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Members,
Following are the voting results for this motion.

Thanks,
Kalla

BD.21.133 ASCA’s Registered Agent

Motion carries (9-0) – Approve: 9 (Busquets, Byrne, Creelman, Gann, Gerken, Larson, McCabe, Roberts, Wesen). Disapprove: None. Abstain: None. Non-voting: None.

  • Comment from Wesen: This was the recommendation of our attorney

Motion by Roberts to accept the quote from URS Agents to serve as ASCA’s registered agent. Second by McCabe.

Comments/Rationale: It has been recommended to employ a registered agent company instead of relying on a volunteer.

Affected: Business Office and current registered agent.

Effective Date: Immediately upon Board approval.

Attachment: URS Registered Agents Quote

Kalla Jaco

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Subject:

BOD Motion Results: BD.21.132 Move Stockdog Finals & Nationals Rules to Nationals Rulebook

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“Kalla Jaco | ASCA” <asca.execsec@gmail.com>

Date:

12/20/2021, 2:48 PM

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Members,
Following are the voting results for this motion.

Thanks,
Kalla

BD.21.132 Move Stockdog Finals & Nationals Rules to Nationals Rulebook

Motion fails (3-6) – Approve: 3 (Larson, McCabe, Roberts). Disapprove: 6 (Busquets, Byrne, Creelman, Gann, Gerken, Wesen). Abstain: None. Non-voting: None.

  • Comment from Byrne: Lacking Membership support.
  • Comment from Creelman: I agree that Nationals and Finals rules should be in the National Specialty Rule book, but after hearing comments from the SDC I agree that the Nationals and Finals rules should be left in the Stock dog Rulebook as well.
  • Comment from Gann: There is too many comments and concerns From the membership to approve at this time.
  • Comment from Gerken: There has been a lot of pushback by the committee and membership. I believe this needs further discussion. I would approve adding it to the National Specialty Rulebook.
  • Comment from Wesen: Members and Judges need to have the rules of a program in one rule book.

Motion by McCabe to approve the moving of the rules pertaining to Stockdog Finals and the running of Stockdog at the National Specialty into the National Specialty Rulebook. Second by Roberts.

Current Wording: Stockdog Rulebook

Chapter 24 ASCA Stockdog Finals

Section 24.1 Runs

24.1.1 Jurisdiction of Finals

The Stockdog Finals will be run in conjunction with the National Specialty each year. The Finals are under the jurisdiction of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors has the sole responsibility for overseeing all aspects of the Stockdog Finals including disputes.

24.1.2 Number of Go-Rounds

The Stockdog Finals will consist of two Elimination go-rounds and one Final go-round in each class of stock. This may be done on two or more days at the discretion of the Host Club. The schedule shall be listed in the premium list. Changes in go-rounds, stock, or entries due to any hardship must be approved by the Board of Directors.

24.1.3 Run Order

The random draw for run order of the Elimination go-round will be done by the Business Office after entries close. Day of, if there is a scratch and an alternate is used to replace the scratch, the alternate will have the same draw for run order. Final go-round run order will be random draw assigned to the placing rank of the Elimination go-round total scores. The random draw for run order of the 1st and 2nd Elimination go-rounds will be done by the Business Office after entries close. Run orders are to be posted at each stock site on the morning of runs. Day of, if there is a scratch and an alternate is used to replace the scratch, the alternate will have the same draw for run order. Final go-round run order will be random draw assigned to the placing rank of the Elimination go-rounds total scores. The Final go-round run order will be posted at each stock site on the morning of the runs.

24.1.4 Take Pens

For each class of stock, at least one round must include a take pen.

Section 24.2 Eligibility

24.2.3 Time Frame and Notification

Eligible points will be those received during the ASCA Finals year. The ASCA Finals year will be the twelve-month period from June 1st of the previous year to May 31st of the year the Finals are held. The Business Office will send the National Specialty Host Club a Stockdog Finals entry form for each dog and the random draw order for the Elimination and Final go-rounds by the close of the pre-entries for the National Specialty.

Section 24.3 Verification

24.3.2 Entry Deadline

All eligible contestants must verify that they will be competing at the Stockdog Finals by filling out an official entry form and sending it and the entry fees to the Business Office. The verification must be clearly postmarked by July 15th of the Stockdog Finals year. The Business Office will forward these forms along with random draw order for the Elimination and Final go-rounds to the Host Club by the close of the pre-entries for the National Specialty.

24.3.4 Contestant Withdrawal Prior to First Go-Round

If an eligible contestant(s) scratch(s) on day of first elimination round and one or more of the first ten alternates per class of stock are available to replace the scratch, the next in line alternate will pay their entry fee and become eligible. They will have the same draw for run order as the contestant that scratched.

Section 24.4 Fees

24.4.1 Fee Charged

The entry fee charged for the Stockdog Finals will be determined by the Board of Directors, or by the Stockdog Committee if so directed.

24.4.2 Use of Entry Fees

Entry fee money will be used to cover any expenses that the Host Organization may incur while putting on the Stockdog Finals as well as for awards for the top Stockdog Finals winners. The host club will submit their expenses to the Board of Directors. When all expenses have been met, any additional moneys will be used to help cover the following years Stockdog Finals.

24.4.3 Event Membership Dues

Additional Event Membership dues of $1.00 per entry (run) will be charged to Affiliate Clubs hosting ASCA sanctioned trials. These dues will be sent along with the trial result forms to the Business Office. This money will only be used to support the expenses of the Stockdog Finals program. Affiliate Clubs who wish to donate money or prizes for the Stockdog Finals are encouraged to do so. Additional Event Membership dues of $.25 per entry (run) will be charged to Affiliate Clubs hosting ASCA sanctioned trials.

24.4.4 Payback

The Business Office and Treasurer will keep an accounting of all money, keeping donations for prize money separated from expense money. The Business Office or the Treasurer will inform the Board of Directors as to how much each placing will pay and how much expense money was earned throughout the year.

24.5.1 Payback Donation

All of the money donated to ASCA for Stockdog Finals payback must be used for prize money at the Stockdog Finals only. This money will be divided into thirds, with one-third going for each class of stock. Any unused prize money will revert to the Finals Fund for the following year.

24.5.2 Placements to Receive Payback

All classes will pay to four places. The money will be split as follows: first place – 40%, second place – 30%, third place – 20%, fourth place – 10%. All placing will be awarded including non-qualifying scores.

Section 24.6 Judging

24.6.1 Number of Judges Two One* Judge will be used per class of stock during each Elimination round. The Judge will be randomly assigned to a class of stock for each Elimination go-round so that the judges and will* rotate to a different stock for the second elimination* go-round. *Effective June 2021.

24.6.2 Total Score Calculation

The scores from all go-rounds will be totaled to determine the placements (Elimination go-round scores will be used). There will be four scores from the first two Elimination go-rounds and four scores from the Final go-round.

24.6.3 Dogs That Move to the Third Go-Round

The 15 dogs earning the highest scores in the Elimination go-rounds will move on to compete in the Finals go-round. In the case of a tie score for fifteenth, all the dogs earning that score will move on.

24.6.4 Judging and Scores of the Final Go-Round All six three (3)* Judges will be used to judge the Final go-round in each class of stock. The highest and lowest of the scores of the six Judges for each class of stock will be thrown out and the remaining four scores will be totaled.* All scores given by the three (3) Judges, in each elimination go-round and final go-round*, including non-qualifying, will be used in the total and final score*. *Effective June 2021.

24.6.5 Placements There will be 10 placements after the Final go-round. The total Each* score from both the* Elimination go-rounds and the four three (3)* scores used in the Final go-round will determine placements. If there is a tied final score for placements 1st-4th, a winner will be determined by run-off at the discretion of the Senior judge. Ties for placements 5th-10th will be broken by methods listed below (see A and B). If a run-off is not possible due to extenuating circumstances, the following criteria will be used to break ties: *Effective June 2021.

  1. Taking the total combined highest average score from all three go-rounds for dog’s ability to control livestock for the set-up and work at center or free-standing obstacle.
  2. Taking the total combined highest average score from all three go-rounds for dog’s ability to control livestock for the cross-drive through obstacle 2 on Course A, B, C, and Post Advanced, or through obstacle 3 on Course D, E, and F.

24.6.6 Title of Winner in Each Class

There will be a Stockdog Finals winner from each class of stock. The winner will carry the title of: (year won) ASCA Champion (Class) Dog. Second place winner will carry the title of: (year won) ASCA Reserve Champion (class) Dog.

24.6.7 Supreme Title

If one dog wins all three classes, that dog will carry the title of: (year won) ASCA Supreme Stockdog.

24.6.8 Courses to Be Used

All dogs will work the Advanced Course and/or the Post Advanced course. If the Post Advanced course is used, it can only be used for the second or third (last) go-round.

24.6.9 Rules for Finals

All ASCA Stockdog Rules and Regulations will apply with the following exceptions:

  1. Qualifying scores and High in Trial awards will not be applied toward ASCA certification or toward the next year’s Stockdog Finals.
  2. Only dogs eligible for the Finals may compete.
  3. Only ASCA registered Australian Shepherds are eligible to compete.
  4. The Stockdog Judges will not be allowed to judge more than 60 runs per day, for a period longer than 12 hours.

Section 24.7 Selection of Finals Judges

24.7.1 Request for Judges

Once the host club, location, and dates for the finals have been determined, the Business Office will send a letter to all Judges to determine who is available to judge.

24.7.2 Determining Availability and Qualifications

Judges for the Stockdog Finals will be selected from all ASCA Stockdog Judges who return the questionnaire to the Business Office by the designated date and indicate they would be available. Information provided by the Stockdog Judges will be assumed to be correct. The Business Office will not be required to verify the information. The responding Stockdog Judges who meet the qualifications will be placed in a pool of judges for random selection.

The qualifications are as follows:

  1. Have fulfilled two of the three following provisions:
  2. Have judged at least 40 unrelated ASCA Stockdog trials in their career. Related trials are those held at the same location within the same 10-day period.
  3. Have judged at least 9 unrelated ASCA Stockdog trials in the previous 3 years.
  4. Have trialed an Australian Shepherd in at least 9 unrelated ASCA Stockdog trials in the previous 3 years.
  5. Have not judged Stockdog Finals in both of the last two years.
  6. Have regular judge status.
  7. Have no pending or previous disciplinary action within the previous year.
  8. A judge that is not currently an ASCA member must become a member of ASCA and remain a member for 5 continuous (without a lapse in Membership) years before being considered for ASCA Finals judge. 24.7.3 Failure to Secure Six Three* Finals Judges If six three (3)* Finals Judges cannot be secured from the pool of judges meeting the qualifications in 24.7.2.a-e, the qualifications will be waived in the order they are listed to increase the number of judges in the pool. EXAMPLE: Waive 24.7.2.a to see if more judges are available. If not, waive 24.7.2.b, etc. until 6 3* Judges are hired to judge Stockdog Finals. *Effective June 2021.

24.7.4 Drawing for Selection

  1. The Board of Directors will perform a random draw of all Stockdog Judges who satisfy the qualifications listed in 22.7.2. The random draw will be done at the General Membership Meeting held at the National Specialty Event. The selection process will be done one time in full view of any who wish to attend the meeting.
  2. All names will be shown in the order of the draw at the meeting, and then posted to the ASCA Website and any ASCA approved e-mail list.
  3. The first nine (9) names will be supplied to the Host Club in no order to choose and hire 6 three (3)* judges for Stockdog Finals.
  4. If 6 three (3)* judges cannot be secured from this list, and all nine (9) judges have been asked and more than 3 six (6)* decline the offer, the Host Club will be provided with the next single (10th) Judge’s name, in the order of the original random draw. If the next (10th) Judge declines the offer, the next (11th) Judge’s name, in the order of the original random draw, will be provided. This will continue in the order of the original random draw, one name at a time, until all 6 three (3)* positions are filled. Each additional Judge must be asked and decline before moving to the next name on the list.
  5. If a Judge withdraws after being hired as one (1) of the 6 three (3)* Finals Judges, the next Judge, in the order of the random draw, will be provided to the Host Club. This will be repeated as many times as necessary if more than one judge withdraws from the original 9 three (3)* chosen. Each additional Judge must be asked and decline before the next name will be provided to the Host Club.
  6. A reason must be provided to the Board of Directors by the Host Club explaining why an additional Judge, beyond the original 9 three (3)* is needed. NOTE: The Nationals working trial Judges do not have to come from this list.

*Effective June 2021.

Section 24.8 Livestock

24.8.1 Ownership and Stock Handlers

Stock cannot be owned by a Finals competitor. Finals handlers and family members cannot act as stock handlers during the Finals as long as the competitor is still competing.

24.8.2 Minimum Number of Livestock Per Run

A minimum of 5 head of cattle, sheep or ducks per run must be used.

24.8.3 Number of Times Stock May Be Used

In each of the three go-rounds the stock may be used only once. In the event of a tie after the elimination go-rounds, the number of head per run in the final go-round may be reduced from the number announced to ensure that no stock is used more than once while still keeping in accordance with rule 12.8.2. EXCEPTION: In the event of a tie and run-off at the end of the final go-round, the livestock may be used a second time for the run-off.

24.8.4 Sorting of Livestock

Sheep/Goats and Cattle will be gate sorted rather than presorted.

Section 24.9 Procedures for Finals Judges

24.9.1 Selection of Judges for Each Class of Stock

The Business Office will use a random draw to assign the three Judges to a class of stock. One Judge will be assigned to judge each class of stock for the first Elimination go-round. The Judges will randomly rotate to a different class of stock for the second Elimination go-round. The same one judge may not judge together more than once in the first two elimination rounds. All three Judges will be used for the Final go-round.

24.9.2 Senior Judge Selection and Responsibilities

The Course Director will select a Senior Judge in a private Judges meeting before the Handlers meeting of the Elimination go-round. The Senior Judge should be selected based on 1) willingness to accept the responsibility, 2) familiarity with the Finals process and 3) experience with number of trials judged in recent years. At this meeting, the Course Director and the Senior Judge will be responsible for review of finals/trial rules and regulations with all Judges—specifically, attempts, run away lines, daylighting, and calling time.

  1. The Senior Judge will have the final call on disputes and/or questions.
  2. Judges should be strategically seated in order to get the best vantage of the entire arena. This includes the take pen, handler lines, and obstacles. Any of the Judges may call the handler lines and attempts for any of the obstacles unless one judge has been assigned to call that specific area. The Senior Judge should be in position or assign another judge to call critical areas that each judge may not have a good view of. All judges should respect the call if a judge is assigned a specific area. EXAMPLE: if the arena does not permit all judges a proper view of the Advanced handler line, then a judge (Senior) may be assigned to make that call for all judges.
  3. Handler Meeting: At the handlers meeting, the Senior Judge and/or the Course Director will address the following:
  4. Judge placements and Handler check-in procedure.
  5. Procedure 22.9.7 below should be read (finals runs should be exemplary to protect our Stockdog program.
  6. Questions from contestants will be fielded by all Judges.

24.9.3 Seating of Judges

Judges must be placed apart from spectators and each other (it will be the Host Club’s responsibility to see that appropriate seating is made available by roping off designated “Judges’ area” and placing table/chairs in appropriate places surrounding the working arena.)

  1. No Judge, whether Apprentice, Provisional, or Regular, may time, scribe, sit with, or have a conversation with a finals Judge while a finals run is being judged.

24.9.4 Individual Scoring

Judges will score and total score sheets separately from each other-leading to an “individual score” from each judge during each round.

24.9.5 After Scoring a Run

After scoring and totaling the score sheet for each run, Judges will hand the score sheet to a designated person who will deliver it to the appropriate individuals for calculation and posting of scores. This will take place without consultation between any of the other finals Judges.

24.9.6 Posting of Scores

All individual Judges’ scores will be posted as soon as possible upon the completion of the final run of each elimination and final go-round. The scores for the first elimination go-round must be posted for a class of livestock before the second go-round on that same class of livestock may begin. The scores for the second elimination go-round must be posted for a class of livestock before the final go-round on that same class of livestock may begin.

24.9.7 Approaching Judges

No Judge will consult with or visit with spectators or contestants during the runs. If Judges are approached, they will direct the person or persons to the Course Director who is responsible for handling comments, questions, or complaints during the trial.

24.9.8 Warnings and Time

Time and/or warning can and will be called by any judge for violations of ASCA Stockdog Rules, lack of progress, gripping, or abuse of stock during each round. Judges will respect the calls of other judges.

24.9.9 Reruns

A majority of the Finals Judges must agree if a rerun is to be awarded to a contestant. In the case of a tie, the Senior Judge will make the final call. If a rerun is awarded to a contestant, it will be run at the end of the class. Reasons for granting a re-run:

  1. When stock is obviously sick or injured.
  2. Disturbances that affect the fairness of the run.
  3. Unworkable stock. If the workability of the livestock comes into question, the Judges should score the run as seen at the time and note that the stock is in question. At the end of the class, the Judges will need to decide if there was only one dog with unworkable stock or if the stock were equal for each competitor.

Chapter 25 ASCA National Specialty

Section 25.1 Selection of Judges

The Course Director for the National Specialty Stockdog Trial will be responsible for selecting and hiring the Judges. The Course Director for each pre-trial held during the National Specialty will be responsible for selecting and hiring Judges for their pre-trial.

When Judging the National Specialty and any pre-trial held during the National Specialty, the following rules vary from a regular trial event.

  1. To judge the National Specialty, the Judge must have been approved to move out of the Provisional Status and be a Regular Judge before accepting the assignment.
  2. Provisional Judge may judge a pre-trial held during the National Specialty.
  3. An Apprentice Judge may not apprentice at either the National Specialty or any pre-trial held during the National Specialty.
  4. The Judges do not need to be the same Judges who judged the Stockdog Finals.

Section 25.2 Number of Runs Judged Each Day

At the National Specialty Stockdog Trial and National Specialty pre-trials, Judges may judge up to 60 runs per day.

Section 25.3 The Length of Time a Judge May Judge Each Day

When judging the National Specialty, the period of time spent judging may not exceed twelve (12) consecutive hours, not including meal breaks.

National Specialty Rulebook

Chapter 15 Stockdog Finals

Please see Chapter 24 of the Stockdog Rules and Regulations for complete Finals rules.

Section 15.1 Finals Budget

The Nationals Committee shall submit a proposed budget to the Board and Stockdog Committee at least six (6) 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.

Proposed Wording: Stockdog Rulebook

Chapter 24 ASCA Stockdog Finals

See Chapter 15 of the National Specialty Rulebook for complete details.

Section 24.1 Runs

24.1.1 Jurisdiction of Finals

The Stockdog Finals will be run in conjunction with the National Specialty each year. The Finals are under the jurisdiction of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors has the sole responsibility for overseeing all aspects of the Stockdog Finals including disputes.

24.1.2 Number of Go-Rounds

The Stockdog Finals will consist of two Elimination go-rounds and one Final go-round in each class of stock. This may be done on two or more days at the discretion of the Host Club. The schedule shall be listed in the premium list. Changes in go-rounds, stock, or entries due to any hardship must be approved by the Board of Directors.

24.1.3 Run Order

The random draw for run order of the Elimination go-round will be done by the Business Office after entries close. Day of, if there is a scratch and an alternate is used to replace the scratch, the alternate will have the same draw for run order. Final go-round run order will be random draw assigned to the placing rank of the Elimination go-round total scores. The random draw for run order of the 1st and 2nd Elimination go-rounds will be done by the Business Office after entries close. Run orders are to be posted at each stock site on the morning of runs. Day of, if there is a scratch and an alternate is used to replace the scratch, the alternate will have the same draw for run order. Final go-round run order will be random draw assigned to the placing rank of the Elimination go-rounds total scores. The Final go-round run order will be posted at each stock site on the morning of the runs.

24.1.4 Take Pens

For each class of stock, at least one round must include a take pen.

24.2.3 Time Frame and Notification

Eligible points will be those received during the ASCA Finals year. The ASCA Finals year will be the twelve-month period from June 1st of the previous year to May 31st of the year the Finals are held. The Business Office will send the National Specialty Committee Host Club a Stockdog Finals entry form for each dog and the random draw order for the Elimination and Final go-rounds by the close of the pre-entries for the National Specialty.

Section 24.3 Verification

24.3.2 Entry Deadline

All eligible contestants must verify that they will be competing at the Stockdog Finals by filling out an official entry form and sending it and the entry fees to the Business Office. The verification must be clearly postmarked by July 15th of the Stockdog Finals year. The Business Office will forward these forms along with random draw order for the Elimination and Final go-rounds to the National Specialty Committee Host Club by the close of the pre-entries for the National Specialty.

24.3.4 Contestant Withdrawal Prior to First Go-Round

If an eligible contestant(s) scratch(s) on day of first elimination round and one or more of the first ten alternates per class of stock are available to replace the scratch, the next in line alternate will pay their entry fee and become eligible. They will have the same draw for run order as the contestant that scratched.

Section 24.4 Fees

24.4.1 Fee Charged

The entry fee charged for the Stockdog Finals will be determined by the Board of Directors, or by the Stockdog Committee if so directed.

24.4.2 Use of Entry Fees

Entry fee money will be used to cover any expenses that the Host Organization may incur while putting on the Stockdog Finals as well as for awards for the top Stockdog Finals winners. The host club will submit their expenses to the Board of Directors. When all expenses have been met, any additional moneys will be used to help cover the following years Stockdog Finals.

24.4.3 Event Membership Dues

Additional Event Membership dues of $1.00 per entry (run) will be charged to Affiliate Clubs hosting ASCA sanctioned trials according to the ASCA fee schedule. These dues will be sent along with the trial result forms to the Business Office. This money will only be used to support the expenses of the Stockdog Finals program. Affiliate Clubs who wish to donate money or prizes for the Stockdog Finals are encouraged to do so. Additional Event Membership dues of $.25 per entry (run) according to the ASCA fee schedule will be charged to Affiliate Clubs hosting ASCA sanctioned trials.

24.4.4 Payback

The Business Office and Treasurer will keep an accounting of all money, keeping donations for prize money separated from expense money. The Business Office or the Treasurer will inform the Board of Directors as to how much each placing will pay and how much expense money was earned throughout the year.

