Trial Volunteer Roles
- Place obstacles for each course according to judge’s diagram
- Ensure weave poles and tunnels are secured, table, teeter, dog walk, and A-frame at correct heights
- Move obstacles if/as required after judge measures course
- Set bars at correct height for first dog after walk through
- Pick up the leash and collar from the start line and take it to the finish line after the dog starts the run.
- Do not step into the dog’s line of sight.
- If the dog leaves the ring before the finish line, make sure the handler gets the leash.
- Check in all dogs during and after walk through.
- Resolve conflicts in run order.
- Ensure next dogs are “on the line”, “on deck”, and “in the hole”
- Announce next 3-5 dogs to run: keep class moving.
- Announce “last dog at this height” so ring crew can change heights.
- Reset jump bars, straighten chute, weave poles and tunnels.
- Change jump heights after gate steward announces “last dog at this height”.
- Check with judge to see if bars should be reset or left down if the jump is taken twice in the course.
- Position your chair so the dog does not see you when taking obstacles; do not move when the dog can see you.
- Ensure the dog on the line matches the scribe sheet.
- Record faults as the judge signals them; watch the judge, not the dog: closed fist – R – refusal (5), one open hand – S – standard fault (5), two open hands – F – major fault (20), whistle – E – elimination (no score).
- Record time from timer at end of run.
- Tally faults on scribe sheets.
- Transcribe scores onto score sheet.
- Determine qualifying runs.
- Post score sheets.
- Take scribe sheet from Scribe and deliver it to Scorekeeper.
- Let Scorekeeper know “last dog in class” or “last dog at this height”.
- Run sheets after every 2-4 dogs.
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