Rules

 

Index - EWPL Rules 2018 SECTION 1 – GENERALLY
1.1 Weight Pull Season
1.2 EWPL Rules
1.3 EWPL Sanctioned Competitions
1.4 EWPL Judge Education
SECTION 2 – COMPETITION
2.1 Criteria for competing in an EWPL sanctioned competition
2.2 Weigh-In
2.3 Weight Classes
2.4 Proper conduction of dog & handler
2.5 Procedure for a correct pull
2.6 Officials & Responsibilities
2.7 Organizers Choice
2.8 Complaints
2.9 Fun Pull
2.10 Alcohol
2.11 Doping Tests
2.12 Dog handlers with disabilities
SECTION 3 – THE WEIGHT PULL ARENA
3.1 Holding Area
3.2 Weight Pull Track
3.3 Fencing
3.4 Cart
3.5 Rails System
3.6 Fencing (Rails)
3.7 Cart (Rails)
3.6 Weights
SECTION 4 – CHAMPIONSHIPS
4.1 National Championships
4.2 International Championships
SECTION 5 – POINTS AND TITLES
5.1 National Point System
5.2 International Points System
5.3 EWPL Titles
SECTION 6 – NATIONAL DIFFERENCES
6.1 Vaccination Rules & Banned Breeds

SECTION 1 – GENERALLY

1.1 Weight Pull Season

A: 1st January – 31st September.

1.2 EWPL Rules

A: Representatives will carry out a review of the ruleset following the International Championships of 2018, where any changes will need to be agreed by majority vote.
B: A simple majority vote is more than half of the country's representatives.
C: All rule amendments released following an EWPL Board review, will be valid from the beginning of the season following the release.
D: Amendments to the rules cannot be done during the season.
E. Rule proposals must be submitted to the EWPL Board by the time the International Championship is held. This is the time when the country representatives will review and establish the rules for every season.
F. All judges and EWPL Board members need to be in agreement in relation to the rules and how they are read and understood. Any questions regarding the rules need to be raised to the EWPL Board for discussion and clarification.
G. EWPL judges are not allowed to accept payment for judging competitions. In situations where an organizer needs to invite an EWPL judge to ensure that the competition goes ahead, the judges' expenses (transport, food etc.) can be covered by the organizer, if the organizer chooses to do so.
H. EWPL Board members must be qualified EWPL judges to be able to discuss rule issues and changes.

I. Definitions –
Warning – The handler can continue the competition as usual.
(Example - Tangle, Slingshot, touching the dog before the pull is finished....)

Second warning – The handler is now out of the competition, the last registered approved pull will count as the result for this competition day. 
(Example - Two of the listed over, Tangle and tangle, Tangle and slingshot, ....)

Disqualification – The handler is now out of the competition. Points earned for all valid pulls achieved prior to disqualification will be registered. Exemption to this is if the disqualification is due to unsportsmanlike behavior, violence against dogs, and so on. Such a disqualification will result in loss off all points achieved during that competition.

1.3 EWPL Sanctioned Competitions

A: To be able to host an EWPL sanctioned competition, applications must be received by the EWPL Board at least 30 days before the competition is to take place.
B: Competition results must be sent to the EWPL board within 5 days after the competition has been held. Any delay in this must be communicated with the EWPL Board.
C: Maximum entry fee at competitions is 35 Euros per dog per day. Organizers can give a discount if the owner has 3 or more dogs.

1.4 EWPL Judge Education

A: An EWPL judge apprentice must have been an active competitor within the sport for at least one competition season. The apprentice must work alongside a certified EWPL judge for a minimum of three weight classes at a minimum of two different competitions. The apprentice must also work alongside the national head judge for the minimum of one competition. The national head judge will give the final approval of the judge apprentice.
B. Apprentices must have passed a written EWPL exam prior to standing as an apprentice.
C. After having had completed the above steps, an EWPL license will be awarded to the new judge. The license is required to be allowed to judge an EWPL sanctioned competition.
D. Before each season, the EWPL judges must pass a new written test. If the test is not completed before the next season starts, the judge will have their license revoked, and they will have to stand apprentice again to become a qualified EWPL judge.
E: The national head judge is responsible for the whole process of educating and approving new judges within their country. The apprentices can stand apprentice by other judges, but the national head judge is responsible.
F: The EWPL is responsible for writing the judge-test every year. The national head judge of the respective EWPL-country is responsible for evaluating his/her country's tests.
G: Numerous written complaints can result in a judge's license being revoked. Each case is to be handled by the EWPL board.

H: Newly qualified judges cannot have apprentices for the first year of being a judge.

