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Kalla E. Jaco
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AF.19.07 Affiliate Club Applicant – Rocky Branch Working ASC

Motion by Vest

Second by Roberts

I move to approve the Affiliate Application from Rocky Branch Working ASC.

 

Comments/Rationale: Application was complete as provided.

 

Affected: ASCA and the new Affiliate.

 

Effective Date: Immediately upon Board approval.

Kalla Jaco

Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America

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6091 E. State Hwy 21, Bryan, TX 77808

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AF.19.08 Affiliate Club Applicant – Sport Aussie of the Sunshine State

Motion by Vest

Second by Roberts

I move to approve the Affiliate Application from Sport Aussies of the Sunshine State.

 

Comments/Rationale: Application was complete as provided.

 

Affected: ASCA and the new Affiliate.

 

Effective Date: Immediately upon Board approval.

 

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

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

AG.19.06 Motion to Clarify Rules on Titling Versus Non-Titling Classes

Motion by Roberts

I move to approve the below motion from the Agility Committee.

 

Committee Recommendation:

Subject: Motion to change the rules to clarify titling versus Non-titling classes in an ASCA sanctioned trial.

Motion by: Lee Prager.

Second by: Michael Kurdzo

Motion statement: I move to approve changes to the ASCA agility rules as follows:

  1. Change the term “Sanctioned class” to “Titling class”
  2. Change the term “non-regular classes” to “other non-titling classes”
  3. Clarify the definitions of Titling and Non-titling classes
  4. Clarify the terms “rounds” and “runs”
  5. Allow Non-titling classes to be in addition to the 6 maximum Titling classes (Regular, Jumpers, Gamblers)
  6. Add an additional graphic to better clarify the structure and relationship of programs, classes, class types (Titling and Non-titling), divisions and levels.

 

Current Wording:

2.1.4 Sanctioning Request Form

The maximum number of ASCA sanctioned classes per trial day is six (6) (see Section 2.1.5). An Affiliate requesting sanctioning for the ASCA National Specialty may not offer more than six (6) sanctioned classes even if the ‘trial’ is spread over multiple days (see Section 13.1).

 

2.1.5 Trial Premium

Clubs may offer a maximum of six (6) ASCA sanctioned classes per ‘trial day’ in any combination they choose. A copy of the premium shall be sent to the ASCA office along with the trial sanctioning paperwork. The Business Office will acknowledge receipt of sanctioning paperwork and approval of the premium. Premiums cannot be distributed until approved. A copy of the premium is to be sent to the judge(s) who is/are to officiate and should be distributed and/or posted to prospective exhibitors at least five (5) weeks in advance of the proposed trial date.

 

2.3.1 Trial Officials

Chief Score Keeper. The Chief Score Keeper and assigned score table stewards shall be responsible for recording each dog’s score into the official catalogs. After the scribe marks any faults for each run onto the scribe sheet, the actual time from the timekeeper’s stop watch/electronic timing display is recorded on the scribe sheet and the sheet is then turned over to the Chief Score Keeper table where they will convert the timekeeper’s time reading from minutes and seconds over to a total number of seconds. The score table shall also calculate the number of time faults, course faults, total faults for each run in the Regular and Jumpers classes and the total number of points earned for each dog in the Gamblers classes. The score table stewards shall calculate class placements for each jump height and record all qualifying rounds on the appropriate forms. The score table stewards are responsible for ensuring that the course distances and standard course times are recorded for each class. The Chief Score Keeper shall sign the ASCA form certifying that the scores for the trial were verified and correct.

 

3 Championship Program Sanctioned Classes, Divisions, & Levels

3.1 General Descriptions

The ASCA Championship Program titling structure is based upon classes, divisions and levels. The classes are Regular, Jumpers, and Gamblers (see Chapters 5, 6, and 7 for detailed information on the classes). The divisions offered are Standard, Veteran Dog, and Junior Handlers. The three levels offered are Novice, Open and Elite.

Each dog and handler team can only enter either the Championship program or ACE program for all days of a trial. Points from the two programs will be separate and will not be combined except for certain elite titles points from the Championship program that may be moved to the ACE program. The ‘transferring’ of points will only be made once and must be requested in writing and sent to the Business office.

In ASCA sanctioned trials, qualifying rounds executed at a level higher than that needed for a lower level ASCA requirement shall be credited for points needed at the lower level title. NOTE: once a dog earns a qualifying score at a higher level, it can no longer return to compete at a lower level within the Championship Program.

 

4 ACE (Agility Competition Enthusiast) Program Sanctioned Classes, Divisions, and Levels

4.1 General Descriptions

The ASCA ACE Program titling structure is based upon classes, divisions and levels. The classes are Regular, Jumpers and Gamblers (see Chapters 5, 6, and 7 for detailed information on the classes). The Divisions offered are Standard and Senior Dog. The three levels offered are Novice, Open and Elite.

