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Motions currently under consideration of the Board of Directors will be posted to this page by the 11th of every month. Feedback on any motion should be directed to executive.secretary@asca.org for distribution to the Board.

Motions brought before the Board for discussion and vote must be done so in accordance with ASCA’s Policies and Procedures. All motions are sent to the Executive Secretary for distribution to the Board and the membership (except confidential or sensitive issues). Motions are made between the 1st and the 10th of each month. The comment period extends until the 19th of the month. Voting begins on the 20th (or first business day thereafter) of each month and ends five business days later, with results distributed immediately.

Each year, from December 20 through January 2, the Board of Directors observes the holiday season. During this period all requests for comments and votes on all non-emergency issues will be delayed until the next voting cycle. The December voting period will be adjusted each year to have the voting cycle end on December 20th (or earlier if the 20th falls on a weekend). The January motion cycle will start the first business day after January 2nd.

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

New BOD Motion - BD.23.10 Remove ASCA Sponsorship from Nationals Conformation Awards

Members,

This motion has been submitted via email to the ASCA Board of Directors for their consideration. Voting will be open from Monday, February 20th until Sunday, February 26th, and the results will be posted on Monday, February 27th.

Please submit your comments by February 19th in order for them to be taken into consideration by the Board.

Thank you for your continued involvement with ASCA.

Sincerely,
Kalla Jaco
ASCA Executive Secretary

BD.23.10 Remove ASCA Sponsorship from Nationals Conformation Awards

Motion by Creelman to remove the verbiage in awards listed, “sponsored by ASCA”, from 24.11 of the National Specialty Rules. Second by McCabe.

Current Wording:

24.11 Regular Conformation

  1. Best of Breed (Sponsored by ASCA)
  2. Best of Opposite Sex (Sponsored by ASCA)
  3. Best of Winners
  4. Premier Dog (10 ribbons required)
  5. Premier Bitch (10 ribbons required)
  6. Winners Dog
  7. Reserve Winners Dog
  8. Winners Bitch
  9. Reserve Winners Bitch
  10. Best of Breed Puppy
  11. Best of Opposite Sex Puppy
  12. Altered Best of Breed (Sponsored by ASCA)
  13. Altered Best of Opposite Sex (Sponsored by ASCA)
  14. Altered Best of Winners
  15. Premier Altered Dog (10 ribbons required)
  16. Premier Altered Bitch (10 ribbons required)
  17. Altered Winners Dog
  18. Altered Reserve Winners Dog
  19. Altered Winners Bitch
  20. Altered Reserve Winners Bitch

Proposed Wording:

24.11 Regular Conformation

  1. Best of Breed (Sponsored by ASCA)
  2. Best of Opposite Sex (Sponsored by ASCA)
  3. Best of Winners
  4. Premier Dog (10 ribbons required)
  5. Premier Bitch (10 ribbons required)
  6. Winners Dog
  7. Reserve Winners Dog
  8. Winners Bitch
  9. Reserve Winners Bitch
  10. Best of Breed Puppy
  11. Best of Opposite Sex Puppy
  12. Altered Best of Breed (Sponsored by ASCA)
  13. Altered Best of Opposite Sex (Sponsored by ASCA)
  14. Altered Best of Winners
  15. Premier Altered Dog (10 ribbons required)
  16. Premier Altered Bitch (10 ribbons required)
  17. Altered Winners Dog
  18. Altered Reserve Winners Dog
  19. Altered Winners Bitch
  20. Altered Reserve Winners Bitch

Comments/Rationale: ASCA is now the sponsor of the Nationals and removing this verbiage will make the award available to the individual(s) to sponsor.

Affected: Sponsors for the ASCA Nationals conformation awards.

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

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New BOD Motion - BD.23.11 Payment to Attorney David Schleicher

Members,

This motion has been submitted via email to the ASCA Board of Directors for their consideration. Voting will be open from Monday, February 20th until Sunday, February 26th, and the results will be posted on Monday, February 27th.

Please submit your comments by February 19th in order for them to be taken into consideration by the Board.

Thank you for your continued involvement with ASCA.

Sincerely,
Kalla Jaco
ASCA Executive Secretary

BD.23.11 Payment to Attorney David Schleicher

Motion by Wesen to pay attorney $5000 for 1/3 of our yearly attorney retainer. Second by Creelman.

Current Wording: None.

Proposed Wording: None.

Comments/Rationale: Payment to attorney he has generously split our payments this year.

Affected: Business Office, Board of Directors, and membership.

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

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New BOD Motion - BD.23.13 Changes to Governing Documents Regarding the Aussie Times

Members,

This motion has been submitted via email to the ASCA Board of Directors for their consideration. Voting will be open from Monday, February 20th until Sunday, February 26th, and the results will be posted on Monday, February 27th.

Please submit your comments by February 19th in order for them to be taken into consideration by the Board.

Thank you for your continued involvement with ASCA.

Sincerely,
Kalla Jaco
ASCA Executive Secretary

BD.23.13 Changes to Governing Documents Regarding the Aussie Times

Motion by Wesen to make the following changes to ASCA’s governing documents regarding the Aussie Times. Second by Gerken.

Current Wording:

Policy Book

6.3 Affiliate Club Reps

Copies of the Aussie Times will no longer be sent to the Affiliate Club Representatives.

Policy Book

6.4 Director’s Copy

ASCA Directors will receive their copy of the Aussie Times via First Class Mail.

Policy Book

6.5 Approval for Committee Submissions

It is the Board’s policy that all material from ASCA Committees and Officers must have the approval of your Liaison before it will be printed in the Aussie Times. The offices that do not have a Liaison will send their material to the President for approval. Please see that your material gets to your Liaison with plenty of time to then be sent to the Aussie Times.

Policy Book

7.7 ASCA Lifetime Achievement Award

7.7.2 AWARDS

The Lifetime Achievement Award recipient(s) will be honored at the Nationals Banquet, if they wish to attend, and will be awarded an ASCA Honorary Membership for their lifetime, pursuant to Article 4, Section 1 D of the Bylaws. As an Honorary Member, the recipient will not be required to pay membership fees and, if they chose to, will receive the Aussie Times without paying a subscription fee.

7.7.3 AUSSIE TIMES

Every five years the Business Office will query all recipients to confirm that they wish to continue the free Aussie Times subscription. If they no longer wish to receive the publication, they will be removed from distribution. If later any recipient would like to resume the free Aussie Times publication, they will need to contact the Business Office to be added back to the distribution. If a recipient prefers to receive the online Aussie Times versus a hard copy, they will need to clarify with the Business Office.

Policy Book

9.6 Membership

9.6.1 LAPSED MEMBERSHIP

Individual or dual memberships that have lapsed may be renewed retroactively provided payment is received within three months of the lapse date. Missed issues of the Aussie Times, if available, after renewal, will be sent if appropriate postage and handling fees are included.

19.9 Schedule of Fees

The Treasurer, coordinating with the Office Manager, will assemble and maintain a schedule of fees to be charged for various ASCA services including but not limited to:

This schedule will be printed in each issue of the Aussie Times and available on the ASCA Website.

Registry Rules

2.2 DNA Testing

The owners of dogs from all generations which have been affected by the “incorrectly identified” parent will also be sent letters from ASCA by certified and regular mail informing them of the situation within approximately forty-five days of the discovery of the error. The dog in question and those affected by the “unknown” lineage will be placed on Not for Breeding status and pedigrees will be modified to correctly reflect their “unknown” origin within their pedigrees. If a pedigree is modified or corrected because of a DNA investigation, the changes must be printed in the Aussie Times.

