|Barked: Tue May 15, '12 10:33am PST |
|You can sign up for a trial at whatever club that you want to. Once you get hooked, you might even want to start traveling a bit so you can get in more trials.
First received means that after the trial's opening date (stated on the premium), the trial secretary will process entries in the order that they're received in the mail. Once the trial has filled to its maximum number of entries (also stated on the premium) then any future entries will be placed onto a waitlist.
Alternately, many trials are filled by random draw. There's a set period of time for entries to be mailed in. On the draw date if there are more entries received than there is space in the trial, then a draw will take place to determine who makes it into the trial. Everyone else is placed onto a waitlist. If the maximum number of entries hasn't been reached then everyone makes it in, and entries will still be accepted until the trial's closing date or until the trial fills.
Standard - probably what you're running in class - a numbered course consisting of all obstacles - jumps, weaves (6 in novice, 12 in open and excellent), tunnels, chute, tire, contacts, table.
JWW - jumpers with weaves
Time 2 Beat - a numbered course that can use all obstacles except the dogwalk or table. Dogs of all levels run exactly the same course. The dog who runs the course the fastest within each jump height sets the time to beat and receives 10 points. Other dogs receive points based on how close their time was to the fastest dog.
Many people choose to enter only Standard and JWW since these are the only 2 classes that count towards the MACH title. Don't feel pressured to enter everything, especially when you're just getting started. Feel it out a bit and see what interests you the most.
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