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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

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New Board Fixed Schedule Motion: BD.24.33 Communication with Counsel and the Counsel Committee

Members,

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

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

BD.24.33 Communication with Counsel and the Counsel Committee

Motion by McCabe to update the following sections of the Policy Book pertaining to communication with ASCA counsel. Second by Clayton.

Current Wording:

5          Counsel

5.1       Communications

All communication with ASCA’s Counsel will be made through the Counsel Committee, an Executive Board Committee (See Section 5.4). This Committee will monitor communication with Counsel and Directors to ensure that this communication is necessary to conduct ASCA’s business. The Committee will update the Board regarding the Directors’ communication with Counsel.

Proposed Wording:

5          Counsel

5.1       Communications

All communication with ASCA’s Counsel will be made through The Counsel Committee, an Executive Board Committee (See Section 5.4). This Committee will monitor communication with Counsel and Directors to ensure that this communication is necessary to conduct ASCA’s business. The Committee will update the Board regarding the Directors’ communication with Counsel.

Comments/Rationale: The Counsel and the Board communicate through email in a timely manner and there is no longer a need to have a go-between the board and counsel.

Affected: The ASCA Board of Directors and ASCA’s Counsel.

Effective Date: Immediately upon Board approval.

Kalla Jaco
Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America
6091 E. State Hwy 21, Bryan, TX 77808 | (979) 778-1082
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New Board Fixed Schedule Motion: CO.24.01 Alternate Conformation Finals Judges

Members,

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

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

CO.24.01 Alternate Conformation Finals Judges

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

Committee Recommendation: 15.5 Judges Requirements – Alternate Judges

Motion by Brandy Greenhagen to approve the following changes to Section 15.5 of the Conformation Program Rules. Seconded by Mary Hellmeister.

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

Current Wording:

15.5     Judges Requirements

Three ASCA Conformation Judges will be hired, one from each area as stated below, for the Conformation Finals by the Nationals Committee, who will submit the Conformation Finals slate to the ASCA Executive Secretary no later than February 1st of the year prior to the National Specialty being hosted. The Executive Secretary will forward the proposed Judges slate to the ASCA Board of Directors for review. Board approval of the Judges slate, along with comments and recommendations, will be returned to the Committee no later than thirty days after receipt by the Executive Secretary. Once the Board has approved the Conformation Finals Judges slate, the Judge’s names will be posted within seven days to the ASCA Website on the “National Specialty Information” page and the judge information must be to the Aussie Times Editor by March 15th for inclusion in the May-June issue.

Conformation Judge Eligibility:

1.         The judge must be of ASCA Senior Breeder Status.

2.         The judge may not have judged conformation six months prior to the event.

3.         The judge shall not be a conformation judge at the current ASCA Nationals or Pre-shows nor have judged at the previous ASCA Nationals or ASCA Pre-Shows.

4.         The judge shall not have judged the previous three Conformation Finals.

Selection of Judges: Once the host location and dates have been determined, the Business Office shall send a letter to all Senior Breeder Judges. Letters must be returned in thirty days to the ASCA Business Office.

Determining Availability and Qualifications: Judges for the Conformation Finals will be selected from the ASCA SR Breeder Judges who return the questionnaire to the Business Office by the designated date and have indicated they would be available. At that time, the Business Office shall determine the judge meets the requirements as listed above. Four names from each area shall be pulled by the Business Office and the names given to the Nationals Committee to hire from, in the order of the draw. The areas consist of the following: West area (regions 1 and 2), Central area (regions 3 and 4), and Eastern area (regions 5, 6 and 7).

The Senior Breeder Judges selected shall not judge conformation six months prior to the event.

Conformation Finals judges may participate in all Nationals events including all Nationals conformation events. All rules pertaining to the Conformation Finals Judges and their dogs regarding the Conformation Finals will abide by Section 7.4 to Section 7.7 per the Conformation Show Rules and Regulations.

Proposed Wording:

15.5     Judges Requirements

Three ASCA Conformation Judges will be hired, one from each area as stated below and 1 Alternate Judge will be hired from any of the 3 areas, for the Conformation Finals by the Nationals Committee, who will submit the Conformation Finals slate to the ASCA Executive Secretary no later than February 1st of the year prior to the National Specialty being hosted. The Executive Secretary will forward the proposed Judges slate to the ASCA Board of Directors for review. Board approval of the Judges slate, along with comments and recommendations, will be returned to the Committee no later than thirty days after receipt by the Executive Secretary. Once the Board has approved the Conformation Finals Judges slate, the Judge’s names will be posted within seven days to the ASCA Website on the “National Specialty Information” page and the judge information must be to the Aussie Times Editor by March 15th for inclusion in the May-June issue.

Conformation Judge Eligibility:

1.         The judge must be of ASCA Senior Breeder Status.

2.         The judge may not have judged conformation six months prior to the event, with the exception of the Alternate Judge who may judge up to two months prior to the event.

3.         The judge shall not be a conformation judge at the current ASCA Nationals or Pre-shows nor have judged at the previous ASCA Nationals or ASCA Pre-Shows.

4.         The judge shall not have judged the previous three Conformation Finals.

Selection of Judges: Once the host location and dates have been determined, the Business Office shall send a letter to all Senior Breeder Judges. Letters must be returned in thirty days to the ASCA Business Office.

Determining Availability and Qualifications: Judges for the Conformation Finals will be selected from the ASCA SR Breeder Judges who return the questionnaire to the Business Office by the designated date and have indicated they would be available. At that time, the Business Office shall determine the judge meets the requirements as listed above and separate the judges into the 3 areas. The areas consist of the following: West area (regions 1 and 2), Central area (regions 3 and 4), and Eastern area (regions 5, 6 and 7). The Board will perform a random draw of all Judges who satisfy the qualifications. The random draw will be done at the General Membership Meeting held at the National Specialty. The selection process will be done one time in full view of any who wishes to attend the meeting. Five names from each area shall be pulled. Four names from each area shall be pulled by the Business Office All names will be shown in draw order at the meeting and the names given to the Nationals Committee to hire from, in the order of the draw. The areas consist of the following: West area (regions 1 and 2), Central area (regions 3 and 4), and Eastern area (regions 5, 6 and 7).

The Senior Breeder Judges selected shall not judge conformation six months prior to the event, with the exception of the Alternate Judge who may judge up to two months prior to the event.

Conformation Finals judges may participate in all Nationals events including all Nationals conformation events. All rules pertaining to the Conformation Finals Judges and their dogs regarding the Conformation Finals will abide by Section 7.4 to Section 7.7 per the Conformation Show Rules and Regulations.

Comments/Rationale: The BOD requested that the Conformation Committee add ‘alternate judge’ language to the rulebook.

Affected: National Specialty Committee.

Effective Date: Immediately upon Board approval.

Kalla Jaco
Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America
6091 E. State Hwy 21, Bryan, TX 77808 | (979) 778-1082
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New Board Fixed Schedule Motion: CO.24.02 Alternate Nationals Conformation Show Judges

Members,

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

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

CO.24.02 Alternate Nationals Conformation Show Judges

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

Committee Recommendation: 9.4 Conformation Judges – Alternate Judges

Motion by Brandy Greenhagen to approve the following changes to Section 9.4 of the ASCA’s National Specialty Rules. Seconded by Mary Hellmeister.

Results of Committee Vote: Approved: 9. Disapproved: None. Abstained: None. Non-Voting: 4.

Current Wording:

9.4       Conformation Judges

For the following assignments, the Judge must be a Senior Breeder Judge.

A.         All Altered class dogs, class bitches, and Altered Best of Breed

B.         Intact Dogs

C.        Intact Bitches

D.        Intact Best of Breed

For the following assignments, the Judge may be an Approved Breeder Judge or a Senior Breeder Judge.

A.         Puppies

B.         Veterans

C.        Sweepstakes

D.        Other non-regular classes

Judging restrictions:

A.         Must not have judged conformation six months prior to the event.

B.         Must not be a Judge for conformation at the current Nationals pre/post-shows/trials.

C.        Must not have judged conformation at the previous year’s Nationals pre/post-shows/trials.

D.        Must not have judged conformation the previous three Nationals.

9.4.1    SELECTION OF JUDGES

Once the location and dates have been determined, the Business Office sends a letter to all Senior Breeder Judges and Approved Breeder Judges requesting availability. Letters must be returned within thirty days to the Business Office.

9.4.2    DETERMINING AVAILABILITY AND QUALIFICATIONS

Judges for the National Specialty are selected from the Senior Breeder Judges and Approved Breeder Judges who returned the questionnaire to the Business Office by the designated date and indicated they would be available. At that time, the Business Office will determine whether the Judge meets the requirements listed above.

9.4.3    DRAW

The Board will perform a random draw of all Judges who satisfy the qualifications. The random draw will be done at the General Membership Meeting held at the National Specialty. The selection process will be done one time in full view of any who wishes to attend the meeting. All names will be shown in draw order at the meeting.

Fifteen Senior Breeder Judge names and five Approved Breeder Judge names will be drawn. The list will be supplied to the National Specialty Committee to choose from.

If Judges cannot be secured from the list, then additional Judges will be drawn by the Board. All Judges must be asked and declined before asking for additional names. The Board will verify all Judges drawn have been contacted before additional names are drawn. A reason must be provided to the Board by the Nationals Committee why additional Judges are needed.

If a Judge withdraws after being hired, another Judge from the list must be asked. This process is repeated, as necessary, to fulfil the Judge slate.

Proposed Wording:

9.4       Conformation Judges

For the following assignments, the Judge must be a Senior Breeder Judge.

A.         All Altered class dogs, class bitches, and Altered Best of Breed

B.         Intact Dogs

C.        Intact Bitches

D.        Intact Best of Breed

E.         Alternate 1 *Must agree to fulfill any assignment needed.

F.         Alternate 2 *Must agree to fulfill any assignment needed.

For the following assignments, the Judge may be an Approved Breeder Judge or a Senior Breeder Judge.

A.         Puppies

B.         Veterans

C.        Sweepstakes

D.        Other non-regular classes

Judging restrictions:

A.         Must not have judged conformation six months prior to the event, with the exception of the Alternate Judges who may judge up to 2 months prior to the event.

B.         Must not be a Judge for conformation at the current Nationals pre/post-shows/trials.

C.        Must not have judged conformation at the previous year’s Nationals pre/post-shows/trials.

D.        Must not have judged conformation the previous three Nationals.

9.4.1    SELECTION OF JUDGES

Once the location and dates have been determined, the Business Office sends a letter to all Senior Breeder Judges and Approved Breeder Judges requesting availability. Letters must be returned within thirty days to the Business Office.

