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Kalla E. Jaco
Executive Secretary | asca.execsec@gmail.com

Members,
The motion below has been submitted to the ASCA Board of Directors for their consideration. Voting will take place from April 20-26, and results will be posted on April 27.

Please send any feedback to asca.execsec@gmail.com and I will share with the Board. The deadline for member comments is April 19.

BD.20.32 Update Committee Applicant Information on ASCA Website

Motion by Larson

Second by Vest

I move to accept the following motion to change the wording on the ASCA website regarding qualifications and submission of resumes for committees.

 

The URL is https://www.asca.org/home/about-asca/committees/

 

Current Wording:

Committees

Committee members are appointed by the board of directors to enhance the programs of ASCA.

The Board will appoint volunteers with Full ASCA memberships to Program Committees for a period of two years at the Spring Board of Directors’ meeting. For the Stockdog Committee, Judges will renew in odd-numbered years and contestants will renew in even-numbered years.

Committees shall normally be made up of no more than fifteen (15) ASCA members including the Chairperson. Ideally, the Committee shall have at least one Member and no more than two Members from each ASCA regions.

The Stockdog Committee will consist of seven active ASCA trial contestants and five ASCA approved Stockdog Judges. One contestant shall be appointed from each of the seven geographic regions. Judges shall be appointed on an at large basis. Contestants may only fill the Contestant positions and Stockdog Judges may only fill the Judge positions.

Are you interested in being a part of an ASCA Program Committee?

Is there an ASCA Program that you feel passionate about?

Worried you don’t have enough experience?

You don’t have to be an expert to be on a committee. ASCA needs dedicated people that want to be a part of the future of  ASCA. To be a committee member just you have to send your resume to the executive secretary throughout the year. Membership is required.

 

Proposed Wording:

Committees

Committee members are appointed by the board of directors to enhance the programs of ASCA.

The Board will appoint volunteers with Full ASCA memberships to Program Committees for a period of two years at the Spring Board of Directors’ meeting. For the Stockdog Committee, Judges will renew in odd-numbered years and contestants will renew in even-numbered years.

Committees shall normally be made up of no more than fifteen (15) ASCA members including the Chairperson. Ideally, the Committee shall have at least one Member and no more than two Members from each ASCA regions.

The Stockdog Committee will consist of seven active ASCA trial contestants and five ASCA approved Stockdog Judges. One contestant shall be appointed from each of the seven geographic regions. Judges shall be appointed on an at large basis. Contestants may only fill the Contestant positions and Stockdog Judges may only fill the Judge positions.

Are you interested in being a part of an ASCA Program Committee?

Is there an ASCA Program that you feel passionate about?

Worried you don’t have enough experience?

You don’t have to be an expert to be on a committee. ASCA needs dedicated people that want to be a part of the future of ASCA.

To be a committee member just you have to send your resume to the executive secretary any time throughout the year.  ASCA membership is required. In addition, you should be a judge or competing in or have competed in the Program Committee you are applying for.

 

Comments/Rationale: This brings the verbiage on the ASCA website in-line with the verbiage on the Executive Secretary’s committee call. Currently the ASCA website does not state that committee applicants should be participating in the ASCA program they are applying for. This change in verbiage requests experience but does not require it.

 

Affected: ASCA Program Committees, ASCA Website.

 

Effective Date: Immediately upon Board approval.

Kalla Jaco

Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America

asca.execsec@gmail.com

6091 E. State Hwy 21, Bryan, TX 77808 | (979) 778-1082

Check us out on our Website, Facebook, and YouTube Channel

Members,
The motion below has been submitted to the ASCA Board of Directors for their consideration. Voting will take place from April 20-26, and results will be posted on April 27.

Please send any feedback to asca.execsec@gmail.com and I will share with the Board. The deadline for member comments is April 19.

CO.20.05 ASCA Supreme Conformation Champion Program

Motion by Liaison Boone

I move to approve the following recommendation from the Conformation Committee.

 

Committee Recommendation:

Motion 2020-03 ASCA Supreme Championship Program

Motion by Debbie Martin

Second by Kathy Peycke

I, Debbie Martin, make the following motion: I move to introduce an ASCA Supreme Conformation Champion Program to the existing Conformation Program.

 

This program will be added to the Conformation Rules and Regulations in Chapter 12 as 12.7.

 

Current Wording:

None.

 

Proposed Wording:

12.7     ASCA Supreme Conformation Champion Program

PARTICIPATION: To participate in the ASCA SCCH program a dog must be:

  1. A purebred Australian Shepherd registered with ASCA.
  2. An ASCA Champion of Record or have been transferred to the BOB competition based on owner records of having completed the requirements for ASCA Champion of Record pending official notification of CH completion.

 

POINTS: This program requires a dog to obtain a total of 50 points with 6 major wins to become a Supreme Conformation Champion. The major wins must be won under 6 different judges and at least 2 other judges must award the remaining points. At least one (1) Champion of Record must be defeated at each show where SCCH points are awarded.

SCCH points will be awarded to ASCA Champions of Record who win BOB or BOS at ASCA Affiliate shows and Specialty shows including, but not limited to, the ASCA National Specialty and Pre-Shows.