National Specialty Rules

6.2 Premium List in Aussie Times

A fifteen-page Premium List, including entry forms, is printed in the March/April issue (for September/October Nationals) or the May/June issue (for November Nationals) of the Aussie Times at no expense to the Nationals Committee. Should the Nationals Committee require more than fifteen pages, the Nationals Committee must request Board approval for additional pages when submitting the first draft.

Director Handbook

Appendix A: The Effective Committee Liaison

Handling Correspondence and Meetings

It is the Board’s policy that all material from ASCA Committees and Officers must have the approval of the Liaison before it will be printed in the Aussie Times. The offices that do not have a Liaison will send their material to the President for approval. This material must be in the hands of the Liaison in sufficient time to allow for review and forwarding to the Aussie Times editor.

Proposed Wording:

Policy Book

6.3 Affiliate Club Reps

Copies of the Aussie Times will no longer be sent to the Affiliate Club Representatives.

Policy Book

6.4 Director’s Copy

ASCA Directors will receive their copy of the Aussie Times via First Class Mail.

Policy Book

6.5 Approval for Committee Submissions

It is the Board’s policy that all material from ASCA Committees and Officers must have the approval of your Liaison before it will be printed published in the Aussie Times. The offices that do not have a Liaison will send their material to the President for approval. Please see that your material gets to your Liaison with plenty of time to then be sent to the Aussie Times.

Policy Book

7.7 ASCA Lifetime Achievement Award

7.7.2 AWARDS

The Lifetime Achievement Award recipient(s) will be honored at the Nationals Banquet, if they wish to attend, and will be awarded an ASCA Honorary Membership for their lifetime, pursuant to Article 4, Section 1 D of the Bylaws. As an Honorary Member, the recipient will not be required to pay membership fees and, if they chose to, will receive the Aussie Times without paying a subscription fee.

7.7.3 AUSSIE TIMES

Every five years the Business Office will query all recipients to confirm that they wish to continue the free Aussie Times subscription. If they no longer wish to receive the publication, they will be removed from distribution. If later any recipient would like to resume the free Aussie Times publication, they will need to contact the Business Office to be added back to the distribution. If a recipient prefers to receive the online Aussie Times versus a hard copy, they will need to clarify with the Business Office.

Policy Book

9.6 Membership

9.6.1 LAPSED MEMBERSHIP

Individual or dual memberships that have lapsed may be renewed retroactively provided payment is received within three months of the lapse date. Missed issues of the Aussie Times, if available, after renewal, will be sent if appropriate postage and handling fees are included.

19.9 Schedule of Fees

The Treasurer, coordinating with the Office Manager, will assemble and maintain a schedule of fees to be charged for various ASCA services including but not limited to:

This schedule will be printed published in each issue of the Aussie Times and available on the ASCA Website.

Registry Rules

2.2 DNA Testing

The owners of dogs from all generations which have been affected by the “incorrectly identified” parent will also be sent letters from ASCA by certified and regular mail informing them of the situation within approximately forty-five days of the discovery of the error. The dog in question and those affected by the “unknown” lineage will be placed on Not for Breeding status and pedigrees will be modified to correctly reflect their “unknown” origin within their pedigrees. If a pedigree is modified or corrected because of a DNA investigation, the changes must be printed published in the Aussie Times.

National Specialty Rules

6.2 Premium List in Aussie Times

A fifteen-page Premium List, including entry forms, is printed published in the March/April issue (for September/October Nationals) or the May/June issue (for November Nationals) of the Aussie Times at no expense to the Nationals Committee. Should the Nationals Committee require more than fifteen pages, the Nationals Committee must request Board approval for additional pages when submitting the first draft.

Director Handbook

Appendix A: The Effective Committee Liaison

Handling Correspondence and Meetings

It is the Board’s policy that all material from ASCA Committees and Officers must have the approval of the Liaison before it will be printed published in the Aussie Times. The offices that do not have a Liaison will send their material to the President for approval. This material must be in the hands of the Liaison in sufficient time to allow for review and forwarding to the Aussie Times editor.

Comments/Rationale: These changes are needed to update the availability of information on the ASCA website and will allow for faster publication on the website. Some of these sections are no longer needed since the Aussie Times is viewable on the website.

Affected: Affiliate Clubs, Board of Directors, ASCA Members, Business Office.

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

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New BOD Motion - BD.23.14 Proposed ASCA Bylaws Change

Members,

This motion has been submitted via email to the ASCA Board of Directors for their consideration. Voting will be open from Monday, February 20th until Sunday, February 26th, and the results will be posted on Monday, February 27th.

Please submit your comments by February 19th in order for them to be taken into consideration by the Board.

Thank you for your continued involvement with ASCA.

Sincerely,
Kalla Jaco
ASCA Executive Secretary

BD.23.14 Proposed ASCA Bylaws Change

Motion by McCabe to update section 7.09 Notice (of meetings) in the bylaws and for this change to be placed on the 2023 ballot. Second by Wesen.

Current Wording:

Section 7.09 Notice

The following provisions pertain to notices of meetings of the Board of Directors:

  1. Written notice of any special meeting of Directors shall be given as follows:
  2. By mail, to each Director at his most recent address reflected in the membership records, at least fifteen (15) days prior to the meeting. Or,
  3. By personal delivery, telephone or telegram to the most recent address reflected in the membership records for each Director at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the meeting. In the event such notice is given on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, twenty-four (24) hours shall be added to the required notice.

Proposed Wording:

Section 7.09 Notice

The following provisions pertain to notices of meetings of the Board of Directors:

  1. Written notice of any special meeting of Directors shall be given as follows:
  2. By mail, to each Director at his most recent address reflected in the membership records, at least fifteen (15) days prior to the meeting. Or,
  3. By personal delivery, telephone or telegram email to the most recent address reflected in the membership records for each Director at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the meeting. In the event such notice is given on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, twenty-four (24) hours shall be added to the required notice.

Comments/Rationale: Communication methods are primarily electronic now.

Affected: Board of Directors.

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

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New BOD Motion - BD.23.15 Appoint Cynthia Downing as Fundraising Coordinator/Chairperson

Members,

This motion has been submitted via email to the ASCA Board of Directors for their consideration. Voting will be open from Monday, February 20th until Sunday, February 26th, and the results will be posted on Monday, February 27th.

Please submit your comments by February 19th in order for them to be taken into consideration by the Board.

Thank you for your continued involvement with ASCA.

BD.23.15 Appoint Cynthia Downing as Fundraising Coordinator/Chairperson

Motion by Creelman to approve Cynthia Downing as Fundraising Coordinator/Chairperson for ASCA.  She will have authority to contact vendors, in order to gain sponsorships for ASCA. She would send all gained information to the ASCA Board for discussion and approval. This position will be evaluated after one year. Second by Busquets.

Current Wording: None.

Proposed Wording: None.

Comments/Rationale: ASCA needs income, and any sponsorships would be a benefit.

Affected: Cynthia Downing, ASCA.

Effective Date: Immediately upon Board approval.

Sincerely,
Kalla Jaco
ASCA Executive Secretary

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

New BOD Motion - BD.23.16 Requiring Conformation Judges for Nationals & Finals to be ASCA Members

Members,

This motion has been submitted via email to the ASCA Board of Directors for their consideration. Voting will be open from Monday, February 20th until Sunday, February 26th, and the results will be posted on Monday, February 27th.

