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The following motion has been voted on this month by the ASCA Board. Results are below.

AG.18.01 Removal of the Closed Tunnel (Chute)

Approve: Unanimous

Motion carries.

Motion by Roberts

I move to approve the below motion from the Agility committee.

Committee recommendation:

Motion by Chris Carlson

Second by Judy Boone

I move that ASCA remove the closed tunnel (chute) from the equipment list and from use in ASCA agility events.

Current wording:

2.1.5.1 Premium: Required Information

The Agility Trial Premium shall include the following information: – A listing of the individual obstacles, including the type of contacts (slatted or slat-less), type of contact surface (paint and sand, rubber, etc.), type of tire if used (displaceable or non-displaceable), type of closed tunnel if used (solid barrel or safety tunnel-chute design), and the spacing of the weave poles.

2.2 Agility Obstacles

The following obstacles are optional for an ASCA Agility Trial:

– Double Bar Jump

– Closed Tunnel (Chute)

– Tire Jump

2.3.2 Trial Workers

– Ring Stewards/Jump Setters. At least two people (per class) should be assigned to the ring steward/jump setter positions. They are responsible for helping reset the course, changing jump heights, straightening the closed tunnel after each dog’s run, and resetting any displaced bars that may occur during each dog’s run.

5.3 Obstacle Requirements

Each contact obstacle must be performed at least once. There shall not be more than four total contact performances required per course. There must be at least one open tunnel performance with no more than three total per course. Jumps may be used as needed. The number of weave poles required is determined by the level. Closed tunnels, Double bar jumps and Tire jumps are optional. If used, closed tunnels shall only be used once per course.

5.4.1 General Guidelines

– All double bar jumps shall have top bars at the same height and have as straight on of an approach as possible, however the use of a double bar jump on a gradual arc within the flow of the course is allowed. A double bar jump shall never follow a closed tunnel. There must be a minimum spacing of 21 feet from the next obstacle on the approach and landing side of the double bar jumps.

– There shall be no sharp turns out of the closed tunnel and the next obstacle shall not be closer than 20 feet from the exit of the closed tunnel.

6.3 Obstacle Requirements

The Jumpers course may consist of jumps, a tire jump, and open tunnels and a closed tunnel. If a closed tunnel is used, it shall be no used no more than once. A course does not have to utilize the tire jump or any tunnels, therefore consisting only of single jumps and a double bar jump, if available.

There shall not be more than three total tunnel (open or closed) performances per course for Open and Novice levels, and not more than two total tunnel (open or closed) performances for Elite level.

6.4.1 General Guidelines

– If used, the double bar jump shall have top bars at the same height and have as straight on of an approach as possible, however the use of a double bar jump on a gradual arc within the flow of the course is allowed. A double bar jump shall never follow a closed tunnel. There must be a minimum spacing of 21 feet from the next obstacle on the approach and landing side of the double bar jumps.

– There shall be no sharp turns out of the closed tunnel and the next obstacle shall be no closer than 20 feet from the exit of the closed tunnel.

9.2.1 Obstacle Performance

Tunnels:

– Open Tunnel: The dog must enter the correct end of the tunnel designated by the course and exit the other end of the tunnel.

– Closed Tunnel: The dog must enter the open end and exit through the fabric chute.

APPENDIX A: Equipment Specifications

3 Tunnels

Open Tunnel: The diameter (opening/exit) of the tunnel shall be approximately 24” (61 cm). The length shall be no less than 10’ (3.1 m) and no more than 20’ (6.1 m).

Closed Tunnel: The closed tunnel may be constructed two ways:

A. The chute is made up of two parts: a solid opening (barrel) and the fabric chute. The rigid opening shall be 30″ to 36″ in length and shall have a minimum of 22″ inside diameter. The rigid opening shall be supported to prevent swaying, the entrance edge shall be padded and the inside dog running area (normally approximately 24″ in width) is to have a non-skid surface. The fabric portion of the chute shall be no more than 8′ long and flare out over the 8′ distance to a circumference of 86″ and 90″ at the exit. The above length is preferred, however, a combined barrel and cloth length of 12′ is also acceptable.

B. The Safety tunnel/chute design may be used. The barrel portion is a short tunnel, 4-6″pitch, 30″ to 36″ in length, and shall have a minimum of 22″ inside diameter. It shall be supported to prevent swaying. For safety reasons sandbags, or other non-metal bases, are recommended for support. The fabric portion of the chute shall be permanently attached to the tunnel portion, be no more than 8′ long and flare out over the 8′ distance to a circumference of 86″ and 90″ at the exit. The above length is preferred, however, a combined barrel and cloth length of 12′ is also acceptable.

