Official NACSW™

NW1/NW2 Trials

November 21-22, 2020

TRIAL LOCATION: Camp Lincoln, 67 Ball Road, Kingston, NH 03848

It is not appropriate to contact or visit the trial location prior to the trial date, nor should training take place on trial grounds once an event is approved/announced. Our locations are real life search environments where people work, go to school, etc. Pre-trial contact or visits risk the host losing the opportunity to use the location again in the future.

Trial Host:
The Big Sniff, LLC – Maggie Pate

NW1: Saturday, November 21, 2020

NW2: Sunday, November 22, 2020

Volunteer Sign Up

NW1 Wait List

NW2 Wait List

Certifying Official: Sarah Woodruff


Judges: Gail McCarthy & Chris Lakey

Entry Cost

NW1: $190.00 per dog and handler team

NW2: $190.00 per dog and handler team

Number of Entries

NW1: 30 entries

NW2: 30 entries

The entry limits for the NW1 and NW2 have been reduced to 30 due to the current Covid-19 group gathering restrictions in New Hampshire.

One dog per handler per level.

NACSW is requiring that all attendees adhere to social distancing - maintaining 6’ of distance - at all trials until further notice even if your jurisdiction has relaxed their requirements or recommendations. Social Distancing requirements at an event are MANDATORY. There is no option to mutually consent to be closer together than 6’. Please be respectful that your proximity or request for proximity may make others uncomfortable.

Please review the document COVID-19 Event Guidelines that is located in Google docs and was emailed to the membership on 5/8/2020.

In addition to those guidelines the following changes and guidelines are in effect for this trial due to COVID-19.


All attendees (competitors and volunteers) will be required to bring and wear face masks in search areas.
Competitors are asked to remain in their vehicles as much as possible.


Competitors are asked to bring their own face masks, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes.  

Competitors will have temperatures taken at entry and must self-certify they are symptom free upon arrival.

No sharing of food, potluck, or socializing in parking lot (even if chairs are 6’ away) is permitted.

For a complete list of travel restrictions please see: https://www.covidguidance.nh.gov/out-state-visitors

If there are any changes or updates that information will be included in your final details information that will be emailed 1-2 weeks before the trial weekend.

 TRIAL ENTRY INFORMATION

Trial Entry Open and Closing

Entry Method

All entries will be on-line via the link provided to the NACSW™ trial entry form. Paper and phone entries will not be accepted. Completing the form is not a guarantee of entry. You will receive an auto-response email confirming that we received your trial entry after registration - this email does not confirm your space in the trial. There will be a separate confirmation from mpate5@comcast.net to let you know if your entry has been given a space in the trial.

Entry Requirements & Selection

A Qualified Entry is one that meets all the following criteria:

  1. Complete the on-line trial entry during the draw period listed above.
  2. The Handler is a NACSW™ member for the 2020-2021 membership year (8/1/2020- 7/31/2021).
  3. The Dog is registered with the NACSW™.
  4. Dogs participating in a trial must be at least one year of age.
  5. The Dog has passed the appropriate ORT and prior title level at least 14 days before the trial opens for entries.
  6. Qualified entry for NW1 – Dog has not yet earned a NW1 title level.
  7. Qualified entry for NW2 – Dog has earned a NW1 title level and has not yet earned a NW2 title.

Trial spaces will be determined in the following manner:

You will be notified via e-mail of the results of the random draw by 5:00PM EST October 25, 2020.

If you have a spam blocker on your email account, please configure it to allow email from mpate5@comcast.net in order to ensure delivery of confirmation and information about this trial.

You will then have 48 hours to mail your payment to confirm your space in the trial. Trial payments are payable to Payable by check to: The Big Sniff, LLC

Mail to: Maggie Pate, 20 Hollow Oak Drive, Sandown, NH 03873

A waiting list for alternates will be started as soon as entries fill.

Alternates will be contacted when a space opens.  

