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Motions that have been voted on by the Board of Directors in the past month will be posted to this page by approximately the last day of each month. Feedback on any motion should be directed to executive.secretary@asca.org for distribution to the Board..

As rule changes are approved, the Executive Secretary will make those changes to the rulebooks posted on the website, with the effective date noted, in order for the membership to see what changes will be in effect in the upcoming competitive season.

Please refer to past Secretary’s Reports for information on motions older than 30 days.

 

BOD Motion Results: BD.22.102 Update Policy 9.14 Reporting of Business Office Statistics

Members,
The voting results for this motion are below.

BD.22.102 Update Policy 9.14 Reporting of Business Office Statistics

Motion carried (9-0) – Approved: Busquets, Byrne, Creelman, Gann, Gerken, Larson, McCabe, Roberts, Wesen. Disapproved: None. Abstained: None. Non-voting: None.

Motion by Gann to update Section 9.14 in the Policy Book. Second by Roberts.

Current Wording:

9.14 Reporting of Business Office Statistics

The Business Office will provide the ASCA Board of Directors with a quarterly report, which includes statistics such as sanctioning requests processed, event results processed, approximate processing and turnover time for results and sanctioning requests, and the number of events per program.

Proposed Wording:

9.14 Reporting of Business Office Statistics

The Business Office/Office Manager will provide the ASCA Board of Directors with a monthly report, which will include the following:

  1. Number of registrations processed, sanctioning requests processed, and event results processed per program.
  2. Approximate processing and turnover time for sanction requests and for sanctioning currently in the office per program (backlog).
  3. Processing time for registry items currently in the office, including LEP and Foreign registrations.
  4. Information on any unusual occurrences or situations that have occurred during the reporting month.

This report is due to the Executive Secretary no later than 12:00 pm Central Time on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Comments/Rationale: The Board needs this information to stay informed and be able to answer questions from the membership.

Affected: The Business Office.

Effective Date: Immediately upon Board approval.

Kalla Jaco

Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America

asca.execsec@gmail.com

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

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BOD Motion Results: RA.22.11 Definition of Flow

Members,
The voting results for this motion are below.

RA.22.11 Definition of Flow

Motion carried (8-1) – Approved: Busquets, Byrne, Gann, Gerken, Larson, McCabe, Roberts, Wesen. Disapproved: Creelman. Abstained: None. Non-voting: None.

Dissent from Director Creelman: I agree with some committee members that this seems to micro-manage the judges. The term “flow” is self-explanatory.

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

Committee Recommendation: RC Motion 22.10 Adding a definition for “Flow” to the Glossary of Terms.

Motioned by Sue Graham to move to add a definition for “Flow” to the Glossary of Terms. Seconded by Leah Swatko.

Results of Committee Vote: Approved: 10. Disapproved: 1. Abstained: None. Non-Voting: None.

Dissent from Committee Member Cynthia Hokes: This seems like it’s an addition for the sake of adding something to the rulebook. It doesn’t affect anyone aside from judges who design courses. Agility uses flow many times in their rulebook, but they have not needed to define it specifically because it’s implied meaning based on the definition of the word flow itself.

Current Wording: There is no definition for “Flow” in the ASCA Rally Rulebook. Flow is mentioned in several locations in the rulebook, but is not defined in the rulebook.

Proposed Wording: To be numbered and inserted in alphabetical order in the Glossary of Terms. Terms following the definition for “Flow” will be renumbered to maintain alphabetical order for the entire Glossary.

Flow – a feeling of continuity where stations smoothly follow each other and are easily visible to the handler.  Sequences (of signs) shall contain varying types of behaviors and skills without repeating too many of the same behaviors and/or skills.

The word “flow” is used in several places in the rulebook, but having the definition in the glossary will have it apply in all those instances makes for more consistency in the rulebook as opposed to writing the definition every time the word appears.

