option of adding additional classes after the 14 day cutoff date, but those classes may not be counted for CCA qualifying points.

 

CLASSES OF HANDLERS AND DOGS

  1. OPEN CLASS: Any dog of any age may compete in the Open class. An Open handler is an advanced handler and may also compete in the Nursery and Pronovice class.
  2. NURSERY CLASS: Only dogs that are younger than 30 months (2.5 years) at the beginning of the qualifying season (April 1) are eligible to compete in the Nursery class. In other words, for the 2017-2018 CCA trial year, eligible dogs must have been born on or after October 1, 2014. Any handler may compete in the Nursery class.
  3. INTERMEDIATE CLASS: The Intermediate class is limited to handlers who are not competing in the Open class. An Intermediate handler may acquire a dog of any level at any time during the qualifying year and make that dog part of his/her Intermediate team. However, once a dog is part of an Intermediate team, it must, during that qualifying year, be run only by that handler to maintain the Intermediate eligibility of that team. Unlike in the Open and Nursery classes, where points are earned by the dog and may be transferred with the dog to a new owner or handler, in the Intermediate class points are awarded to the handler/dog team.
  4. PRONOVICE CLASS: Any handler may compete in the Pronovice class. Eligibility for the Pronovice class is determined by the dog. A dog that has competed in the Open class may only compete in the Pronovice class upon transfer of ownership to another handler.
  5. NOVICE CLASS: A Novice handler is a beginning handler who has not competed in the Open class. A Novice handler may compete in the Nursery, Intermediate and Pronovice class. Eligibility for the Novice class is determined by the handler. Any dog can compete in the Novice class.
  6. The CCA Board of Directors reserves the right to ask a handler in the Intermediate or Novice class to move up if the Board feels the handler is too advanced for the current class.

 

CCA POINTS FOR DOG OF THE YEAR CHAMPIONS AND RESERVE CHAMPIONS

Qualifying points for CCA Dog of the Year are awarded by the CCA in each sanctioned class. The handler must be a CCA member in good standing before going to the post in order for the dog to earn qualifying points for Dog of the Year. Qualifying points are earned by and belong to the dog, regardless of handler or ownership changes.

 

Provided there are at least 4 dogs in the class (except in the Novice class) points are awarded to the top placing 30% and the top placing dog or team receives points equal to 30 times the number of dogs in the class. Each dog or team in second place will receive 100 points less than the first place dog or team. Third place and below will each receive 100 points less than the place above until there are no points.

 

For example, in a class of 19, 6 dogs or teams will earn points and there will be 570 points awarded to first place, 470 points awarded to second place, 370 points awarded to third place, 270 points awarded to fourth place, 170 points awarded to fifth place, and 70 points awarded to sixth place.

 

There must be at least four dogs in a class in Open, Nursery, Intermediate and Pronovice in order to have a CCA sanctioned class. If less than four dogs are entered in these classes, the class is NOT sanctioned and points will not be awarded.

 

There is no requirement for a minimum number of dogs in the Novice class. If there are at least 4 dogs in the class, the point calculation is as stated above: Points are awarded to the top placing 30% and the top placing dog receives points equal to 30 times the number of dogs in the class. Each dog in second place will receive 100 points less than the first place dog.  Third place and below will each receive 100 points less than the place above until there are no points. HOWEVER, if there are less than 4 dogs in the class, the point calculation is as follows:

 

  • If there are 3 dogs in the class, the winning dog will receive 90 points; the second place dog will receive 60 points; and the third place dog will receive 30 points
  • If there are 2 dogs in the class, the winning dog will receive 60 points, and the second place dog will receive 30 points
  • If there is only one dog in the class, that dog will receive 30 points

 

Any deviation from these CCA sanctioning guidelines or rules may result in disqualification as a sanctioned trial.

 

HANDLER RULES

  1. It is each handler’s responsibility to familiarize themselves with the rules and each trial host accepts the responsibility to enforce these rules at each trial. Any questions on rules should be discussed before the trial begins.
  2. Handlers with physical disabilities will be allowed the use of tools that are not normally accepted (binoculars, wheelchairs, electric scooters, or a walking aid). While not normally accepted as a tool, a horse or mule may be considered on a case by case basis after the handler has submitted a petition to the Board of Directors for consideration. If a horse or mule is used, the animal will be treated as the handler insofar as they cannot get out of a walk, cannot be used in a cutting horse capacity and they cannot enter any part of an obstacle. Infractions will be treated as they would for a handler and could result in disqualification. Handlers needing these tools should notify the trial host of their needs before the trial starts so there are no surprises. CCA encourages those with physical handicaps to participate in our sanctioned events and believes that trial hosts and trial officials should make reasonable efforts to accommodate these handlers.
  3. A handler may leave a collar on the dogs running in CCA trials.  The trial host, course director and CCA Board Members have the option to examine the dog just before the run and immediately after the run if hese trial officials are concerned that there is any kind of training device on the collar. 
  4. A handler shall not enter the trial field at any time with any kind of training device. This includes, but is not limited to, remote controlled devices, dummy or weighted collars, any device used to distract or cause pain to a dog, sorting stick, or anything held in the hand. The trial official has the right to inspect a dog for any suspected violations of this rule and may disqualify a handler if he/she enters the trial field with any such equipment.
  5. A handler is responsible for injury to livestock and property, both on and off of the trial field that results from a dog being loose and/or out of control.
  6. All dogs should be kept securely tied, on a leash, or in a crate when not competing. While realizing that ropes can be chewed and chains can be broken, if a dog gains access to the trial course while competition is under way through negligence of the owner/handler, a trial official has the right to access disciplinary action against the dog and its owner, including disqualification of the handler and dog for the duration of the trial being held.
  7. Handlers should always demonstrate sportsmanlike conduct.
  8. Two handlers cannot compete with the same dog in the same class or in any other class.