SECTION 2 – COMPETITION

2.1 Criteria for competing in an EWPL sanctioned competition

A: All dogs must be over the age of 18 months to compete.
B: All dogs must comply with the national / local requirements for vaccinations (distemper and parvo). The EWPL recommends the following vaccinations: Leptospirosis, Kennel cough and Rabies (to compete internationally). All handlers are responsible for checking their dogs comply with these regulations prior to travel.
C: All vaccinations must be approved by local, state or national authorities in the country where the competition is held. See section 6 for information about the various countries' vaccination policies.
D: All dogs must be ID-marked by microchip or tattoo.
E: The EWPL follows the National Performance-Enhancing regulations. The use of performance-enhancing drugs like steroids and painkillers are prohibited. If a dog is tested positive for any prohibited drugs, the handler will be suspended from EWPL-sanctioned competitions for life. The dog will be suspended for the remainder of the season. Please refer to the attached links at the bottom of the EWPL rules to view each country National Performance Enhancing regulations.
F: The veterinarian and the head judge will make a health assessment of each dog prior to entering the competition. Both the veterinarian and the head judge can disqualify any dog they deem in an unhealthy condition.
G: Entry fees are only refunded if a dog is out of the competition before the competition begins. (Examples are bitch in heat, injuries or stopped in vet-check.)
H: All competitors must sign a declaration form stating that the dog is healthy and has not been injured during the last few days prior to the competition. This will take place during registration.
I: If an injury occurs during a competition, or a dog fails the vet check, the veterinarian or head judge will decide what to do and the handler must comply with the decision. If a dog is disqualified due to injury, either during vet check or during the competition itself, the head judge of the competition must notify the EWPL Board of the incident (this includes handler name, dog's name and type of injury). The EWPL Board will review the severity of the injury reported, and then contact the handler of the disqualified dog to discuss the next steps to be taken. Following severe injury/health implications, the handler of the disqualified dog will need to notify the EWPL Board when the dog has been to a vet check after the competition. A letter from an approved veterinarian must then be presented to the EWPL Board prior to the next competition to be able to compete.
J: Bitches in heat are not allowed to compete and are not allowed in the competition area.
K: Pregnant or breastfeeding bitches (8 weeks after birth) are not allowed to participate in competitions.
L: All dogs must compete in an approved harness. The harness must not be longer than 75 cm from where the tail begins to where the cart is attached. The harness also need to fit the dog, as it can be painful and cause injuries if it is too big or small. This will be checked at the weigh-in by the competition Head Judge, and should be checked on the dog.
M: If a dog is on medication, an exception can be made. An application for exemption must be sent to the organizer's national head judge at least 3 weeks prior to the contest.
N: The EWPL recommends that all dogs have their hips and elbows X-rayed.
O: Individuals who participate in illegal activities with their dog may not participate in any EWPL sanctioned competitions. Any concerns shall be raised directly to the EWPL Board.

2.2 Weigh-In

A: All dogs must be weighed in at a specified time before a EWPL sanctioned competition. Dogs must either use a leash offered by the organizer (same leash will be used for every dog), or be "naked" at weigh-in.  If a dog arrives late to the weigh-in, the dog will not be allowed to participate in the competition and the entry fee will not be refunded.
B: At a two-day competition, weigh-in is only required the first day, unless the dog in question is only to compete on day 2.
C: Dogs that only compete on the 2nd day, will be weighed-in before the competition starts on the 2nd day. The time of the weigh-in will be specified by the organizer.
D: The dog's weight must be registered with only one decimal, ex. 22,3 kg.
E: The dog is allowed maximum two weigh-ins, where the last weight will be the official competition weight.
F: The scales must be placed on a flat and hard surface. The head judge must ensure that this is followed before and after the weigh-ins. Once the registered weights are approved by the head judge, protests will not be accepted.
G. The competition head judge, and a person from the organization must conduct the weigh-in.
H. All dogs can be ordered to make a last weigh-in during the weigh-in period.  The second weigh-in is the one that counts

2.3 Weight Classes

A: EWPL's weight classes are as follows (all weights are measured in kg): 
Lightweight:  -10: 0 to 9.99. -15: 10 to 14.99. -20: 15 to 19.99. -25: 20 to 24.99. -30: 25 to 29.99.  Heavyweight: -37: 30 to 36.99. -44: 37 to 43.99. -51: 44 to 50,99. +51: 51 - unlimited
B: Making changes in a weight class requires a majority vote within the EWPL Board