The same ACE classes/divisions/levels must be offered as the Championship classes/divisions/levels. EXAMPLE: if Elite Regular in the Championship program is offered on Friday, then Elite Regular in the ACE program must also be offered.

Each dog and handler team can only enter either the Championship program or ACE program for all days of a trial. Points from the two programs will be separate and will not be combined except for certain elite titles points from the Championship program that may be moved to the ACE program. The ‘transferring’ of points will only be made once and must be requested in writing and sent to the Business Office.

In ASCA sanctioned trials, qualifying rounds executed at a level higher than that needed for a lower level ASCA requirement shall be credited for points needed at the lower level title. NOTE: dogs moving from the Championship program to the ACE program will be allowed to compete at a lower level if a qualifying score at a higher level has been obtained in the Championship program. However, once a dog earns a qualifying score at a higher level in the ACE program, it can no longer return to compete at a lower level within the ACE Program.

 

8 Other Classes

8.1 Non-Regular

Host clubs may offer any ‘non-regular’ classes they choose. The club may set guidelines for those classes as to entry requirements and goals for those classes, if those goals do not conflict with the general philosophies of ASCA.

 

8.2 Pre-Novice

Host clubs may offer Pre-Novice classes for dogs over the age of 12 months. Any dog younger than 18 months of age must jump at least 4” lower than their ‘standard’ jump height. The teeter-totter and weave poles may not be used. Other obstacles may be omitted at the discretion of the host club. Pre-novice courses are not required to be judged by the judge of record and course review is not required.

 

8.3 For Exhibition Only

Host clubs may accept “For Exhibition Only” (FEO) entries, if they choose. The minimum age for dogs entered “For Exhibition Only” is 15 months of age. Any dog younger than 18 months of age must jump at a lower height than their regular jump height. “FEO” entries shall be clearly marked as “FEO” in the catalog and included along with the Regular, Jumpers and Gamblers rounds to calculate the Event Membership Dues. See Sections 2.7, 2.7.1, and 2.7.2.

 

10.3.1 Point Accumulation

A dog may begin earning points toward their ATCH certificate as soon as they have completed the Elite certification requirements for any class, without first having completed the requirements for all three (3) classes. If a dog has completed the requirements for their Elite Agility Certificate, then any subsequent qualifying rounds would be accumulated towards the requirements for their ATCH. That same dog may not have completed all the requirements for their Elite Jumpers Certificate or their Elite Gamblers Certificate before accumulating ATCH points for their qualifying rounds in the Regular Class (Elite level).

 

13 Agility National Specialties

All current agility rules shall govern at the Agility National Specialty Trial, with the exceptions listed below:

 

13.1 Sanctioning

Host clubs requesting sanction for the Agility National Specialty trial may only request sanctioning with ASCA. The National Specialty Agility Trial will be one trial consisting of a maximum of six (6) sanctioned classes. No more than two Regular classes may be offered. To accommodate a large number of entries, the National Specialty Agility Trial may be spread over multiple days but will be considered as one ‘trial’ and assigned one ‘event’ number by the Business Office.

 

APPENDIX C: ASCA Agility Judging Program

1 Apprentice Agility Judge Application Requirements

1.1.2

The applicant must have trialed and earned the elite titles on at least one dog of any breed in all ASCA sanctioned classes; Gamblers, Jumpers and Regular

 

1.2.3

When combined, the number of rounds from judging assignments where a ‘recommendation’ was earned must total a minimum of 500 rounds. There must be a minimum of 100 rounds each from the sanctioned classes (Gamblers, Jumpers and Regular) accumulated during the assignments that earned ‘recommendations’. (NOTE: Depending on the size of the trials where the ‘recommendations’ are received, an Apprentice Judge may need additional ‘recommendations’ to earn the minimum required rounds.)

 

2.7

  1. expected number of rounds, expected finish time, as well as other factors that could affect the running of the trial.

The host club is required, at a minimum, to offer the Apprentice Judge one class of each titling type of class scheduled each day of the trial. EXAMPLE: for a full slate of titling classes, the Apprentice Judge may be offered all Novice Jumpers, Novice Regular Round 1 and Novice Gamblers if the trial is expected to be large and time is a factor. If the trial is expected to be small and time is not an issue, the host club may offer the Apprentice Judge all classes all weekend. If the club is only offering an afternoon of Jumpers classes, then the Apprentice shall only be offered Jumpers rounds.