24.5.1 Payback Donation

All of the money donated to ASCA for Stockdog Finals payback must be used for prize money at the Stockdog Finals only. This money will be divided into thirds, with one-third going for each class of stock. Any unused prize money will revert to the Finals Fund for the following year.

24.5.2 Placements to Receive Payback

All classes will pay to four places. The money will be split as follows: first place – 40%, second place – 30%, third place – 20%, fourth place – 10%. All placing will be awarded including non-qualifying scores.

Section 24.6 Judging

24.6.1 Number of Judges Two One* Judge will be used per class of stock during each Elimination round. The Judge will be randomly assigned to a class of stock for each Elimination go-round so that the judges and will* rotate to a different stock for the second elimination* go-round. *Effective June 2021.

24.6.2 Total Score Calculation

The scores from all go-rounds will be totaled to determine the placements (Elimination go-round scores will be used). There will be four scores from the first two Elimination go-rounds and four scores from the Final go-round.

24.6.3 Dogs That Move to the Third Go-Round

The 15 dogs earning the highest scores in the Elimination go-rounds will move on to compete in the Finals go-round. In the case of a tie score for fifteenth, all the dogs earning that score will move on.

24.6.4 Judging and Scores of the Final Go-Round All three (3)* Judges will be used to judge the Final go-round in each class of stock. The highest and lowest of the scores of the six three (3) Judges for each class of stock will be thrown out and the remaining four scores will be totaled.* All scores given by the three (3) Judges, in each elimination go-round and final go-round*, including non-qualifying, will be used in the total and final score*. *Effective June 2021.

24.6.5 Placements There will be 10 placements after the Final go-round. The total Each* score from both the* Elimination go-rounds and the four three (3)* scores used in the Final go-round will determine placements. If there is a tied final score for placements 1st-4th, a winner will be determined by run-off at the discretion of the Senior judge. Ties for placements 5th-10th will be broken by methods listed below (see A and B). If a run-off is not possible due to extenuating circumstances, the following criteria will be used to break ties: *Effective June 2021.

  1. Taking the total combined highest average score from all three go-rounds for dog’s ability to control livestock for the set-up and work at center or free-standing obstacle.
  2. Taking the total combined highest average score from all three go-rounds for dog’s ability to control livestock for the cross-drive through obstacle 2 on Course A, B, C, and Post Advanced, or through obstacle 3 on Course D, E, and F.

24.6.6 Title of Winner in Each Class

There will be a Stockdog Finals winner from each class of stock. The winner will carry the title of: (year won) ASCA Champion (Class) Dog. Second place winner will carry the title of: (year won) ASCA Reserve Champion (class) Dog.

24.6.7 Supreme Title

If one dog wins all three classes, that dog will carry the title of: (year won) ASCA Supreme Stockdog.

24.6.8 Courses to Be Used

All dogs will work the Advanced Course and/or the Post Advanced course. If the Post Advanced course is used, it can only be used for the second or third (last) go-round.

24.6.9 Rules for Finals

All ASCA Stockdog Rules and Regulations will apply with the following exceptions:

  1. Qualifying scores and High in Trial awards will not be applied toward ASCA certification or toward the next year’s Stockdog Finals.
  2. Only dogs eligible for the Finals may compete.
  3. Only ASCA registered Australian Shepherds are eligible to compete.
  4. The Stockdog Judges will not be allowed to judge more than 60 runs per day, for a period longer than 12 hours.

Section 24.7 Selection of Finals Judges

24.7.1 Request for Judges

Once the host club, location, and dates for the finals have been determined, the Business Office will send a letter to all Judges to determine who is available to judge.

24.7.2 Determining Availability and Qualifications

Judges for the Stockdog Finals will be selected from all ASCA Stockdog Judges who return the questionnaire to the Business Office by the designated date and indicate they would be available. Information provided by the Stockdog Judges will be assumed to be correct. The Business Office will not be required to verify the information. The responding Stockdog Judges who meet the qualifications will be placed in a pool of judges for random selection.

The qualifications are as follows:

  1. Have fulfilled two of the three following provisions:
  2. Have judged at least 40 unrelated ASCA Stockdog trials in their career. Related trials are those held at the same location within the same 10-day period.
  3. Have judged at least 9 unrelated ASCA Stockdog trials in the previous 3 years.
  4. Have trialed an Australian Shepherd in at least 9 unrelated ASCA Stockdog trials in the previous 3 years.
  5. Have not judged Stockdog Finals in both of the last two years.
  6. Have regular judge status.
  7. Have no pending or previous disciplinary action within the previous year.
  8. A judge that is not currently an ASCA member must become a member of ASCA and remain a member for 5 continuous (without a lapse in Membership) years before being considered for ASCA Finals judge. 24.7.3 Failure to Secure Six Three* Finals Judges If six three (3)* Finals Judges cannot be secured from the pool of judges meeting the qualifications in 24.7.2.a-e, the qualifications will be waived in the order they are listed to increase the number of judges in the pool. EXAMPLE: Waive 24.7.2.a to see if more judges are available. If not, waive 24.7.2.b, etc. until 6 3* Judges are hired to judge Stockdog Finals. *Effective June 2021.

24.7.4 Drawing for Selection

  1. The Board of Directors will perform a random draw of all Stockdog Judges who satisfy the qualifications listed in 22.7.2. The random draw will be done at the General Membership Meeting held at the National Specialty Event. The selection process will be done one time in full view of any who wish to attend the meeting.
  2. All names will be shown in the order of the draw at the meeting, and then posted to the ASCA Website and any ASCA approved e-mail list.
  3. The first nine (9) names will be supplied to the Host Club in no order to choose and hire 6 three (3)* judges for Stockdog Finals.
  4. If 6 three (3)* judges cannot be secured from this list, and all nine (9) judges have been asked and more than 3 six (6)* decline the offer, the Host Club will be provided with the next single (10th) Judge’s name, in the order of the original random draw. If the next (10th) Judge declines the offer, the next (11th) Judge’s name, in the order of the original random draw, will be provided. This will continue in the order of the original random draw, one name at a time, until all 6 three (3)* positions are filled. Each additional Judge must be asked and decline before moving to the next name on the list.
  5. If a Judge withdraws after being hired as one (1) of the 6 three (3)* Finals Judges, the next Judge, in the order of the random draw, will be provided to the Host Club. This will be repeated as many times as necessary if more than one judge withdraws from the original 9 three (3)* chosen. Each additional Judge must be asked and decline before the next name will be provided to the Host Club.
  6. A reason must be provided to the Board of Directors by the Host Club explaining why an additional Judge, beyond the original 9 three (3)* is needed. NOTE: The Nationals working trial Judges do not have to come from this list.

*Effective June 2021.

Section 24.8 Livestock

24.8.1 Ownership and Stock Handlers

Stock cannot be owned by a Finals competitor. Finals handlers and family members cannot act as stock handlers during the Finals as long as the competitor is still competing.

24.8.2 Minimum Number of Livestock Per Run

A minimum of 5 head of cattle, sheep or ducks per run must be used.

24.8.3 Number of Times Stock May Be Used

In each of the three go-rounds the stock may be used only once. In the event of a tie after the elimination go-rounds, the number of head per run in the final go-round may be reduced from the number announced to ensure that no stock is used more than once while still keeping in accordance with rule 12.8.2. EXCEPTION: In the event of a tie and run-off at the end of the final go-round, the livestock may be used a second time for the run-off.

24.8.4 Sorting of Livestock

Sheep/Goats and Cattle will be gate sorted rather than presorted.

Section 24.9 Procedures for Finals Judges

24.9.1 Selection of Judges for Each Class of Stock

The Business Office will use a random draw to assign the six Judges to a class of stock. Two Judges will be assigned to judge each class of stock for the first Elimination go-round. The Judges will randomly rotate to a different class of stock for the second Elimination go-round. The same two judges may not judge together more than once in the first two elimination rounds. All six Judges will be used for the Final go-round.

24.9.2 Senior Judge Selection and Responsibilities

The Course Director will select a Senior Judge in a private Judges meeting before the Handlers meeting of the Elimination go-round. The Senior Judge should be selected based on 1) willingness to accept the responsibility, 2) familiarity with the Finals process and 3) experience with number of trials judged in recent years. At this meeting, the Course Director and the Senior Judge will be responsible for review of finals/trial rules and regulations with all Judges—specifically, attempts, run away lines, daylighting, and calling time.

  1. The Senior Judge will have the final call on disputes and/or questions.
  2. Judges should be strategically seated in order to get the best vantage of the entire arena. This includes the take pen, handler lines, and obstacles. Any of the Judges may call the handler lines and attempts for any of the obstacles unless one judge has been assigned to call that specific area. The Senior Judge should be in position or assign another judge to call critical areas that each judge may not have a good view of. All judges should respect the call if a judge is assigned a specific area. EXAMPLE: if the arena does not permit all judges a proper view of the Advanced handler line, then a judge (Senior) may be assigned to make that call for all judges.
  3. Handler Meeting: At the handlers meeting, the Senior Judge and/or the Course Director will address the following:
  4. Judge placements and Handler check-in procedure.
  5. Procedure 22.9.7 below should be read (finals runs should be exemplary to protect our Stockdog program.
  6. Questions from contestants will be fielded by all Judges.

24.9.3 Seating of Judges

Judges must be placed apart from spectators and each other (it will be the Host Club’s responsibility to see that appropriate seating is made available by roping off designated “Judges’ area” and placing table/chairs in appropriate places surrounding the working arena.)

  1. No Judge, whether Apprentice, Provisional, or Regular, may time, scribe, sit with, or have a conversation with a finals Judge while a finals run is being judged.

24.9.4 Individual Scoring

Judges will score and total score sheets separately from each other-leading to an “individual score” from each judge during each round.

24.9.5 After Scoring a Run

After scoring and totaling the score sheet for each run, Judges will hand the score sheet to a designated person who will deliver it to the appropriate individuals for calculation and posting of scores. This will take place without consultation between any of the other finals Judges.

24.9.6 Posting of Scores

All individual Judges’ scores will be posted as soon as possible upon the completion of the final run of each elimination and final go-round. The scores for the first elimination go-round must be posted for a class of livestock before the second go-round on that same class of livestock may begin. The scores for the second elimination go-round must be posted for a class of livestock before the final go-round on that same class of livestock may begin.

24.9.7 Approaching Judges

No Judge will consult with or visit with spectators or contestants during the runs. If Judges are approached, they will direct the person or persons to the Course Director who is responsible for handling comments, questions, or complaints during the trial.

24.9.8 Warnings and Time

Time and/or warning can and will be called by any judge for violations of ASCA Stockdog Rules, lack of progress, gripping, or abuse of stock during each round. Judges will respect the calls of other judges.

24.9.9 Reruns

A majority of the Finals Judges must agree if a rerun is to be awarded to a contestant. In the case of a tie, the Senior Judge will make the final call. If a rerun is awarded to a contestant, it will be run at the end of the class. Reasons for granting a re-run:

  1. When stock is obviously sick or injured.
  2. Disturbances that affect the fairness of the run.
  3. Unworkable stock. If the workability of the livestock comes into question, the Judges should score the run as seen at the time and note that the stock is in question. At the end of the class, the Judges will need to decide if there was only one dog with unworkable stock or if the stock were equal for each competitor.

Chapter 25 ASCA National Specialty

Section 25.1 Selection of Judges

The Course Director for the National Specialty Stockdog Trial will be responsible for selecting and hiring the Judges. The Course Director for each pre-trial held during the National Specialty will be responsible for selecting and hiring Judges for their pre-trial.

When Judging the National Specialty and any pre-trial held during the National Specialty, the following rules vary from a regular trial event.

  1. To judge the National Specialty, the Judge must have been approved to move out of the Provisional Status and be a Regular Judge before accepting the assignment.
  2. Provisional Judge may judge a pre-trial held during the National Specialty.
  3. An Apprentice Judge may not apprentice at either the National Specialty or any pre-trial held during the National Specialty.
  4. The Judges do not need to be the same Judges who judged the Stockdog Finals.

Section 25.2 Number of Runs Judged Each Day

At the National Specialty Stockdog Trial and National Specialty pre-trials, Judges may judge up to 60 runs per day.

Section 25.3 The Length of Time a Judge May Judge Each Day

When judging the National Specialty, the period of time spent judging may not exceed twelve (12) consecutive hours, not including meal breaks.

 

National Specialty Rulebook

Chapter 15 Stockdog Finals

Please see Chapter 24 of the Stockdog Rules and Regulations for complete Finals rules.

Section 15.1 Finals Budget

The Nationals Committee shall submit a proposed budget to the Board and Stockdog Committee at least six (6) 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.

Section 24.4 Fees

24.4.1 Fee Charged

The entry fee charged for the Stockdog Finals will be determined by the Board of Directors, or by the Stockdog Committee if so directed.

24.4.2 Use of Entry Fees

Entry fee money will be used to cover any expenses that the National Specialty Committee Host Organization may incur while putting on the Stockdog Finals as well as for awards for the top Stockdog Finals winners. TheNational Specialty Committee host club will submit their expenses to the Board of Directors. When all expenses have been met, any additional moneys will be used to help cover the following years Stockdog Finals.

24.4.4 Payback

The Business Office and Treasurer will keep an accounting of all money, keeping donations for prize money separated from expense money. The Business Office or the Treasurer will inform the Board of Directors as to how much each placing will pay and how much expense money was earned throughout the year.

24.5.1 Payback Donation

All of the money donated to ASCA for Stockdog Finals payback must be used for prize money at the Stockdog Finals only. This money will be divided into thirds, with one-third going for each class of stock. Any unused prize money will revert to the Finals Fund for the following year.

24.5.2 Placements to Receive Payback

All classes will pay to four places. The money will be split as follows: first place – 40%, second place – 30%, third place – 20%, fourth place – 10%. All placing will be awarded including non-qualifying scores.

24.1.1 Jurisdiction of Finals

The Stockdog Finals will be run in conjunction with the National Specialty each year. The Finals are under the jurisdiction of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors has the sole responsibility for overseeing all aspects of the Stockdog Finals including disputes.

24.1.2 Number of Go-Rounds

The Stockdog Finals will consist of two Elimination go-rounds and one Final go-round in each class of stock. This may be done on two or more days at the discretion of the National Specialty Committee Host Club. The schedule shall be listed in the premium list. Changes in go-rounds, stock, or entries due to any hardship must be approved by the Board of Directors.

24.1.3 Run Order

The random draw for run order of the Elimination go-round will be done by the Business Office after entries close. Day of, if there is a scratch and an alternate is used to replace the scratch, the alternate will have the same draw for run order. Final go-round run order will be random draw assigned to the placing rank of the Elimination go-round total scores. The random draw for run order of the 1st and 2nd Elimination go-rounds will be done by the Business Office after entries close. Run orders are to be posted at each stock site on the morning of runs. Day of, if there is a scratch and an alternate is used to replace the scratch, the alternate will have the same draw for run order. Final go-round run order will be random draw assigned to the placing rank of the Elimination go-rounds total scores. The Final go-round run order will be posted at each stock site on the morning of the runs.

24.1.4 Take Pens

For each class of stock, at least one round must include a take pen.

24.1.5 Number of Entries The maximum entry for the Finals Trial is 30 twenty-five (25)* dogs per class of stock. In the event there are more than 30 twenty-five (25)* dogs, ties will be broken as follows: *Effective March 2021, for the 2021 Finals.

  1. Average the top three scores for that Stockdog Finals year
  2. Highest individual score
  3. Average the top two scores for that Stockdog Finals year
  4. Draw

Section 24.3 Verification

24.3.4 Contestant Withdrawal Prior to First Go-Round

If an eligible contestant(s) scratch(s) on day of first elimination round and one or more of the first ten alternates per class of stock are available to replace the scratch, the next in line alternate will pay their entry fee and become eligible. They will have the same draw for run order as the contestant that scratched.

Section 24.6 Judging

24.6.1 Number of Judges Two One* Judge will be used per class of stock during each Elimination round. The Judge will be randomly assigned to a class of stock for each Elimination go-round so that the judges and will* rotate to a different stock for the second elimination* go-round. *Effective June 2021.

24.6.2 Total Score Calculation

The scores from all go-rounds will be totaled to determine the placements (Elimination go-round scores will be used). There will be four scores from the first two Elimination go-rounds and four scores from the Final go-round.

24.6.3 Dogs That Move to the Third Go-Round

The 15 dogs earning the highest scores in the Elimination go-rounds will move on to compete in the Finals go-round. In the case of a tie score for fifteenth, all the dogs earning that score will move on.

24.6.4 Judging and Scores of the Final Go-Round All six three (3)* Judges will be used to judge the Final go-round in each class of stock. The highest and lowest of the scores of the six Judges for each class of stock will be thrown out and the remaining four scores will be totaled.* All scores given by the three (3) Judges, in each elimination go-round and final go-round*, including non-qualifying, will be used in the total and final score*. *Effective June 2021.

24.6.5 Placements There will be 10 placements after the Final go-round. The total Each* score from both the* Elimination go-rounds and the four three (3)* scores used in the Final go-round will determine placements. If there is a tied final score for placements 1st-4th, a winner will be determined by run-off at the discretion of the Senior judge. Ties for placements 5th-10th will be broken by methods listed below (see A and B). If a run-off is not possible due to extenuating circumstances, the following criteria will be used to break ties: *Effective June 2021.

  1. Taking the total combined highest average score from all three go-rounds for dog’s ability to control livestock for the set-up and work at center or free-standing obstacle.
  2. Taking the total combined highest average score from all three go-rounds for dog’s ability to control livestock for the cross-drive through obstacle 2 on Course A, B, C, and Post Advanced, or through obstacle 3 on Course D, E, and F.

24.6.6 Title of Winner in Each Class

There will be a Stockdog Finals winner from each class of stock. The winner will carry the title of: (year won) ASCA Champion (Class) Dog. Second place winner will carry the title of: (year won) ASCA Reserve Champion (class) Dog.

24.6.7 Supreme Title

If one dog wins all three classes, that dog will carry the title of: (year won) ASCA Supreme Stockdog.

24.6.8 Courses to Be Used

All dogs will work the Advanced Course and/or the Post Advanced course. If the Post Advanced course is used, it can only be used for the second or third (last) go-round.

24.6.9 Rules for Finals

All ASCA Stockdog Rules and Regulations will apply with the following exceptions:

  1. Qualifying scores and High in Trial awards will not be applied toward ASCA certification or toward the next year’s Stockdog Finals.
  2. Only dogs eligible for the Finals may compete.
  3. Only ASCA registered Australian Shepherds are eligible to compete.
  4. The Stockdog Judges will not be allowed to judge more than 60 runs per day, for a period longer than 12 hours.

Section 24.7 Selection of Finals Judges

24.7.1 Request for Judges

Once the host club, location, and dates for the finals have been determined, the Business Office will send a letter to all Judges to determine who is available to judge.

24.7.2 Determining Availability and Qualifications

Judges for the Stockdog Finals will be selected from all ASCA Stockdog Judges who return the questionnaire to the Business Office by the designated date and indicate they would be available. Information provided by the Stockdog Judges will be assumed to be correct. The Business Office will not be required to verify the information. The responding Stockdog Judges who meet the qualifications will be placed in a pool of judges for random selection.

The qualifications are as follows:

  1. Have fulfilled two of the three following provisions:
  2. Have judged at least 40 unrelated ASCA Stockdog trials in their career. Related trials are those held at the same location within the same 10-day period.
  3. Have judged at least 9 unrelated ASCA Stockdog trials in the previous 3 years.
  4. Have trialed an Australian Shepherd in at least 9 unrelated ASCA Stockdog trials in the previous 3 years.
  5. Have not judged Stockdog Finals in both of the last two years.
  6. Have regular judge status.
  7. Have no pending or previous disciplinary action within the previous year.
  8. A judge that is not currently an ASCA member must become a member of ASCA and remain a member for 5 continuous (without a lapse in Membership) years before being considered for ASCA Finals judge. 24.7.3 Failure to Secure Six Three* Finals Judges If six three (3)* Finals Judges cannot be secured from the pool of judges meeting the qualifications in 24.7.2.a-e, the qualifications will be waived in the order they are listed to increase the number of judges in the pool. EXAMPLE: Waive 24.7.2.a to see if more judges are available. If not, waive 24.7.2.b, etc. until 6 3* Judges are hired to judge Stockdog Finals. *Effective June 2021.

24.7.4 Drawing for Selection

  1. The Board of Directors will perform a random draw of all Stockdog Judges who satisfy the qualifications listed in 22.7.2. The random draw will be done at the General Membership Meeting held at the National Specialty Event. The selection process will be done one time in full view of any who wish to attend the meeting.
  2. All names will be shown in the order of the draw at the meeting, and then posted to the ASCA Website and any ASCA approved e-mail list.
  3. The first nine (9) names will be supplied to the National Specialty Committee Host Club in no order to choose and hire 6 three (3)* judges for Stockdog Finals.
  4. If 6 three (3)* judges cannot be secured from this list, and all nine (9) judges have been asked and more than 3 six (6)* decline the offer, the National Specialty Committee Host Club will be provided with the next single (10th) Judge’s name, in the order of the original random draw. If the next (10th) Judge declines the offer, the next (11th) Judge’s name, in the order of the original random draw, will be provided. This will continue in the order of the original random draw, one name at a time, until all 6 three (3)* positions are filled. Each additional Judge must be asked and decline before moving to the next name on the list.
  5. If a Judge withdraws after being hired as one (1) of the 6 three (3)* Finals Judges, the next Judge, in the order of the random draw, will be provided to the National Specialty Committee Host Club. This will be repeated as many times as necessary if more than one judge withdraws from the original 9 three (3)* chosen. Each additional Judge must be asked and decline before the next name will be provided to the National Specialty Committee Host Club.
  6. A reason must be provided to the Board of Directors by the National Specialty Committee Host Club explaining why an additional Judge, beyond the original 9 three (3)* is needed. NOTE: The Nationals working trial Judges do not have to come from this list.

*Effective June 2021.

Section 24.8 Livestock

24.8.1 Ownership and Stock Handlers

Stock cannot be owned by a Finals competitor. Finals handlers and family members cannot act as stock handlers during the Finals as long as the competitor is still competing.

24.8.2 Minimum Number of Livestock Per Run

A minimum of 5 head of cattle, sheep or ducks per run must be used.