 

TRIAL OPERATING RULES

  • The trial secretary will draw the running order using a random or rotation draw to determine the run order. The complete run order shall be drawn prior to the first contestant going to the post. A draw consists of a handler and dog team; a handler cannot name the order in which his/her dog shall run. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, an entry must be run in the order drawn. If a handler wishes to withdraw his/her entry after the run order has been established, the handler may be liable for payment of the entry fee.
  • If a handler starts to run and doesn’t stop or make a definite pause after the second step, it will be considered running and the handler can be disqualified. Hopping will not be considered as running.
  • If logistics and cattle allow, the fetch, at least in the Open class, must be completed with the handler remaining behind the handler line. The handler may choose to forfeit their points for the first obstacle by crossing the handler line in order to help their dog.
  • In general, the course difficulty in Pronovice should be less than in Open and course difficulty in Novice less than in Pronovice. To attain this, obstacles and entrances may be widened, extra panels extending the wings may be added, etc. Also, course difficulty for all classes may be made more difficult on the second go.
  • Breaking ties when the handlers have not finished the course in the allotted time will be when all stock have crossed the handler (time) line, completed the first obstacle or have completed the second obstacle.
  • Contestants must not go into or through an obstacle they are currently working. If a contestant goes into or through the obstacle they are working, points will not be earned for that obstacle. Contestants cannot reach through and/or touch any panel or fence. If a contestant reaches through and/or touches any panel or fence, points will not be earned for that obstacle. If a handler touches the stock, points will not be earned for the obstacle being worked.
  • If time has expired before the handler has completed the course, the handler will be given credit for the stock that has completed the obstacle being worked.
  • If the livestock jumps out of the arena, if a loose dog gets on the trial field, or if other unforeseen circumstances occur through no fault of the handler, the time clock will be stopped. Trial officials will have the option of commencing the run from the same point where the original run was stopped, with all points and deductions standing, or award a completely new run. If the handler’s dog is responsible for the livestock leaving the course, it will be an automatic disqualification.
  • While recognizing that it is often necessary for a dog to bite the livestock to make a turn, excessive or out of control biting will NOT be tolerated. A dog that hangs onto the livestock as the livestock runs down the arena, or bites so hand as to bring the livestock down will not be tolerated. If the trial official deems the conduct to be excessive, the handler/dog will be disqualified for that run.
  • Trial hosts are encourages to have lower entry fees for the Novice class in order to encourage Novice handlers to enter the trials.

 

 

CCA FINALS TRIAL

The CCA Finals trial is to be held at the end of each trial year at the end of March or first of April. All classes, including Open, Nursery, Intermediate, Pronovice and Novice, are to be represented at the trial.

The trial will be sanctioned by the National Cattledog Association.

  1. A dog that changes class during the year must compete in the Finals in the same class in which it last competed.
  2. All cattle used in the CCA Finals must be exposed to dogs prior to the first go-round.
  3. The course will be set up by the Finals Trial Committee when it arrives at the trial site and has had time to observe the disposition of the stock, the physical attributes of the arena, the location of the bleachers, etc. The committee may modify the course in each class as they see fit.
  4. All livestock must complete each obstacle before moving on to the next obstacle, If some of the stock goes through an obstacle and some do not, the handler may collect those not having gone through before they mix with the others and they can be put through for full points. If the two groups mix, they all must be put through again before moving on to the next obstacle.
  5. If a handler chooses to retire the run, the handler will be given all points earned up until the time of retire, with full time.
  6. A handler will have to enter a minimum of two separate trial locations (excluding the finals) to be eligible for added money and/or prizes at the CCA Finals.

 

COMPULSORY ADVANCEMENT OF DOG OF THE YEAR AND RESERVE DOG OF THE YEAR CHAMPIONS AND HANDLERS

    1. There is no compulsory advancement of Dog of the Year or Reserve Dog of the Year champions in the Open class.
    2. Compulsory advancement of the Nursery dog is controlled by the age requirement. There is no compulsory advancement of the Nursery Dog of the Year champion or reserve champion handler.
    3. There is no compulsory advancement of the CCA Intermediate dog/handler teams. The compulsory advancement in the Intermediate class is controlled by the National Cattledog Association rules: At the end of the qualifying year, the top two Intermediate point earning handlers in the NCA are no longer eligible for the Intermediate class. Also, the top eight (8) finishers in the Intermediate class at the NCA National Finals will no longer be eligible for the Intermediate class.
    4. There is no compulsory advancement of the CCA Pronovice champion or reserve champion HANDLER. However, the Pronovice Dog of the Year champion and reserve champion DOG can no longer compete in the Pronovice or Novice class.
    5. The CCA Novice Dog of the Year and Reserve Dog of the Year handler and dog can no longer compete in the Novice class.
    6. The CCA Board of Directors reserves the right to ask a handler in the Intermediate or Novice class to move up if the Board feels the handler is too advanced for the current class.

 

 

These rules were adopted by the Central Cattledog Association Board of Directors at their meeting on March 9, 2017.  Amended May 11, 2017 and August 10, 2017.

 

 

Randy Mooney, President