A BOB win will be awarded 5 points, A BOS win will be awarded 3 points at shows with a major in either dogs or bitches. If there isn’t a major, the BOB win will be awarded 3 points, the BOS win will be awarded 2 point.

In the calculation of SCCH points, only dogs that were present and judged will count. Dogs that are disqualified, dismissed, excused, absentee or have all awards withheld do not count.

 

LEVELS of SCCH ACHIEVEMENT:

Additionally, the ASCA SCCH program would offer levels of achievement:

At each additional level the participating dogs must be an ASCA SCCH of Record and have completed the requirements of the previous level.

  1. Emerald: 100 SCCH points
  2. Ruby: 150 SCCH points
  3. Sapphire: 200 SCCH points
  4. Diamond: 250 SCCH points
  5. Diamond l: 350 SCCH points
  6. Diamond ll: 450 SCCH points
  7. Diamond lll: 550 SCCH points
  8. Diamond lV: 650 SCCH points

Additional levels can be added to the Diamond designation as needed following the established point pattern (additional 100 SCCH points for each level added).

Points are accumulated as the dog progresses through the levels. For example, an ASCA CH has earned 50 points to complete SCCH. He must then earn an additional 50 points to complete SCCH Emerald. The same dog must then earn an additional 50 points to complete SCCH Ruby, an additional 50 SCCH points to earn SCCH Sapphire, and an additional 50 SCCH points to earn SCCH Diamond. An additional 100 points is required for each advancement at the Diamond level. At least one (1) Champion of Record must be defeated at each show where SCCH points are awarded.

 

TITLES:

INTACT:

Abbreviation:   Title:

SCCH             Supreme Conformation Champion

SCCHE           Supreme Conformation Champion Emerald

SCCHR           Supreme Conformation Champion Ruby

SCCHS           Supreme Conformation Champion Sapphire

SCCHD           Supreme Conformation Champion Diamond

SCCHDl          Supreme Conformation Champion Diamond l

SCCHDll         Supreme Conformation Champion Diamond ll

SCCHDlll        Supreme Conformation Champion Diamond lll

SCCHDlV       Supreme Conformation Champion Diamond lV

 

ALTERED:

Abbreviation:   Title:

A-SCCH          Altered Supreme Conformation Champion

A-SCCHE       Altered Supreme Conformation Champion Emerald

A-SCCHR       Altered Supreme Conformation Champion Ruby

A-SCCHS       Altered Supreme Conformation Champion Sapphire

A-SCCHD       Altered Supreme Conformation Champion Diamond

A-SCCHDI      Altered Supreme Conformation Champion Diamond l

A-SCCHDll     Altered Supreme Conformation Champion Diamond ll

A-SCCHDlll     Altered Supreme Conformation Champion Diamond lll

A-SCCHDlV    Altered Supreme Conformation Champion Diamond lV

 

Comments/Rationale: The SCCH program is designed to provide a challenging program for those exhibitors who want to pursue additional titles with ASCA registered Australian Shepherds that have achieved their Champion of Record, and to help affiliate clubs increase entries without increasing expenses. The SCCH program will contribute to increased exhibitor participation while emphasizing breed judging by recognizing quality and breed type. The development of the SCCH program is consistent with the ongoing objective of encouraging the exhibition and, ultimately, the breeding and registration of purebred Australian Shepherds, which contributes to the overall health and wellbeing of ASCA.

 

Affected: In utilizing the BOB/BOS placements in the SCCH point calculations, affiliate clubs incur no additional expense, and points can be automatically tracked based on BOB/BOS wins. Conversation with Ray Fryar included the logistics of this program and basing it on the BOB/BOS is a simple calculation and computer program for the office. The office will have to adjust the current program to track the CH defeated aspect.

 

Effective Date: June 1, 2021 and will not be retroactive.

 

Results of Committee Vote:

Approve: 9

Disapprove: 2

Abstain: None

Non-Voting: None

Dissent from Committee Member Mary Hellmeister: The reason I’m voting no is that I don’t like that we are using UKC’s titles. We didn’t to use the AKC titles so why using UKC’s? We should have come up with our own unique names. I don’t like that the BoB Winner gets 5 points even if there is no major in their sex. Overall I do like the program and with lesser points per level (as compared to the previous version) it is achievable. Although very difficult to achieve, as members have pointed out. And with more and more shows barely having 3 pt. majors or more it is a program for those who can afford to travel to many shows over the show year. I also considered the comments from the membership. That is why I vote No.

Dissent from Committee Member Myrjam Langen: Same reasons as before. (No Points should be given if there is no major in this Sex.)

Comment from Committee Member Liz Gibson: I like that this motion clearly defines how the dogs earn points through the various ranks. I also like that this motion did reduce the points needed to move up. I also like the requirement of a major needed. For example if the major is in bitches and a special dog takes best of breed. It becomes a major win and the same the other way. Very similar to the merit system now. It is easy for exhibitors to track and most importantly it does not cost an affiliate club any money. It can provide additional revenue to affiliate clubs as the motion provides a place for those who wish to continue to campaign a special.

