Past Motions

Motions that have been voted on by the Board of Directors in the past month will be posted to this page by approximately the last day of each month. Feedback on any motion should be directed to executive.secretary@asca.org for distribution to the Board..
 
As rule changes are approved, the Executive Secretary will make those changes to the rulebooks posted on the website, with the effective date noted, in order for the membership to see what changes will be in effect in the upcoming competitive season.
 
Please refer to past Secretary’s Reports for information on motions older than 30 days.

BD.17.180 2018 Stockdog Finals Judges

Approve: 7

Oppose: 0

Abstain: Gibson, Kissman

Motion carries.

 

Motion by Roberts

Second by King

I move to approve the slate of judges for the 2018 Stock Finals.

 

Preston Kissman, Ken Lyle, Steve Shope, Sharon Simmons, Larry Teaff, and Brad Warren

 

Rationale: The Board is supposed to approve them

 

Parties affected: Stock Finals judges, 2018 Nationals Host Club

 

Effective date: Upon Board approval

BD.17.179 Transfer of ASCA Yahoo groups to Groups.io

Approve: Unanimous

Motion carries.

Motion by Roberts

Second by King

I move that all ASCA owned groups hosted by Yahoo be transferred to Groups.io by Jan. 1st, 2018.

Comments/Rationale: Groups.io is a more secure and easier to use platform for hosting our committee groups.

The ASCA DNA group was successfully moved to groups.io from Yahoo.  There have been no complaints from ASCA users, thus far.

Parties affected: Committee members, ASCA Office

Ray has said that it would take about 1/2 day to move all of the groups.

Effective date: Upon Board approval

Members,
 
The following emergency motion has been voted on by the ASCA Board. Results are below.
 

BD.17.200 Emergency Motion to Suspend the 30-Day Rule of the Contagious Disease Section

Approve: Busquets, Creelman, DeChant, Roberts

Oppose: Gibson, King, Silveira, Vest

Abstain: Gray

Motion fails.

Comment from Gibson: Although I feel this policy is flawed and needs to be revised, I believe we need to err on the side of caution and uphold our current rule, as we announced. Our legal counsel has advised us against eliminating our policy in this fashion, and I am going to follow this advice. Individuals and Affiliates have already taken action based on our original announcement. To change our decision now is not fair to the Affiliates who were trying to abide by the Board’s decision.

Comment from King: While I understand the hardship on affiliates and exhibitors I want a new procedure in place before removing the Contagious Disease rule regarding exposure.

Comment from Silveira: As an Officer of ASCA, I can not in good conscience approve this motion. This issue is not an emergency. All organizations conducting dog events have in place a rule addressing contagious disease. If ASCA removes it’s rule, does ASCA then have a liability should an outbreak occur? I believe this motion exposes ASCA to such liability. This rule has been in place ever since ASCA’s first Rule Book was published. It has protected our Aussies well since then. This motion should be defeated. If there is a better rule to be created, we should immediately attend to that issue. This motion relies on vaccination to protect our Aussies. Those of us in the healthcare field know that vaccination is not a guarantee. When diverse populations gather from around the world, viruses are spread to a non immune population for which vaccines have not been formulated for. This motion also allows for proof of vaccination to substitute for our written rule. What form will this proof look like to be acceptable. For those of us who do our own vaccines, how do we prove compliance?

Comment from Vest: My concern with the total deletion of this rule is based upon the caution that was issued by ASCA’s attorney. In light of that caution and the BOD’s statement to Members earlier this week…reminding them of the 30 rule….elimination of the rule may not be judicious at this time.

Motion by Busquets

Second by Roberts

I move to hereby suspend until further notice, Conformation Rule 9.9.b and 9.9.c, Agility Rule 1.3.7.b and 1.3.7.c, Dock Jumping Rule 1.3.6.b and 1.3.6.c, Obedience Rule 1.3.4.b and 1.3.4.c, Rally Rule 1.10.4.b and 1.10.4.c, Stockdog Rule 4.8.c.ii and 4.8.c.iii, and Tracking Rule 1.9.b and 1.9.c.  This is effective immediately.

Rationale: This rule needs revision so that it reflects current scientific knowledge and modern testing technologies.

Members,
 
The following emergency motion has been voted on by the ASCA Board. Results are below.
 

BD.17.201 Emergency Motion on Non-Regular Dog Classes

Approve: Busquets, Creelman, DeChant, Gibson, Gray, Roberts, Vest

Oppose: King, Silveira

Abstain: 0

Motion carries.

Letter of Dissent from King: I support the removal of dogs under six months from our Nationals. But I feel there is enough time before next year to allow this motion conformation committee input and posting and comments from the membership.

Letter of Dissent from Silveira: The issues covered by this motion are not an emergency. I am certain the Committee is aware of this issue and stand ready to fully address it with a reasoned recommendation for the Directors consideration. Telling a Committee to ban non regular classes or Aussies from the Nationals Show Site is unprecedented and short sighted given the incomplete discussion and analysis that has been given to this subject.

