UPF STANDING RULES
Weight Pull Season
A. The season will run from January 1st to October 31st .
B. The National Championships will be held between September 1st and September 30th and the European Championships will be held between October 1st and October 31st.
A. To qualify to compete at a Country's National Championship, a dog must successfully pull at least one round at three UPF sanctioned events in that Country.
B. If a dog competes at three sanctioned events in different Countries and makes three successful pulls, it can only compete at one of those Countries National Championships.
C. To qualify to compete at the European Championships a dog must finish in the top three places in its weight class at a National Championship.
D. Maximum entry fee of £30.00 per dog. Maximum entry fee in Europe is 30.00 euro’s per dog.
E. Dogs that qualify for the National Championships and European Championships do not qualify for a specific weight class and must compete in whatever weight class they weigh in at on the day of the particular Championship.
F. The UPF run a pre-entry system for all Championship entries.
A. The UPF Sanctioning Form must be received at least 30 days prior to an event.
B. Maximum entry fee for the UK is £20.00 per dog. Maximum entry fee for Europe is 20.00 euros.
C. All results must be completed and sent to the UPF within 7 days of the sanctioned event.
D. Score sheets must be submitted via scanned documents and emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
E. If a sanctioned event is held on the final weekend in August the score sheets must be emailed to the UPF within 3 days of the event, before any National Championships are held.
F. Event Organizer is responsible for:
· Obtaining all equipment necessary to host a weight pull event.
· Collection of fees and submission of fees to UPF within 7 days. Fees are £3.00 per dog for UK, 3.00 euros per dog for Europe.
· If the Event Organizer fails to submit the fees on time a £50.00 / 50.00 euros fee will be charged.
· Fees must be submitted before results are posted on the web site.
· Continued failure to submit fees will result in the event / events not counting towards Championships.
All handlers must complete an official UPF entry form.
A. Novice dogs:
· Novice dogs must be between 9 months and 12 months of age and can take part for fun only.
. Novice pulls do not qualify towards any Championships.
. A novice dog is limited to a maximum of 6 rounds of pulling.
· Dogs over 12months may also compete as novice if their owner feels they are not properly prepared to compete in the regular classes.
·Handlers of novice dogs may leave the lead on the dog when pulling however, the lead may not be used to pull or drag the dog in any way.
. Handlers of novice dogs may touch their dogs during the pull.
B. All competitive dogs must be 12 months of age.
C. All dogs must pull in a properly fitted UPF approved weigh pulling harness. The harness may not extend more than 18 inches past the base of the dog’s tail.
D. Dogs showing any signs of illness or injury will not be allowed to compete, the Senior Judge’s decision is final.
· If a dog is removed prior to the start of the competition, a reimbursement of the entry fee will be made.
· If a dog is removed after the start of the competition no reimbursement of the entry fee will be made.
E. No bitches in season are allowed to compete or be brought onto the premises of the event.
F. No pregnant bitches are allowed to compete.
G. No lactating bitches are allowed to compete. When returning to competition following a litter, a Senior Judge will assess each dog to ascertain if it is fit to compete, the Senior Judges decision is final.
H. The use of performance enhancing drugs such as steroids or pain blockers is prohibited.
I. Any persons convicted of Illegal Dog Activities will NOT be permitted to compete at a UPF Sanctioned Event.
Conduct of the Handler and Dog
A. The aim of the UPF is to promote a calm and controlled way of pulling. Sling-shotting and dogs jumping up in the harness is a straight disqualification with no results being recorded for the event.
B. All owners, handlers, etc. shall be responsible for the conduct of their dog.
C. Any vicious or uncontrolled dogs and any dog which shows excessive aggression towards other dogs or any aggression towards UPF Officials, handlers or spectators shall be removed from the competition and NO reimbursment of any fees paid will be made.
D. Unsportsmanlike conduct or abuse toward the dog, spectators, UPF Officials, etc. will not be tolerated and will result in a disqualification of the handler and all of their entries and NO reimbursment of any fees paid will be made.