Comment from Committee Member Kathy Peycke: I feel that this new opportunity for people to continue to show their dogs towards additional titles will encourage the membership at large to keep dogs in the ring. If more dogs are shown after they receive their Championship title this will have a financial impact on ASCA Affiliate clubs, for the positive. I am disappointed that we are not going to be able to actually offer this until 2021! We as a Committee came up with a way that the program could have started immediately but we were told No by the office. I sincerely hope that the Board sees this program as valuable and therefore passes this motion.

Kalla Jaco

Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America

asca.execsec@gmail.com

6091 E. State Hwy 21, Bryan, TX 77808 | (979) 778-1082

Check us out on our Website, Facebook, and YouTube Channel

Members,
The motion below has been submitted to the ASCA Board of Directors for their consideration. Voting will take place from April 20-26, and results will be posted on April 27.

Please send any feedback to asca.execsec@gmail.com and I will share with the Board. The deadline for member comments is April 19.

DJ.20.03 Change to Dock Jumping Rules – Other Restrictions

Motion by Liaison Vest

I move to approve the following recommendation from the Dock Jumping Committee.

 

Committee Recommendation:

Motion by Kristina Churchill

Second by Jen Bunker

I make a motion that the following wording be added to the Dock Jumping Rule book under General Information, 1.3.6. This will move the current rule 1.3.6 down to 1.3.7

 

Current Wording:

None.

 

Proposed Wording:

1.3.6    Other Restrictions

All dogs must jump off the dock or the ramp without being physically assisted with forward motion. All dogs must jump, freely and independently without the handler’s physical assistance.

Violations of rule:

1st offense Verbal Warning from Judge

2nd offense will result in disqualification by the judge for that class

If the handler pushes or throws the dog off the dock, they are immediately disqualified for the class. If this happens a second time, they will be disqualified for the entire event.

 

Comments/Rationale: We have had some issues at trials and need to make it clear what is not appropriate and the punishment by the judge to be consistent.

 

Affected: Exhibitors and Judges. Business office for rule book printing.

 

Effective Date: Immediately upon Board approval.

 

Results of Committee Vote:

Approve: 8

Disapprove: None

Abstain: 1

Non-Voting: None

Kalla Jaco

Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America

asca.execsec@gmail.com

6091 E. State Hwy 21, Bryan, TX 77808 | (979) 778-1082

Check us out on our Website, Facebook, and YouTube Channel

WITHDRAWN

Members,
The motion below has been submitted to the ASCA Board of Directors for their consideration. Voting will take place from April 20-26, and results will be posted on April 27.

Please send any feedback to asca.execsec@gmail.com and I will share with the Board. The deadline for member comments is April 19.

RA.20.03 Change to Rally Rules – Section 15 Judges

Motion by Liaison Gann

I move to approve the following recommendation from the Rally Committee.

 

Committee Recommendation:

Ballot:  RC Motion 20.05 – Changes to Rule Book Section 15 Judges

Motion by Corinne Shanks

Second by Karen Black

I move to adopt the changes noted below, as they apply to section 15 of the rule book, with regard to the Judge Application process and apprenticing.

 

Specific items found in attached rule book corrections/additions:

  1. Applicants will be required to pass the Open Book Test with a minimum score of 85%.  If they score less than 85% they will be required to wait 6 months, then reapply.
  2. For those that do score 85% or higher, only 1 additional attempt to raise the score to 100% will be allowed.  If 100% is not achieved, the applicant must wait 6 months to reapply.
  3. Application courses must be nested, with the masters course approved before moving to the other class maps.
  4. The Rally Committee may ask the applicant to complete additional education if they believe the applicant is not ready to begin apprentice judging.
  5. The applicant must complete apprentice judging under at least 1 Senior Judge.  The other assignment may be under a Regular or Nationals Judge.  (If the apprentice cannot find judges at the Senior or Regular status in their area, they may contact the Rally Committee for assistance.
  6. No applicant may apprentice under a Provisional Judge.

 

Current Wording:

15.1.3  Application Process

  1. Applicants must be at least 21 years old.
  2. Submit an application to the ASCA Business office.
  3. Upon verification of qualifications, the applicant will complete the Judges Education Seminar, available free online. To get the link for the online seminar please contact the ASCA Business Office or the ASCA Rally Committee Chair.
  4. Upon completion of the Judges Education Seminar, the applicant will be sent an Open Book test and a request for a complete set of Rally courses (one for each level), with completed Rally Course Checklist.
  5. Pass with 100% the ASCA Rally Open Book Test. The test may be retaken until all questions have been answered correctly.
  6. For course set approval, submit the Masters course first and have it approved. Once the Masters course is approved and returned to the applicant, they must submit a complete set of courses (one for each level) and submit for approval.
  7. Once all steps above are completed within the timeframe outlined in 15.1.4, the ASCA Business Office will forward the applicant’s information to the Board of Directors for approval.

