How to be Effective as a Ringmaster
Study the Rules and Regulations: You will need to be very familiar with the Rules since you will be managing the ring. A serious infraction could mean exhibitors might not have their scores counted for Regional or National wins.
Be Prepared: Arrive at your Agility Ring prepared to work. You will need a stop watch, calculator, sign-in and scoring sheets, scratch paper, toys, an evaluation of the CRM to give to the club, your CRM ringmasters report and if you have a trainee an evaluation of the trainee. A white board is handy to write the cat's scores and times on so that exhibitors will know their standings. Business supply stores will have a large "Post-It" paper pad that may be easier to take to the ring.
Forms Required at the Show:
- Be enthusiastic
- Encourage the handlers to practice with their cat during practice sessions before they attempt a timed run.
- When a handler brings a cat up for practice you can suggest the cat be allowed to sniff around and get comfortable in the ring. Most cats will raise their tails to signal they are relaxing and are showing a happy attitude. The handler then gets the cats attention with a toy and leads him/her to the first obstacle. The trick is to KEEP the cats attention all the way through.
- Give constructive tips during the practice/training sessions.
- Offer one free run for everyone; have them sign the sign-in sheet (liability).
- Offer free runs (or sponsored runs) to shelter kitties.
- Stress good sportsmanship.
- Set a schedule for the agility ring showing times for practice and for scored runs, times for only scored runs, and times for run-off's in case of ties.
- Tell the audience what is going on, the name of the cat, breed or pet and make humorous comments during the practice or timed run.
- Announce to the show hall when a good cat is running so they can come and watch.
- Encourage people to run household pets in the Agility Ring.
- Be sure to send in the sign-in and scoring sheets, the Certified Ringmasters report, and your evaluation sheet if you have a trainee.
- Give the Ringmaster evaluation sheet to a club representative or the show manager.