Posted Date: January 4, 2018
The December 2017 President's Message from Ken Tatsch of USDAA.
Throughout 2017 we have been working behind the scenes on a number of different fronts that will bring some exciting developments to be introduced during the first half of 2018.
- USDAA Title Mania® two events coordinated national events, East and West, featuring consistency of performance in titling classes at all levels, celebrating Olympic Day.
- Versatility Rankings will be compiled from local events throughout the year, with winners in each height class earning travel subsidy to Title Mania events.
- Chapter 12 of the USDAA Rules & Regulations has been amended, effective January 3, 2018, providing for a Time plus Faults scoring method, with qualification based upon a Qualifying Course Time, similar to qualification in the Relay classes. Modifications to course design standards for the class and provision for Masters Challenge Only events have been provided, with implementation date to be announced.
We are pleased to introduce an IFCS-style event titled Masters Challenge Agility Cup. Special prizes and awards featuring a medal count with more than 200 medals awarded and a special Sweepstakes class are being offered. See the new event rules for eligibility and to learn more about this event.
- A totally new USDAA web site with responsive design for different digital devices, providing many new features for competitors and groups alike.
Look for other updates and introductions in 2018. It sure to be an exciting year.
Of course, dont forget the IFCS World Agility Championships from Milan, Italy April 25-29. Be sure and consider in your year-end tax planning that charitable contributions can be made for Team USA through donate2dogsport.org, official web site of United States Association of Cynological Sports, an IRC 501(c)(3) public charity supporting international amateur sports involving dogs. If you wish to pay by check, send your check, indicating Team USA support to USACS, PO Box 940225, Plano, TX 75094-0225.
And to wrap up the year, Cynosport 2018 will return to a favorite destination for manyWest World of Scottsdale in Arizona, October 31 November 4.
In these final days of 2017, we hope everyone is enjoying a great holiday season, and we wish everyone a Happy New Year!