E. Handlers are responsible for cleaning up after their dogs.
Weight Pull Officials
A. Supervising all aspects of the weight pull, including registration, weigh-ins, track setup, and competition.
B. Shall make all final decisions on questionable or judgment calls.
C. The Senior Judge can disqualify any handler for unsportsmanlike conduct before, during, or after the pull. No reimbursement of any fees paid shall be made to any handler that is disqualified.
D Shall verify that all entries appear to be in proper health to compete including lactating bitches.
E. Verifying that Apprenticing Judges followed all UPF rules.
F. Deciding which format for winning the competition will be used, either Most Weight Pulled (MWP) or Most Weight Pulled Percentage (MWPP).
G. Select starting weight and weight increments for each weight class. Normally the Senior Judge will ask for handler’s recommendations during the handlers meeting, before the weight class commences or before the start of the pull.
H. Determining order of weight classes -Weight classes can be run from lowest to highest or from highest to lowest. The order must be stated at the handlers meeting. Classes can be combined, even if the pull is being run class by class.
I. Completing all UPF paperwork and submitting it to the UPF within 7 days.
J. Verify that all UPF rules where strictly enforced.
K. Verifying that fresh water and treats, if provided, are available in the holding area.
Weight Class Judge
A. Timing of pulls and calling the pull.
B. Verifying that all UPF rules are upheld, and making the necessary call to do so.
C. Verifying the proper weight increment is added at the proper time.
Official Score Keeper
A. Announcing the order of the dogs to compete.
B. Recording the time for each dog in each round.
C. Recording passes.
D. Reporting disqualifications, no pulls, tangles, time outs and handler stops on the UPF Score sheet.
E. Verifying the proper weight increment is added at the proper time.
A. Safe and proper stacking of weight increments.
B. Verifying the correct amount of weight has been added each round.
C. Hooking and unhooking of the dogs, unless the handler requests to do this themselves.
D. Maintaining the pulling surface between weight classes.
E. The Marshals may attempt to block a dog from trying to leave the back of the chute or pull the cart backwards. This should be done if possible without grabbing the dog.
F. The Marshals may not freely reposition the cart or correct its placement unless it presents an obvious dangerous situation.
G. The Marshals may not direct, instruct, or advise any handler while they are acting as a marshal.
H. The Marshals shall report any infringements of the UPF rules to the Weight Class Judge.
Pulling area and equipment
A. Width can range from 10 feet to 18 feet wide.
B. Total chute length can be no less than 35 feet, but has no maximum length.
C. The pulling chute must have at least 10 feet of run off after the finish line.
D. The pulling surface must be the same throughout the entire length of the pulling surface.
E. If the track is not level, then you must pull in the in the uphill direction.
F. A pulling track can be set up on grass, dirt, carpet, or gravel.
G. Unacceptable surfaces include sand, large rock, asphalt, or cement.
H. Pulling chute can only be groomed between weight classes. If the start or finish lines need to be repaired this may be done between rounds.
I. The only repairs that may be done during the competition of a weight class are those that could affect the safety of the competitors.
J. Chute barriers must be at least three feet high.
K. The chute barrier must extend to the back of the cart and at least 10 feet past the finish line.
L. The chute barrier shall be made out of any material strong enough to contain the dog. Acceptable chute barriers include: snow fence, kennel panelling, plywood, animal panels, and other type of fencing.
M. A crowd barrier must be in place no closer than three feet from the pulling barrier. A crowd barrier can be as little as a suspended rope.
N. Cart must be capable of safely carrying 5000lbs.
O. The cart must have 4 pneumatic tyres and a spare tyre.
· All tyres must be the same size and must be set to the same air pressure at the start of the pull. Tyre pressure cannot be adjusted during a weight class.
· The tyres must be at least 10 inches high, but not more than 18 inches high.
