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

BD.17.226 New Section 6.25 Publication of Judge Information in Policy Book

Approve: Unanimous

Motion carries.

Motion by Roberts

Second by DeChant

I move to add a new section 6.25 Publication of Judge Information in the Policy Book.

Current wording: N/A

Proposed wording:

6.25 Publication of Judge Information

Contact information published in the Aussie Times for judges and judge applicants will be limited to the following:

Judge’s name, city, state/province, country, phone number and email address.

Comment/Rationale: People have expressed concerns with having the street or house address in the magazine. There is no current policy outlining what contact information is published. This policy addresses both of these concerns.

Parties affected: Judge and judge applicants.

Effective date: When passed by the Board.

Directors,

 

Voting on this motion went as follows:

 

FD.17.11 Rescue Grant to ARPH

Approve: 8

Oppose: 0

Abstain: Roberts

Motion carries.

Comment from Roberts: I’m an official volunteer.

 

Motion by Busquets

Second by DeChant

I move to provide ARPH the grant for $5000.00 to continue Australian Shepherd rescue operations.

 

Effective date: When passed by the Board.

 

*ATTACHED: ASCA Rescue Grant ARPH 2017 Final

 

 

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

FD.17.10 Foundation Donation to ASHGI

Approve: 8

Oppose: 0

Abstain: Busquets

Motion carries.

Motion by Roberts

Second by Vest

I move to make a donation of $3500.00 to ASHGI to be used in the Border Collie Collapse Study conducted by the University of Minnesota.

The donation will be funded by the monies in the unrestricted account of the ASCA Foundation ($1199 as of 10/31) with the remainder coming out of the epilepsy/research account.

Comment/Rationale: This disease may also affect other herding breeds, so it may be relevant to Aussies.

Parties affected: Unknown.

Effective date: When passed by the Board.

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

OB.17.08 Failure to Sit-Heel on Leash Deductions

Approve: Unanimous

Motion carries.

Motion by Busquets

I move to accept the changes forwarded by the Obedience Committee regarding the failure to sit-heel on leash deductions.

Motion by Marilyn Cherry

Second by Rosalind Hall

I move that we clarify that failure to sit at halt is a minor to substantial deduction.

Current wording:

3.6 Heel on Leash & Figure Eight, Scoring

If a dog is unmanageable, or if its handler constantly controls its performance by tugging on the leash or adapts pace to that of the dog, the dog must be scored non-qualifying.

Substantial deductions shall be made for additional commands or signals to heel and for failure of dog or handler to noticeably accelerate forward for the Fast and noticeably decelerate speed forward for the Slow.

Substantial or minor deductions shall be made for such things as lagging, heeling wide, forging, crowding, poor sits, handler failing to walk at a brisk pace, occasional guidance with leash and other imperfections in heeling.

Substantial or minor deductions shall be made for hand and arm positions that deviate from those allowed in Chapter 2, Section 19, Hands.

In scoring this exercise the judge shall accompany the handler at a discreet distance so that he can observe any signals or commands given by the handler to the dog. The judge must do so without interfering with either dog or handler.

8.7 Heel on Leash, Scoring

If a dog is unmanageable, or if its handler constantly controls its performance by tugging on the leash or adapts pace to that of the dog, the dog must be scored non-qualifying (NQ).

Minor deductions shall be made for additional commands or signals to heel and for failure of dog or handler to noticeably accelerate forward for the Fast or to noticeably decelerate speed forward for the Slow. Minor deductions shall be made for such things as lagging, heeling wide, forging, crowding, poor sits, failure to sit when handler halts, handler failing to walk at a brisk pace, occasional guidance with leash and other imperfections in heeling.

One time verbal praise or encouragement during this exercise will not be discouraged or penalized.  Some examples of allowable praise include “Good dog,” “Yes,” “Atta-boy,” “Atta-girl,” or “Nice work.”

Proposed wording:

3.6 Heel on Leash & Figure Eight, Scoring

If a dog is unmanageable, or if its handler constantly controls its performance by tugging on the leash or adapts pace to that of the dog, the dog must be scored non-qualifying.

Substantial deductions shall be made for additional commands or signals to heel and for failure of dog or handler to noticeably accelerate forward for the Fast and noticeably decelerate speed forward for the Slow.

Substantial or minor deductions shall be made for such things as lagging, heeling wide, forging, crowding, poor sits, failure to sit when handler halts, handler failing to walk at a brisk pace, occasional guidance with leash and other imperfections in heeling.

Substantial or minor deductions shall be made for hand and arm positions that deviate from those allowed in Chapter 2, Section 19, Hands.

In scoring this exercise the judge shall accompany the handler at a discreet distance so that he can observe any signals or commands given by the handler to the dog. The judge must do so without interfering with either dog or handler.

8.7 Heel on Leash, Scoring

If a dog is unmanageable, or if its handler constantly controls its performance by tugging on the leash or adapts pace to that of the dog, the dog must be scored non-qualifying (NQ).

