BY LAWS AND CONSTITUTION
BY LAWS AND CONSTITUTION
ARTICLE I: Liability
Sec 1. All affiliated Trial holders or Clubs that hold and host UFTA Field Trials must carry their own Liability coverage.
Sec 2. All trial participants must sign a liability waiver.
ARTICLE II: Dog Breeds
Sec 1. The UFTA is intended for and open to pointing and flushing breeds only. Therefore it is required that all dogs be of pointing and flushing breeds. All dogs must be registered in The Field Dog Stud Book or other proper register of that particular pointing or flushing breed (example AKC). Each dog must have a traceable pedigree. This is an absolute requirement, and dogs that cannot be registered ARE NOT ALLOWED TO COMPETE AND ARE CONSIDERED INELIGIBLE. EXCEPTION: Unregistered dogs that can be registered must be registered within a reasonable amount of time or placement points and other related accolades will be forfeited. Proof of registration or litter enrollment must be made available at the trial committee's request. A 7day grace period will be given to produce proper registration papers or litter enrollment.
ARTILE III: Membership dues, sanctioning fee, entry fee, optional pot and Calcutta's
Sec 1: An annual membership fee of $35.00 for individuals or $45 per family will be assessed to each member, which is valid from September 1st through August 31st. For new members, someone who has never participated in a UFTA trial, the membership fee is $17.50 for individuals and $22.50 for a family membership. A family membership consists of the member, spouse and any dependent children under the age of 18. Anyone over the age of 18 must purchase their own membership. Each competitor MUST be a member in order to compete in UFTA field trials. Membership is open to all race, gender or religious beliefs.
Sec 2: Money trials, Calcutta (where legal) and/or optional pot monies shall be paid out as determined by the Trial Host and/or the person holding the trial. Calcuttas are to be a minimum of $20.00 and a maximum of $100.00 with the owner of the dog being able to purchase their dog back for $1.00 over the last bid. Optional pots (where legal) of $20.00 are acceptable for any division.
Sec 3: Entry fee for the Open National Championships will be $200.00 per dog. Entry fee for the Doubles National Championships will be $200.00 per team. Entry fee for the Amateur National Championships will be $150.00 per dog.
Sec 4: Optional pot at the National Championships is $20.00 per day per field.
Sec 5: Calcutta at the National Championships is limited to $250.00 maximum with the owner able to buy his/her dog back at $1.00 over the last bid. Calcutta is to be split 50% for 1st place, 30% for 2nd place and 20% for 3rd place.
Sec 6: Optional pot at regular UFTA events must not exceed $20.00.
Sec 7: Amateur events may run a $20.00 optional pot..
Sec 8: Each trial host must submit a $15.00 sanction fee per dog (doubles will be $30.00 per team) to the UFTA National office within 14 days of trial, or the scores or trial will not be validated.
Sec 9: Judges, bird planters, dog owners, DS's, DW's and handlers must be members in good standing.
Article IV: Board of Directors, Officers of Corporation, Committees and National Rules Interpreter.
Sec l: All members in good standing will be able to vote, at the Nationals, on Board of Directors and State Representatives. Each state will have a State Representative elected by the members within that state. The Board of Directors is elected, after the term of organization, by the total membership.
Sec 2: Board of Directors will be duly elected by the total membership and they will serve for three (3) years with the opportunity to be re-elected. The Board of Directors will by majority vote elect a President- Chairman of the Board, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer and shall be elected by the Board to serve a term of three (3) years. Election of board of directors will be held by ballot the week of the national finals. Restrictions for electing board members are: Must have been a member of UFTA for (3) three consecutive years, and not been on probation the previous (5) five years.
Sec 2:1. The property and business of the Corporation shall be managed under the direction of the Board of Directors.
Sec 2:2. Directors shall not receive compensation but shall be reimbursed for any expenses incurred in conducting the authorized and proper business of the Corporation.
Sec 2:3. Filling of vacancies. In the case of any vacancy in the Board of Directors through death, resignation, disqualification, removal, or other cause, the remaining directors by affirmative vote of the majority thereof, may elect a successor to hold office for the unexpired portion of the term of that director whose place shall be vacant, and until the election of his successor, or until he shall be removed, prior thereto, by an affirmative vote of the majority of the Board of Directors.