2.4 Proper conduction of dog & handler

A: All participants (handlers, owners, etc.) are responsible for their dog's behavior.
B: All uncontrolled dogs will be disqualified from the competition. This also includes excessive aggression.
C: Unsportsmanlike conduct towards dogs, competitors, spectators, officials and so forth will result in disqualification of the handler and all the handler's dogs. This applies before, during and after the competition.
D: A dog that is disqualified due to uncontrollable behavior or aggression or the handlers unsportsmanlike conduct will not earn points, titles or prizes. Severe and ongoing cases will need to be reported to the EWPL Board for review.
E: A dog that is disqualified due to uncontrollable aggression or the handlers unsportsmanlike conduct on the first day of a two-day competition, will not be allowed to compete on the 2nd day.
F: Violence towards dogs is not tolerated before, during or after a competition.
G: It is not allowed to change handler during the competition day. In a two-day competition, a change of handler between days is allowed; example person A on day 1 and person B on day 2.
H: Dogs that behave aggressively or disturb other dogs in the holding area will receive a Holding Area warning. After a 2nd warning, the dog will be disqualified. The pit boss will alert and report all warnings to the class judge. Aggressive behavior is when a dog launches towards or attacks another dog or personnel. Barking is not considered aggressive behavior.
I: If a dog is late for weigh-in, veterinary control or own class, the dog will be disqualified.
J: All handlers must attend the handlers meeting before competition start. Decisions will be made at the handlers meeting with regards to what weight increments that are to be used in the specific classes.  If the handler arrives late, or misses the handlers meeting, they will be given a Holding Area warning. They will also lose the possibility to influence any decisions made within the handlers meeting. 
K: All handlers are responsible for keeping the competition area clean.
L. Own treats are allowed in the Holding Area, but the treats need to be shown to, and approved by the appointed head judge for the competition. The handler needs to share the treats with other competitors if asked.
M. Mobile phone usage in the Holding Area is not allowed. Discussions between handlers sitting in the Holding Area and audience regarding the ongoing class is not allowed and will be considered double handling. This will receive a Holding Area warning. Communication between other people and the handler on the track is allowed if it does not include the dog's name, the pull command, or information regarding the ongoing weight class. This will receive a warning.
N. Judges and pit bosses are not responsible for calculating the P4P for handlers. All competitions need to have P4P lists available in the holding area.
O. Video footage, if available, can be used in making a decision, if disputed.
P. It is allowed to use two judges in a weight-class. But if this is done in one weight-class at the competition, it must be done on every weight-class that day.
Q: Hairless dog breeds that are affected by cold weather are permitted to wear thin clothing underneath the harness. The clothing cannot be big and baggy as this will prevent the judge from seeing tangles, etc. The handler shall show the clothing and harness to the veterinarian at vet check to check for potential rubbing.
R. Examples of warnings and disqualifications:
- If the handler is late for handlers meeting (but makes it in time to attend), the handler will receive a holding area warning,
- Aggressive behavior by dogs will receive a warning. Two warnings will lead to disqualification.
- If the handler arrives after the handlers meeting is finished, it will result in a holding area warning.
- Violence is not tolerated at any point, and will lead to an immediate disqualification.
- Unsportsmanlike behavior at any instance, before, during and after competition will result in a disqualification.
- All uncontrolled dogs will be disqualified.
- Baiting will result in a disqualification.

2.5 Procedure for a correct pull

An approved pull is when the dog pulls the cart from the start line and over the finish line within 60 seconds. If the cart is moving and the 60 seconds have passed, the dog can complete the pull as long as the cart is moving. If the cart stops after 60 seconds and the cart has not passed the finish line it will lead to a disqualification.
A: When the handler leaves "on deck", the handler goes in front of the cart with their dog, where the dog is hooked to the cart. The handler has 30 seconds to prepare the dog, including having the dog sit/stand/lay still. The handler must then make eye contact with the judge, who will give the handler a start signal, allowing the handler to leave the dog. The dog is required to stay still, without any physical contact between handler and dog for at least 1 second before the judge gives the signal. Then, the handler must immediately leave the dog in normal speed and continue straight forward over the finish line, without making any commandos with hands or looking at the dog. (Or walk behind the front axle of the cart if the preference is handling the dog from behind). The handler is only allowed to communicate with the dog from behind the finish line or from being behind the front axle.
The 60 seconds starts when the handler has crossed the finish line, the cart's front axle, or when the dog moves after the handler has left the dog.
The judge does not inform the handler of the remaining time, unless it is requested by the handler.