 

Proposed Wording:

2.1.4 Sanctioning Request Form

The maximum number of rounds of titling classes (Regular, Jumpers, Gamblers) per trial day is six (6) (see Section 2.1.5). An Affiliate requesting sanctioning for the ASCA National Specialty may not offer more than six (6) rounds of titling classes (Regular, Jumpers, Gamblers) even if the ‘trial’ is spread over multiple days (see Section 13.1). Rounds of non-titling classes may be offered in addition to the 6 titling class rounds (Regular, Jumpers, Gamblers) (see section 8).

 

2.1.5 Trial Premium

Clubs may offer a maximum of six (6) rounds of titling classes (Regular, Jumpers, Gamblers) per ‘trial day’ in any combination they choose. Rounds of Non-titling classes may be offered in addition to the 6 titling class rounds (Regular, Jumpers, Gamblers) (see section 8). A copy of the premium shall be sent to the ASCA office along with the trial sanctioning paperwork. The Business Office will acknowledge receipt of sanctioning paperwork and approval of the premium. Premiums cannot be distributed until approved. A copy of the premium is to be sent to the judge(s) who is/are to officiate and should be distributed and/or posted to prospective exhibitors at least five (5) weeks in advance of the proposed trial date.

 

2.3.1 Trial Officials

Chief Score Keeper. The Chief Score Keeper and assigned score table stewards shall be responsible for recording each dog’s score into the official catalogs. After the scribe marks any faults for each run onto the scribe sheet, the actual time from the timekeeper’s stop watch/electronic timing display is recorded on the scribe sheet and the sheet is then turned over to the Chief Score Keeper table where they will convert the timekeeper’s time reading from minutes and seconds over to a total number of seconds. The score table shall also calculate the number of time faults, course faults, total faults for each run in the Regular and Jumpers classes and the total number of points earned for each dog in the Gamblers classes. The score table stewards shall calculate class placements for each jump height and record all qualifying runs on the appropriate forms. The score table stewards are responsible for ensuring that the course distances and standard course times are recorded for each class. The Chief Score Keeper shall sign the ASCA form certifying that the scores for the trial were verified and correct.

 

3 Championship Program Titling Classes, Divisions, & Levels

3.1 General Descriptions

The ASCA Championship Program titling structure is based upon classes, divisions and levels. The titling classes are Regular, Jumpers, and Gamblers (see Chapters 5, 6, and 7 for detailed information on the classes). The divisions offered are Standard, Veteran Dog, Junior Handlers, and FEO (if offered). The three levels offered are Novice, Open and Elite. Pre-novice (section 8.1) if offered, is a fourth level of the Regular class only but is non-titling.

Each dog and handler team can only enter either the Championship program or ACE program for all days of a trial. Points from the two programs will be separate and will not be combined except for certain elite title points from the Championship program that may be moved to the ACE program. The ‘transferring’ of points will only be made once and must be requested in writing and sent to the Business office.

In ASCA sanctioned trials, qualifying runs executed at a level higher than that needed for a lower level ASCA requirement shall be credited for points needed at the lower level title. NOTE: once a dog earns a qualifying score at a higher level, it can no longer return to compete at a lower level within the Championship Program.

 

4 ACE (Agility Competition Enthusiast) Program Titling Classes, Divisions, and Levels

4.1 General Descriptions

The ASCA ACE Program titling structure is based upon classes, divisions and levels. The titling classes are Regular, Jumpers and Gamblers (see Chapters 5, 6, and 7 for detailed information on the classes). The Divisions offered are Standard, Senior Dog, and FEO (if offered). The three levels offered are Novice, Open and Elite. Pre-novice (section 8.1) if offered, is a fourth level of the Regular class only but is non-titling.

Each dog and handler team can only enter either the Championship program or ACE program for all days of a trial. Points from the two programs will be separate and will not be combined except for certain elite title points from the Championship program that may be moved to the ACE program. The ‘transferring’ of points will only be made once and must be requested in writing and sent to the Business Office.

In ASCA sanctioned trials, qualifying runs executed at a level higher than that needed for a lower level ASCA requirement shall be credited for points needed at the lower level title. NOTE: dogs moving from the Championship program to the ACE program will be allowed to compete at a lower level if a qualifying score at a higher level has been obtained in the Championship program. However, once a dog earns a qualifying score at a higher level in the ACE program, it can no longer return to compete at a lower level within the ACE Program.

 

8 Non-titling Classes

8.1 Pre-Novice

Host clubs may offer a Pre-Novice level in the Regular class for dogs over the age of 12 months. Pre-novice is non-titling although it is offered as a level of the Regular titling class.  Any dog younger than 18 months of age must jump at least 4” lower than their ‘standard’ jump height. The Pre-Novice course consists of 12-14 obstacles and may not include the teeter or weave poles. Other obstacles may be omitted at the discretion of the host club. Pre-novice courses are not required to be judged by the judge of record and course review is not required.  A dog running pre-novice may not compete in another level of the same round.