Motion by Gray

Second by Vest

I move to direct the Conformation Committee to remove all reference to 2-4 and 4-6 month puppy classes from the rulebook for all pre-shows and National Specialty.  In addition, any non-regular class such as Stud Dog, Brood Bitch, Brace, Breeder’s Showcase, Generations or any other non-regular or regular class that allowed dogs under the calendar age of 6 months will now be limited to dogs over the calendar age of 6 months.

I further move all Committees revise their Nationals rules to include:  No dog under the calendar age of 6 months shall be allowed on the grounds of the National Specialty site effective one week before the start date of the first pre-show, during all pre-shows and during the Specialty.

Comments: This Emergency Motion is necessary to remove under age puppies from being on the grounds of pre-shows and Nationals because of the inherent risk of diseases the pup doesn’t have full protection for because of age or lack of vaccination.

Parties affected: All members with underage pups who attend pre-shows and Nationals.

Effective date: When passed.

FD.17.07 Rescue Grant – Western Australian Shepherd Rescue

Approve: Unanimous

Motion carries.

 

Motion by King

Second by DeChant

I make a motion to approve a $5000 donation to Western Australian Shepherd Rescue from the ASCA Foundation.

 

OB.17.06 Send Rulebook Changes to Judges

Approve: 8

Oppose: Gray

Motion carries.

 

Motion by Wesen

I move to approve this motion from the Obedience Committee.

 

Motion by Katie van de Sandt

Second by Jane Small

I make a motion that we ask the Executive Secretary, in May of each year, to email to all Obedience Judges the list of upcoming changes for the June rulebook. Include in the letter a request to judges to notify the Business Office if for any reason they would like to be removed from the ASCA Obedience Judges list.

 

Rationale: To facilitate keeping judges updated on changes in the obedience rules and to help keep the judges list updated.

 

Parties affected: Obedience judges will get rule updates. Executive Secretary will be asked to email out the rule change doc once a year.

 

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

 

Results of the committee vote:

Approve: 7

Disapprove: 0

Abstain: 0

Non-voting: 3

 

The Obedience Committee does not recommend that this motion be printed in the rulebook.

 

OB.17.05 Send Trial Paperwork and Rulebook to Judges

Approve: 7

Oppose: Gray, Roberts

Motion carries.

Letter of Dissent from Gray: Policy 8.9.2 was not followed.

Letter of Dissent from Roberts: I can’t approve this motion without a notation as to where this policy will reside in ASCA documents.

 

Motion by Wesen

I move to approve this motion from the Obedience Committee.

 

Motion by Katie van de Sandt

Second by Jane Small

I move to ask the Business Office, when obedience trials are sanctioned, to email the judge a copy of the premium and/or sanctioning paperwork, a link to the latest rulebook and an offer to mail a printed copy of the current rulebook, if the judge requests it.

 

Rationale: Make sure judges have the details of trials they have agreed to judge in their hands before the trial. Make the process for getting a current rulebook easily visible to and convenient for judges.  Ensure judges receive similar information when judging obedience that they have already been receiving when judging rally.

 

Parties affected: Business Office is asked to send information to judges of sanctioned trials.

 

Effective date: The Effective Date of the motion will be immediately following approval by the Board of Directors.

 

Results of the committee vote:

Approve: 7

Disapprove: 0

Abstain: 0

Non-voting:

3

 

The Obedience Committee does not recommend that this motion be printed in the rulebook.

 

SD.17.09 Dogs in the Arena

Approve: 0

Oppose: 8

Abstain: Gray

Motion fails.

Comment from DeChant: I am opposed as I think it needs more work.

Comment from Kissman: This is a proposed rule modification from the SDC that will not be followed.  The existing rule is currently not being followed.  If the SDC wants to level the playing field at a Stockdog Trial, they will have to come up with a better solution.

Comment from Vest: Will not be able to support this motion as written. I appreciate the purpose of the motion and understand that the SDC is trying to correct an issue. However, in a lot of the A.M./P.M. trials, the stock are run back to back to prevent them having to be caught up and penned again later in the day. Re/ awards, rarely do Affiliates hand out ribbons/awards until the A.M/P.M. is complete as some award High Combined and other awards that require the completion of both trials.

 

Motion by Roberts

I move to approve the motion from the SDC:

 

Motion by Jim McKay

Second by Judy DeShazo

I move that the Stock Dog Committee change the wording of 4.11.1 in section 11.

 

CURRENT WORDING:

4.11.1

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

 

PROPOSED WORDING:

4.11.1

Competing dogs will not be allowed in the trial arena on the day of the trial until the trial is finished, with the exception of the runs in which the dog is entered. The trial arena includes all areas where the dogs are competing and all areas used for handling trial livestock, including pasture and corral holding areas or pens. The trial is considered finished after all runs, including run offs, for that trial have been judged. When more than one sanctioned trial is held on the same day, a dog who has previously competed that day may be used for livestock management, provided the trial in which the dog competed is finished and the dog will not be competing in any further runs, including run offs, that day.  A non-competing dog may be used to work the stock only at the discretion of the course director and the judge.

 

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

 

Parties affected: Competitors in Stock trials

 

Effective date: upon approval of the BOD

 

Results of the committee vote:

The following motion was approved by the SDC on 9/22/2017 with all members voting as follows:

Approved: 9

Opposed: 3