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Правила IFCS по аджилити




IFCS Agility Competitions
Revised in February 2017

Chapter 1. General Requirements on Holding Agility Events
1.1. These Rules are applied on all international competitions and agility championships held by IFCS
and its members under IFCS aegis. The word “competitions” in these rules is concerning all IFCS agility
competitions, listed above, and includes rules used for IFCS World Agility Championships.
1.2. The number of the team members in a team event, scoring, type of competition (individual, team
or both individual and team) and specific details of the event are to be specified in the event regulations of the competition.
1.3. There should be nothing on the dog when in the ring (during the performance of the course),
including no collar, muzzle, clothes and so on. The safety of the dog is paramount and ensuring nothing can catch on equipment during the round. The exception is dogs with long and shaggy hair over the eyes, in which case a rubber/elastic hairband may be used to keep the hair away from the dog’s eyes.
1.4. The term competitor throughout this document refers to both men and women. The competitor is
to wear sporting attire (clothing) that is appropriate for the climate and conditions of the competition and must wear closed shoes that are correct for the ground conditions (for example, non-slip for damp or wet grass).
The competitor may wear their event identification number/tag when in the ring and team uniform (if any).
1.5. It is forbidden for competitor to run in the ring and have anything in their hands (the exception is
a “baton” during relay events). The competitor should not take with them into the ring anything that could help to direct their dogs (for example, whistle, waist-bags, leash around waist, food in the pocket, toy etc.).
1.6. Any protests relating to a competition, and/or a Judges call are to be submitted in accordance with
event regulations for that specific event. It is usual for a form/document to be available and for protests to be submitted in a written format. Replay of any video footage may be used as stated in the specific event regulations and in such case, may be any video replay or only official IFCS/event video reply, as per the event regulations.
1.7. The judge should make all attempt to not hinder the competitor when judging a class, yet must
maintain a consistent judges lines, which is generally the same for all competitor. The judge must also do their job and ensure they can see the up and down contact zone for contact equipment.
1.8. Agility competitions can be held in different age groups: children, junior, adults. For some
competitions there can be a senior group for the competitor. If there is no age division, competitions are
considered as for adults.
1.8.1. If there is an age division, some competitors who are juniors or children by their age can enter
an adult group if they are considered mature enough and competent to do so. Specific event regulations and individual organizations should have a policy on juniors and the maximum age limit before no longer considered a junior and can no longer enter a junior class.
1.8.2. If there is an age division, a competitor can only run any one class with the same dog once, and
so can enter only one age group. Event regulations will normally stipulate a Handler can only enter a height class once.
1.8.3. Age limits of every group are established by special
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1.9. Agility competitions are held in following height classes:


Dog’s Height at Withers

Hurdle Jump Height

Spread Hurdle (ascending)

Table (not used at WAC)

Long Jump


Up to and including


Width up to 30cm




Up to and including


Width up to 40cm



Midi (Medium)

Up to and including


Width up to 50cm

50cm to
60 cm



No restriction in
height – any height dog can enter


Width up to 60cm




Note 1: The measurement system of the IFCS is metric.
Note 2: There is no need to measure dogs at a championship event entered in Maxi Class.
1.10. Programs of performance will normally be offered in every height class and as listed within the
event regulations and schedule. In effect, each height class is its own competition with its own winners and place getters. It is normal to use one course design for all height classes, but not a mandatory and the event regulations and event schedule may allow a different course for each height class, or it may use one course for Toy and Mini height class and a different course for Midi and Maxi dogs. The event schedule, usually for
championship classes may stipulate that a handler may only run one dog per height class.
1.11. If the event regulations and schedule of the competition establish mixed composition of team
(from different groups and/or height classes), the competitor of these groups and/or height classes do have identical courses and the dog will always be required to jump the correct hurdle height for its height class.
1.12. There is only one judge per class. A competition may use one or more judges as required for the
number of rings. A competition may have more than one class and more than one ring and in such case each ring will have its own judge.
1.12.1. If there is one Judge for all classes on the day, he (she) is the Chief Judge of the competition.
1.12.2. If there are several judges for different classes, a Chief Judge may be nominated. The Chief
Judge may actually judge a class on the day or not. The duty of the Chief Judge is normally to deal with
protests and any allowed video review, and to ensure judges are aware of agility rules and event regulations.
1.13. The Chief Judge will also be responsible for any measurement of dogs to ensure they are entered
in the correct height class. The Chief Judge may be responsible, but may delegate the actual task of measuring dogs to other event officials. The requirement, if any to measure dogs will be specified in the event
regulations and must be carried out before the start of the competition. There is usually no need and no
requirement to measure dogs entered in Maxi class.
1.13.1. The Judge can postpone the start of a class if any one dog’s height is more than the top limit
for the class entered. If a Chief Judge has been appointed, then the Chief Judge can manage the situation and the controlled measuring of the dog in question.
1.13.2. If after the controlled measuring of the dog in question, the dog is deemed to be higher than
the maximum height cut-off (measured at the wither), then the dog cannot enter the incorrect class and must be moved to the correct height class for its measurement at the wither.
1.14. Any dog that is ill or exhausted and pregnant bitches cannot take part in the running of a class at
a competition. The IFCS council on a case by case basis may allow bitches in heat to enter a class and
compete, and this will be clearly stated in the event regulations. If the event regulations (on approval from IFCS) do allow bitches in heat to compete, such dogs will always run last in the running order and may be required to be kennelled in a separate area to avoid potential disturbances.
1.15. If an event has an appointed Veterinary doctor at the competition, then the Veterinary doctor can
exclude the dog from entering a class at the competition if participating will damage the dog’s health or life.
1.16. Any one dog may participate and run any one course only once at a competition.
1.17. It is forbidden to use doping (prohibited by IOC methods and substances) for dogs and