Minor deductions shall be made for additional commands or signals to heel and for failure of dog or handler to noticeably accelerate forward for the Fast or to noticeably decelerate speed forward for the Slow. Minor deductions shall be made for such things as lagging, heeling wide, forging, crowding, poor sits, failure to sit when handler halts, failure to sit when handler halts, handler failing to walk at a brisk pace, occasional guidance with leash and other imperfections in heeling.

One-time verbal praise or encouragement during this exercise will not be discouraged or penalized.  Some examples of allowable praise include “Good dog,” “Yes,” “Atta-boy,” “Atta-girl,” or “Nice work.”

Comment/Rationale: Rule language clarification – for many years, judges have typically scored failure for the dog to sit when the handler halts as a deduction, but the current rulebook omits this specific action under scoring. Poor sits are listed, but we felt it necessary to list failure to sit as a specific and separate deduction, to eliminate scoring guesswork and specify that this action constitutes a minor to substantial deduction. Scoring for heeling in all other classes except for Beginner Novice refer to the Novice Heel on Leash section; however, the Beginner Novice class also needs this clarification under scoring.

Parties affected: Clarity for judges and competitors.

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: 10

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Non-Voting:

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

OB.17.07 Clarify Eligibility for A vs B Classes

Approve: Unanimous

Motion carries.

Motion by Busquets

I move to accept the changes forwarded by the Obedience Committee to clarify the eligibility for A vs. B classes.

Motion by Marilyn Cherry

Second by Rosalind Hall

I move that we add the gray text, and remove the strike-through text, to the following sections of Novice A, Open A, Utility A and Beginner Novice A to clarify eligibility for the A vs B classes.

Current wording:

3.1 Novice A Class

The Novice class shall be for dogs not less than six (6) months of age that have not earned the C.D. title from any registry. A dog that is owned by a person who has previously handled or regularly trained a dog that has earned a C.D. title from any registry may not be entered in the Novice A class, nor may a dog be handled in this class by such person.

More than one dog may be shown by the handler provided the handler has not placed a C.D. title on a dog from any registry and the dog does not have a C.D. title from any registry. Each dog in this class must have a different handler during sits and downs when judged in the same group.

4.2 Companion Dog Excellent (CDX)

This class has the Open A and Open B Divisions as set forth below.

1. Open A Division Class Eligibility and Exercises

The Open A class shall be for any dogs that have earned the CD title from ASCA but have not earned the ASCA ODX or CDX title.

4.3 Open Dog Excellent (ODX)

This class has the Open A and Open B Divisions as set forth below.

1. Open A Division Class Eligibility

The Open A class shall be for any dogs that have earned the CD title from ASCA but have not earned the ASCA ODX or CDX title.

5.2 Utility A Class

The Utility A class shall be for any dogs that have earned the ASCA CDX and/or ODX title but have not earned the ASCA UD title.

8.2 Beginner Novice A Class

A dog entered in Beginner Novice A must be handled by someone who has never previously handled or regularly trained a dog that has earned a BN title or a CD title from any registry.  The dog must be owned by the handler or by a member of the handler’s household or immediate family.  A person may handle more than one (1) dog in this class.

Proposed wording:

3.1 Novice A Class

The Novice class shall be for dogs not less than six (6) months of age that have not earned the C.D. title from any registry. A handler must own or co-own the dog entered or be a member of the owner’s household or immediate family, and cannot have A dog that is owned by a person who has previously handled or regularly trained a dog that has earned a CD title from any registry, may not be entered in order to be eligible to enter or handle any dog in the Novice A class nor may a dog be handled in this class by such person. No dog may be entered in both the Novice A and Novice B classes at any one trial.

More than one dog may be shown by the handler provided the handler has not placed a CD title on a dog from any registry and the dog does not have a CD title from any registry. The same person who handles the dog in the individual exercises must handle the dog in the group exercises, with the following exception. Each dog in this class must have a different handler during sits and downs when judged in the same group; this additional handler for the group exercises need not be a member of the owner’s household or immediate family.

4.2 Companion Dog Excellent (CDX)

This class has the Open A and Open B Divisions as set forth below.

1. Open A Division Class Eligibility and Exercises

The Open A class shall be for any dogs that have earned the CD title from ASCA but have not earned the ASCA ODX or CDX title. Each dog must be handled by its owner or by a member of the owner’s household or immediate family. The same person who handles the dog in the individual exercises must handle the dog in the group exercises. However, if a person has handled more than one dog in the individual exercises that will participate in the group exercises, that person must provide a handler for the additional dog when judged in the same group. The additional handler for the group exercises need not be a member of the owner’s household or immediate family. No dog may be entered in both the Open A and Open B classes at any one trial.

4.3 Open Dog Excellent (ODX)

This class has the Open A and Open B Divisions as set forth below.

1. Open A Division Class Eligibility

The Open A class shall be for any dogs that have earned the CD title from ASCA but have not earned the ASCA ODX or CDX title. Each dog must be handled by its owner or by a member of the owner’s household or immediate family. No dog may be entered in both the Open A and Open B classes at any one trial.

