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Proposed NOFCA Rule Changes
~~2004~~

Proposed deletions struck through
Proposed insertions in bold italic
C&B = Constitution and By-Laws proposal

Proposals with green background passed. (Numbers 1–3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 14, 21, 23, 32, 33, 38, 45, 46, 48–53, 55, 57, and 59.)
Proposals in red background did not pass. (Numbers 4, 6, 8–10, 12, 15–20, 22, 24–31, 34–37, 39–44, 47, 54, 56, 58, 60)

 

Number Proposed change Club
1 Page 3, Glossary of Terms. Winners’ course: Except in elimination coursing, the series of final courses run after the preliminary courses. The winners' courses contain the winners of each preliminary course and any other dogs that the judge wants to see run again. courses from which the Judge(s) selects the placing hounds. SCC
2 Page 5, Sec.1a2. Requests for recognition of a new breed will be voted on by the club delegates at the next Spring or Summer Meeting. SCC
3 Page 5, Sec.1a3. Requests for recognition of a breed submitted during the coursing season may be provisionally approved by the Board and the breed granted provisional eligibility to run that season. Permanent eligibility status will be voted on by the club delegates at the next Spring or Summer Meeting. SCC
4 Page 5, Sec.1b. [Add the following sub-section after current Sec.1b1] After the first year of a hound's registration, a yearly hound activation fee of $5.00 per hound must be sent to the recorder together with the hound's call name and NOFCA number before or at the hound's first hunt of the season. SCC
5 Page 7, Sec.2f. The host club has the option to charge surcharge of $10.00 per entry for any entry on the day of hunt accepted after the posted closing date of the hunt if noted in the host club’s announcement. SCC
6 Page 8, Sec.2. [Add the following sub-section after current Sec.2i] At the start of the hunting season, each club must submit to the Supertendent a detailed list of fields that their members are willing to hunt. The fields should be ranked based on the club's willingness to hunt there. Each club must also submit a list of fields that they will not be willing to hunt and reasons why.
Two weeks prior to the Grand Course, each club will be allowed to modify their lists based on current conditions. Modifications must be in writing. It is the responsibility of each breed club to present the Grand Course Committee and the Superintendent with a list by the due date (as decided by the Grand Course Committee and the Superintendent). The Grand Course Committee and Superintendent will only...
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BCNC
7 Page 8, Sec.2j. Official NOFCA open mixed stakes are to be limited to two (2) dogs per handler and two handlers per family, with the recommendation that participating clubs adhere to this rule. Furthermore, the Superintendent may limit entries to two hounds per family or household if the number of entries warrant such, with the entries of additional hounds per family or household being placed on a waiting list to get into the hunt if there is space. Space permitting, hounds from the waiting list will be admitted into the hunt with priority based on the date of postmark of the hound's entry. SCC
8 Page 8, Sec.2j. Official NOFCA open mixed stakes are to be limited to two (2) dogs per handler and two handlers per family, with the recommendation that participating clubs adhere to this rule. Furthermore, the Superintendent may limit entries to two hounds per family or household if the number of entries warrant such, with the entries of additional hounds per family or household being placed on a waiting list to get into the hunt if there is space. Space permitting, hounds from the waiting list will be admitted into the hunt with priority based on a random draw done by the Superintendent. SCC
9 Page 9, Sec.2m. All hunt announcements must include local veterinary assistance information for the area in which the hunt will be held. This information must also be available in the field on the day of the hunt handed out to the participants on the morning of the hunt at the draw or be sent to them by Email during the week prior to the hunt. SCC
10 Page 9, Sec.2m. All hunt announcements must include local veterinary assistance information for the area in which the hunt will be held take place. Except as provided in this subsection, this information must also be available in the field on the day of the hunt made available at roll call or the draw on the day of the hunt in the form of paper slips given to each entrant with the name, address, and telephone number of the local veterinary office. If paper slips are not given at roll call then the name of the person who has the veterinary assistance information must be announced at the draw and again at roll call in the field on the day of the hunt. SWCC
11 Page 11, Sec.3f. A host rare breed club shall offer hunts for all breeds designated as “rare breeds.” The following breeds are so designated: Afghan hounds, azawakhs, galgo Español, Ibizan hounds, pharaoh hounds, Scottish deerhounds, sloughis. (2001) Additional sighthound breeds may be added to this list upon submission of a recommendation of a host rare breed club to the Board of Directors, and approval of the Board of Directors. SCC
12 Page 14, Sec.6e3. If the Judge listed in the premium list is changed. NCIWC
13 Page 15, Sec.8. [Add the following sub-section after current Sec.8a] At a breed hunt, the host club may elect to separate the hounds of an owner into separate courses, provided that this is advertised in the premium list or in the NOFCA News if the NOFCA News is used in lieu of a premium list. At a breed hunt where hounds are separated by ownership, where sufficient hounds are present, no owner may have his hounds competing against each other preliminary courses of scored stakes. In elimination stakes, no owner may have his hounds competing against each other in the first two go-rounds when sufficient hounds are present.
