by Bob Christiansen
In July, 1998, MB-F and InfoDog announced the Judges Availability System which allows inquiry for available judges within the AKC rule of 30 days and 200 miles. We also promised to provide a future enhancement to allow a club to completely build a panel of judges based on that availability and submit it directly to the AKC. That day is finally here!
The Judging Panel System works this way:
1. Access your Club’s “InfoDog Home Page”. InfoDog has a complete list of home pages for all AKC clubs. It’s free! Club Home Pages can be accessed through the Calendar of Shows, searching panels by show name or directly at infodog.com/clubs/##########.htm where ########## is the new 10-digit AKC event number. (The first four digits are the year, i.e. 1999, AKC previously used only eight digits for event numbers where the first two digits were for the year, i.e. 99)
2. The original Judge Availability System is still accessible at the bottom of each individual club. This system requires at least four letters of a judge’s last name to be entered and submitted. The InfoDog system will find and display a list of all matching judges’ names. The list is clickable to display the breeds your selection judge is approved for and eligible to judge, as well as possible conflicts within 30 days and 200 miles.
3. The Judging Panel System requires you to enter a four to eight character password of your choice. This password provides security and access for you, and only you, to see and build your panel. This password will be stored and related along with your club’s 10-digit event number. After the password has been entered and submitted, a screen will display an input box for a judge’s last name along with a list of all possible breeds and the number of entries from your previous event if it was an MB-F event. If the entries from your previous corresponding event are not available, zeros are displayed and you have the opportunity to key them in. Enter at least four letters of a judge’s last name and click submit. The InfoDog system will find and display a list of all matching judges’ names. The list is clickable to display the breeds your selection judge is approved and eligible to judge, as well as possible conflicts within 30 days and 200 miles. To assign the available breeds to the current judge you simply click the check boxes next to them and click submit at the bottom. Throughout the assignment process you also have the ability to display your panel sorted by judge to see the total dogs assigned to a judge based on the entry numbers from your last corresponding event.
4. You can work on your panel as often as you like. InfoDog will store your password-protected data indefinitely. Once you have completed your panel, simply click on “E-mail this panel to AKC”. The system will display a form for your name, address, and phone number, fax number, and e-mail address along with any comments you care to pass along to AKC with your panel. Once this screen has been submitted, an immediate e-mail message of your complete panel will be sent to AKC along with the date and time you submitted it. Although your panel will still be stored at InfoDog, you should also print a hard copy of what you have submitted and mail it via regular mail to the AKC. E-mail is very reliable but has been known to occasionally get “lost”. Your hard copy will provide a good back up.
* Please note: Although we are still in the process of loading and updating all judging panels, the majority are already on-line. It is possible a conflict exists for a judge and InfoDog doesn’t know about it yet. If InfoDog does tell you there is a conflict it is most likely correct. We should have all panels back on-line by late February. Just imagine! No more long delays and painful calculations. Building a judging panel will take minutes instead of hours or even days. InfoDog really does do (almost) everything except take your dog into the show ring!