Please submit your comments by February 19th in order for them to be taken into consideration by the Board.

Thank you for your continued involvement with ASCA.

Sincerely,
Kalla Jaco
ASCA Executive Secretary

BD.23.16 Requiring Conformation Judges for Nationals & Finals to be ASCA Members

Motion by Creelman to require that all conformation judges, judging at the National Specialty and Finals, must be ASCA members in good standing. This motion applies only to National Specialty judges. Second by Busquets.

Current Wording: None.

Proposed Wording: None.

Comments/Rationale: It is a privilege to be asked to judge at the National Specialty. Being an active member in good standing of ASCA shows that they have dedication to the organization. If they are not willing to be a member in good standing, they are not showing their support of ASCA.

Affected: ASCA Breeder Judges.

Effective Date: June 1, 2023.

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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New BOD Motion - AF.23.01 Application to Affiliate – ASEA Luxembourg

Members,

This motion has been submitted via email to the ASCA Board of Directors for their consideration. Voting will be open from Monday, February 20th until Sunday, February 26th, and the results will be posted on Monday, February 27th.

Please submit your comments by February 19th in order for them to be taken into consideration by the Board.

Thank you for your continued involvement with ASCA.

Sincerely,
Kalla Jaco
ASCA Executive Secretary

AF.23.01 Application to Affiliate – ASEA Luxembourg

Motion by Wesen to approve ASEA Luxembourg as an ASCA affiliate. Second by Creelman.

Location: Schifflange, Luxembourg
President: Ralf Schlapp
Affiliate Rep: Astrid Schuetz
Club Website: www.australian-shepherd.us

Current Wording: None.

Proposed Wording: None.

Comments/Rationale: The club has met the affiliation requirements which have been confirmed by the Business Office.

Affected: ASEA Luxembourg members and ASCA exhibitors in Europe.

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

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New BOD Motion - AF.23.02 Reinstatement of Gold Country ASC

Members,

This motion has been submitted via email to the ASCA Board of Directors for their consideration. Voting will be open from Monday, February 20th until Sunday, February 26th, and the results will be posted on Monday, February 27th.

Please submit your comments by February 19th in order for them to be taken into consideration by the Board.

Thank you for your continued involvement with ASCA.

Sincerely,
Kalla Jaco
ASCA Executive Secretary

AF.23.02 Reinstatement of Gold Country ASC

Motion by Sims to reinstate Gold Country ASC and have them pay their renewal fee plus a $100 late fee. Second by Larson.

Current Wording: None.

Proposed Wording: None.

Comments/Rationale: It is per policy – the policy book states –

If renewal is not received by February 15, the Affiliate Club must submit the annual renewal fee and a $100 late fee to be processed and returned to good standing.

Affected: Gold Country ASC, ASCA Business Office.

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

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New BOD Motion - AG.23.05 Requirements for Distance Test in Gamblers Class

Members,

This motion has been submitted via email to the ASCA Board of Directors for their consideration. Voting will be open from Monday, February 20th until Sunday, February 26th, and the results will be posted on Monday, February 27th.

Please submit your comments by February 19th in order for them to be taken into consideration by the Board.

Thank you for your continued involvement with ASCA.

Sincerely,
Kalla Jaco
ASCA Executive Secretary

AG.23.05 Requirements for Distance Test in Gamblers Class

Motion by Liaison Byrne to approve the following recommendation from the Agility Committee.

Committee Recommendation: Enhance the description of the requirements for the distance test in the Gamblers class

Motion by Sherry Butler to approve clarifying the criteria for a distance test in the Gamblers class. Second by Sandra Katzen.

Results of Committee Vote: Approved: 6. Disapproved: 5. Abstained: None. Non-Voting: None.

Dissent from Committee Member Heather Tyler: I would like to see the end of the weave poles count as a distance test. Especially in the instance of weaves going away from the handler where the end of the weave poles is at the required distance away from the gamble line. I feel the same way about the end of a contact counting as a distance test also. I would be in favor of standardizing the gambles rules by saying the middle of any obstacle (jumps, contacts, weaves and tunnels), is where the measurement for the distance test should be taken.

Current Wording:

7.4.2 The Gamble Course Design

The gamble will include, at every level, at least two or more obstacles which are performed while the dog is the required minimum distance (distance challenge) from the handler. To determine where the gamble line should be placed, the minimum distance will be measured from the dog’s logical path of performance of the obstacle to the handler line. The two or more obstacles at the minimum distance can be in sequence or not in sequence, but they must be two of the four gamble obstacles, not including any bonus obstacles.

Proposed Wording:

7.4.2 The Gamble Course Design

The gamble will include, at every level, at least two or more obstacles which are performed while the dog is the required minimum distance (distance challenge) from the handler. To determine where the gamble line should be placed, the minimum distance will be measured from the dog’s logical path of performance of the obstacle to the closest point on the gamble handler line. Both the entry and exit of the weaves, teeter and A frame and the entrance of tunnels must be at the minimum distance per level to be considered a distance challenge. Jumps are measured from the center of the jump to the gamble line. The two or more obstacles at the minimum distance can be in sequence or not in sequence, but they must be two of the four gamble obstacles, not including any bonus obstacles. Examples of distance requirements are in the following diagrams:

The diagrams and full motion are attached below.

Comments/Rationale: There have been different interpretations of what point(s) of an obstacle need to be at distance to consider the obstacle a distance test in the Gamblers class. After polling the Judges and Course Reviewers, the majority that responded consider the current wording “dog’s logical path of performance of the obstacle” to be the dog’s path for the entire obstacle for all obstacles except for a jump. The jump is measured to the center of the jump.

The reason the Aframe and teeter require the entire obstacle to be at distance is the ability of the dog to say on the contact and especially hit the contact while the handler is at distance is just as important a test as getting on the obstacle. For the weaves, it’s a challenge for the dog to enter the weave at distance, but to also stay in the weaves at the distance.

Judges can still design gambles with the all or some of the Aframe, teeter, and weaves and tunnel entrance closer than the distance rules, but it won’t count as one of the two distance obstacles. That would just be one of four obstacles. One judge commented that he like to have the contacts and weave start closer, but have the dogs finish farther away. This can still be done within the motion. If the entrance is closer than the distance test, then it just doesn’t count as one of the four distance obstacles.

Gambles can still be very creative and challenging within the rules of this motion.

Another issue that has come up is where to measure from the obstacle to the gamble line. Rather than assuming where a handler may be when an obstacle is being performed, the measurement should be the closest point on the gamble line to the obstacle. This motion adds wording and diagrams to clarify the description of what constitutes a distance test.

Affected: Judges and Course Reviewers.

Effective Date: June 1, 2023.

Attachment: Motion – Gamblers distance test v2

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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New BOD Motion - CO.23.09 Required Premier Awards at Nationals

Members,

This motion has been submitted via email to the ASCA Board of Directors for their consideration. Voting will be open from Monday, February 20th until Sunday, February 26th, and the results will be posted on Monday, February 27th.

Please submit your comments by February 19th in order for them to be taken into consideration by the Board.

Thank you for your continued involvement with ASCA.

Sincerely,
Kalla Jaco
ASCA Executive Secretary

CO.23.09 Required Premier Awards at Nationals

Motion by Liaison Creelman to approve the following recommendation from the Conformation Committee.