5.2 Utility A Class

The Utility A class shall be for any dogs that have earned the ASCA CDX and/or ODX title but have not earned the ASCA UD title. Each dog must be handled by its owner or by a member of the owner’s household or immediate family. No dog may be entered in both the Utility A and Utility B classes at any one trial.

8.2 Beginner Novice A Class

A dog entered in Beginner Novice A must be handled by someone who has never previously handled or regularly trained a dog that has earned a BN title or a CD title from any registry. The dog must be owned by the handler or by a member of the handler’s household or immediate family. A person may handle more than one (1) dog in this class. No dog may be entered in both the Beginner Novice A and Beginner Novice B classes at any one trial.

Comment/Rationale: New competitors, or those who co-own dogs, are often confused about whether they are eligible to enter the A class, or must enter the B class, of any particular class level. We want to place more specific language into the rulebook to make it easier for competitors to enter the proper class. We also want to make it clear that a dog may not be entered in both the A and B class of the same level at any one trial.

Parties affected: Obedience competitors who are eligible to enter the A classes.

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: 10

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Non-Voting: 1

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

RA.17.08 Addition of Stationary and Moving Signs & Revision of the Rally Rules

Approve: Unanimous

Motion carries.

Motion by Busquets

I move to accept the addition of new Stationary and Moving Signs and Revision of the Rally Rules and Regulations presented by the Rally Committee.

Motion by Corinne Shanks

Second by Karen Black

I move accept the new Rally Signs, as detailed in Attachment NS1, the revisions to the Rally Rules and Regulations as detailed in Attachment NS2, the Revised Course Review Checklist NS3 and the addition to the Appendix for Masters signs 414, 415 and 416 NS4.

Current & proposed wording: Please see attached documents NS1 Rulebook Ready June 2018 New Signs, NS2 Rule book changes 1, NS3 Design Checklist, and NS4 Appendix addition for Sign Placement 414, 415, 416.

Comment/Rationale: The purpose of this motion is to add new stationary and moving exercises to all levels of the rally program. The objective is to keep rally fresh and appealing to current and new competitors and to improve course design options for judges.

Parties affected: All contestants will need to review and learn new signs from January 1, 2018 through June 1, 2018 when the new signs will be effective. Judges will need to update courses and review judging guidelines involved with these signs. All ASCA Affiliates will be required to make new signs for use June 1, 2018. A file will be available for the Affiliates to print just the new signs (there are no number changes or level changes to current signs). The Course Review Checklist has been updated to aid judges and course reviewers in evaluating all courses. Webmaster will need to add new signs to publications on the web site.

Business Office notified: 11/29/17

Webmaster notified: 11/29/17

Effective date: June 1, 2018

Results of the committee vote:

Approve: 12

Oppose: 0

Abstain: 0

Non-voting: 2

*ATTACHMENTS:
NS4 Appendix addition for Sign Placement 414, 415, 416
NS3 Design Checklist
NS2 Rule book changes 1
NS1 Rulebook Ready June 2018 New Signs

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

RA.17.09 Rally Judge Eligible to Compete and Judge on Same Date

Approve: 8

Oppose: Gray

Abstain: 0

Motion carries.

Motion by Busquets

I move to accept the rally committee’s motion regarding rally judges being allowed to compete on the same day they judge.

Motion by Corinne Shanks

Second by Sara Swanson

I move to allow Rally Judges to Compete and Judge on the same calendar date, provided trials do not overlap.

Current wording:

1.10.3 Judge Competing on Day They are Judging

Judges may not compete in a Rally Trial prior to their judging assignment on the same day in which they are judging. A Judge may compete in Rally Trials on the same day in which they judge after the Trial in which they judged is completed.

Proposed wording:

1.10.3 Judge Competing on Day They are Judging

Judges may not compete in a Rally Trial prior to their judging assignment on the same day in which they are judging. A Judge may compete in Rally Trials on the same day in which they judge after the Trial in which they judged is completed. Rally judges may show in cluster trials on weekends in which they are judging without restrictions on the order in which they judge and show. This includes same day rally trials when such events precede or follow but do not overlap the trial at which they officiate.

Comment/Rationale: Under the current rule 1.10.3, a judge cannot compete prior to their judging assignment on the same calendar date. The purpose of this motion is to allow Rally judges to compete and judge on the same calendar date, provided the trials do not overlap. This is especially important when a judge cancels and the affiliate is not able to find a replacement judge. A judge that is willing to judge the 2nd trial is not allowed to compete in the 1st trial under the current rule. The proposed rule is that used by Obedience.

Parties affected: Judges will benefit by being allowed to compete prior to their judging assignment.  Affiliates will benefit in emergency situations when a judge is needed due to a cancellation by a contracted judge.

Business Office notified: 12/7/17

Webmaster notified: N/A

Effective date: Upon approval by the BOD

Results of the committee vote:

Approve: 14

Disapprove: 0

Abstain: 0

Non-Voting: 0