Rally Course Designer allows you to print course maps, sign descriptions, and a handful of different score sheets for your courses. Printing is done through the menu bar. File -> Print Preview shows you what the print-out will look like. You can print from the Print Preview screen, or directly from the File -> Print function.
Most registries require judges to print Course Maps for all competitors. Before printing or previewing, you'll select the elements that will be included and the orientation (landscape or portrait) of the print-out. You have the option of including the course map, along with other information relevant to the course.
- Title Information (The Title from the Event Tab, the name of the Host Club, the Level and Type of course, the Course Number, and the Date the course will be run)
- The Logos from the Host tab
- Summary Information (the Registry, Level, Venue, Sections, and Host, Author, and Judge Information)
- The Station List
- Comments from the Host tab
- Errors and Warnings
- The Ring Size and Course Scale
- The Jump Height Table, if applicable
If you select portrait orientation, the course map will appear on one page, the information in the list will appear on the second. It is very advisable to run the Print -> Preview first, especially in landscape, as the information in the list above might run longer than the height of the page.
There's a checkbox on the form that will, by default, be checked. It's called Print Course Map Background in White and if it is checked, it leaves the area in the course map in white. This is to protect you from accidentally using a whole lot of ink. But if you are looking to create full-color course maps, remove the check from that box.
Station Descriptions and Images
You may also print a listing of the signs on the course. This listing will nclude the Sign Name, the Sign Description, and a picture of the sign, in the order each sign appears on the course. This section will use as many pages as it needs, typically 2 for most regulation courses. But by selecting the option to not print a header, most courses may be printed on a single page.
Many judges like to print the course map and course details on one side of a print-out and the sign listing with the descriptions and pictures on the other side, and give those print-outs to competitors. Other judges may print the course map on one side of a print-out and the summary information on the other side, and give those print-outs to competitors; then, they print a single copy of the sign listing with descriptions and pictures and post that print-out at ring-side.
Rally instructors may print course maps and sign descriptions for their students.
Many registries are specific about the information contained on their score sheets, but others leave it to the judges to decide what works best for them. The Rally Course Designer gives judges several options for printing score sheets, we'll look at those here.
Each score sheet has a similar header that includes the information needed to identify the course already filled in. Typically, a judge or steward will write the team (or armband) number and the dog's breed into the other fields at the top of the score sheet. After judging, the judge will calculate the score for the team, write in the team's time on course, check the box to show if the performance is considered qualifying, then sign the sheet. The procedures for what happens to the score sheet afterward are decided by the registry; some require the judge or event's host club to hold the score sheets, others might allow the judge to give the score sheet to the competitors.
Infraction List Score Sheet
This score sheet may only be printed in portrait mode. This score sheet displays a table with a row for the number of points off for each type of deduction. On that row is a list of infractions that will incur the deduction, along with columns for counting the number of times that infraction occurs and a column for adding up the points being deducted for the infraction. Typically, judges will mark a single vertical line in the third column each time an infraction occurs. They then do a little math, multiplying the number of occurances times the points off for that type of occurance, then putting that number into the right-most column. The total points in that column are summed up and marked below, then the team's score is calculated.
Course Map Style with No Lists
There are several types of score sheets that include a course map. The simplest is the course map with no lists, shown here. This score sheet may only be printed in portrait mode. On this type of score sheet, the judge marks infractions on the map, close to the station where the infraction occurred. This helps the judge later to explain where the team lost points, but it can be a bit more difficult to keep track of when marking up the sheet.
Course Map Style with Infraction List
Some judges like the course map-style score sheet, but also like to have the list of infractions handy to check with as they are scoring their teams. That's what is displayed on this style of sheet, which can only be printed in landscape mode. This style allows you the option of printing the course map on the left or right side of the page. To understand why, think about how the judge will hold the course map on a clipboard. A right-handed judge will print the course map on the left side of the page, so that their hand will be supported by the clipboard and will rest over top of the infraction list. When the judge needs to look at the infraction list, it's easy to just move the hand, but when writing, they'll cover the infraction list. Similarly, a left-handed judge will print this type of course map on the right side of the page.
Course Map Style with Station List
The type of score sheet is very similar to the one just described. Instead of an infraction list, the print-out includes a list of the stations on the course. The judge can make directly on the map or next to the line items for the stations. This style can only be printed in landscape mode, but like the previous style, the course map may be placed on either side of the page. This allows the writing hands for right and left handed judges to be supported on the clipboard while writing.
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