 

Proposed Wording:

15.1.3  Application Process

  1. Applicants must be at least 21 years old.
  2. Submit an application to the ASCA Business office. Upon verification of the qualifications, the applicant will be sent a copy of the Rally Rules & Regulations and a link to the Judges Education.
  3. Upon verification of qualifications, the applicant will Complete the Judges Education Seminar, available free online. To get the link for the online Judges Education seminar please contact the ASCA Business Office or the ASCA Rally Committee Chair.
  4. Upon completion of the Judges Education Seminar, the applicant will be sent an Open Book test and a request for a complete set of Rally courses (one for each level), with completed Rally Course Checklist. The Open Book test must be a score of at least 85% accuracy on the first attempt. If the score is less than 85% the applicant must wait 6 months, then re-apply. Scores of 85% or greater will be allowed to re-take the test 1 additional time in order to achieve 100% accuracy on the Open Book test.
  5. After passing the Open Book test, submit a complete set of courses (one for each level) and have them approved. The Masters course must be submitted and approved before completion of the remaining class courses.  A completed ASCA Rally Course Checklist (available on the ASCA Website) must be submitted with the courses. The set of application courses must be nested. See Glossary for definition of “Nested.”
    Pass with 100% the ASCA Rally Open Book Test. The test may be retaken until all questions have been answered correctly.
  6. All applicants who have not previously judges two (2) rally trials with a minimum of 50 runs in AKC, CKC, UKC and/or WCRL are required to complete the Apprenticing Requirements and Procedures outlined in 15.2.3.
    For course set approval, submit the Masters course first and have it approved. Once the Masters course is approved and returned to the applicant, they must submit a complete set of courses (one for each level) and submit for approval.
  7. If, at any point in the above process it is felt by the Rally Committee that the applicant needs additional experience, education, or mentorship, additional requirements may be made of the applicant (i.e. additional courses, review scoring requirements, etc.).
  8. Once all steps above are completed within the timeframe outlined in 15.1.4, the Rally Committee will vote to approve the applicant. On approval, the Rally Chair ASCA Business Office will forward the applicant’s information to the Board of Directors for approval.
  9. Applicants are cautioned that meeting all requirements does not guarantee approval to be an ASCA Rally judge. Judging is a privilege, not a right.

 

Current Wording:

15.2.2  Application Process

  1. All applicants must be at least 21 years old.
  2. Submit an application to the ASCA Business office. Upon verification of the qualifications, the applicant will be sent an Open Book test and a request for a complete set of Rally courses (one for each level, and nested to the extent possible, following the same path).
  3. Include with your application proof of completion of four ASCA Rally stewarding assignments, at least two of which are serving as Table Steward for all classes at a Trial, signed and dated by the Judge(s) for whom you stewarded. The other two stewarding assignments must include time split between acting as a timing steward, and gate steward.
  4. Complete the Judges Education Seminar, available free online. To get the link for the online seminar please contact the ASCA Business Office or the ASCA Rally Committee Chair.
  5. Pass with 100% the ASCA Rally Open Book Test. The test may be retaken until all questions have been answered correctly.
  6. Submit a complete set of courses (one for each level) and have them approved. A completed ASCA Rally Course Checklist (available on the ASCA Website) must be submitted with the courses.
  7. Once items b. through f. above are completed and approved, the applicant must complete the Apprentice Judge requirements, below. The timeframes for completing steps b. through f. and the Apprentice Judging are found below in Section 15.2.4.
  8. Upon completion of all steps above, the ASCA Business Office will forward the applicant’s information to the Board of Directors for approval.

 

Proposed Wording:

15.2.2  Application Process

  1. All applicants must be at least 21 years old.
  2. Submit an application to the ASCA Business office. Upon verification of the qualifications, the applicant will be sent an Open Book test and a request for a complete set of Rally courses (one for each level, and nested to the extent possible, following the same path).
  3. Include with your application proof of completion of four ASCA Rally stewarding assignments, at least two of which are serving as Table Steward for all classes at a Trial, signed and dated by the Judge(s) for whom you stewarded. The other two stewarding assignments must include time split between acting as a timing steward, and gate steward.
  4. Upon verification of the qualifications, the applicant will be sent a link to the Judges Education and a copy of the Rally Rules & Regulations. To get the link for the online Judges Education please contact the ASCA Business Office or the ASCA Rally Committee Chair.
    Complete the Judges Education Seminar, available free online. To get the link for the online seminar please contact the ASCA Business Office or the ASCA Rally Committee Chair.
  5. Upon completion of the Judges Education, the applicant will be sent an Open Book test. The open book test must be score at least 85% accuracy on the first attempt. If the score is less than 85% the applicant must wait 6 months, then re-apply. Scores of 85% or greater will be allowed to re-take the test 1 additional time in order to achieve 100% accuracy on the Open Book test.
    Pass with 100% the ASCA Rally Open Book Test. The test may be retaken until all questions have been answered correctly.
  6. Submit a complete set of courses (one for each level) and have them approved. The Masters class course must be submitted and approved before starting on the other 3 class maps. A completed ASCA Rally Course Checklist (available on the ASCA Website) must be submitted with the courses. The set of application courses must be nested. See Glossary for definition of “Nested.”
  7. Once items b. through f. above are completed and approved, the applicant must complete the Apprentice Judge requirements, below. The timeframes for completing steps b. through f. above and the Apprentice Judging are found below in Section 15.2.4. Upon completion of all steps above, the Rally Committee will vote to approve the applicant. On approval, the Rally Chair will forward the applicant’s information to the Board of Directors for approval.
  8. If, at any point in the above process it is felt by the Rally Committee that the applicant needs additional experience, or education, or mentorship, additional requirements may be made of the applicant (i.e. additional courses, review scoring requirements, more apprenticing, etc.).
    Upon completion of all steps above, the ASCA Business Office will forward the applicant’s information to the Board of Directors for approval.
  9. Applicants are cautioned that meeting all requirements does not guarantee approval to be an ASCA Rally judge.  Judging is a privilege, not a right.