Proposed wording:

2.1.5.1 Premium: Required Information

The Agility Trial Premium shall include the following information: – A listing of the individual obstacles, including the type of contacts (slatted or slat-less), type of contact surface (paint and sand, rubber, etc.), type of tire if used (displaceable or non-displaceable), type of closed tunnel if used (solid barrel or safety tunnel-chute design), and the spacing of the weave poles.

2.2 Agility Obstacles

The following obstacles are optional for an ASCA Agility Trial:

– Double Bar Jump

– Closed Tunnel (Chute)

– Tire Jump

2.3.2 Trial Workers

– Ring Stewards/Jump Setters. At least two people (per class) should be assigned to the ring steward/jump setter positions. They are responsible for helping reset the course, changing jump heights, straightening the closed tunnel after each dog’s run, and resetting any displaced bars that may occur during each dog’s run.

5.3 Obstacle Requirements

Each contact obstacle must be performed at least once. There shall not be more than four total contact performances required per course. There must be at least one open tunnel performance with no more than three total per course. Jumps may be used as needed. The number of weave poles required is determined by the level. Closed tunnels, Double bar jumps and Tire jumps are optional. If used, closed tunnels shall only be used once per course.

5.4.1 General Guidelines

– All double bar jumps shall have top bars at the same height and have as straight on of an approach as possible, however the use of a double bar jump on a gradual arc within the flow of the course is allowed. A double bar jump shall never follow a closed tunnel. There must be a minimum spacing of 21 feet from the next obstacle on the approach and landing side of the double bar jumps.

– There shall be no sharp turns out of the closed tunnel and the next obstacle shall not be closer than 20 feet from the exit of the closed tunnel.

6.3 Obstacle Requirements

The Jumpers course may consist of jumps, a tire jump, and open tunnels and a closed tunnel. If a closed tunnel is used, it shall be no used no more than once. A course does not have to utilize the tire jump or any tunnels, therefore consisting only of single jumps and a double bar jump, if available.

There shall not be more than three total tunnel (open or closed) performances per course for Open and Novice levels, and not more than two total tunnel (open or closed) performances for Elite level.

6.4.1 General Guidelines

– If used, the double bar jump shall have top bars at the same height and have as straight on of an approach as possible, however the use of a double bar jump on a gradual arc within the flow of the course is allowed. A double bar jump shall never follow a closed tunnel. There must be a minimum spacing of 21 feet from the next obstacle on the approach and landing side of the double bar jumps.

– There shall be no sharp turns out of the closed tunnel and the next obstacle shall be no closer than 20 feet from the exit of the closed tunnel.

9.2.1 Obstacle Performance

Tunnels:

– Open Tunnel: The dog must enter the correct end of the tunnel designated by the course and exit the other end of the tunnel.

– Closed Tunnel: The dog must enter the open end and exit through the fabric chute.

APPENDIX A: Equipment Specifications

3 Tunnels

Open Tunnel: The diameter (opening/exit) of the tunnel shall be approximately 24” (61 cm). The length shall be no less than 10’ (3.1 m) and no more than 20’ (6.1 m).

Closed Tunnel: The closed tunnel may be constructed two ways:

A. The chute is made up of two parts: a solid opening (barrel) and the fabric chute. The rigid opening shall be 30″ to 36″ in length and shall have a minimum of 22″ inside diameter. The rigid opening shall be supported to prevent swaying, the entrance edge shall be padded and the inside dog running area (normally approximately 24″ in width) is to have a non-skid surface. The fabric portion of the chute shall be no more than 8′ long and flare out over the 8′ distance to a circumference of 86″ and 90″ at the exit. The above length is preferred, however, a combined barrel and cloth length of 12′ is also acceptable.

B. The Safety tunnel/chute design may be used. The barrel portion is a short tunnel, 4-6″pitch, 30″ to 36″ in length, and shall have a minimum of 22″ inside diameter. It shall be supported to prevent swaying. For safety reasons sandbags, or other non-metal bases, are recommended for support. The fabric portion of the chute shall be permanently attached to the tunnel portion, be no more than 8′ long and flare out over the 8′ distance to a circumference of 86″ and 90″ at the exit. The above length is preferred, however, a combined barrel and cloth length of 12′ is also acceptable.

Comments/rationale: All other agility organizations have removed the closed tunnel from their equipment for safety reasons. While ASCA promotes safer entries and exits from the closed tunnel through required course design, there is a concern for the availability of the closed tunnel for clubs to use and for dogs to be trained on as well as a safety concern.

Effective date: At the next printing of the rulebook

Results of committee vote:

Approve: 8

Oppose: 0

Non-voting: 1