Committee Recommendation: 24.11 Required Ribbons National Specialty

Motion by Gail Karamalegos to approve the following changes to the National Specialty Rulebook. Second by Mary Hellmeister.

Results of Committee Vote: Approved: 14. Disapproved: None. Abstained: None. Non-Voting: None.

Current Wording:

24.11 Regular Conformation

  1. Best of Breed (Sponsored by ASCA)
  2. Best of Opposite Sex (Sponsored by ASCA)
  3. Best of Winners
  4. Premier Dog (10 ribbons required)
  5. Premier Bitch (10 ribbons required)
  6. Winners Dog
  7. Reserve Winners Dog
  8. Winners Bitch
  9. Reserve Winners Bitch
  10. Best of Breed Puppy
  11. Best of Opposite Sex Puppy
  12. Altered Best of Breed (Sponsored by ASCA)
  13. Altered Best of Opposite Sex (Sponsored by ASCA)
  14. Altered Best of Winners
  15. Premier Altered Dog (10 ribbons required)
  16. Premier Altered Bitch (10 ribbons required)
  17. Altered Winners Dog
  18. Altered Reserve Winners Dog
  19. Altered Winners Bitch
  20. Altered Reserve Winners Bitch

Proposed Wording:

24.11 Regular Conformation

  1. Intact Best of Breed (Sponsored by ASCA)
  2. Intact Best of Opposite Sex (Sponsored by ASCA)
  3. Intact Best of Winners
  4. Intact Premier Dog (10 ribbons required) (15% of Intact dog special entries, with a maximum of 10)
  5. Intact Premier Bitch (10 ribbons required) (15% of Intact bitch special entries, with a maximum of 10)
  6. Intact Winners Dog
  7. Intact Reserve Winners Dog
  8. Intact Winners Bitch
  9. Intact Reserve Winners Bitch
  10. Best of Breed Puppy
  11. Best of Opposite Sex Puppy
  12. Altered Best of Breed (Sponsored by ASCA)
  13. Altered Best of Opposite Sex (Sponsored by ASCA)
  14. Altered Best of Winners
  15. Premier Altered Dog (10 ribbons required) (15% of Altered dog special entries, with a maximum of 10)
  16. Premier Altered Bitch (10 ribbons required) (15% of Altered bitch special entries, with a maximum of 10)
  17. Altered Winners Dog
  18. Altered Reserve Winners Dog
  19. Altered Winners Bitch
  20. Altered Reserve Winners Bitch

Comments/Rationale: The purpose of this motion is to edit the number of required ribbons/awards for Premiers at Nationals.

Affected: None.

Effective Date: June 1, 2023.

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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New BOD Motion - CO.23.08 Clarifying Premier Awards at Nationals

Members,

This motion has been submitted via email to the ASCA Board of Directors for their consideration. Voting will be open from Monday, February 20th until Sunday, February 26th, and the results will be posted on Monday, February 27th.

Please submit your comments by February 19th in order for them to be taken into consideration by the Board.

Thank you for your continued involvement with ASCA.

Sincerely,
Kalla Jaco
ASCA Executive Secretary

CO.23.08 Clarifying Premier Awards at Nationals

Motion by Liaison Creelman to approve the following recommendation from the Conformation Committee.

Committee Recommendation: Section 22 National Specialty Premiers

Motion by Gail Karamalegos to approve the following change to the National Specialty Rules. Second by Mary Hellmeister.

Results of Committee Vote: Approved: 14. Disapproved: None. Abstained: None. Non-Voting: None.

Current Wording:

22 Premier Ten Awards

22.1 Premier Ten Dogs and Bitches

Premier Ten Awards will be chosen from specials only. There will be a Premier Ten in dogs and a Premier Ten in bitches.

22.1.1 ALTERED PREMIER TEN DOGS AND BITCHES

There will be a Premier Ten in the altered dogs and a Premier Ten in the altered bitches. These Premier Ten will be chosen from the altered specials only.

22.2 Not Eligible for Premier Ten

Best of Breed, Best of Winners, and Best of Opposite Sex are not eligible to receive a Premier Ten award.

22.2.1 NOT ELIGIBLE FOR ALTERED PREMIER TEN

Altered Best of Breed, Altered Best of Winners, and Altered Best of Opposite Sex are not eligible to receive a Premier Ten award.

Proposed Wording:

22 Premier Ten Awards

22.1 Premier Ten Dogs and Bitches

Premier Ten Awards in Altered and Intact will be chosen from specials only. There will be a Premier Ten in dogs and a Premier Ten in bitches. The number of Premier awards shall be calculated for each Intact sex and each Altered sex by using a 15% ratio, based on the number of entries postmarked by the deadline and received by the entry clerk.  Percentages that are not whole numbers are to be rounded up.  The maximum number of Premier awards for each Intact and Altered sex shall be 10.  Example:

15% of 56 Intact Dogs entered = 8.4, which is to be rounded up to 9 Premier awards for Intact Dogs

15% of 21 Altered Bitches entered = 3.15, which is to be rounded up to 4 Premier awards for Altered Bitches.

22.2 Not Eligible for Premier Ten

Intact and Altered Best of Breed, Best of Winners, and Best of Opposite Sex are not eligible to receive a Premier Ten award.

22.2.1 NOT ELIGIBLE FOR ALTERED PREMIER TEN

Altered Best of Breed, Altered Best of Winners, and Altered Best of Opposite Sex are not eligible to receive a Premier Ten award.

Comments/Rationale: The purpose of this motion is to bring the National Specialty rules regarding Premier awards in line with the Conformation rules if the change in the Conformation rule regarding premiers passes.

Affected: None.

Effective Date: June 1, 2023.

Kalla Jaco

Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America

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

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New BOD Motion - CO.23.07 Changes to Non-Regular Breeder Judge Requirements

Members,

This motion has been submitted via email to the ASCA Board of Directors for their consideration. Voting will be open from Monday, February 20th until Sunday, February 26th, and the results will be posted on Monday, February 27th.

Please submit your comments by February 19th in order for them to be taken into consideration by the Board.

Thank you for your continued involvement with ASCA.

Sincerely,
Kalla Jaco
ASCA Executive Secretary

CO.23.07 Changes to Non-Regular Breeder Judge Requirements

Motion by Liaison Creelman to approve the following recommendation from the Conformation Committee.

Committee Recommendation: Appendix B Non-Regular Breeder Judge Requirements

Motion by Shelby Shank to approve the following changes to Appendix B: Non-Regular Breeder Judge Requirements. Second by Gail Karamalegos.

Results of Committee Vote: Approved: 8. Disapproved: 6. Abstained: None. Non-Voting: None.

Dissent from Committee Member Leah Swatko: I agree in principal that this section must be clarified. I am just not confident this motion completely addresses this as it is worded. I know that all applicants are under strict guidelines to be completely honest. I just think the verbiage could be clearer as I addressed during the discussion period.

Dissent from Committee Member Ann DeChant: While I appreciate the intent, I don’t think this is going to be enforceable. I also don’t think tougher requirements are in order. Education and being familiar with Aussies as a working stockdog are more important to me.

Dissent from Committee Member Mary Hellmeister: Proposed C: I don’t think that any member of the household where five litters have been bred should be eligible to claim any CH out of said litters without any proof of involvement of raising and evaluating these litters. There is no process in place on how ASCA could verify such information on a possible application of a household member.