Examples of warnings and disqualifications:
- If the handler is unable to prepare the dog within 30 seconds, the judge will give the handler a warning (Time). This counts as one warning, and new 30 seconds is started immediately. If the handler is still unable to prepare the dog within the new 30 seconds, the handler will receive a second warning, and will therefore be disqualified.
- If the dog moves forward before the handler takes the first step, a warning will be given, and the handler will have to re-start.
- When the judge has given the start signal, the handler is not allowed to touch the dog or the pull equipment or communicate with the dog. If communication occurs, the handler will receive a warning and the re-start is required. (Eye contact, touching, talking/whistling or hand signals are all considered forms of communication).
- When the handler leaves the dog, the handler must keep a normal walking speed. If the handler walks slowly to gain time, a warning will be given. The cart will be returned to the start line and a re-start is required.
- When the handler has crossed the finish line, the handler is not allowed to return back to the dog (cannot cross the finish line by returning back towards the dog). If the handler touches the dog or the equipment, a warning will be given and re-start is required.
- It is not allowed to correct the dog on the track, by jerking the collar, ear, etc. Especially not at a re-start. This will result in either a warning or disqualification.
- Using bait is not allowed. This applies to all kinds of toys, food, treats and items that makes sound. If any of the above are used, it will result in a disqualification
- Dogs are not allowed to bite or play with the leash or harness. This will receive a warning.
- If the dog grabs the metal fence during the pull, the dog will receive a warning. 
- The cart may not be moved unless it is caught in the fence. If the cart is caught in the fence it must be put straight. If the cart has to be moved back to get it in position, a restart from the start line is required.
- If the handler intentionally gets the dog tangled the pull will not be approved, and the handler will be disqualified.
- Two warnings per pull serves as a disqualification, for whatever reason equals a non-valid pull (this does not apply to the warnings given out in the holding area).
- If the dog is judged under the rule of Slingshot, the judge will call a warning, and a restart will be requested to start where the cart is at that time. If the dog receives a second warning, the dog will be disqualified.

B: The next dog to pull must be on deck before the cart is pulled back to the start line.
C: If the handler due to pull next wants to move the cart sideways, the handler must announce this request before the cart has been pulled back to the start line. When the handler is content with the position of the cart, the cart will be moved to start line and will not be moved again.
D: At the start, the lead between the cart and the dog must be placed straight on the ground. The lead should not be tangled or overlapping. 
E: The dog may start before the handler has crossed the finish line, or front axle of the cart.
F: If the handler has chosen to handle the dog from behind, the handler must be behind front axle of the cart before giving the command. During this type of handling, neither the dog nor the cart is allowed to be touched.
G: All pulls must be timed with a clock that shows 1/100 sec. All pulls must be recorded in 1/100 seconds.
H. Only the handler can communicate with the dog during the pull.
I. Consistent weight increments should be used through-out the whole weight class competition.
J. The handler decides what start weight to begin at. 
K. The handler decides which weights to pull. The handler has the right to pass on as many weight increments as handler wants to. All handlers have the right to pass until the handler stands on deck.
L. If the equipment or the harness malfunctions during an ongoing pull, the handler has 60 seconds to repair it. If the handler cannot repair the malfunction, the handler has the right to pass the current round of pulls. If the handler manages to correct the malfunction during the pull, the pull will continue where the cart last stopped. The harness must be intact when the pull is performed.
M. The handler must give the dog's leash to the cart personnel. The dog must be unleashed during the pull.
N. The dog may compete with or without a collar, including choke collar.
(Prong, weight, electric or anti bark collars are not allowed.)
O. No other dogs are allowed in front of the finish line whilst a dog is pulling. This includes dogs belonging to audience members.
P. The dog that pulls the most weight, in relation to its body weight, is the winner (Pound for Pound). If two or more dogs finish with the same Pound for Pound, the dog that finished the pull in the shortest amount of time will become the winner.
Q. A handler can enter any number of dogs in the same weight class.
R. Glue, boots or anything that will improve the traction (i.e. grip) for the dog is not allowed. Only water can be used on paws before a pull.
S. The handler is entitled to two minutes of rest between each pull, from the time the dog is unhooked from the cart. The judge will keep track of the time from when the dog is unhooked from the cart.
T. "On Deck" is classified as part of the track, and handlers must therefore ensure that no treats are given or held at this point. Treats discovered whilst On Deck (or later, on the track) will result in immediate disqualification.
U. Slingshot is when a dog clearly takes a step back and shoots forward into the harness. Walking forward into the harness does not count as a slingshot. A dog can also stand still and jerk forward into the harness. This will create an effect which can also be deemed as a slingshot however, it will be determined by the velocity. If one can clearly hear a sound from the dogs chest, or it violently stops the dog when the dog jerks forward, a slingshot should be called. The class judge should always take the dogs safety into consideration when it comes to the judgement of slingshot. One slingshot will result in a warning. The dog will be required to start where the cart is at that time. If the judge calls a second slingshot during the same pull, it will result in disqualification of the dog.
V. The dog must stand still before being given the start signal from the judge. A start signal will not be given if the dog repetitively barks or jumps at the starting position.
W. Holding of the hand in a position which indicates to the dog that handler may have treat in the hand (closed hand) is not allowed. It is not allowed to put hand in the pocket to indicate to the dog that handler has treats in the pocket. Either of these two actions will receive a warning. The warning will require a new start from where the cart is. The judge can at any time request the handler to empty pockets or open the hand.
X. Digging is not allowed. Warning will be given if a dog is seen to dig down into the track (dirt track). Digging is classed as a repetitive digging motion which can result in a hole in the track. Warning requires new set up without moving the cart. If dog continues to dig after first warning, the handler and dog with be disqualified.
AA. Tangle - The judge calls tangle when the dog gets tangled in the pull equipment in a way that could potentially cause injury, or when a dog begins pulling, or tries to pull when one or more legs are outside the harness. - The judge calls tangle when the dog moves so far back, that it touches the cart or gets behind the start line. - It is not considered a tangle if a dog steps out of the harness but steps back in the harness before moving forward. - The handler has the right to point out tangle to the judge; however, the judge must approve the tangle before the handler is allowed to intervene. The judge can deny the tangle request. - The dog is unhooked and the misstep can be corrected. The dog must start again and the handler must get the judge's permission before leaving the dog, as would be the case at a regular start. - The time stops when equipment tangle has been called. The time will resume once the handler has passed the finish line or the cart's front axle, or when the dog starts moving. If the dog spins around, it's a tangle. (Wheels or rail) - A tangle leads to a warning.