 

8.2 For Exhibition Only

Host clubs may accept “For Exhibition Only” (FEO) entries, if they choose. Although they are run in a titling class, FEO entries are non-titling and may be entered in any class at any level.  A dog running FEO may not compete in another level of the same round.  The Pre-novice level is not available in the FEO division.  The minimum age for dogs entered “For Exhibition Only” is 15 months of age. Dogs entered in FEO may jump lower than their regular jump height.  Any dog younger than 18 months of age must jump at a lower height than their regular jump height. “FEO” entries shall be clearly marked as “FEO” in the catalog and included along with the Regular, Jumpers and Gamblers rounds to calculate the Event Membership Dues. See Sections 2.7, 2.7.1, and 2.7.2.

 

8.3 Other Non-titling classes

Host clubs may offer rounds of any Non-titling classes they choose. The club may set guidelines for those classes as to entry requirements and goals for those classes, if those goals do not conflict with the general philosophies of ASCA.  Non-titling classes can be in addition to the 6 maximum titling class rounds (Regular, Jumpers, Gamblers) offered in a sanctioned trial.   If possible, Non-titling classes should be advertised and defined in the trial premium but, due to low entries or other circumstances, may be added during the trial at the Affiliate’s discretion.

 

10.3.1 Point Accumulation

A dog may begin earning points toward their ATCH certificate as soon as they have completed the Elite certification requirements for any class, without first having completed the requirements for all three (3) classes. If a dog has completed the requirements for their Elite Agility Certificate, then any subsequent qualifying runs would be accumulated towards the requirements for their ATCH. That same dog may not have completed all the requirements for their Elite Jumpers Certificate or their Elite Gamblers Certificate before accumulating ATCH points for their qualifying runs in the Regular Class (Elite level).

 

13 Agility National Specialties

All current agility rules shall govern at the Agility National Specialty Trial, with the exceptions listed below:

 

13.1 Sanctioning

Host clubs requesting sanction for the Agility National Specialty trial may only request sanctioning with ASCA. The National Specialty Agility Trial will be one trial consisting of a maximum of six (6) titling class rounds (Regular, Jumpers, Gamblers). No more than two Regular class rounds may be offered. To accommodate a large number of entries, the National Specialty Agility Trial may be spread over multiple days but will be considered as one ‘trial’ and assigned one ‘event’ number by the Business Office.

 

1.1.2

The applicant must have trialed and earned the elite titles on at least one dog of any breed in all ASCA titling classes: Regular, Jumpers, Gamblers.

 

1.2.3

When combined, the number of rounds from judging assignments where a ‘recommendation’ was earned must total a minimum of 500 rounds. There must be a minimum of 100 rounds each from the titling classes (Regular, Jumpers, Gamblers) accumulated during the assignments that earned ‘recommendations’. (NOTE: Depending on the size of the trials where the ‘recommendations’ are received, an Apprentice Judge may need additional ‘recommendations’ to earn the minimum required rounds.)

 

NOTE – In the following sections, the term used in the current wording of the rules is already “titling classes”, in line with the changes proposed above:

 

2.7

  1. expected number of rounds, expected finish time, as well as other factors that could affect the running of the trial. The host club is required, at a minimum, to offer the Apprentice Judge one class of each titling type of class scheduled each day of the trial. EXAMPLE: for a full slate of titling classes (Regular, Jumpers, Gamblers), the Apprentice Judge may be offered all Novice Jumpers, Novice Regular Round 1 and Novice Gamblers if the trial is expected to be large and time is a factor. If the trial is expected to be small and time is not an issue, the host club may offer the Apprentice Judge all classes all weekend. If the club is only offering an afternoon of Jumpers classes, then the Apprentice shall only be offered Jumpers rounds.

 

Comments/Rationale from Committee:

Why is this motion needed?

The present rules have multiple uses for the term “sanctioned”.  One use is a “sanctioned trial” and refers to ASCA sanctioning a trial (i.e. approving a club’s request to hold a trial).  The second use is “sanctioned classes” which are defined in the rules as Regular, Jumpers and Gamblers.  These 3 classes are also called titling classes (Regular, Jumpers, Gamblers) in the rules and are limited to 6 in a trial.

The present rules also mix the meanings of the terms “rounds” and “runs”.  This motion uses “runs” as an individual run.  The term “rounds” is the collection of all individual “runs” in a particular class.  For example, the limit of 6 actually refers to rounds as there are only 3 titling classes.