Depending on last minute trial logistics, we may opt to not fill all canceled spaces.

NACSW™ reserves the right to cancel a trial if minimum entry numbers are not met.

Be sure you read and understand the guidelines for this trial before entering. By submitting a registration for this NACSW™ Trial, you acknowledge that you have read, understand, and accept the policies and liability information of NACSW™.

CANCELLATION POLICY

The following cancellation policy applies:

o If the trial is approved to be held and competitors withdraw for personal concerns, the above cancellation policy will be followed

o If the trial is cancelled due to NACSW, federal/local/state government, or facility changes in protocol, entry fees will be refunded less applicable realized costs and processing fees

o You must meet all eligibility criteria on the day of the trial to participate. This includes any state or locally imposed quarantines that are announced. Exceptions will not be made.

If you earn the title for the level you are entering after the refund period has ended then you must contact the trial host at mpate5@comcast.net within 24 hours of earning your title and before November 16, 2020 to let them know you are no longer eligible. If you contact the host within 24 hours of earning your title and before November 16, 2020 and (1) they are unable to fill your space then you won't be given a refund but will be allowed to keep your space in the trial and run your dog FEO or (2) they are able to fill your space then a refund will be issued minus the processing fee listed in the cancellation policy. If you fail to contact the host within 24 hours of earning your title and before November 16, 2020 then you will forfeit your space, you will not be allowed to run as FEO, and no refund will be issued.

Entry fees shall not be refunded if a dog or handler is absent, disqualified, or excused by the NACSW™ official or judge.

 

This cancellation and refund policy applies to competitors that must withdraw for any reason including but not limited to injury, illness, emergency, and personal or work-related reasons.

 

If the trial cannot take place or be completed by reason of fire, civil disturbances, an Act of God, public emergency, or any other cause beyond the control of the trial organizers, then the trial host will make their best effort to provide partial refunds after recouping their expenses.

LOCATION DETAILS

Trial Conditions

Modeled after real-life detection work, NACSW™  trials are held in many different locations, with a variety of terrain, under varying weather conditions. Dogs and handlers need to be able to safely negotiate a variety of surfaces, including, but not limited to, tile, linoleum, carpeting, gravel, asphalt, uneven surfaces, and slippery footing. Handlers should be prepared to deal with a variety of weather conditions, including heat, cold, rain and snow. Trials frequently require covering extensive distances to get to and from the parking area to each of the search areas and generally require that this be done across natural, uneven surfaces. Handlers should be prepared for the physical demands and must be able to navigate the terrain with their dog accordingly. Participants should expect to spend most of the day outside or in their vehicles as there are rarely indoor crating options at trials. Please be prepared for you and your canine partner to deal with all these varying environmental challenges. Handlers should familiarize themselves with potential regional risks and health concerns that may affect themselves or their dogs. Handlers agree that they are entering this trial at their own risk.

Site Specific Conditions

This trial is located at a YMCA Camp. The parking, some of the search areas and walkways may be dirt, gravel and grass. Dog and handler teams need to be able to safely negotiate a variety of surfaces, including, but not limited to tile, lenoleum, carpeting, gravel asphalt, uneven surfaces, stairways, steep inclines/declines and slippery footing. Participants should expect to spend most of the day in their vehicles, as there is no indoor crating option available at this trial. Handlers should be prepared for the physical demands and must be able to navigate the terrain with their dog accordingly. Handlers also should be prepared to deal with a variety of weather conditions, including heat, cold, rain, snow and wind. This is fall in New England.

Due to unforeseen conditions, such as weather or change in availability of areas at the location, the expected search areas, parking, and pathways to the search areas may be modified at the last minute.

Reactive Dog Parking

There will be reactive dog parking at this trial for those who wish to park in this area, however the parking is tight and there will not be separate potty areas or warm up boxes. Please notify mpate5@comcast.net if you will need a spot here.