24.8.3 Number of Times Stock May Be Used

In each of the three go-rounds the stock may be used only once. In the event of a tie after the elimination go-rounds, the number of head per run in the final go-round may be reduced from the number announced to ensure that no stock is used more than once while still keeping in accordance with rule 12.8.2. EXCEPTION: In the event of a tie and run-off at the end of the final go-round, the livestock may be used a second time for the run-off.

24.8.4 Sorting of Livestock

Sheep/Goats and Cattle will be gate sorted rather than presorted.

Section 24.9 Procedures for Finals Judges

24.9.1 Selection of Judges for Each Class of Stock

The Business Office will use a random draw to assign the three Judges to a class of stock. One Judge will be assigned to judge each class of stock for the first Elimination go-round. The Judges will randomly rotate to a different class of stock for the second Elimination go-round. The same one judge may not judge together more than once in the first two elimination rounds. All three Judges will be used for the Final go-round.

24.9.2 Senior Judge Selection and Responsibilities

The Course Director will select a Senior Judge in a private Judges meeting before the Handlers meeting of the Elimination go-round. The Senior Judge should be selected based on 1) willingness to accept the responsibility, 2) familiarity with the Finals process and 3) experience with number of trials judged in recent years. At this meeting, the Course Director and the Senior Judge will be responsible for review of finals/trial rules and regulations with all Judges—specifically, attempts, run away lines, daylighting, and calling time.

  1. The Senior Judge will have the final call on disputes and/or questions.
  2. Judges should be strategically seated in order to get the best vantage of the entire arena. This includes the take pen, handler lines, and obstacles. Any of the Judges may call the handler lines and attempts for any of the obstacles unless one judge has been assigned to call that specific area. The Senior Judge should be in position or assign another judge to call critical areas that each judge may not have a good view of. All judges should respect the call if a judge is assigned a specific area. EXAMPLE: if the arena does not permit all judges a proper view of the Advanced handler line, then a judge (Senior) may be assigned to make that call for all judges.
  3. Handler Meeting: At the handlers meeting, the Senior Judge and/or the Course Director will address the following:
  4. Judge placements and Handler check-in procedure.
  5. Procedure 22.9.7 below should be read (finals runs should be exemplary to protect our Stockdog program.
  6. Questions from contestants will be fielded by all Judges.

24.9.3 Seating of Judges

Judges must be placed apart from spectators and each other (it will be the National Specialty Committee’s Host Club’s responsibility to see that appropriate seating is made available by roping off designated “Judges’ area” and placing table/chairs in appropriate places surrounding the working arena.)

  1. No Judge, whether Apprentice, Provisional, or Regular, may time, scribe, sit with, or have a conversation with a finals Judge while a finals run is being judged.

24.9.4 Individual Scoring

Judges will score and total score sheets separately from each other-leading to an “individual score” from each judge during each round.

24.9.5 After Scoring a Run

After scoring and totaling the score sheet for each run, Judges will hand the score sheet to a designated person who will deliver it to the appropriate individuals for calculation and posting of scores. This will take place without consultation between any of the other finals Judges.

24.9.6 Posting of Scores

All individual Judges’ scores will be posted as soon as possible upon the completion of the final run of each elimination and final go-round. The scores for the first elimination go-round must be posted for a class of livestock before the second go-round on that same class of livestock may begin. The scores for the second elimination go-round must be posted for a class of livestock before the final go-round on that same class of livestock may begin.

24.9.7 Approaching Judges

No Judge will consult with or visit with spectators or contestants during the runs. If Judges are approached, they will direct the person or persons to the Course Director who is responsible for handling comments, questions, or complaints during the trial.

24.9.8 Warnings and Time

Time and/or warning can and will be called by any judge for violations of ASCA Stockdog Rules, lack of progress, gripping, or abuse of stock during each round. Judges will respect the calls of other judges.

24.9.9 Reruns

A majority of the Finals Judges must agree if a rerun is to be awarded to a contestant. In the case of a tie, the Senior Judge will make the final call. If a rerun is awarded to a contestant, it will be run at the end of the class. Reasons for granting a re-run:

  1. When stock is obviously sick or injured.
  2. Disturbances that affect the fairness of the run.
  3. Unworkable stock. If the workability of the livestock comes into question, the Judges should score the run as seen at the time and note that the stock is in question. At the end of the class, the Judges will need to decide if there was only one dog with unworkable stock or if the stock were equal for each competitor.

Chapter 25 ASCA National Specialty

Section 25.1 Selection of Judges

The Course Director for the National Specialty Stockdog Trial will be responsible for selecting and hiring the Judges. The Course Director for each pre-trial held during the National Specialty will be responsible for selecting and hiring Judges for their pre-trial.

When Judging the National Specialty and any pre-trial held during the National Specialty, the following rules vary from a regular trial event.

  1. To judge the National Specialty, the Judge must have been approved to move out of the Provisional Status and be a Regular Judge before accepting the assignment.
  2. Provisional Judge may judge a pre-trial held during the National Specialty.
  3. An Apprentice Judge may not apprentice at either the National Specialty or any pre-trial held during the National Specialty.
  4. The Judges do not need to be the same Judges who judged the Stockdog Finals.

Section 25.2 Number of Runs Judged Each Day

At the National Specialty Stockdog Trial and National Specialty pre-trials, Judges may judge up to 60 runs per day.

Section 25.3 The Length of Time a Judge May Judge Each Day

When judging the National Specialty, the period of time spent judging may not exceed twelve (12) consecutive hours, not including meal breaks.

Comments/Rationale: The procedures for notifying stockdog finalists, the running of stockdog finals, the scoring of stockdog finals, the budget and monies for stockdog finals and the result of stockdog finals are only ever used at Nationals by the Business Office and the Nationals Committee. These procedures do not need to be in the stockdog rulebook. Although these rules have been moved to the National Specialty rulebook, the content of these rules is still the purview of the committee.

Affected: Exhibitors, trial secretaries, course directors and judges will not have extra pages in the stockdog rulebook they do not need on a regular basis. The Nationals Committee will have one place where all the rules for running stockdog finals can be found.

Effective Date: June 1, 2022.

Kalla Jaco

Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America

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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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Subject:

BOD Motion Results: BD.21.131 Move Conformation Finals & Nationals Rules to Nationals Rulebook

From:

“Kalla Jaco | ASCA” <asca.execsec@gmail.com>

Date:

12/20/2021, 2:47 PM

To:

ASCA Members IO Group <ASCMEMBERS@groups.io>

BCC:

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Members,
Following are the voting results for this motion.

Thanks,
Kalla

BD.21.131 Move Conformation Finals & Nationals Rules to Nationals Rulebook

Motion fails (3-6) – Approve: 3 (Larson, McCabe, Roberts). Disapprove: 6 (Busquets, Byrne, Creelman, Gann, Gerken, Wesen). Abstain: None. Non-voting: None.

  • Comment from Byrne: Lacking Membership support.
  • Comment from Creelman: I agree that Nationals and Finals rules should be in the National Specialty Rule book, but after hearing comments from the Committee, I agree that the Nationals and Finals rules should be left in the Conformation Rulebook as well.
  • Comment from Gann: There is too many comments and concerns From the membership to approve at this time.
  • Comment from Gerken: There has been a lot of pushback by the committee and membership.  I believe this needs further discussion. I would approve adding it to the National Specialty Rulebook.
  • Comment from Wesen: This needs to stay in program rulebooks so Judges and members know what to expect.

Motion by McCabe to approve the movement of the rules for Conformation Finals and Nationals to the National Specialty Rulebook. Second by Roberts.

Current Wording: Conformation Rulebook

Chapter 15 Conformation Finals

Statement of Purpose: The Conformation Finals is designed to be a self-supporting event that is held in conjunction with the ASCA National Specialty as a separate event. Qualifiers are selected from the Conformation program year end Merit standings in both Intact and Altered that are eligible to show per Section 9.10. Any situation not directly addressed by the Conformation Finals Rules shall be governed by the ASCA Show Rules and Regulations.

Section 15.2 Verifications and Invitations

  1. Invitations will go out from the ASCA Business Office to all eligible contestants by US Postal Service Certified Mail. The certified letters will be postmarked no later than July 1st of the Finals year. The ASCA Business Office will make sure that the necessary steps to notify foreign qualifiers are done within the same time frame.
  2. United States Contestants must fill out and post an official entry form with entry fees (made payable to ASCA) to the ASCA Business Office and must be postmarked by July 15th of the Finals year.
  3. Foreign Contestants must fill out and post an official entry form with entry fees in U.S. currency (made payable to ASCA) to the ASCA Business Office and must be postmarked by July 20th of the year of the Finals year.
  4. The ASCA Business Office will send the National Host Club(s) a Conformation Finals entry form for each dog by the closing date for Nationals entries.

Section 15.3 Participants

  1. The Nationals Host Club(s) will determine the random order of showing Altered Dog Finalists and Intact Dogs Finalists. Dogs will not be judged in the order of their year-end rankings.

Section 15.4 Budget and Fees

  1. The Nationals Host Club(s) shall submit a proposed budget to the ASCA Board of Directors and ASCA Conformation Committee six (6) months prior to the Conformation Finals.
  2. The entry fee (see Schedule of Fees) is payable in U.S. currency. No entry fees will be refunded. Entry fees collected by the ASCA Business Office will be used only to cover any expenses the Nationals Host Club(s) may incur from the Conformation Finals. The ASCA Business Office will keep an accounting of all monies received for the Conformation Finals and is responsible for informing the Nationals Host Club(s), the ASCA Board of Directors, and the ASCA Conformation Committee as to the amount of monies received by August 1st of the competition year. The ASCA Business Office will send all entry monies to the Nationals Host Club(s) by the closing date for National entries. The Nationals Host Club(s) will try to make the Conformation Finals a self-supporting event through entries, donations, and sponsorships. The Nationals Host Club(s) will submit their expenses with receipts to the ASCA Board of Directors within six (6) months of the Conformation Finals event.

Section 15.5 Judges Requirements

  1. Three (3) ASCA Conformation Judges will be hired, one from each area as stated below, for the Conformation Finals by the National Specialty Host Club(s), 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 Host Club(s) no later than thirty (30) 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 7 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.
  2. Conformation Judge Eligibility:
  3. Judge must be of ASCA Senior Breeder Status.
  4. Judge may not have judged conformation three (3) months prior to the event.
  5. 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.
  6. Judge shall not have judged the previous three (3) Conformation Finals.
  7. Selection of Judges: Once the host club, location and dates have been determined, the Business Office shall send a letter to all Senior Breeder Judges. Letters must be returned in 30 days to the ASCA Business Office.
  8. 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 list above. Four (4) names from each area shall be pulled by the Business Office and the names given to the Host Committee to hire from, in the order of the draw.
  9. The areas consist of the following: West area; regions 1 and 2. Central area; regions 3 and 4. Eastern area; regions 5, 6 and 7.
  10. The Senior Breeder Judge’s selected shall not judge conformation six (6) months prior to the event.
  11. 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 15.7 Nationals Catalog

  1. The Nationals Catalog will contain a complete list of all Conformation Finals entrants and FEO entrants. The following information must be provided for each dog: Dog’s registered name, armband number, Altered or Intact, Sire, Dam, Owner, Date of Birth, Sex, and Breeder. This section will also include a brief biography of the Conformation Finals judges, sponsors, a list of volunteers, and staff.
  2. The Nationals Host Club(s) will provide the Aussie Times Editor with the results of the Conformation Finals placements, to be published with the Show/Trial report for the ASCA Nationals. Each dog will be listed with the dog’s registered name, sex, Altered or Intact, and owner as well as Finals placement.

Section 15.8 Ring Size and Requirements

  1. Positions necessary: Chief Steward, four (4) assistant stewards, two (2) scorekeepers, and one (1) announcer.
  2. Ring size: The Conformation Finals Ring will consist of one (1) large ring, one hundred and fifty (150) feet by fifty (50) feet minimum but laid out in such a way that it is divided into three (3) smaller rings of equal size for the individual judging, also allowing movement around the inside perimeter.
  3. Equipment and supplies necessary for each of the three (3) rings and the scoring table: tables and chairs, calculator, clipboards, stapler and staples, scotch tape, broad-tip markers, pads of lined paper, pens, dry erase board to post scores, shade or covered areas for Judges, ring gating and matting if necessary. If mats are required, matting should cover the complete perimeter of the ring, plus individual rings.

Section 15.9 Judging and Ring Procedure

  1. All Altered Conformation Finals exhibitors will enter the ring as a group. Armbands will be checked by all judges and chief steward. Once completed, judges will view the group as a whole and then all exhibitors will gait their dogs around the ring and exit. Next, exhibitors will present their dogs to each of the three (3) judges separately for hands-on examination, gaiting, and scoring.
  2. At the completion of Altered judging, all dogs will return to the ring. The entrant’s name and titles will be called out as the dogs enter the ring, one at a time. Once all dogs have entered the ring, the Top Ten (10) Altered Finalists will be announced in random order by armband number.
  3. Following Altered, all Intact Conformation Finals exhibitors will enter the ring as a group. Armbands will be checked by all judges and chief steward. Once completed, judges will view the group as a whole and then all exhibitors will gait their dogs around the ring and exit. Next, exhibitors will present their dogs to each of the three (3) judges separately for hands-on examination, gaiting, and scoring.
  4. At the completion of Intact judging, all dogs will return to the ring. The entrant’s name and titles will be called out as the dogs enter the ring, one at a time. Once all dogs have entered the ring, the Top Ten (10) Altered Finalists will be announced in random order by armband number.
  5. After the last intact dog has been judged, while the scores for intact dogs are being tallied and checked for ties, the entered FEO dogs will enter the ring one by one, in armband order. The FEO entrant’s name and titles will be called out as the dogs are gaiting around the ring. They will then be presented with their FEO entrant Rosette by one of the Finalist Judges and will exit the ring. This will continue until all FEO entrants have entered, gaited and exited the ring.
  6. The Top Ten (10) Altered Finalists and Top Ten (10) Intact Finalists will be brought back into the ring in random order. The announcement of placements will alternate between Altered and Intact, from tenth (10th) to first (1st) place.

Section 15.10 Scoring

  1. The score sheet has the Judge’s name, exhibitor’s armband number, Altered or Intact and the sex of each dog.
  2. Each judge uses a simple score sheet for each dog with a numeric scale from 1-10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest score. The Judge shall circle the points he/she determines each dog deserves in that section/subsection of the score sheet. EXCEPTION: In the event one judge determines there is a disqualifying fault under the Breed Standard, that judge will mark on the score sheet “DQ” and state the reason for the disqualification, i.e., teeth, color, etc…
  3. The scoring sheet consists of 8 (eight) sections and six (6) sub-section. The scoring follows the Breed Standard and be divided accordingly. General Appearance (1-10). Head (1-5) divided into three (3) sub-sections: teeth (1-5), eyes (1-5), and ears (1-5). Neck and Body (1-10), Forequarters (1-10), Hindquarters (1-10), Coat (1-5), Color (1-5), and Gait in three (3) sub sections: Coming (1-10), Going (1-10), Side Gait (1-10). The maximum score will be 100 (one hundred) points.
  4. A separate score sheet from each of the three (3) Judges will be used for each exhibitor. After each Judge scores the individual exhibitor, the score sheet will be placed into an envelope by each judge and taken by the steward and handed to the score keepers. The first score keeper will add up each of the three (3) scores for each exhibitor. The second score keeper will verify the scores tabulated by the first score keeper and place the final score on a spread sheet according to the exhibitor’s armband number only.
  5. In the event of two (2) or more tied scores within the Altered Top 10 (ten) or Intact Top 10 (ten) placements, the following procedure must be followed:
  6. The dogs involved in the tie will enter the ring together and be judged as a class. Then the three (3) Judges will place themselves in three corners of the ring so they can observe each dog coming and going. Each dog will gait to the first Judge who will observe the front movement and then the rear movement as the dog gaits to the next judge and so on, so that all three (3) judges observe each dog coming and going. As each dog leaves the last Judge, it will arrive back at the ring entrance where all the dogs will re-stack as a class. At this time comparison examination, gaiting or conferring may be utilized at the discretion of the three (3) Judges. Re-judging of the tied dogs shall be utilized to break the tie and not to determine the final score. At the conclusion of the tie breaking judgment, the Judges’ Tie Breaking Work Sheet will be tallied. The highest scoring dog will have a plus sign (+) denoted on the dog’s original Score Sheet next to the original score. If the tie involves more than two dogs, an A will be placed next to the highest scoring dog’s original score on the original Score Sheet, B on the second highest scoring dog’s original Score Sheet, C on the third highest scoring dog’s original Score Sheet, and so on. The Tie Breaking Work Sheet will not be posted.
  7. Within twenty-four (24) hours of the completion of Conformation Finals competition, the Host Club will post all exhibitor scores in a central location where announcements and other venues scores are posted. The score sheet shall include the total score, placement, and Judge’s name according to the exhibitor’s armband number. Altered and Intact competitions are to be posted on separate score sheets in the same location.

Section 15.11 Photographs of the Conformation Finals Placements

The Nationals Host Club(s) is/are responsible for the photographing of the Top Ten (10) Altered dog and Top Ten (10) Intact dog placement winners. The photographs will be clearly marked with the dog’s registered name, handler, owner name, and breeder, Altered or Intact. The photographs must be submitted to the editor of the Aussie Times before the deadline for the Nationals issue.

National Specialty Rulebook

Chapter 18 Conformation Finals

Please see Chapter 15 of the Conformation Show Rules and Regulations for complete rules.

Section 18.1 Budget and Fees

The Nationals Committee shall submit a proposed budget to the Board and Conformation Committee at least six (6) months prior to the Finals.

Section 18.2 Funds

Entry fees collected by the 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 of Directors and the ASCA Agility Committee as to the amount received by August 1st of the competition year. The Nationals Committee will submit their expenses to the Board of Directors.

Proposed Wording: Conformation Rulebook

Chapter 15 Conformation Finals

Statement of Purpose: The Conformation Finals is designed to be a self-supporting event that is held in conjunction with the ASCA National Specialty as a separate event. Qualifiers are selected from the Conformation program year end Merit standings in both Intact and Altered that are eligible to show per Section 9.10. Any situation not directly addressed by the Conformation Finals Rules shall be governed by the ASCA Show Rules and Regulations.

Section 15.2 Verifications and Invitations

See Chapter 18 of the National Specialty Rulebook

  1. The ASCA Business Office will send the Nationals Committee Host Club(s) a Conformation Finals entry form for each dog by the closing date for Nationals entries.

Section 15.3 Participants

  1. The Nationals Committee Host Club(s) will determine the random order of showing Altered Dog Finalists and Intact Dogs Finalists. Dogs will not be judged in the order of their year-end rankings.

Section 15.4 Budget and Fees

  1. The Nationals Host Club(s) shall submit a proposed budget to the ASCA Board of Directors and ASCA Conformation Committee six (6) months prior to the Conformation Finals.
  2. The entry fee (see Schedule of Fees) is payable in U.S. currency. No entry fees will be refunded. Entry fees collected by the ASCA Business Office will be used only to cover any expenses the Nationals Host Club(s) may incur from the Conformation Finals. The ASCA Business Office will keep an accounting of all monies received for the Conformation Finals and is responsible for informing the Nationals Host Club(s), the ASCA Board of Directors, and the ASCA Conformation Committee as to the amount of monies received by August 1st of the competition year. The ASCA Business Office will send all entry monies to the Nationals Host Club(s) by the closing date for National entries. The Nationals Host Club(s) will try to make the Conformation Finals a self-supporting event through entries, donations, and sponsorships. The Nationals Host Club(s) will submit their expenses with receipts to the ASCA Board of Directors within six (6) months of the Conformation Finals event.

Section 15.5 Judges Requirements

  1. Three (3) ASCA Conformation Judges will be hired, one from each area as stated below, for the Conformation Finals by the National Specialty Host Club(s), 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 Host Club(s) no later than thirty (30) 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 7 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.
  2. Conformation Judge Eligibility:
  3. Judge must be of ASCA Senior Breeder Status.
  4. Judge may not have judged conformation three (3) months prior to the event.
  5. 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.
  6. Judge shall not have judged the previous three (3) Conformation Finals.
  7. Selection of Judges: Once the host club, location and dates have been determined, the Business Office shall send a letter to all Senior Breeder Judges. Letters must be returned in 30 days to the ASCA Business Office.
  8. 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 list above. Four (4) names from each area shall be pulled by the Business Office and the names given to the Host Committee to hire from, in the order of the draw.
  9. The areas consist of the following: West area; regions 1 and 2. Central area; regions 3 and 4. Eastern area; regions 5, 6 and 7.
  10. The Senior Breeder Judge’s selected shall not judge conformation six (6) months prior to the event.
  11. 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 Sections 7.4 to 7.7 per the Conformation Show Rules and Regulations.

Section 15.7 Nationals Catalog

  1. The Nationals Catalog will contain a complete list of all Conformation Finals entrants and FEO entrants. The following information must be provided for each dog: Dog’s registered name, armband number, Altered or Intact, Sire, Dam, Owner, Date of Birth, Sex, and Breeder. This section will also include a brief biography of the Conformation Finals judges, sponsors, a list of volunteers, and staff.
  2. The Nationals Host Club(s) will provide the Aussie Times Editor with the results of the Conformation Finals placements, to be published with the Show/Trial report for the ASCA Nationals. Each dog will be listed with the dog’s registered name, sex, Altered or Intact, and owner as well as Finals placement.

Section 15.8 Ring Size and Requirements

  1. Positions necessary: Chief Steward, four (4) assistant stewards, two (2) scorekeepers, and one (1) announcer.
  2. Ring size: The Conformation Finals Ring will consist of one (1) large ring, one hundred and fifty (150) feet by fifty (50) feet minimum but laid out in such a way that it is divided into three (3) smaller rings of equal size for the individual judging, also allowing movement around the inside perimeter.
  3. Equipment and supplies necessary for each of the three (3) rings and the scoring table: tables and chairs, calculator, clipboards, stapler and staples, scotch tape, broad-tip markers, pads of lined paper, pens, dry erase board to post scores, shade or covered areas for Judges, ring gating and matting if necessary. If mats are required, matting should cover the complete perimeter of the ring, plus individual rings.