 

Current Wording:

None.

 

Proposed Wording:

Glossary

Nested: For the purpose of ASCA course design, “nested” is defined as courses at all levels have the same handler path and numbered sign locations appear in the same general locations.  Allowances are made at each level for moving stations forward or backward a few feet to allow for proper space to perform exercises correctly.

 

Current Wording:

15.2.3  Apprenticing Requirements and Procedures

  1. The Apprentice must complete minimum of two apprentice assignments under at least two different ASCA approved Rally Judges.
  2. The applicant should contact the judge and the affiliate club for approval prior to the trial.
  3. The applicant shall set the course, working with club members. The applicant should then walk the course with the judge to verify spacing, etc.
  4. The Apprentice must judge a minimum of 50 runs and must judge runs from all four levels of ASCA Rally.
  5. The Apprentice will observe from the most advantageous position(s) ringside and score each dog as if they were the Judge. The Apprentice shall score each dog independently from the Judge and without interference from spectators or competitors.
  6. After judging is completed, the official Judge and the Apprentice will confer and review their scores, discussing how each arrived at their score. This time should be positive and educational, giving the Apprentice confidence and knowledge to further their judging experience.
  7. The Official Judge shall complete the Rally Apprentice Judge Evaluation (available from the Business Office) at the conclusion of the apprenticing assignment and return the form to the ASCA Business Office.
  8. The Judge applicant must complete and return the Apprentice Judge Comparison Report (available from the Business Office) and their score sheets within 15 days of the trial to receive credit for the apprenticing assignment.
  9. Rally Apprentice Judge Comparison Worksheets shall be reviewed by a designated member of the Rally Committee or the Chair. Differences in scores of 3 or more points will be evaluated, with an emphasis on 10 points or greater. Should the percentage of differences be 10% or greater, the committee may require additional apprentice runs with closer monitoring of scores and evaluation of the differences.
  10. Apprenticing shall not take place during the Rally Finals or National Specialty.

 

Proposed Wording:

15.2.3  Apprenticing Requirements and Procedures

  1. The Apprentice must complete minimum of two apprentice assignments under at least two different ASCA approved Rally Judges.
  2. The applicant should contact the judge and the affiliate club for approval prior to the trial.
  3. All apprentice judging shall be under the guidance of a Regular, Nationals or Senior Rally Judge. At least one assignment must be under the guidance of a Senior Rally Judge.  If there are no Senior judges in the applicant’s geographic region the applicant must contact the Rally Committee for approval to apprentice under a Regular Rally Judge or Nationals Judge.  No apprentice runs may be with a Provisional Judge.
  4. The applicant shall set the course, working with club members. The applicant should then walk the course with the judge to verify spacing, etc.
  5. The Apprentice must judge a minimum of 50 runs and must judge runs from all four levels of ASCA Rally.
  6. The Apprentice will observe from the most advantageous position(s) ringside and score each dog as if they were the Judge. The Apprentice shall score each dog independently from the Judge and without interference from spectators or competitors.
  7. After judging is completed, the official Judge and the Apprentice will confer and review their scores, discussing how each arrived at their score. This time should be positive and educational, giving the Apprentice confidence and knowledge to further their judging experience.
  8. The Official Judge shall complete the Rally Apprentice Judge Evaluation (available from the Business Office) at the conclusion of the apprenticing assignment and return the form to the ASCA Business Office.
  9. The Judge applicant must complete and return the Apprentice Judge Comparison Report (available from the Business Office) and their score sheets within 15 days of the trial to receive credit for the apprenticing assignment.
  10. Rally Apprentice Judge Comparison Worksheets shall be reviewed by a designated member of the Rally Committee or the Chair. Differences in scores of 3 or more points will be evaluated, with an emphasis on 10 points or greater. Should the percentage of differences be 10% or greater, the committee may require additional apprentice runs with closer monitoring of scores and evaluation of the differences.
  11. Apprenticing shall not take place during the Rally Finals or National Specialty.

 

Comments/Rationale: Current rules were found to be inconsistent and in need of revision based on current practices that have been found to work better than the sequences stated in the rules. Occasionally an applicant needs a little additional education or assistance through the process. The rule changes will benefit applicants that need a little additional assistance before being approved as a Provisional Judge.

 

Affected: All future applicants will be required to follow the new guidelines to become an ASCA Rally Judge. Applicants currently in the application approval process will be impacted only by not being allowed to apprentice under a provisional judge. The current applicants do have access to Senior judges in their area, so no difficulties/delays will be encountered by these applicants.