In the event co-owned hounds are entered, the separation shall not apply to co-owned hounds of different residences.
CRA
14 Page 15, Sec.8a. On the morning of the hunt, a random draw will be held to determine the order in which the hounds will run. At the Grand Course, the draw for Stage I may be conducted the night before the hunt. CRA
15 Page 15, Sec.8. [Add the following sub-section after current Sec.8a] All assignments of hounds into stakes shall be done on a random basis NCIWC
16 Page 15, Sec.8. [Add the following sub-section after current Sec.8c] For hunts held In-Area, no breed hunt may offer more than three stakes per hunt whether by reason of oversubscription or as a result of the offering of split fields. MBAHC
17 Page 15, Sec.8e. The In In-Area hunts, the field of entered hounds may be split into separate stakes after a total of 20 27 entries are present. (2001) Up to this total, there will be only one stake offered. When elimination brace stakes are run, the field will be split after 16 entries are present. When necessary, additional ribbons must be furnished to the intended recipients within 60 days of the hunt (in cases of split fields). MBAHC
18 Page 15, Sec.8e. [Add the following sub-section Sec.8e1] In the case of splitting of fields at In-Area breed hunts, a maximum of three stakes will be offered. MBAHC
19 Page 15, Sec.8f. In the event of splitting the fields because of over subscription, those entering early will have preference on a first come, first served basis to run under the original Judge. NCIWC
20 Page 15, Sec.8g. There shall then be a public random draw of handlers, with as nearly as possible equal numbers of hounds going into each stake, followed by the usual random draw of hounds within each stake. The draw slips shall be drawn from a hat or similar container. The draw may also be done by a computer programmed to do such draws according to all rules pertaining to the draw. SCC
21 Page 16, Sec.8. [Add the following sub-section after current Sec.8g] Once the draw has been done, if any dogs scratch then dogs may be moved up to earlier courses (rather than redrawing), taking into account all of the rules pertaining to the draw. SCC
22 Page 16, Sec.8j. Where more than one field is offered in the host club’s announcement of the hunt, entrants may specify their choice of Judge; however, the balancing of the fields by breed will take precedence over choice of Judge. (1997) All fields must receive at least ten (10) entries per field, or the number of fields offered on the day of the hunt shall be decreased to reflect at least ten (10) entries in each field. Except as provided in Section 8k below, whenever fewer than twenty (20) dogs are entered in a hunt there will only be one field offered. NCIWC
23 Page 16, Sec.8s. Where sufficient hounds are present, no owner may have his hounds competing against each other in preliminary courses of scored stakes. In elimination stakes, no owner may have his hounds competing against each other in the first two go-rounds when sufficient hounds are present.
Page 16, Sec.8t. In the event co-owned hounds are entered, Section 8s above shall not apply to co-owned hounds of different residences.