9.4.2    DETERMINING AVAILABILITY AND QUALIFICATIONS

Judges for the National Specialty are selected from the Senior Breeder Judges and Approved Breeder Judges who returned the questionnaire to the Business Office by the designated date and indicated they would be available. At that time, the Business Office will determine whether the Judge meets the requirements listed above.

9.4.3    DRAW

The Board will perform a random draw of all Judges who satisfy the qualifications. The random draw will be done at the General Membership Meeting held at the National Specialty. The selection process will be done one time in full view of any who wishes to attend the meeting. All names will be shown in draw order at the meeting.

Fifteen Twenty Senior Breeder Judge names and five Approved Breeder Judge names will be drawn. The list will be supplied to the National Specialty Committee to choose from.

If Judges and alternates cannot be secured from the list, then additional Judges will be drawn by the Board. All Judges must be asked and declined before asking for additional names. The Board will verify all Judges drawn have been contacted before additional names are drawn. A reason must be provided to the Board by the Nationals Committee why additional Judges are needed.

If a Judge withdraws after being hired, the alternate will replace them in their assignment. If 2 judges withdraw and are replaced by the alternates, another Judges from the list must be asked to replace the alternates. This process is repeated, as necessary, to fulfil the Judge slate.

Comments/Rationale: The BOD requested that the Conformation Committee add ‘alternate judge’ language to the rulebook. Affected: National Specialty Committee.

Affected: National Specialty Committee.

Effective Date: Immediately upon Board approval.

Kalla Jaco
Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America
6091 E. State Hwy 21, Bryan, TX 77808 | (979) 778-1082
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New Board Fixed Schedule Motion: NA.24.03 Revision of Sections 1.1,1.6, 1.7 and 1.8 of the National Specialty Rules

Members,

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

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

NA.24.03 Revision of Sections 1.1,1.6, 1.7 and 1.8 of the National Specialty Rules

Motion by Liaison Gann to approve the following recommendation from the Nationals Advisory Committee.

Committee Recommendation: Revision of Sections 1.1,1.6, 1.7 and 1.8 of the National Specialty Rules.

Motion by Laura Gibson to approve the wording below to revise Section 1 of the National Specialty Rules. Seconded by Rachel Vest.

Results of Committee Vote: Approved: 4. Disapproved: None. Abstained: None. Non-Voting: None.

Current Wording:

1.1       Definition of National Specialty

The National Specialty, also known as the Nationals, is a show sanctioned by ASCA, which includes the following events: conformation, obedience, agility, rally, junior handling, stockdog, tracking, Most Versatile Aussie, and other events approved by the ASCA Board of Directors.

1.6       Site

The Board will announce the site for the National Specialty at least three years in advance of the event.

Upcoming sites:

1.         Brazos County Expo in Bryan, Texas (October 27-November 4, 2023)

2.         Fonner Park in Grand Island, Nebraska (October 10-19, 2024)

3.         Winnemucca Event Complex in Winnemucca, Nevada (September 19-27, 2025)

4.         TBD (2026)

5.         TBD (2027)

The Board will contract with the facility and will be financially responsible for the facility.

1.7       Nationals Committee

The Nationals Advisory Committee will assemble a Nationals Committee for each year, filling the following positions:

1.         Nationals Chair

2.         Nationals and Finals Stockdog Course Director (can be two different people)

3.         Nationals and Finals Conformation Chair

4.         Nationals and Finals Obedience Chair

5.         Nationals and Finals Rally Chair

6.         Nationals and Finals Junior Chair

7.         Nationals and Finals Agility Chair

8.         Nationals Tracking Chair

9.         MVA/MVJ Chair

10.       Awards and Rosettes Chair

11.       Sponsorship Chair

12.       Vendors/Grooming Spaces/Stalls Chair

13.       Hotels and Travel Chair

14.       Banquets/Receptions/Nightly Dinners Chair

15.       Merchandise Chair (can be two people co-chairing)

16.       RV/Camping/Golf Carts Chair

17.       Hospitality Chair

18.       Parades Chair (if parades are offered)

19.       Decorations/Signage Chair

20.       Dock Jumping Chair (if Dock Jumping is offered)

21.       Nationals Accounting Chair

22.       Facebook and Slideshows Chair

23.       Catalog Chair

24.       Education/Seminars/Health Clinics Chair

25.       Nationals Office Manager

26.       Welcome Bags/Junior Bags/Judges Gifts Chair

27.       Local Liaison

28.       Other Chairs as approved by the Board.

The Nationals Committee slate will be submitted to the Board for approval.

1.8       Bank Accounts for Deposits

ASCA will open a separate bank account for the purpose of depositing the Nationals entry and reservation fees. The bank needs to be a nationally available bank so the entry clerk can easily deposit the money collected.

Proposed Wording:

1.1       Definition of National Specialty

The National Specialty, also known as the Nationals, is a show sanctioned and hosted by ASCA, which includes the following events: conformation, obedience, agility, rally, junior handling, stockdog, tracking, Most Versatile Aussie, Scent Detection, and other events approved by the ASCA Board of Directors.

1.6       Site

The Board will announce the site for the National Specialty at least preferably three years in advance of the event.

Upcoming sites:

1.         Brazos County Expo in Bryan, Texas (October 27-November 4, 2023)

2.         Fonner Park in Grand Island, Nebraska (October 10-19, 2024)

3.         Winnemucca Event Complex in Winnemucca, Nevada (September 19-27, 2025)

4.         TBD (2026)

5.         TBD (2027)

The Board will contract with the facility and will be financially responsible for the facility.

1.7       Nationals Committee

The Nationals Advisory Committee will assemble a Nationals Committee for each year, filling the following positions:

1.         Nationals Chair

2.         Nationals and Finals Stockdog Course Director (can be two different people)

3.         Nationals and Finals Conformation Chair

4.         Nationals and Finals Obedience Chair

5.         Nationals and Finals Rally Chair

6.         Nationals and Finals Junior Chair

7.         Nationals and Finals Agility Chair

8.         Nationals Tracking Chair

9.         MVA/MVJ Chair

10.       Awards and Rosettes Chair

11.       Sponsorship Chair

12.       Vendors/Grooming Spaces/Stalls Chair

13.       Hotels and Travel Chair

14.       Banquets/Receptions/Nightly Dinners Chair

15.       Merchandise Chair (can be two people co-chairing)

16.       RV/Camping/Golf Carts Chair

17.       Hospitality Chair

18.       Parades Chair (if parades are offered)

19.       Decorations/Signage Chair

20.       Dock Jumping Chair (if Dock Jumping is offered)

21.       Nationals Accounting Chair

22.       Facebook and Slideshows Chair

23.       Catalog Chair

24.       Education/Seminars/Health Clinics Chair

25.       Nationals Office Manager

26.       Welcome Bags/Junior Bags/Judges Gifts Chair

27.       Scent Detection Chair

27. 28. Local Liaison

28. 29. Other Chairs as approved by the Board.

The Nationals Committee slate will be submitted to the Board for approval.

1.8       Bank Accounts for Deposits

ASCA will open a separate bank account for the purpose of depositing the Nationals entry and reservation fees. The bank needs to be a nationally available bank so the entry clerk can easily deposit the money collected.

Comments/Rationale: The purpose of these revisions is to correct out-dated and redundant verbiage.

The 1.1 revision adds the newly-approved Scent Detection program to the list of events offered at the National Specialty.

The 1.6 revision removes the list of sites. This information is provided on the website.

The 1.7 revision adds the Scent Detection Chair to the list of Nationals Committee members.

The 1.8 revision removes redundant verbiage. The information about the checking account is covered in Section 5 – Accounting and Financial Procedures.

Affected: Persons competing at the National Specialty and persons running the National Specialty.

Effective Date: Immediately upon Board approval.

Kalla Jaco
Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America
6091 E. State Hwy 21, Bryan, TX 77808 | (979) 778-1082
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New Board Fixed Schedule Motion: NA.24.04 Revision of Sections 11, 12.1, 12.3, 14.4, 14.5 and 17 of the National Specialty Rules

Members,

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

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

NA.24.04 Revision of Sections 11, 12.1, 12.3, 14.4, 14.5 and 17 of the National Specialty Rules

Motion by Liaison Gann to approve the following recommendation from the Nationals Advisory Committee.

Committee Recommendation: Revision of Sections 11, 12.1, 12.3, 14.4, 14.5 and 17 of the National Specialty Rules.

Motion by Laura Gibson to approve the wording below to revise Sections 11, 12.1, 12.3, 14.4, 14.5 and 17  of the National Specialty Rules. Seconded by Rachel Vest.

Results of Committee Vote: Approved: 4 (Creelman, Gibson, Watson, Vest). Disapproved: None. Abstained: None. Non-Voting: None.

Current Wording:

11        Rings and Tracking Fields

Part 1: The conformation rings will be at least 50′ x 50′ or larger if the entry warrants. The obedience and rally rings will be 40′ x 50′. The conformation rings should be placed so they can be combined for Best of Breed. The Obedience rings should be placed so that two rings can be combined for the Team class (if offered). The number of rings for conformation and obedience will be dictated by the schedule of events and the need to accommodate bitches in season competing in obedience for versatility, Nationals obedience, and the Obedience Finals.

Part 2: Tracking TD sites must be open fields of consistent cover free of obstacles with at least five to seven acres in each area for a TD track. TDU sites should be in urban or suburban areas with at least four acres for each TDU track. TDX sites must be of both open and mixed cover in an area with at least twenty to twenty-seven acres for each TDX track. Judges must approve the sites of the tracking test and determine the number of tracks before the Premium List goes to publication. Sites for the Nationals tracking test cannot be changed once the Premium List has gone to publication unless permission is given by both Nationals Tracking Judges.

12.1     Board Meeting Room

The Nationals Committee will make arrangements for a Board meeting room at the show grounds. Requirements:

1.         Chairs, table(s), and a room large enough to accommodate twenty-five people.

2.         Water, electricity, and restrooms available.

12.3     Hotel Rooms

The Nationals Committee will also reserve a block of rooms at the Nationals Headquarters Hotel for the use of the Board. The Board Point of Contact will notify the Nationals Committee of the type and number of rooms required for Directors and any additional ASCA personnel attending the Nationals.

14.4     Finals Awards

ASCA will provide $200 to be used for Best Junior Handler and Reserve Junior handler prizes and rosettes for the ASCA Junior Handling Finals. ASCA will also provide $10 per participant for placement and participant rosettes.

14.5     All-Around Junior

ASCA offers transportation to the Nationals for the All-Around Junior Handler for the year.

The Nationals Committee will hold open one stock run each in Cattle, Ducks, and Sheep for the year-end All-Around Junior winner until the closing date of entries.

17        Obedience Finals

See Chapter 13 of the Obedience Rules and Regulations for complete rules.