Chapter 2. Agility Obstacles
2.1. The following obstacles are used at Agility competitions:
2.1.1. Obstacles with contact zones:
— Dog-walk;
— See-saw and;
— A-Frame.
2.1.2. Obstacles without contact zones:
— hurdle;
— viaduct/wall;
— open/pipe tunnel;
— closed/cloth (chute) tunnel (Suspended until further notice);
— tyre jump;
— long jump;
— weave poles;
— table (not used at WAC and major IFCS events).
2.2. The color of the obstacles is not defined, other than to be light and bright.
2.2.1. Obstacles with contact zones (A-frame, See-saw and Dog-walk) should be colored with two
different colors and there should be a distinct and clear difference between the colour of the contact zone in difference to the colour of the rest of the plank.
2.2.2. The two colours used should contrast with each other to help to define clearly if the dog has
touched the contact zone or not.
2.3. Contact zone obstacles.
2.3.1. Dog-walk. Min. height 120 cm (48”), max. 137 cm (54”); min. width 28 cm (11”), max.30 cm
(12”); length of ramps and horizontal bar min.360 cm (11’10”), max.420 cm (13’10”). Ramps have
diametrical slats (about 1-2 cm (2/5”-4/5”) in thickness and 2-3,8 cm (4/5”-1-1/2”) in width) on every 20-38 cm (8”-15”). Contact zone of dog walk — 90 cm (36”), it should be colored in contrast color (both upper and side parts). There should be no slat on the top of contact zone, first slat should be min.10 cm (4”) far from the top of contact zone.
2.3.2. See-Saw. This should be of the same width as dog walk; length of the obstacle: min.360 cm
(11’10”), max.425 cm (14’); height of the central axis — about 1/6 of the obstacle’s length. Size and coloring of the contact zone is the same as that of the dog walk.
2.3.3. A-Frame. It consists of two boards that form an approximate right-angled shape at the top so the
apex is at 170 cm for all height classes. Minimum width of ramps is 90 cm (3’). It is highly desired that for greater stability, the A-frame be built with the width at the top/apex being 90 cm (3’) and the width at the base being 120 cm (4’). Anti-slip slats are made in the same manner and of the same size as on dog walk. Contact zone is
colored in contrast color (should be colored both upper and side parts), its size is 106 cm (42”). There should be no slat on the top of contact zone, first slat should be min.10 cm (4”) far from the top of contact zone. The gap at the top/apex of A-Frame should be safe for the dog.
2.3.4. Table. Minimum square of the table is 90 x 90 cm (36” x 36”), and the maximum is 120 x 120
cm (48” x 48”). It should be steady. The Table is not used in jumping tests and is not used in agility and
jumping tests at IFCS events such as World Agility Championships (WAC) and Continental Championships.
2.3.5. Surfaces of the contact zone obstacles should not be slippery. Rubber is the preferred surface to
make a non-slip surface that is kind on the paws of the dog’s feet. To avoid carpet burn on the dog’s paws,carpet cannot be used. The surface used should not hurt the dog’s pads. Rubber contacts are required for all IFCS Championship classes, including World Agility Championships.
2.3.6. Contact zone obstacles are not used in the jumping tests.
2.4. Obstacles without contact zones.
2.4.1. Hurdles. Hurdles consist of 2 uprights with a minimum. Height of 1 meter {39”} for each upright.
Each hurdle upright will have cups (fixed or adjustable) to meet the jump heights required for each height class. Hurdle bars may be plastic or wood (metal is forbidden). Hurdle bars are usually between 4cm (40mm) and 5cm (50mm) in diameter. Hurdles bars to be either 120 cm (48”) or 150 cm (60”) long.