2.6 Officials & Responsibilities

A: The organizer is responsible for: - That all necessary equipment is available to host the competition. - Completing and sending off all the EWPL forms to the person in charge of the competition. This includes the pull report, result report, the head judge's report and the vet report. - Confirming that all EWPL rules have been followed and that the dogs have not been injured during the competition.
B: The Head Judge is responsible for: - Monitoring all aspects of the event, including registration, weigh-ins and the dogs condition. - The final decisions on questionable judgments and decisions sit with the Head Judge. - Making notes of all the disqualifications and the complaints in the judge's report. - Can disqualify any handler for unsportsmanlike conduct before, during and after the competition. Confirm that all dogs are healthy and in a condition to participate in the competition. - Confirm that all judge apprentices have followed the EWPL rules. - Conduct the handlers meeting - Be aware of sling shots.
C: Cart personal are responsible for: - Safe loading of weights and making sure that the weights are evenly placed on the cart. - Making sure that the correct weight has been loaded at each weight increment; each increment must be announced loud and clear to the secretary when completed. - Hooking on/off the dog to the cart if the handler does not wish to do that himself/herself. - Maintain the surface on the track between classes. - Cart personnel are not allowed to stop a dog who wants to leave, by walking behind the cart, or a dog that pulls the cart backwards. The judge will make this call. - Cart Personnel are not allowed to brake the cart before the dog has stopped pulling and the judge has given signal.
D: The Weight Class Judge is responsible for: - Keeping track of the time and judging each pull. - Announcing which dog is up next to the audience and secretary. - Making notes of warnings made in Holding Area. - Enforcing the EWPL rules by giving clear instructions. - Ensure that the correct weight increments are placed on the cart at all times during the respective classes.
E: The Secretary is responsible for (It is up to each organizer to decide whether they want a secretary or not): - Registering the time for each dog's pull. - Registering when a handler chooses to pass a round. - Making notes of warnings announced by the judge. 
F: The Pit boss is in charge of: - Holding area. - Announcing which dog is to pull next. - Keeping track of the starting list. - Escort dogs that must be walked (i.e. to pee or poop) during the competition. - Keeping track of, and lining up, the competitors for the competition to run fast and smooth. - Monitoring the area. - Handing out warnings to dogs that behave aggressively or ex. biting the leash.

2.7 Organizers Choice

A: The starting order of the weight classes. (Lightest to heaviest or vice versa).
B: During a two-day competition, the start order will be switched on the 2nd day.
C: At competitions where the starting order goes from lightest to heaviest, the lightest dog will start.  At competitions where the start order goes from heaviest to lightest, the heaviest dog will start.

2.8 Complaints

A: The head judge at the competition has the final word on all complaints.
B. Complaints received after the end of the competition will not be accepted.
C. All complaints must be submitted in writing and must be given to the head judge maximum 10 minutes after the weight class is finished.

2.9 Fun Pull

A: All dogs must be at least 12 months.
B: If the dog is younger than 18 months it is not allowed to pull more than 5 pulls, max 15 times its own body weight. If the dog is older than 18 months is not allowed to pull more than 5 pulls, the dog can pull as heavy as he/she are able to, but the judge in place will recommend.
C. The judge has the right to stop the pull at any time, if the judge considers the dog is not ready to pull.

2.10 Alcohol

A: Neither officials nor competitors are allowed to drink alcohol before or during the competition. Consequence will be a disqualification for the handlers concerned. Officials consequence will be discussed within the EWPL-board.

2.11 Doping Tests

A: The EWPL reserves the right to perform doping tests at every competition. Tests will be notified at the handlers meeting.

