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2018 IFCS World Team Selection Rules - UPDATE

Updates to the IFCS World Team Selection Process.


The 2017 IFCS World Agility Championship (WAC) held in Valencia, Spain, April 26-30, was a huge success.  This event has grown into one of the premier international agility events, with competitiveness reaching new heights. We have been inspired by this year's event to make the following changes to the 2018 IFCS World Team Selection Rules in order to field the most competitive team possible.

The 2018 IFCS World Team Selection Rules that were posted earlier this year are no longer in effect.  Moving forward any competitor who wishes to try out for the 2018 IFCS World Team will be required to attend the IFCS World Team Selection Event (WTSE) being be held September 15-17, 2017, in Castle Rock, Colorado (near Denver).  Trial Selection Points (TSPs) will be earned at this event.  To be eligible to compete at the WTSE, competitors are required to earn one qualification in either the Masters Challenge Biathlon or individual MC titling classes (standard or jumpers), in the Championship program, at one of the events below:

2017 Regional Championships

  • Wild West - March 9-12, Queen Creek, AZ
  • South Central - March 17-19, Kerrville, TX
  • North Central - May 12-14, Canton, MI
  • Southwest - May 12-14, Camarillo, CA
  • Pacific Northwest - May 25-28, Auburn, WA
  • Southeast - June 9-11, Perry, GA
  • Mid-Atlantic - June 16-18, Barto, PA
  • Rocky Mountain - June 16-18, Farmington, UT
  • New England - July 7-9, North Kingstown, RI
  • Central - August 18-20, Olathe, KS
  • Western - September 1-4, Prunedale, CA

2017 Title Mania

  • West - April 20-23, Camarillo, CA
  • East - May 25-28, North Kingstown, RI
  • Central - July 6-9, Franklin, TN

TSPs will not be earned at Regionals or Title Mania.

NOTE:  The 2017 Cynosport World Games will be part of the selection criteria for the 2019 IFCS World Team that will compete in France, permitting us to name a team earlier and to focus more on advance preparations for the upcoming world championship event.

The system for award of Trial Selection Points (TSPs) at the WTSE is being revised to place emphasis on a minimum yards-per-second performance requirement.  In addition, competitors' performance results will be analyzed across the 2017 tournament qualification season from September 6, 2016, through September 4, 2017. 

Dogs at the World Team Selection Event must compete at their IFCS jump heights. Official jump heights for IFCS (under current regulations):

For Dogs Measuring at Withers

IFCS Jump Height

d11-7/8" (300mm)

30cm

d15-3/4" (400mm)

40cm

d19-5/8" (500mm)

50cm

>19-5/8" (500mm)

60cm

The members of the 2018 IFCS World Team will be required to participate in preparation exercises designed and presented by the coaching staff beginning October 1, 2017, and running up to the 2018 IFCS World Championship event.

Those wishing to be considered for the team must file an Intent to Compete (ITC) form at the WTSE.  The form shall include a statement of intent to participate on the team if selected, to participate in all preparation exercises, to attend at least one world team practice, to abide by policies, rules and guidelines established for competition and team travel, and a statement of Financial Responsibility, indicating that the team member is financially able and willing to fund their trip, should they be selected. Any airfare subsidies that may be made shall be determined at the sole discretion of United States Association of Cynological Sports, a nonprofit, tax-exempt charity that supports amateur athletic sports involving dogs.

The remaining details on the 2018 World Team selection process will be published by June 1.  Details on the 2019 World Team selection process will be published by August 31, 2017.

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