Sec 3: State Representatives are elected by the members within the state that they represent and shall serve a term of two (2) years with the opportunity to be re-elected.
Sec 3:1. State Representatives shall run all aspects of field trials in their state and are responsible for the timely remittance of all paperwork and sanction fees from each individual trial. State Representatives shall be empowered to develop and/or to sanction new clubs to run UFTA field trials.
Sec 3:2. State Representatives work under the direction of the Board of Directors and may be replaced by the majority vote of the Board of Directors.
Sec 4: Committees: The Board of Directors may by resolution passed by majority of the whole Board, designate one or more committees. Each committee will consist of the President, Chairman of the Board and one or more of the Directors of the Corporation. To the extent provided in the resolution, the committee shall have and may exercise the powers of the Board of Directors. Such committee or committees shall have such names as may be determined from time to time by resolution adopted by the Board of Directors.
Sec 5: Nominating Committee: The Board of Directors shall elect a Nominating Committee consisting of the President, Chairman of the Board, and at least one other director along with two (2) members from the general membership. When there is a vacancy to be filled on the Board, any UFTA member in good standing may nominate a UFTA member for a Board vacancy no later than December 31. Therefore, no nominations will be taken from the floor. The Nominating Committee shall be responsible for preparing a slate of Directors for election to be presented to the members, for voting, at the next membership meeting.
Sec 6: National Rules Interpreter: This function is to be handled by a three (3) member committee. The committee will consist of a Chairperson and two (2) other members. This committee is appointed by the Board of Directors.
For more information on the By-Laws of the corporation of the United Field Trialerâ€™s Association, Inc, are on file at the National Office of the United Field Trialersâ€™s Association.
ARTICLE V: Field Trial Hosts & Clubs
Sec 1: All clubs or hosts must submit a $15.00 sanctioning fee per dog per trial along with a completed hard copy of the trial results on the official UFTA forms to the UFTA National Office.
Sec 2: Scores along with the sanctioning fees must be remitted to the National Office of the UFTA within 14 days from the end of the field trial to get the scores validated. EFFECT: TRIALS WILL NOT BE COUNTED AS OFFICIAL TRIAL. SANCTIONING FEE WILL BE RETURNED TO THE HOST. HOST WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR ISSUING REFUNDS.
Sec 3: Trials are to be drawn prior to the scheduled starting day. The draw for a trial MUST BE MADE PUBLIC AND MUST BE WITNESSED TO BE A VALID TRIAL. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Sec 4: The UFTA highly recommends a field trial committee assigned to each trial. The trial committee should be a 4-6 person committee that would be comprised of judges, field marshals or anyone that is un-biased in his/her decision making ability and that is familiar with the UFTA Rule Book and has a keen interest in field trailing. The trial committee would serve as a decision making body that would rule on Protests, changing of running order or a host of possible situations that would or could directly effect the outcome of the field trial. Persons who serve as a judge and a trial committee member should excuse himself/herself from the decision making of a particular situation if the situation directly or indirectly involves him/her.
Sec 5: Penalty for Submitting Trials with dogs listed that did not run in the trial:
First Offence â€“ Penalty: One (1) year suspension for dog owner and/or handler, event holder and the dog.
Second Offence â€“ Penalty: Five (5) year suspension for dog owner and/or handler, event holder and the dog.
Third Offence â€“ Penalty: Indefinite suspension for dog owner and/or handler, event holder and the dog.
ARTICLE VI: Field Trials & National Championships
Sec 1: Open Pointing and Double trials with less than 8 dogs, Amateur trials with less than six (6) dogs and Flushing trials with less than six (6) dogs WILL NOT be recognized as an official event.
Sec 2: Trials must be submitted within 21 days of the scheduled starting date to be recognized as an official event.
Sec 3: Trials must be drawn by a witnessed draw prior to the scheduled starting date.