 

Business Office notified: 3/31/2020

Webmaster notified: N/A

 

Effective Date: Immediately upon Board approval.

 

Results of Committee Vote:

Approve: 11

Disapprove: 1

Abstain: None

Non-Voting: None

Dissent from Committee Member Leah Swatko: I agree to more stringent testing, however, I would like the motion to include an escape clause for those applicants who are having issues with scoring. Simple scoring points are easy, it can be complicated when there are multi and compounded infractions in a station. I also do not like trick questions. The answers should be obviously found and noted from page, section and sub section in the test for each question. The latter shows the applicant has used the book, or at minimum the pdf search. All rule books be they dog sports or Occupational Health and Safety Rules as Applicable to Indoor Industrial Locations. Or the allowable PPM exposure rates for organic and inorganic per hour in Industrial workplaces. Or the correct procedures for working in confined spaces… etc. all require searching your pocketbook to verify safety guards etc.…

Kalla Jaco

Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America

asca.execsec@gmail.com

6091 E. State Hwy 21, Bryan, TX 77808 | (979) 778-1082

Check us out on our Website, Facebook, and YouTube Channel

Members,
The motion below has been submitted to the ASCA Board of Directors for their consideration. Voting will take place from April 20-26, and results will be posted on April 27.

Please send any feedback to asca.execsec@gmail.com and I will share with the Board. The deadline for member comments is April 19.

RA.20.02 Change to Rally Rules – Course Requirements

Motion by Liaison Gann

I move to approve the following recommendation from the Rally Committee.

 

Committee Recommendation:

RC Motion 20.04 – Change to Rally Course Requirements

Motion by: Corinne Shanks

Second by: Karen Black

I move to adopt the following 3 changes to the Rally Rules and Regulations. The below requirements will be applicable to 2020 Finals and Nationals courses.

  1. Limiting stationary exercises to 3-6 for all levels, and 4 or 6 stationaries on a pairs course.
  2. No more than two stationaries in a row.
  3. Requiring all courses at all levels to have a sit, a down and a stand before the finish. (Stay exercises are not counted as a stationary exercise.)

 

Current Wording:

4.5.2    Course Requirements

Rally Advanced A, B, and C courses must have between 16 and 19 stations (Finish not included) with a minimum of three and a maximum of seven stationary exercises. Advanced level courses must also have the Start/Heeling and Conduct station and a minimum of four Advanced (not eligible for Novice) exercises. A Sit Stay or Down Stay exercise is optional at the Advanced level. Each sign will have a 10-point value except for the Star stations, which will have a 20 -point value. The total number of

points per course must equal 200. Star stations will be determined by the Judge and marked with a Star designator.

Maximum Total Score: 200 points

 

Proposed Wording:

4.5.2    Course Requirements

Rally Advanced A, B, and C courses must have between 16 and 19 stations (Finish not included) with a minimum of three and a maximum of six stationary exercises. Advanced level courses must also have the Start/Heeling and Conduct station and a minimum of four Advanced (not eligible for Novice) exercises. A Sit Stay or Down Stay exercise is optional at the Advanced level. Each sign will have a 10-point value except for the Star stations, which will have a 20 -point value. The total number of points per course must equal 200. Star stations will be determined by the Judge and marked with a Star designator.

Maximum Total Score: 200 points

 

Current Wording:

5.5.4    Course Requirements

Rally Excellent A, B, and C courses must have between 16 and 19 stations (Finish not included) with a minimum of three and a maximum of eight Stationary exercises per class. Excellent level courses must also have the Start/Heeling and Conduct station and a minimum of four Excellent (not eligible for Novice or Advanced) and three Advanced (not eligible for Novice) exercises, not including the jump. A Sit Stay or Down Stay exercise is optional at the Excellent level. Each sign will have a 10-point value except for Star stations, which will have a 20-point value. The total number of points per course must equal 200. Any other Star stations will be determined by the Judge and marked with a Star designator.

Maximum Total Score: 200 points

 

Proposed Wording:

5.5.4    Course Requirements

Rally Excellent A, B, and C courses must have between 16 and 19 stations (Finish not included) with a minimum of three and a maximum of six Stationary exercises per class. Excellent level courses must also have the Start/Heeling and Conduct station and a minimum of four Excellent (not eligible for Novice or Advanced) and three Advanced (not eligible for Novice) exercises, not including the jump. A Sit Stay or Down Stay exercise is optional at the Excellent level. Each sign will have a 10-point value except for Star stations, which will have a 20-point value. The total number of points per course must equal 200. Any other Star stations will be determined by the Judge and marked with a Star designator.

Maximum Total Score: 200 points

 

Current Wording:

6.5.4    Course Requirements

Rally Masters courses must have between 16 and 19 stations (Finish not included) with a minimum of three and a maximum of nine stationary exercises per class. Masters level courses must also have the Start/Heeling and Conduct station, the Sit/Stay or Down/Stay station, and a minimum of four Masters only and three Excellent (not eligible for Advanced or Novice) exercises, not including the jumps. Each sign will have a 10-point value except for Star stations that will have a 20- point value. The total number of points per course must equal 200. Any other Star stations will be determined by the Judge and marked with a Star designator.