Comments/Rationale: The word “flow” is frequently used in the description of Rally and appears in the rulebook as being required for ASCA Rally courses. As the rulebook reads now, the definition is open to each individual’s interpretation. This definition will allow judges, exhibitors, and course reviewers to have a clear picture of what is meant for “flow” as it pertains to ASCA Rally.

Affected: Judges and Course Reviewers will all be affected as they will have a definition for “flow” and can ensure courses meet the definition. Exhibitors will be affected as they will have a better understanding of what is meant by “flow” when they encounter the word in the rulebook and when they experience courses that flow at trials. The Business Office and Webmaster are not affected.

Effective Date: Immediately upon Board approval.

Kalla Jaco

Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America

asca.execsec@gmail.com

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

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BOD Motion Results: RA.22.13 Judge Selection for Nationals & Finals

Members,
The voting results for this motion are below.

RA.22.13 Judge Selection for Nationals & Finals

Motion carried (9-0) – Approved: Busquets, Byrne, Creelman, Gann, Gerken, Larson, McCabe, Roberts, Wesen. Disapproved: None. Abstained: None. Non-voting: None.

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

Committee Recommendation: RC Motion 22.12 Judge Selection for Rally Finals and the National Rally Trial.

Motioned by Karen Black to change the requirements to be eligible to judge Rally Finals and the National Rally Trial. Seconded by Diana Curl.

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

Current Wording:

Section 15.1 Eligibility to Judge

  1. To be eligible to judge Rally Finals, the Judge must be an ASCA Senior Rally Judge and be in good standing with ASCA.
  2. To be eligible to judge the Nationals Rally Trial, the Judge must be an ASCA Senior or National Rally Judge and be in good standing with ASCA.
  3. Judge shall not have judged the previous three (3) Rally Finals or Nationals trials.

Proposed Wording:

Section 15.1 Eligibility to Judge

  1. To be eligible to judge Rally Finals, the Judge must be an ASCA Senior Rally Judge and be in good standing with ASCA.
  2. To be eligible to judge the Nationals Rally Trial, the Judge must be an ASCA Senior or National Rally Judge and be in good standing with ASCA.
  3. Judge shall not have judged the previous three (3) two Rally Finals or Nationals trials.

Comments/Rationale: When ASCA started sponsoring the week of competition at ASCA Nationals instead of clubs or consortiums, the Board of Directors mandated that the event committees would be responsible for selecting judges for Finals and the National Trial.  At that time Rally decided to follow in the footsteps of stock and draw names from the hat to determine the judges. For the last two years the ASCA Business Office has sent letters to all eligible judges and those who were available and interested in judging Finals or Nationals returned their letter and their name went in the hat.

Unfortunately the number of judges returning letters of interest is not as high as the committee would like to see. In 2021 the number of needed judges, after several cancellations, exceeded the number of judges who returned letters of interest so emergency action had to be taken to fill the assignments. When that happened we added provisions in the rulebook to allow the emergency judge replacement rule to be used should that happen again.

In addition to allowing for the emergency replacement policy to be used, we need to address the small number of judges returning letters interested in judging Finals or the National trial. Changing the requirement of eligibility from not judging in the past three Finals or Nationals to the last two will increase the number of judges eligible and as a result should increase the number of judges returning their letter of interest.

We currently have 30 senior or national level judges. When 12 of them are not eligible to return a letter, as the current rule stipulates, we are not starting from a very strong position. Changing the requirements to two years will benefit ASCA, the judges and the exhibitors.

Affected: Judges will be affected as they will only have to sit out for two years before submitting a letter to judge again. The Business Office will be affected as more letters will be sent (Ray responded this is fine.).

Effective Date: June 1, 2023.

Kalla Jaco

Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America

asca.execsec@gmail.com

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

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BOD Motion Results: RA.22.14 Updating Non-Regular Fast Class

Members,
The voting results for this motion are below.

