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COMPETITION RULES THE FCI HTM & FREESTYLE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2016

The FCI HTM & Freestyle World Championship is a 3 days event. The Freestyle team championship will be held on the first day, the HTM team championship will be held on the second day and the individual finals (for both sections 10 Heelwork to Music and 10 Freestyle) will be held on the third day.

Handlers can represent the country in which they reside or the country in which they have their citizenship.


National Team:

Each participating country can enter a National Team consisting of three or four competitors to Heelwork to Music and three or four competitors to Freestyle.

Each participating team can have a named reserve (travelling or non-travelling) in each discipline. The reserve will only compete should one of the other participants on the team withdraw a dog from competition at the latest during the morning briefing on the day of the warm-up.

Should a country enter less than tree competitors in a discipline, they will still be able to compete for a place in the individual finals.


Entries

Individual entries can be submitted by the National FCI recognized Kennel Clubs.

Team entries can be submitted by the National FCI recognized Kennel Clubs.

If there are more than 4 entries + a reserve from one country, the FCI recognized Kennel Clubs' entries should be accepted before any others. If a Kennel Club does not wish to enter a team, the hosting country can decide which entries they wish to accept.

If a country’s Kennel Club or HTM/Freestyle Organization chooses not to enter a full team, entries for the rest of the available spaces up to 4 HTM dog and handler teams and 4 Freestyle dog and handler teams plus a reserve for each section from that country will be accepted from independent handlers.

These independent dog and handler teams will not compete as a team for the team title, but they can qualify for the individual final and compete for the individual title.


Winner of the FCI HTM & Freestyle World Championship:

Winner of the FCI HTM & Freestyle World Championship in Heelwork To Music will be the country whose 3 highest scoring competitors have the combined highest scores from the qualifying round.

Winner of the FCI HTM & Freestyle World Championship in Freestyle will be the country whose 3 highest scoring competitors have the combined highest scores from the qualifying round.

Please note that only the 3 highest scoring dog and handler teams from each country's scores will count when the team winners are found.

Winner of the Individual FCI HTM & Freestyle World Championship in Heelwork to Music will be the competitor with the combined highest score from the qualifying round and the Individual Final.

Winner of the Individual FCI HTM & Freestyle World Championship in Freestyle will be the competitor with the combined highest score from the qualifying round and the Individual Final.


Running Orders

  1. Draws should be made by the Host Country at the close of entries.

  2. The draw should be videoed (and not edited) to show fairness.

  3. Each Country to have two envelopes – one for HTM and one for Freestyle. Four papers are to be placed into each envelope. On each paper will be the name of a Team Member and their dog.

  4. If there are less than 4 members in a Team, then blank papers will be placed in the envelope. Example: only 2 members in a team – in that envelope will be 2 named papers and two blank papers.

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General Rules


In the ring


Judging:


In the case of equal points:

Heelwork to music:

Freestyle:


Competition rules:


Props:


Bitches in season


Music – to avoid errors and misunderstandings regarding the music, the following rules will be adhered to:


Disqualification – a handler and dog will be disqualified if:


Other things that will reduce points:


HEELWORK TO MUSIC


Heelwork

The following positions are considered to be heelwork in HTM:

These positions must be kept the same in movement – the dog must not jump/bounce or ”crab” to keep the position by the handler.

The dogs body should be straight, and parallel to the handler.

The dog must not move in 2 tracks during heelwork, sideways movement is the exception to this rule. The dog must keep the same distance in relation to the handler in all positions.

The dog must move in the same direction as the handler. The dog must follow the handler’s choice of pace.


FREESTYLE


Points are given according to the following:

GENERAL IMPRESSION – MAXIMUM SCORE: 10 points (to tenths)

Cooperation and coordination between dog and handler

The dog should be attentive throughout the routine and the dog and handler’s movements be in harmony.

2

Implementation of the planned scheme dance

The team must move confidently, with seeming ease. And they must clearly know all the movements of the dance.

2

Gesture and voice commands

The signals that the handler gives the dog must comply with the choreography and not detract from the performance. Voice commands should not be so loud that it interferes with the perception of the program.

2

The expressiveness of the work of the dog

The routine should be presented in such a way that attention is drawn to the dog or the teamwork of the dog and handler. The dog should be positioned during the dance, to ensure that the judges’ view is clear. The position of the dog during the dance in relation to the judges will also be evaluated.

2

General impression

The program must be designed for a wide audience and be interesting and original. The program should give the impression of being a cohesive whole, not a set of elements

2

TOTAL

10

THE LEVEL OF OF DIFFICULTY AND TECHNIQUE – 10 points (to tenths)

Quantity of standard movements or heelwork positions (for HTM)

Heelwork positions or basic moves in freestyle should be held long enough so that they can be assessed, but not so long as to suggest that the handler did not know any other moves to include in the choreography. Only standard heelwork positions/basic freestyle moves are evaluated in this category. Each position/move that is well performed earns 0.1 points.

3

Quantity of original heelwork positions or elements of dance

More difficult and original elements of dance or heelwork positions valued at 0.2 points for each original and difficult movements. The difficulty and originality of the elements is estimated based characteristics of the breed of dog.

3

The choreography

The dance should be presented in a fluid manner, without abrupt stops in the transitions between heelwork positions or dance elements; the transitions should be smooth, and the elements/transitions must fit nicely into the “fabric” of the routine. The choreography should highlight the dog’s natural movement in performing the dance.

2

Use all available space of the ring

The program should be structured in such a way as to effectively use the space of the ring, in line with the choreographic objectives, and taking into account the size of the dog.

2

TOTAL

 

INTERPRETATION OF THE MUSIC – – 10 points (to tenths)

Interpretation of music

Music should be interpreted. If musical composition tells a story, this story should be reflected in the dance.

4

Expression of the music in the dance

The dance should be in harmony with the music. All movements must be appropriate to the music and reflect its character. The dance should be performed so that the movement of the dog, the handler and the music are as one.

4

The musical image and movement of the dog

Movement (speed and style) of the dog must comply with the feel of the music.

2

TOTAL

 

PENALTIES (are deducted from the total amount)

Improper use of costumes and / or props

Props and costume should relate to the idea of the dance and the music, thus strengthening the impression of the dance. They should not only be used to control the dog during the performance. They should not be used merely in guiding the dog through the dance. If the handler uses a prop to encourage the dog, he gets "0" for the entire performance.

3

Mechanical control of the dog

Penalties will be applied for any mechanical control, including physically manipulating a dog into position or holding it in place (from 0.5 points).

0.5-4

Barking

Occasional barks which do not spoil the performance - 0.0 to 0.5 points 

Periodic barking throughout the performance - not more than 2 points 

Continuous barking throughout the performance - not more than 4 points.

0.5-4

Dog’s condition

Dog works without desire, it is under stress

2-4

Violations of regulation

For freestyle: use more than 25% heelworks positions in the dance. For HTM: use more than 25% elements of freestyle or if the dog moves away from the handler more than 2 meters

5

Rough voice or gesture commands

Voice commands are irritated or aggressive or rude gesture - no more than 3 points

0.5-3

TOTAL

 

Comments of the judge:

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