2.12 Dog handlers with disabilities

A: A competitor with a disability must include this information when registering to the competition.
B: Arrangements for disabled people should always be done so they can participate in the competition. Specific requests are to be discussed with the head judge before the weight class begins. 

SECTION 3 – THE WEIGHT PULL ARENA

3.1 Holding Area

A: Holding area is a fenced off area, large enough for all competitors in the on-going weight class.
B: The competitors in each weight class must remain within this area while the weight-class is ongoing. All competitors in the current weight class must be within the holding area when the competition begins. If a dog is not in the holding area when the competition is set to begin, the dog will be disqualified.
C: If a dog has to leave the area to be walked, it must be accompanied by an official.
D. Toys are not allowed in the holding area. This will result in an immediate disqualification. 
E. The holding area must be fenced off from the audience with a proper fence or barrier. A rope or tape is good enough, as long as it clearly separates the holding area from the audience.
F. The holding area cannot be in front of the finish line, unless it is separated by a wall.
G. Only dogs in the current weight class are allowed in the holding area. Once a dog is out of the competition, the handler must immediately leave the holding area.
H. Dogs cannot be left alone within the holding area. If a handler is competing alone with several dogs in the same weight class, the dogs must be placed in crates, where the dog due to pull next being the only dog not crated.
I. Each handler is allowed to have one assistant if space allows it. This will need to be approved by the competition head judge.
J. Underage handlers are required to be accompanied by an adult within the holding area.
K. If necessary, each handler has possibility to use a cage in the holding area.
L. Smoking and food is prohibited within the holding area. This rule bares a holding area warning.
M. Handlers within the holding area who are not competing in the ongoing class, will be given a holding area warning.
N. Handlers are allowed to bring fluid for themselves and a water bowl for the dog, but the dog is only allowed to drink from the water offered in holding area.
O. The organizer will provide treats in the holding area. Treats are not allowed in any pockets or on the track. The treats that the handlers may have must be finished before the next pull. If this rule is not followed, the handler and all the handlers' dogs will be disqualified.
P. "On Deck" shall be a clearly marked area before entering the track.

3.2 Weight Pull Track

A: Distance between start and finish line is 5 meters.
B: The width should be between 3 - 6 meters.
C: The length must be at least 11 meters.
D: The track must continue at least 3 meters after the finish line.
E: The surface must be the same throughout the whole track, except the area behind start line which could be made in concrete to avoid bumps.
F: The track must be level or uphill.
G: The surface of the track can be grass, soil, carpet or fine gravel.
H: Prohibited surfaces are coarse stone, tarmac or concrete.
I: The maintenance of the track is only allowed between weight classes.  The start and the finish line can be painted between pulls, if required.
J: The path from the finish line to the holding area must be fenced and separated from audience. There is no requirement of what type material used, as long as the track and audience are separated.
K: During an on-going weight class, only repairs which prevent dangerous incidents are allowed. For example, material damages to the cart, the fence or the rails. It is not allowed to repair the track surface etc. The decision to allow for repairs will be made by the head judge.
L: It is allowed to use a solid material on a dirt track (such as concrete or concrete slabs) at the start. Start line should be between 10-15 cm from the front edge of the concrete. Concrete must be seamlessly attached to, and level with the rest of the track.

3.3 Fencing

A: The track fence must be at least 90 cm high.
B: The track fence must be the length of the the whole track on each side and must continue at least 3 meters after the finish line.
C: The track fence must be stable enough to keep in all breeds of dogs.
D: The track fence must be placed along the outer edges of the track.
E: Barrier towards crowd must be located at least 1 meter from the track fence.
F: The size and the length of the crowd barrier should be adjusted after the size of the audience.
G: The track can have a roof, but this is not a firm requirement. The roof should be wider and longer than the track.
H: The track hosting the International Championship is required to have a roof.

3.4 Cart

A: The cart must be able to withstand a weight load of at least 2500 kg, where the cart itself should weigh no more than 200 kg.
B: The cart must have 4 air-filled or solid tires.  All tires must be of the same size. The maximum size of tires is up to 19.68 inches or 50 cm. All tires must have the same air pressure at the beginning of the competition and through the weight class.
C: A spare tire must be available. If a tire fails during the competition, the organizer is responsible to complete the competition under equal terms. This is a reason to fix the cart during a weight class.
D. The lead between the cart and where the dog is hooked on must be made of nylon or rope.
E. The lead should be 150-180 cm from the front axle to where the dog is hooked on. 
F. The lead must be attached to the cart in a V-shape. The lead must be firmly anchored in the cart and cannot be tied to the cart in the form of knots.
G. The cart must be equipped with a lead at the back in order to be able to brake the cart and to return the cart to the start line.
H. Attachment point on the cart so it can be moved up and down for different size dogs is allowed.