Sec 4: Open Shooting Dog Division will be one (1) dog and one (1) handler (unless a DS or DW is utilized by the handler and approved by the trial committee or field marshal). The run will consist of 3 birds and a 15-minute time limit. The Open Division will consist of two runs with the score from each run totaled for an aggregate score.
The trial committee or host in EVERY FIELD TRIAL to be recognized as an official UFTA event must use the following formula for the draw.
This is an example of a 16 dog trial for the open pointing division where a dog must run twice.
1a & 9b - Spike, Pointer Male
2a & 10b - Jake, Setter Male
3a & 11b - Buster, GSP Male
4a & 12b - Zep, GSP Male
5a & 13b - Quail, Setter Male
6a & 14b - Sam, Pointer Female
7a & 15b - Lady, Setter Female
8a & 16b - Rodney, Pointer Male
9a & 1b - Tonkie, Pointer Female
10a & 2b - Jack, Setter Male
11a & 3b - Amigo, GWP Male
12a & 4b - Little Bitty, Brittany Female
13a & 5b - Buddy, Brittany Male
14a & 6b - Cash, Pointer Male
15a & 7b - Sara, Pointer Female
16a & 8b - Hank, Setter Male
For a 30 dog trial the first dog would run 1a and 16b
For a 36 dog trial the first dog would run 1a and 19b
Sec 5: Amateur Shooting Dog Division will be one (1) dog and one (1) handler (unless a DS or DW is utilized by the handler and approved by the trial committee or field marshal). The trial will consist of one (1) 15 minute three (3) bird run per dog with the highest score for the day being the winner.
Sec 6: Open Doubles Division will consist of two (2) judges, two (2) dogs and two (2) handlers (unless a DS or DW is utilized by one or both handlers and approved by the trial committee or field marshal). Each handler must shoot three (3) birds and each dog is allowed ONE back that is worth 5 points each. The handler who bags his/her birds first may take his/her dog and assist his/her partner in finding the remainder of his/her partners' birds. The Open Doubles Division will consist of one (1) 15-minute run with the highest score of the day being the winner. Doubles Division dogs (not handlers) qualify for the National Championships as a team. No dog substitutions will be allowed.
Sec 7: Field Trial host must supply the birds, and an ethical means of caring for all live birds as well as providing a humane way of disposal of all dead birds.
Sec 8: Field Trial host must approve all Designated Shooters (DS) and Designated Walkers (DW).
Sec 9: In any trial, with 20 or more dogs, a handler may run four (4) dogs. Otherwise a trial with less than 20 dogs, a handler may run three (3) dogs. NOTE: This applies to each division and not the number of dogs entered into the whole trial. EFFECT: The consequences for breaking this rule will be to disqualify all dogs handled, shot for or any combination of the two.
Any prize money won will have to be returned.
Sec 10. Gun Handling
A handler MAY NOT lay his gun on the ground during a retrieve. Laying the â€śUnloadedâ€ť gun down on the final retrieve or third bird safety to leach the dog is permitted by acknowledgement of the judge. If the Handler lays a loaded gun on the ground it is an automatic disqualification.
The Handler has the option to lay an unloaded gun down on the ground to receive the final retrieve and/or leash your dog. Likewise, if your dog leaves the field and the judge is not in close proximity, you may lay your unloaded gun down at the edge of the field to retrieve your dog. The judge must acknowledge that the gun is unloaded. In this instance, if you lay a loaded gun dow it is an automatic disqualification.
Sec ll: Any event with over 75 dogs/entries shall have the option to run in a three (3) run, three (3) day single trial format. This would consist of three (3) runs added together to determine placement. The dog of the year points and the championship points will be awarded as per placement.
Sec 12: No E-Collars or training devices will be allowed in any sanctioned UFTA trial.
Sec 13: The top three (3) high point dogs in each division shall have an invitation to the National finals.