The judge may set one or two bars per hurdle at their discretion. The top bar will be no higher than that
required for the height class. The judge may vary the course by having some hurdles set with one or two bars below the top bar. Elements between uprights:
— horizontal bars;
— one or two crossed bars (set below the top bar); Spread hurdles. These may be purpose built ascending spread hurdles or the combination of
two standard hurdles, positioned to form a single ascending spread hurdle as one jump. Only hurdles with horizontal bars can be used. When using an ascending spread hurdle the bar of the first hurdle is min.10 cm lower, than that of the second one. The maximum spread/width is not to exceed the height of the rear bar. All hurdles should have a horizontal and easy displaceable bar at the top (which is correct for
the height class) which falls if a dog touches it.
2.4.2. “Viaduct”/”wall”. It is a barrier 18-21 cm (7”-8”) thick and no less than 120 cm (48”) wide. A
“Wall” jump has no holes. The “viaduct” jump has one or two arch-shaped holes. There should be easy
displaceable half-round elements on the top (they are included into the total height of the obstacle for eachheight class). On both sides of “viaduct”/”wall” there are two vertical posts 30 x 30 x 100 cm (16” x 16” x 39”).
2.4.3. Open (pipe) tunnel. Inner diameter is 60 cm (24”), length is 305-610 cm (10’-20’). The tunnel
should be flexible enough to make a u-shape turn.
2.4.4. Closed/cloth (chute) tunnel (Suspended). It’s a fabric chute about 240-365 cm (94”-144”) long.
The chute should be at least 60 cm (24”) in diameter where one side of a chute is attached to the rigid element, which allows the dog to get into the fabric chute. It should increase in diameter over the length of the fabric chute to be “flared” at the exit end to allow the dog to get out of the fabric chute without getting entangled .
Length of rigid element is 75-90 cm (30”-36”), width and height is about 60 cm (24”), min.45 cm (18”), it has a half-round top.
2.4.5. Weave poles. The obstacle consists of vertical poles, round in section with 12 poles that must
be used for all agility and jumping tests. 6 or 12 poles are possible on other courses (Games) may be used at the judge’s discretion. Poles are erected in a straight line at every 55 cm or 60 cm from each other and are measured from centre to centre). 60 cm is recommended. The distance between poles that are to be used should be mentioned in the event regulations for IFCS world championships and continental championships if they are not 60 cm. The minimum height of poles is 90 cm (36”), their tops should be safe for the dog and competitor/sportswomen.
2.4.6. Tyre jump. Consists of the framework and a tyre 50-60 cm in diameter, which is attached so
that it “floats” within the framework. It is forbidden to attach the tire within the framework so that it is rigid. The framework should be large enough to fix the tyre so that it can be adjusted for each height class. The
obstacle should not fall when the dog jumps through it. It is required that a magnetic/break open tyre that are safe for the dog to be used. It is normal practice with magnetic tyre’s (that break open when hit) to peg the frame. For IFCS Championship Classes the tyre is to be of the magnetic/break open type.
2.4.7. Long jump. Consists of 2-5 horizontally sloped planks with the number of planks used being
proportional to the spread for the height class. Length of the elements (planks) is 90-150 cm (36”-60”). The lowest is minimum of 5 cm (2”) high, the highest is maximum of 26 cm (10”). Width of the top surface is
about 12.5-25 cm (5”-10”), it has a slight inclination (horizontal slope). The long jump is marked with four poles located in each corner. Height of the poles is about 120 cm (48”), their tops should be safe for the dog and the competitor.
2.5. Before the start of a class the judge should checks all obstacles and distance between obstacles for
safety and ensure correct height setting for hurdles/spread hurdles, tyre and long jump.
2.6. All obstacles at all times should be safe for dogs and competitors.

