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USDAA Announces IFCS Continental Championship of the Americas

USDAA to host one of three IFCS Continental Championships in 2013.


The 1st IFCS Continental Championships of the Americas will be hosted by USDAA April 24-28, 2013, at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, Watt Arena, Fort Worth, Texas, USA.  This championship serves as a focal point of competition for North and South America and is one of three (3) IFCS designated World Cup events to be held in 2013.  The other two (2) events will be held in Europe (near Gerona, Spain) April 4-7, 2013, and in Asia in December 2013.     

At the Americas event, competitors from every nation can enter the Individual Classes (Championship and Non Championship) with the following maximum number of Competitors:

IFCS Member & Recognized Nations (Full, Associate, Provisional & nations with organizations who have signed a declaration of support)

  • IFCS Individual Championship Classes - Unlimited # of competitors
  • IFCS Team Triathlon Championship Classes - Four teams per country, selected of three (3) competitors in each jump height class with no more than twelve (12) handlers and twelve (12) dogs from a country overall, and with two jump heights per three-dog team, being two large dogs and one small, or two small dogs and one large.
  • Other (IFCS Non-championship) Classes  USDAA® Grand Prix of Dog Agility® & USDAA® Dog Agility Steeplechase® - Unlimited # of competitors

Other Nations

  • IFCS Individual Championship Classes  Unlimited # of competitors
  • IFCS Team Triathlon Championship Classes  Not eligible
  • Other Classes  USDAA® Grand Prix of Dog Agility® & USDAA® Dog Agility Steeplechase® - Unlimited # of competitors

Each country will be responsible for determining how their national teams are chosen. Elibigibility requirements for U.S. resident participation are shown at the end of this article.  

Team USA participating in the Triathlon will be determined by the combined scores from the USDAA non-championship classes on Thursday, April 25, 2013.   The three competitors/dogs with the most points for 12, 16, 22 and 26 jump heights will be selected to represent Team USA at the 2013 IFCS Continental Championships of the Americas.  (Note: USA competitors who want to try to represent Team USA in the Triathlon may qualify at their USDAA jump height, but all competitors must compete at their required IFCS jump height.)

USDAA is studying the feasibility of sending a team to the European and Asian events.  Anyone interested in participating in these events should contact the USDAA office.

Team USA Qualification Requirements for
2013 IFCS Continental Championship of the Americas

To be eligible for entry, a competitor must earn four qualifications out of the five classes indicated below in events held during the period beginning October 1, 2012, and ending March 20, 2013.

Class

Qualification Required

Grand Prix of Dog Agility® (Local or Regional Round 1)

1 Qualification1

Jumpers Titling

2 Qualifications1 in Masters
or
1 Qualification in Masters Challenge

Standard Agility Titling

2 Qualifications1 in Masters
or
1 Qualification in Masters Challenge

Snooker Titling

1 Super Q in Masters

Gamblers Titling

1 Qualification in Masters

USA competitors who want to compete at the 2013 IFCS Continental Championships of the Americas may qualify at their USDAA jump height, but all competitors must compete at their required IFCS jump height2 at the event.

1 Qualifying Minimum Time Standards

Class Height

Grand Prix

Jumpers

Standard Agility

12

3.50 yps

4.00 yps

3.00 yps

16

3.75 yps

4.25 yps

3.25 yps

22

4.00 yps

4.50 yps

3.50 yps

26

4.00 yps

4.50 yps

3.50 yps

2 IFCS Official Jump Heights

Dogs Measurement

Jump Height

30cm (11-13/16) or less

12

40cm (15¾)  or less

16

50cm (19-11/16) or less

22

>50cm

26

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