Current Motions

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Kalla E. Jaco
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Members,

The following motion is currently before the ASCA Board for discussion. Voting will take place from January 20-26. If you have any comments, please respond to this email or send them to the Executive Secretary: asca.execsec@gmail.com by January 15.

BD.18.02 Affiliate Application – Casa De Canine Agility (Kansas)

Motion by Roberts

Second by DeChant

I move to approve the affiliate application of Casa De Canine.

 

Who is affected: Members of the club

 

Effective date: Immediately upon approval by the Board of Directors

 

Club info:​

​Casa De Canine Agility

Stilwell, Kansas

President: Ann Koenig

Affiliate Rep: Karen Nenow​

Members,

The following motion is currently before the ASCA Board for discussion. Voting will take place from January 20-26. If you have any comments, please respond to this email or send them to the Executive Secretary: asca.execsec@gmail.com by January 15.

BD.18.03 Change to Policy Book 8.1.2 Emergency Issue Deadline

Motion by Roberts

Second by Busquets

I move to delete 8.1.2 c, renumber the section and change 8.1.2 f (new 8.1.2 e) to read, Emergency issues* may be added to board meetings at any time.

 

Current wording:

8.1.2 Deadlines

The President or a designated Director shall issue meeting agendas using the following deadlines:

  1. Regularly scheduled face to face meeting (spring and National Specialty) – no later than thirty days prior

to the meeting start date;

  1. Issues with a current nature may be added to face-to-face meetings no later than five days prior to the

meeting start date;

  1. Emergency issues* may be added at face-to-face meetings at any time;
  2. Monthly teleconferences – no later than one week prior to the scheduled meeting date;
  3. Issues with a current nature may be added to teleconference meetings no later than two days prior to the

meeting start date;

  1. Emergency issues* may be added to teleconference meetings at any time.

*Adding emergency issues to agendas will be defined by the majority of the Board of Directors.

 

Proposed wording:

8.1.2 Deadlines

The President or a designated Director shall issue meeting agendas using the following deadlines:

  1. Regularly scheduled face to face meeting (spring and National Specialty) – no later than thirty days prior

to the meeting start date;

  1. Issues with a current nature may be added to face-to-face meetings no later than five days prior to the

meeting start date;

  1. Emergency issues* may be added at face-to-face meetings at any time;
  2. c. Monthly teleconferences – no later than one week prior to the scheduled meeting date;
  3. d.  Issues with a current nature may be added to teleconference meetings no later than two days prior to the meeting start date;
  4. e. Emergency issues* may be added to Board meetings at any time.

*Adding emergency issues to agendas will be defined by the majority of the Board of Directors.

 

Comments/rationale: Only one policy on emergency issues is necessary.

 

Who is affected: ASCA Board of Directors, Executive Secretary

 

Effective date: Immediately upon approval by the Board of Directors

Members,

The following motion is currently before the ASCA Board for discussion. Voting will take place from January 20-26. If you have any comments, please respond to this email or send them to the Executive Secretary: asca.execsec@gmail.com by January 15.

BD.18.04 Changes to Policy Book 8.1.2 Limiting Teleconference Agenda Items

Motion by Roberts

Second by Gray

I move to add the following policy under 8.1.2 d Monthly Teleconferences

“Teleconference agendas will be limited to 10 items, including re-occurring items.”

 

Current wording:

8.1.2 Deadlines

The President or a designated Director shall issue meeting agendas using the following deadlines:

  1. Regularly scheduled face-to-face meeting (spring and National Specialty) – no later than thirty days prior

to the meeting start date;

  1. Issues with a current nature may be added to face-to-face meetings no later than five days prior to the

meeting start date;

  1. Emergency issues* may be added at face-to-face meetings at any time;
  2. Monthly teleconferences – no later than one week prior to the scheduled meeting date;
  3. Issues with a current nature may be added to teleconference meetings no later than two days prior to the

meeting start date;

  1. Emergency issues* may be added to teleconference meetings at any time.

*Adding emergency issues to agendas will be defined by the majority of the Board of Directors.

 

Proposed wording:

8.1.2 Deadlines

The President or a designated Director shall issue meeting agendas using the following deadlines:

  1. Regularly scheduled face-to-face meetings (spring, National Specialty or any other face-to-face meeting): no later than thirty days prior to the meeting start date;
  2. Issues with a current nature may be added to face-to-face meetings: no later than five days prior to the

meeting start date;

  1. Emergency issues* may be added to face-to-face meetings at any time;
  2. Monthly teleconferences: no later than one week prior to the scheduled meeting date. Teleconference agendas will be limited to 10 items, including re-occurring items;
  3. Issues with a current nature may be added to teleconference meetings: no later than two days prior to the meeting start date;
  4. Emergency issues* may be added to teleconference meetings at any time.