The present nomenclature becomes more confusing when Non-titling classes such as Pre-novice, FEO, tunnelers, Retired class, etc. are introduced.  Are these “sanctioned classes” because they appear in the premium or simply other classes as shown in section 8?  Do rounds of these classes count in the 6 maxima or do the 6 maxima only refer to Regular, Jumpers, and Gamblers classes?  Historically there are numerous examples where Non-titling classes were run in a sanctioned trial in addition to the titling classes (Regular, Jumpers, Gamblers) and thus having non-titling classes in addition to the 6 titling classes has been the historical interpretation of the rules.

In addition, many other agility programs which compete with ASCA for entries, offer non-titling classes/games which make their trials more fun.  Many agility enthusiasts like this aspect of trials and are leaving ASCA for other venues.  If ASCA does not allow rounds of these classes in addition to the 6 rounds of titling classes, we will continue to lose entries.

 

What caused it to be needed?

ASCNE was set to run an agility trial in June and had included non-titling classes in the premium.  There was also some historical precedence on non-titling rounds that were in addition to the 6 maximum titling or “sanctioned” rounds. The ASCA board decided that these additional classes violated the rules and suggested we propose a motion if we thought the rules should be changed.

In addition to the titling rounds, these additional non-titling rounds help the trial participants with training, add fun to the trial, and serve as effective fund raisers for worthy causes, all part of ASCA’s philosophy.   Due to historical precedence, most of the judges I talked to think the rules were being mis-interpreted when the letter prohibiting them in a 6 titling round trial came out.  This motion is to clarify the rules and terms, as well as allow non-tiling rounds in addition to the 6 titling rounds.

All applicable rules have been reviewed and are included in this motion.

 

Affected: If passed, this motion will affect trial committees, judges, sanctioning approvers, and trial participants.  It will also affect organizations like ASHGI who benefits from the funds raised as well as the clubs when trials struggle to pay expenses.

This motion should not affect the Webmaster, Business Office or Program Software Vendor.

 

Effective Date: This motion will go into effect at the next printing of the applicable Rule Book.

 

Results of Committee Vote:

Approve: 9

Disapprove: 2

Abstain: None

Non-Voting: None

Dissent from Committee Member: This is an attempt to get the BOD to unwittingly approve mulligans. There has been no rational as to why ASCA would need to have more than 6 sanctioned classes. Retired dogs wanting to run a last time can run FEO at the end of the class. Other non-tilting classes have been traditional run after the trial is over and the equipment needed to run a non-titling class can be brought out without disturbing the trial.

Dissent from Committee Member: While I really like the clarification by the renaming titling and non-titling classes. On a closer reading of the motion, there are things that I cannot support, which are:

1) There is nothing that says that ASCA will receive revenue from the non-sanctioned classes, especially those that are offered on the spur of the moment at the trial.

2) It is not really clear what classes or what part of the trial is actually sanctioned by ASCA except in the National Specialties.

3) The fact that clubs can offer any class they want without the office/ASCA approving it. This will allow clubs to offer “do overs”, “mulligans” or whatever name it might be called. That type of class is against ASCA philosophy which has been stated by ASCA’s attorney.

4) There is nothing that limits the number of classes a dog can run during a trial. There is a limit on the titling classes but not the non-titling classes. If the trial is small enough, there can be another 6 non-titling classes added to the trial. Which mean that, in theory, a dog could run in 12 classes a day.

 

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

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

CO.19.05 ASCA Supreme Conformation Champion Program

Motion by Boone

I move to accept the following motion from the Conformation Committee.

 

Committee Recommendation:

We have a motion by Debbie with a second by Mary.

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 60 points with 7 major wins to become a Supreme Conformation Champion. The major wins must be won under 7 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 2 points, the BOS win will be awarded 1 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:140 SCCH points
  2. Ruby:220 SCCH points
  3. Sapphire:320 SCCH points
  4. Diamond:440 SCCH points
  5. Diamond l:880 SCCH points
  6. Diamond ll:1320 SCCH points
  7. Diamond lll:1760 SCCH points
  8. Diamond lV:2200 SCCH points

Additional levels can be added to the Diamond designation as needed following the established point pattern (additional 440 SCCH points for each level added).

Points are accumulated as the dog progresses through the levels. For example, an ASCA CH has earned 60 points to complete SCCH. He must then earn an additional 80 points under the same requirements used to earn the original 60 points (7 major wins that must be won under 7 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.) to complete the Emerald Supreme CH. The same dog must then earn an additional 80 points under the same requirements to complete Ruby SCCH, an additional 100 SCCH points to earn Sapphire SCCH, and an additional 120 SCCH points to earn Diamond SCCH.

