In 1995, after five years of development, ASCA incorporated Agility competition into its competitive programs. ASCA Agility is open to all breeds. There are three titling classes: Regular, Jumpers, and Gamblers. The three levels offered are Novice, Open, and Elite. Within the program there are three divisions: Standard, Veterans, and Junior Handlers. An Agility Trial Champion (ATCH) title is a goal these dogs can work toward in all Divisions.
This fun and challenging team work sport offers great competition. Most dogs enjoy the sport of agility. Although it may look easy, it takes a lot of time and training for a dog and handler to become a team.
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We would absolutely love it if you would answer our Agility Survey - we’re asking in hopes of learning what ASCA Agility Trials were like for you, how you experienced the trial, what keeps you coming back and what you would like to see from us in the future.
Agility Committee Report for Sept - Oct Times:
As this edition of the Aussie Times is being sent to our mail boxes, those of us attending Nationals and Finals will be making our last minute plans for the trip to Colorado. I love seeing all the Aussie ‘people’ that I only get to see at Nationals and I wish all of you ‘good luck’, but more importantly, safe travels and have fun.
If you have had a moment to review the June 2013 Agility Rulebook, you’ll notice that the Gamblers chapter has been amended. The committee worked on inserting a lot of the ‘unwritten’ Gamblers rules in order to help the judges understand what is expected in their course design. We also added the availability of the teeter and the weave poles to be used in the gamble closing sequence in the novice classes; to be performed as the first obstacle from a reduced distance of no more than five feet. We hope this will allow an easier transition for the novice dogs to the open level and more design options for the judges.
Effective October 1st, all trials will have a little different format to determine how much time is allowed to complete the ‘gamble’. Judges will still calculate the times based on the level (Elite/Open/Novice) and the challenges (discrimination, contact obstacles or weaves, etc), but instead of having different times based on the dog’s wither height (LG/MED/SM) and division (Standard/Jr. Handler/Veterans), the time allowed to complete the gamble will be determined by the height of the jump bars on the course. Dogs jumping 20”/20”+/24” will receive X seconds, dogs jumping 16”/16”+ will receive X+2 seconds, dogs jumping 8”/12” will receive X+4 seconds and dogs jumping 4” will receive X+6 seconds.
We hope this will result in fewer delays for the timer/scribe/judges in figuring what time should be applied to different dogs and it will allow the gate steward to move dogs around in the run order (within each jump height) and the timer won’t have to reset the option if the dog is a veteran, etc. I have alerted the software scoring program owners to the changes and I hope it will be an easy one to make, or something that the score table can tweak for proper scoring at trials. Trial Secretaries might want to contact their software providers or play with the software for upcoming trials.
While you are reviewing the Rulebook for the Gamblers changes mentioned above, please also review Chapter 8 as we have re-worked Section 8.2 Obstacle Performance and Faults.
I would like thank everyone for their comments, whether they are via the survey (available on the ASCA website), in the club’s trial reports (which I want to change and add more detailed questions) or in emails to the committee. This input lets the committee know how the program is succeeding (or not) in various areas of the country….and in Europe. By the way, I was thrilled to have an overseas affiliate ask if they could increase their posted run limit because they had more entries! YEAH!
As always, run fast, and have fun!