*Adding emergency issues to agendas will be defined by the majority of the Board of Directors.

 

Comments/rationale: Teleconference meetings should be reserved for those items that need a more in-depth discussion, so it is logical to keep the agenda items limited to 10. Routine business should be handled via email as Policy dictates.

 

Who is affected: ASCA Board of Directors, Executive Secretary

 

Effective date: Immediately upon approval by the Board of Directors

Members,

The following motion is currently before the ASCA Board for discussion. Voting will take place from January 20-26. If you have any comments, please respond to this email or send them to the Executive Secretary: asca.execsec@gmail.com by January 15.

BD.18.05 Changes to Policy Book 13.1 Bonuses

Motion by Roberts

Second by Busquets

I move to make the following changes to policy 13.1 Bonuses:

Add Executive Secretary to a

Change d to $100

Delete e and f

 

Current wording:

13.1 Bonuses

The following will be the Christmas bonuses given to the staff and part-time ASCA employees each year:

  1. Office Manager- $750.00.
  2. Full-time office employees who have been employed for more than five (5) Years-$500.00.
  3. Full-time office employees who have been employed from one (1) to five (5) years-$250.00.
  4. Part-time office employees-$25.00.
  5. Part-time employees who have been employed for over five (5) years-One month’s salary.
  6. Part-time employees who have been employed from one (1) to five (5) years-$100.00.

 

Proposed wording:

13.1 Bonuses

The following will be the Christmas bonuses given to the staff and part-time ASCA employees each year:

  1. Executive Secretary and Office Manager- $750.00.
  2. Full-time office employees who have been employed for more than five (5) Years-$500.00.
  3. Full-time office employees who have been employed from one (1) to five (5) years-$250.00.
  4. Part-time office employees-$100.00
  5. Part-time employees who have been employed for over five (5) years-One month’s salary.
  6. Part-time employees who have been employed from one (1) to five (5) years-$100.00.

 

Comments/rationale: To clarify and amend bonus payments to be in accordance with current pay scales.

 

Who is affected: ASCA Employees

 

Effective date: Immediately upon approval by the Board of Directors

Members,

The following motion is currently before the ASCA Board for discussion. Voting will take place from January 20-26. If you have any comments, please respond to this email or send them to the Executive Secretary: asca.execsec@gmail.com by January 15.

DJ.18.01 Change to Fetch It Divisions 3.3.1 Novice Level

Motion by Vest

I move to approve this motion from the Dock Jumping Committee.

 

Committee recommendation:

Motion by Heidi Mobley

Second by Emily Glass

I move to approve the following change of wording in the rulebook to the Fetch it titling.

 

Current wording:

3.3.1 Novice Level

To earn this title a dog must jump in the same division five times at an ASCA licensed dock jumping events.

 

Proposed wording:

3.3.1 Novice Level

To earn this title a dog must jump in the same division five times at an ASCA licensed dock jumping events. No points will be calculated during the Novice title achievement.

 

Comments/rationale: We have had exhibitors ask if the points during the novice jumps counted towards their advanced titles. This will clear this part up.

 

Effective date: June 1, 2018

 

Results of committee vote:

Approve: Unanimous

Members,

The following motion is currently before the ASCA Board for discussion. Voting will take place from January 20-26. If you have any comments, please respond to this email or send them to the Executive Secretary: asca.execsec@gmail.com by January 15.

DJ.18.02 Change to Launch Divisions 3.2.1 Novice Level

Motion by Vest

I move to approve this motion from the Dock Jumping Committee.

 

Committee recommendation:

Motion by Heidi Mobley

Second by Emily Glass

I move to approve the following change of wording in the rulebook to the Launch titling.

 

Current wording:

3.2.1 Novice Level

To earn this title a dog must jump in the same division five times at an ASCA licensed dock jumping events.

 

Proposed wording:

3.2.1 Novice Level

To earn this title a dog must jump in the same division five times at an ASCA licensed dock jumping events. No points will be calculated during the Novice title achievement.

 

Comments/rationale: We have had exhibitors ask if the points during the novice jumps counted towards their advanced titles. This will clear this part up.