Due to unforeseen conditions, such as weather or change in availability of areas at the location, this policy may be modified at the last minute.

Unentered Dogs

We are unable to accommodate any unentered dogs at this location.

Due to unforeseen conditions, such as weather or change in availability of areas at the location, this policy may be modified at the last minute.

RV Parking

There is no space for RVs to park in the competitor parking area during the trial day.

Due to unforeseen conditions, such as weather or change in availability of areas at the location, this policy may be modified at the last minute.

Running Vehicles or Generators in the parking lot

The parking is tight at this location and continuously running your vehicles or generators in the parking lot is not allowed at this trial.

Due to unforeseen conditions, such as weather or change in availability of areas at the location, this policy may be modified at the last minute.

Crating Options

We will not have any indoor crating area.  

Due to unforeseen conditions, such as weather or change in availability of areas at the location, this policy may be modified at the last minute.

Smoking

Smoking is not allowed on this trial site, including the use of e-cigarettes

Hotels
A list of area hotels and directions will be provided with entry confirmations.

DOG INFORMATION

Dog Policies

Females in Season
Will be allowed to run wearing “pants” at the very end of the running orders after all other dogs have been judged. Females in season will be parked and pottied in areas separate from the other dogs while at the trial if the location logistics permit. Handlers must contact mpate5@comcast.net so plans can be made for the dog.

OTHER INFORMATION

Rules
Complete rules are available at www.NACSW.net. It is the responsibility of each competitor to read and understand the current NACSW™ Rule book prior to participating in a NACSW™ event.  

Liability

By registering for the trial, the competitor hereby assumes all risks of, and responsibility for, accidents and/or damage to her/himself or to her/his property or to others, resulting from the actions of her/his dog. The competitor expressly agree that the NACSW™, The Big Sniff, LLC, Maggie Pate and its assignees or any other person, or persons, of said groups, shall not be held liable personally, or collectively, under any circumstances, for injury, and/or damage to her/himself, for loss or injury to property, whether due to uncontrolled dogs or negligence of any member of said groups, or any other cause, or causes. The competitor also agrees to assume all financial liability that may be incurred by the NACSW™ due to the actions of themselves or their dogs regardless of the cause.

Sportsmanship
All competitors/handlers and spectators are expected to follow the rules of the NACSW™ and demonstrate good sportsmanship. This includes making sure the hide placements are unknown to the handler prior to testing and kept secret from other competitors. Please do not discuss hide placement or any details of a dog's performance that may provide information or clues to other handlers or may be overheard.

NACSW™ Results

Results for each search and overall will be posted after all searches are completed and scores are verified for you to record your results for your own records. It is your responsibility to ensure your scores are accurate prior to leaving trial grounds. If a discrepancy cannot be verified at the trial, you may be instructed to submit a score card review request. It is not the responsibility of the host or NACSW™  to return score sheets that are left behind or to mail ribbons that are not picked up.

Spectators
To minimize the number of people on site, anyone not volunteering, competing, or officiating should stay home except in the case where someone
requires support to travel to the event. Spectating is currently not allowed. An adult accompanying a minor must be present during the searches. Everyone at the trial site must sign the waiver provided by the host and comply with all event requirements.

Videotaping and Photography

At this time, competitors may be allowed to take videos and photos of the search areas during the competitor walk through in order to help familiarize themselves with the search area. Due to site privacy issues or time constraints, competitors may not be allowed to photograph or video a search area during the walk through. At the host's discretion, a photographer and/or video service may be present during the trial to offer photos and/or videos for sale to the competitors.

As a condition of your entry, you agree to allow NACSW™, or their agents, to video you and your dog during the entirety of the NACSW™ event. These videos are the property of NACSW™. All competitors, through entry at any NACSW™ event, waive any and all rights relative to video broadcast or photography of such event.

Questions & Cancellations
All trial related questions & cancellations, contact Maggie Pate, mpate5@comcast.net