Page 16, Sec.8u. Persons who are acting as agents for other owners must enter such hounds under the owners’ names, and such hounds will be placed in the preliminary courses as separate from any hounds that the agent might enter; i.e., the hounds of the agent may be drawn to run against the hounds of those persons for whom he is acting as agent, regardless of where said hound is kenneled.
NCIWC, NCWC, SCC, SCWA
24 Page 20, Sec.9c. [Add the following sub-section after current Sec.9c2] The Hunt Secretary must consult with the Chairman of the NOFCA Field Committee for hunt locations. SCWA
25 Page 21, Sec.9d. [Add the following sub-section after current Sec.9d1] At the Grand Course, hunt matters that arise between days of the hunt (after leaving the field) shall be the responsibility of the hunt secretary. SSIH
26 Page 26, Sec.9f7. In any course where a hound is not slipped, the Field Committee shall determine whether the hound will continue to compete. NCIWC
27 Page 26, Sec.9g1. Sections 9f6 and 9f7 also apply to Judges. NCIWC
28 Page 27, Sec.10. [Add the following sub-section after current Sec.10a] The host club will provide a stationary vehicle in the field for injured or sick people and/or dogs. CGCA
29 Page 28, Sec.10. [Add the following sub-section after current Sec.10e] If a hunt is partially completed, only courses that did not receive scores on the originally scheduled date need to be run on the date scheduled to complete the hunt. CGCA
30 Page 28, Sec.10i1. Except as provided below, any Any hound removed from the gallery that was not excused by the Hunt Master as lame or otherwise unfit to compete, and so recorded in the records, shall forfeit its placing in that hunt.
Page 28, Sec.10i. [Add the following sub-section after current Sec.10i1] At Stage II of the Grand Course, if the hunt goes beyond three days, the Grand Course Committee may excuse a sound dog from the need to walk in the field on the fourth and further days, and the dog shall not forfeit a placement if it has completed its run. This applies only to hounds that live out of the area where the Grand Course is being held and where the handlers of such dogs are unable to stay past the scheduled three days.
SCC
31 Page 32, Sec.10p. The decision of the host club’s Field Committee shall be final, conclusive and binding on all parties in all matters arising at a hunt, subject, however, to the rules of NOFCA. Any protest of decisions or events occurring during a hunt must be directed, in writing in duplicate and by certified mail, to the NOFCA Superintendent Secretary within 10 days after the hunt, and accompanied by a $10.00 filing fee. The NOFCA Superintendent Secretary shall inform the NOFCA President within three days, who will then determine a hearing date as provided by NOFCA By-Laws. Protests are to be heard in closed meetings. SCC
32 Page 35, Sec.11f. Judging in all regular stakes shall continue through fences or other obstacles encountered during the running of the courses except during the host club’s breed stakes, where they may discontinue judging whenever such an obstacle is encountered. NCIWC
33 Page 35, Sec.11g. During the running of preliminary courses, if hounds which appear to be winning or, in the opinion of the Judge(s), are capable of winning, encounter a fence or other obstacle which they cannot overcome, said hound may compete in the winners’ course. When this event occurs during the running of elimination braces, the hound will compete in the next go-round only if there is a bye-dog in the next go-round. When no bye-dog is running in the next go-round, the course may be declared a no-course and must be run again. When there is a bye-dog running in the next go-round, the hound may compete in that course. NCIWC
34 Page 35, Sec.11. [Add the following sub-section after current Sec.11g] A course will be scored if, in the opinion of the judge, at least one dog is sighted. NCIWC
35 Page 38, Sec. 13. [Update rules for brace elimination; Text of this proposal is not yet finalized by CGCA.] CGCA
36 Page 38, Sec. 13. [Strike all of Section 13 (Optional rules for brace elimination)] SCC
37 Page 40, Sec. 14b5. Received official credit for at least one unassisted take or two assisted takes in any regular stake, breed or mixed.
Page 41, Sec. 14c3. Received official credit for at least one unassisted take or two assisted takes in a regular stake. Irish Wolfhounds may also earn a CM by the provisions listed in Section 14c1 and double the placements listed in Section 14c2.
