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Welcome to the 2018 CanAm Classic!

In our effort to improve security at the host site, NAFA has an assigned parking area for our competitors and vendors (see map). We will have dedicated security monitoring this area, so we are advising our competitors and vendors to park this area.

Captains: If you havenít received instructions on how to pre-populate your lineups and check-in sheets, please contact Karen at flyballsanc@yahoo.com.

Timeline:

Thursday:

* 3:00 p.m. Building opens for crating area setup and Check-in

* 9:00 p.m. Building closes

Friday:

* 6:00 a.m. Building Opens (enter through Gate #6 off of Fall Creek Parkway). http://www.in.gov/statefair/fairgrounds/venues/fairgrounds_map.html

* 6:30 a.m. Check-in Open. ALL clubs must review and sign off on their check-in sheet! Sheets due by 7:30 a.m.

* 7:00 - 7:30 a.m. Measuring

* 7:30 a.m. Check-in sheets due. NO EXCEPTIONS! Failure to turn in your check-in sheet by the deadline will result in FORFEITURE FOR THE DAY!

* 7:30 - 7:50 a.m. Captains Meeting

* 8:00 a.m. Racing Begins

* Awards ceremony after racing ends with awards presented to all classes and all divisions.

Saturday:

* 6:00 a.m. Building Opens (enter through Gate #6 off of Fall Creek Parkway). http://www.in.gov/statefair/fairgrounds/venues/fairgrounds_map.html

* 6:30 a.m. Check-in Open. ALL clubs must review and sign off on their check-in sheet! Sheets due by 7:00 a.m.

* 6:30 - 7:00 a.m. Measuring

* 7:00 a.m. Check-in due. NO EXCEPTIONS! Failure to turn in your check-in sheet by the deadline will result in FORFEITURE FOR THE DAY!

* 7:00 - 7:20 a.m. Captains Meeting

* 7:30 a.m. Racing Begins

* Awards ceremony after racing ends with awards presented to all classes and all divisions.

* Invitations to the CanAm Regular and Multibreed will occur at the Saturday awards ceremony. Be sure to have a representative present if you think you've qualified!

Sunday:

* 6:00 a.m. Building Opens (enter through Gate #6 off of Fall Creek Parkway). http://www.in.gov/statefair/fairgrounds/venues/fairgrounds_map.html

* 6:30 a.m. Check-in Open. ALL clubs must review and sign off on their check-in sheet! Sheets due by 7:00 a.m.

* 6:30 a.m. Division and Racing Schedules available for distribution.

* 6:30 - 7:00 a.m. Measuring

* 6:40 - 7:00 a.m. Captains Meeting

* 7:00 a.m. Check-in due. NO EXCEPTIONS! Failure to turn in your check-in sheet by the deadline will result in FORFEITURE FOR THE DAY!

* 7:00 a.m. First round of the Invitational begins.

* Classic racing begins after first round of the Invitational has finished.

* Lunch break: Second round of Regular Invitational and first round of Multibreed.

* Classic racing resumes.

* Following the completion of all Classic racing, the Invitational finals and Classic finals begin. There will not be a set afternoon break.

* Format and order of the Classic finals and Invitational finals will be set on Sunday based on teams.

Welcome Bags/Awards Ceremony::
* Each morning all clubs will receive CanAm gifts. Gifts will be ready for pick up after the captains meeting. Each bag of gifts will be labeled with club names. The number of gifts provided to each club are according to the number of people reported to be attending. If your numbers changed and you need an extra or two, please see Emily Getty.

* Friday and Saturday: * Awards ceremony after racing ends with awards presented to all classes and all divisions.

* Sunday:
  * Awards for 1st and 2nd place winners of Open divisions will be available for pick up at the conclusion of their divisional racing. Please inquire at the scoring table on where to pick up unless otherwise notified.
  * Awards for Classic and CanAm Championship races will be presented immediately after the conclusion of each race. Each Classic division race-off will receive 1st and 2nd NAFA CanAm Classic Champion Awards.

In order to get everyone out earlier but still give each team their time to shine, we will be alternating using two championship rings (blue and red) during the Sunday Classic Championship and CanAm Championship races. Warm-ups for the next race will begin in the alternating ring when a team wins two heats in the current race. Boxes should be in place, jumps set and people and dogs ready to start the warm up immediately upon the judge's instruction. PLEASE BE PREPARED AND READY TO START!!!

* 7:00 a.m. (approximate - check Sunday schedule for details) CanAm Regular Class first round of eliminations begin in blue and red rings. Racing will start up 10 min after elimination round has concluded. Please see the television monitors and http://www.flyballgeek.com for lane assignments and racing order.

* 5:00 p.m. (approximate - check Sunday schedule for details) after all round robin racing has concluded (Classic, Open) CanAm Multibreed Class and CanAm Regular Class finals begin in blue and red rings (other rings will shut down for the duration). Please see the television monitors and http://www.flyballgeek.com for lane assignments and racing order.