Section 15.9 Judging and Ring Procedure

  1. All Altered Conformation Finals exhibitors will enter the ring as a group. Armbands will be checked by all judges and chief steward. Once completed, judges will view the group as a whole and then all exhibitors will gait their dogs around the ring and exit. Next, exhibitors will present their dogs to each of the three (3) judges separately for hands-on examination, gaiting, and scoring.
  2. At the completion of Altered judging, all dogs will return to the ring. The entrant’s name and titles will be called out as the dogs enter the ring, one at a time. Once all dogs have entered the ring, the Top Ten (10) Altered Finalists will be announced in random order by armband number.
  3. Following Altered, all Intact Conformation Finals exhibitors will enter the ring as a group. Armbands will be checked by all judges and chief steward. Once completed, judges will view the group as a whole and then all exhibitors will gait their dogs around the ring and exit. Next, exhibitors will present their dogs to each of the three (3) judges separately for hands-on examination, gaiting, and scoring.
  4. At the completion of Intact judging, all dogs will return to the ring. The entrant’s name and titles will be called out as the dogs enter the ring, one at a time. Once all dogs have entered the ring, the Top Ten (10) Altered Finalists will be announced in random order by armband number.
  5. After the last intact dog has been judged, while the scores for intact dogs are being tallied and checked for ties, the entered FEO dogs will enter the ring one by one, in armband order. The FEO entrant’s name and titles will be called out as the dogs are gaiting around the ring. They will then be presented with their FEO entrant Rosette by one of the Finalist Judges and will exit the ring. This will continue until all FEO entrants have entered, gaited and exited the ring.
  6. The Top Ten (10) Altered Finalists and Top Ten (10) Intact Finalists will be brought back into the ring in random order. The announcement of placements will alternate between Altered and Intact, from tenth (10th) to first (1st) place.

Section 15.10 Scoring

  1. The score sheet has the Judge’s name, exhibitor’s armband number, Altered or Intact and the sex of each dog.
  2. Each judge uses a simple score sheet for each dog with a numeric scale from 1-10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest score. The Judge shall circle the points he/she determines each dog deserves in that section/subsection of the score sheet. EXCEPTION: In the event one judge determines there is a disqualifying fault under the Breed Standard, that judge will mark on the score sheet “DQ” and state the reason for the disqualification, i.e., teeth, color, etc…
  3. The scoring sheet consists of 8 (eight) sections and six (6) sub-section. The scoring follows the Breed Standard and be divided accordingly. General Appearance (1-10). Head (1-5) divided into three (3) sub-sections: teeth (1-5), eyes (1-5), and ears (1-5). Neck and Body (1-10), Forequarters (1-10), Hindquarters (1-10), Coat (1-5), Color (1-5), and Gait in three (3) sub sections: Coming (1-10), Going (1-10), Side Gait (1-10). The maximum score will be 100 (one hundred) points.
  4. A separate score sheet from each of the three (3) Judges will be used for each exhibitor. After each Judge scores the individual exhibitor, the score sheet will be placed into an envelope by each judge and taken by the steward and handed to the score keepers. The first score keeper will add up each of the three (3) scores for each exhibitor. The second score keeper will verify the scores tabulated by the first score keeper and place the final score on a spread sheet according to the exhibitor’s armband number only.
  5. In the event of two (2) or more tied scores within the Altered Top 10 (ten) or Intact Top 10 (ten) placements, the following procedure must be followed:
  6. The dogs involved in the tie will enter the ring together and be judged as a class. Then the three (3) Judges will place themselves in three corners of the ring so they can observe each dog coming and going. Each dog will gait to the first Judge who will observe the front movement and then the rear movement as the dog gaits to the next judge and so on, so that all three (3) judges observe each dog coming and going. As each dog leaves the last Judge, it will arrive back at the ring entrance where all the dogs will re-stack as a class. At this time comparison examination, gaiting or conferring may be utilized at the discretion of the three (3) Judges. Re-judging of the tied dogs shall be utilized to break the tie and not to determine the final score. At the conclusion of the tie breaking judgment, the Judges’ Tie Breaking Work Sheet will be tallied. The highest scoring dog will have a plus sign (+) denoted on the dog’s original Score Sheet next to the original score. If the tie involves more than two dogs, an A will be placed next to the highest scoring dog’s original score on the original Score Sheet, B on the second highest scoring dog’s original Score Sheet, C on the third highest scoring dog’s original Score Sheet, and so on. The Tie Breaking Work Sheet will not be posted.
  7. Within twenty-four (24) hours of the completion of Conformation Finals competition, the Host Club will post all exhibitor scores in a central location where announcements and other venues scores are posted. The score sheet shall include the total score, placement, and Judge’s name according to the exhibitor’s armband number. Altered and Intact competitions are to be posted on separate score sheets in the same location.

Section 15.11 Photographs of the Conformation Finals Placements

The Nationals Host Club(s) is/are responsible for the photographing of the Top Ten (10) Altered dog and Top Ten (10) Intact dog placement winners. The photographs will be clearly marked with the dog’s registered name, handler, owner name, and breeder, Altered or Intact. The photographs must be submitted to the editor of the Aussie Times before the deadline for the Nationals issue.

National Specialty Rulebook

Chapter 18 Conformation Finals

Please see Chapter 15 of the Conformation Show Rules and Regulations for complete rules.

Section 18.1 Budget and Fees

The Nationals Committee shall submit a proposed budget to the Board and Conformation Committee at least six (6) months prior to the Finals.

Section 18.2 Funds

Entry fees collected by the Office will be used to cover any expenses the Nationals Committee may incur including awards. The entry fee (see Schedule of Fees) is payable in U.S. currency. No entry fees will be refunded unless an alternate can replace the cancelled entry. 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 of Directors and the ASCA Agility Committee as to the amount received by August 1st of the competition year. The Business Office will send all entry monies to the Nationals Committee by the closing date for Nationals entries. The Nationals Committee will try to make the Conformation Finals a self-supporting event through entries, donations, and sponsorships. The Nationals Committee will submit their expenses to the Board of Directors within six (6) months of the Conformation Finals event.

  1. The entry fee (see Schedule of Fees) is payable in U.S. currency. No entry fees will be refunded. Entry fees collected by the ASCA Business Office will be used only to cover any expenses the Nationals Committee Host Club(s) may incur from the Conformation Finals. The ASCA Business Office will keep an accounting of all monies received for the Conformation Finals and is responsible for informing the Nationals Committee Host Club(s), the ASCA Board of Directors, and the ASCA Conformation Committee as to the amount of monies received by August 1st of the competition year. The ASCA Business Office will send all entry monies to the Nationals Committee Host Club(s) by the closing date for National entries. The Nationals Committee Host Club(s) will try to make the Conformation Finals a self-supporting event through entries, donations, and sponsorships. The Nationals Committee Host Club(s) will submit their expenses with receipts to the ASCA Board of Directors within six (6) months of the Conformation Finals event.

Section 15.5 Judges Requirements

  1. Three (3) ASCA Conformation Judges will be hired, one from each area as stated below, for the Conformation Finals by the National Specialty Committee Host Club(s), 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 Host Club(s) no later than thirty (30) 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 7 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.
  2. Conformation Judge Eligibility:
  3. Judge must be of ASCA Senior Breeder Status.
  4. Judge may not have judged conformation three (3) months prior to the event.
  5. 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.
  6. Judge shall not have judged the previous three (3) Conformation Finals.
  7. Selection of Judges: Once the host club, location and dates have been determined, the Business Office shall send a letter to all Senior Breeder Judges. Letters must be returned in 30 days to the ASCA Business Office.
  8. 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 list above. Four (4) names from each area shall be pulled by the Business Office and the names given to the Host Committee to hire from, in the order of the draw.
  9. The areas consist of the following: West area; regions 1 and 2. Central area; regions 3 and 4. Eastern area; regions 5, 6 and 7.
  10. The Senior Breeder Judge’s selected shall not judge conformation six (6) months prior to the event.
  11. 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 Sections 7.4 to 7.7 per the Conformation Show Rules and Regulations.

Section 15.6 Trophies and Rosettes/Ribbons Award Rosette Prize – Level/Cost

Champion A Level 1 $250

Reserve Champion A.5 Level 2 $150

3rd – 10th B Level 3 $75

Finalist Participants B

Level Cost Per Rosette Rosette Descriptions

A $21 8.5-inch head, 7 streamers, 24-inch streamers

A.5 $20 8-inch head, 7 streamers, 22-inch streamers

B $18 7.5-inch head, 7 streamers, 18-inch streamers

D $12 6-inch head, 5 streamers, 14-inch streamers

E $1 2 layered, 10-inch flat ribbon

Name Streamers $5 – $7.50 each, depending on length of name

All Finals Qualifiers will receive a rosette labeled “Finalist,” with the qualifying dog’s ASCA registered name and ASCA titles entered on a side streamer. Non-ASCA titles will not be included. The name streamer will be placed on the Finals participation rosette, not on the placement rosette. All rosettes will have the date and location of the Finals. Any qualifying team that is unable to participate in the Finals is responsible for the cost of shipping their Finals rosette or requesting that the rosette be entrusted to someone else for delivery. The Nationals Committee host club is not responsible for the cost of shipping rosettes. Placements will be awarded 1st-10th place. Colors for the center streamer shall be as follows for placement rosettes: 1st – blue; 2nd – red; 3rd – yellow; 4th – white, 5th – 10th – same color (to coordinate with colors of host’s rosette colors) and will have placements on rosette.

Section 15.7 Nationals Catalog

  1. The Nationals Catalog will contain a complete list of all Conformation Finals entrants and FEO entrants. The following information must be provided for each dog: Dog’s registered name, armband number, Altered or Intact, Sire, Dam, Owner, Date of Birth, Sex, and Breeder. This section will also include a brief biography of the Conformation Finals judges, sponsors, a list of volunteers, and staff.
  2. The Nationals Committee Host Club(s) will provide the Aussie Times Editor with the results of the Conformation Finals placements, to be published with the Show/Trial report for the ASCA Nationals. Each dog will be listed with the dog’s registered name, sex, Altered or Intact, and owner as well as Finals placement.

Section 15.8 Ring Size and Requirements

  1. Positions necessary: Chief Steward, four (4) assistant stewards, two (2) scorekeepers, and one (1) announcer.
  2. Ring size: The Conformation Finals Ring will consist of one (1) large ring, one hundred and fifty (150) feet by fifty (50) feet minimum but laid out in such a way that it is divided into three (3) smaller rings of equal size for the individual judging, also allowing movement around the inside perimeter.
  3. Equipment and supplies necessary for each of the three (3) rings and the scoring table: tables and chairs, calculator, clipboards, stapler and staples, scotch tape, broad-tip markers, pads of lined paper, pens, dry erase board to post scores, shade or covered areas for Judges, ring gating and matting if necessary. If mats are required, matting should cover the complete perimeter of the ring, plus individual rings.

Section 15.9 Judging and Ring Procedure

  1. All Altered Conformation Finals exhibitors will enter the ring as a group. Armbands will be checked by all judges and chief steward. Once completed, judges will view the group as a whole and then all exhibitors will gait their dogs around the ring and exit. Next, exhibitors will present their dogs to each of the three (3) judges separately for hands-on examination, gaiting, and scoring.
  2. At the completion of Altered judging, all dogs will return to the ring. The entrant’s name and titles will be called out as the dogs enter the ring, one at a time. Once all dogs have entered the ring, the Top Ten (10) Altered Finalists will be announced in random order by armband number.
  3. Following Altered, all Intact Conformation Finals exhibitors will enter the ring as a group. Armbands will be checked by all judges and chief steward. Once completed, judges will view the group as a whole and then all exhibitors will gait their dogs around the ring and exit. Next, exhibitors will present their dogs to each of the three (3) judges separately for hands-on examination, gaiting, and scoring.
  4. At the completion of Intact judging, all dogs will return to the ring. The entrant’s name and titles will be called out as the dogs enter the ring, one at a time. Once all dogs have entered the ring, the Top Ten (10) Altered Finalists will be announced in random order by armband number.
  5. After the last intact dog has been judged, while the scores for intact dogs are being tallied and checked for ties, the entered FEO dogs will enter the ring one by one, in armband order. The FEO entrant’s name and titles will be called out as the dogs are gaiting around the ring. They will then be presented with their FEO entrant Rosette by one of the Finalist Judges and will exit the ring. This will continue until all FEO entrants have entered, gaited and exited the ring.
  6. The Top Ten (10) Altered Finalists and Top Ten (10) Intact Finalists will be brought back into the ring in random order. The announcement of placements will alternate between Altered and Intact, from tenth (10th) to first (1st) place.

Section 15.10 Scoring

  1. The score sheet has the Judge’s name, exhibitor’s armband number, Altered or Intact and the sex of each dog.
  2. Each judge uses a simple score sheet for each dog with a numeric scale from 1-10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest score. The Judge shall circle the points he/she determines each dog deserves in that section/subsection of the score sheet. EXCEPTION: In the event one judge determines there is a disqualifying fault under the Breed Standard, that judge will mark on the score sheet “DQ” and state the reason for the disqualification, i.e., teeth, color, etc…
  3. The scoring sheet consists of 8 (eight) sections and six (6) sub-section. The scoring follows the Breed Standard and be divided accordingly. General Appearance (1-10). Head (1-5) divided into three (3) sub-sections: teeth (1-5), eyes (1-5), and ears (1-5). Neck and Body (1-10), Forequarters (1-10), Hindquarters (1-10), Coat (1-5), Color (1-5), and Gait in three (3) sub sections: Coming (1-10), Going (1-10), Side Gait (1-10). The maximum score will be 100 (one hundred) points.
  4. A separate score sheet from each of the three (3) Judges will be used for each exhibitor. After each Judge scores the individual exhibitor, the score sheet will be placed into an envelope by each judge and taken by the steward and handed to the score keepers. The first score keeper will add up each of the three (3) scores for each exhibitor. The second score keeper will verify the scores tabulated by the first score keeper and place the final score on a spread sheet according to the exhibitor’s armband number only.
  5. In the event of two (2) or more tied scores within the Altered Top 10 (ten) or Intact Top 10 (ten) placements, the following procedure must be followed:
  6. The dogs involved in the tie will enter the ring together and be judged as a class. Then the three (3) Judges will place themselves in three corners of the ring so they can observe each dog coming and going. Each dog will gait to the first Judge who will observe the front movement and then the rear movement as the dog gaits to the next judge and so on, so that all three (3) judges observe each dog coming and going. As each dog leaves the last Judge, it will arrive back at the ring entrance where all the dogs will re-stack as a class. At this time comparison examination, gaiting or conferring may be utilized at the discretion of the three (3) Judges. Re-judging of the tied dogs shall be utilized to break the tie and not to determine the final score. At the conclusion of the tie breaking judgment, the Judges’ Tie Breaking Work Sheet will be tallied. The highest scoring dog will have a plus sign (+) denoted on the dog’s original Score Sheet next to the original score. If the tie involves more than two dogs, an A will be placed next to the highest scoring dog’s original score on the original Score Sheet, B on the second highest scoring dog’s original Score Sheet, C on the third highest scoring dog’s original Score Sheet, and so on. The Tie Breaking Work Sheet will not be posted.
  7. Within twenty-four (24) hours of the completion of Conformation Finals competition, the Nationals Committee Host Club will post all exhibitor scores in a central location where announcements and other venues scores are posted. The score sheet shall include the total score, placement, and Judge’s name according to the exhibitor’s armband number. Altered and Intact competitions are to be posted on separate score sheets in the same location.

Section 15.11 Photographs of the Conformation Finals Placements

The Nationals Committee Host Club(s) is/are responsible for the photographing of the Top Ten (10) Altered dog and Top Ten (10) Intact dog placement winners. The photographs will be clearly marked with the dog’s registered name, handler, owner name, and breeder, Altered or Intact. The photographs must be submitted to the editor of the Aussie Times before the deadline for the Nationals issue.

Comments/Rationale: The procedures for notifying conformation finalists, the running of conformation finals, the scoring of conformation finals, the budget and monies for conformation finals and the result of conformation finals are only ever used at Nationals by the Business Office and the Nationals Committee. These procedures do not need to be in the conformation rulebook. Although these rules have been moved to the National Specialty rulebook, the content of these rules is still the purview of the committee.

Affected: Exhibitors, show secretaries and judges will not have extra pages in the conformation rulebook they do not need on a regular basis. The Nationals Committee will have one place where all the rules for running conformation finals can be found.

Effective Date: June 1, 2022.

Kalla Jaco

Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America

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Kalla Jaco

Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America

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Subject:

BOD Motion Results: BD.21.130 Move Obedience Finals & Nationals Rules to Nationals Rulebook

From:

“Kalla Jaco | ASCA” <asca.execsec@gmail.com>

Date:

12/20/2021, 2:47 PM

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ASCA Members IO Group <ASCMEMBERS@groups.io>

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Members,
Following are the voting results for this motion.

Thanks,
Kalla

BD.21.130 Move Obedience Finals & Nationals Rules to Nationals Rulebook

Motion fails (3-6) – Approve: 3 (Larson, McCabe, Roberts). Disapprove: 6 (Busquets, Byrne, Creelman, Gann, Gerken, Wesen). Abstain: None. Non-voting: None.

  • Comment from Byrne: Lacking Membership support.
  • Comment from Creelman: I agree that Nationals and Finals rules should be in the National Specialty Rule book, but after hearing comments from the Committee, I agree that the Nationals and Finals rules should be left in the Obedience Rulebook as well.
  • Comment from Gann: There is too many comments and concerns From the membership to approve at this time.
  • Comment from Gerken: There has been a lot of pushback by the committee and membership.  I believe this needs further discussion. I would approve adding it to the National Specialty Rulebook.
  • Comment from Wesen: There needs to be a reference to Program rule books and that is where the National rulebook.  Chairs are suppose to be knowledgeable in the program they are chairing so referring 2 rule books for National would be less impact on members and judges.

Motion by McCabe to approve the movement of the rules for Obedience Finals to the National Specialty Rulebook. Second by Roberts.

Current Wording: Obedience Rulebook

Chapter 14 Obedience Finals

Section 13.1 Purpose of the Obedience Finals

The ASCA Obedience Finals competitions are designed to showcase ASCA’s finest obedience dogs to the fancy by those breeders, owners and handlers who take pride in their contribution to the Australian Shepherd breed.

Section 13.2 Purpose and Audience for this Document

The purpose of this document is to provide a reference for the Obedience Final Competitor and the Obedience Show Finals Chair as well as anyone interested in an overview of the ASCA Obedience Finals. We assume that the competitor is aware of and understands the ASCA Obedience rules.

Section 13.3 Obedience Finals Supporting Documentation

The following rule books and forms are located on the ASCA web site in the following locations:

Obedience Rules and Regulations: http://www.ASCA.org/Portals/0/obediencerules.pdf

National Specialty Hosting Rules: http://www.ASCA.org/Portals/0/NatSpecHostRules.pdf

Obedience Finals Entry Form: http://www.ASCA.org/Portals/0/obedfef.pdf

Section 13.4 Administrative Requirements

This section describes the basic requirement regarding the qualifications of the Obedience Show Finals Chair, Judges, Stewards and general site requirements.

13.4.1 Obedience Show Finals Chair Requirements

  1. Obedience Show Finals Chair will be familiar with all aspects of hosting an obedience trial.
  2. Obedience Show Finals Chair will work with the ASCA Obedience Committee Chair, either by phone or email, to ensure all procedures and requirements are met.
  3. The Obedience Show Finals Chair will send a briefing letter to all the Finalists and Alternates for whom the ASCA Business Office has received Finals entries at least 10 days before the Finals. The letter may be emailed or sent through the mail. The letter will include relevant scheduling information and reminders.
  4. The Obedience Show Finals Chair and the ASCA Obedience Committee Chair or designated Committee member will meet with the Finals judges prior to the event to review all rules and scoring procedures used during the Finals competition.
  5. The Obedience Show Finals Chair will prepare the judges’ books in the correct run order. It is recommended that the judges’ books be completed once the exhibitor run order is finalized.
  6. The Obedience Show Finals Chair will ensure the ring stewards are ringside one (1) hour before the scheduled start time and will ensure both rings are set up and ready at least one (1) hour before the scheduled start time.

13.4.2 Judge Requirements

  1. The Obedience Show Finals Chair will hire judges who are knowledgeable of all ASCA Obedience rules and procedures.
  2. Judges for the Obedience Finals will not judge any other obedience trials held in conjunction with the National Specialty or Pre-show trials.

13.4.3 Steward Requirements

  1. The Obedience Show Finals Chair will find experienced obedience stewards – 3 per ring, a gate steward, a table steward and a ring steward. It is acceptable to have one inexperienced steward if the other two are experienced.
  2. The Host Club must make every effort to find experienced stewards to work during the Finals to ensure a smooth flowing event.
  3. The gate steward will make sure each team is ready to enter the ring when the judge is ready.
  4. The table steward is responsible for the paper work.
  5. The ring and gate stewards will set the jumps, act as posts place cones* for the Figure 8 exercise, hold the clipboard for the judge during the moving stand, set our scent articles and gloves for the retrieval exercises.
  6. The stewards will take the dog’s leash from the handler in the ring and return the leash back to the handler in the ring.

13.4.4 Site and Ring Requirements

13.4.4.1 Warm-up Area

The Host Club will make every effort to provide an area or spare ring for teams to use for warm-up.

13.4.4.2 Crating Area

The Host Club will provide crating space for teams close to the rings. Ideally this space will be available to them the day before the Finals. If crating space is not available the day before, it will be available at least one (1) hour before the start of the Finals competition.

13.4.4.3 Ring Size and Matting

  1. The ring sizes are 40’ x 50’ as per the obedience regulations found in Section 1.26.
  2. When the Finals are held indoors and space is a consideration, the ring size can be reduced to 35’ x 50’.
  3. If the ring does not have traction or is slippery or otherwise considered a hazard to handlers or dogs, the ring must be fully matted. The judges will determine if mats are necessary and will notify the Obedience Show Finals Chair that corrective action must be immediately taken.
  4. If ring mats are used, the entire ring must be matted.
  5. The rings will be clean and ready to use Two (2) hours prior to the start of the Finals.
  6. Two full sets of regulation jumps are required.
  7. If the Finals are held outside on grass, and the grass is wet, the Host Club will supply sand to use around any jumps to ensure proper, safe footing. The judge will decide if the sand should be used.