ASA
38 Page 7, Sec.2b. The Grand Course will be held on Presidents’ Day weekend, in mid-February the first weekend in February. The Grand Course will be scheduled for three days.
Page 42, Sec. 15a. The Grand Course shall be held on Presidents’ Day weekend the first weekend in February and shall be scheduled for three days. The Monday shall be used, if necessary, to complete the Grand Course.
ASA, CGCA, SCC
39 Page 42, Sec. 15d. Entry into the Grand Course is by invitation only. The following requirements must be met in order to secure an invitation hounds shall be invited to the Grand Course:
1. The top three living dogs of each breed for the eligibility period determined.The top 25% of each breed based on points earned during the Grand Course eligibility period. This shall be 25% of the total number of hounds of each breed that competed during the eligibility period. A hound need not earn points to be included as a competing hound for this purpose.
2. During the eligibility period, all dogs must earn a designated amount of points as determined by the Grand Course Committee.The top five living hounds of each breed based on points earned during the Grand Course eligibility period.
a. Out of area dogs must earn ½ the amount of required points during the Grand Course eligibility period.
[Add the following subsection after current Sec. 15d2] Any out-of-area hound that earns one-half of the minimum points required for a hound to be included in the top 25% of its breed.
[Re-index the following two sub-sections and make them subordinate to the added subsection immediately above.] b. Out of area dogs are those which reside outside of California.
c. Dogs who live “in area” for the majority (2/3) of the coursing season shall be considered “in area” competitors regardless of their owner’s primary residence.
CRA
40 Page 42, Sec. 15d. [This proposal may be withdrawn if the immediately preceeding proposal does not pass.] [Add the following subsection after the above-proposed subsection regarding out-of-area hounds' needing only one-half the points of in-area dogs] Based on the availability of fields and game, the Grand Course Committee may, with approval of the Board of Directors, raise or lower the percentage level required to secure an invitation to the Grand Course. CRA
41 Page 42, Sec.15d2. During the eligibility period, all dogs must earn a designated amount of points as determined by the Grand Course Committee. Each year, the Grand Course Committee shall determine the percentage level required to qualify for the Grand Course. In order to qualify for the Grand Course, a hound must rank at that percentage level or higher among its breed based on points earned during the Grand Course qualifying period. SCC
42 Page 42, Sec.15d. [Add the following sub-section after current Sec.15d2] Only one saluki per household may enter the Grand Course regardless of the number of salukis invited from that household. SCC
43 Page 43, Sec.15d2c. Out-of-area and rare breed dogs must earn one-half the number of required points during the Grand Course eligibility period. SCC
44 Page 43, Sec.15d2a. [This proposal may be withdrawn if none of the percentage-based qualification proposals pass.] Out-of-area dogs must earn one-half the number of required points and be in double the top percentage as determined by the Grand Course committee during the Grand Course eligibility period . SCC
45 Page 43, Sec.15d2c. Any dog which lives "in-area" for two-thirds of the coursing season or attends two-thirds of the number of hunts available in-area for its breed shall be considered an in-area competitor regardless of its owner’s primary residence. SCC
46 Page 42, Sec.15d. [Add the following sub-section after current Sec.15h] All Grand Course hunt entries must be sent to the Superintendent. SCC
47 Page 45, Sec.15i. [Add the following sub-section after current Sec.15i7] Restrictions enumerated in Section 8 pertaining to an owner having his hounds compete against each other shall apply to both Stage I and Stage II of the Grand Course. CGCA
48 Page 45, Sec. 16a2. All Judges and Hunt Masters must have a hunting license. ASA
49 Page 47, Sec.16b. [Add the following sub-section after current Sec.16b7] Any NOFCA-approved judge who allows an entire season to pass without judging at least one hunt must ghost-judge one hunt in order to regain eligibility to judge NOFCA hunts. CGCA
50 Page 47, Sec.16. [Add the following sub-section after current Sec.16b] Apprentice assignments used to fulfill requirements to become a NOFCA hunt master or judge must be done at NOFCA events. CGCA
