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USDAA Message

A letter from USDAA president Kenneth Tatsch.

The IFCS World Agility Championships are coming soon! I want to congratulate Courtney Keys of Austin, Texas, on her appointment to the team. She was an alternate that has been called into action in light of the withdrawal of Daneen Fox and Masher due to injury. We wish them all the best for a speedy recovery. Profiles for Courtney and other team members will be posted daily leading up to the event, so check out the news page.
Team USA can still use some funding in order to avoid having to dip into their personal funds for necessary travel costs (i.e., airfare, hotel and ground transportation). Tax deductible, charitable donations can be made to United States Association of Cynological Sports. Each donor making a donation of $10 or more will receive a TEAM USA lapel pin as a thank you for your contribution and support. Those giving more than $50 will get a public acknowledgment on following the event. Be sure to watch the Championships on www.cynosport.TV, April 8-12, from Voghera, Italy, and follow team posts on their separate web site at Sign up for the live stream after April 1.
At Cynosport® 2014, we permitted bitches in season (BIS) to participate for the first time. Having no significant issues with this practice, guidelines are being published to permit BIS to participate at Regional events for the remainder of the 2015 tournament season. The guidelines generally provide that BIS be isolated when not performing, be readily identifiable when going to and from the ring, and that the host group provide a mat to be used at the start line. A disruption that might occur as a result of the BIS would be subject to normal disciplinary review process by the Disciplinary Action Committee (Appendix C, USDAA Rules & Regulations). If we continue to see no significant issues arise, it is possible beginning in 2016 that individual events may, at the host group election, choose to permit BIS to participate.
As April approaches, we have two Regionals running in different parts of the country, as well as the IFCS World Agility Championships. You won't want to miss the North Central Regional April 10-12, in Naperville, Illinois, and the Southwest Regional April 22-24, in Camarillo, California. Good luck to all competitors at the Regionals and to members of Team USA!


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