 

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-SCCHDl                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 from Committee: 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.

 

Additional information: 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, 2020.

 

Results of Committee Vote:

Approve: 9

Disapprove: 2

Abstain: None

Non-Voting: None

Dissent from Committee Member: I am against this motion. I vote no. I don’t like the fact that points can be earned even if that sex at the show is a minor. It is not clear whether the judges for the initial title of SCCH can be “reused” to gather points for the next level(s) or whether they are “out”. This has the potential to create another trailer race and is only for a small number of members who can afford to travel to all these shows to promote their dogs. We are tasked with making rules for ALL members, not just a select few. I am also against including the National Specialty and the pre-shows into the counting of points. Just like these shows are not part of the point schedule they should also not be included in here.

Dissent from Committee Member: I am against the program. I vote no. Only 1 champion needs to be defeated to earn points towards the title SCCH?!?!? 60 points, of which there have to be 7 majors, the dog has to run 12x BOB to reach those points. And for Emerald another 80 points? That would be another 16x BOB and always with 7 majors? How old is the dog supposed to get? Let’s assume that a dog finishes his championship at 24 months. And he would go to one show monthly and would in fact go BOB AND at least defeat 1 other champion, the dog would 3 years old when earning SCCH (if everything goes according to plan and there were 7 different judges). A female would not be allowed to have puppies. And for Emerald it needs another 80 points! In my view Diamond will be unreachable, absolutely unrealistic with this point schedule.

Comment from Committee Member: I support the motion. This motion does not cost an affiliate anything. It is all calculated in the office. The office has agreed the program can be easily tracked as the show results come in. The program can bring additional revenue to an affiliate club as exhibitors enter champions to earn this title. The motion is well thought out and was discussed completely by the committee before a final motion was brought to the committee. Feedback from committee members was taken into account to come up with this motion. The motion clearly lays out how one will progress from one level to the next.

 

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

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

HF.19.05 Hall of Fame Excellent Sires and Dams

Motion by Creelman

I move to accept the motion as passed by the Hall of Fame Committee.

 

Committee Recommendation:

Subject: Hall of Fame Excellent Sires and Dams

I make a motion to add HOF Excellent Sire and Dam to the  ASCA Special recognition Program.

Motion made by Kristina Churchill

Motion seconded by: Laura Gibson

 

Current Wording:

None.

 

Proposed Wording:

5 Sire and/or Dam Hall of Fame Excellent Requirements

5.1 Requirements for Sire and/or Dam

  1. Qualifying titles earned by an Australian Shepherd produced by a Sire or Dam that qualify towards that Sire or Dam’s HOFX requirements are as follows:
  2. Agility: Must earn ALL THREE Elite titles from A.1.a, A.1.b, and A.1.c of Regular, Gamblers, and Jumpers (1 pt.)
  3. Qualifying Regular titles are: RS-E (Regular Standard Elite) or RJ-E (Regular Junior Elite) or RV-E (Regular Veteran Elite).
  4. Qualifying Jumper titles are: JS-E (Jumper Standard Elite) or JJ-E (Jumper Junior Elite) or JV-E (Jumper Veteran Elite).
  5. Qualifying Gambler titles are: GS-E (Gamblers Standard Elite) or GJ-E (Gamblers Junior Elite) or GV-E (Gamblers Veteran Elite).
  6. Obedience: UD (Utility Dog)
  7. Tracking: TDX (Tracking Dog Excellent) or UTDX (Urban Tracking Dog Excellent). Only one per dog to count.
  8. Stockdog: ATDc (Advanced Trial Dog – Cattle) and/or ATDs (Advanced Trial Dog – Sheep)
    AFTDXs (Advanced Farm Trial Dog Excellent – Sheep) and/or AFTDXc (Advanced Farm Trial Dog Excellent – Cattle) and/or AFTDXm (Advanced Farm Trial Dog Excellent – Mixed Flock
    PATDs (Post Advanced Trial Dog – Sheep), PATDc (Post Advanced Trial Dog – Cattle)
  9. Conformation: CH (Conformation Champion), A-CH (Altered Conformation Champion
  10. Rally: REMX (Rally Excellent Masters X) and/or RTX (Rally Trial Excellent)
  11. Titles of Excellence:
  12. ATCH (1 pt.) Agility Trial Champion
  13. FTCH (1 pt.) Farm Trial Champion
  14. MTD (1 pt.) Master Tracking Dog
  15. OTCH (1 pt.) Obedience Trial Champion
  16. PCH (1 pt.)Performance Champion
  17. SPCH (1/2 pt.) Supreme Performance Champion
  18. SDCH (1 pt.) Stockdog Champion
  19. VCH (1 pt.) Versatility Champion
  20. SVCH (1/2 pt.) Supreme Versatility Champion
  21. WTCH (1 pt.) Working Trial Champion
  22. WTCH-X (1/2 pt.) Working Trial Champion X
  23. RTCH (1 pt.) Rally Trial Champion
  24. HOF (1 pt.) Hall of Fame
  25. Australian Shepherds produced by the Sire must have earned a combination of sixteen (16) of the above-named titles with a combination of three (3) Stockdog and three (3) Conformation titles and (3) titles of excellence (A.7) and the remaining seven (7) from any area named in (A.1-7) above.
  26. Australian Shepherds produced by the Dam must have earned a combination of ten (10) of the above-named titles with a combination of two (2) Stockdog titles and two (2) Conformation titles and two (2) titles of excellence (A.7) and the remaining four (4) from any area named in (A.1-7) above.
  27. The Sire must have a minimum of four (4) offspring to qualify for this title and must have already been awarded HOF Sire Title.
  28. The Dam must have a minimum of two (2) offspring to qualify for this title and must have already been awarded HOF Dam Title.
  29. The HOFX Sire and Dam form must be filled out completely by the owner and submitted to the ASCA Business Office until such time there is a computer program to track a Sire and Dam’s Excellent status.