Proposed Wording:

11        Rings and Tracking Fields

11.1     Conformation, Obedience and Rally Rings

Part 1: The Conformation rings will be at least 50′ x 50′ or larger, if the entry warrants. The Obedience and Rally rings will be 40′ x 50′. The Conformation rings should be placed so they can be combined for Best of Breed. The Obedience rings should be placed so that two rings can be combined for the Team class (if offered). The number of rings for Conformation and Obedience will be dictated by the schedule of events and the need to accommodate bitches in season competing in obedience for versatility, Nationals Obedience, and the Obedience Finals.

11.2     Tracking Fields

Part 2: Tracking TD sites must be open fields of consistent cover, free of obstacles, with at least five to seven acres in each area for a TD track. TDU sites should be in urban or suburban areas with at least four acres for each TDU track. TDX sites must be of both open and mixed cover in an area with at least twenty to twenty-seven acres for each TDX track. Judges must approve the sites of the Tracking Test and determine the number of tracks before the Premium List goes to publication. Sites for the Nationals Tracking Test cannot be changed once the Premium List has gone to publication unless permission is given by both Nationals Tracking Judges and is approved by the Board.

12.1     Board Meeting Room

The Nationals Committee will make arrangements for a Board meeting room at the show grounds. Requirements include:

1.         Chairs, table(s), and a room large enough to accommodate twenty-five people.

2.         Water, electricity, and restrooms available.

12.3     Hotel Rooms

The Nationals Committee will also reserve a block of rooms at the Nationals Headquarters Hotel for the use of the Board, Nationals Committee members, Judges and other Nationals workers. The Board Point of Contact ASCA Executive Secretary will notify the Nationals Committee of the type and number of rooms required for Directors and any additional ASCA personnel attending the Nationals.

14.4     Finals Awards

ASCA will provide $200 to be used for Best Junior Handler and Reserve Junior handler prizes and rosettes for the ASCA Junior Handling Finals. ASCA will also provide $10 per participant for placement and participant rosettes.

14.5 14.4         All-Around Junior

ASCA offers transportation to the Nationals for the All-Around Junior Handler for the year.

The Nationals Committee will hold open one stock run each in Cattle, Ducks, and Sheep for the year-end All-Around Junior winner until the closing date of entries.

17        Obedience Finals

See Chapter 13 14 of the Obedience Rules and Regulations for complete rules.

Comments/Rationale: These revisions bring the National Specialty Rules up to date.

Section 14.4 is deleted because it is inaccurate. All Finals awards are put up fpr sponsorship and ASCA only covers the expense if no sponsor is found.

The revision to 14.5 is simply a renumbering after 14.4 is deleted.

Affected: Persons competing at the National Specialty and persons running the National Specialty.

Effective Date: Immediately upon Board approval.

Kalla Jaco
Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America
6091 E. State Hwy 21, Bryan, TX 77808 | (979) 778-1082
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New Board Fixed Schedule Motion: NA.24.05 Revision of Section 25 of the National Specialty Rules

Members,
Please see below for a revised version of this motion. Revisions are highlighted in yellow.
NA.24.05 Revision of Section 25 of the National Specialty Rules (Revised 4/2)

Motion by Liaison Gann to approve the following recommendation from the Nationals Advisory Committee.

Committee Recommendation: Revision of Section 25 of the National Specialty Rules.

Motion by Laura Gibson to approve the wording below to revise Section 25 of the National Specialty Rules. Seconded by Denise Creelman.

Results of Committee Vote: Approved: 4. Disapproved: None. Abstained: None. Non-Voting: None.

Current Wording:

25        Required Ribbons and Awards

25.1     Finals Rosettes

25.1.1  NATIONALS AND FINALS ROSETTE DESCRIPTIONS

25.2     Stockdog Finals

ASCA sponsored if no outside sponsorship is obtained.

1.         Champion Duck Dog

2.         Reserve Champion Duck Dog

3.         3rd-10th place Ducks

4.         “Duck Finalist” for all entrants below 10th place

5.         Champion Sheep Dog

6.         Reserve Champion Sheep Dog

7.         3rd-10th place Sheep

8.         “Sheep Finalist” for all entrants below 10th place

9.         Champion Cattle Dog

10.       Reserve Champion Cattle Dog

11.       3rd-10th place Cattle

12.       “Cattle Finalist” for all entrants below 10th place

25.3     Obedience Finals

ASCA sponsored if no outside sponsorship is obtained.

1.         (Year) ASCA Champion Novice Obedience Dog

2.         (Year) ASCA Champion Open CDX Obedience Dog

3.         (Year) ASCA Champion Open ODX Obedience Dog

4.         (Year) ASCA Champion Utility Obedience Dog

5.         (Year) ASCA Supreme Champion Super Dog Obedience Dog

6.         1st place in all classes will be a blue ribbon

7.         2nd place in all classes will be a red ribbon

8.         3rd place in all classes will be a yellow ribbon

9.         4th place in all classes will be a white ribbon

10.       5th-10th will all be same color and will have placements on ribbon

11.       Obedience Finals Participant ribbon to all entrants

25.4     Agility Finals

ASCA sponsored if no outside sponsors are obtained. See Chapter 12 of the ASCA Agility Rules and Regulations for complete details of required ribbons.

25.5     Junior Handling Finals

ASCA sponsored if no outside sponsors are obtained. ASCA will provide $200 to be used for Best Junior Handler and Reserve Junior Handler prizes and rosettes for the ASCA Junior Handling Finals. ASCA will also provide $10 per participant for placement and participant rosettes.

1.         1st-4th place for 8-12 Open

2.         1st-4th place for 13-17 Open

3.         Best Junior Handler

4.         Reserve Best Junior Handler

5.         National Junior Handling Finals Participant (ribbons to all entrants below 4th place)

25.6     Conformation Finals

ASCA sponsored if no outside sponsors are obtained. See Chapter 15 of the Conformation Show Rules and Regulations for complete details of required ribbons.

25.7     Most Versatile

1.         Most Versatile Australian Shepherd (Sponsored by ASCA)

2.         Most Versatile Australian Shepherd Placements 2nd-10th

3.         Most Versatile Australian Shepherd Participant (Ribbon for each contestant)

25.8     Regular Stockdog Trial

1.         High in Stockdog Trial (Sponsored by ASCA)

2.         High Combined in Stockdog Trial

3.         High Combined Started Trial Dog

4.         High Score Junior in Stockdog Trial

5.         High in Trial Junior Stockdog Handler

6.         High Score Cattle

7.         High Score Sheep

8.         High Score Ducks

9.         Qualifying Score ribbons

25.9     Regular Obedience

1.         High in Trial Obedience (Sponsored by ASCA)

2.         High Combined Obedience

3.         High Score Junior in Obedience

4.         Qualifying Score ribbons

5.         1st-4th placements

25.10   Regular Agility

1.         High in Trial Agility (Sponsored by ASCA)

2.         Agility High Overall Junior

3.         Agility High Overall Veteran

4.         Agility High Overall Elite

5.         Agility High Overall Open

6.         Agility High Overall Novice

7.         Qualifying Score ribbons

25.11   Regular Conformation

25.12   Regular Rally

25.13   All-Around Junior

25.14   Regular Junior Handling

1.         Best Junior Handler

2.         Reserve Junior Handler

25.15   Regular Tracking

1.         Pass Ribbons

25.16   Un-Sponsored Finals Costs

25.17   Paw Print Genetics Gift Certificate

ASCA will donate one Paw Print Genetics gift certificate in the amount of $49 to the following winners of the ASCA Nationals each year:

1.         Best of Breed – Intact & Altered

2.         High in Working Trial

3.         High in Obedience Trial

4.         High in Rally Trial

5.         High in Agility Trial

6.         Best Junior Handler

7.         Tracking. The Tracking recipient will be chosen in the following manner:

a.         New TDX title

b.         New TD title

c.         Previously titled TD dog passing the TD test

d.         In the case of a tie, the Tracking Judges would select a passing dog for the award. If there are no qualifiers, the award will not be presented.

Proposed Wording:

25 24   Required Ribbons and Awards

25.1 24.1         Finals Rosettes

25.1.1 24.1.1   NATIONALS AND FINALS ROSETTE DESCRIPTIONS Nationals and Finals Rosette Descriptions

25.2     Stockdog Finals

ASCA sponsored if no outside sponsorship is obtained.

1.         Champion Duck Dog

2.         Reserve Champion Duck Dog

3.         3rd-10th place Ducks

4.         “Duck Finalist” for all entrants below 10th place

5.         Champion Sheep Dog

6.         Reserve Champion Sheep Dog

7.         3rd-10th place Sheep

8.         “Sheep Finalist” for all entrants below 10th place

9.         Champion Cattle Dog

10.       Reserve Champion Cattle Dog

11.       3rd-10th place Cattle

12.       “Cattle Finalist” for all entrants below 10th place

25.3     Obedience Finals

ASCA sponsored if no outside sponsorship is obtained.

1.         (Year) ASCA Champion Novice Obedience Dog

2.         (Year) ASCA Champion Open CDX Obedience Dog

3.         (Year) ASCA Champion Open ODX Obedience Dog

4.         (Year) ASCA Champion Utility Obedience Dog

5.         (Year) ASCA Supreme Champion Super Dog Obedience Dog

6.         1st place in all classes will be a blue ribbon

7.         2nd place in all classes will be a red ribbon

8.         3rd place in all classes will be a yellow ribbon

9.         4th place in all classes will be a white ribbon

10.       5th-10th will all be same color and will have placements on ribbon

11.       Obedience Finals Participant ribbon to all entrants

25.4     Agility Finals

ASCA sponsored if no outside sponsors are obtained. See Chapter 12 of the ASCA Agility Rules and Regulations for complete details of required ribbons.

25.5     Junior Handling Finals

ASCA sponsored if no outside sponsors are obtained. ASCA will provide $200 to be used for Best Junior Handler and Reserve Junior Handler prizes and rosettes for the ASCA Junior Handling Finals. ASCA will also provide $10 per participant for placement and participant rosettes.

1.         1st-4th place for 8-12 Open

2.         1st-4th place for 13-17 Open

3.         Best Junior Handler

4.         Reserve Best Junior Handler

5.         National Junior Handling Finals Participant (ribbons to all entrants below 4th place)

25.6     Conformation Finals

ASCA sponsored if no outside sponsors are obtained. See Chapter 15 of the Conformation Show Rules and Regulations for complete details of required ribbons.

