A new version of the rule book has been posted. Very little has changed and those changes are underscored. The Rule Advisories have been integrated into the new rule book. Information about Judge Workshops are also included. There are now requirements for clubs and judges to stay current. These requirements do not need to be met in 2019. Judges and clubs will be reviewed for compliance after the end of 2020.

Rat Games Rule Book

There will be a Judge Workshop at For The Love Of Dogs in Mendota Heights, MN on December 27 to December 28. On December 29, there will be practice runs for the new judges to gain some experience. If you are interested in seeing what the games are about, we are looking for dogs to do practice runs after lunch on December 27 and all day on December 28-29. Please contact us at wearemorefun@ratgames.com if you are interested in coming out to practice.

If you are interested in becoming a judge, a judge workshop is the fastest way to becoming fully approved. Contact us at wearemorefun@ratgames.com for more information.

Interested in becoming a Rat Games judge? The Judge Workshop is the fastest way to get to approved status. There will be 2 days of discussion and practice preparing you to either judge under a Supervising Judge or judging on your own as a Provisional Judge, based on experience.

You will learn about rules, philosophies, how to deal with issues, and much more. You will also gain some experience how the games are played, how they are judged, how they are scored, how titles are earned, etc.

After the two day workshop, there will be a two day trial on Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20.

<a href=”https://www.ratgames.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Rat-Games-Judges-Workshop-October-17-18-2019-at-RTMK9A.pdf”>Rat Games Judges Workshop October 17-18, 2019 at RTMK9A</a>

Is your dog aging or does he have a permanent and stable injury? If so, you are eligible to enter VETERAN class of any game where a tunnel is not a required element. Veteran class has all the rats but they are all hidden no more than one bale high or one bale in from the edge of a structure. This is a great division for the dog that still loves to play but is a bit wobbly on their feet.

From Jan at Superpup,LLC:

We are excited to be the first ever club to host a Rat Games trial on the East Coast!!! We will be running in the cooler air of the evening on July 18th and are starting with two games – Mad Hatter (10 rats on the course) and Tunnels (for the dogs that love their tunnels!). Each game is a point accrual game so there is no “level” to enter – you just keep entering and accruing points until you earn your next title.

If you want to join us, please go to www.ratgames.com and register your dog with a RG number (they have to track your points somehow!) and then, of course, read the rules and the game descriptions.

You can get the premium off of the Rat Games web site under the events calendar, or from my web site (www.superpup.site). And, as always, to enter you can either mail your entry in or enter via PayPal/credit card through the web site as you would for a typical trial here.

Hope you can make it! Questions? Contact me at 4superpups@gmail.com. Please don’t ask me to describe the games or define the rules, though. You really, really need to go to the web site to sign your dog up anyway so just read it all there.

More trials will be coming your way in the near future!
Jan
SuperPup, LLC

Dog Sports America will be hosting a 2 day, 2 ring Rat Games Trials at Matrix Dog, LLC in Westminster, CO on July 6-7, 2019.  Pre-entries are open now and close July 1, 2019. After July 1, 2019, All entries are Late/Day-of-Show. Online entry is available below.

Games offered are:

Saturday Sunday
Courses

Speed
Heads Or Tails
Bet The Farm
Me First

Courses

Mad Hatter
Distance
Tunnels
Pairs

Doors will open at approximately 7:30AM each day.  Briefings will be at 8:30.  The first game to begin immediately after the briefing.

Entries

All games are $20/run for pre-entry.  Discounts are available as per the entry below. Day of show rates are $25/run if space is available.

Officials

Our judge will be Bill Pitts from Littleton, CO (RGJ-005).  One ring will run Games, the other will run Courses.  The club reserves the right to add/allocate judges to classes to improve the efficiency of the trial day.  Beginner and Novice will be held open to allow dogs competing in the in-conjuction event to compete.

Our Trial Secretary will be John Fisher from Reno, NV.  He can be reached at john@dogsportsamerica.com or (775)600-2912.

Ribbons and Awards

All qualifying runs receive a green qualifying run ribbon.

New titles will receive a title ribbon.

Blind

The blind will be 10’x20’ with ring gate dividers.  Blinds will be a maximum of 5 dogs.

Notice to Exhibitors

I. It is expressly understood that exhibitors alone are responsible for the behavior of their dogs, children and/or guests. Any exhibitor whose dogs, children, and/or guests repeatedly engage in unsafe or disruptive behavior may, at the discretion of DSA, be asked to leave the trial site. In such case, no refund on any entry will be made.

II. Venue

a. The trial will be held indoors on mats.

b. No Ex-Pens are permitted on the mats.  All crates must have a protective cover underneath them.

III. Entries

a. Withdrawal of entry before the closing date will receive a refund less a 10% processing fee. No refunds will be made for withdrawal after the closing date. Entry fees will not be refunded in the event that a dog is absent, disqualified, excused, or barred from competition by action of the Hearing Committee.

b. All entries must be accompanied by entry fees to be valid. A returned check does not constitute a valid entry. There will be a $50 fee for all returned checks.

c. Exhibitors are responsible for complete, accurate, and legible information on their entry forms.

d. Every attempt will be made to hold this event as scheduled. In the event of an “Act of God” such as fire, flood, etc., an event may be canceled. We will make every attempt to contact entrants and inform them of the cancellation. We will return all or part of the entry fees at our discretion.

IV. Dogs

a. All dogs must be on leash and under control while on trial grounds except while showing. FLEXI LEASHES ARE NOT PERMITTED at the show site. Electric collars ARE NOT PERMITTED at the show site.

b. Bitches in season are able to compete in Rat Games. They will be run at the end of each class. Bitches in season must wear pants. If bringing a bitch in season, please inform the trial secretary prior to the trial, and inform all exhibitors at the judge’s briefing. A separate potty area will be provided. No refunds will be issued for a BIS.

c. Disruptive dogs will have to be crated separately.

V. People

a. Please pick up after your dog and dispose of waste in appropriate containers. Please clean up after yourself.

Colin Ratcliffe and Kathy Roberts, both from Maryland, are the latest Rat Games judges to be approved.  We look forward to seeing what they bring to the ring.

Also, Superpups, LLC is the latest club to become a Rat Games Club.  We look forward to their first event.

Welcome to the Rat Games family, Colin, Kathy, and Superpups.