Proposed I: Again, I don’t think that any household member where five litters have been registered should be eligible to apply for Breeder Judge status simply only due to the fact that they live under the same roof as the Primary litter owner without any evidence of being involved in raising and/or evaluating these litters. ASCA cannot verify such claims on the application to become a Breeder Judge. Example: My husband owns/leases the bitch, breeds the litters, raises and places it, and all I do is sit in the recliner and I can claim those litters on my application.

Dissent from Committee Member David Clayton: I feel that using breeder judges is important to the conformation program. Often we are using other judges that are closer. These judges may not understand the breed standard as well as our conformation judges. Making it harder to become a breeder judge does not benefit the program as overall it will lead to fewer potential breeder judges.

Comment from Committee Member Brandy Greenhagen: I voted yes for this motion because I believe that the title of breeder judge means someone who has experience planning, whelping, raising, evaluating and showing litters.  With today’s trend towards having multiple breeders listed on litters, I don’t think that the original intent is being honored anymore.  I have researched many other breed/all breed clubs and their requirements for “breeder” judges and they are all much more strict with adding more time in the breed and all require that you be the one that is actually having the litter, not just signing onto papers.   This motion was developed after extensive discussion with Misty and Ray at the office about what can be verified and what cannot and what needs to be worded a certain way for it to be enforceable.  I fully understand that people can still cheat the system, but these updated requirements will help shore up the understanding that we are actually looking to promote the right people for the job.

Some of the other dissent comments have me confused.

-While I do understand that we trust applicants, we also currently allow for every and any breeder on a litter to use that litter for their qualifications, whether they did any of the “work” or not.

-Asking for 10 years of participation. Most other clubs require many more years of participation with the breed before judging and I fully support that clause. How are we to understand the weight of our decisions in the ring if we have never fully witnessed a dog of our breeding getting old and how the specific physical and mental traits that we chose to breed for will help/hinder their transition to old age/longevity?

-I also do not understand the analogy of a wife sitting on a couch not helping with a litter, but I just can’t see a scenario where household members would not be involved in raising a litter.

Comment from Committee Member Shelby Shank: I think this motion is critical because it takes away the current co-breeder loophole that is being abused. Many individuals have never bred a litter themselves or experienced having to go through the steps to produce and raise a litter. Simply being signed on as Co-Breeder has qualified individuals to become a Breeder Judge with no experience being a breeder. Unfortunately, that defeats the purpose of the Breeder Judge. With the adjustments only the Primary Breeder will get credit which in theory will make those with desires to apply have to step up and take charge of doing a litter themselves if they want credit. The added additional breed experience will ask those applying to be more involved in the breed before applying. Providing more knowledge of conformation events, breed knowledge by attending seminars, and affiliate club involvement. These changes I feel are to better those applying for Breeder Judge, and uphold the integrity of the Breeder Judge.

Comment from Committee Member Michael McGuire: I vote yes on this motion. There have been too many loopholes that breeder judge applicants can use to circumvent the hard work they should be doing by simply adding their names as breeder on litters for their qualifications and NOT physically doing the work of breeding, whelping and watching stock growing which helps formulate and shape who you are as a breeder judge.  It most certainly helps you make those decisions when you are standing in the middle of the ring and passing judgement. Breeding, whelping and watching puppies grow and go through structural changes helps you as a breeder.  >From where I started and where I am now as a breeder is so different, and that is all from learning, being hands on and having a central hand in the way I breed dogs today. I believe that this motion will compel breeder judge applicants to have more under the belt, real time hands on experience that we have now.

Current Wording:

Non-Regular Breeder Judge Requirements

Before applying for Non-Regular ASCA Breeder Judge status, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Must be a full adult member of ASCA in good standing for a minimum of eight continuous (without a lapse in Membership) years immediately preceding their application to become an ASCA Non-Regular Breeder Judge.
  2. Must be at least twenty-six years of age and must be a member of the sponsoring Affiliate Club for a minimum of two continuous (without a lapse in Membership) years immediately preceding their application to become an ASCA Non-Regular Breeder Judge.
  3. Must have bred five ASCA Champions of Record or be a breeder of three and handled two ASCA Champions of Record to their title. (The applicant must have placed all points and majors on each Champion.)
  4. Must have a thorough knowledge of the ASCA Australian Shepherd Breed Standard.
  5. Must have a thorough knowledge of the ASCA Approved Conformation Show Rules and Regulations.
  6. Must have evidence of a strong background and involvement in ASCA and its programs developed for the Australian Shepherd, such as membership and participation in Affiliate Clubs, and putting on ASCA events such as Show Secretary, Steward, Scorekeeper, Timekeeping, etc.
  7. Must have served as a steward in the conformation ring at five or more ASCA sanctioned events. Must have served as a Show Secretary at three or more ASCA sanctioned events.
  8. Must be willing to abide by the ASCA Conformation Judges Code of Ethics.

These are minimum requirements for applying and each applicant will be evaluated on an individual basis. Applicants may exceed these requirements for their benefit.

Proposed Wording:

Non-Regular Breeder Judge Requirements

Before applying for Non-Regular ASCA Breeder Judge status, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Must be a full adult member of ASCA in good standing for a minimum of eight continuous (without a lapse in Membership) years immediately preceding their application to become an ASCA Non-Regular Breeder Judge.
  2. Must be at least twenty-six years of age and must be a member of the sponsoring Affiliate Club for a minimum of two continuous (without a lapse in Membership) years immediately preceding their application to become an ASCA Non-Regular Breeder Judge.
  3. Must have bred be a Primary Breeder/Litter Owner or member of the household that produced five ASCA Champions of Record or be a breeder the Primary Breeder/Litter Owner or member of the household that produced three and handled two ASCA Champions of Record to their title. (The applicant must have placed all points and majors on each Champion.)
  4. Must have a thorough knowledge of the ASCA Australian Shepherd Breed Standard.
  5. Must have a thorough knowledge of the ASCA Approved Conformation Show Rules and Regulations.
  6. Must have evidence of a strong background and involvement in ASCA and its programs developed for the Australian Shepherd, such as membership and participation in Affiliate clubs, attending breed seminars, and putting on ASCA events such as Show Secretary, Steward, Scorekeeper, Timekeeping, etc. for 10 years prior to application.
  7. Must have served as a steward in the conformation ring at five or more ASCA sanctioned events. Must have served as a Show Secretary at three or more ASCA sanctioned conformation events.
  8. Must be willing to abide by the ASCA Conformation Judges Code of Ethics.
  9. Must be the Primary Breeder/Litter Owner or member of the household where five litters have been registered. (Qualifying litters must have been registered under Primary Breeder/Owner/Primary Lessee address)

These are minimum requirements for applying and each applicant will be evaluated on an individual basis. Applicants may exceed these requirements for their benefit.

Comments/Rationale: To prevent excessive co-ownerships to achieve Breeder judge requirements. To add additional qualifications/experience for those applying to be a Non-Regular Breeder judge.

Affected: Those applying and interested in applying for Non-Regular Judge status. The ASCA Business Office (Ray and Misty) approved.

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

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New BOD Motion - CO.23.06 Clarifying Exhibitor Identification Rules

Members,

This motion has been submitted via email to the ASCA Board of Directors for their consideration. Voting will be open from Monday, February 20th until Sunday, February 26th, and the results will be posted on Monday, February 27th.