Cart for the class -10 (wheel)
A. The cart must be able to withstand a weight load of at least 300 kg.
B. The weight of the cart must not exceed 40 kg.
C. The lead between the cart and the dog must be made of nylon or rope.
D. The lead should be 150-180 cm from the front axle to where the dog is hooked on.
E. The lead must be attached to the cart in a V shape. The lead must be firmly anchored in the cart and cannot be tied to the cart in the form of knots.
F. The cart must be equipped with a lead at the back in order to be able to rake the cart and to return the cart to the start line.
G. When the weight of the cart has reached the same weight as the main cart, the cart will be replaced with the regular/main cart.
H. The maximum measurements of the cart are 180 cm wide (including tires) and 240 cm long.

3.5 Rails System

A: The shape of rails can be round, flat or V-shaped and must be safely secured.
B: A stop/break must exist on both sides of the rails.
C: The rails must have an incline. The incline must be 0.75-1,25% from beginning to finish line.
D: The distance between the rails must be 120-170 cm.
E: The track must be at least 7,5 meters from the start line.

3.6 Fencing (Rails)

A: No requirement for fencing.
B: Barrier facing the crowd must be located at least 1 meter from the track fence.
C: Size and length of the fence should be adjusted according to size of audience.

3.7 Cart (Rails)

A: The cart can be wider than the rails.
B: The loading platform on the cart must not be wider than 30 cm of the rails.
C: The cart must be equipped with a lead that should be 120-150 cm long between the cart and to where the dog is hooked on.  The lead can be V-shaped or a straight line and must be made of rope or nylon.
D: The cart must be equipped with a lead at the back to brake the cart and to return the cart to the start line.
E: The weights must be placed inside of the cart. The weights must not obstruct the wheels.
F: The cart should not weigh more than 200 kg, and should be able to withstand a minimum of 2500 kg.

3.8 Weights

A: Sufficient amount of weights must be available for the competition. All weights must be weighed and designed to facilitate proper loading.
B: Maximum height of loaded weights is 150 cm, measured from the ground.
C: If maximum height is met, the tire pressure must be decreased or the angle of the rail track must be increased.

SECTION 4 – CHAMPIONSHIPS

4.1 National Championships

A: National Championships are held in August or the first weekend of September.
B: Each National Championship location is decided by the local board of Directors.
C: To qualify for the National Championships, the dog must achieve the qualifying requirements set for each country. Each country determines the applicable qualification requirements to the National Championships; the qualifying requirements must officially be reported to the EWPL board before the season starts.
D: The class winner at a two-day competition is the dog that total pulls the most weight in relation to its body weight (P4P).
E: The class winner at a one-day competition is the dog that pulls the most weight in relation to its body weight (P4P).
F: Maximum entry fee at competitions is 35 Euros per dog per day. Organizers can give a discount if the owner has 3 or more dogs.
G: The National Championship is only open to dogs residing in the country.
H: The Swedish qualification requirements for the dog's in the light weight classes -10 -15 -20 -25 and -30 are 30 times the dog's weight.  In the heavy weight classes -37 -44 -51 and +51 it's 20 times the dogs weight.  The qualification requirements must be achieved on at least 3 different competitions/days. The dog must have qualified at least one of three competitions in Sweden.
Swedish championships can only be a one day competition.
The weight classes start order must be drawn at least three days before the competition.
The organizer decides which dog in the weight class that starts. (lightest dog to heaviest dog or vice versa)
I. The Finnish qualification requirements for the dogs in weight classes -10 -15 -20 -25 and -30 are 30 times the dog's weight. In weight classes -37 -44 -51 and +51 it's 20 times the dog's weight.  The qualification requirements must be achieved on at least 3 different competitions/days.
J. The Norwegian qualification requirements for the dogs in weight classes -10 -15 -20 -25 and -30 are 25 times the dog's weight. In weight classes -37 -44 -51 and +51 it's 20 times the dog's weight.  The qualification requirements must be achieved on at least 2 different competitions/days.
K. The Danish qualification requirements for the dogs in weight classes -10 -15 -20 -25 and -30 are 30 times the dog's weight. In weight classes -37 -44 -51 and +51 it's 20 times the dog's weight. The qualification requirements must be achieved on at least 3 different competitions/days.
L. Weigh-in and vet check before the National or International Championships should be completed as a separate weigh-in and vet check.