P. Cart shall be no wider than six feet (including the tyres), and no longer than eight feet.
Q. The bridle can be made of nylon or rope. Chain or Cable is not allowed. The bridle must be between 5 feet to 6 feet from the starting line to the hooking point. The bridle must be clasped. No ties or knots are allowed. The bridle must be in a “v” shape. The clip must be able to slide freely on the bridle.
R. A smaller cart can be used for all classes 45lbs and under. It is the decision of the chief judge if a small cart is necessary. Once the smaller carts weight is equal to or more than the larger cart, the weight class will switch to the larger cart.
S. Cart must be equipped with means to stop and pull the cart back to the starting position. These means must not interfere or add drag to the cart when being pulled.
A. No pulling chute is required for rail pulls.
B. If the start or finish lines need to be repaired this may be done between rounds.
C. Acceptable pulling surfaces include grass, dirt, carpet, or gravel.
D. No chute barrier is required for a rails pull.
E. A crowd barrier must be at least 10 feet from the pulling surface. The crowd barrier must be at least a double strained rope. But hosts are encouraged to use a better crowd barrier such as snow fence, etc.
F. Cart shall run along the outside of the track.
G. The cart platform must not extend more than 12 inches outside of the rails.
H. The cart shall be equipped with a bridle that must be between 4 feet and 5 feet from the front of the cart to the attachment point. The bridle can be either “v” shaped or a single centred connection. The bridle must be made of either nylon or rope.
I. The cart shall be equipped with ropes at the back of the cart to pull back the cart.
J. The cart shall be equipped with a break that will stop the cart from rolling back when stopped.
K. Weight should not extend past the edges of the cart.
L. Rails can be round, v-grooved or flat and matched with acceptable casters. The weight being pulled must be less than the maximum capacity of the casters.
M. Provisions need to be in place to stop the cart at both ends of the rails.
N. Rails must be adjustable for levelling.
O. The level of the rails can be angled from flat to a maximum of a 6 inch incline. Pulling should be in the uphill direction.
P. The rails must be 20 inches apart and not more than 68 inches apart.
Q. The pulling surface must be at least 25 feet in length from the starting line.
A. Sufficient supply of pre-weighed and stackable weight should be supplied.
B. Preferred types included brick, block, rails, dog food, etc.
C. The UPF discourages stacking weight over five feet high.
Junior handlers are encouraged by the UPF, however no concessions will be made. Juniors will be permitted one adult to assist in the holding area, however the selected adult must remain in the holding area at all times during the class and will not be permitted to assist on the track or at the end of the track.
Procedure for Conducting a Weight Pull
A. An area shall be setup to hold all dogs currently competing in the weight class. The holding area must be large enough to safely hold all dogs.
B. All dogs must remain in the holding area while they are competing. They must be in the holding area from the start of the competition for their weight class.
C. A handler must be accompanied by a UPF Official to remove a dog from the holding area, while still competing. The only time a dog should be removed is to go to the toilet.
D. Handlers are not allowed to have their own food, water or treats for their dogs in the holding area however, treats may be provided by the host at their own discretion for all the dogs in the holding area only. The host should also provide fresh water for dogs in the holding area. Handlers can have beverages for themselves but must not share these with the dog. Handlers are not allowed to have any food for themselves in the holding area at any time.
E. The holding area needs to be separated from the spectators viewing area.
F. The holding area can be no further forward than the starting line. Unless it is separated by a wall or sufficient sight barrier.
G. Only those dogs competing in the weight class shall be in the holding area.
H. If a handler has multiple dogs in a weight class, a helper may assist to hold the dogs while the handler is competing with another dog, if a helper is not available crates must be used.
I. Junior handlers are strongly encouraged to have an assistant in the holding area.
A. All dogs must be weighed in prior to competing at a UPF sanctioned event.
B. All dogs must be weighed in by a UPF Judge on the same scales.
C. Only one weigh in is required for multiple (or consecutive) day events.
D. All dog’s weight will be rounded down to the lowest pound. A dog that weighs in at 100.9lbs will compete in the 100lb weight class.
