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Beginning January 3, 2017 the FAST Class has been revised allowing clubs to offer one course that Novice, Open and Ex/Masters can walk and compete in. The goal is to reduce the amount of time that it takes to build separate courses and do multiple walk-throughs. It also allows more flexibility in the way the Sends can be designed. At the clubs discretion any of 3 levels courses may be combined into one course with embedded Sends (which will allow one course build and walk through for all levels); or may be run as separate courses. Following is a summary of the changes as well as design illustrations.  Please note for courses that are in progress or approved the only changes that could affect those courses is the elimination of the tire and the requirement of 9-12 weave poles for Novice. If you have any questions please contact your rep. New Send Distances in Open & Excellent/Master: We allow more flexibility is the distances from the Send line for these classes. Novice – 2 obstacles required at a minimum distance of 5’ to a maximum distance of 10’ Open – 2 or 3 obstacles are required at a minimum distance of 5’ to a maximum distance of 20’ depending on the number of obstacles used. If only 2 obstacles are used in the send then one  of the obstacles must be between 10’ and 15’. If 3 obstacles are used then at least one obstacle must be between 10’ and 15’. No more than one obstacle may be less than 10’ and no more than one obstacle can be greater than 15’. Excellent/Master – 3 obstacles are required at a minimum distance of 5’ to a maximum distance of 25’ with a change of direction or obstacle discrimination. No more than one obstacle may be less than 15’ and no more than one obstacle may be greater than 20’. Additional changes: All class levels will be allowed to walk together (club’s option) with Send lines noted for each level All obstacle point values will remain the same for the different class levels 9 to 12 weaves poles will be required in all levels of FAST Running Order – Should be what works best for the club. Separate rings, walks, together, by jump height, by class, etc. The Send’s can be embedded all together or there can be multiple Send lines on the course. Two levels could be embedded with the 3rd in another area of the course if so desired. (Only 2 separate Send areas on any one course.) See figures 1-7. 3 tunnel passes will be allowed in FAST, however, only 2 tunnel passes in any one Send Point value structure for the Send remains the same. Minimum of 5 points and maximum of 15 points. Combos can be used and noted with one point value as follows: Excellent/Master: 2 to 3 obstacles must be executed properly in a specified order Open: 2 to 3 obstacles must be executed properly in a specified order, or any single obstacle within the combo can be taken for points if the combo is not included for Open Novice: 2 obstacles must be executed as specified or any single obstacle within the combo can be taken for points if the combo is not included for Novice Once any of the obstacles are engaged within the combo, the combo is live. If any faults occur prior to the successful completion of the required number of obstacles the combo is negated. (This no change from previous but an example of using combos and changing by levels in embedded courses.) See Figure 1 One dual pointed obstacle is allowed on the course. If the dual pointed obstacle is in the body of the course it must be bi-directional (different point values for the two different directions.) If the dual pointed obstacle is used in the Send it may be unidirectional with the first pass getting the higher value and the second pass getting the lower. See Figure 2,5,7. A tunnel and only a tunnel in the Send portion of the course may be done a second time without an obstacle in between. This second consecutive pass MUST be in the same entry end of the tunnel. They can NOT come out of tunnel and then turn around and re-enter the same end they just exited. See figure 5. The finish obstacle may be POINTED. If the finish obstacle is pointed it MUST be a jump and bi-directional. A tunnel can be used as a finish obstacle but may NOT be pointed. See Figure 1 and 3. The Tire is NOT allowed on the course
NEW FAST RULES Effective January 3,2017