Progressing to the next grade
are two methods of moving your dog up to the next agility grade in a Kennel Club show – by
winning a 1st place or by accumulating points. Different rules apply depending on whether you
are moving up because of a win or on points. John Leslie of the Canine Activities Department at
the Kennel Club explains and answers some of the most frequently asked questions.
1 - Winning a class
If you win first place in a standard agility (not jumping) class your dog
will move up to the next grade. (The first place must have been a clear round with no
jumping faults or time faults, or it will not count).
If you win a first place in a standard jumping class and your dog has
already won two first places in jumping classes (in the same grade) your dog will move up
to the next grade. (All three first places must have been clear rounds with no jumping
faults or time faults).
If you win first place in a ‘special’ class your dog does not move up to
the next grade. (What
is a special class?)
It is compulsory to move up to the next grade after winning a first place
(with a clear round);
you cannot choose not to move up.
Moving up from Grade 6 to Grade 7 has special rules – you must have won at
least four first places in Grade 6, two of which must have been in agility (not jumping)
classes. (Again only clear rounds count).
After your win
do not move to the next grade immediately – you continue to compete at your present grade
at any show that takes place within 25 days of the show where you won the first place.
you win any more first places during these 25 days, unfortunately they do not qualify you
to move up another grade. Any points for places or clear rounds can still be counted
towards the Agility Warrant, but do not count towards progressing on points).
Shows you have already entered:
- You must write
(or send an email) to all the shows you have already entered which take place 26
or more days after the date on which you won your first place, asking them to move your
entries up into the equivalent classes for your dog’s new grade. (Be sure to provide full
information to the show).
- You need to
contact each show at least 14 days before the date of the show, otherwise the show will
refuse to change your class entries, your dog will be unable to compete at that show and you will lose your entry
- If you have
contacted the show and there are no classes for your dog at the next grade, or not as
many classes, you will be entitled to a refund for the ‘missing’ classes.
- Some show
processors provide a useful form to help you notify changes of grade and remind you of
the information you need to provide.
- Don’t rely on the
phone to ask for a change of grade.
Future shows that you haven’t already entered
simply enter your dog in the classes for its new grade.
Method 2 - Moving up on points
your dog gains at least 75 points in its present grade, you can choose to move the dog into
the next grade up, until it reaches Grade 5 (you can’t move into Grades 6 or 7 on points).
points are calculated on the same basis as points for the Agility Warrant, except that there
is no need for 25% of the points to have been won in agility (as opposed to jumping) classes.
The places must have been earned with a clear round. (How
do I calculate my dog’s points?)
Moving up on points is not compulsory. You can choose whether to move your dog up and you
have free choice as to when to move up.
places and clear rounds for which points are claimed must be recorded in your dog’s Agility
Once your dog has competed at the new grade, you cannot choose to move back to the old grade.
After you decide to move up
Decide which is the first
show at which you want your dog to compete in the new grade, and enter that show at the new
When you arrive at that
show, take your dog’s Agility Record Book to the Show Secretary and ask them to sign your
book in the appropriate place on the page headed ‘Record of Qualifying Results’.
Continue to enter future
shows at the new grade.
If you have already
entered a show at the old grade, and entries for that show have not yet closed, you can write
to the show before entries close to ask them to move your dog to classes for its new
You cannot ask a show to
move you up to the next grade after the show’s closing date if you are moving up on points.
The ’25 days’ rule does not apply. (This is because, unlike a win, you have the choice of
timing when you move up on points).
What is a Standard class and what is a Special class?
Wins and points only
count if they are gained in a Standard class. Standard classes where are ones where the rules
that apply are exactly those in the 'Agility Regulations' with no additions or omissions, and
where the eligibility to enter is unrestricted (except by grade and size).
All other classes are
'Special' classes, and wins, places or points won't count for progression to the next grade
or towards agility warrants. ‘Combined’ and ‘Graded’ classes can be either standard or
NOTE: Shows are required to
use the word 'Special' in the title of any class in their show schedule that isn't a standard
class. (However even if the schedule doesn't use the word 'special', a special class remains a
Examples of Special classes include:-
'Games' classes such as
Gamblers, Snooker, Power and Speed, Knockouts, Time Fault and Out and similar classes (where
there are some special rules)
Any Pairs or Teams
'ABC' (Anything But
Collies) or 'NBC' (Nothing But Collies) classes, All Sorts or Veterans and similar classes
where eligibility is restricted
Some qualifiers (not all)
if they have special rules on eligibility to enter them (such as the Starters Cup at the
International Agility festival where the dogs must have won a place or gained a certain
number of points in the preceding year)
are special classes too, because the type of course design that the judge can use is
How do I calculate my dog's points?
The points for progressing
to the next grade are calculated using the same scoring system as points for the Agility
Warrant. They are set out in detail in the Agility Record Book.
In summary, points are
given where the dog has been awarded first place down to tenth place (which must be won with
clear rounds), and for clear rounds within the course time below tenth place. If a show
awards places only down to, say, seventh place in a particular class then the dogs in eighth,
ninth and tenth in that class can only claim the points for a clear round.
Twice as many points are
awarded for agility classes as for jumping classes. Twenty points are awarded for first place
in an agility class,19 for second place, and so on down to 11 points for a tenth place, and 2
points for a clear round. In a jumping class ten points are awarded for first place, nine for
second place, down to one point for a tenth place and one point for a clear round.
All 75 points must have
been won at the current grade to progress up to the next one. When you move to the next
grade, you start counting points from zero again.
understanding of the rules is that the winning of a class - Jumping or Agility - has to be a
clear round with no time faults etc. Perhaps I am wrong? Enid G.
Answer: You are quite
right - you can only progress to the next grade after a first place (or three jumping
first places) with a clear round - no jumping faults or time faults. We have changed the
article above to make that a bit more clear, as it appears this point is sometimes
misunderstood. In the same way, points for progressing to the next grade on points (or Agility
Warrants) can only be claimed for places with a clear round - no jumping or time faults.
First published 10/07/10