Maximum Total Score: 200 points

 

Proposed Wording:

6.5.4    Course Requirements

Rally Masters courses must have between 16 and 19 stations (Finish not included) with a minimum of three and a maximum of six stationary exercises per class. Masters level courses must also have the Start/Heeling and Conduct station, the Sit/Stay or Down/Stay station, and a minimum of four Masters only and three Excellent (not eligible for Advanced or Novice) exercises, not including the jumps. Each sign will have a 10-point value except for Star stations that will have a 20- point value. The total number of points per course must equal 200. Any other Star stations will be determined by the Judge and marked with a Star designator.

Maximum Total Score: 200 points

 

Current Wording:

17.3.1  General Requirements

  1. Safety and flow are required on all courses.
  2. The distribution of stations should balance the area given for the ring. L patterns or other patterns that leave large blocks of ring space empty do not meet this requirement.
  3. Sign icons and station numbers shall appear on the map in the order the exercises are to be performed.
  4. Courses at all levels will have 16 to 19 stations with enough star stations for the course to have a starting value of 200 points.
  5. Courses must be designed in a manner that dogs of any size and handlers with mobility aids can perform the stations with adequate space to do so.
  6. There should be significant differences in the signs used for Excellent and Masters; both to provide course variety and to prevent a distinct advantage for exhibitors competing in both classes over exhibitors competing in only one level. At a minimum, to reach the level of significantly different, any excellent level signs used on the Masters course (except for the jump exercise), must be moved to a different location on the course or replaced with a different exercise. If a stay exercise is used on the Excellent course, it must be different than the one used on the Masters course. The Jump exercise may remain in the same location, however moving the jump to a different location on the Excellent course further increases the difference between the Masters and Excellent courses. Switching out other signs to make the two courses even more different is strongly encouraged.
  7. Courses should be designed and laid out in a way that all teams, even those whose handlers miss the walk through, have a reasonable chance of qualifying.
  8. Sign selection should be made so that courses are challenging but fair at all levels.
  9. The selection of signs should demonstrate a variety of behaviors and provide an opportunity for teams to demonstrate teamwork and proficiency

 

Proposed Wording:

17.3.1  General Requirements

  1. Safety and flow are required on all courses.
  2. The distribution of stations should balance the area given for the ring. L patterns or other patterns that leave large blocks of ring space empty do not meet this requirement.
  3. Sign icons and station numbers shall appear on the map in the order the exercises are to be performed.
  4. Courses at all levels will have 16 to 19 stations with enough star stations for the course to have a starting value of 200 points.
  5. Courses must be designed in a manner that dogs of any size and handlers with mobility aids can perform the stations with adequate space to do so.
  6. Each course must have a minimum of three (3) and a maximum of six (6) stationary exercises for all levels/classes.
  7. No more than two (2) stationary exercises in a row.
  8. Courses must be designed in a manner that dogs of any size and handlers with mobility aids can perform the stations with adequate space to do so.
  9. There should be significant differences in the signs used for Excellent and Masters; both to provide course variety and to prevent a distinct advantage for exhibitors competing in both classes over exhibitors competing in only one level. At a minimum, to reach the level of significantly different, any excellent level signs used on the Masters course (except for the jump exercise), must be moved to a different location on the course or replaced with a different exercise. If a stay exercise is used on the Excellent course, it must be different than the one used on the Masters course. The Jump exercise may remain in the same location, however moving the jump to a different location on the Excellent course further increases the difference between the Masters and Excellent courses. Switching out other signs to make the two courses even more different is strongly encouraged.
  10. Courses should be designed and laid out in a way that all teams, even those whose handlers miss the walk through, have a reasonable chance of qualifying.
  11. Sign selection should be made so that courses are challenging but fair at all levels.
  12. The selection of signs should demonstrate a variety of behaviors and provide an opportunity for teams to demonstrate teamwork and proficiency.
  13. The selection of signs for all classes must include a sit, a down and a stand before the finish. (Stay exercises do not meet this requirement.)

 

Current Wording:

17.3.3  Stationary Exercises

  1. The chart below shows the allowed number of stationary exercises allowed on a course for each level.
    NOVICE          ADVANCED   EXCELLENT  MASTERS
    3-6                   3-7                   3-8                   3-9
  2. A stationary exercise is any exercise where the handler and dog come to a complete stop at any point in the performance of the exercise.
  3. Stationary exercises are marked with an “S” in the Stationary column in Chapter 18 Signs and Descriptions.
  4. The Sit Stay and Down Stay exercises do not count in the total number of stationary exercises on a course.

 

Proposed Wording:

17.3.3   Stationary Exercises

  1. All courses at all levels must have a minimum of three (3) and a maximum of six (6) stationary exercises.
  2. A stationary exercise is any exercise where the handler and dog come to a complete stop at any point in the performance of the exercise.
  3. Stationary exercises are marked with an “S” in the Stationary column in Chapter 18 Signs and Descriptions. An “S” is also included on the ASCA Rally Template.
  4. The Sit Stay and Down Stay exercises do not count in the total number of stationary exercises on a course, and do not count as a sit or a down under required Course General Requirements.