 

Effective date: June 1, 2018

 

Results of committee vote:

Approve: Unanimous

Members,

The following motion is currently before the ASCA Board for discussion. Voting will take place from January 20-26. If you have any comments, please respond to this email or send them to the Executive Secretary: asca.execsec@gmail.com by January 15.

DJ.18.03 Change to Fetch It Divisions 3.3.3-5 Excellent, Master, & Championship Levels

Motion by Vest

I move to approve this motion from the Dock Jumping Committee.

 

Committee recommendation:

Motion by Heidi Mobley

Second by Emily Glass

I move to approve the following change of wording in the rulebook to the Fetch it titling.

 

Current wording:

3.3.3 Excellent Level

A dog must earn an Advanced level title before it is eligible to earn points towards an Excellent title. For an Excellent title, the dog must earn 35 total points in the same division as the Advanced title.

3.3.4 Master Level

A dog must earn an Excellent level title before it is eligible to earn points towards a Master title. For a Master title, the dog must earn 60 total points in the same division as the Excellent title.

3.3.5 Championship Level

A dog must earn a Master level title before it is eligible to earn points towards a Championship title. For a Championship title, the dog must earn 75 total points in the same division as the Master title.

 

Proposed wording:

3.3.3 Excellent Level

A dog must earn an Advanced level title before it is eligible to earn points towards an Excellent title in the same division. For an Excellent title, the dog must earn an additional 20 points in the same division as the Advanced title. This is a total of 35 points.

3.3.4 Master Level

A dog must earn an Excellent level title before it is eligible to earn points towards a Master title in the same division. For a Master title, the dog must earn an additional 25 points in the same division as the Excellent title. This is a total of 60 points.

3.3.5 Championship Level

A dog must earn a Master level title before it is eligible to earn points towards a Championship title in the same division. For a Championship title, the dog must earn an additional 15 points in the same division as the Master title. This is a total of 75 points.

 

Comments/rationale: This will stop the confusion if it was additional points or if the team has to start from 0 for a new title.

 

Effective date: June 1, 2018

 

Results of committee vote:

Approve: Unanimous

Members,

The following motion is currently before the ASCA Board for discussion. Voting will take place from January 20-26. If you have any comments, please respond to this email or send them to the Executive Secretary: asca.execsec@gmail.com by January 15.

DJ.18.04 Change to Launch Divisions 3.2.3-5 Excellent, Master, & Championship Levels

Motion by Vest

I move to approve this motion from the Dock Jumping Committee.

 

Committee recommendation:

Motion by Heidi Mobley

Second by Emily Glass

I move to approve the following change of wording in the rulebook to the Launch titling.

 

Current wording:

3.2.3 Excellent Level

A dog must earn an Advanced level title before it is eligible to earn points towards an Excellent title. For an Excellent title, the dog must earn 50 total points in the same division as the Advanced title.

3.2.4 Master Level

A dog must earn an Excellent level title before it is eligible to earn points towards a Master title. For a Master title, the dog must earn 75 total points in the same division as the Excellent title.

3.2.5 Championship Level

A dog must earn a Master level title before it is eligible to earn points towards a Championship title. For a Championship title, the dog must earn 100 total points in the same division as the Master title.

 

Proposed wording:

3.2.3 Excellent Level

A dog must earn an Advanced level title before it is eligible to earn points towards an Excellent title in the same division. For an Excellent title, the dog must earn an additional 25 points in the same division as the Advanced title. This is a total of 50 points.

3.2.4 Master Level

A dog must earn an Excellent level title before it is eligible to earn points towards a Master title in the same division. For a Master title, the dog must earn an additional 25 points in the same division as the Excellent title. This is a total of 75 points.

3.2.5 Championship Level

A dog must earn a Master level title before it is eligible to earn points towards a Championship title in the same division. For a Championship title, the dog must earn an additional 25 points in the same division as the Master title. This is a total of 100 points.

 

Comments/rationale: This will stop the confusion if it was additional points or if the team has to start from 0 for a new title.

 

Effective date: June 1, 2018

 

Results of committee vote:

Approve: 9

Non-voting: 1

Members,

The following motion is currently before the ASCA Board for discussion. Voting will take place from January 20-26. If you have any comments, please respond to this email or send them to the Executive Secretary: asca.execsec@gmail.com by January 15.

OB.18.01 Continuing Education Requirements for all ASCA Obedience Judges

Motion by Busquets

I move to add the following requirements for Obedience Judge Education.