* Immediately following these six (6) elimination races a representative from each team running in the Classic and CanAm Championship races is required to attend a mandatory brief meeting behind the pit boss area. Teams will be provided the final racing order, lane assignment and ring assignment for the CanAm and Classic Championship races. Immediately following the meeting the racing order and lane assignments will also be posted on all monitors and on http://www.flyballgeek.com.

CHAMPIONSHIP RACES:
* Classic Multibreed Championship races to be run in reverse order* (e.g. MB4, MB3, MB2, MB1) followed by the CanAm Multibreed Class consolation and championship races.

* Classic Regular Championship races will immediately follow in reverse order* (e.g. R12, R11, R10 ... R4, R3, R2, R1) followed by the CanAm Regular Class consolation and championship races.

* We reserve the right to shift a race or two to accommodate conflicts. Please see the television monitors and http://www.flyballgeek.com for a complete order of championship races.

* Awards for Classic and CanAm Champions will be presented immediately after their victory, followed by a group photo with our official photographer. Each Classic division race-off will receive 1st and 2nd NAFA CanAm Classic Champion Awards.

* Awards for 1st and 2nd place winners of Open divisions will be available for pick up at the conclusion of their divisional racing. Please inquire at the scoring table on where to pick up unless otherwise notified.

* Please prepare for a longer day of racing on Sunday. Stick around to watch the exciting CanAm and Classic Division Championship races.

APES (Automatic Pass Evaluator System) output will be used during the CanAm Regular and Multibreed classes as well as during the championship race for divisions in the Classic Regular and Classic Multibreed classes to assist in determining errors or infractions near the start/finish line during the race.

APES output will be reviewed by a review judge who, after each heat, will indicate to the head judge the presence of any errors or infractions.


Rings:
* Rings are designated Blue, Green, Orange, Red, Pink, Purple and Yellow with color coordinated backstops and flags.

* Friday's schedule will utilize 4 of the 7 rings (1 schedule, 4 rings).

* Saturday and Sunday's schedule will utilize all 7 rings (1 schedule, 7 rings).

Crating Map at http://www.nafacanam.com/crating.html

Tournament Format:
Please familiarize yourself with the tournament format posted on the CanAm website - http://nafacanam.com/tourneyformat.html.

There are some specific CanAm racing formats that will apply at this tournament that are not the same at most regular tournaments.

Warm-up times will be 2 minutes unless changed.

Ring Assignment Information:
There will be several large monitors in the building showing which races are currently racing, on deck, and in the hole, for each ring. Thanks to http://www.flyballgeek.com and Jeremy Meeler for helping with the delivery of this information!

The links to this year's racing schedules are:

Friday - http://flyballgeek.com/r/3
Saturday - http://flyballgeek.com/r/4
Sunday - http://flyballgeek.com/r/91

In addition to viewing the ring assignments on one of the large monitors, this app allows ring assignments to also be viewed on your web enabled devices (e.g. Laptop, smart phone, netbook, tablet). Direct your browser to http://www.flyballgeek.com and click on the CanAm Classic for ring assignments and the schedule.

These web pages are automatically refreshed frequently. Due to this fact, please be aware your devices' power can be spent relatively quickly, so you may want to bring a power source and/or recharger. Please stay tuned to these pages also, for any important messages broadcast. You can verify the time of the last update via the time stamp at the bottom of the page.

NAFA will provide one code per TEAM (TEAM, not club), per day. Codes are non-transferrable, so will only be good for the first device that connects using it. These codes will be provided in your welcome bag each day.

WiFi is going to be provided by NAFA to the best of our ability without jeopardizing flyballgeek displays, APES and the pitboss.

Additionally, you can still purchase WiFi by connecting to ERMCO_ISF_Wireless. It will bring up a portal where you can purchase wireless packages. The prices will be listed with the wireless options as you follow the process. Any issues regarding this internet service will need to be resolved through ERMCO Electric at 317.423.3877.

Heat Counters:
Each red light represents a heat won by the right lane, and each green light represents a heat won by the left lane. Bright white lights tell you how many heats are definitely left in the current race, while dim white lights indicate potential additional heats. At the end of each race, the lights will blink to indicate a winner (red for right lane, green for left lane).

Auto-Pass Evaluator System (APES):
Thanks go to Dave Thomas and Go Dog Go, Sam Ford and Lone Star Ruffnecks, Mike Smith and Texas Twisters, Kathy Haney and Surf City Flyball, Sharon Harrell and New River Rapids, Jen Giacchi and Mile High Velocity, and Kristie Burke and Unorthodogs for supplying their systems for CanAm.

This year, APES will be used during the Championship Races.

Flyball Boxes & Equipment:
There are fenced off areas behind the backstops for flyball boxes/balls/jump boards. Please only keep the boxes and equipment you are actually using in these areas.

When bringing in boxes, please place flat on the ground, not on dollies or sideways. This will allow the judges easier access and make box checking easier.