RA.22.14 Updating Non-Regular Fast Class

Motion carried (9-0) – Approved: Busquets, Byrne, Creelman, Gann, Gerken, Larson, McCabe, Roberts, Wesen. Disapproved: None. Abstained: None. Non-voting: None.

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

Committee Recommendation: RC Motion 22.14 Updating the Non-regular Fast class rules to include all non-stationary exercises.

Motioned by Corinne Shanks to update the Non-regular Fast class rules to include all non-stationary exercises. Seconded by Diana Curl.

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

Current Wording:

Section 11.4 Rally Fast Classes

Rally Fast Classes will have no stationary exercises, no sit, downs, stays or stops. The course should be free flowing to showcase the team’s heeling, precision, and speed. Class will be divided into Masters, Excellent, Advanced, and Novice levels.

Proposed Wording:

Section 11.4 Rally Fast Classes

Rally Fast Classes will have no stationary exercises, no sit, downs, stays or stops. The course should be free flowing to showcase the team’s heeling, precision, and speed. Class will be divided into Masters, Excellent, Advanced, and Novice levels.

Comments/Rationale: In 2018, two signs were added to excellent that involve a down or stand by the dog, but the handler never stops moving so these signs are not stationary. The definition of the Rally Fast Classes needs to be updated to reflect the currently available non-stationary exercises. This change will also be valid for any future non-stationary signs that may be added to ASCA Rally.

Affected: Judges will be affected as it will be clear when they are designing Fast class courses, they are free to use any non-stationary exercise allowed for the class level they are designing. The Business Office and Webmaster are not affected.

Effective Date: Immediately upon Board approval.

Kalla Jaco

Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America

asca.execsec@gmail.com

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

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BOD Motion Results: SD.22.17 Farm Trial Move-Ups

Members,
The voting results for this motion are below.

SD.22.17 Farm Trial Move-Ups

Motion carried (9-0) – Approved: Busquets, Byrne, Creelman, Gann, Gerken, Larson, McCabe, Roberts, Wesen. Disapproved: None. Abstained: None. Non-voting: None.

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

Committee Recommendation: Motioned by Matteo Campedelli. Seconded by Jamie Burns.

Results of Committee Vote: Approved: 10. Disapproved: 1. Abstained: None. Non-Voting: 1.

Dissent from Committee Member Cathy Lowe: I do not agree with the prizes and placement part of this.

Comment from Committee Member Donna Marsh: While I agree with the Motion generally, I think clubs should be given the opportunity to decide whether prizes are awarded to those who remain in lower divisions after earning the right to advance. However, I believe it is important for this rule to mirror the arena trial rule. At this time, the arena trial rule allows dogs that remain in lower divisions to compete for prizes.

Comment from Committee Member Tanya Wheeler: I am in agreement with applying the same rule to Farm Trials.

Current Wording:

18.5.2 Moving Up

After receiving two qualifying scores in a division, regardless of whether the certificate has or has not been received from the Business Office, the dog may continue to compete in that division for up to 60 days OR may move up immediately to the next division in the same class of stock.

Proposed Wording:

18.5.2 Moving Up

After receiving two qualifying scores in a division, regardless of whether the certificate has or has not been received from the Business Office, the dog may continue to compete in that division for up to 60 days OR move up immediately to the next division in the same class of stock. If the owner does not feel ready or does not believe their dog is ready for the next division level, they may remain at the level in which they are comfortable for as long as necessary. Prizes and placements are still awarded to these dogs while competing in the division and class entered.

Comments/Rationale: The 60-day rule was changed for the arena trials this year. The Stockdog Committee noticed the farm trial move-ups were not changed and wanted to make the same change in the farm trials.

Affected: This change will affect those in our program that wish to remain at a lower level until they are comfortable with competing at a higher level. This will eliminate “policing” by clubs and/or the Business Office to make sure someone moves up at the correct time.

Effective Date: Immediately upon Board approval.

Kalla Jaco

Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America

asca.execsec@gmail.com

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

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

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