2013 NACSW National Invitational Competition Rules & Guidelines

The rules and guidelines as defined in the NACSW™ Official Rule Book version 7.2 apply except as outlined below.  
Competitors, please plan on attending the competitor briefing each morning of the event to get any additional updates. A competitor walk through of the search areas will be included in conjunction with the morning briefing.
Please remember to not discuss the hides or your experience in each search area until all competitors have completed a particular search.  Also, be respectful of those who do not wish to discuss or hear discussion of searches during the trial day even after everyone has completed the search.
Following are some of the rules & guidelines specific to the national invitational trial:
  • Searches will not be broken down by element (i.e. vehicle, container, interior, exterior). You will be given a defined search area that may contain any combination of these elements.   
  • Each search area will be clearly defined and you will be given a time limit for the area. Timers will give a 30 second warning only (no 10 second warnings will be given)

  • Searches may have unknown or known number of hides for the area. This will be information given to you prior to starting the search. There may be any number of hides (or zero hides) in the areas with an unknown number of hides.
  • Time will stop when you say ‘Finish’. This is the case even if there are a known number of hides in the search area. If you forget to say finish, you will be given the full time limit for the search area.
  • If you have a False Alert or Fringe during your search, you will be allowed to continue searching however there will be point deductions for each False Alert/Fringe.   See below in the scoring section for details.
  • NW1, NW2, and NW3 hide parameters do not apply. Anywhere in the search area is fair game for hide locations.  Hides will not be in search boundary markers and hides won’t be outside of search boundaries.
  • You will accrue points for each hide found.  Each hide is worth 1 point.
  • Time will stop when the handler calls ‘Finish’.   This is the case with both unknown number of hides and known number of hides.  In the event the handler forgets to call ‘Finish’ in a search area, the full time limit for the search area will be given.
  • Placements will be sorted by hides found, then faults, then time.
  • Faults are same as the trial faults for the category of faults described as “Qualifying Faults” in the rule book.  This includes items like dropped food, excessive pawing, dog not crossing the start line, etc.  
  • False Alerts/Fringes will be scored differently than at a NW1/NW2/NW3 trial.  For each False Alert or Fringe, the team will lose 1/2 point.
  • Eliminating during a search will result in 0 points, full time and 3 faults (same as normal trial scoring).
  • The overall placements for the weekend will be based on your combined score over both trial days.
  • Placements will be given for 1st through 3rd place for each search.  There will also be placements for 1st through 4th place for the daily overall placements for both Saturday and Sunday.  Placements will also be awarded to 1st through 4th place overall.
  • If there is a tied placement, there may be an additional tie break search for the placement.
  • Results will be posted at the end of Saturday, but there will be no awards ceremony Saturday night.  All ribbons will be awarded at the awards ceremony Sunday night.