Please submit your comments by February 19th in order for them to be taken into consideration by the Board.

Thank you for your continued involvement with ASCA.

Sincerely,
Kalla Jaco
ASCA Executive Secretary

CO.23.06 Clarifying Exhibitor Identification Rules

Motion by Liaison Creelman to approve the following recommendation from the Conformation Committee.

Committee Recommendation: 13.3 Exhibitor Identification

Motion by Brandy Greenhagen to approve the following change to section 13.3 of the Conformation Rule Book. Second by Michael McGuire.

Results of Committee Vote: Approved: 12. Disapproved: 1. Abstained: 1. Non-Voting: None.

Dissent from Committee Member Leah Swatko: I vote no based on vague wording.

Comment from Committee Member David Clayton: I have not found this to be a problem but apparently others have.

Current Wording:

Section 3.13 Exhibitor Identification

No badges, coats with kennel names, dog’s names, or any advertisements, shall be worn or displayed, nor any other visible means of identification used, by an individual when exhibiting a dog in the ring.

Proposed Wording:

Section 3.13 Exhibitor Identification

No badges, coats with kennel names, dogs’ names, or any dog-related advertisements, shall be worn or displayed, nor any other visible means of identification used, by an individual when exhibiting a dog in the ring.

Comments/Rationale: There have been instances this past year where this rule was incorrectly interpreted to mean that any clothing with logos/advertisements or even just simply words could not be worn in the ring (i.e., Nike logos, shirts with words that have nothing to do with advertising). We changed the wording to be consistent with the Obedience handbook which simply clarifies the “advertisement” portion.

Affected: Exhibitors.

Effective Date: June 1, 2023.

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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New BOD Motion - CO.23.05 Adding Premier Awards to Additional Placements and Prizes

Members,

This motion has been submitted via email to the ASCA Board of Directors for their consideration. Voting will be open from Monday, February 20th until Sunday, February 26th, and the results will be posted on Monday, February 27th.

Please submit your comments by February 19th in order for them to be taken into consideration by the Board.

Thank you for your continued involvement with ASCA.

Sincerely,
Kalla Jaco
ASCA Executive Secretary

CO.23.05 Adding Premier Awards to Additional Placements and Prizes

Motion by Liaison Creelman to approve the following recommendation from the Conformation Committee.

Committee Recommendation: 6.6 Additional Placements and Prizes

Motion by Gail Karamalegos to approve the following changes to Section 6.6 of the Conformation Rule Book. Second by Mary Hellmeister.

Results of Committee Vote: Approved: 14. Disapproved: None. Abstained: None. Non-Voting: None.

Comment/Dissent from Committee Member:

Current Wording:

Section 6.6 Additional Placements and Prizes

Ribbons and/or Rosettes for outright award may also be offered for: Best of Novice Classes, Best in Bred by Exhibitor Classes, Best in American Bred Classes, Best in Open Classes and Best in any additional classes which the show giving club may offer in which the sexes are divided. Additional prizes or trophies for the above placing are at the sole discretion of the show giving club.

Proposed Wording:

Section 6.6 Additional Placements, Prizes, and Premier Awards

Ribbons and/or Rosettes for outright award may also be offered for: Best of Novice Classes, Best in Bred by Exhibitor Classes, Best in American Bred Classes, Best in Open Classes and Best in any additional classes which the show giving club may offer in which the sexes are divided. Additional prizes or trophies for the above placing are at the sole discretion of the show giving club.

At any Conformation show in which Premier awards are offered in Best of Breed, it must be included in the premium, and the following formula shall be used to determine the number of Premier awards in each sex, in both Altered and Intact Best of Breed:

  1. For all shows, the maximum number of Premier awards is 15% of the Best of Breed pre-entries, in each Intact sex and each Altered sex, received by the club and postmarked by the closing date in the premium or received by the club offering day of show or on site entries. The percentage used, and whether the count is by closing date or day of show, must be included in the show premium. If the resulting count is not a whole number, the count is to be rounded up. A lower percentage may be offered, as long as it’s the same percentage for Altered and Intact and it’s stated in the premium. The maximum number of Premier awards for each Intact and Altered sex shall be 10.  Examples:

55 Intact dog specials at 15% = 8.25, to be rounded up to 9.

21 Altered bitch specials at 15% = 3.15, to be rounded up to 4.

  1. The same ribbons and prizes are to be given for Altered and Intact Premiers.

Comments/Rationale: This change to the Conformation Rules is necessary to avoid the inconsistencies in Premier awards which have occurred over the years, primarily at the National Specialty and associated pre-shows. In order for the awarding of Premiers to be fair and equitable, a percentage formula needs to be implemented. This change does not affect the ASCA Business Office or the computer upgrade. A separate motion will be made to change the National Specialty number of premier awards to this formula.

Affected: Clubs offering Premier Awards.

Effective Date: June 1, 2023.

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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New BOD Motion - CO.23.04 Drawings for Illustrated Breed Standard

Members,

This motion has been submitted via email to the ASCA Board of Directors for their consideration. Voting will be open from Monday, February 20th until Sunday, February 26th, and the results will be posted on Monday, February 27th.

Please submit your comments by February 19th in order for them to be taken into consideration by the Board.

Thank you for your continued involvement with ASCA.

Sincerely,
Kalla Jaco
ASCA Executive Secretary

CO.23.04 Drawings for Illustrated Breed Standard

Motion by Liaison Creelman to approve the following recommendation from the Conformation Committee.

Committee Recommendation: Drawings for Illustrated Breed Standard

Motion by Gail Karamalegos to approve the new Australian Shepherd Illustrated Standard drawings by Shelly Hollen and color reference photos. Second by Shelby Shank.

Results of Committee Vote: Approved: 13. Disapproved: 1. Abstained: None. Non-Voting: None.

Current Wording: None.

Proposed Wording: None.

Comments/Rationale: The purpose is to approve the visual reference portion of the Australian Shepherd Illustrated Standard. Once this has been approved by the Conformation Committee and the Board, the accompanying narrative text will then be completed and will require additional approval.

Affected: ASCA members and conformation judges.

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

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New BOD Motion - CO.23.03 Clarifying Section 12.7.2 Points

Members,

This motion has been submitted via email to the ASCA Board of Directors for their consideration. Voting will be open from Monday, February 20th until Sunday, February 26th, and the results will be posted on Monday, February 27th.

Please submit your comments by February 19th in order for them to be taken into consideration by the Board.

Thank you for your continued involvement with ASCA.

Sincerely,
Kalla Jaco
ASCA Executive Secretary

CO.23.03 Clarifying Section 12.7.2 Points

Motion by Liaison Creelman to approve the following recommendation from the Conformation Committee.

Committee Recommendation: Update 12.7.2

Motion by Brandy Greenhagen to approve the following changes to Section 12.7.2 of the Conformation Rulebook. Second by Gail Karamalegos.

Results of Committee Vote: Approved: 14. Disapproved: None. Abstained: None. Non-Voting: None.

Current Wording:

12.7.2 Points

This program requires a dog to obtain a total of fifty points with six major wins to become a Supreme Conformation Champion. The major wins must be won under six different judges and at least two other judges must award the remaining points. At least one 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 five points, A BOS win will be awarded three points at shows with a major in either dogs or bitches. If there is not a major, the BOB win will be awarded three points, the BOS win will be awarded two points.

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.

