NOTRA Rules and Officers Election Fall 2022

Results of the 2022 Ballots which go into effect January 2023. Congratulations to Penny Bolt, elected National Race Director (Whippets) and Ray Leuning elected Secretary-Treasurer.

We are currently putting in place the 2023 schedule and updating the website to reflect the new officers and the contact information. Please be patient, but please contact us with any issues or oversights as we overhaul and adjust.

Ballot Results • 11 Voting Clubs of 23 Eligible Clubs
Clubs that submitted a ballot: BSOSW; BCWRC; COBRA; EWA; GSLWC; LVCC; MWRA; NARC; SCWA; SOL; SOMOS

Rule Proposal 1: Passed
Rule Proposal 2: Passed
Rule Proposal 3: Failed
Rule Proposal 4: Passed
for full details please see 2022 NOTRA Ballot Results

A new Rule Book is underway and will be available January 1st 2023.

2018 Rule Change Results


Results of the 2018 Fall Election. 26 clubs submitted ballots out of 29 eligible clubs.

Proposal 1: Separate Whippet NOTRA from Other Breed NOTRA

Proposal Title and Brief Description: Separate Whippet NOTRA from Other Breed NOTRA. There are now enough Other Breeds, by number of breeds and owners, that the support of Whippets is no longer necessary. Separating the two organizations will allow other breed specific rules to not impact whippets and vise-versa.
Passed: 72%

Proposal 2: Foul judge placement

Addressing the placement of foul judges on oval tracks.
Section 3.5.1 page 18: On the U-val tracks, the judges should always be outside the inner fence defining the track.On the full circle tracks, they should be located to give the best coverage to the bends.
Passed: 96%

Proposal 3: Clarifying DNF and Racing Style

Proposed change (this does not appear to be replacing other rules)
Any racer which fails to finish a race or fails to finish in true racing style (dogs that do not cross the finish line, stop, stop and re-start, slow to a walk, or roll to try to remove their muzzle) may be scratched from further racing or may be allowed to continue if it did not foul other racers during the race, at the option of the Race Committee.
Passed: 80%

Proposal 4: Hounds qualified to race

Changing the structure of the existing rule so that is more coherent .
Passed: 85%

Proposal 5: Formula for Determining Ties

This would be an addition to the existing rules:
If the line judges disagree on the placement of dogs in such a way that it is not immediately obvious which dog or dogs are in which placements and no camera is available, the judges’ placement sheets will be given to the race secretary and the determination of placements will be made using the following method.
Passed: 84%

NOTRA Rule Proposals 2018

Here are the proposed rule changes. Please discuss these with your club members and make sure your club NOTRA Rep fills out the ballot if your club is eligible to vote.

This year, there are 5 proposals. Each club has one vote. “To qualify for participation in the Rule Change Process, Club Members must have held, co-hosted, or have scheduled, at least one sanctioned NOTRA Meet during the Calendar Year.” NOTRA Rulebook section 1.1.1