Sec 14: PLAYER CONDUCT:
All competitors and those affiliated with a competitor agree to conduct themselves in a sportsman like and socially responsible manner. Competitors will not engage in behavior that damages the image of the UFTA organization. All competitors agree to refrain from behavior or language that might be perceived as threatening or offensive. Competitors will not engage in unsportsman like conduct with another teammate, judge, competitor, sponsor, attendee or UFTA representative at any time. All competitors agree not to engage in behavior which would endanger the health or safety of themselves, another competitor, spectator, attendee, UFTA representative, host, marshal or other UFTA representative. All competitors understand that they are financially responsible for all fees and costs associated with competing and being a member of UFTA. All competitors agree that they are required to be punctual and on time for posted brace times in order to maintain the schedule of any competition. All competitors agree not to use alcohol or other controlled substance unless prescribed by a physician prior to or while competing. All competitors agree that they will abide by the definition and expectations of Player Conduct as it is outlined above. Failure to do so will be subject to immediate disciplinary action up to and including the following: (1) Verbal Warning, (2) Score Penalty (time added or point(s) deduction(s)), (3) Disqualification (from the brace or competition), (4) Suspension, and/or (5) Banishment.
NOTE: NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RUNS DO NOT COUNT AS A TRIAL TOWARD THE TRIAL QUOTA DEFINED IN SEC. 1 BELOW.
Sec 1: Open Pointing Division dog that competes in six (6) trials will automatically qualify for National Championships. Open Flushing Division dogs must compete in six (6) trials to qualify for the National Championships. Amateur Pointing Division Dogs must compete in four (4) Amateur Trials to qualify for the Amateur National Championship. Pointing and Flushing Doubles Division dog teams must compete in three (3) Doubles trials to qualify for the National Championships. The dogs in the Open Pointing Doubles Division qualify as the team and must compete in the National Championships as a team though the handlers DO NOT have to remain the same all year. NOTE: Any handler or team in Doubles that get disqualified for any reason. That trial DOES NOT count towards his/her quota for qualification into the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP NOTE: * Dogs qualify for the National Championships and not handlers. EXCEPTION: THE OPEN DOUBLES DIVISION DOGS (handlers may be different) QUALIFY AS A TEAM AND MUST ATTEND THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AS THE TEAM THAT QUALIFIED. NO EXCEPTIONS. ELIMINATIONS WILL BE HELD DURING THE WEEK OF THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS TO REDUCE THE FIELD OF COMPETITORS. THE NATIONAL DOG (S) OF THE YEAR WILL EARN AN AUTOMATIC SPOT IN THE FINALS OF THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AFTER THE ELIMINATIONS ROUNDS ARE COMPLETE.
In addition, the second and third place dogs in the High Points will receive an invitation to the Finals at the Nationals Championships after the Semi Finals elimination rounds are complete.
Sec 2: The top Amateur Pointing dog in each state, as determined by DOY points, will receive an automatic invitation into the Open Pointing National Championships.
Sec 3: A dog must compete in a minimum number of trials of the division that he/she is trying to qualify his/her dog in. (Example - to get to the National Championships that dog must compete in six (6) Open Shooting Dog Trials during the current year. To qualify for the National Doubles Championships that team of dogs must compete in three (3) doubles trials during the current year. To qualify for the Amateur National Championships that dog must compete in four (4) trials during the current year.)
Sec 4: The top three placing dogs in the Amateur National Championship will receive an automatic invitation to the Open Pointing National Championships.
Sec 5: The previous yearâ€™s National Champion will receive an automatic invitation into the following years National Championships.
Sec 6: The National Champion automatically receives CHAMPION status.
Sec 7: Next yearâ€™s National Championships will be set at the previous yearâ€™s National Championships. Bids for the National Championships must be submitted in writing to the Board of Directors by the beginning of the current yearâ€™s National Championships. National Championship bids do not have to be monetary. An outstanding venue, with ample seating and spectator viewing areas are required. A banquet/dinner facility (the awards banquet/dinner facility may be on or off of the trial grounds property in a nearby location) that will house a minimum of 150 dinner guests is also a requirement. Detailed description of grounds and facilities, photos and a short description of special prizes is also a requirement. NOTE: An awards banquet and dinner is a requirement by the host for the participants. Guests of the participants may be charged a nominal fee.
Sec 8: Doubles teams qualify for the National Championships as a team. Dogs can qualify one time only in the Open Doubles Division.