25.7 24.2         Most Versatile

1.         Most Versatile Australian Shepherd (Sponsored by ASCA)

2.         Most Versatile Australian Shepherd Placements 2nd-10th

3.         Most Versatile Australian Shepherd Participant (Ribbon for each contestant)

25.8 24.3         Regular Stockdog Trial

1.         High in Stockdog Trial (Sponsored by ASCA)

2.         High Combined in Stockdog Trial

3.         High Combined Started Trial Dog

4.         High Score Junior in Stockdog Trial

5.         High in Trial Junior Stockdog Handler

6.         High Score Cattle

7.         High Score Sheep

8.         High Score Ducks

9.         Class placements

9. 10.   Qualifying Score ribbons rosettes

25.9 24.4         Regular Obedience

1.         High in Trial Obedience (Sponsored by ASCA)

2.         High Combined Obedience

3.         High Score Junior in Obedience

4.         Qualifying Score ribbons rosettes

5.         1st-4th Class placements

25.10 24.5       Regular Agility

1.         High in Trial Agility (Sponsored by ASCA)

2.         Agility High Overall Junior

3.         Agility High Overall Veteran

4.         Agility High Overall Elite

5.         Agility High Overall Open

6.         Agility High Overall Novice

7.         Class placements

7. 8.     Qualifying Score ribbons rosettes

25.11 24.6       Regular Conformation

25.12 24.7       Regular Rally

25.13 24.8       All-Around Junior

25.14 24.9       Regular Junior Handling

1.         Best Junior Handler

2.         Reserve Junior Handler

3.         Class placements

25.15 24.10     Regular Nationals Tracking Tests

1.         Pass Ribbons Participation rosettes

2.         Qualifying rosettes

24.11   Scent Detection

1.         High in Trial Scent Detection

2.         Class placements

3.         Qualifying Score rosettes

25.16 24.12     Un-Sponsored Finals Costs

25.17   Paw Print Genetics Gift Certificate

ASCA will donate one Paw Print Genetics gift certificate in the amount of $49 to the following winners of the ASCA Nationals each year:

1.         Best of Breed – Intact & Altered

2.         High in Working Trial

3.         High in Obedience Trial

4.         High in Rally Trial

5.         High in Agility Trial

6.         Best Junior Handler

7.         Tracking. The Tracking recipient will be chosen in the following manner:

a.         New TDX title

b.         New TD title

c.         Previously titled TD dog passing the TD test

d.         In the case of a tie, the Tracking Judges would select a passing dog for the award. If there are no qualifiers, the award will not be presented.

Comments/Rationale: These revisions bring the National Specialty Rules up to date.

All parts of Section 25 will need to be renumbered as Section 24.

Sections 25.2 through 25.6 will be deleted since the verbiage is redundant. This information is on the chart 25.1 (24.1).

Scent Detection has been added to Section 24.11.

Section 25.17 has been deleted. Paw Prints was providing discounted certificates but that is no longer the case.

The phrase “sponsored by ASCA” was deleted from 24.2, 24.3, 24.4, and 24.5.

Affected: Persons competing at the National Specialty and persons running the National Specialty.

Effective Date: Immediately upon Board approval.

On Mon, Apr 1, 2024 at 12:31 PM Kalla Jaco <asca.execsec@gmail.com> wrote:

Members,

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

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

NA.24.05 Revision of Section 25 of the National Specialty Rules

Motion by Liaison Gann to approve the following recommendation from the Nationals Advisory Committee.

 

Committee Recommendation: Revision of Section 25 of the National Specialty Rules.

 

Motion by Laura Gibson to approve the wording below to revise Section 25 of the National Specialty Rules. Seconded by Denise Creelman.

 

Results of Committee Vote: Approved: 4. Disapproved: None. Abstained: None. Non-Voting: None.

 

Current Wording:

25        Required Ribbons and Awards

25.1     Finals Rosettes

25.1.1  NATIONALS AND FINALS ROSETTE DESCRIPTIONS

 

25.2     Stockdog Finals

ASCA sponsored if no outside sponsorship is obtained.

1.         Champion Duck Dog

2.         Reserve Champion Duck Dog

3.         3rd-10th place Ducks

4.         “Duck Finalist” for all entrants below 10th place

5.         Champion Sheep Dog

6.         Reserve Champion Sheep Dog

7.         3rd-10th place Sheep

8.         “Sheep Finalist” for all entrants below 10th place

9.         Champion Cattle Dog

10.       Reserve Champion Cattle Dog

11.       3rd-10th place Cattle

12.       “Cattle Finalist” for all entrants below 10th place

 

25.3     Obedience Finals

ASCA sponsored if no outside sponsorship is obtained.

1.         (Year) ASCA Champion Novice Obedience Dog

2.         (Year) ASCA Champion Open CDX Obedience Dog

3.         (Year) ASCA Champion Open ODX Obedience Dog

4.         (Year) ASCA Champion Utility Obedience Dog

5.         (Year) ASCA Supreme Champion Super Dog Obedience Dog

6.         1st place in all classes will be a blue ribbon

7.         2nd place in all classes will be a red ribbon

8.         3rd place in all classes will be a yellow ribbon

9.         4th place in all classes will be a white ribbon

10.       5th-10th will all be same color and will have placements on ribbon

11.       Obedience Finals Participant ribbon to all entrants

 

25.4     Agility Finals

ASCA sponsored if no outside sponsors are obtained. See Chapter 12 of the ASCA Agility Rules and Regulations for complete details of required ribbons.

 

25.5     Junior Handling Finals

ASCA sponsored if no outside sponsors are obtained. ASCA will provide $200 to be used for Best Junior Handler and Reserve Junior Handler prizes and rosettes for the ASCA Junior Handling Finals. ASCA will also provide $10 per participant for placement and participant rosettes.

1.         1st-4th place for 8-12 Open

2.         1st-4th place for 13-17 Open

3.         Best Junior Handler

4.         Reserve Best Junior Handler

5.         National Junior Handling Finals Participant (ribbons to all entrants below 4th place)

 

25.6     Conformation Finals

ASCA sponsored if no outside sponsors are obtained. See Chapter 15 of the Conformation Show Rules and Regulations for complete details of required ribbons.

 

25.7     Most Versatile

1.         Most Versatile Australian Shepherd (Sponsored by ASCA)

2.         Most Versatile Australian Shepherd Placements 2nd-10th

3.         Most Versatile Australian Shepherd Participant (Ribbon for each contestant)

 

25.8     Regular Stockdog Trial

1.         High in Stockdog Trial (Sponsored by ASCA)

2.         High Combined in Stockdog Trial

3.         High Combined Started Trial Dog

4.         High Score Junior in Stockdog Trial

5.         High in Trial Junior Stockdog Handler

6.         High Score Cattle

7.         High Score Sheep

8.         High Score Ducks

9.         Qualifying Score ribbons

 

25.9     Regular Obedience

1.         High in Trial Obedience (Sponsored by ASCA)

2.         High Combined Obedience

3.         High Score Junior in Obedience

4.         Qualifying Score ribbons

5.         1st-4th placements

 

25.10   Regular Agility

1.         High in Trial Agility (Sponsored by ASCA)

2.         Agility High Overall Junior

3.         Agility High Overall Veteran

4.         Agility High Overall Elite

5.         Agility High Overall Open

6.         Agility High Overall Novice

7.         Qualifying Score ribbons

 

25.11   Regular Conformation

 

25.12   Regular Rally

 

25.13   All-Around Junior

 

25.14   Regular Junior Handling

 

25.15   Regular Tracking

1.         Pass Ribbons

 

25.16   Un-Sponsored Finals Costs

 

25.17   Paw Print Genetics Gift Certificate

ASCA will donate one Paw Print Genetics gift certificate in the amount of $49 to the following winners of the ASCA Nationals each year:

1.         Best of Breed – Intact & Altered

2.         High in Working Trial

3.         High in Obedience Trial

4.         High in Rally Trial

5.         High in Agility Trial

6.         Best Junior Handler

7.         Tracking. The Tracking recipient will be chosen in the following manner:

a.         New TDX title

b.         New TD title

c.         Previously titled TD dog passing the TD test

d.         In the case of a tie, the Tracking Judges would select a passing dog for the award. If there are no qualifiers, the award will not be presented.

 

Proposed Wording:

25 24   Required Ribbons and Awards

25.1 24.1         Finals Rosettes

25.1.1 24.1.1   NATIONALS AND FINALS ROSETTE DESCRIPTIONS Nationals and Finals Rosette Descriptions

 

25.2     Stockdog Finals

ASCA sponsored if no outside sponsorship is obtained.

1.         Champion Duck Dog

2.         Reserve Champion Duck Dog

3.         3rd-10th place Ducks

4.         “Duck Finalist” for all entrants below 10th place

5.         Champion Sheep Dog

6.         Reserve Champion Sheep Dog

7.         3rd-10th place Sheep

8.         “Sheep Finalist” for all entrants below 10th place

9.         Champion Cattle Dog

10.       Reserve Champion Cattle Dog

11.       3rd-10th place Cattle

12.       “Cattle Finalist” for all entrants below 10th place

 

25.3     Obedience Finals

ASCA sponsored if no outside sponsorship is obtained.

1.         (Year) ASCA Champion Novice Obedience Dog

2.         (Year) ASCA Champion Open CDX Obedience Dog

3.         (Year) ASCA Champion Open ODX Obedience Dog

4.         (Year) ASCA Champion Utility Obedience Dog

5.         (Year) ASCA Supreme Champion Super Dog Obedience Dog

6.         1st place in all classes will be a blue ribbon

7.         2nd place in all classes will be a red ribbon

8.         3rd place in all classes will be a yellow ribbon

9.         4th place in all classes will be a white ribbon

10.       5th-10th will all be same color and will have placements on ribbon

11.       Obedience Finals Participant ribbon to all entrants

 

25.4     Agility Finals

ASCA sponsored if no outside sponsors are obtained. See Chapter 12 of the ASCA Agility Rules and Regulations for complete details of required ribbons.

 

25.5     Junior Handling Finals

ASCA sponsored if no outside sponsors are obtained. ASCA will provide $200 to be used for Best Junior Handler and Reserve Junior Handler prizes and rosettes for the ASCA Junior Handling Finals. ASCA will also provide $10 per participant for placement and participant rosettes.

1.         1st-4th place for 8-12 Open

2.         1st-4th place for 13-17 Open

3.         Best Junior Handler

4.         Reserve Best Junior Handler

5.         National Junior Handling Finals Participant (ribbons to all entrants below 4th place)

 

25.6     Conformation Finals

ASCA sponsored if no outside sponsors are obtained. See Chapter 15 of the Conformation Show Rules and Regulations for complete details of required ribbons.