E. The Senior Judge can limit the number of times a dog can be weighed in, but that number can be no less than 2 total attempts.
F. Weight Classes are as follows:
· 20lb Class ~ Dogs weighing up to 20lbs
· 30lb Class ~ Dogs weighing 21lbs-30lbs
· 40lb Class ~ Dogs weighing 31lbs-40lbs
· 50lb Class ~ Dogs weighing 41lbs-50lbs
· 60lb Class ~ Dogs weighing 51lbs-60lbs
· 70lb Class ~ Dogs weighing 61lbs-70lbs
· 80lb Class ~ Dogs weighing 71lbs-80lbs
· 90lb Class ~ Dogs weighing 81lbs-90lbs
· 100lb Class ~ Dogs weighing 91lbs-100lbs
· 120lb Class ~ Dogs weighing 101lbs-120lbs
· Unlimited Class ~Dogs weighing over 121lbs
. The format of the competition can be either Most Weight Pulled (MWP) or Most Weight Pulled Percent (MWPP). This will be decided by the Senior Judge and must be included with the sanctioning request.
. There will be two categories for MWP and MWPP - 70lb Class and under and 80lb Class and over.
· Each dog shall be required to pull a load 16 feet in 60 seconds from start line to the finish line. If the dog starts the load and 60 seconds is reached, the dog is allowed to complete the pull as long as the cart is in motion. If the dog should stop after 60 seconds in the first round of the competition the pull is recorded as a no pull, in rounds afterwards it is recorded as timed out and the prior weight pulled stands.
. The winner of each weight class will be the dog that pulls the most weight or best percent. In the event of a tie the dog with the fastest time will win.
· Pull shall be timed with a stop watch capable of timing to 1/100th of a second. All successful times will be recorded to the 1/100th of a second.
· Time of the pull shall begin when the handler calls the dog or the dog makes a forward pulling motion.
· Judges shall give the handler the time remaining if requested. They can also give warnings of the amount of time remaining.
· Handlers may position the cart anywhere on the starting line (wheels only).
. If Handlers require the cart to be repositioned on the track during a weight round they must ask for this to be done before the cart marshals begin to pull the cart back to the start line, if the handler does not ask the cart will not be repositioned (wheels only).
· Test rolling of the cart is not permitted.
· Handler shall set the dog between the rails or tires.
· The bridle has to touch the ground and must be brought out to its full length.
· The handler must make a neutral release of the dog then the dog must remain set for one full second (stay, sit or laying) before the handler begins communicating with the dog.
. If the cart is moved whilst the handler is setting the dog the judge will call a no pull and the dog will be done pulling for the day and any prior results will stand.
. If the dog makes a slingshot after being set then the dog will be disqualified and will be done pulling for the day and no results will be recorded for that event.
· If the handler chooses to drive the dog, they may begin communicating with the dog as soon as one second has passed after the dog is released. While driving they cannot touch any of the equipment or dog until the pull is complete.
· The handler may not come in to contact with the dog or equipment after releasing the dog until the pull is completed. If the handler touches the dog or equipment or the dog touches the handler prior to the judge calling the pull, the result will be a no pull and the dog will be done pulling for the day and any prior results will stand.
· The handler may only touch the barrier past the finish line.
· Only one handler can communicate with the dog during the pull, which includes hand signals, calling, or rhythmically clapping.
· A handler may enter their dog at any established weight increment of their choice.
· Handlers have unlimited passes between rounds, once you enter the weight pulling competition.
· Handlers are encouraged to announce their passes as soon as possible.
· Tangle will be called when the dog, equipment or cart become entangled with one and other, and would/could endanger the dog.
· The dog will be unclipped and the tangle will be fixed. The dog will then be re-clipped and the pull will continue.
· The time will not be reset. When the tangle is called the clock will be stopped. The clock will resume after the dog is reset and the handler calls the dog or the dog makes a forward pulling motion.
· The cart will not be repositioned, unless it has become entangled with the barrier. If the cart is entangled with the barrier it will be straightened out. If the cart cannot be straightened out without moving it backwards, the cart will be reset on the starting line.