Sec 9: All T-Shirts, caps jackets and other novelties sold at the National Championships must bear the UFTA logo, with the UFTA logo being the predominant logo on every item. Trial host will be granted by the UFTA the permission for use of any Official UFTA logo. The UFTA retains no commissions from said sales of novelties but reserves the right to approve any person(s) hired to sell novelties by the National Championship host.
Sec 10: Each National Championship will have a 5 member trial committee appointed prior to the running of the National Championships by the trial host. This committee will be in charge of handling all protests or ANY other un-foreseen topics that may arise during the running of the National Championships. If the trial committee cannot reach a decision or has reached a decision that is contrary to the written rule or by-laws of the official UFTA Rule Book or is not performing it's duty in a manner that shows good judgment. Then and only then will the Board of directors intervene.
Sec 11: The Board of Directors will determine the number of places to be paid at the National Championships taking into consideration the number of dogs entered and the funds available.
Sec 12: At the National championships the birds will be thrown into the cover
ARTICLE VII: Rule Changes
Sec 1: The UFTA has placed a five (5) year moratorium on rule changes starting with the 2010 trial year. Rule changes are to be submitted to the National Office of the UFTA by July 31st of the 2020 trial year. The submitted rule changes will be sent to all members with the name of the member who submitted the change and will be voted on by paper ballot. The ballot must be returned to the National Office of the UFTA as instructed in the ballot that you receive. Rule changes will be sent to all members and posted on the UFTA web site by December 31st of the trial year. The new rules will take effect on Jan 1st of the next trial year and the new rules will be used at the UFTA Nationals.
ARTICLE VIII: POINTS TOWARDS A CHAMPIONSHIP AND DOG OF THE YEAR POINTS
NOTE: CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS ARE EARNED BY THE DOG AND NOT THE HANDLER
Sec 1: Open and Amateur Pointing Divisions: A dog must attain 20 points to be recognized as an open or amateur champion in the UFTA. To gain a division championship the dog must have two (2) first place finishes. The remainder of the points needed to complete the championship may come in any combination of points. The system for earning championship points is calculated on the amount of dogs participation in the trial and is as follows:
21 dogs and above: 1st place=5 points, 2nd place=4 points, 3rd place=3 points.
15 to 20 dogs: 1st place=4 points, 2nd place=3 points, 3rd place=2 points.
6 (open trial must have 8 dogs) to 14 dogs: 1st place=3 points, 2nd place=2 points, 3rd place=1 points
Sec 1a: Doubles Pointing: Championship points are awarded as follows: To gain a championship, the team must have 20 points of which there must be two (2) first place finishes. The points are awarded as follows: Eleven (11) or more teams â€“ First place = 5 points, Second place = 4 points, Third place = 3 points. Eight (8) to ten (10) teams â€“ First place = 4 points, Second place = 3 points, Third place = 2 points. Four (4) to seven (7) teams - First place = 3 points, Second place = 2 points, Third place = 1 point.
Championship points carry over year to year until the team earns a championship. The above process must be repeated to gain a second, third, fourth or more championships.
Sec 1b: Open and Doubles Flushing: Dogs competing in the Flushing division must attain 20 points to be recognized as a champion in the UFTA, 10 of which must be First place points. To gain a division championship the dog must have two (2) First place finishes worth five (5) points each for a total of ten (10) points. The remainder of the ten points needed to complete the championship may come in any combination of points. A Second place finish is worth three (3) points and a Third place finish is worth one (1) point. Championship points carry over year to year until the dog earns a championship. The above process must be repeated to gain a second, third, fourth or more championships.
Sec 2: An amateur may become a champion by the above process as spelled out in Article VIII Sec. 1. An Amateur may compete in the Amateur Division and achieve multiple championships until it no longer qualifies for the amateur division. Each state top Amateur Shooting Dog will be determined by the amount of dog of the year points earned during that year (example 21 dog of the year points would beat 20 points). A one run, 15-minute runoff can break ties for top Amateur Dog as described in Rule 2; sec 16) of the official UFTA RULE BOOK, over any other means of breaking the tie.