Section 13.5 Conducting the Obedience Finals

13.5.1 General

The Host Club will conduct the Obedience Finals in conjunction with the National Specialty each year. The ASCA Obedience Committee strongly suggests the Host Club not allow other obedience competitions on the same day as the Obedience Finals. The Obedience Finals should be the exhibitors’ top priority on that day, and they are to be ringside when their class is run in order not to hold up the other exhibitors.

13.5.2 Finals Obedience Judges

There are two judges to judge each Finalist once in each ring, except for Super Dog, which is judged twice in each ring by each judge. The Obedience Show Finals Chair will plan a schedule to minimize any conflicts between runs between the two judges.

13.5.3 Timeframe

A short handler meeting will be scheduled before the start of judging to brief handlers on topics such as key differences between Finals and regular trials, scheduling details or last-minute changes, judge and steward introductions, and whatever judges want to share about how they run a ring. Attending the meeting will be optional for handlers. The Finals will be held over the course of one day. Up to nine hours should be allowed for judging and for breaks for the judges. The Finals consists of two (2) runs each of Novice, Open CDX, Open ODX, and Utility plus four (4) runs of Super Dog.

13.5.4 Selecting Open, Utility and Super Dog Classes

The Obedience Show Finals Chair chooses the Open and Utility runs from the B class mixed orders and posts the class order ringside at least one (1) hour before the class begins. The Obedience Show Finals Chair verifies that a different run order be used for each ring in Open and Utility. The run order for Open and Utility classes are available in the ASCA Obedience Rules and Regulations, Chapter 4 Open and Chapter 5 Utility.

13.5.5 Division Details

  1. Novice:
  2. One Novice class per ring.
  3. Group stays take place first thing in the morning with staggered times for each ring.
  4. Group stays will have up to 5 dogs on each of the long sides of the ring, spaced 8 feet apart and with their backs approximately 4’ from the gate. If 7 or fewer dogs are competing, dogs will be lined up on one long side of the ring; for 8-10 dogs, they will be lined up in 2 facing rows, up to 5 per side.
  5. Open CDX:
  6. One Open class per ring.
  7. Open B mixed orders used.
  8. Open ODX:
  9. One Open class per ring.
  10. Open B mixed orders used.
  11. Utility:
  12. One Utility class per ring.
  13. Utility B mixed orders used.
  14. Super Dog:
  15. One Open class using Open B mixed orders.
  16. NO Command Discrimination or Stand Stay – Get Your Leash and NO DOE exercises in Super Dog Open.
  17. One Utility class using Utility B mixed orders.
  18. One Super Dog mixed order class per ring using Super Dog Orders

13.5.6 Selecting Open, Utility and Super Dog Orders

The Obedience Show Finals Chair chooses the Open and Utility runs from the B class mixed orders and posts the class order ringside at least one (1) hour before the class begins. The Obedience Show Finals Chair verifies that a different run order be used for each ring in Open and Utility. The run order for Open and Utility classes are available in the ASCA Obedience Rules and Regulations, Chapter 4 Open and Chapter 5 Utility. For Super Dog, the Obedience Show Finals Chair shall choose from one of the five (5) B class orders from Open B and Utility B and two (2) of the four (4) Super Dog mixed orders listed in the section marked Super Dog Orders and Exercise Point Values. The Obedience Show Finals Chair will ensure two different Super Dog mixed orders are used for each ring.

13.5.7 Super Dog Orders and Exercise Point Values

SUPER DOG ORDER I                                                                                         SUPER DOG ORDER II

  1. Heel Free/Figure 8 40 points                                                                     1. Signal Exercise 40 points
  2. Directed Retrieve 30 points                                                                       2. Broad Jump 30 points
  3. Retrieve Over High Jump 30 points                                                         3. Moving Stand 30 points
  4. Directed Jumping (20 points per jump) 40 points                4. Retrieve on the Flat 30 points
  5. Drop on Recall 30 points                                                               5. Scent Articles (20 points per article) 40 points
  6. Moving Stand 30 points                                                                6. Retrieve Over High Jump 30 points

Maximum Total Score 200 points                                                   Maximum Total Score 200 points

SUPER DOG ORDER III                                                                                       SUPER DOG ORDER IV

  1. Retrieve on the Flat 30 points                                                                   1. Broad Jump 30 points
  2. Directed Retrieve 30 points                                                                       2. Scent Articles (20 points per article) 40 points
  3. Signal Exercise 40 points                                                               3. Figure 8/Heel Free 40 points
  4. Retrieve Over High Jump 30 points                                                         4. Directed Retrieve 30 points
  5. Drop on Recall 30 points                                                               5. Moving Stand 30 points
  6. Directed Jumping (20 points per jump) 40 points                6. Retrieve on the Flat 30 points

Maximum Total Score 200 points                                                   Maximum Total Score 200 points

13.5.8 Class Order and Running Order of the Entrants

After receiving the finalist entries from the ASCA Business Office, the Obedience Show Finals Chair will plan class order in each ring in a way to minimize conflicts. The ASCA Obedience Committee Chair or designated Committee member will assist in the scheduling, as needed. Group stays for the Novice class will take place first thing in the morning with staggered times for each ring. The group start times will be scheduled so that no handler is needed in two rings at the same time, all dogs will have a minimum of fifteen (15) minutes between the end of their first set of groups and the beginning of their second set of groups. The Obedience Show Finals Chair determines the exhibitor run order by drawing numbers. Dogs will not run in their order of ranking. The Obedience Show Finals Chair will post the exhibitor run order ringside at least one (1) hour before the start of the Finals. Each judge will use the same exhibitor running order.

13.5.9 Scoring and Placement

The points lost by each Finalist will be totaled and the Finalist with the least number of points lost is the winner of their division. There will be no placements in the individual rings and no run-offs before the scores from both rings are totaled for all finals divisions. Placements are also awarded to second through tenth place and will be denoted as such on the rosettes. There will be a Finals winner from each of the following divisions: Novice, Open CDX, Open ODX, Utility and Super Dog. The winner will carry the title of (year won) ASCA Champion (Novice, Open CDX, Open ODX or Utility) Obedience Dog. The winner of the Super Dog category will carry the title of (year won) ASCA Supreme Champion Obedience Dog and will have its picture on the cover of the May/June Aussie Times.

Section 13.6 Judging

  1. The Obedience Finals requires two (2) judges. The Obedience Finals entrants will show under each judge. The Obedience Show Finals Chair, or designated aid, will add the points lost from each judge to determine the Finals placements.
  2. Each judge shall judge one (1) run of Novice, one (1) run of Open CDX, one (1) run of Open ODX, one (1) run of Utility and one (1) run of Super Dog mixed orders. In the Super Dog division, the Obedience Show Finals Chair will use a coin toss to determine which judge will judge Super Dog Open and which will judge Super Dog Utility.
  3. Each judge will stay with his or her assigned ring. The dog and handler teams will change rings for each run.
  4. The Obedience Show Finals Chair determines the running order of the classes and rings for the day of competition.
  5. The Obedience Show Finals Chair determines which mixed orders are used for all classes using mixed orders (Open CDX, Open ODX, Utility, Super Dog Open, Super Dog Utility, and Super Dog mixed orders).
  6. Each dog shall have two (2) runs, one under each judge with the exception of Super Dog. Super Dog competition will consist of one (1) run of Utility B, one (1) run of Open B omitting Command Discrimination and Stand/Stay/Get Your Leash and ODX Directed Open Exercises, and two (2) runs of the Super Dog mixed orders.
  7. The Obedience Show Finals Chair will ensure each ring uses a different mixed order from the Open B, Utility B and Super Dog mixed orders.
  8. The points lost will be added for each dog for the two (2) runs, or four (4) runs in the case of Super Dog, to determine the placements. All scores will be used. If an exercise receives an NQ, points will be deducted equal to the full value of the exercise. Scores from all remaining exercises will be used.
  9. Super Dog placements are determined by totaling the points lost from the one (1) Super Dog Open score, the one (1) Super Dog Utility score, and the two (2) scores of Super Dog mixed orders.
  10. If there are tied scores, within any division, placements are determined by a run-off using the Novice heel free exercise. The only run-offs will be for dogs with tied scores after the scores from both rings are totaled. The run-off judge will be determined by flipping a coin. Runoffs will be done after all dogs have competed; this includes any bitches in season.
  11. The ASCA Obedience Rules and Regulations will be the standard by which these classes are judged with the following exceptions:
  12. Judges will score each directed jump in Utility separately. Each jump, high and bar, is scored 20 points.
  13. The Super Dog run orders will be used for the Super Dog competition.
  14. CDX Command Discrimination and Stand/Stay/Get Your Leash and ODX Directed Open exercises are eliminated from the Super Dog division.
  15. Bitches in season are allowed to compete but will run last.
  16. Official placements will include first through tenth. All teams will receive a numerical placement.
  17. The Obedience Show Finals Chair determines run-off judge by a coin toss and that judge’s ring shall be used for all run-offs.

Section 13.7 Qualifying for the Finals

The qualifying year shall run from June 1 to May 31st of the following year.

13.7.1 Novice

The dog’s top three qualifying scores from Novice A and/or Novice B during the present qualifying year will be added and averaged. The total and average will be listed in the Aussie Times.

13.7.2 Companion Dog Excellent

The dog’s top three qualifying scores from CDX A (previously called Open A) and/or from CDX B (previously called Open B) during the present qualifying year will be averaged. Dogs can compete in CDX B indefinitely and thus are eligible for Top Ten CDX Finals standings indefinitely.

13.7.3 Open Dog Excellent

The dog’s top three qualifying scores from ODX A and/or from ODX B during the present qualifying year will be averaged. Dogs can compete in ODX B indefinitely and thus are eligible for Top Ten ODX Finals standings indefinitely.

13.7.4 Utility

The dog’s top three qualifying scores from Utility A and/or Utility B during the qualifying year will be averaged. Dogs can compete in Utility B indefinitely and thus are eligible for Top Ten Utility Finals standings indefinitely.

13.7.5 Super Dog

For scores to count for Super Dog finals, dogs must qualify in Open B CDX and Utility or Open B ODX and Utility at the same trial. If qualifying via the CDX class, a dog must have already earned a CDX and a UD. If qualifying via the ODX class, a dog must have already earned an ODX and a UD. The dog’s top three combined qualifying scores from CDX B and Utility and/or from ODX B and Utility during the present qualifying year will be averaged and added. There will be one Super Dog Finals regardless of whether dogs qualify via the CDX or the ODX class. There will be no Command Discrimination or Stand Stay – Get Your Leash Exercises or Directed Open Exercises in Super Dog Finals. Dogs are eligible for Top Ten Super Dog finals standings indefinitely.

Section 13.8 Eligibility of Entrants

  1. Eligible dogs are ASCA registered Australian Shepherds, including LEP, that have received three (3) qualifying scores in each division the dog will be competing in at the Finals.
  2. Novice dogs can earn their Open title AFTER May 31st and still be eligible for the Novice division for which they qualified during the year in question. If the Novice dog earns its Open title on or before May 31st, the Novice scores will be void and the Open scores will be used to calculate eligibility to qualify for the Finals in the Open division.
  3. If a dog is ranked in both Open CDX and Open ODX, the handler may enter both Finals by sending in two separate Finals entry forms – one for CDX and one for ODX.
  4. Dogs must have their UD titles to compete in the Super Dog category.
  5. If a dog is ranked in Super Dog, that dog may only show in the Super Dog category and will not be listed for either Open or Utility. This will allow more dogs to compete in the Finals.
  6. If a dog that has not earned 3 qualifying Super Dog legs earns three qualifying scores in Utility, that dog may only show in Utility and will not be listed for Open finals.
  7. Only full ASCA members may accumulate points toward the Obedience Finals.
  8. The ASCA Business Office keeps track of the results of the ASCA obedience trials.
  9. Eligible dogs for the Obedience Finals are the top ten (10) obedience dogs, ranked in the Aussie Times from eligible obedience categories at the end of Finals year.
  10. Breaking Ties: In the event that there are more than ten (10) dogs ranked in the top ten (10) for any category, ties will be broken using the following methods in the order listed as necessary until all tie(s) are broken:
  11. Average the top two (2) scores from the Finals year
  12. Highest individual score
  13. Draw by ASCA Business Office
  14. Repeat this process for all ties until the maximum allowed number of dogs is reached.
  15. The ASCA Business Office will send the Host Club the Obedience Finals entry form for each dog whose owner has stated their intent to show by the close of the pre-entries for the Nationals.

Section 13.9 Verification of Eligibility

  1. The ASCA Business Office will notify all eligible contestants and alternates of their standing by first class mail if they have qualified for the Finals on or about July 1 of the year the competition will be held. The ASCA Business Office will notify foreign qualifiers using the best method to insure they receive their notification.
  2. The ASCA Business Office will contact the next twenty (20) dogs listed (including dogs that have been in ties) as alternates. If there is a tie between alternates, the ASCA Business Office will use the same criteria to break ties for Finalists.
  3. All eligible contestants and alternates wishing to compete must complete an official entry form and send it to the ASCA Business Office.
  4. The completed entry form must be sent to the ASCA Business Office and postmarked no later than July 15th of the competition year.
  5. Eligible Finals entrants will send entry fees, in US funds, with their official entry form.
  6. Alternates will only submit an official entry form to save their place should one become available. If an alternate becomes eligible, the ASCA Business Office will notify the alternate who will submit payment to the ASCA Business Office at that time.
  7. If an eligible contestant fails to send in an entry form by the July 15th deadline the next alternate who has sent their official entry form signifying their intent to compete will be notified of the vacancy by the ASCA Business Office.
  8. If an exhibitor must cancel, he or she should contact the ASCA Business Office and the Obedience Finals Chair immediately. The ASCA Business Office receives the cancellation before the Nationals catalog goes to print, the ASCA Business Office will contact the next eligible alternate who sent in their official entry form and offer him or her the vacancy. Entry fees will not be refunded for cancellations.
  9. The ASCA Business Office will send all confirmed entries and a list of those alternates who submitted entry forms for the Obedience Finals to the Host Club by the close of entries for that year’s Nationals.
  10. If all 10 Finalists for any class have not checked in by 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time for the first Finals judging of the day, the next eligible alternates who are present may compete. Last minute alternates must pay the entry fee and check in to both rings at least 10 minutes prior to the first Finals judging of the day.
  11. If an eligible alternate fills the place of a Finalist after the running order has been drawn, that team will take the place in the running order of the team that canceled.
  12. If the ASCA Business Office receives the cancellation after the Nationals catalog goes to print, the alternate dog’s name will not be listed in the catalog or on the Finals ribbon.

Section 13.10 Entry Fees

  1. Host Club shall submit a proposed budget to the ASCA Board of Directors and the ASCA Obedience Committee at least six months prior to the Finals.
  2. The ASCA Board of Directors will set the entry fees for the Obedience Finals (see the Schedule of Fees) based on recommendations from the ASCA Obedience Committee.
  3. There will be no refunds.

Section 13.11 Awards and Ribbons Award Rosette Prize – Level/Cost

Presentation of rosettes and awards should highlight the event and will be presented ringside at the conclusion of the event to ensure all participants and spectators can join in the excitement of the results. Rosettes and prizes should be made available within one (1) hour after completion of the Finals event.

The Obedience Show Finals Chair will ensure the official photographer be available ringside at the time of the award presentation to take the win photos while the judges are still available. If the photographer’s set-up is nearby, photos could be taken there also. In either location, the Obedience Finals photos will be the photographer’s first priority. The photographer will provide a backdrop for the photos and will have signboards available to denote all divisions, including Novice, “Companion Dog Excellent,” “Open Dog Excellent,” “Utility” and “Super Dog.” The location chosen for photographs must be large enough to include each division, as a group, if the contestants wish a group photograph.

The Host Club will allow exhibitors to take their rosettes and prizes upon completion of the event if they will not be able to attend the welcome banquet or awards ceremony. The Host Club will keep track of who can and cannot attend the ceremony and will read the names and placements of those who could not attend. When presenting the rosettes and awards for all contestants, the Host Club will read the name of the handler and the dog’s registered name.

Section 13.12 Miscellaneous

13.12.1 Posting of the Results

  1. Two people not entered in the finals will check and verify the addition of the points lost for each exhibitor before the results are posted.
  2. The Obedience Show Finals Chair will post the total points lost as soon as they are available on a board of some kind and make it available for viewing in an area easily seen by exhibitors.

13.12.2 Bitches in Season

  1. Bitches in season will compete last after all other judging is finished with the exception of run-offs each day, including sits and downs which shall be held separately.
  2. A bitch in season could be competing back to back in both rings.
  3. Bitches in season must be crated, not placed in an X-pen, 50’ away from the obedience rings and any designated warm up rings at all times except when competing.
  4. Bitches in season may not use any designated warm up rings at any time when those rings are shared with Rally.
  5. Bitches in season must wear pants at all times in or within 50’ of any obedience rings.
  6. When it is time for the bitch(es) in season to compete, the team(s) will be allowed to warm up in proximity to the obedience ring(s) for a reasonable amount of time.

Chapter 14 Nationals and Finals Obedience Judges Selection Procedure

  1. Finals and Nationals Judges Eligibility – The ASCA Business Office will email a questionnaire to all of the ASCA Obedience judges who are qualified to judge through Utility and are current on their continuing education requirement as candidates for judging either Nationals or Finals at least 20 months prior to the Nationals/Finals, requesting a reply/response to the Obedience Chairperson(s) within 15 days.
  2. After receiving responses from judges, the Obedience Chairperson(s) will review the questionnaires.
  3. judges who are not in good standing with ASCA will not be considered.
  4. Judges who have judged any of the previous three ASCA Obedience Finals should not be considered to judge finals again (but could judge Nationals).
  5. Judges who have judged any of the previous three ASCA Obedience Nationals should not be considered to judge Nationals again (but could judge Finals).
  6. Judges who have not judged an ASCA trial in the past 2 years should not be considered.
  7. Once the list of interested judges who meet the criteria in #2 is created, the Nationals and Finals Chairperson(s) will provide the ASCA Obedience Committee with the results of a random draw of qualified judges (2 Finals judges, 2 Nationals judges, and 2 Alternates). The ASCA Obedience Committee will then either approve these choices or request substitutions based on valid reasons.
  8. The Obedience Chairperson(s) will then submit the four (4) judges 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 judge’s slate to the ASCA Board of Directors for review. Board approval of the Judges slate will be returned to the Nationals Obedience Chairperson(s) no later than thirty (30) days after receipt by the Executive Secretary. Once the Board has approved the Obedience judges slate, the judge’s names will be posted within 7 days to the ASCA Website on the “National Specialty Information” page and the judge information must be submitted to the Aussie Times Editor by March 15th for inclusion in the May-June issue.

National Specialty Rulebook

Chapter 16 Obedience Finals

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

Section 16.1 Budget

The Nationals Committee shall submit a proposed budget to the Board and Obedience Committee at least six (6) months prior to the Finals.

Section 16.2 Funds

Entry fees collected by the 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 of Directors and the ASCA Obedience Committee as to the amount received by August 1st of the competition year. The Nationals Committee will submit their expenses to the ASCA Board of Directors. When all expenses have been met any additional monies will be used for funding the next year’s competition.

Proposed Wording: Obedience Rulebook

Chapter 14 Obedience Finals

See Chapter 16 of the National Specialty Rulebook for complete details.

Section 13.1 Purpose of the Obedience Finals

The ASCA Obedience Finals competitions are designed to showcase ASCA’s finest obedience dogs to the fancy by those breeders, owners and handlers who take pride in their contribution to the Australian Shepherd breed.

Section 13.2 Purpose and Audience for this Document

The purpose of this document is to provide a reference for the Obedience Final Competitor and the Obedience Show Finals Chair as well as anyone interested in an overview of the ASCA Obedience Finals. We assume that the competitor is aware of and understands the ASCA Obedience rules.

Section 13.3 Obedience Finals Supporting Documentation

The following rule books and forms are located on the ASCA web site in the following locations:

Obedience Rules and Regulations: http://www.ASCA.org/Portals/0/obediencerules.pdf

National Specialty Hosting Rules: http://www.ASCA.org/Portals/0/NatSpecHostRules.pdf

Obedience Finals Entry Form: http://www.ASCA.org/Portals/0/obedfef.pdf

Section 13.4 Administrative Requirements

This section describes the basic requirement regarding the qualifications of the Obedience Show Finals Chair, Judges, Stewards and general site requirements.

13.4.1 Obedience Show Finals Chair Requirements

  1. Obedience Show Finals Chair will be familiar with all aspects of hosting an obedience trial.
  2. Obedience Show Finals Chair will work with the ASCA Obedience Committee Chair, either by phone or email, to ensure all procedures and requirements are met.
  3. The Obedience Show Finals Chair will send a briefing letter to all the Finalists and Alternates for whom the ASCA Business Office has received Finals entries at least 10 days before the Finals. The letter may be emailed or sent through the mail. The letter will include relevant scheduling information and reminders.
  4. The Obedience Show Finals Chair and the ASCA Obedience Committee Chair or designated Committee member will meet with the Finals judges prior to the event to review all rules and scoring procedures used during the Finals competition.
  5. The Obedience Show Finals Chair will prepare the judges’ books in the correct run order. It is recommended that the judges’ books be completed once the exhibitor run order is finalized.
  6. The Obedience Show Finals Chair will ensure the ring stewards are ringside one (1) hour before the scheduled start time and will ensure both rings are set up and ready at least one (1) hour before the scheduled start time.

13.4.2 Judge Requirements

  1. The Obedience Show Finals Chair will hire judges who are knowledgeable of all ASCA Obedience rules and procedures.
  2. Judges for the Obedience Finals will not judge any other obedience trials held in conjunction with the National Specialty or Pre-show trials.

13.4.3 Steward Requirements

  1. The Obedience Show Finals Chair will find experienced obedience stewards – 3 per ring, a gate steward, a table steward and a ring steward. It is acceptable to have one inexperienced steward if the other two are experienced.
  2. The Host Club must make every effort to find experienced stewards to work during the Finals to ensure a smooth flowing event.
  3. The gate steward will make sure each team is ready to enter the ring when the judge is ready.
  4. The table steward is responsible for the paper work.
  5. The ring and gate stewards will set the jumps, act as posts place cones* for the Figure 8 exercise, hold the clipboard for the judge during the moving stand, set our scent articles and gloves for the retrieval exercises.
  6. The stewards will take the dog’s leash from the handler in the ring and return the leash back to the handler in the ring.

