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USDAA Board Announcements from Annual Meeting - Re-posted June 11

Included is information about earning IFCS points, change to the A-frame, and other resolutions from annual Board meeting following a comprehensive review of Programs.

USDAA has announced the following key resolutions from a wide array of topics discussed at the Board's annual meeting:

IFCS Qualifications for World Agility Championships 2008

Competitors will accumulate points in 2007 from Regional Championship events and the Cynosport® World Games in accordance with the chart, with limitations, as set forth below: 

Only the first three Regional events in which a competitor competes will be counted, and all Regionals will be equally weighted in accordance with the chart below:

Place22" Class16"/26" Classes12" Class

Points will be earned at the Regional events as follows:

  • Grand Prix Final Round
  • Steeplechase Final Round
  • Team Gamblers, Jumpers, Snooker & Standard, individually

Points will be allocated for the same classes in the Cynosport World Games agility championships, as well as to the Grand Prix Semifinal and Steeplechase Semifinal rounds.

Collectively, it means points are earned in five rounds of GP (three regionals and two from Cynosport), five rounds of STP (three regionals and two from Cynosport), and four rounds of Team individual classes (three regionals and one from Cynosport).

The Top three competitors in each of the four jump heights will be invited to compete on the team.  Decisions must be rendered by December 31, 2007, with those declining the opportunity to pass to the next in line.  Final team to be announced no later than January 31.

Those wishing to be considered, must submit a Height Certification Certificate, signed by two Certified Measuring Judges, no later than the closing date of the Cynosport World Games. A copy of the height certification form will be made available on the USDAA Web site by March 31.

Full details will be published on the USDAA Web site by March 31, including a list of tie-breakers, financial requirements, and other key criteria. 

The IFCS World Agility Championships will take place in Belgium either the last weekend of April or the first weekend of May, 2008.

A-Frame Standards

The Board has revised the regulations for the A-frame, setting the height in the Championship Program for large dogs at no less than 5'9" and no more than 5'11", and for small dogs and all dogs in the Performance Program, no less than 5'5" and no more than 5'7".  The final regulations will stipulate the range of angles in order that the standard will be more accurately specified and not be impacted by different construction standards.  (In adopting the change, it was noted that the IFCS standard may be changing to 5'11", or 180cm, while remaining at 170cm for small dogs). 

(Note that this announcement was modified on March 9, 2007; the range for the small dogs was intended to be 5'5" to 5'7" instead of 5'3" to 5'5".  The top of each range represents the IFCS international standard.) 

On March 22nd, the judges were provided the following information in regard to setting the A-frame heights:

The sidewalls shall be securely hinged together on one end such that when standing upright in the "A-Frame" position, it can be adjusted such that the angle at the apex can be set at a 99 degree angle for dogs competing in the Championship Program at 22" and 26" heights, and at a 104 degree
angle for all other dogs competing in the Championship Program and all dogs in the Performance Programs. These angles approximate 5'10" and 5'6" in elevation when measured on a level surface. The angle and height of the A-Frame shall not vary by more than one degree, or 1" from these standards.
Because of minor variations in construction standards and terrain upon which the A-frame is utilized, the angle measurement is to be considered the more reliable measurement.

Also, note that in the Junior Handler Program, the Senior class will utilize a 5'10" A-frame, instead of a 6'0" A-frame.

The effective date is March 30, 2007.

Gamblers Regulations

The time standards for the "gamble" or "joker" is changed to read twelve (12) seconds to twenty (20) seconds in the Championship Program.  The regulations presently stipulate a range of ten (10) to twenty (20) seconds.

The effective date is March 30, 2007.

Veterans Showcase 

The annual Veterans Grand Prix, held in conjunction with the Grand Prix World Championships, is being discontinued and will be replaced by a Veterans Showcase, featuring both past semifinalists of the Grand Prix and Performance National Standard Championships.  

Competitors planning to enter the Veterans Showcase will not be permitted to enter any Performance or Championship classes at the Cynosport World Games, but a Veterans Individual All Around will be offered, in addition to the two-round showcase.  Full details will appear in the Test Schedule for the 2007 Cynosport World Games. 

Effective for the 2007 Cynosport World Games.

Official Language and Other Topics

The official text for the above changes, as well as announcements on other topics will be forthcoming over the next couple of months.   

Said USDAA President Kenneth Tatsch, "We had one of the most comprehensive review sessions the Board has ever had, and it was highly productive. One major item not yet complete that I believe will be greeted favorably is USDAA's course design guidelines policy statement, which will help clarify the standards between levels for all classes."

The new policy statement will not be a 1-2-3 of course design, but will clearly help competitors and judges alike identify course difficulty.  It has taken more than a year to get the extensive document ready for publishing, and it is anticipated that this new directive will be released in the next couple of months, along with the announcement of a few other lesser resolutions.


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