 

25.7 24.2         Most Versatile

1.         Most Versatile Australian Shepherd (Sponsored by ASCA)

2.         Most Versatile Australian Shepherd Placements 2nd-10th

3.         Most Versatile Australian Shepherd Participant (Ribbon for each contestant)

 

25.8 24.3         Regular Stockdog Trial

1.         High in Stockdog Trial (Sponsored by ASCA)

2.         High Combined in Stockdog Trial

3.         High Combined Started Trial Dog

4.         High Score Junior in Stockdog Trial

5.         High in Trial Junior Stockdog Handler

6.         High Score Cattle

7.         High Score Sheep

8.         High Score Ducks

9.         Qualifying Score ribbons

 

25.9 24.4         Regular Obedience

1.         High in Trial Obedience (Sponsored by ASCA)

2.         High Combined Obedience

3.         High Score Junior in Obedience

4.         Qualifying Score ribbons

5.         1st-4th placements

 

25.10 24.5       Regular Agility

1.         High in Trial Agility (Sponsored by ASCA)

2.         Agility High Overall Junior

3.         Agility High Overall Veteran

4.         Agility High Overall Elite

5.         Agility High Overall Open

6.         Agility High Overall Novice

7.         Qualifying Score ribbons

 

25.11 24.6       Regular Conformation

 

25.12 24.7       Regular Rally

 

25.13 24.8       All-Around Junior

 

25.14 24.9       Regular Junior Handling

 

25.15 24.10     Regular Nationals Tracking Tests

1.         Pass Ribbons Participation rosettes

2.         Qualifying rosettes

 

24.11   Scent Detection

1.         High in Trial Scent Detection

 

25.16 24.12     Un-Sponsored Finals Costs

 

25.17   Paw Print Genetics Gift Certificate

ASCA will donate one Paw Print Genetics gift certificate in the amount of $49 to the following winners of the ASCA Nationals each year:

1.         Best of Breed – Intact & Altered

2.         High in Working Trial

3.         High in Obedience Trial

4.         High in Rally Trial

5.         High in Agility Trial

6.         Best Junior Handler

7.         Tracking. The Tracking recipient will be chosen in the following manner:

a.         New TDX title

b.         New TD title

c.         Previously titled TD dog passing the TD test

d.         In the case of a tie, the Tracking Judges would select a passing dog for the award. If there are no qualifiers, the award will not be presented.

 

Comments/Rationale: These revisions bring the National Specialty Rules up to date.

All parts of Section 25 will need to be renumbered as Section 24.

Sections 25.2 through 25.6 will be deleted since the verbiage is redundant. This information is on the chart 25.1 (24.1).

Scent Detection has been added to Section 24.11.

Section 25.17 has been deleted. Paw Prints was providing discounted certificates but that is no longer the case.

The phrase “sponsored by ASCA” was deleted from 24.2, 24.3, 24.4, and 24.5.

 

Affected: Persons competing at the National Specialty and persons running the National Specialty.

 

Effective Date: Immediately upon Board approval.

Kalla Jaco
Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America
6091 E. State Hwy 21, Bryan, TX 77808 | (979) 778-1082
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Kalla Jaco
Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America
6091 E. State Hwy 21, Bryan, TX 77808 | (979) 778-1082
Check us out on our Website, Facebook, and YouTube Channel
Take advantage of exclusive member discounts with ASCA’s Affinity Marketing Program!

New Board Fixed Schedule Motion: NA.24.06 Revision of Section 8 of the National Specialty Rules

Members,

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

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

NA.24.06 Revision of Section 8 of the National Specialty Rules

Motion by Liaison Gann to approve the following recommendation from the Nationals Advisory Committee.

Committee Recommendation: Revision of Section 8 of the National Specialty Rules.

Motion by Laura Gibson to approve the wording below to revise Section 8 of the National Specialty Rules. Seconded by Rachel Vest.

Results of Committee Vote: Approved: 4. Disapproved: None. Abstained: None. Non-Voting: None.

Current Wording:

8          Sanctioning and Paperwork Required

8.1       Sanctioning Fee

No sanctioning fee will be required. The event membership dues as set by the Board will be paid by the Nationals Committee when show results are submitted to the ASCA Business Office.

8.2       Sanctioning Forms

All sanctioning forms (agility, conformation, obedience, rally, stock, and tracking) must be correctly submitted to the Business Office by March 1 of the year of the event for September/October Nationals or by May 1 of the year of the event for November Nationals. The sanctioning grant and all paperwork will be sent to the Nationals Chair thirty days prior to the opening of entries. Only ASCA official forms will be used for the ASCA National Specialty.

8.3       Trademark Licensing

The Nationals Committee has the exclusive right to market ASCA National Specialty souvenir items for the year in which they host the ASCA National Specialty. When applying for sanctioning, the Nationals Committee must file a Trademark Licensing Form indicating their intent to use any ASCA trademarks for merchandise in conjunction with the words “[YEAR] National Specialty”. There will be no fee charged to the Nationals Committee for the use of ASCA’s trademarks.

Proposed Wording:

8          Sanctioning and Paperwork Required

8.1       Sanctioning and Recording Fees

No sanctioning or recording fees will be required. The event membership dues as set by the Board will be paid by the Nationals Committee when show results are submitted to the ASCA Business Office. Sanctioning and recording fees will be charged for pre-events and post-events held in conjunction with Nationals.

8.2       Sanctioning Forms

All sanctioning forms (agility, conformation, obedience, rally, stock, and tracking) must be correctly submitted to the Business Office by March 1 of the year of the event for September/October Nationals or by May 1 of the year of the event for November Nationals by the event chairperson. The sanctioning grant and all paperwork will be sent to the Nationals Chair thirty days prior to the opening of entries. All judges books and other required forms will be forwarded to the chairpersons who sanctioned the event. Only ASCA official forms will be used for the ASCA National Specialty.

8.3       Trademark Licensing

The Nationals Committee has the exclusive right to market ASCA National Specialty souvenir items for the year in which they host the ASCA National Specialty. When applying for sanctioning, the Nationals Committee must file a Trademark Licensing Form indicating their intent to use any ASCA trademarks for merchandise in conjunction with the words “[YEAR] National Specialty”. There will be no fee charged to the Nationals Committee for the use of ASCA’s trademarks.

8.4       Nationals Special Event Insurance Policy

The Nationals Chair will work with the Business Office Manager to obtain a special event insurance policy which covers the insurance requirements of the Nationals facility. The facility contract should be reviewed and ASCA’s legal counsel should be consulted when obtaining this policy.

Comments/Rationale: These revisions bring the National Specialty Rules up to date.

The revisions of 8.1, 8.2 and 8.3 correctly reflect the procedures followed now that ASCA hosts Nationals, as does the addition of 8.4.

Affected: Persons competing at the National Specialty and persons running the National Specialty.

Effective Date: Immediately upon Board approval.

Kalla Jaco
Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America
6091 E. State Hwy 21, Bryan, TX 77808 | (979) 778-1082
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New Board Fixed Schedule Motion: NA.24.07 Revision of Sections 7.3, 7.4, 7.6, 7.7, 7.8, 7.9, 9.1 and 26.3 of the National Specialty Rules

Members,

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

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

NA.24.07 Revision of Sections 7.3, 7.4, 7.6, 7.7, 7.8, 7.9, 9.1 and 26.3 of the National Specialty Rules

Motion by Liaison Gann to approve the following recommendation from the Nationals Advisory Committee.

Committee Recommendation: Revision of Sections 7.3, 7.4, 7.6, 7.7, 7.8, 7.9, 9.1 and 26.3 of the National Specialty Rules.

Motion by Laura Gibson to approve the wording below to revise Sections 7.3, 7.4, 7.6, 7.7, 7.8, 7.9, 9.1 and 26.3 of the National Specialty Rules. Seconded by Rachel Vest.

Results of Committee Vote: Approved: 4. Disapproved: None. Abstained: None. Non-Voting: None.

Current Wording:

7.3       Premium List Due Dates

A.         November 1 (of the year prior to the event) – Judge slate and the first draft of the Premium List due to the Executive Secretary.

B.         December 1 (of the year prior to the event) or thirty days after the draft was received by the Executive Secretary – Board comments and approval of the Judge slate due to the Nationals Committee.

C.        January 15 (of the Nationals year) – Final draft of the Premium List due to the Executive Secretary.

D.        February 15 (of the Nationals year) or thirty days after the final draft was received by the Executive Secretary – Final approval due to the Nationals Committee.

E.         March 1 (of the Nationals year) for September/October Nationals – Camera-ready copy due to the Executive Secretary for publication on all ASCA media outlets.

Without exception these deadlines must be met by the Nationals Committee.

7.4       First Draft of Premium List

The first draft of the Premium List must be received by the Executive Secretary on or before November 1 of the year prior to the event. This information will be forwarded to the Board for review.

Board approval of the Judge slate along with comments and recommendations are due to the Nationals Committee no later than thirty days after receipt by the Executive Secretary. The Nationals Committee will contact Judges regarding their availability to judge only. The Board heavily considers prior judging experience of large entries. Please be certain that selected Judges are qualified in this respect. Official confirmation of judging assignments must not be given until the Board’s approval is granted.

7.5       Dog Changes for Junior Handling Classes and Finals

It is required that the deadline date for making dog changes for the Nationals Junior Handling classes and the Junior Handling Finals be published in the Premium List (See the last paragraph of Chapter 2 Junior Handling Classes in the Junior Rules and Regulations).

7.6       Final Premium List

The Final Premium List must be sent to the Executive Secretary by January 15 of the year prior to the event. The final draft will be forwarded to the Board. The Board will review the final draft of the Premium List and, if all is in order, will issue their approval within thirty days of receipt by the Executive Secretary.

7.8       Junior Non-Titling Entry Fee

There will be no entry fees for Juniors in non-titling events. Examples: Working Junior Handler, Most Versatile Junior, and all Finals.

7.9       Junior Titling Entry Fee

All Juniors competing at the National Specialty in events not included in Section 6.8 may receive one free National Specialty entry. The Junior will decide which program (agility, conformation, obedience, rally, or stock) they would like to use the free entry on and notate on their entry form and submission form. The Junior must own or co-own the dog in accordance with Junior Rule Section 1.8 for the required sixty days preceding the opening date for entries to qualify for the free entry. The junior must also exhibit the dog themselves. Juniors may enter additional classes at the regular rates published in the Nationals Premium.

9.1       Approval

Judges must be approved by the Board.

26.3     Premium Checklist

The Premium List has a fifteen-page limit including entry forms. Anything over this limit must have Board approval. All items listed below are required in the Official Premium List.