13.4.4 Site and Ring Requirements

13.4.4.1 Warm-up Area

The Host Club will make every effort to provide an area or spare ring for teams to use for warm-up.

13.4.4.2 Crating Area

The Host Club will provide crating space for teams close to the rings. Ideally this space will be available to them the day before the Finals. If crating space is not available the day before, it will be available at least one (1) hour before the start of the Finals competition.

13.4.4.3 Ring Size and Matting

  1. The ring sizes are 40’ x 50’ as per the obedience regulations found in Section 1.26.
  2. When the Finals are held indoors and space is a consideration, the ring size can be reduced to 35’ x 50’.
  3. If the ring does not have traction or is slippery or otherwise considered a hazard to handlers or dogs, the ring must be fully matted. The judges will determine if mats are necessary and will notify the Obedience Show Finals Chair that corrective action must be immediately taken.
  4. If ring mats are used, the entire ring must be matted.
  5. The rings will be clean and ready to use Two (2) hours prior to the start of the Finals.
  6. Two full sets of regulation jumps are required.
  7. If the Finals are held outside on grass, and the grass is wet, the Host Club will supply sand to use around any jumps to ensure proper, safe footing. The judge will decide if the sand should be used.

Section 13.5 Conducting the Obedience Finals

13.5.1 General

The Host Club will conduct the Obedience Finals in conjunction with the National Specialty each year. The ASCA Obedience Committee strongly suggests the Host Club not allow other obedience competitions on the same day as the Obedience Finals. The Obedience Finals should be the exhibitors’ top priority on that day, and they are to be ringside when their class is run in order not to hold up the other exhibitors.

13.5.2 Finals Obedience Judges

There are two judges to judge each Finalist once in each ring, except for Super Dog, which is judged twice in each ring by each judge. The Obedience Show Finals Chair will plan a schedule to minimize any conflicts between runs between the two judges.

13.5.3 Timeframe

A short handler meeting will be scheduled before the start of judging to brief handlers on topics such as key differences between Finals and regular trials, scheduling details or last-minute changes, judge and steward introductions, and whatever judges want to share about how they run a ring. Attending the meeting will be optional for handlers. The Finals will be held over the course of one day. Up to nine hours should be allowed for judging and for breaks for the judges. The Finals consists of two (2) runs each of Novice, Open CDX, Open ODX, and Utility plus four (4) runs of Super Dog.

13.5.4 Selecting Open, Utility and Super Dog Classes

The Obedience Show Finals Chair chooses the Open and Utility runs from the B class mixed orders and posts the class order ringside at least one (1) hour before the class begins. The Obedience Show Finals Chair verifies that a different run order be used for each ring in Open and Utility. The run order for Open and Utility classes are available in the ASCA Obedience Rules and Regulations, Chapter 4 Open and Chapter 5 Utility.

13.5.5 Division Details

  1. Novice:
  2. One Novice class per ring.
  3. Group stays take place first thing in the morning with staggered times for each ring.
  4. Group stays will have up to 5 dogs on each of the long sides of the ring, spaced 8 feet apart and with their backs approximately 4’ from the gate. If 7 or fewer dogs are competing, dogs will be lined up on one long side of the ring; for 8-10 dogs, they will be lined up in 2 facing rows, up to 5 per side.
  5. Open CDX:
  6. One Open class per ring.
  7. Open B mixed orders used.
  8. Open ODX:
  9. One Open class per ring.
  10. Open B mixed orders used.
  11. Utility:
  12. One Utility class per ring.
  13. Utility B mixed orders used.
  14. Super Dog:
  15. One Open class using Open B mixed orders.
  16. NO Command Discrimination or Stand Stay – Get Your Leash and NO DOE exercises in Super Dog Open.
  17. One Utility class using Utility B mixed orders.
  18. One Super Dog mixed order class per ring using Super Dog Orders

13.5.6 Selecting Open, Utility and Super Dog Orders

The Obedience Show Finals Chair chooses the Open and Utility runs from the B class mixed orders and posts the class order ringside at least one (1) hour before the class begins. The Obedience Show Finals Chair verifies that a different run order be used for each ring in Open and Utility. The run order for Open and Utility classes are available in the ASCA Obedience Rules and Regulations, Chapter 4 Open and Chapter 5 Utility. For Super Dog, the Obedience Show Finals Chair shall choose from one of the five (5) B class orders from Open B and Utility B and two (2) of the four (4) Super Dog mixed orders listed in the section marked Super Dog Orders and Exercise Point Values. The Obedience Show Finals Chair will ensure two different Super Dog mixed orders are used for each ring.

13.5.7 Super Dog Orders and Exercise Point Values

SUPER DOG ORDER I                                                                                         SUPER DOG ORDER II

  1. Heel Free/Figure 8 40 points                                                                     1. Signal Exercise 40 points
  2. Directed Retrieve 30 points                                                                       2. Broad Jump 30 points
  3. Retrieve Over High Jump 30 points                                                         3. Moving Stand 30 points
  4. Directed Jumping (20 points per jump) 40 points                4. Retrieve on the Flat 30 points
  5. Drop on Recall 30 points                                                               5. Scent Articles (20 points per article) 40 points
  6. Moving Stand 30 points                                                                6. Retrieve Over High Jump 30 points

Maximum Total Score 200 points                                                   Maximum Total Score 200 points

SUPER DOG ORDER III                                                                                       SUPER DOG ORDER IV

  1. Retrieve on the Flat 30 points                                                                   1. Broad Jump 30 points
  2. Directed Retrieve 30 points                                                                       2. Scent Articles (20 points per article) 40 points
  3. Signal Exercise 40 points                                                               3. Figure 8/Heel Free 40 points
  4. Retrieve Over High Jump 30 points                                                         4. Directed Retrieve 30 points
  5. Drop on Recall 30 points                                                               5. Moving Stand 30 points
  6. Directed Jumping (20 points per jump) 40 points                6. Retrieve on the Flat 30 points

Maximum Total Score 200 points                                                   Maximum Total Score 200 points

13.5.8 Class Order and Running Order of the Entrants

After receiving the finalist entries from the ASCA Business Office, the Obedience Show Finals Chair will plan class order in each ring in a way to minimize conflicts. The ASCA Obedience Committee Chair or designated Committee member will assist in the scheduling, as needed. Group stays for the Novice class will take place first thing in the morning with staggered times for each ring. The group start times will be scheduled so that no handler is needed in two rings at the same time, all dogs will have a minimum of fifteen (15) minutes between the end of their first set of groups and the beginning of their second set of groups. The Obedience Show Finals Chair determines the exhibitor run order by drawing numbers. Dogs will not run in their order of ranking. The Obedience Show Finals Chair will post the exhibitor run order ringside at least one (1) hour before the start of the Finals. Each judge will use the same exhibitor running order.

13.5.9 Scoring and Placement

The points lost by each Finalist will be totaled and the Finalist with the least number of points lost is the winner of their division. There will be no placements in the individual rings and no run-offs before the scores from both rings are totaled for all finals divisions. Placements are also awarded to second through tenth place and will be denoted as such on the rosettes. There will be a Finals winner from each of the following divisions: Novice, Open CDX, Open ODX, Utility and Super Dog. The winner will carry the title of (year won) ASCA Champion (Novice, Open CDX, Open ODX or Utility) Obedience Dog. The winner of the Super Dog category will carry the title of (year won) ASCA Supreme Champion Obedience Dog and will have its picture on the cover of the May/June Aussie Times.

Section 13.6 Judging

  1. The Obedience Finals requires two (2) judges. The Obedience Finals entrants will show under each judge. The Obedience Show Finals Chair, or designated aid, will add the points lost from each judge to determine the Finals placements.
  2. Each judge shall judge one (1) run of Novice, one (1) run of Open CDX, one (1) run of Open ODX, one (1) run of Utility and one (1) run of Super Dog mixed orders. In the Super Dog division, the Obedience Show Finals Chair will use a coin toss to determine which judge will judge Super Dog Open and which will judge Super Dog Utility.
  3. Each judge will stay with his or her assigned ring. The dog and handler teams will change rings for each run.
  4. The Obedience Show Finals Chair determines the running order of the classes and rings for the day of competition.
  5. The Obedience Show Finals Chair determines which mixed orders are used for all classes using mixed orders (Open CDX, Open ODX, Utility, Super Dog Open, Super Dog Utility, and Super Dog mixed orders).
  6. Each dog shall have two (2) runs, one under each judge with the exception of Super Dog. Super Dog competition will consist of one (1) run of Utility B, one (1) run of Open B omitting Command Discrimination and Stand/Stay/Get Your Leash and ODX Directed Open Exercises, and two (2) runs of the Super Dog mixed orders.
  7. The Obedience Show Finals Chair will ensure each ring uses a different mixed order from the Open B, Utility B and Super Dog mixed orders.
  8. The points lost will be added for each dog for the two (2) runs, or four (4) runs in the case of Super Dog, to determine the placements. All scores will be used. If an exercise receives an NQ, points will be deducted equal to the full value of the exercise. Scores from all remaining exercises will be used.
  9. Super Dog placements are determined by totaling the points lost from the one (1) Super Dog Open score, the one (1) Super Dog Utility score, and the two (2) scores of Super Dog mixed orders.
  10. If there are tied scores, within any division, placements are determined by a run-off using the Novice heel free exercise. The only run-offs will be for dogs with tied scores after the scores from both rings are totaled. The run-off judge will be determined by flipping a coin. Runoffs will be done after all dogs have competed; this includes any bitches in season.
  11. The ASCA Obedience Rules and Regulations will be the standard by which these classes are judged with the following exceptions:
  12. Judges will score each directed jump in Utility separately. Each jump, high and bar, is scored 20 points.
  13. The Super Dog run orders will be used for the Super Dog competition.
  14. CDX Command Discrimination and Stand/Stay/Get Your Leash and ODX Directed Open exercises are eliminated from the Super Dog division.
  15. Bitches in season are allowed to compete but will run last.
  16. Official placements will include first through tenth. All teams will receive a numerical placement.
  17. The Obedience Show Finals Chair determines run-off judge by a coin toss and that judge’s ring shall be used for all run-offs.

Section 13.8 Eligibility of Entrants

  1. The ASCA Business Office will send the Nationals Committee Host Club the Obedience Finals entry form for each dog whose owner has stated their intent to show by the close of the pre-entries for the Nationals.

Section 13.9 Verification of Eligibility

  1. The ASCA Business Office will send all confirmed entries and a list of those alternates who submitted entry forms for the Obedience Finals to the Nationals Committee Host Club by the close of entries for that year’s Nationals.

Section 13.10 Entry Fees

  1. Host Club shall submit a proposed budget to the ASCA Board of Directors and the ASCA Obedience Committee at least six months prior to the Finals.
  2. The ASCA Board of Directors will set the entry fees for the Obedience Finals (see the Schedule of Fees) based on recommendations from the ASCA Obedience Committee.
  3. There will be no refunds.

Section 13.10 Awards Presentation

Presentation of rosettes and awards should highlight the event and will be presented ringside at the conclusion of the event to ensure all participants and spectators can join in the excitement of the results. Rosettes and prizes should be made available within one (1) hour after completion of the Finals event.

The Obedience Show Finals Chair will ensure the official photographer be available ringside at the time of the award presentation to take the win photos while the judges are still available. If the photographer’s set-up is nearby, photos could be taken there also. In either location, the Obedience Finals photos will be the photographer’s first priority. The photographer will provide a backdrop for the photos and will have signboards available to denote all divisions, including Novice, “Companion Dog Excellent,” “Open Dog Excellent,” “Utility” and “Super Dog.” The location chosen for photographs must be large enough to include each division, as a group, if the contestants wish a group photograph.

The Nationals Committee Host Club will allow exhibitors to take their rosettes and prizes upon completion of the event if they will not be able to attend the welcome banquet or awards ceremony. The Nationals Committee Host Club will keep track of who can and cannot attend the ceremony and will read the names and placements of those who could not attend. When presenting the rosettes and awards for all contestants, the Obedience Show Finals Chair or their designee Host Club will read the name of the handler and the dog’s registered name.

Section 13.12 Miscellaneous

13.12.1 Posting of the Results

  1. Two people not entered in the finals will check and verify the addition of the points lost for each exhibitor before the results are posted.
  2. The Obedience Show Finals Chair will post the total points lost as soon as they are available on a board of some kind and make it available for viewing in an area easily seen by exhibitors.

13.12.2 Bitches in Season

  1. Bitches in season will compete last after all other judging is finished with the exception of run-offs each day, including sits and downs which shall be held separately.
  2. A bitch in season could be competing back to back in both rings.
  3. Bitches in season must be crated, not placed in an X-pen, 50’ away from the obedience rings and any designated warm up rings at all times except when competing.
  4. Bitches in season may not use any designated warm up rings at any time when those rings are shared with Rally.
  5. Bitches in season must wear pants at all times in or within 50’ of any obedience rings.
  6. When it is time for the bitch(es) in season to compete, the team(s) will be allowed to warm up in proximity to the obedience ring(s) for a reasonable amount of time.

Chapter 14 Nationals and Finals Obedience Judges Selection Procedure

  1. Finals and Nationals Judges Eligibility – The ASCA Business Office will email a questionnaire to all of the ASCA Obedience judges who are qualified to judge through Utility and are current on their continuing education requirement as candidates for judging either Nationals or Finals at least 20 months prior to the Nationals/Finals, requesting a reply/response to the Obedience Chairperson(s) within 15 days.
  2. After receiving responses from judges, the Obedience Chairperson(s) will review the questionnaires.
  3. judges who are not in good standing with ASCA will not be considered.
  4. Judges who have judged any of the previous three ASCA Obedience Finals should not be considered to judge finals again (but could judge Nationals).
  5. Judges who have judged any of the previous three ASCA Obedience Nationals should not be considered to judge Nationals again (but could judge Finals).
  6. Judges who have not judged an ASCA trial in the past 2 years should not be considered.
  7. Once the list of interested judges who meet the criteria in #2 is created, the Nationals and Finals Chairperson(s) will provide the ASCA Obedience Committee with the results of a random draw of qualified judges (2 Finals judges, 2 Nationals judges, and 2 Alternates). The ASCA Obedience Committee will then either approve these choices or request substitutions based on valid reasons.
  8. The Obedience Chairperson(s) will then submit the four (4) judges 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 judge’s slate to the ASCA Board of Directors for review. Board approval of the Judges slate will be returned to the Nationals Obedience Chairperson(s) no later than thirty (30) days after receipt by the Executive Secretary. Once the Board has approved the Obedience judges slate, the judge’s names will be posted within 7 days to the ASCA Website on the “National Specialty Information” page and the judge information must be submitted to the Aussie Times Editor by March 15th for inclusion in the May-June issue.

 

National Specialty Rulebook

Chapter 16 Obedience Finals

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

Section 16.1 Budget

The Nationals Committee shall submit a proposed budget to the Board and Obedience Committee at least six (6) months prior to the Finals.

Section 16.2 Funds

  1. The ASCA Board of Directors will set the entry fees for the Obedience Finals (see the Schedule of Fees) based on recommendations from the ASCA Obedience Committee.
  2. There will be no refunds.

Entry fees collected by the 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 of Directors and the ASCA Obedience Committee as to the amount received by August 1st of the competition year. The Nationals Committee will submit their expenses to the ASCA Board of Directors. When all expenses have been met any additional monies will be used for funding the next year’s competition.

Section 13.1 Purpose of the Obedience Finals

The ASCA Obedience Finals competitions are designed to showcase ASCA’s finest obedience dogs to the fancy by those breeders, owners and handlers who take pride in their contribution to the Australian Shepherd breed.

Section 13.2 Purpose and Audience for this Document

The purpose of this document is to provide a reference for the Obedience Final Competitor and the Obedience Show Finals Chair as well as anyone interested in an overview of the ASCA Obedience Finals. We assume that the competitor is aware of and understands the ASCA Obedience rules.

Section 13.3 Obedience Finals Supporting Documentation

The following rule books and forms are located on the ASCA web site in the following locations:

Obedience Rules and Regulations: http://www.ASCA.org/Portals/0/obediencerules.pdf

National Specialty Hosting Rules: http://www.ASCA.org/Portals/0/NatSpecHostRules.pdf

Obedience Finals Entry Form: http://www.ASCA.org/Portals/0/obedfef.pdf

Section 13.4 Administrative Requirements

This section describes the basic requirement regarding the qualifications of the Obedience Show Finals Chair, Judges, Stewards and general site requirements.

13.4.1 Obedience Show Finals Chair Requirements

  1. Obedience Show Finals Chair will be familiar with all aspects of hosting an obedience trial.
  2. Obedience Show Finals Chair will work with the ASCA Obedience Committee Chair, either by phone or email, to ensure all procedures and requirements are met.
  3. The Obedience Show Finals Chair will send a briefing letter to all the Finalists and Alternates for whom the ASCA Business Office has received Finals entries at least 10 days before the Finals. The letter may be emailed or sent through the mail. The letter will include relevant scheduling information and reminders.
  4. The Obedience Show Finals Chair and the ASCA Obedience Committee Chair or designated Committee member will meet with the Finals judges prior to the event to review all rules and scoring procedures used during the Finals competition.
  5. The Obedience Show Finals Chair will prepare the judges’ books in the correct run order. It is recommended that the judges’ books be completed once the exhibitor run order is finalized.
  6. The Obedience Show Finals Chair will ensure the ring stewards are ringside one (1) hour before the scheduled start time and will ensure both rings are set up and ready at least one (1) hour before the scheduled start time.

13.4.2 Judge Requirements

  1. The Obedience Show Finals Chair will hire judges who are knowledgeable of all ASCA Obedience rules and procedures.
  2. Judges for the Obedience Finals will not judge any other obedience trials held in conjunction with the National Specialty or Pre-show trials.

13.4.3 Steward Requirements

  1. The Obedience Show Finals Chair will find experienced obedience stewards – 3 per ring, a gate steward, a table steward and a ring steward. It is acceptable to have one inexperienced steward if the other two are experienced.
  2. The Nationals Committee Host Club must make every effort to find experienced stewards to work during the Finals to ensure a smooth flowing event.
  3. The gate steward will make sure each team is ready to enter the ring when the judge is ready.
  4. The table steward is responsible for the paper work.
  5. The ring and gate stewards will set the jumps, act as posts place cones* for the Figure 8 exercise, hold the clipboard for the judge during the moving stand, set our scent articles and gloves for the retrieval exercises.
  6. The stewards will take the dog’s leash from the handler in the ring and return the leash back to the handler in the ring.

13.4.4 Site and Ring Requirements

13.4.4.1 Warm-up Area

The Nationals Committee Host Club will make every effort to provide an area or spare ring for teams to use for warm-up.

13.4.4.2 Crating Area

The Nationals Committee Host Club will provide crating space for teams close to the rings. Ideally this space will be available to them the day before the Finals. If crating space is not available the day before, it will be available at least one (1) hour before the start of the Finals competition.

13.4.4.3 Ring Size and Matting

  1. The ring sizes are 40’ x 50’ as per the obedience regulations found in Section 1.26 of the Obedience Rulebook.
  2. When the Finals are held indoors and space is a consideration, the ring size can be reduced to 35’ x 50’.
  3. If the ring does not have traction or is slippery or otherwise considered a hazard to handlers or dogs, the ring must be fully matted. The judges will determine if mats are necessary and will notify the Obedience Show Finals Chair that corrective action must be immediately taken.
  4. If ring mats are used, the entire ring must be matted.
  5. The rings will be clean and ready to use Two (2) hours prior to the start of the Finals.
  6. Two full sets of regulation jumps are required.
  7. If the Finals are held outside on grass, and the grass is wet, the Nationals Committee Host Club will supply sand to use around any jumps to ensure proper, safe footing. The judge will decide if the sand should be used.

Section 13.5 Conducting the Obedience Finals

13.5.1 General

The Nationals Committee Host Club will conduct the Obedience Finals in conjunction with the National Specialty each year. The ASCA Obedience Committee strongly suggests the Nationals Committee Host Club not allow other obedience competitions on the same day as the Obedience Finals. The Obedience Finals should be the exhibitors’ top priority on that day, and they are to be ringside when their class is run in order not to hold up the other exhibitors.

13.5.2 Finals Obedience Judges

There are two judges to judge each Finalist once in each ring, except for Super Dog, which is judged twice in each ring by each judge. The Obedience Show Finals Chair will plan a schedule to minimize any conflicts between runs between the two judges.

13.5.3 Timeframe

A short handler meeting will be scheduled before the start of judging to brief handlers on topics such as key differences between Finals and regular trials, scheduling details or last-minute changes, judge and steward introductions, and whatever judges want to share about how they run a ring. Attending the meeting will be optional for handlers. The Finals will be held over the course of one day. Up to nine hours should be allowed for judging and for breaks for the judges. The Finals consists of two (2) runs each of Novice, Open CDX, Open ODX, and Utility plus four (4) runs of Super Dog.

13.5.4 Selecting Open, Utility and Super Dog Classes

The Obedience Show Finals Chair chooses the Open and Utility runs from the B class mixed orders and posts the class order ringside at least one (1) hour before the class begins. The Obedience Show Finals Chair verifies that a different run order be used for each ring in Open and Utility. The run order for Open and Utility classes are available in the ASCA Obedience Rules and Regulations, Chapter 4 Open and Chapter 5 Utility.

