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 make the event fair and just for everyone that participates to the best of the Host's ability. Here are some basic guidelines. When you participate in Guinea Pig (known also as) - Cavy - GPs 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 pets.
Only GPs that are healthy, tame and friendly are eligible for agility competition.
A GP must be a minimum of 4 months old to participate in Guinea Pig Agility competition.
No pregnant sow shall participate in Agility.
GPs should never be "pushed" to do a piece of Agility Equipment nor an Agility Equipment Course.
Human contestants must remain calm when working their GPs on a GP Agility Course, even in stiff competition. No yelling, fast motion or unruly behavior.
GPs 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 GP's health and safety while participating in Agility events.
Equipment is to be made as safe as possible for the competing GPs.
Guinea Pig Agility must be set up on a table that is a minimum of 7' x 3' that is stable with no wobbling. The table must be a minimum of 32" tall.
All GPs will use the same equipment and it will be used in the same order each "Course Run".
Items of equipment to be used in competition will be announced in the sign up sheet before the event.
Only GPs that are participating in the event are allowed in the Guinea Pig Agility Table area.
Owners must clean equipment if "nature called" while their pet was competing, however, they may wait to clean up til after their Guinea Pig completes its "Agility Course Run".
If any GP leaves the course, does the wrong piece of equipment or gets off a piece of agility equipment before finishing the task correctly then the Cavy shall be put back to the spot where it left the course and restart from there. Timing will not be held, it will continue even for the fault.
Only GPs that are participating in the class that is running are allowed in the Event Area.
Novice Guinea Pigs
GPs that are 4 - 7 months old may only participate in Novice classes of GP Agility.
A Novice GP is also any age of Guinea Pig that has never competed on an Agility Course before that day. For Novice GPs there will be three to five pieces of agility equipment used in competition. Those pieces should include the Teeter Totter, the Hoop Jump as well as a low Bar Jump, and Open Tunnel. The novice class will not use the Sea Saw, Long Jump, Closed Tunnel, Over Under or Weave Polls.
Owners may use their fingers to direct the GP on the Agility Course, but may not touch their pet.
In Novice group your GP will have XX minutes to complete the agility course.
Advanced Guinea Pigs
Advanced GPs are over 5 months old that have competed before on a GP Agility Course.
For Advanced Cavy Class there will be five to eight pieces of agility equipment used in competition. The Agility Hosts will choose what type of equipment is used and the course layout.
Owners may direct the GP with voice only. No hands on the table, no touching the GP.
In Advanced group your Cavy will have XX minutes to complete the agility course.
Ace Agility Guinea Pigs
Ace Agility GPs are those that have competed on at least 3 GP Agility Courses Events and are familiar with the Agility Equipment. These are the GPs that move out in a quick manner on a course.
For Ace Agility Guinea Pig's Agility Course there will be eight to twelve pieces of agility equipment used in competition. The Agility Hosts will choose what type of equipment is used and the course direction.
Owners may call the GP by name at the end of the course. No hands on the table or touching the Ace Agility Guinea Pig.
In the Ace Agility GP Class your GP will have XX minutes to complete the agility course.
Spectators must stand to one side of the table and back a minimum of 4' from the table.
Event Judge, Timer and Human Contestant on the opposite side of the table (from the spectators).
Events committee Or Event Hosts will determine how to set up the table.
Spectators need to be quiet and stand still while GPs are running the course.
No food or drinks in the events area and this includes spectators.
Guinea Pig treats are allowed but must be given to the GP in it's own cage so that crumbs will not be left on the competition table thus distracting other 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 an Agility Event. Loud noises and fast motion will by people will not be tolerated. Anyone "acting out" will be asked to leave. Guinea Pig Agility is about the GPs, anyone startling a GP or interrupting a GPs Agility Run will only be given one warning before being asked to leave the premises
The contents of this page for Event Rules is still under construction. Please check back later!
-- The Guinea Pig Agility Team