1.         Dates

2.         Location

3.         Specialty Headquarters

4.         ASCA Officer List

5.         National Committee List

6.         National Specialty Judges List

7.         Finals Judges List

8.         Show Photographer

9.         Veterinarian

10.       Medical Emergency Information

11.       Schedule of Events: Meetings (Affiliate and General), Judging, Special Events, Pre-Shows, Finals, Awarding of MVA Participant Ribbons

12.       Entry Info: Fees, Classes (Agility, Conformation, Obedience, Rally, Stockdog, Tracking, Juniors), Agility Finals, Conformation Finals, Obedience Finals, Rally Finals, Stockdog Finals, Junior Showmanship Finals (deadline date for dog changes), Parade of Veterans, Parade of Titleholders, Parade of Rescue, any additional approved competitive events

13.       Lodging

14.       Transportation

15.       Parking

16.       Camping

17.       RV Reservations/Rentals

18.       Directions to Site

19.       Map of Grounds

20.       Directions to the Tracking Site

21.       Date, time, and place of the Draw for Tracks

22.       Grooming area set-up user requirements

23.       Catalog info: Fees for pre-orders, day of show purchase and marked

24.       Catalog afterwards, advertising requirements

25.       Trophy Donation Requirements/Availability

26.       Special Rules – Must include mention that all rules are available from the ASCA Business Office

27.       Order Forms – Catalogs, trophies, banquet, camping, vendors

Proposed Wording:

7.3       Premium List and Premium Ad Due Dates

A.         November 1 (of the year prior to the event) – Judge slate and the first draft of the Premium List due to the Executive Secretary.

B.         December 1 (of the year prior to the event) or thirty days after the draft was received by the Executive Secretary – Board comments and approval of the Judge slate due to the Nationals Committee.

C.        January 15 (of the Nationals year) – Final draft of the Premium List due to the Executive Secretary.

D.        February 15 (of the Nationals year) or thirty days after the final draft was received by the Executive Secretary – Final approval due to the Nationals Committee.

E.         March 1 (of the Nationals year) for September/October Nationals – Camera-ready copy due to the Executive Secretary for publication on all ASCA media outlets.

Refer to the Nationals Planning Timeline in Appendix C of this rule book for Premium List and Premium Ad deadlines. Without exception these deadlines must be met by the Nationals Committee.

7.4       Required Information in the Nationals Premium List

1.         Dates

2.         Location

3.         Specialty Headquarters

4.         ASCA Officer List

5.         National Committee List

6.         National Specialty Judges List

7.         Finals Judges List

8.         Show Photographer

9.         Veterinarian

10.       Medical Emergency Information

11.       Schedule of Events: Meetings (Affiliate and General), Judging, Special Events, Pre-Shows, Finals, Awarding of MVA Participant Ribbons

12.       Entry Information: fees; classes offered (Agility, Conformation, Dock Jumping, Obedience, Rally, Scent Detection, Stockdog, Tracking, Juniors); Finals information (Agility, Conformation, Obedience, Rally, Stockdog, Junior Showmanship, including deadline date for dog changes); Parade of Veterans; Parade of Titleholders; Parade of Rescue; any additional approved competitive events

13.       Lodging

14.       Transportation/Airport Information

15.       Parking

16.       Camping

17.       RV Reservations/Rentals

18.       Directions to Site

19.       Address of the Tracking Site

20.       Date, time, and place of the Draw for Tracks

21.       Grooming area information

22.       Catalog purchase information

23.       Catalog advertising  information

24.       Special Rules – Also must include mention that all rules are available from the ASCA Business Office

25.       Order Forms – camping/RV, volunteers, Breeders’ Directory

26.       Submission Form and Nationals Entry Forms – Agility, Conformation/Junior Handling, Dock Jumping, Obedience, Rally, Scent Detection, Stockdog, Tracking

7.4       First Draft of Premium List

The first draft of the Premium List must be received by the Executive Secretary on or before November 1 of the year prior to the event. This information will be forwarded to the Board for review.

 

Board approval of the Judge slate along with comments and recommendations are due to the Nationals Committee no later than thirty days after receipt by the Executive Secretary. The Nationals Committee will contact Judges regarding their availability to judge only. The Board heavily considers prior judging experience of large entries. Please be certain that selected Judges are qualified in this respect. Official confirmation of judging assignments must not be given until the Board’s approval is granted.

7.5       Dog Changes for Junior Handling Classes and Finals

It is required that the deadline date for making dog changes for the Nationals Junior Handling classes and the Junior Handling Finals be published in the Premium List (See the last paragraph of Chapter 2 Junior Handling Classes in the Junior Rules and Regulations).

7.6       Final Premium List

The Final Premium List must be sent to the Executive Secretary by January 15 of the year prior to the event. The final draft will be forwarded to the Board. The Board will review the final draft of the Premium List and, if all is in order, will issue their approval within thirty days of receipt by the Executive Secretary.

7.8 7.6 Junior Non-Titling Entry Fee

There will be no entry fees for Juniors in non-titling events. Examples: Working Stockdog Junior Handler, Most Versatile Junior, and all Finals.

7.9 7.7 Junior Titling Entry Fee

All Juniors competing at the National Specialty in events not included in Section 6.8 7.6 may receive one free National Specialty entry. The Junior will decide which program (agility, conformation, obedience, rally, or stock) they would like to use the free entry on and notate on their entry form and submission form. The Junior must own or co-own the dog in accordance with Junior Rule Section 1.8 for the required sixty days preceding the opening date for entries to qualify for the free entry. The Junior must also exhibit the dog themselves. Juniors may enter additional classes at the regular rates published in the Nationals Premium.

9.1       Approval of Nationals and Finals Judges Slates

Judges must be approved by the Board. The Finals Judges Slate is due to the Board no later than February 1 of the year prior to the National Specialty. The Nationals Judges Slate is due with the first draft of the Premium List, no later than September 1 of the year prior to the National Specialty. Board approval of the Judge slate along with comments and recommendations are due to the Nationals Committee no later than thirty days after receipt by the Executive Secretary. The Nationals Committee will contact Judges regarding their availability to judge only. The Board heavily considers prior judging experience of large entries. Please be certain that selected Judges are qualified in this respect. Official confirmation of judging assignments must not be given until the Board’s approval is granted.

26.3     Premium Checklist

The Premium List has a fifteen-page limit including entry forms. Anything over this limit must have Board approval. All items listed below are required in the Official Premium List.

1.         Dates

2.         Location

3.         Specialty Headquarters

4.         ASCA Officer List

5.         National Committee List

6.         National Specialty Judges List

7.         Finals Judges List

8.         Show Photographer

9.         Veterinarian

10.       Medical Emergency Information

11.       Schedule of Events: Meetings (Affiliate and General), Judging, Special Events, Pre-Shows, Finals, Awarding of MVA Participant Ribbons

12.       Entry Info: Fees, Classes (Agility, Conformation, Obedience, Rally, Stockdog, Tracking, Juniors), Agility Finals, Conformation Finals, Obedience Finals, Rally Finals, Stockdog Finals, Junior Showmanship Finals (deadline date for dog changes), Parade of Veterans, Parade of Titleholders, Parade of Rescue, any additional approved competitive events

13.       Lodging

14.       Transportation

15.       Parking

16.       Camping

17.       RV Reservations/Rentals

18.       Directions to Site

19.       Map of Grounds

20.       Directions to the Tracking Site

21.       Date, time, and place of the Draw for Tracks

22.       Grooming area set-up user requirements

23.       Catalog info: Fees for pre-orders, day of show purchase and marked

24.       Catalog afterwards, advertising requirements

25.       Trophy Donation Requirements/Availability

26.       Special Rules – Must include mention that all rules are available from the ASCA Business Office

27.       Order Forms – Catalogs, trophies, banquet, camping, vendors

Comments/Rationale: These revisions bring the National Specialty Rules up to date.

The 7.3 revision reduces redundant language. The Nationals Planning Timeline contains all of these deadlines.

The addition of new verbiage for 7.4 keeps all pertinent information about the premium together in Section 7. This will make the Section 26.3 redundant, so this section has been deleted. Several obsolete items were left off of the new requirements list.

The former 7.4 has been revised and moved to the more appropriate Section 9 Judges.

Sections 7.6 and 7.7 are no longer relevant and are being deleted.

Sections 7.8 and 7.9 are being renumbered and correction has been made on each.

Affected: Persons competing at the National Specialty and persons running the National Specialty.

Effective Date: Immediately upon Board approval.

Kalla Jaco
Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America
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New Board Fixed Schedule Motion: NA.24.08 Revision of Sections 4 and 5.4 of the National Specialty Rules

Members,

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

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

NA.24.08 Revision of Sections 4 and 5.4 of the National Specialty Rules

Motion by Liaison Gann to approve the following recommendation from the Nationals Advisory Committee.

Committee Recommendation: Revision of Sections 4 and 5.4 of the National Specialty Rules.

Motion by Laura Gibson to approve the wording below to revise Section 4 and Section 5.4.1 of the National Specialty Rules. Seconded by Rachel Vest.

Results of Committee Vote: Approved: 4. Disapproved: None. Abstained: None. Non-Voting: None.

Current Wording:

4          Selection of Judges

The Program Committees will develop procedures to hire Judges for the various Nationals and Finals events. If a Committee does not currently have a procedure for selecting Nationals and Finals Judges, the Committee will create such a procedure and follow it, beginning with the 2021 Nationals and Finals.

5.4       Budget

The Nationals Chair and the Nationals Advisory Committee will work together to prepare a budget for the Nationals, which will include the Finals expenditures. This budget will be approved by the Board.

Proposed Wording:

4          Selection of Judges

The Program Committees will develop procedures to hire Judges for the various Nationals and Finals events. If a Committee does not currently have a procedure for selecting Nationals and Finals Judges, the Committee will create such a procedure and follow it, beginning with the 2021 Nationals and Finals.

5.4       Budget

The Nationals Chair and the Nationals Advisory Committee will work together to prepare a budget for the Nationals, which will include the Finals expenditures. This budget will be approved by the Board.

5.4.1    Sharing of Finals Budgets

The budget for each program’s Finals will be shared with the program Committee at least six months prior to Finals.

Comments/Rationale: These revisions bring the National Specialty Rules up to date.  The 5.4.1 addition reiterates that the Finals sections of the Nationals budget will be shared with the appropriate program Committees.

Affected: Persons competing at the National Specialty and persons running the National Specialty.

Effective Date: Immediately upon Board approval.

Kalla Jaco
Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America
6091 E. State Hwy 21, Bryan, TX 77808 | (979) 778-1082
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New Board Fixed Schedule Motion: NA.24.09 Revision of Sections 1.5, 16.1, 17.1, 17.2, 18.1, 18.2, 19.1, 19.2, 20.1, and 20.2 of the National Specialty Rules

Members,

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

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

NA.24.09 Revision of Sections 1.5, 16.1, 17.1, 17.2, 18.1, 18.2, 19.1, 19.2, 20.1, and 20.2  of the National Specialty Rules

Motion by Liaison Gann to approve the following recommendation from the Nationals Advisory Committee.

Committee Recommendation: Revision of Sections 1.5, 16.1, 17.1, 17.2, 18.1, 18.2, 19.1, 19.2, 20.1, and 20.2  of the National Specialty Rules.