13.5.5 Division Details

  1. Novice:
  2. One Novice class per ring.
  3. Group stays take place first thing in the morning with staggered times for each ring.
  4. Group stays will have up to 5 dogs on each of the long sides of the ring, spaced 8 feet apart and with their backs approximately 4’ from the gate. If 7 or fewer dogs are competing, dogs will be lined up on one long side of the ring; for 8-10 dogs, they will be lined up in 2 facing rows, up to 5 per side.
  5. Open CDX:
  6. One Open class per ring.
  7. Open B mixed orders used.
  8. Open ODX:
  9. One Open class per ring.
  10. Open B mixed orders used.
  11. Utility:
  12. One Utility class per ring.
  13. Utility B mixed orders used.
  14. Super Dog:
  15. One Open class using Open B mixed orders.
  16. NO Command Discrimination or Stand Stay – Get Your Leash and NO DOE exercises in Super Dog Open.
  17. One Utility class using Utility B mixed orders.
  18. One Super Dog mixed order class per ring using Super Dog Orders

13.5.6 Selecting Open, Utility and Super Dog Orders

The Obedience Show Finals Chair chooses the Open and Utility runs from the B class mixed orders and posts the class order ringside at least one (1) hour before the class begins. The Obedience Show Finals Chair verifies that a different run order be used for each ring in Open and Utility. The run order for Open and Utility classes are available in the ASCA Obedience Rules and Regulations, Chapter 4 Open and Chapter 5 Utility. For Super Dog, the Obedience Show Finals Chair shall choose from one of the five (5) B class orders from Open B and Utility B and two (2) of the four (4) Super Dog mixed orders listed in the section marked Super Dog Orders and Exercise Point Values. The Obedience Show Finals Chair will ensure two different Super Dog mixed orders are used for each ring.

13.5.7 Super Dog Orders and Exercise Point Values

SUPER DOG ORDER I                                                                                         SUPER DOG ORDER II

  1. Heel Free/Figure 8 40 points                                                                     1. Signal Exercise 40 points
  2. Directed Retrieve 30 points                                                                       2. Broad Jump 30 points
  3. Retrieve Over High Jump 30 points                                                         3. Moving Stand 30 points
  4. Directed Jumping (20 points per jump) 40 points                4. Retrieve on the Flat 30 points
  5. Drop on Recall 30 points                                                               5. Scent Articles (20 points per article) 40 points
  6. Moving Stand 30 points                                                                6. Retrieve Over High Jump 30 points

Maximum Total Score 200 points                                                   Maximum Total Score 200 points

SUPER DOG ORDER III                                                                                       SUPER DOG ORDER IV

  1. Retrieve on the Flat 30 points                                                                   1. Broad Jump 30 points
  2. Directed Retrieve 30 points                                                                       2. Scent Articles (20 points per article) 40 points
  3. Signal Exercise 40 points                                                               3. Figure 8/Heel Free 40 points
  4. Retrieve Over High Jump 30 points                                                         4. Directed Retrieve 30 points
  5. Drop on Recall 30 points                                                               5. Moving Stand 30 points
  6. Directed Jumping (20 points per jump) 40 points                6. Retrieve on the Flat 30 points

Maximum Total Score 200 points                                                   Maximum Total Score 200 points

13.5.8 Class Order and Running Order of the Entrants

After receiving the finalist entries from the ASCA Business Office, the Obedience Show Finals Chair will plan class order in each ring in a way to minimize conflicts. The ASCA Obedience Committee Chair or designated Committee member will assist in the scheduling, as needed. Group stays for the Novice class will take place first thing in the morning with staggered times for each ring. The group start times will be scheduled so that no handler is needed in two rings at the same time, all dogs will have a minimum of fifteen (15) minutes between the end of their first set of groups and the beginning of their second set of groups. The Obedience Show Finals Chair determines the exhibitor run order by drawing numbers. Dogs will not run in their order of ranking. The Obedience Show Finals Chair will post the exhibitor run order ringside at least one (1) hour before the start of the Finals. Each judge will use the same exhibitor running order.

13.5.9 Scoring and Placement

The points lost by each Finalist will be totaled and the Finalist with the least number of points lost is the winner of their division. There will be no placements in the individual rings and no run-offs before the scores from both rings are totaled for all finals divisions. Placements are also awarded to second through tenth place and will be denoted as such on the rosettes. There will be a Finals winner from each of the following divisions: Novice, Open CDX, Open ODX, Utility and Super Dog. The winner will carry the title of (year won) ASCA Champion (Novice, Open CDX, Open ODX or Utility) Obedience Dog. The winner of the Super Dog category will carry the title of (year won) ASCA Supreme Champion Obedience Dog and will have its picture on the cover of the May/June Aussie Times.

Section 13.6 Judging

  1. The Obedience Finals requires two (2) judges. The Obedience Finals entrants will show under each judge. The Obedience Show Finals Chair, or designated aid, will add the points lost from each judge to determine the Finals placements.
  2. Each judge shall judge one (1) run of Novice, one (1) run of Open CDX, one (1) run of Open ODX, one (1) run of Utility and one (1) run of Super Dog mixed orders. In the Super Dog division, the Obedience Show Finals Chair will use a coin toss to determine which judge will judge Super Dog Open and which will judge Super Dog Utility.
  3. Each judge will stay with his or her assigned ring. The dog and handler teams will change rings for each run.
  4. The Obedience Show Finals Chair determines the running order of the classes and rings for the day of competition.
  5. The Obedience Show Finals Chair determines which mixed orders are used for all classes using mixed orders (Open CDX, Open ODX, Utility, Super Dog Open, Super Dog Utility, and Super Dog mixed orders).
  6. Each dog shall have two (2) runs, one under each judge with the exception of Super Dog. Super Dog competition will consist of one (1) run of Utility B, one (1) run of Open B omitting Command Discrimination and Stand/Stay/Get Your Leash and ODX Directed Open Exercises, and two (2) runs of the Super Dog mixed orders.
  7. The Obedience Show Finals Chair will ensure each ring uses a different mixed order from the Open B, Utility B and Super Dog mixed orders.
  8. The points lost will be added for each dog for the two (2) runs, or four (4) runs in the case of Super Dog, to determine the placements. All scores will be used. If an exercise receives an NQ, points will be deducted equal to the full value of the exercise. Scores from all remaining exercises will be used.
  9. Super Dog placements are determined by totaling the points lost from the one (1) Super Dog Open score, the one (1) Super Dog Utility score, and the two (2) scores of Super Dog mixed orders.
  10. If there are tied scores, within any division, placements are determined by a run-off using the Novice heel free exercise. The only run-offs will be for dogs with tied scores after the scores from both rings are totaled. The run-off judge will be determined by flipping a coin. Runoffs will be done after all dogs have competed; this includes any bitches in season.
  11. The ASCA Obedience Rules and Regulations will be the standard by which these classes are judged with the following exceptions:
  12. Judges will score each directed jump in Utility separately. Each jump, high and bar, is scored 20 points.
  13. The Super Dog run orders will be used for the Super Dog competition.
  14. CDX Command Discrimination and Stand/Stay/Get Your Leash and ODX Directed Open exercises are eliminated from the Super Dog division.
  15. Bitches in season are allowed to compete but will run last.
  16. Official placements will include first through tenth. All teams will receive a numerical placement.
  17. The Obedience Show Finals Chair determines run-off judge by a coin toss and that judge’s ring shall be used for all run-offs.

Section 13.12 Miscellaneous

13.12.1 Posting of the Results

  1. Two people not entered in the finals will check and verify the addition of the points lost for each exhibitor before the results are posted.
  2. The Obedience Show Finals Chair will post the total points lost as soon as they are available on a board of some kind and make it available for viewing in an area easily seen by exhibitors.

13.12.2 Bitches in Season

  1. Bitches in season will compete last after all other judging is finished with the exception of run-offs each day, including sits and downs which shall be held separately.
  2. A bitch in season could be competing back to back in both rings.
  3. Bitches in season must be crated, not placed in an X-pen, 50’ away from the obedience rings and any designated warm up rings at all times except when competing.
  4. Bitches in season may not use any designated warm up rings at any time when those rings are shared with Rally.
  5. Bitches in season must wear pants at all times in or within 50’ of any obedience rings.
  6. When it is time for the bitch(es) in season to compete, the team(s) will be allowed to warm up in proximity to the obedience ring(s) for a reasonable amount of time.

Chapter 14 Nationals and Finals Obedience Judges Selection Procedure

  1. Finals and Nationals Judges Eligibility – The ASCA Business Office will email a questionnaire to all of the ASCA Obedience judges who are qualified to judge through Utility and are current on their continuing education requirement as candidates for judging either Nationals or Finals at least 20 months prior to the Nationals/Finals, requesting a reply/response to the Obedience Chairperson(s) within 15 days.
  2. After receiving responses from judges, the Obedience Chairperson(s) will review the questionnaires.
  3. judges who are not in good standing with ASCA will not be considered.
  4. Judges who have judged any of the previous three ASCA Obedience Finals should not be considered to judge finals again (but could judge Nationals).
  5. Judges who have judged any of the previous three ASCA Obedience Nationals should not be considered to judge Nationals again (but could judge Finals).
  6. Judges who have not judged an ASCA trial in the past 2 years should not be considered.
  7. Once the list of interested judges who meet the criteria in #2 is created, the Nationals and Finals Chairperson(s) will provide the ASCA Obedience Committee with the results of a random draw of qualified judges (2 Finals judges, 2 Nationals judges, and 2 Alternates). The ASCA Obedience Committee will then either approve these choices or request substitutions based on valid reasons.
  8. The Obedience Chairperson(s) will then submit the four (4) judges 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 judge’s slate to the ASCA Board of Directors for review. Board approval of the Judges slate will be returned to the Nationals Obedience Chairperson(s) no later than thirty (30) days after receipt by the Executive Secretary. Once the Board has approved the Obedience judges slate, the judge’s names will be posted within 7 days to the ASCA Website on the “National Specialty Information” page and the judge information must be submitted to the Aussie Times Editor by March 15th for inclusion in the May-June issue.

Comments/Rationale: The procedures for the running of obedience finals, the scoring of obedience finals, the budget and monies for obedience finals and the result of obedience finals are only ever used at Nationals by the Business Office and the Nationals Committee. These procedures do not need to be in the obedience rulebook. Although these rules have been moved to the National Specialty rulebook, the content of these rules is still the purview of the committee.

Affected: Exhibitors, trial secretaries and judges will not have extra pages in the obedience rulebook they do not need on a regular basis. The Nationals Committee will have one place where all the rules for running obedience finals can be found.

Effective Date: June 1, 2022.

Kalla Jaco

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Kalla Jaco

Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America

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Subject:

BOD Motion Results: BD.21.129 Move Agility Finals & Nationals Rules to Nationals Rulebook

From:

“Kalla Jaco | ASCA” <asca.execsec@gmail.com>

Date:

12/20/2021, 2:46 PM

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Members,
Following are the voting results for this motion.

Thanks,
Kalla

BD.21.129 Move Agility Finals & Nationals Rules to Nationals Rulebook

Motion fails (3-6) – Approve: 3 (Larson, McCabe, Roberts). Disapprove: 6 (Busquets, Byrne, Creelman, Gann, Gerken, Wesen). Abstain: None. Non-voting: None.

  • Comment from Byrne: Lacking Membership support.
  • Comment from Creelman: I agree that Nationals and Finals rules should be in the National Specialty Rule book, but after hearing comments from the Committee, I agree that the Nationals and Finals rules should be left in the Agility Rulebook as well.
  • Comment from Gann: There is too many comments and concerns
  • Comment from Gerken: There has been a lot of pushback by the committee and membership. I believe this needs further discussion. I would approve adding it to the National Specialty Rulebook.
  • Comment from Wesen: This needs to stay in the Program rule books. It is important as committee membership change the rules are in one place for committees.

Motion by McCabe to approve the moving of the rules pertaining to Agility Finals and the running of Agility at the National Specialty into the National Specialty Rulebook. Second by Roberts.

Current Wording: Agility Rulebook

Chapter 12 Agility Finals

Section 12.1 Rounds

  1. The Agility Finals will be run in conjunction with the ASCA National Specialty each year. Agility Finals will not be held on the same day as any other agility competition.
  2. All three divisions, Standard, Veteran Dog and Junior Handler, will run four rounds: one Jumpers, one Gamblers and two Regular. There are no elimination rounds. Dogs that qualify for the Finals are eligible to compete in all rounds for their division. A dog may only compete in one division. All rounds for a division will take place on the same day.

12.2.8 Allowances for Bitches in Heat

Bitches in heat will be allowed to run. They will run at the end of each class. Bitches in heat will not be brought within 50 feet of the Agility ring prior to their run and must be wearing panties. Bitches in heat using any practice jump or weave poles (for warm-up) must wear panties. Owners of any Bitch in heat must `potty’ their Bitches in heat in an area 100 feet away from the agility area. A rug (to be provided by the owner) will be brought out to the start line and the dog will be placed on the rug to begin her run. Bitches in Heat will also wear panties (to be provided by exhibitor) during their run. Bitches in heat must be crated (not in an ex-pen) prior to and during the competition, except when competing, away from the agility ring at a minimum distance of 150 feet location or in a location to be determined by the host club. Failure to comply with the above rule will result in dismissal from all agility trials held in conjunction with the ASCA Agility National Specialty.

Section 12.4 Verification

All eligible contestants must verify that they will be competing at the Agility Finals by filling out an official entry form and sending it and the entry fees to the ASCA Business Office. The verification must be clearly postmarked by July 15th of the Finals Year. It is the responsibility of all eligible contestants to be able to provide proof of mailing in the event an entry form and fees are not received by the Business Office. Finals entry forms and fees will be forwarded to the host club by the Business Office by the close of Nationals entries. If an eligible contestant fails to send in an entry, the next alternate who has stated his/her intent to attend will be notified by the Business Office. Alternates must verify their intent to compete at the National Finals by filling out an official entry blank and sending it to the Business Office postmarked no later than July 15 of the Finals year. Alternates will submit the non-refundable entry fee when the Business Office notifies them that they have filled a Finals entry vacancy. Alternates become eligible when a qualifier fails to verify his/her intent to attend the Finals by the due date. EXAMPLE: in the Standard division, if 40 of the top 60 dogs apply for Finals, then the top 20 Alternates in the Standard division that applied get into the Standard Finals.

Section 12.5 Fees

The entry fee charged for the Agility Finals will be determined by the Board of Directors. Exhibitors will be notified of the entry fee on their invitation/entry form. No entry fees will be refunded. Dogs will not be allowed to enter a portion of the rounds. If they enter the Finals, they must enter all rounds available for their division. Entry fees will be used to cover any expenses that the host organization may incur while putting on the Agility Finals as well as for awards. The host club will submit their expenses to the ASCA Board of Directors. The ASCA Business Office will keep an accounting of all monies received for the Finals fund and is responsible for informing the Host club(s) of the Finals, the Board of Directors, and the ASCA Agility Committee as to the amount received by August 1st of the competition year. The Host Club shall submit a proposed budget to the Board of Directors and the ASCA Agility Committee at least six months prior to the Finals.

Section 12.6 Awards

12.6.1 General Information

Presentation of the overall awards for each division shall be done in a manner to showcase the event. The individual round placements may be awarded at a time and location deemed appropriate by the host club (for instance, following each round).

Section 12.7 Judging and Scoring

12.7.1 Judge

One judge will be used to judge all four rounds of each division of the agility Finals. This judge may be the same judge that judges the Nationals Agility Trial. The courses for the Finals shall not be the same as the ones used for the Nationals Agility Trial.

12.7.2 Divisions

Each division (Standard, Veteran Dog and Junior Handler) will be scored separately. All dogs within each division will be grouped together for placements, regardless of jump height. There will be four rounds used to determine each division champion: 1 Jumpers, 1 Gamblers and 2 Regular.

12.7.3 Jump Height

Dogs entered in the Veteran Dog division will jump 4” (10.2 cm) lower than their standard division jump height. Dogs entered in the Junior Handler division will have the option of running at the dog’s standard jump height or taking the 4” (10.2 cm) height deduction. All dogs entered in the Standard division will jump their Standard division jump height.

12.7.4 Standard Course Time (Regular and Jumpers)

There will be a Standard Course Time set by the judge for each division for the two Regular and Jumpers classes. For the Regular and Jumpers classes, all Standard Division dogs, regardless of jump height, will use the Large Dog Standard Course Time. For the Regular and Jumpers classes the Veteran Dog and Junior Handler Division dogs, regardless of height will use the Large Dog Veteran Dog or Junior Handler Course Time (respectively).

12.7.5 Gamblers Class: Opening and Gamble Time

For the Gamblers class, all dogs, regardless of jump height or division, will have 30 seconds for their opening sequence time. The closing sequence “gamble” time will be determined by the judge. Standard Division dogs will use the 20” gamble time and all Veteran Dog and Junior Handler Division dogs will use the 16” gamble time.

12.7.6 Faults

Faults will be assessed in accordance with the current ASCA program rules for agility.

12.7.7 Determination of Agility Champions

Each faultless qualifying run in Regular, Gamblers and Jumpers will be given seven (7) “Q” points. Each faulted (.01 to 5 faults) qualifying run in Regular agility will be given one-half the value of the “Q” points, or 3.5 “Q” points. Dogs in each division will be ranked by the most “Q” points, then if necessary, by the following ranking procedures:

  1. First, sort by the number of “Q” points (a faulted Regular Agility “Q” counts one-half).
  2. Then, sort by each dog’s total of the number of dogs beaten. (Placement points). EXAMPLE: if twenty dogs are entered in a class such as Jumpers, the first-place dog would receive 19 placement points (in other words, beat 19 dogs), the second-place dog would receive 18 placement points, the third-place dog would receive 17 placement points, etc. Dogs that are eliminated or are scratched receive zero placement points, but still count as dogs defeated.
  3. Then, sort by Gamblers. First rank the dogs by total points accumulated for qualifying runs, then by total points accumulated for non-qualifying runs.
  4. Then, sort by Jumpers. First rank the dogs by considering whether the dog qualified and then by the dog’s run time.

12.7.8 Run Order

The Jumpers class will run first, followed by the Gamblers class and then by the two Regular classes. In each class, all Standard dogs run first, then Veteran Dog, then Junior Handlers. Jumpers will be run according to random draw within each division, drawing first for the order of jump heights, and then for the order of dogs within each height. Each subsequent class will be run in reverse order of placement based on cumulative scores within each division. If two dogs are tied for placements, the dogs will run in alphabetical order of call name. Bitches in heat will run last in each class. Handlers with multiple dogs may request to move a dog in the run order to give the handler more time to adequately prepare to run the other dog. The dogs may be separated by moving the dog that is to run first (with a lower cumulative score) in the round up in the run order to allow a gap of 3 – 10 dogs in between the multiple dogs. The handler must notify the score table and the gate steward as soon as the sorted run order is posted. Once the round has started, no changes may be made.

12.7.9 Scores

Scores will be posted when they are available. It is required that two different people NOT entered in the Finals check the computation of the scores before they are posted. Qualifying scores will not be applied towards ASCA certifications, the Agility Merit program or the Agility Finals program.

Section 12.8 Selection of Finals Judges

Once the location and dates for the Finals have been determined, the Business Office will send a letter to all Judges to determine who is available to judge.

12.8.1 Drawing for Selection

  1. The Board of Directors or its assignee will perform a random draw of all Judges who satisfy the requirements listed in Section 12.8.2 and affirm their availability to judge the ASCA Agility Finals.
  2. The first five (5) names drawn will be supplied to the Nationals Committee to hire one (1) Finals Judge.

12.8.2 Requirements for Selection of Finals Judge

The Judge for the ASCA Agility Finals will be selected from all ASCA Agility judges who return the questionnaire to the Business Office in the correct timeframe and indicate they are available to judge. Agility judges will be excluded from the random draw if they:

  1. Have 4 years or less experience as an ASCA judge.
  2. Have pending or previous disciplinary action within the last year.
  3. Have judged Agility Finals the previous year.
  4. Have failed to judge ten (10) unrelated multiple trial dates, all classes and divisions in the previous five (5) years. (Related trials are those held at the same location and date at the same place in the same 10-day period.) If a crisis has been declared by the ASCA Board of Directors, a year will be added for each year of the crisis until it is over. So, if the crisis is for 1 year, the timeframe will be the previous six (6) years from the date of the Agility Finals Judge application. If the crisis is for 2 years, the timeframe will be the previous (7) years from the date of the Agility Finals Judge application.* E. Must have two (2) judging assignments within the previous twelve (12) months from the date of the Agility Finals Judge application. If a crisis has been declared by the ASCA Board of Directors, this requirement will be waived.*
  5. Are not or have not actively participated in ASCA Agility trials as an exhibitor at the Elite level, all classes.

Preference given to Judges who have achieved an Agility Trial Championship on at least one dog.

*Effective May 27, 2021.

12.8.3 Exceptions

It is possible that the available judges may not meet all the priorities listed. The candidates with the greatest number of listed priorities will be recommended to the host club.

12.8.4 Other Notes

No judge may judge the Finals more than two years consecutively.

Section 12.9 Finals Course Design

Courses for the Agility Finals (Jumpers, Gamblers, and Regular) are to be original courses that have never been used at any previous trial. The Regular courses, rounds 1 and 2, may be different courses, i.e.: not required to be “direct reversals”. A Course Reviewer will be assigned by the Business Office and the course review must be conducted the same as Section 11.7.

Section 12.10 Agility Finals Workers

12.10.1 Required Workers

The normal amount of people to run a one ring trial will be needed for the Finals. At a minimum, the Nationals Committee will need to fill the following positions:

  1. 2 Timers
  2. 1 Scribe
  3. 1 Gate Steward
  4. 1 Score Runner
  5. 3 Jump Setters
  6. 1 Chute Setter
  7. 1 Scorer (score table)
  8. Ribbon preparers (can be same people as above)
  9. 4 Course Builders (can be same people as above)

12.10.2 Worker Restriction

The timer and scribe cannot be a family member or a member of the household of any of the Finals competitors. Nor can they be an owner of any dog competing in the Finals.

12.10.3 Timers

Both timers will time each round. One timer will be designated as the primary timer and the other the backup. The primary timer’s time will be used for all dogs unless the stopwatch malfunctions. In the event of a malfunction, the backup timer’s time will be used. If both stopwatches malfunction, then the dog will be required to rerun, and their previous run will not count. Timers must time the entire round (i.e. the entire Jumpers class).

Section 12.11 Photographs of Finals Champions

The host club is responsible for photographing the three Agility Finals champions (Standard, Veteran Dog, and Junior Handler). The photographs will be clearly marked with the dog’s registered name, owner name, breeder, sire and dam. The photographs MUST be submitted to the editor of the Aussie Times before the deadline for the Nationals issue.