Chapter 3. Course Size and Dimensions
3.1. Minimum size of the course area is 20 x 30 meters. Preference is for 30m x 40m or 35m x 35m.
3.2. Course area is generally rectangular or square.
3.3. The boundary of a ring area is normally marked, for example with a ribbon or ribbon with flags.
3.3.1. There should normally be a separate entrance and exit for each ring.
3.3.2. Ideally, the entrance and exit of the ring should not be far from the start and finish obstacles.
3.3. Surface of the course area should be flat and not slippery. A natural non-slip surface is desired.
3.4. For Games including those Games like Gamblers, the surface of the ring maybe marked (lines
drawn) as required by the Judge and the rules of the Game.
Chapter 4. Correct Performance of the Obstacles
4.1. The weave poles are performed in the following way: the first pole should be on the left of the
dog, the next pole should be on the right, the next one, on the left, and so on. The dog should round every pole on the required side and should not miss any poles.
4.2. On the A-frame the dog should run up the ascend ramp (with a touch of the up contact zone with
at least one paw), cross over the top of A-Frame and then run down the descend ramp with all four legs and touch the down contact zone (with at least one paw).
4.3. On the dog-walk the dog runs up on the ascend ramp (with a touch with at least one paw of the up
contact zone), runs along on the horizontal plank and then runs down the descend ramp with all four legs and touches the down contact zone with at least one paw.
4.4. On the see-saw the dog runs up on the ascend ramp (with a touch with at least one paw of the up
contact zone), continues along the length of the plank until it begins to tip downward, waits until the other end of the plank touches the ground, and then runs down the descend ramp with all four legs and touches the down contact zone with at least one paw.
4.5. The tyre, the dog performs with a free jump through the center of the tyre. Banking the tyre is not
faulted, unless it is a magnetic tyre, in which case any break will be a Course Fault.
4.6. The pipe (open/flex) tunnel, the dog runs through pipe (open/flex) tunnel from the required side
and leaves it from the opposite end.
4.7. The cloth (chute/closed) tunnel, the dog gets through the rigid element and leaves it from the
fabric/cloth chute.
4.8. The long jump, the dog performs with the free jump across elements without touching the
elements and ground between them. The long jump has four corner marking poles to assist the dog and judge.
4.9. The “wall”/ “viaduct” and hurdles, the dog jumps with a free jump, without knocking down the
displaceable elements.
4.10. If an element of any obstacle falls/fails without fault of the dog, or the fabric/cloth of the cloth
(chute/closed) tunnel is tangled, or malfunctions, the judge at their discretion may allow a re-run.
Chapter 5. General Requirements for the Running of an Agility Competition
5.1. The course is designed by the Judge. The course design should be varied and different from
competition to competition. The course design should be kept hidden from competitors until the day of the competition. The same course design maybe used (or varied) for each height class within a competition.
5.2. The Judge must design the course so that the ring rope/ribbon/boundary is not too close to the
obstacles and does not present a safety issue or provoke the dog to leave the ring.
5.3. The Judge should normally provide a copy of the course to the competition organisers within
30/60 minutes before start. There should be people provided to assist the Judge with the building of the
5.4. If it is possible, there should be a “warm-up” area with 2-3 hurdles for warming up the dogs. An
appointed official should be responsible for it, according to the program and event regulations of the
competition. The obstacles may not be moved by competitors and are to be set by officials and be
the same for all competitors.
5.5. The dogs should not be allowed to practice the course design before the performance around the
course in a competition. However, the competitor should be acquainted with it (without dogs) within a
designated time (course walking) as set by the Judge or officials. As a guide, 8 minutes to 10 minutes per 60
competitors can be used.
5.6. On the call of gate officials a competitor should be in the starting zone. If he/she is absent for 2
minutes (or as advertised in the event regulations), he/she may be disqualified from competing in that Class.
5.7. When the Judge is ready, the competitor may start. The clock is started when the front of dog’s
body crosses the start. It is permitted for the competitor to enter the ring and “lead-out” past the first obstacle without the dog and start from there (an exception is start of the second and next competitor in a Relay, in which rules set by the Judge will prevail).
5.8. The dog starts from the ground. It is forbidden to use a helper or a restraint to hold the dog at the
start line.

5.9. When running around a course the competitor can use any verbal and visual commands and
movements to impel the dog to run fast and to direct the dog without being faulted. However, foul language and gestures are forbidden and will be faulted up to penalty of Dismissal.
5.10. When running around a course it is forbidden for the competitor to touch the dog or the obstacles
intentionally, or to perform obstacles, and the competitor may not go under the A-frame or Dog-walk.
Penalties will be incurred from Faults to Disqualification.
5.11. It is forbidden to argue with the judge and competitor must obey the direction of the judge and
leave the ring when asked to do so. The competitor must show good sportsmanship at all times.
5.12. Time stops when the first part of the dog crosses the finish line.

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