Proposed Wording:

12.7.2 Points

This program requires a dog to obtain a total of fifty points with six major wins to become a Supreme Conformation Champion. The major wins must be won under six different judges and at least two other judges must award the remaining points. At least one 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 five points, A BOS win will be awarded three points at shows with a major in either dogs or bitches. If there is not a major, the BOB win will be awarded three points, the BOS win will be awarded two points.

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.

Points earned towards Intact SCCH title can be transferred over towards the equivalent Altered SCCH title.

Comments/Rationale: We have been asked to clarify that this was the intention when the SCCH section was written.

Affected: ASCA conformation exhibitors.

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

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New BOD Motion - JR.23.01 Addition to Approved Junior Judge Application Procedure

Members,

This motion has been submitted via email to the ASCA Board of Directors for their consideration. Voting will be open from Monday, February 20th until Sunday, February 26th, and the results will be posted on Monday, February 27th.

Please submit your comments by February 19th in order for them to be taken into consideration by the Board.

Thank you for your continued involvement with ASCA.

Sincerely,
Kalla Jaco
ASCA Executive Secretary

JR.23.01 Addition to Approved Junior Judge Application Procedure

Motion by Liaison McCabe to approve the following recommendation from the Junior Committee.

Committee Recommendation: Appendix A: Approved Junior Judge Requirements ** Procedure Addition **

Motion by Andrea Bair in accordance with the other adjustments the Junior Committee recently made. Seconded by Shelby Shank.

Results of Committee Vote: Approved: 11. Disapproved: None. Abstained: None. Non-Voting: 2.

Comment from Committee Member Andrea Bair: I also recommend that the ASCA BOD encourage other committees to do the same wherever different judges levels occur that may have recently changed or be in the process of making changes.

Current Wording:

Appendix A: Approved Junior Judge Requirements

Before applying for Approved Junior Judge Status, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Previously approved as an ASCA Junior Judge prior to 6/1/2021 or complete items B & C of this section.
  2. Must be an ASCA Provisional Junior Judge.
  3. Must have completed judging on a minimum of five (5) junior handling judging assignments with an entry of three (3) or more entrants from the regular classes at ASCA Sanctioned Conformation Shows.

These are minimum requirements for applying, and each applicant will be evaluated on an individual basis. The applicant may exceed these requirements for their benefit.

Procedure

Steps in applying for Approved Junior Judge:

  1. Junior judges who were approved prior to 6/1/2021 are automatically approved and have judged within the last 5 years, do not need to file anything. It is recommended that those judges confirm with the ASCA Business Office to make sure that their status gets updated accordingly.
  2. In letter format submit the following documentation to the ASCA Business Office:
  3. Judges books (legible copies are permitted) showing the completion of judging on a minimum of five (5) junior handling judging assignments with an entry of three (3) or more entrants from the regular classes at ASCA Sanctioned Conformation Shows.
  4. Documentation must include the name of the Affiliate club sponsoring the sanctioned show, the date of the judging assignment, the name of the show secretary, the classes judged and the number of entries judged.
  5. Documentation may include any other additional educational steps taken or beneficial activity the applicant may have been involved in since approval as a Provisional Junior Judge.
  6. The ASCA Business Office will verify the documentation is correct and minimum requirements have been met, upon receipt of the application letter.
  7. Once the Office has determined that the applicant has met the minimum requirements, they will forward the judging assignment information and any comments made by the Affiliate Club on the judges review form from the sanctioning paperwork to the ASCA Board of Directors.
  8. The ASCA Board of Directors will approve or deny the applicant within sixty (60) days.
  9. If the application is approved, the applicant will receive notification in writing from the ASCA Business Office of appointment to Approved Junior Judge and, at that time, may then accept judging assignments as outlined above. Upon approval, the applicant’s name, address and telephone number will also be published in the next issue of the Aussie Times and will be amended in the ASCA Approved Judges List as an Approved Junior Judge with the notation of “J” beside their name.

Proposed Wording:

Appendix A: Approved Junior Judge Requirements

Before applying for Approved Junior Judge Status, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Previously approved as an ASCA Junior Judge prior to 6/1/2021 or complete items B & C of this section.
  2. Must be an ASCA Provisional Junior Judge.
  3. Must have completed judging on a minimum of five (5) junior handling judging assignments with an entry of three (3) or more entrants from the regular classes at ASCA Sanctioned Conformation Shows.

These are minimum requirements for applying, and each applicant will be evaluated on an individual basis. The applicant may exceed these requirements for their benefit.

Procedure

Steps in applying for Approved Junior Judge:

  1. Junior judges who were approved prior to 6/1/2021 are automatically approved and have judged within the last 5 years, do not need to file anything. It is recommended that those judges confirm with the ASCA Business Office to make sure that their status gets updated accordingly.
  2. Judges applying for Approved Junior Judge Status must adhere to the rules in effect at the time of the Approved Junior Judge application even if they were approved as a Provisional prior to 06/01/23 when the Approved Junior Judge requirements were modified.
  3. In letter format submit the following documentation to the ASCA Business Office:
  4. Judges books (legible copies are permitted) showing the completion of judging on a minimum of five (5) junior handling judging assignments with an entry of three (3) or more entrants from the regular classes at ASCA Sanctioned Conformation Shows.
  5. Documentation must include the name of the Affiliate club sponsoring the sanctioned show, the date of the judging assignment, the name of the show secretary, the classes judged and the number of entries judged.
  6. Documentation may include any other additional educational steps taken or beneficial activity the applicant may have been involved in since approval as a Provisional Junior Judge.
  7. The ASCA Business Office will verify the documentation is correct and minimum requirements have been met, upon receipt of the application letter.
  8. Once the Office has determined that the applicant has met the minimum requirements, they will forward the judging assignment information and any comments made by the Affiliate Club on the judges review form from the sanctioning paperwork to the ASCA Board of Directors.
  9. The ASCA Board of Directors will approve or deny the applicant within sixty (60) days.
  10. If the application is approved, the applicant will receive notification in writing from the ASCA Business Office of appointment to Approved Junior Judge and, at that time, may then accept judging assignments as outlined above. Upon approval, the applicant’s name, address and telephone number will also be published in the next issue of the Aussie Times and will be amended in the ASCA Approved Judges List as an Approved Junior Judge with the notation of “J” beside their name.

Comments/Rationale: For clarification to alleviate confusion in the future for prospective judge applicants.

Affected: Future Junior Judge Applicants.

Effective Date: June 1, 2023.

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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New BOD Motion - JR.23.02 Clarification of Non-Regular Junior Classes

Members,

This motion has been submitted via email to the ASCA Board of Directors for their consideration. Voting will be open from Monday, February 20th until Sunday, February 26th, and the results will be posted on Monday, February 27th.

Please submit your comments by February 19th in order for them to be taken into consideration by the Board.

Thank you for your continued involvement with ASCA.

Sincerely,
Kalla Jaco
ASCA Executive Secretary

JR.23.02 Clarification of Non-Regular Junior Classes

Motion by Liaison McCabe to approve the following recommendation from the Junior Committee.

Committee Recommendation: Motion by Andrea Bair. Seconded by Shelby Shank.

Results of Committee Vote: Approved: 10. Disapproved: None. Abstained: None. Non-Voting: 3.

Current Wording:

Section 1.4 Age to Participate in ASCA Junior Program

To compete in the ASCA Junior Program, a junior must be at least eight (8) years of age, and no older than eighteen(18) years old. The two age divisions are 8-12 Years, and 13-17 Years.