 

Committee recommendation:

Motion by Laurie Rubin

Second by Katie van de Sandt

I move that we require continuing education for obedience judges, at least every three years, beginning in 2018. Under 3 Obedience Judge Requirements, add a new section 3.4 Continuing Education Requirements for all ASCA Obedience Judges. The new language will follow subsection 3.3 Provisional Status and precede the current subsection 3.4 Privileges.

 

Current wording:

No current wording.

 

Proposed wording:

3 Obedience Judge Requirements

3.4 Continuing Education Requirements for all ASCA Obedience Judges

3.4.1 Staying Up to Date on Rules

It is the responsibility of all ASCA Obedience judges to stay up to date on the current rules and regulations affecting the ASCA Obedience program. Lists of rule changes for the most recent rulebooks can be found on the ASCA website. Only those program rules contained in the latest version of each rulebook shall be enforceable.

3.4.2 ASCA Obedience Judges Education

Starting July 1, 2018, all ASCA Obedience judges will be required to certify at least every three years that they have completed one of the required options for continuing judge education.  Newly approved judges will be required to certify within 12 months of first approval.  The list of judge education options for each year will be delineated in the ASCA Obedience Judge Education Certification Form to be posted on the ASCA website.  In addition, upon request, the Business Office will send the Obedience Judge Education Certification Form for the current year to judges who can’t utilize the online version.

All current ASCA Obedience judges must certify between July 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018 that they have completed the initial continuing judges’ education. Starting in 2021, certifications for judges whose last names begin with the letters A-M will be due between January 1 and June 30.  Certifications for judges whose last names begin with the letters N-Z will be due between July 1 and December 31.

3.4.3 Certification of Continuing Education

In order to maintain judging eligibility in the ASCA obedience program, it is the responsibility of each ASCA Obedience judge to complete and submit the Obedience Judge Education Certification Form at least every three years.   Judges are welcome to certify more often, according to a schedule that is more convenient for them.  For example, those who also judge ASCA Rally might choose to re-certify every two years (i.e. 2018, 2020, etc.). The ASCA Business Office will keep a record of which judges are up to date on certification and thus eligible to judge.

The Obedience Judge Education Certification Form can be submitted online or by downloading and sending a copy to the Business Office.  Starting January 1, 2019, judges who are not up to date with certification will not be eligible to judge until they complete and submit the Obedience Judge Education Certification Form. After 2 years of lapsed certification, a judge’s name will be removed from the ASCA Obedience Judge list.

 

Comments/rationale: To improve the judging in the ASCA obedience program and to follow a directive from the Board of Directors.

 

Who is affected: Obedience judges and the ASCA Business Office. The Business Office was contacted for input before the rule language was drafted. After reading the first draft of this rule, staff emailed Oct. 27, 2017, that the language sounds good.

 

Effective date: The Effective Date of the motion will be the date that the next Rule Book is printed following approval by the Board of Directors and subsequent publication in the Aussie Times.

 

Results of committee vote:

Approve: 10

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Non-voting: 2

Members,

The following motion is currently before the ASCA Board for discussion. Voting will take place from January 20-26. If you have any comments, please respond to this email or send them to the Executive Secretary: asca.execsec@gmail.com by January 15.

OB.18.02 Obedience Judge Education Certification Form

Motion by Busquets

I move to approve the Obedience Judge Education Certification Form.

 

Committee recommendation:

Motion by Laurie Rubin

Second by Katie van de Sandt

I move we send the attached Judge Education Certification Form to the Business Office to post on the ASCA website. The text is also copied below.

 

Current wording:

No current wording.

 

Proposed wording:

See attached form.

 

Note: Option 1 on the form will be replaced by “Future Option 1” as soon as the online seminar is available.

 

Future Option 1

  1. Completed the ASCA Obedience Judging online seminar, and
  2. Reviewed rule changes for June 2019 or most recent ASCA Obedience Rulebook.

 

Comments/rationale: This form is referred to within the Judge Education Certification Motion.

 

Who is affected: ASCA Obedience judges, the ASCA webmaster and the ASCA Business Office. The Business Office approved the draft language for the Judge Education Certification Motion, which this form accompanies.

 

Effective date: The Effective Date of the motion will be the date that the next Rule Book is printed following approval by the Board of Directors and subsequent publication in the Aussie Times.