 

Current Wording:

17.4.2  Stationary exercises

  1. Care should be taken to avoid any disruption of course flow caused by too many consecutive stationary exercises. Things to consider when determining if there are too many in a row are how many sits, downs, and stands there are in that sequence and on the complete course. The analysis of this really depends on the exercises chosen. For instance, on a Masters level course if station numbers 310 (Halt, Call Front, Finish Right, Halt), 402 (Side Step, Forward Step, Halt) and 405 (Halt, Pivot Right, Halt, x3) are used in sequence, there are 11 sits required within a short distance which can really destroy flow and interest on a course and it feels like too many stationary exercises in a row. If on the other hand, stations 313 (Moving down, Walk Around Dog), 402 (Side Step, Forward Step, Halt) and 408 (Moving Stand, Walk 3 Steps, Face Dog, Call to Heel) are used, there is 1 down, 1 stand and 2 sits with the handler moving to different positions in the stations which gives 3 stationary exercises in a row a totally different feel. In the second example, 3 stationary exercises don’t destroy the flow and interest of the course.

 

Proposed Wording:

17.4.2  Stationary exercises

  1. Care should be taken to avoid any disruption of course flow caused by too many consecutive stationary exercises. Things to consider when determining if there are too many in a row are how many sits, downs, and stands there are in that sequence and on the complete course. The analysis of this really depends on the exercises chosen. For instance, on a Masters level course if station numbers 310 (Halt, Call Front, Finish Right, Halt), and 405 (Halt, Pivot Right, Halt, x3) are used in sequence, there are 7 sits required within a short distance which can really destroy flow and interest on a course and it feels like too many stationary exercises in a row. If on the other hand, stations 313 (Moving down, Walk Around Dog), and 408 (Moving Stand, Walk 3 Steps, Face Dog, Call to Heel) are used, there is 1 down, 1 stand and 1 sit with the handler moving to different positions in the stations which gives 2 stationary exercises in a row a totally different feel. In the second example, 2 stationary exercises don’t destroy the flow and interest of the course.

 

Comments/Rationale: The Rally Course Review Committee continues to see courses with more than the allowed number of stationary exercises, often with multiple stationary exercises in a row, and courses that do not test the down & stand positions. Adding the following requirements for all courses will better guarantee courses that are fun, as well as better demonstrating the team’s talents without the dog becoming frustrated with the multiple sits. A detailed analysis was completed to verify that there are sufficient exercises, both moving and stationary, for judges to build courses that meet the requirements.

 

Affected: Many judges already limit their stationary exercises and assure that dogs are tested on all abilities. This rule change will impact only those judges that continue to not follow current rules as detailed in the Rules and Regulations, and that can be verified quickly if using the Course Review Checklist. These judges will be required to make adjustments to current and new courses. Some judges re-use courses, following the rules for re-use. The 60-day grace period should allow judges to create new courses within the above guidelines or make necessary changes without undue pressure.

 

Business Office notified: 3/28/2020

Webmaster notified: N\A

 

Effective Date: Trials held 60 days following approval by the Board of Directors (approximately July 1st).

 

Results of Committee Vote:

Approve: 11

Disapprove: 1

Abstain: None

Non-Voting: None

Dissent from Committee Member Ann McCabe: I agree that courses need to be flowing. I agree that stationary exercises should be limited and that the number of stationary exercises in a row should be limited. I just cannot fully support requiring a sit, stand and down on every course. Just my personal opinion.

Kalla Jaco

Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America

asca.execsec@gmail.com

6091 E. State Hwy 21, Bryan, TX 77808 | (979) 778-1082

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Members,

The below motion has been submitted to the ASCA Board of Directors for their consideration. Voting will take place from April 20th – 26th, and results will be posted on April 27th.

Please send any feedback to asca.execsec@gmail.com and I will share with the Board. The deadline for member comments is Friday, April 19th.

SC.19.02 Name Change from Scent Detection to Scent Search

Motion by Creelman

I move to accept this motion from the Scent Detection Committee.

 

Committee Recommendation:

Scent Detection Committee puts this motion forward for the ASCA BOD approval.

Name Change from Scent Detection to Scent Search

Motion by: Donna Armstrong

Second by: Christine Reedy

Motion Statement: I move to approve the motion to change the name of our committee and program to Scent Search.

 

The decision for this name was made after 30 days of discussion, a committee poll narrowing down from 10 choices to 3 and then a unofficial poll taken from our 8 members with a  vote 7-1 for this name.

 

Current Wording:

Scent Detection

 

Proposed Wording:

Scent Search

 

Comments/Rationale: This motion is being made as we feel that our current name, Scent Detection and initials SDC will be confused with other ASCA programs.

 

Affected: Business Office, ASCA BOD, Committee and competitors and I O Webmaster as the name will need to be changed on our site.

 

Effective Date: Immediately after vote of the ASCA BOD.

 

Results of Committee Vote:

Approve: Unanimous

Kalla Jaco

Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America

asca.execsec@gmail.com | (737) 704-1685

6091 E. State Hwy 21, Bryan, TX 77808

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