Sec 3: Dog of the Year points are earned by the following formula. This formula is based on the total number of dogs per trial instead of Championship points earned throughout the year. This formula is for ALL DIVISIONS OF DOGS. To determine the â€śNational Shooting dog of the Yearâ€ť the dog of the year points from the top 10 trial placements will be used. Dogs will earn points towards the Dog of the Year by their placement in the trial. The point system is: 1st place dog in the trial will earn 6 points multiplied by the number of dogs in the trial. The 2nd place dog will earn 5 points multiplied by the number of dogs in the trial. 3rd place dog will earn 4 points multiplied by the number of dogs in the trial. 4th place dog will earn 3 points per dog multiplied by the number of dogs in the trial. 5th place dog will earn 2 points multiplied by the number of dogs in the trial. Then to finish out top dog points after 5th place the dog will get one (1) point, plus a point for each dog he beats in the trial. Example of a placements dog in a 8 dog trial. 1st place dog would earn 6 pts x 8 dogs = 48 pts., 2nd place dog would earn 5 pts x 8 dogs = 40 pts. , 3rd place dog would earn 4 pts x 8 dogs = 32 pts., 4th place dog would earn 3 pts x 8 dogs = 24 pts. , 5th place dog would earn 2 pts x 8 dogs = 16 pts., 6th place dog would earn 3 points (1 point for its placement plus 2 for beating 2 dogs), 7th place dog would earn 2 points (1 point for its placement plus 1 for beating 1 dog), 8th place dog would earn 1 point (1 point for its last place).
NOTE: In case of a tie for â€śNATIONAL SHOOTING DOG OF THE YEARâ€ť, one 3-bird run per dog for singles or 6-bird run per dog for doubles will be held at the National Championships to crown the â€śNATIONAL DOG OF THE YEARâ€ť. Dogs not coming to the National Championships that are tied for â€śNATIONAL SHOOTING DOG OF THE YEARâ€ť forfeits the right to be crowned â€śNATIONAL SHOOTING DOG OF THE YEARâ€ť
ARTICLE IX: Judges
NOTE: Failure of judges to adhere to Article IX shall not be grounds for protest.
Powers and Duties of UFTA judges:
Sec 1: The judges are the representatives of the UFTA for the particular field trial, which they have been assigned. Judges are authorized and required to enforce the rules contained in this book. The judges have the power to order a handler, DS or DW to do, or refrain from doing, any act that is necessary to enforce any of these rules; and to inflict any penalties prescribed.
Sec 2: The judge should inspect the trial grounds, equipment used by the trial host or committee.
Sec 3: The judge should clarify all ground rules to each and every handler prior to the start of their respective run.
Sec 4: Each judge shall have the power to make decisions on violations committed anytime during the assigned run or suspension of time until the scorecard is signed.
Sec 5: No judge has the authority to set aside or question decisions pertaining to protests made by the field marshal or trial committee within the limits of his/her respective duties.
Sec 6: A judge may consult with the field marshal or trial committee before signing the scorecard.
Sec 7: A judge has the legal authority to remove any participant from the field for violations of the rules as described in this book.
Sec 8: A judge may stop the time when, in his/her judgment, conditions justify such action.
ARTICLE X: Protests
Sec 1: PROTESTS SHALL NOT be considered or allowed if the protest is based solely on a decision involving judgment on the part of the judge. Examples (but not limited too) situations which will not be considered, are:
a. Whether a handler, DW, or DS was running or not.
b. Whether a dog pointed for 3 seconds or not.
c. Whether or not a dog established a back or not.
d. Whether a handler whoa'd his/her dog to point or whether the handler whoa'd his/her dog to back.
e. Whether a bird was in bounds or out of bounds.
f. Whether or not the handler moved more than the one step limit during the retrieve.
g. Whether a safety was or was not awarded by the judge.
h. Whether the grounds are fit to run or not.
Sec 2: PROTESTS THAT SHALL be considered are:
a. Misinterpretation of a rule that does not involve the judgment of the judge.
b. Failure of a judge to apply the correct rule to a given situation.
c. Failure to impose the correct penalty for a given situation.