 

Comments/Rationale from Committee: None provided.

 

Affected: The ASCA Business Office.

From the Office Manager on 10/17/2019:

Truthfully, I think the committee needs to contact the Conformation committee and see if a higher level Conformation title would be better suited for the HOFX aspect. The CC is currently working on that program.

Response from Jan Wesen: This program is not in place as of yet.

Response from the Office Manager: Okay, thanks Jan.

 

Effective Date: June 1, 2020.

 

Results of Committee Vote:

Approve: 6

Disapprove: 2

Abstain:

Non-Voting:

Comment from Committee Member: I like the proposal however I have voiced that WTCh should be the 3 stock requirements to equal a CH.

 

Kalla Jaco

Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America

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

6091 E. State Hwy 21, Bryan, TX 77808

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

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

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

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

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

SD.19.17 Motion to Adjust the Finals Judge Selection Process

Motion by Creelman

I make a motion to accept the following recommendation of the Stockdog Committee.

 

Committee Recommendation:

Title: Motion to adjust the selection process for Stockdog Finals Judges

I make a motion to adjust the process for selecting Stockdog Finals Judges to be a truly random method and to bring the selection process into compliance with the intent of Chapter 4 of the National Specialty Rule Book.

Motion by: Dan Sanderson

Second by: Jim McKay

 

Current Wording:

24.7.2 Determining Availability and Qualifications

Judges for the Stockdog Finals will be selected from all ASCA Stockdog Judges who return the questionnaire to the Business Office by the designated date and indicate they would be available. Information provided by the Stockdog Judges will be assumed to be correct. The Business Office will not be required to verify the information. The responding Stockdog Judges who meet the qualifications will be placed in a pool of judges for random selection.

The qualifications are as follows:

  1. Have fulfilled two of the three following provisions:
  2. Have judged at least 40 unrelated ASCA Stockdog trials in their career. Related trials are those held at the same location within the same 10-day period.
  3. Have judged at least 9 unrelated ASCA Stockdog trials in the previous 3 years.
  4. Have trialed an Australian Shepherd in at least 9 unrelated ASCA Stockdog trials in the previous 3 years.
  5. Have not judged Stockdog Finals in both of the last two years.
  6. Have regular judge status.
  7. Have no pending or previous disciplinary action within the previous year.
  8. A judge that is not currently an ASCA member must become a member of ASCA and remain a member for 5 continuous (without a lapse in Membership) years before being considered for ASCA Finals judge.

 

24.7.3 Failure to Secure Six Finals Judges

If six Finals Judges cannot be secured from the pool of judges meeting the qualifications in 22.7.2.a-e, the qualifications will be waived in the order they are listed to increase the number of judges in the pool. EXAMPLE: Waive 22.7.2.a to see if more judges are available. If not, waive 22.7.2.b, etc. until 6 Judges are hired to judge Stockdog Finals.