4.2 International Championships

A: The International Championship is to be held in August/September.
B: The location of the International Championship is decided at the beginning of the season, by the representatives of the EWPL countries. The International Championship cannot be held in a country with BSL (like Denmark and Norway)
C: The international qualification requirements for the dogs in weight classes -10 -15 -20 -25 and -30 are 35 times the dog's weight. In weight classes -37 -44 -51 and +51 its 25 times the dog's weight.  To qualify for the International Championship the dogs must have competed at three EWPL competitions. 
D: International Championships can only be a 1 day competition
E: The class winner is the dog that pulls the most weight in relation to its body weight (P4P).
F: Maximum entry fee at competitions is 40 Euros per dog per day. Organizers can give a discount if the owner has 3 or more dogs.
G. Denmark and Norway can host the International Championship in a EWPL country without BSL. The countries with BSL has the right to say no to host the International Championship.
H. Weigh-in and vet check before the National or International Championships should be completed as a separate weigh-in and vet check.

SECTION 5 – POINTS AND TITLES

5.1 National Point System

A: The EWPL approves national points in each weight class.  Every nation counts and is responsible for its own scoring system.
B: The national point champion is the dog that has earned the most points during the season. Points gained from all competitions governed by the EWPL are awarded the dog.
C: All dogs are listed in the same listing within EWPL.
D: Dogs can only be awarded earned points from official competitions sanctioned by the EWPL.
E: All dogs have the same opportunity to earn points.
F: To earn points it is required that the dog completes at least one pull in its weight class.
G:  Class winner 10 points. Class second 7 points. Class third 4 points.
Dog receives one point per obtained title. (Example; EWP1 = 1 Point, EWP2 = 2 points.)
H: The dog will receive points for titles earned (see title list in section 9).
I: Each country in the EWPL has an individual points system. The national clubs hold this system.
J: Each class winner in the National Championship will receive 5 bonus points.
K: The points calculations are terminated following the national championship.
L: At the end of the season, if two or more dogs have equal amount of points the winner will be that dog which has more winnings in its weight class. If winnings are equal then the comparison is done by second places etc.

5.2 International Points System

A: The EWPL approves international points in each weight class.
B: The international points champion is the dog that has earned the most points. All points received at EWPL competitions will be awarded the dog.
C: Dogs can only be awarded its points from official competitions sanctioned by the EWPL.
D: All dogs have the same opportunity to earn points.
E: To earn points it is required that the dog completes at least one pull in its weight class.
F: The dog will receive points for titles earned
G:  Class winner 10 points, Class second 7 points, Class third 4 points.
Dog receives one point per obtained title. (Example; EWP1 = 1 Point, EWP2 = 2 points.)
H: Each class winner in the National Championships will receive 5 bonus points.
I: If two or more dogs have equal points at the end of the season, the winner will be the dog who has the most wins in its weight class.  If first places are equal, the comparison will be done by second places through the season etc.

5.3 EWPL Titles

A: For carpet, natural surface and rails.

P4P 10 P4P 15 P4P 20 P4P 25 P4P 30 P4P 35 P4P 40 P4P 45 P4P 50 P4P 55 P4P
TITLE EWP 1 EWP 2 EWP 3 EWP 4 EWP 5 EWP 6 EWP 7 EWP 8 EWP 9 EWP 10

Etc.

B: Titles achieved on rails are to be marked with an "R" on the EWPL website. Ex: EWP 11R
C: The dog will only be awarded one title for each EWPL sanctioned show.
D: When a dog has been awarded an EWP4-title or higher at three or more competitions, the dog will receive an EWP4 Champion (CH) title.
E: If the dog has been awarded an EWP4 title or higher, at five or more competitions, the dog will receive an EWP4 Grand Champion (GR CH) title.
F: If a dog for instance has two EWP5-titles and one or more EWP4-titles, the dog will receive a EWP4 CH-title.
G: Champion and Grand Champion titles can only be collected per season.

SECTION 6 – NATIONAL DIFFERENCES

6.1 Vaccination Rules & Banned Breeds

A. Sweden
Vaccination Policy: Click to see relevant regulations
Banned dog breeds:  No breeds are illegal to travel with or import into Sweden.
B. Norway
Vaccination Policy: Click to see relevant regulations
Banned dog breeds: American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Fila Braziliero and Czechoslovakian Wolfdog. These breeds or mixtures of these are forbidden to travel with or import to Norway.
B. Denmark
Vaccination Policy: Click to see relevant regulations
Banned dog breeds: Pitbull Terrier, Tosa Inu, American Staffordshire Terrier, Fila Brasileiro, Dogo Argentino, American Bulldog, Boerboel, Kangal, Central Asian ovtcharka, Caucasian ovtcharka, Sydrussisk ovtcharka, Tornjak and Sarplaninac. It is illegal to possess or breed these dogs and there are special rules regarding traveling with these dog breeds into Denmark.
A. Finland
VaccinationPolicy: Click to see relevant regulations
Crop and Dock Policy: Dogs with cropped ears / docked tail will need to provide documentation from an approved veterinarian, or they need to be born before 2001. Cropped/docked dogs can only participate in European competitions. Click link for relevant regulations
Banned dog breeds: No breed is illegal to travel with or import to Finland.