After box inspection by judges, please relocate your spares out of the main box alley. They will still be near the lanes should you need them but not taking up valuable space. The area immediately behind each backstop is the "on-deck staging area". This area is for teams that are actually presently on-deck! Please observe all taped-off areas and walkways for the convenience and safety of all.

Racing Format:
Each day's racing format can be found on their respective division pages - http://www.nafacanam.com/divisions.html.

Scoring:
Round Robin:

  • 2 points awarded to the team winning the most heats in the race.
  • 1 point awarded to each team if at the end of the race the heat score is 1-1 or 2-2.
  • o Division ties will be resolved as follows:
      Head-to-head racing (win/loss);
      then fastest (non-breakout) time of the day,
      then fastest (non-breakout) time during the head-to-head race(s).
    * Single Elimination: The team that wins the most heats out of five shall be declared the race winner and advance in the bracket. If, after five heats, the race is tied, the winner will be declared by comparing fastest times run in that race, and then by comparing fastest times run that day. If a tie exists due to neither team having completed a heat, then neither team will advance.

    Conflicts:
    Clubs that have short breaks (e.g. fewer than 9 races on Friday or 20 races on Saturday/Sunday) between different (same club) teams racing MUST SEND A "RUNNER" to inform the head table/judge in the ring in which you are due to race, of a conflict before the warmup begins!

    This will allow your conflict to be excused and the ring will wait for you. Failure to inform the head table/judge for the ring in which you are due, in a timely manner, will result in the warmup beginning without you and your team being on the clock for potential forfeiture.

    Additionally, please "do the right thing", and inform your opponent that a conflict exists so they are aware of the delay, and can prepare accordingly.

    We are counting on the good judgement and sportsmanship of our larger clubs to help the racing to move as quickly, smoothly, and efficiently as possible.

    If the "excused ring conflict" policy/process does not work as hoped, we will return to team number limits for excused conflicts.

    Handler/dog/boxloader/pass-caller issues involving Open teams from a different club are not excused conflicts. If you know there is a conflict, please arrange alternate personnel.

    Vendors and Sponsors:
    Please take time to visit the booths of our sponsors and vendors. They help make this event possible. Even if you aren't in the market for something, stop by and say thanks for coming.

    Security:
    Please put all valuables in a secure location as the building is open to the public. During tear down on Sunday remember that if clubs around your area remove all their crates what you thought might have been a good hiding place may no longer be secure.

    We are working on hiring additional law enforcement personnel to provide dedicated security for our event. All competitors will be REQUIRED to wear a NAFA® provided wristband to verify that they are involved with CanAm. This will assist the security personnel in identifying people that do not belong in the crating or parking areas.

    Parking:
    * $5.00/day. There are no in/out privileges. If you leave the Fairgrounds you will have to pay again when you reenter.

    * Designated parking for CanAm participants is in the lot that is across from the NW corner of the West Pavilion or along the far West curb of State Fair Blvd. THIS IS THE ONLY PARKING AREA THAT WILL BE PATROLLED BY NAFA HIRED SECURITY. The East curb which is closest to the building is specifically reserved for Handicapped parking only.

    * Unloading: Cars can park along the east curb on Thursday for unloading. Once you are finished unloading, please move your car to the designated parking lot.

    * Please observe all handicapped signage.

    Miscellaneous:

    * No Coca-Cola products are allowed in the building. Please review food policies posted in the FAQ section of web site ( http://www.nafacanam.com/NoCokeOnlyPepsi.html)

    * Emergency information for humans and dogs will be available on site and are listed on the CanAm Web site, under the http://www.nafacanam.com/faqs.html#ER section, and below, if you would like to print off some in advance.

    * First Aid: A general first aid kit can be found at the scoring/pit area. For emergencies please come to the scoring/pit area and alert us. Do not call 911. We must call Fairgrounds Security @ 317-927-7520. They will dispatch the appropriate emergency vehicles or take care of any minor emergency. In the case of an emergency, please alert the pit area as soon as you can, so we may help direct emergency personnel to you. For other area emergency clinics, check http://www.nafacanam.com/faqs.html#ER.

    * Emergency Veterinary: The closest emergency veterinary hospital to the fairgrounds is Noah's Animal Hospital & 24 HR Emergency Center at http://www.noahshospitals.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12&Itemid=1. It's approximately nine (9) minutes from the fairgrounds. 317-253-1327, 5510 Millersville Rd, Indianapolis, IN. (4.1 miles). For other area emergency vet clinics, check here.

    * RV Camping: For those camping at the fairgrounds see the RV section of the CanAm web site for details regarding how parking is handled. (http://www.nafacanam.com/RV.html).

    * Please pick up after your dog

    * Pre-ordered CanAm T-Shirts & Hats will be presorted by club name. Those packets will be available to be picked up from MyLogoShop after Noon on Thursday. They will be selling additional shirts on site, as well as taking additional orders on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

    ABOVE ALL, PLEASE HAVE A SAFE AND FUN CANAM!

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