51 Page 52, C&B Article II, Sec.6b. Annual meetings of the members shall be held at 8:00 p.m. on the third Saturday of July of each year, or at such other time that the Board of Directors shall determine, and special meetings of the members may be called and held as may be ordered by the Directors or by coursing club members. Notice of meetings of coursing club members shall be given to each coursing club member not less than thirty days before such meeting by mailing, faxing, or Emailing a copy of such notice to the address of such coursing club members as it appears on the membership register of the Association. SCC
52 Page 53, C&B Article II, Sec.6c. Written notice for each general meeting shall be mailed, faxed, or Emailed by the Secretary to each member club at its given address at least thirty (30) days prior to the date of the meeting. SCC
53 Page 53, C&B Article II, Sec.6e. Written notice for each Board Meeting shall be mailed, faxed, or Emailed by the Secretary to each member of the Board at least fifteen (15) days prior to the date of the meeting. SCC
54 Page 53, C&B Article II, Sec.6. [Add the following sub-section after current Sec.6g] Board and committee business may be conducted by phone, by Email, or in person. SCC
55 Page 57, C&B Article IV, Sec.2b. Vice-President. The Vice-President shall act in the absence of the President. The Vice-President will serve as chairman of the Grand Course and the Head of the Grand Course Committee, which will be in complete charge of the Grand Course, the associated hunts, and the delegation of responsibilities related to the Grand Course., and The Vice-President will serve on other committees if directed by the President. [Remainder of Section 2b unchanged]] MBAHC
56 Page 58, C&B Article IV, Sec.2d. Superintendent. The Superintendent shall administer all NOFCA hosted hunts except the Grand Course, which is administered by the Grand Course Committee. He shall prepare the coursing season schedule for approval by the Board. MBAHC
57 Page 59, C&B Article IV, Sec.2g. Newsletter editor. The duty of the newsletter editor will be to publish the NOFCA News. This newsletter will contain the minutes of all NOFCA general meetings, all committee meetings, all Executive Board Meetings, and the results of all sanctioned coursing meets. It may also contain such paid advertisements and informative, educational or amusing articles or stories as the newsletter editor deems appropriate. The NOFCA News shall be made available on the association's web site. If the results of all sanctioned coursing meets are also available on the association's web site then the web version of the NOFCA News need not contain these results. Paper copies of the NOFCA News shall include such results. The newsletter editor is appointed by the President. SCC
58 Page 59, C&B Article IV, Sec.2g. Newsletter editor. The duty of the newsletter editor will be to publish the NOFCA News. This newsletter will contain the minutes of all NOFCA general meetings, all committee meetings, all Executive Board Meetings, and the results of all sanctioned coursing meets. It may also contain such paid advertisements and informative, educational or amusing articles or stories as the newsletter editor deems appropriate. The NOFCA News shall be made available on the association's web site. If the results of all sanctioned coursing meets are also available on the association's web site then the NOFCA News need not contain these results. The newsletter editor is appointed by the President. SCC
59 Page 61, C&B Article IV, Sec.2j. Field Chairman. The Field Committee Chairman shall have the responsibility to find and obtain permission to hold hunts for the mixed and accompanying breed hunts in the Merced area. oversee the usage of fields by member clubs. He shall maintain a list and maps of fields commonly used by NOFCA and those fields offered to NOFCA by the person who has found and obtained permission for them. He shall maintain a list of field contacts. The Field Committee shall consist of persons who represent a variety of breeds and who actively look for fields. SCC
60 Page 61, C&B Article IV, Sec.2j. Field Chairman. The Field Committee Chairman shall have the responsibility to find and obtain permission to hold hunts for the mixed and accompanying breed hunts in the Merced area. The Field Committee Chairman shall not allow any member club to reserve fields for any hunt more than fourteen days in advance of the scheduled date of that hunt. SCWA

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