Motion made by: Laura Gibson to approve the wording below to revise Section 1.5  and delete Sections 16.1, 17.1, 17.2, 18.1, 18.2, 19.1, 19.2, 20.1, and 20.2  of the National Specialty Rules. Seconded by Rachel Vest.

Results of Committee Vote: Approved: 4. Disapproved: None. Abstained: None. Non-Voting: None.

Current Wording:

1.5       Finals

Finals are invitation-only events, and although they are part of the National Specialty week, each Finals is subject to its own additional set of program rules. Refer to each program rulebook for complete rules and regulations pertaining to Finals.

16.1     Finals Budget

The Nationals Committee will submit a proposed budget to the Board and Stockdog Committee at least six months prior to the Finals. The budget must state the total number of livestock to be used in each class of stock for all go-rounds of Finals. This number should reflect extra livestock on hand to be used in case of injury or illness, with a written breakdown of what is to be considered back-up or extra.

17.1     Budget

The Nationals Committee will submit a proposed budget to the Board and Obedience Committee at least six months prior to the Finals.

17.2     Funds

Entry fees collected by the Business Office will be used to cover any expenses the Nationals Committee may incur including awards. The Business Office will keep an accounting of all monies received for the Finals fund and is responsible for informing the Nationals Committee, the Board, and the Obedience Committee as to the amount received by August 1st of the competition year. The Nationals Committee will submit its expenses to the Board. When all expenses have been met any additional monies will be used for funding the next year’s competition.

18.1     Budget

The Nationals Committee will submit a proposed budget to the Board and Agility Committee at least six months prior to the Finals.

18.2     Funds

Entry fees collected by the Business Office will be used to cover any expenses the Nationals Committee may incur including awards. The Business Office will keep an accounting of all monies received for the Finals fund and is responsible for informing the Nationals Committee, the Board, and the Agility Committee as to the amount received by August 1st of the competition year. The Nationals Committee will submit its expenses to the Board. When all expenses have been met any additional monies will be used for funding the next year’s competition.

19.1     Budget and Fees

The Nationals Committee will submit a proposed budget to the Board and Conformation Committee at least six months prior to the Finals.

19.2     Funds

Entry fees collected by the Business Office will be used to cover any expenses the Nationals Committee may incur including awards. The Business Office will keep an accounting of all monies received for the Finals fund and is responsible for informing the Nationals Committee, the Board, and the Conformation Committee as to the amount received by August 1st of the competition year. The Nationals Committee will submit their expenses to the Board.

20.1     Budget and Fees

The Nationals Committee will submit a proposed budget to the Board and Rally Committee at least six months prior to the Finals.

20.2     Funds

Entry fees collected by the Business Office will be used to cover any expenses the Nationals Committee may incur including awards. The Business Office will keep an accounting of all monies received for the Finals fund and is responsible for informing the Nationals Committee, the Board, and the Rally Committee as to the amount received by August 1st of the competition year. The Nationals Committee will submit their expenses to the Board.

Proposed Wording:

1.5       Finals

Finals are invitation-only events, and although they are part of the National Specialty week, each Finals is subject to its own additional set of program rules. Refer to each program rulebook for complete rules and regulations pertaining to Finals.

1.5.1    Funding for Finals

Finals are paid for with Finals sponsorships, Finals entry fees and funds collected from Additional Event Member Dues (AEMD). AEMD Funds are kept in a separate ASCA account, and any funds not used for the current year’s Finals are saved for use on the following year’s Finals. The Business Office will keep an accounting of all monies received for the AEMD account and is responsible for informing the Nationals Chairman, the Board, and the program Committees (Agility, Conformation, Junior, Obedience, Rally, and Stockdog) as to the amount received by August 1st of the competition year.

16.1     Finals Budget

The Nationals Committee will submit a proposed budget to the Board and Stockdog Committee at least six months prior to the Finals. The budget must state the total number of livestock to be used in each class of stock for all go-rounds of Finals. This number should reflect extra livestock on hand to be used in case of injury or illness, with a written breakdown of what is to be considered back-up or extra.

 

17.1     Budget

The Nationals Committee will submit a proposed budget to the Board and Obedience Committee at least six months prior to the Finals.

 

17.2     Funds

Entry fees collected by the Business Office will be used to cover any expenses the Nationals Committee may incur including awards. The Business Office will keep an accounting of all monies received for the Finals fund and is responsible for informing the Nationals Committee, the Board, and the Obedience Committee as to the amount received by August 1st of the competition year. The Nationals Committee will submit its expenses to the Board. When all expenses have been met any additional monies will be used for funding the next year’s competition.

 

18.1     Budget

The Nationals Committee will submit a proposed budget to the Board and Agility Committee at least six months prior to the Finals.

 

18.2     Funds

Entry fees collected by the Business Office will be used to cover any expenses the Nationals Committee may incur including awards. The Business Office will keep an accounting of all monies received for the Finals fund and is responsible for informing the Nationals Committee, the Board, and the Agility Committee as to the amount received by August 1st of the competition year. The Nationals Committee will submit its expenses to the Board. When all expenses have been met any additional monies will be used for funding the next year’s competition.

 

19.1     Budget and Fees

The Nationals Committee will submit a proposed budget to the Board and Conformation Committee at least six months prior to the Finals.

 

19.2     Funds

Entry fees collected by the Business Office will be used to cover any expenses the Nationals Committee may incur including awards. The Business Office will keep an accounting of all monies received for the Finals fund and is responsible for informing the Nationals Committee, the Board, and the Conformation Committee as to the amount received by August 1st of the competition year. The Nationals Committee will submit their expenses to the Board.

 

20.1     Budget and Fees

The Nationals Committee will submit a proposed budget to the Board and Rally Committee at least six months prior to the Finals.

 

20.2     Funds

Entry fees collected by the Business Office will be used to cover any expenses the Nationals Committee may incur including awards. The Business Office will keep an accounting of all monies received for the Finals fund and is responsible for informing the Nationals Committee, the Board, and the Rally Committee as to the amount received by August 1st of the competition year. The Nationals Committee will submit their expenses to the Board.

Comments/Rationale: The 1.5.1 addition replaces redundant verbiage in Sections 16.1, 17.1, 17.2, 18.1, 18.2, 19.1, 19.2, 20.1 and 20.2.

Affected: Persons competing at the National Specialty and persons running the National Specialty.

Effective Date: Immediately upon Board approval.

Kalla Jaco
Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America
6091 E. State Hwy 21, Bryan, TX 77808 | (979) 778-1082
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New Board Fixed Schedule Motion: NA.24.10 Delete Section 26.2 of the National Specialty Rules and replace with Appendix C: Nationals Planning Timeline

Members,

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

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

NA.24.10 Delete Section 26.2 of the National Specialty Rules and replace with Appendix C: Nationals Planning Timeline

Motion by Liaison Gann to approve the following recommendation from the Nationals Advisory Committee.

Committee Recommendation: Delete Section 26.2 of the National Specialty Rules and replace with Appendix C: Nationals Planning Timeline.

Motion by Laura Gibson to delete Section 26.2 of the National Specialty Rules and replace it with Appendix C: Nationals Planning Timeline as shown below. Seconded by Rachel Vest.

Results of Committee Vote: Approved: 4. Disapproved: None. Abstained: None. Non-Voting: None.

Current Wording:

26.2     Dates Checklist

A.         September 1 (year prior to event) – Judges Slate with applicable resumes and first draft of the Premium List due to the Executive Secretary

B.         October 1 (year prior to event) or thirty days after the draft was received by the Executive Secretary – Board comments and approval of the Judges slate will be due to the Nationals Committee

C.        November 15 (year prior to event) – Final draft of the Premium List due to the Executive Secretary

D.        December 15 (year prior to event) or thirty days after the final draft was received by the Executive Secretary – Final approval will be due to the Nationals Committee; $1,500 due to Nationals Committee from ASCA Point of Contact chosen and Committee notified

E.         January 1 (year of event) for September/October Nationals – Camera ready copy due to the Executive Secretary

F.         January 15 (year of event) for September/October Nationals – Deadline for Executive Secretary to have camera ready copy to the Aussie Times Editor for March/April issue

G.        March 1 (year of event) for September/October Nationals – Sanctioning due

H.        March 1 (year of event) for November Nationals – Camera-ready copy due to the Executive Secretary

I.          March 15 (year of event) for November Nationals – Deadline for Executive Secretary to have camera-ready copy to the Aussie Times Editor for May/June issue

J.         May 1 (year of event) for November Nationals – Sanctioning due

K.         [Closing date for entries] – Finals entries money sent to Nationals Committee

L.         Within 14 days of [closing date] – List of Finals qualifiers due to Nationals Committee for ribbon ordering

M.        [Opening date for Nationals entries]

N.        [Closing date for Nationals entries]

O.        At least 90 days prior to Nationals – Finals budgets due to Board

P.         60 days post event – Show results due to Business Office (Judges’ Books, marked catalog, membership dues per the most recent fee schedule)

Q.        60 days post event – Photos due to Aussie Times; Show results due to Aussie Times

R.        90 days post event – Financial Report due to Executive Secretary for all Finals events (any extensions must be requested from the Board in writing)

Proposed Wording:

26.2     Dates Checklist

A.         September 1 (year prior to event) – Judges Slate with applicable resumes and first draft of the Premium List due to the Executive Secretary

B.         October 1 (year prior to event) or thirty days after the draft was received by the Executive Secretary – Board comments and approval of the Judges slate will be due to the Nationals Committee

C.        November 15 (year prior to event) – Final draft of the Premium List due to the Executive Secretary

D.        December 15 (year prior to event) or thirty days after the final draft was received by the Executive Secretary – Final approval will be due to the Nationals Committee; $1,500 due to Nationals Committee from ASCA Point of Contact chosen and Committee notified

E.         January 1 (year of event) for September/October Nationals – Camera ready copy due to the Executive Secretary

F.         January 15 (year of event) for September/October Nationals – Deadline for Executive Secretary to have camera ready copy to the Aussie Times Editor for March/April issue

G.        March 1 (year of event) for September/October Nationals – Sanctioning due

H.        March 1 (year of event) for November Nationals – Camera-ready copy due to the Executive Secretary

I.          March 15 (year of event) for November Nationals – Deadline for Executive Secretary to have camera-ready copy to the Aussie Times Editor for May/June issue

J.         May 1 (year of event) for November Nationals – Sanctioning due

K.         [Closing date for entries] – Finals entries money sent to Nationals Committee

L.         Within 14 days of [closing date] – List of Finals qualifiers due to Nationals Committee for ribbon ordering

M.        [Opening date for Nationals entries]

N.        [Closing date for Nationals entries]

O.        At least 90 days prior to Nationals – Finals budgets due to Board

P.         60 days post event – Show results due to Business Office (Judges’ Books, marked catalog, membership dues per the most recent fee schedule)