· A dog is allowed one tangle per round. A second tangle will result in a no pull and the dog is finished pulling for the day, any prior results will stand.
· If a handler intentionally tangles his dog, the result will be a disqualification and the dog is done pulling for the day and no results will be recorded for that event.
· Stepping out of a harness does not constitute a tangle.
. If a dog endangers itself by trying to get out of its harness, the result is a no pull and the dog is done pulling for the day, any prior results will stand.
· If a dog tries to leave out of the back of the pulling chute, it shall be considered a tangle if the judge feels the dog is endangering itself.
· If the equipment or harness breaks, a handler shall have 60 seconds to make the necessary repairs. If the repairs cannot be made within 60 seconds, the handler can elect to pass the round. If the handler chooses to continue the pull after repairs, the cart will not be reset. The equipment break will not count as a tangle.
· Baiting is NOT permitted, that includes any training devices, food, whips, noisemakers, or other devices before, during, or after the pull.
· All leads must be passed to the hooker when the dog is hooked to the cart.
· Dogs may compete with a flat collar, choke chain, or no collar. They may not compete with a pinch collar or any other type of training collar.
· No dog is allowed ahead of the starting line during the pull, including dogs that are being held by spectators.
· A handler can enter an unlimited number of dogs in the same weight class.
· No adhesives, stick-um, or boots may be worn by the dog during the pull.
· Only water can be applied to dogs feet prior to a pull.
· Handler may request a 3 minute rest period, if their turn to pull comes up again in less than 3 minutes since his last pull.
· Double handling will not be permitted, however anyone can clap and cheer to encourage the dog from outside a 10 foot radius around the track. No one but the handler, judge or cart marshals is allowed to walk behind the dog within the 10 foot radius. Double handling will result in a disqualification of the dog from the competition with no result recorded for that event.
· Reasonable concessions will be made for handlers with disabilities.
UPF Title Requirements
For Dogs in the Lightweight Division (70lb class and under)
WPWI - pull at least 15% x dogs body weight in one season
WPW2 - pull at least 20% x dogs body weight in one season
WPW3 - pull at least 25% x dogs body weight in one season
WPW4 - pull at least 30% x dogs body weight in one season
WPW5 - pull at least 35% x dogs body weight in one season
WPW6 - pull at least 40% x dogs body weight in one season
WPWX1 - pull at least 18% x dogs body weight 3 times in one season
WPWX2 - pull at least 23% x dogs body weight 3 times in one season
WPWX3 - pull at least 28% x dogs body weight 3 times in one season
WPWX4 - pull at least 33% x dogs body weight 3 times in one season
WPWX5 - pull at least 38% x dogs body weight 3 times in one season
WPWX6 - pull at least 43% x dogs body weight 3 times in one season
These can be earned over the career of the dog:
Bronze Medal - pull at least 25% x dogs body weight 5 times
Silver Medal - pull at least 35% x dogs body weight 5 times
Gold Medal - pull at least 45% x dogs body weight 5 times
For Dogs in the Heavyweight Division (80lb class and over)
WPW1 - pull at least 13% x dogs body weight in one season
WPW2 - pull at least 18% x dogs body weight in one season
WPW3 - pull at least 23% x dogs body weight in one season
WPW4 - pull at least 28% x dogs body weight in one season
WPW5 - pull at least 33% x dogs body weight in one season
WPW6 - pull at least 38% x dogs body weight in one season
WPWX1 - pull at least 15% x dogs body weight 3 times in one season
WPWX2 - pull at least 20% x dogs body weight 3 times in one season
WPWX3 - pull at least 25% x dogs body weight 3 times in one season
WPWX4 - pull at least 30% x dogs body weight 3 times in one season
WPWX5 - pull at least 35% x dogs body weight 3 times in one season
WPWX6 - pull at least 40% x dogs body weight 3 times in one season
These can be earned over the career of the dog:
Bronze - pull at least 20% x dogs body weight 5 times
Silver - pull at least 30% x dogs body weight 5 times
Gold - pull at least 40% x dogs body weight 5 times
For Dog's in the Lightweight Division (70lb class and under)
WPR1 - pull at least 20% x dogs body weight in one season
WPR2 - pull at least 25% x dogs body weight in one season
WPR3 - pull at least 30% x dogs body weight in one season
WPR4 - pull at least 35% x dogs body weight in one season
WPR5 - pull at least 40% x dogs body weight in one season
WPR6 - pull at least 45% x dogs body weight in one season
WPRX1 - pull at least 23% x dogs body weight 3 times in one season
WPRX2 - pull at least 28% x dogs body weight 3 times in one season
WPRX3 - pull at least 33% x dogs body weight 3 times in one season
WPRX4 - pull at least 38% x dogs body weight 3 times in one season
WPRX5 - pull at least 43% x dogs body weight 3 times in one season
WPRX6 - pull at least 48% x dogs body weight 3 times in one season
WPRX Titles can only be earned on rail systems with a minimum incline of 1% of the length of the track
These can be earned over the career of the dog:
Bronze Medal - pull at least 30% x dogs body weight 5 times
Silver Medal - pull at least 40% x dogs body weight 5 times
Gold Medal - pull at least 50% x dogs body weight 5 times
For Dog's in the Heavyweight Division (80lb class and over)
WPR1 - pull at least 18% x dogs body weight in one season
WPR2 - pull at least 23% x dogs body weight in one season
WPR3 - pull at least 28% x dogs body weight in one season
WPR4 - pull at least 33% x dogs body weight in one season
WPR5 - pull at least 38% x dogs body weight in one season
WPR6 - pull at least 43% x dogs body weight in one season
WPRX1 - pull at least 20% x dogs body weight 3 times in one season
WPRX2 - pull at least 25% x dogs body weight 3 times in one season
WPRX3 - pull at least 30% x dogs body weight 3 times in one season
WPRX4 - pull at least 35% x dogs body weight 3 times in one season
WPRX5 - pull at least 40% x dogs body weight 3 times in one season
WPRX6 - pull at least 45% x dogs body weight 3 times in one season
WPRX Titles can only be earned on rail systems with a minimum incline of 1% of the length of the track
These can be earned over the career of the dog:
Bronze - pull at least 25% x dogs body weight 5 times
Silver - pull at least 35% x dogs body weight 5 times
Gold - pull at least 45% x dogs body weight 5 times
Titles will be mailed out as requested after each season has ended. Please complete the UPF Title Form to receive your title.
The same pull can be used to earn both a WPW / WPR Title, and a WPWX / WPRX Title
The WPWX and WPRX requirements all must be completed in a single season.
Complaints and Grievances
A. All grievances should be reported to the senior judge at the time the grievance occurred. The senior judge has the final ruling on all issues that take place at a pull.
B. A grievance form shall be completed by the party bringing the grievance. The report will be included with the final pull reports.
C. All grievances will be reviewed by a committee that will communicate a decision on the grievance to the board. The Board of Directors will hand out any penalties that are deemed necessary.
No one competing or participating as an official is allowed to consume alcoholic beverages while participating in the weight pull.
The UPF reserves the right to do random drug testing. Participants will be notified at the handlers meeting if drug testing will be held and what method of testing will be used.
A. UPF Records can only be set at the UPF National Championships and the European Championships.
B. Rail records can only be set on tracks with a minimum of a 3 inch incline.
A. The UPF has no general membership.
B. The UPF is a non profit making organisation.
Changing Standing Rules
A. Standing rules can be changed by a simple majority vote of the board members, unless otherwise stated.
B. A simple majority vote is more than half of the board members.
C. All rule changes will take effect at the start of the next season.
D. Rule changes deemed necessary during the current season, require a 2/3 majority of the UPF Board of Directors.
Any law of a County, State or Country supersedes that of the UPF rules.