Sec 3: A formal protest should contain the following information:
a. The time
b. Name of the judge and handler
c. Rule and Sec of the Official Rules
d. The decision and conditions surrounding the making of the decision.
e. All essential facts involved in the matter being protested.
Sec 4: The Decision made on a protested run must result in one of the following:
a. The protest is found invalid and the run stands as per the official scorecard.
b. When a protest is allowed for misinterpretation of a rule, the scorecard will either be corrected or the handler will be awarded a re-run if a re-run is in order.
ARTICLE XI: Acts of Disbarment or Suspension
Sec 1: Any UFTA member or gallery member who's conduct on or off the field that would be detrimental to the UFTA or the Sport of Field Trialing will be dealt with immediately. The UFTA expects that all members or gallery members to act in a manner where sportsmanship is always practiced. The UFTA reserve's the right to withdraw Membership (with no refund of said membership) during the running or otherwise any membership of anyone not adhering to these by-laws.
Sec 2: The UFTA will not tolerate any of following un-sportsmanlike behaviors:
a. Any abusive behavior or language in any form, from anyone, during a UFTA field trial.
b. Any competitor or gallery member using words or actions that will incite demonstrations.
c. Using any form of intimidation tactics.
d. The use of any behavior that is not conducive to fair play.
e. Handling guns in any unsafe manner whatsoever.
f. Fighting, or any kind of physical attack on a judge or trial official in any manner.
g. Falsifying pedigree papers or registration papers.
h. A UFTA member falsifying his/her age.
i. Knowingly competing with a doubles partner who is not eligible to participate in UFTA events or with a doubles partner whose dog is not eligible to participate in UFTA events.
j. Anyone participating in or permitting a fraud to be perpetrated including running an ineligible dog.
k. Any person or persons submitting a bad check, or stopping payment of a check to the UFTA or its representatives, representatives or field trial hosts.
l. Any handler who â€śNO SHOWSâ€ť an event without notifying the trial host prior to the start of the field trial. EFFECT: Handler must pay the entry fee to the trial host that said handler â€śNO SHOWEDâ€ť before being permitted to run in anymore UFTA events. If handler refuses, the handler will be permanently disbarred until entry fee is remitted.
m. Any person who purposely uses false information to damage the reputation, image, or credibility of the UFTA or its representatives or representatives.
NOTE: Upon further investigation by the UFTA Board of directors, if any of the above conduct is warranted to be severe enough in its nature, the UFTA has the right to issue additional penalties. Such penalties can involve probation, suspension of further participation and even disbarment of the guilty parties from the UFTA.
Sec 3: Suspensions:
a. Any UFTA member that violates any of this Constitution/By-Laws or does not adhere to the policies or procedures of the UFTA may be suspended.
b. Any UFTA member that fails to submit fees and/or information due the UFTA In a timely manner may be suspended.
c. Any UFTA member or trial host that is suspended for any reason, will not be allowed to participate in any capacity with the Association, until such suspension has been lifted.
Sec 4: Outline of Appeal Procedures
Step 1: Any person effected by the occurrence or condition that would cause an appeal may present that appeal in writing with in the appropriate State Director within fifteen (15) days after the occurrence or condition. If not filed within fifteen (15) days the applicant loses their right to appeal.
Step 2: If the appealing person does not receive a satisfactory resolution to the first appeal, the applicant may indicate dissatisfaction with the first appeal. The applicant may then submit in writing within fifteen (15) days to the Board of directors.
The Board of directors meets on all appeal decisions at the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS held on or around the third week of February each year. The Board of directors will render its decision at the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. NOTE: The Board of directors must render a decision before the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP week is complete or before adjourning from it's final meeting at the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS pertaining to the final appeal. The decision rendered by the Board of directors is final and under no circumstances will another appeal be granted.
ARTICLE XII: Awards
Sec 1: The Trial Host for the National Championships is responsible for the payment of the Awards Package. The â€śAwards Packageâ€ť will be a package that exemplifies the standard of excellence that the dog and handler has achieved as National Champion, Reserve Champion and 2nd Runner up for all 3 divisions.