Q.        60 days post event – Photos due to Aussie Times; Show results due to Aussie Times

R.        90 days post event – Financial Report due to Executive Secretary for all Finals events (any extensions must be requested from the Board in writing)

Appendix C: Nationals Planning Timeline

Nationals Timeline

Nationals – T minus Two Years

June

·       Solicit for Nationals Chairperson

August

·       Conduct interviews with potential Nationals Chairpersons candidates (Nationals Advisory Committee, Board members who are interested) and select new Nationals Chairperson

·       Nationals Advisory Committee reviews Nationals Committee job descriptions and sends any revisions for Board approval at the September Board Meeting; sent in the form of a motion, soliciting the new Nationals Committee

·       Advisory Committee works with Nationals Chairperson to review Committee Member Agreements and send to the Board for approval

September

·       Following Board approval of the Nationals Committee solicitation motion, the announcement is sent out, calling for the new Nationals Committee, with an application deadline of November 1

November

·       First week of November, Nationals Advisory Committee meets with the Nationals Chairperson to go over applications and set the Committee

·       Nationals Chairperson names Assistant Chairperson(s), if desired

·       New Nationals Committee is sent to the Board for approval at December meeting

December

·       Advisory Committee sends out thank you to new Nationals Committee once Board approves; notifies those who were not chosen

·       Nationals Chairperson selects Board Liaison

Nationals – T minus One Year

January

·       Nationals Chairperson sends out Legal Counsel-approved/Board-approved Committee Member Agreements; include job descriptions and expectations; have Executive Secretary set up groups.io and send out invitations to all Committee members

·       Hold introductory Nationals Committee Meeting; set operating norms

·       Begin work on Nationals schedule

·       Have Finals Chairpersons start selecting Finals Judges; lists due February 1

February

·       February 1 – solicit Affiliates for pre-shows and pre-trials for draw at Spring Meeting; deadline for application two weeks before Spring Board Meeting

·       February 1 – slate of Finals Judges due

March

·       Advisory Committee works with Nationals Chairperson to review pre-show and pre-trial contracts, entry clerk contracts, and stock handler contracts and get Board approval and legal counsel approval

April

·       Following draw for pre-shows and pre-trials, notify Affiliates who were chosen

·       If there are pre-events without a host club, the Nationals Chair should solicit Affiliates to host

June

·       June 1 – schedule is set; begin work on budget and premium

·       June 1 – Chairpersons of competitive events – check new program rules for changes needed in the premium

·       Have selected Affiliates choose the dates for their pre-show/pre-trials in the order of their draw; send out pre-event contracts

·       Nationals Advisory Committee sends out the announcements for request for bids for the Nationals Entry Clerk, Nationals Agility Entry Clerk, the Nationals Stockdog Data Entry Clerk, and stock handlers

·       Announce that those interested in serving as photographers at Nationals send in letters of interest

July

·       Conduct interviews with potential Nationals and Agility Entry Clerks candidates (Nationals Advisory Committee, Board members who are interested, Nationals Chairperson)

·       Nationals Chairperson and Nationals Stockdog Chairpersons select stock handlers, share with the Nationals Advisory Committee and send out Board-approved contracts

·       Nationals Chairperson and Vendors Chairperson select photographers, share with the Nationals Advisory Committee, and send out agreements

·       Send out request for bids for the creation of the Nationals logo

·       Launch Nationals pages on ASCA.org

·       Hold Nationals Committee Meeting to discuss logo process, budget process, premium, and other topics

·       Business Office Manager bonds Nationals Chairperson, Accounting Chairperson and Nationals Entry Clerk

August

·       Business Office Manager opens Nationals checking account

·       Selection of logo artist by Nationals Chairperson and Nationals Committee

·       Budget sent to Board; Budget sheets and ledger are set up and shared

·       Site visit for key Committee members; meeting with site staff

September

·       September 1 – Nationals Judges slate and first draft of premium due to Board

November

·       November 15 – Second draft of premium due to Board; first draft of Aussie Times Nationals ad due to Board

·       Begin soliciting sponsorships and advertising/selling vendor spaces

·       Reminder to pre-show and pre-trial affiliates about January 15 deadline for Nationals ads in the Aussie Times & make sure contracts are in

December

·       December 15 – Make sure pre-event contracts and deposits are in & send another reminder to pre-show and pre-trial affiliates about January 15 deadline for Nationals ads in the Aussie Times

·       Final copy of Aussie Times Nationals ad due to Board for approval in time for December Board meeting

Nationals Year

January

·       Camera-ready Nationals ad due to Executive Secretary on January 1; sent to editor of Aussie Times by January 15

·       Continue push for sponsorships

February

·       February 1 – final copy of premium due to the Board in time for February Board meeting

·       Remind event chairpersons to prepare sanctioning for their events, due March 1

March

·       March 1 – Board-approved premium is published on all ASCA media outlets

·       March 1 – Sanctioning due to Business Office for Nationals events – Agility, Conformation (including MVA and Junior Handling), Dock Jumping, Obedience, Rally, Stockdog, Scent Detection and Tracking

·       Start discussions about Nationals prizes; have Finals Chairs present their Finals prizes ideas to the Committee

·       Start discussions about merchandise to be offered at the merchandise booth

June

·       Business Office sends out Finals letters to qualifiers

·       If a storage unit is needed, rent storage unit (6 months) for receiving merchandise, rosettes, equipment, etc. The Nationals Chair will need to decide where items will be sent.

July

·       July 1 entries open  (June 1 for September Nationals)

·       July 15 – Finals entries are due back into the B.O.

·       Begin ordering merchandise, rosettes and prizes; class placements rosettes will be ordered later, after class counts are estimated

August

·       Remind Business Office Manager to add facility to the event insurance policy and send a copy of the policy to the site

·       August 31 entries close (July 31 for September Nationals)

October

·       Nationals (Nationals can take place from September 1 through December 1; entries opening and closing dates will shift accordingly)

Results due to Business Office (Judges’ books for all competitive events and marked catalog) by January 5 following Nationals.

All required win photos and show results due to Aussies Times by January 5 following Nationals.

Financial report due to the Board by February 4 following Nationals. This will include account balance as of this date, outstanding items and projected profit.

Comments/Rationale: The Nationals Planning Timeline is a more comprehensive tool than the current due dates list in the National Specialty Rules.

Affected: Persons running the National Specialty.

Effective Date: Immediately upon Board approval.

Kalla Jaco
Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America
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New Board Fixed Schedule Motion: SC.24.08 Revision of Section 11.4.3 Scent Detection Judges Test

Members,

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

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

SC.24.08 Revision of Section 11.4.3 Scent Detection Judges Test

Motion by Liaison Gann to approve the following recommendation from the Scent Detection Committee.

Committee Recommendation: Title: Motion# 24-10 Revision of 11.4.3 Scent Detection Judges test.

Motion by Deborah Divich.

Seconded by Debbie Anderson.

Judges applicants must pass the Scent Detection Judges written, open book test 100%. Test must be passed within two (2) attempts, if test is not passed applicant must wait six (6) months before they can retake the test.

Results of Committee Vote: Approved: 13. Disapproved: None. Abstained: None. Non-Voting: 2.

Current Wording:

11.4.3  When a majority of the Scent Detection Committee have voted on an applicant by designation of a judging level, the applicant will be forwarded a written, open book, multiple choice test. All answers will be supported by chapter, section and paragraph references within the Rule Book. Upon completion the test will be returned to the ASCA Scent Detection Committee to be graded. Applicants must pass the Scent Detection Judges written, open book test 100%.

Proposed Wording:

11.4.3  When a majority of the Scent Detection Committee have voted on an applicant by designation of a judging level, the applicant will be forwarded a written, open book, multiple choice test. All answers will be supported by chapter, section and paragraph references within the Rule Book. Upon completion the test will be returned to the ASCA Scent Detection Committee to be graded. Applicants must pass the Scent Detection Judges written, open book test 100%. Test must be passed within two (2) attempts, if test is not passed applicant must wait six (6) months before they can retake the test.

Comments/Rationale: The Scent Detection judges test is open book and is used to familiarize applicants with our rules as our program is different that other scent sport organizations.  Every committee member provides two questions. Upon review, a query was put to the committee and majority felt that limiting the number of attempts that a judge’s applicant is given to pass the open book judges test was in the best interest of the program. We have had a couple occasions where it took individuals 4 or 5 times to pass the test with assistance from the test administrator and on one occasion it took a provisional judge 7 times to pass with 100%. The majority of our Regular highly qualified judges’ applicants passed with 100% on the first try.

By limiting the number of attempts we ensure the applicants are truly reading the rules, and that these individuals are serious in our program.  It will also assist the test administrator in the amount of time spent in processing tests.

Affected: Executive Secretary for updating the rules, Webmaster for posting of revised rules and revised Judges application. Future Judges applicants and the Scent Detection Committee.

Effective Date: June 1, 2024.

Kalla Jaco
Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America
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New Board Fixed Schedule Motion: SC.24.09 Revision of 1.8.24 Warmup and Recovery Area

Members,

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

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

SC.24.09 Revision of 1.8.24 Warmup and Recovery Area

Motion by Liaison Gann to approve the following recommendation from the Scent Detection Committee.

Committee Recommendation: Title: Motion# 24-12 Revision of 1.8.24 Warmup and recovery area

Motion by Deborah Divich.

Seconded by Amy Mathews.

1.8.24 states A specific area for warm-up boxes will be designated. This area may also serve as a search recovery area. This area must be separate from the crating area and will contain one odor from each of the levels being offered. At least two blank boxes must be included with the scented boxes and the odor boxes should be labeled. Teams on deck will have priority using this area. Only the judge may handle the boxes that have been scented.

Results of Committee Vote: Approved: 12. Disapproved: None. Abstained: None. Non-Voting: 3.

Current Wording:

1.8.24  A warm-up and recovery area should be designated and should contain at least one scent from each of the levels offered. Blank boxes are optional. Teams on deck should have priority using this area.

Proposed Wording:

1.8.24  A specific area for warm-up boxes and recovery area should will be designated. This area may also serve as a search recovery area. This area must be separate from the crating area and should will contain at least one scent odor from each of the levels being offered. Blank boxes are optional. At least two blank boxes must be included with the scented boxes and the odor boxes should be labeled. Teams on deck should have priority using this area. Only the judge may handle the boxes that have been scented.

Comments/Rationale: To revise the warmup and recovery area practice boxes to include blank boxes, not just odor boxes. To specifically include one labeled box of all odors used during the trial, and ensure that the warmup/recovery area is not located in the crating area.

Affected: Executive Secretary for updating the rules, Webmaster for posting of revised rules, The Scent Detection Committee, affiliate clubs hosting trials and all ASCA Scent Detection competitors.

Effective Date: June 1, 2024.

Kalla Jaco
Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America
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