 

Results of committee vote:

Approve: 11

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Non-voting: 1

 

*Obedience Judge Education Certification Form 2018

Members,

The following motion is currently before the ASCA Board for discussion. Voting will take place from January 20-26. If you have any comments, please respond to this email or send them to the Executive Secretary: asca.execsec@gmail.com by January 15.

RA.18.01 Correction of ASCA Rally Judges Worksheet by Deductions and by Station

Motion by Busquets

I move to accept the Corrections to Rally Judges Worksheet by Deduction and Station.

 

Committee recommendation:

Title of Motion: RC 17.43: Correction of ASCA Rally Judges Worksheet by Deductions and by Station

Motion by Corinne Shanks

Second by Leah Swatco

I move that the wording be corrected on the Rally Judge’s Worksheet by Deduction and by Station to reflect 20 points off if it is a Star station.

 

Current wording:

ASCA Rally Judges Worksheet by Deduction, 20 points section:

IP of a 20-pt valued station (star station)

Physical guidance (placing dog) except #101

Straightening dog with knees or feet on star station

20pt Jump stn not left at initial height/length

20pt Jump station not at initial height/length when approached

Handler error large enough to interfere with completion of star exercise

IP of 20-pt.  Sit/Dow n Stay on 1st attempt, no retries

 

ASCA Rally Judge’s Worksheet by Station, 20 points section:

20 Points: IP of a 20 pt station (star) / 20 pt jump not left at initial h/l / 20-point jump not at initial h/l when approached / Placing dog (except #101) / Straightening dog w / knees/feet on star stn /HE interfering w / completion of star stn Total points deducted Failure to complete Sit/Dow n Stay w / star, no retries

 

Proposed wording:

ASCA Rally Judges Worksheet by Deduction, 20 points section:

IP of a 20-pt valued station (star station)

Physical guidance (placing dog) except #101 on star station

Straightening dog with knees or feet on star station

20pt Jump stn not left at initial height/length

20pt Jump station not at initial height/length when approached

Handler error large enough to interfere with completion of star exercise

IP of 20-pt.  Sit/Dow n Stay on 1st attempt, no retries

 

ASCA Rally Judge’s Worksheet by Station, 20 points section:

20 Points: IP of a 20 pt station (star) / 20 pt jump not left at initial h/l / 20-point jump not at initial h/l when approached / Placing dog (except #101) on star stn / Straightening dog w / knees/feet on star stn /HE interfering w / completion of star stn Total points deducted Failure to complete Sit/Dow n Stay w / star, no retries

 

Comments/rationale: The current wording indicates 20 points off for physical guidance, or placing the dog in a stand.  The words “on star station” needs to be added on both worksheets.

 

Who is affected: This clarification will help judges when scoring a contestant. Contestants will be affected as scoring will be clarified.

 

Effective date: Upon approval by the Board of Directors

 

Results of committee vote:

Approve: 13

Disapprove: 0

Abstain: 0

Non-voting: 1

Members,

The following motion is currently before the ASCA Board for discussion. Voting will take place from January 20-26. If you have any comments, please respond to this email or send them to the Executive Secretary: asca.execsec@gmail.com by January 15.

SD.18.01 Dogs in Arena

Motion by Roberts

I move to approve the following motion from the SD Committee.

 

Committee recommendation:

Motion by Jim McKay

Second by Trish Alexander

I move that the stock dog committee change the wording of 4.11.1 in section 11.

 

Current wording:

4.11 Section 11: Dogs in Arena

4.11.1

No competing dogs will be allowed in the trial arena on the day of the trial except during their run. A non-competing dog may be used to work the stock only at the discretion of the Course Director and the Judge. The trial arena includes all areas where the dogs are competing and all areas used for handling the trial livestock.

 

Proposed wording:

4.11 Section 11: Dogs in Arena

4.11.1

No competing dogs will be allowed in the trial arena during a trial day except during their run(s). The trial arena includes all areas where dogs are competing, and all areas used for handling, moving, or gathering trial livestock. A trial begins on the day of the scheduled sanction date and ends when awards and score sheets have been handed out. At any time, a non-competing dog may be used to set or move stock in the trial arena at the discretion of the Course Director and Judge. When the trial ends, there will be no limitations or restrictions on any dogs or handlers.

 

Comments/rationale: These rules need clarification as there has been confusion at several locations during trials.

 

Effective date: Upon approval by the Board of Directors

 

Results of committee vote:

Approve: 7

Oppose: 3

Non-voting: 4