Juniors who have not yet attained their eighth birthday are eligible for competition in non-regular Pee-Wee (3-5 Years) and Sub-Junior (6-7 Years) classes when they are offered at conformation shows but will not be eligible to compete for Best Junior Handler or for year-end awards in the ASCA Junior Program.

These are considered non-regular classes and are not mandatory. Ages are to be calculated as of June 1st of the current merit year. No junior under the age of 3 may exhibit in any non-regular class.

Proposed Wording:

Section 1.4 Age to Participate in ASCA Junior Program

To compete in the ASCA Junior Program, a junior must be at least eight (8) years of age, and no older than eighteen(18) years old. The two age divisions are 8-12 Years, and 13-17 Years.

Juniors who have not yet attained their eighth birthday are eligible for competition in non-regular Pee-Wee (3-5 Years) and Sub-Junior (6-7 Years) classes when they are offered at conformation shows but will not be eligible to compete for Best Junior Handler or for year-end awards in the ASCA Junior Program.

These are considered non-regular classes and are not mandatory. Ages are to be calculated as of June 1st of the current merit year. No junior under the age of 3 may exhibit in any non-regular class. Judges are not to place these classes, all juniors are to receive equal placement ribbons or participation ribbons. As these are a non-regular class, non-regular placement ribbons are recommended.

Comments/Rationale: For clarification purposes only.

Affected: Non-Regular juniors, ASCA Junior and Conformation Judges, Affiliate clubs hosting Conformation shows (if offering these classes).

Effective Date: June 1, 2023.

Kalla Jaco

Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America

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

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New BOD Motion - JR.23.03 Clarification of Non-Regular Placement Ribbons

Members,

This motion has been submitted via email to the ASCA Board of Directors for their consideration. Voting will be open from Monday, February 20th until Sunday, February 26th, and the results will be posted on Monday, February 27th.

Please submit your comments by February 19th in order for them to be taken into consideration by the Board.

Thank you for your continued involvement with ASCA.

Sincerely,
Kalla Jaco
ASCA Executive Secretary

JR.23.03 Clarification of Non-Regular Placement Ribbons

Motion by Liaison McCabe to approve the following recommendation from the Junior Committee.

Committee Recommendation: Motion by Andrea Bair. Seconded by Shelby Shank.

Results of Committee Vote: Approved: 10. Disapproved: None. Abstained: None. Non-Voting: 3.

Current Wording:

Junior Showmanship Judging Guidelines (Appendix)

Tips and Pointers to Guide Your Way:

  1. Make sure to use Non-Regular strip ribbons for the Pee-Wee and Sub Junior Divisions and Regular Strip Ribbons for the Novice and Open Class Divisions.

Proposed Wording:

Junior Showmanship Judging Guidelines (Appendix)

Tips and Pointers to Guide Your Way:

  1. Use Non-Regular ribbons or Participation ribbons for the Pee-Wee and Sub Junior classes, whichever is available as provided by the hosting affiliate. All Competitors are to receive equal placement, for example all juniors in those classes get first place. Regular Ribbons are to be used for the Novice and Open classes and those classes should be placed according first thru fourth.

Comments/Rationale: For clarification purposes only.

Affected: ASCA Junior and Conformation Judges.

Effective Date: June 1, 2023.

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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New BOD Motion - JR.23.04 Additional Clarification of Non-Regular Placement Ribbons

Members,

This motion has been submitted via email to the ASCA Board of Directors for their consideration. Voting will be open from Monday, February 20th until Sunday, February 26th, and the results will be posted on Monday, February 27th.

Please submit your comments by February 19th in order for them to be taken into consideration by the Board.

Thank you for your continued involvement with ASCA.

Sincerely,
Kalla Jaco
ASCA Executive Secretary

JR.23.04 Additional Clarification of Non-Regular Placement Ribbons

Motion by Liaison McCabe to approve the following recommendation from the Junior Committee.

Committee Recommendation: Motion by Andrea Bair. Seconded by Shelby Shank.

Results of Committee Vote: Approved: 10. Disapproved: None. Abstained: None. Non-Voting: 3.

Current Wording:

Chapter 2 Junior Handling Classes

PEE-WEE: 3-5 years old SUB-JUNIOR: 6-7 years old

  1. Judges judging the pee-wee and sub-junior classes are not to give placements. The Affiliate Club is to be responsible for giving each pee-wee and sub-junior competitor a participation ribbon. Ages are to be calculated as of June 1st of the current merit year. No junior under the age of 3 may exhibit in any non-regular class.

Proposed Wording:

Chapter 2 Junior Handling Classes

PEE-WEE: 3-5 years old SUB-JUNIOR: 6-7 years old

  1. Judges judging the pee-wee and sub-junior classes are not to give placements. The Affiliate Club is to be responsible for giving each pee-wee and sub-junior competitor an equal placement ribbon or a participation ribbon. Ages are to be calculated as of June 1st of the current merit year. No junior under the age of 3 may exhibit in any non-regular class.

Comments/Rationale: For clarification purposes only.

Affected: Non-Regular juniors, ASCA Junior and Conformation Judges, Affiliate clubs hosting Conformation shows (if offering these classes).

Effective Date: June 1, 2023.

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

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New BOD Motion - SD.23.01 Competing Dogs in Competition Areas

Members,

This motion has been submitted via email to the ASCA Board of Directors for their consideration. Voting will be open from Monday, February 20th until Sunday, February 26th, and the results will be posted on Monday, February 27th.

Please submit your comments by February 19th in order for them to be taken into consideration by the Board.

Thank you for your continued involvement with ASCA.

Sincerely,
Kalla Jaco
ASCA Executive Secretary

SD.23.01 Competing Dogs in Competition Areas

Motion by Liaison Sims to approve the following recommendation from the Stockdog Committee.

Committee Recommendation: Competing Dogs in Competition Areas

Motion by Sue Kelly. Seconded by Devona Pierce.

Results of Committee Vote: Approved: 8. Disapproved: 1. Abstained: None. Non-Voting: 1.

Dissent from Committee Member Regina Buress: I agree that the current rule is too restrictive but I have concerns about a competing dog setting stock/pushing stock out. The motion doesn’t define what an “appropriate” dog is and this could open the door to stock mishandling by a competing dog.

Current Wording:

4.11.1 Competing Dogs in the Arena or Pen Area

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

Proposed Wording:

4.11.1 Competing Dogs in the Arena or Pen Area

Course Directors should make every effort to ensure appropriate non-competing dogs are available for set-up and set-out duties. If appropriate non-competing dogs are unavailable, the first choice would be for the stock and/or facility owners to use their personal dog to set up the stock for the trial, prior to the beginning of the trial, and/or to set out stock for the trial. If unavailable, an alternate dog may be chosen. Judges and/or course directors may require these dogs to run first or in run order. The judge may also select the pen of stock for that dog.

These dogs must be approved by the course director and judge prior to the start of the trial in order to compete. If they are not allowed to compete, entry fees are to be refunded.

A trial begins when the first team enters the competition area. A trial ends when the last team leaves the competition area. This applies for both am and pm trials if applicable.

Comments/Rationale: Small trials often find themselves short on volunteers. This rule change gives more options to those hosting small trials. We want to reduce the pressure on small clubs and trial hosts to encourage more trials by making hosting less onerous.

Affected: This change will affect small clubs and trial hosts, competitors and volunteers.

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

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