 

24.7.4 Drawing for Selection

  1. The Board of directors will perform a random draw of all Stockdog Judges who satisfy the qualifications listed in 22.7.2. The random draw will be done at the General Membership Meeting held at the National Specialty Event. The selection process will be done one time in full view of any who wish to attend the meeting.
  2. All names will be shown in the order of the draw at the meeting, and then posted to the ASCA Website and any ASCA approved e-mail list.
  3. The first 9 names will be supplied to the Host Club in no order to choose and hire 6 judges for Stockdog Finals.
  4. If 6 judges cannot be secured from this list, and all 9 judges have been asked and more than 3 decline the offer, the Host Club will be provided with the next single (10th) Judge’s name, in the order of the original random draw. If the next (10th) Judge declines the offer, the next (11th) Judge’s name, in the order of the original random draw, will be provided. This will continue in the order of the original random draw, one name at a time, until all 6 positions are filled. Each additional Judge must be asked and decline before moving to the next name on the list.
  5. If a Judge withdraws after being hired as 1 of the 6 Finals Judges, the next Judge, in the order of the random draw, will be provided to the Host Club. This will be repeated as many times as necessary if more than one judge withdraws from the original 9 chosen. Each additional Judge must be asked and decline before the next name will be provided to the Host Club.
  6. A reason must be provided to the ASCA Board of Directors by the Host Club explaining why an additional Judge, beyond the original 9 is needed.
    NOTE: The Nationals working trial Judges do not have to come from this list.

 

Proposed Wording:

24.7.2 Determining Availability and Qualifications

Judges for the Stockdog Finals will be selected from all ASCA Stockdog Judges who return the questionnaire to the Business Office by the designated date and indicate they would be available. The Business Office will be required to verify the information provided is accurate and correct. The responding Stockdog Judges who meet the qualifications will be placed in a pool of judges for random selection.

The qualifications are as follows:

  1. Must be a member of ASCA for five (5) continuous years (with no lapse in membership exceeding 30 days) before being considered for an ASCA Finals judge.
  2. Have not judged the Stockdog Finals for the previous two consecutive years.
  3. Have no pending or previous disciplinary action of any type within the previous two consecutive years.
  4. Have regular judge status.
  5. Have fulfilled two of the three following provisions:
    1. Have judged at least 40 unrelated ASCA Stockdog trials in their career. Related trials are those held at the same location within the same 10-day period.
    2. Have judged at least 9 unrelated ASCA Stockdog trials in the previous 3 years.
    3. Have trialed an Australian Shepherd in at least 9 unrelated ASCA Stockdog trials in the previous 3 years.

 

24.7.3 Failure to Secure Six Finals Judges

If six Finals Judges cannot be secured from the pool of judges meeting the qualifications in 22.7.2.a-e, the qualifications will be waived in the order they are listed to increase the number of judges in the pool. EXAMPLE: Waive 22.7.2.a to see if more judges are available. If not, waive 22.7.2.b, etc. until 6 Judges are hired to judge Stockdog Finals.

 

24.7.4 Drawing for Selection

  1. The Board of directors will perform a random draw of all Stockdog Judges who satisfy the qualifications listed in 22.7.2. The random draw will be done at the General Membership Meeting held at the National Specialty Event. The selection process will be done one time in full view of any who wish to attend the meeting.
  2. All names will be drawn and shown in the order of the draw at the meeting, and then posted to the ASCA Website and any ASCA approved e-mail list.
  3. The first 6 names drawn will be hired by the Host Club to judge Stockdog Finals.
  4. The Course Director, or person working in this capacity, will provide an employment contract to judge the upcoming Stockdog Finals within 4 months (120 days) of the selection to each of the 6 people whose names were drawn.
  5. If any Judge is unable to judge the upcoming Stockdog Finals after being selected, they must notify the Course Director at the earliest possible time.
  6. If, at any time and for any reason a Judge withdraws or is unable to fulfill the position of Stockdog Finals Judge, the Host Club will be provided with the 7th Judge’s name, in the order of the original random draw. If the 7th Judge declines the offer, the 8th Judge’s name, in the order of the original random draw, will be provided. This will continue in the order of the original random draw, one name at a time and in the order in which they were drawn, until all 6 positions are filled. Each additional Judge must be asked and decline before moving to the next name on the list.
  7. A reason must be provided to the ASCA Board of Directors by the Course Director explaining why an additional Judge, beyond the original 6 people whose names were drawn, is needed.
    NOTE: The Nationals working trial Judges do not have to come from this list.

 

Comments/Rationale from Committee: This change to the process of selecting Stockdog Finals Judges will create a truly random selection method and will eliminate the appearance of the selection of Judges based on ideology. This will help in setting aside any concerns contestants may have with how each Judge was selected. This change will also bring the Stockdog Rules in compliance with the intent of Chapter 4 of the National Specialty Rule Book.

 

Effective Date: June 1, 2020 (to apply to the selection of Judges for the ASCA Stockdog Finals in 2022).

 

Results of Committee Vote:

Approve: 8

Disapprove: 2

Abstain: 1

Non-Voting: 1

Dissent from Committee Member: I don’t think the system needs to be fixed.

 

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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