Every Event needs to have Rules and Regulations for it to be fair and fun for the competitors. Agility is Agility is Agility. Agility Events have rules per event set by the Hosts to the best of their ability. Here are some basic guidelines. When you participate in Ferret Agility Events find out the rules that the host has set up for that particular event.....and stay within the boundaries of them.
An event can be competition, practice or just a get together by a few people to work together training their ferrets.
Only ferrets that are healthy, tame and friendly are eligible for agility competition.
A ferret must be a minimum of xx old to participate in Ferret Agility competition.
Ferrets that are xx months old may only participate in Novice classes of Ferret Agility.
No pregnant females shall participate in Ferret Agility.
Ferrets should never be "pushed" to do a piece of or course full of agility equipment.
Human contestants must remain calm when working their pets on a Ferret Agility Course. No yelling, fast motion or unruly behavior.
Ferrets must be handled in a Humane way. Judges may ask anyone to step down from competition that is showing any cruelty to their animal(s).
You are responsible for your own ferret's health and safety while participating in Agility events.
Equipment is to be made as safe as possible for the competing ferrets.
All ferrets will use the same equipment and it will be used in the same order each "run". This keeps competition fair to each of the contestants.
Each of the pieces of equipment to be used in competition will be announced in the sign up sheet before the event.
Only Ferrets that are participating in the event are allowed in the Ferret Agility area.
If any Ferret leaves the course, does the wrong piece of equipment or gets off a piece of agility equipment before finishing the task correctly then the Ferret shall to be put back to the spot where it left the course and to restart. Timing will continue and not be stopped and restarted.
Owners must clean equipment if "nature called" while their Ferret was competing, however, they may wait to clean up til after their Ferret completes its "Agility Course Run".
For Novice Agility Ferrets there will be five pieces of agility equipment used in competition. They will be the Teeter Totter, the Hoop Jump as well as a jump, balance item and of course The much loved Open Tunnel. The novice class will not use the Sea Saw, Long Jump, Closed Tunnel, Over Under or Weave Polls.
In Novice group your Ferret will have XX minutes to complete the agility course.
For Advanced Agility Ferrets there will be eight pieces of agility equipment used in competition. The Agility Hosts will choose what type of equipment is used in this class as well as the course layout.
In Advanced Agility Ferret class your rat will have XX minutes to complete the agility course.
For Ace Agility Ferrets there will be ten to twelve pieces of agility equipment used in competition. The Agility Hosts will choose what type of equipment is used and the course direction.
In the Ace Agility Ferret class your ferret will have XX minutes to complete the agility course.
Spectators must stand back a minimum of 4' from the table.
Event Judge, Timer and Human Contestant on the opposite side of the Ferrets so that the spectators can see the event and it's participants.
Events committee will determine how to set up the course, tables for paperwork, awards tables, any vendors tables, food tables, ext.
Spectators need to be quiet and stand still while Ferrets are running the course.
No food or drinks in the events area and this includes spectators.
Ferret treats are allowed but must be given to the Ferret after it completes the course, or if the Ferret does not finish the course, the treat must be given to the Ferret away from the course. This way there will be no crumbs left to distract the next contestants.
Events can and some will be held outdoors, it must be made extremely clear on the Event Invitation that it will be an outdoor event.
Please do NOT bring unruley children to Ferret Agility Events. Loud noises and fast motion will by people will not be tolerated. Anyone "acting out" will be asked to leave. Ferret Agility is about the Ferrets, anyone startling a Ferret or interrupting a Ferret's Agility Run will only be given one warning before being asked to leave the premises
More to come. The contents of this page for Event Rules is still under construction. Please check back later!
-- The Ferret Agility Team