Section 12.12 Sample Ribbon Order for Agility Finals

The following table lists what types of ribbons are required. However, the actual amounts will vary depending on how many dogs are entered in each division. EXAMPLE: if the Junior Handler division only has three dogs in it, then 10 placements will not be required. In addition, remember that all dogs will be grouped together for placements within a division regardless of jump height, so 1st – 10th in each division will encompass all dogs in that division. Ribbon Type Quantity # of Divisions Total Quantity

Gamblers Individual Round Placements (1st – 10th)

10 3 30

Regular Round 1 Individual Placements (1st – 10th)

10 3 30

Regular Round 2 Individual Placements (1st – 10th)

10 3 30

Jumpers Individual Round Placements (1st – 10th)

10 3 30

Overall Division Champion

1 3 3

Overall Division 2nd – 10th Placement

9 3 27

Finalist (given to those not in the top 10 overall in each division)

20 3 60

Chapter 13 Agility National Specialties

All current agility rules shall govern at the Agility National Specialty Trial, with the exceptions listed below:

Section 13.1 Sanctioning

Host clubs requesting sanction for the Agility National Specialty trial may only request sanctioning with ASCA. The National Specialty Agility Trial will be one trial consisting of a maximum of six (6) sanctioned classes. No more than two Regular classes may be offered. To accommodate a large number of entries, the National Specialty Agility Trial may be spread over multiple days but will be considered as one ‘trial’ and assigned one ‘event’ number by the Business Office.

Section 13.2 Selection of Nationals Judges

Once the Nationals location and dates have been determined, the Business Office will send a letter to all judges to determine who is available and wishes to judge.

13.2.1 Drawing for Selection

The Board of Directors or its assignee will choose from all judges who satisfy the requirements listed in Section 13.2.2 and affirm their availability to judge the ASCA Agility Nationals.

13.2.2 Requirements for Selection of Nationals Judges

The judges for the ASCA Agility Nationals will be selected from all ASCA Agility Judges who return the questionnaire to the Business Office in the correct timeframe and indicate they are available to judge. Agility judges will be considered if they:

  1. Have judged or accepted three (3) judging assignments (European judges must have judged or accepted two (2) assignments) in the calendar year prior to the Nationals within the previous twelve (12) months from the date of the Agility Nationals Judge application*. For example, for the 2021 Nationals, the 12 months is January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020.* If a crisis has been declared by the ASCA Board of Directors, this requirement will be waived.*
  2. Do not have pending or previous disciplinary action within the last year.
  3. Did not judge Agility Finals or Nationals the previous year.
  4. Have been actively participating in ASCA agility trials as an exhibitor for at least 12 trial days over the last 3 years. If a crisis has been declared by the ASCA Board of Directors, a year will be added for each year the crisis has been declared. For example, if a crisis was declared in 2020 and rescinded in 2021, then the timeframe will be the last 4 years from the date of the Agility Nationals Judge application.*
  5. Have competed in ASCA Agility trials as an exhibitor at the Elite level.

*Effective May 27, 2021.

13.2.3 Exceptions

It is possible that none of the available judges will meet all the requirements listed. The candidates with the greatest number of listed requirements will be recommended to the Nationals Committee.

Section 13.3 Bitches in Heat

Bitches in heat will be allowed to run at the National Specialty Agility Trial and at agility trials held in conjunction with the ASCA National Specialty (“pretrials” or “post trials”)*. They will run at the end of each class. Bitches in heat will not be brought within 50 feet of the Agility ring prior to their run and must be wearing panties. Bitches in heat using any practice jump or weave poles (for warm-up) must wear panties. Owners of any Bitch in heat must `potty’ their Bitches in heat in an area 100 feet away from the agility area. A rug (to be provided by the owner) will be brought out to the start line and the dog will be placed on the rug to begin her run. Bitches in heat will also wear panties (to be provided by exhibitor) during their runs. Bitches in heat must be crated (not in an ex-pen) prior to and during the competition, except when competing, away from the agility ring, at a minimum distance of 150 feet, or in a location to be determined by the host club. All qualifying scores will count toward the trial, as will placements. Failure to comply with the above rule will result in dismissal from all agility trials held in conjunction with the ASCA Agility National Specialty.

*Effective July 27, 2021.

Section 13.4 Nationals Agility Trial Results

In addition to the required trial paperwork, the host club is also responsible for submitting the results of the national trial to the editor of the Aussie Times before the deadline for the Nationals issue. The results must include the dog’s registered name (not call name), owner and placement for each class. The results should include first through fourth place and any additional qualifying scores beyond fourth place for every class.

Section 13.5 Nationals Photographs

The host club is responsible for submitting photographs of the Nationals Agility Trial High in Trial winners. Each photograph should be labeled with the dog’s registered name, owner and award won. Photographs must be submitted to the editor of the Aussie Times before the deadline for the Nationals issue.

Section 13.6 Eligible Dogs

Only ASCA registered Australian Shepherds are eligible to compete at the ASCA Agility National Specialty. This rule supersedes Section 1.3.3.

National Specialty Rulebook

Chapter 17 Agility Finals

Please see Chapter 12 of the Agility Rules and Regulations for complete rules.

Section 17.1 Budget

The Nationals Committee shall submit a proposed budget to the Board and Agility Committee at least six (6) months prior to the Finals.

Section 17.2 Funds

Entry fees collected by the 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 of Directors and the ASCA Agility Committee as to the amount received by August 1st of the competition year. The Nationals Committee will submit their expenses to the ASCA Board of Directors. When all expenses have been met any additional monies will be used for funding the next year’s competition.

Proposed Wording: Agility Rulebook

Chapter 12 Agility Finals

See Chapter 17 of the National Specialty Rulebook

Section 12.1 Rounds

  1. The Agility Finals will be run in conjunction with the ASCA National Specialty each year. Agility Finals will not be held on the same day as any other agility competition.
  2. All three divisions, Standard, Veteran Dog and Junior Handler, will run four rounds: one Jumpers, one Gamblers and two Regular. There are no elimination rounds. Dogs that qualify for the Finals are eligible to compete in all rounds for their division. A dog may only compete in one division. All rounds for a division will take place on the same day.

Section 12.2 Eligibility

12.2.1 Program

The Finals is only for the Championship Program.

12.2.8 Allowances for Bitches in Heat

Bitches in heat will be allowed to run. They will run at the end of each class. Bitches in heat will not be brought within 50 feet of the Agility ring prior to their run and must be wearing panties. Bitches in heat using any practice jump or weave poles (for warm-up) must wear panties. Owners of any Bitch in heat must `potty’ their Bitches in heat in an area 100 feet away from the agility area. A rug (to be provided by the owner) will be brought out to the start line and the dog will be placed on the rug to begin her run. Bitches in Heat will also wear panties (to be provided by exhibitor) during their run. Bitches in heat must be crated (not in an ex-pen) prior to and during the competition, except when competing, away from the agility ring at a minimum distance of 150 feet location or in a location to be determined by the host club. Failure to comply with the above rule will result in dismissal from all agility trials held in conjunction with the ASCA Agility National Specialty.

Section 12.5 Fees

The entry fee charged for the Agility Finals will be determined by the Board of Directors. Exhibitors will be notified of the entry fee on their invitation/entry form. No entry fees will be refunded. Dogs will not be allowed to enter a portion of the rounds. If they enter the Finals, they must enter all rounds available for their division. Entry fees will be used to cover any expenses that the Nationals Committee host organization may incur while putting on the Agility Finals as well as for awards. The Nationals Committee host club will submit their expenses to the ASCA Board of Directors. The ASCA Business Office will keep an accounting of all monies received for the Finals fund and is responsible for informing the Nationals Committee Host club(s) of the Finals, the Board of Directors, and the ASCA Agility Committee as to the amount received by August 1st of the competition year. The Nationals Committee Host Club shall submit a proposed budget to the Board of Directors and the ASCA Agility Committee at least six months prior to the Finals.

Section 12.6 Awards

12.6.1 General Information

Presentation of the overall awards for each division shall be done in a manner to showcase the event. The individual round placements may be awarded at a time and location deemed appropriate by the host club (for instance, following

Section 12.7 Judging and Scoring

12.7.1 Judge

One judge will be used to judge all four rounds of each division of the agility Finals. This judge may be the same judge that judges the Nationals Agility Trial. The courses for the Finals shall not be the same as the ones used for the Nationals Agility Trial.

12.7.2 Divisions

Each division (Standard, Veteran Dog and Junior Handler) will be scored separately. All dogs within each division will be grouped together for placements, regardless of jump height. There will be four rounds used to determine each division champion: 1 Jumpers, 1 Gamblers and 2 Regular.

12.7.3 Jump Height

Dogs entered in the Veteran Dog division will jump 4” (10.2 cm) lower than their standard division jump height. Dogs entered in the Junior Handler division will have the option of running at the dog’s standard jump height or taking the 4” (10.2 cm) height deduction. All dogs entered in the Standard division will jump their Standard division jump height.

12.7.4 Standard Course Time (Regular and Jumpers)

There will be a Standard Course Time set by the judge for each division for the two Regular and Jumpers classes. For the Regular and Jumpers classes, all Standard Division dogs, regardless of jump height, will use the Large Dog Standard Course Time. For the Regular and Jumpers classes the Veteran Dog and Junior Handler Division dogs, regardless of height will use the Large Dog Veteran Dog or Junior Handler Course Time (respectively).

12.7.5 Gamblers Class: Opening and Gamble Time

For the Gamblers class, all dogs, regardless of jump height or division, will have 30 seconds for their opening sequence time. The closing sequence “gamble” time will be determined by the judge. Standard Division dogs will use the 20” gamble time and all Veteran Dog and Junior Handler Division dogs will use the 16” gamble time.

12.7.6 Faults

Faults will be assessed in accordance with the current ASCA program rules for agility.

12.7.7 Determination of Agility Champions

Each faultless qualifying run in Regular, Gamblers and Jumpers will be given seven (7) “Q” points. Each faulted (.01 to 5 faults) qualifying run in Regular agility will be given one-half the value of the “Q” points, or 3.5 “Q” points. Dogs in each division will be ranked by the most “Q” points, then if necessary, by the following ranking procedures:

  1. First, sort by the number of “Q” points (a faulted Regular Agility “Q” counts one-half).
  2. Then, sort by each dog’s total of the number of dogs beaten. (Placement points). EXAMPLE: if twenty dogs are entered in a class such as Jumpers, the first-place dog would receive 19 placement points (in other words, beat 19 dogs), the second-place dog would receive 18 placement points, the third-place dog would receive 17 placement points, etc. Dogs that are eliminated or are scratched receive zero placement points, but still count as dogs defeated.
  3. Then, sort by Gamblers. First rank the dogs by total points accumulated for qualifying runs, then by total points accumulated for non-qualifying runs.
  4. Then, sort by Jumpers. First rank the dogs by considering whether the dog qualified and then by the dog’s run time.

12.7.8 Run Order

The Jumpers class will run first, followed by the Gamblers class and then by the two Regular classes. In each class, all Standard dogs run first, then Veteran Dog, then Junior Handlers. Jumpers will be run according to random draw within each division, drawing first for the order of jump heights, and then for the order of dogs within each height. Each subsequent class will be run in reverse order of placement based on cumulative scores within each division. If two dogs are tied for placements, the dogs will run in alphabetical order of call name. Bitches in heat will run last in each class. Handlers with multiple dogs may request to move a dog in the run order to give the handler more time to adequately prepare to run the other dog. The dogs may be separated by moving the dog that is to run first (with a lower cumulative score) in the round up in the run order to allow a gap of 3 – 10 dogs in between the multiple dogs. The handler must notify the score table and the gate steward as soon as the sorted run order is posted. Once the round has started, no changes may be made.

12.7.9 Scores

Scores will be posted when they are available. It is required that two different people NOT entered in the Finals check the computation of the scores before they are posted. Qualifying scores will not be applied towards ASCA certifications, the Agility Merit program or the Agility Finals program.

Section 12.8 Selection of Finals Judges Also in my other document. Needs dates and deadlines.

Once the location and dates for the Finals have been determined, the Business Office will send a letter to all Judges to determine who is available to judge.

12.8.1 Drawing for Selection

  1. The Board of Directors or its assignee will perform a random draw of all Judges who satisfy the requirements listed in Section 12.8.2 and affirm their availability to judge the ASCA Agility Finals.
  2. The first five (5) names drawn will be supplied to the Nationals Committee to hire one (1) Finals Judge.

12.8.2 Requirements for Selection of Finals Judge

The Judge for the ASCA Agility Finals will be selected from all ASCA Agility judges who return the questionnaire to the Business Office in the correct timeframe and indicate they are available to judge. Agility judges will be excluded from the random draw if they:

  1. Have 4 years or less experience as an ASCA judge.
  2. Have pending or previous disciplinary action within the last year.
  3. Have judged Agility Finals the previous year.
  4. Have failed to judge ten (10) unrelated multiple trial dates, all classes and divisions in the previous five (5) years. (Related trials are those held at the same location and date at the same place in the same 10-day period.) If a crisis has been declared by the ASCA Board of Directors, a year will be added for each year of the crisis until it is over. So, if the crisis is for 1 year, the timeframe will be the previous six (6) years from the date of the Agility Finals Judge application. If the crisis is for 2 years, the timeframe will be the previous (7) years from the date of the Agility Finals Judge application.* E. Must have two (2) judging assignments within the previous twelve (12) months from the date of the Agility Finals Judge application. If a crisis has been declared by the ASCA Board of Directors, this requirement will be waived.*
  5. Are not or have not actively participated in ASCA Agility trials as an exhibitor at the Elite level, all classes.

Preference given to Judges who have achieved an Agility Trial Championship on at least one dog.

*Effective May 27, 2021.

12.8.3 Exceptions

It is possible that the available judges may not meet all the priorities listed. The candidates with the greatest number of listed priorities will be recommended to the host club.

12.8.4 Other Notes

No judge may judge the Finals more than two years consecutively.

Section 12.9 Finals Course Design

Courses for the Agility Finals (Jumpers, Gamblers, and Regular) are to be original courses that have never been used at any previous trial. The Regular courses, rounds 1 and 2, may be different courses, i.e.: not required to be “direct reversals”. A Course Reviewer will be assigned by the Business Office and the course review must be conducted the same as Section 11.7.

Section 12.10 Agility Finals Workers

12.10.1 Required Workers

The normal amount of people to run a one ring trial will be needed for the Finals. At a minimum, the Nationals Committee will need to fill the following positions:

  1. 2 Timers
  2. 1 Scribe
  3. 1 Gate Steward
  4. 1 Score Runner
  5. 3 Jump Setters
  6. 1 Chute Setter
  7. 1 Scorer (score table)
  8. Ribbon preparers (can be same people as above)
  9. 4 Course Builders (can be same people as above)

12.10.2 Worker Restriction

The timer and scribe cannot be a family member or a member of the household of any of the Finals competitors. Nor can they be an owner of any dog competing in the Finals.

12.10.3 Timers

Both timers will time each round. One timer will be designated as the primary timer and the other the backup. The primary timer’s time will be used for all dogs unless the stopwatch malfunctions. In the event of a malfunction, the backup timer’s time will be used. If both stopwatches malfunction, then the dog will be required to rerun, and their previous run will not count. Timers must time the entire round (i.e. the entire Jumpers class).

Section 12.11 Photographs of Finals Champions

The host club is responsible for photographing the three Agility Finals champions (Standard, Veteran Dog, and Junior Handler). The photographs will be clearly marked with the dog’s registered name, owner name, breeder, sire and dam. The photographs MUST be submitted to the editor of the Aussie Times before the deadline for the Nationals issue.

Section 12.12 Sample Ribbon Order for Agility Finals

The following table lists what types of ribbons are required. However, the actual amounts will vary depending on how many dogs are entered in each division. EXAMPLE: if the Junior Handler division only has three dogs in it, then 10 placements will not be required. In addition, remember that all dogs will be grouped together for placements within a division regardless of jump height, so 1st – 10th in each division will encompass all dogs in that division. Ribbon Type Quantity # of Divisions Total Quantity

Gamblers Individual Round Placements (1st – 10th)

10 3 30

Regular Round 1 Individual Placements (1st – 10th)

10 3 30

Regular Round 2 Individual Placements (1st – 10th)

10 3 30

Jumpers Individual Round Placements (1st – 10th)

10 3 30

Overall Division Champion

1 3 3

Overall Division 2nd – 10th Placement

9 3 27

Finalist (given to those not in the top 10 overall in each division)

20 3 60

Chapter 13 Agility National Specialties

See Chapter # of the National Specialty Rule book.

All current agility rules shall govern at the Agility National Specialty Trial, with the exceptions listed below:

Section 13.1 Sanctioning

Host clubs requesting sanction for the Agility National Specialty trial may only request sanctioning with ASCA. The National Specialty Agility Trial will be one trial consisting of a maximum of six (6) sanctioned classes. No more than two Regular classes may be offered. To accommodate a large number of entries, the National Specialty Agility Trial may be spread over multiple days but will be considered as one ‘trial’ and assigned one ‘event’ number by the Business Office.

Section 13.2 Selection of Nationals Judges Also in my other document. Needs dates and deadlines.

Once the Nationals location and dates have been determined, the Business Office will send a letter to all judges to determine who is available and wishes to judge.

13.2.1 Drawing for Selection

The Board of Directors or its assignee will choose from all judges who satisfy the requirements listed in Section 13.2.2 and affirm their availability to judge the ASCA Agility Nationals.

13.2.2 Requirements for Selection of Nationals Judges

The judges for the ASCA Agility Nationals will be selected from all ASCA Agility Judges who return the questionnaire to the Business Office in the correct timeframe and indicate they are available to judge. Agility judges will be considered if they:

  1. Have judged or accepted three (3) judging assignments (European judges must have judged or accepted two (2) assignments) in the calendar year prior to the Nationals within the previous twelve (12) months from the date of the Agility Nationals Judge application*. For example, for the 2021 Nationals, the 12 months is January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020.* If a crisis has been declared by the ASCA Board of Directors, this requirement will be waived.*
  2. Do not have pending or previous disciplinary action within the last year.
  3. Did not judge Agility Finals or Nationals the previous year.
  4. Have been actively participating in ASCA agility trials as an exhibitor for at least 12 trial days over the last 3 years. If a crisis has been declared by the ASCA Board of Directors, a year will be added for each year the crisis has been declared. For example, if a crisis was declared in 2020 and rescinded in 2021, then the timeframe will be the last 4 years from the date of the Agility Nationals Judge application.*
  5. Have competed in ASCA Agility trials as an exhibitor at the Elite level.

*Effective May 27, 2021.

13.2.3 Exceptions

It is possible that none of the available judges will meet all the requirements listed. The candidates with the greatest number of listed requirements will be recommended to the Nationals Committee.

Section 13.3 Bitches in Heat

Bitches in heat will be allowed to run at the National Specialty Agility Trial and at agility trials held in conjunction with the ASCA National Specialty (“pretrials” or “post trials”)*. They will run at the end of each class. Bitches in heat will not be brought within 50 feet of the Agility ring prior to their run and must be wearing panties. Bitches in heat using any practice jump or weave poles (for warm-up) must wear panties. Owners of any Bitch in heat must `potty’ their Bitches in heat in an area 100 feet away from the agility area. A rug (to be provided by the owner) will be brought out to the start line and the dog will be placed on the rug to begin her run. Bitches in heat will also wear panties (to be provided by exhibitor) during their runs. Bitches in heat must be crated (not in an ex-pen) prior to and during the competition, except when competing, away from the agility ring, at a minimum distance of 150 feet, or in a location to be determined by the host club. All qualifying scores will count toward the trial, as will placements. Failure to comply with the above rule will result in dismissal from all agility trials held in conjunction with the ASCA Agility National Specialty.

*Effective July 27, 2021.

Section 13.4 Nationals Agility Trial Results Need to remove references to Host Club(s).

In addition to the required trial paperwork, the host club is also responsible for submitting the results of the national trial to the editor of the Aussie Times before the deadline for the Nationals issue. The results must include the dog’s registered name (not call name), owner and placement for each class. The results should include first through fourth place and any additional qualifying scores beyond fourth place for every class.

Section 13.5 Nationals Photographs

The host club is responsible for submitting photographs of the Nationals Agility Trial High in Trial winners. Each photograph should be labeled with the dog’s registered name, owner and award won. Photographs must be submitted to the editor of the Aussie Times before the deadline for the Nationals issue.

Section 13.6 Eligible Dogs

Only ASCA registered Australian Shepherds are eligible to compete at the ASCA Agility National Specialty. This rule supersedes Section 1.3.3.

 

 

National Specialty Rulebook

Chapter # National Agility Trial

All current agility rules shall govern at the Agility National Specialty Trial, with the exceptions listed below:

Section 13.1 Sanctioning

The Nationals Committee Host clubs requesting sanction for the Agility National Specialty trial may only request sanctioning with ASCA. The National Specialty Agility Trial will be one trial consisting of a maximum of six (6) sanctioned classes. No more than two Regular classes may be offered. To accommodate a large number of entries, the National Specialty Agility Trial may be spread over multiple days but will be considered as one ‘trial’ and assigned one ‘event’ number by the Business Office.

Section 13.2 Selection of Nationals Judges

Once the Nationals location and dates have been determined, the Business Office will send a letter to all judges to determine who is available and wishes to judge.

13.2.1 Drawing for Selection

The Board of Directors or its assignee will choose from all judges who satisfy the requirements listed in Section 13.2.2 and affirm their availability to judge the ASCA Agility Nationals.

13.2.2 Requirements for Selection of Nationals Judges

The judges for the ASCA Agility Nationals will be selected from all ASCA Agility Judges who return the questionnaire to the Business Office in the correct timeframe and indicate they are available to judge. Agility judges will be considered if they:

  1. Have judged or accepted three (3) judging assignments (European judges must have judged or accepted two (2) assignments) in the calendar year prior to the Nationals within the previous twelve (12) months from the date of the Agility Nationals Judge application*. For example, for the 2021 Nationals, the 12 months is January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020.* If a crisis has been declared by the ASCA Board of Directors, this requirement will be waived.*
  2. Do not have pending or previous disciplinary action within the last year.
  3. Did not judge Agility Finals or Nationals the previous year.
  4. Have been actively participating in ASCA agility trials as an exhibitor for at least 12 trial days over the last 3 years. If a crisis has been declared by the ASCA Board of Directors, a year will be added for each year the crisis has been declared. For example, if a crisis was declared in 2020 and rescinded in 2021, then the timeframe will be the last 4 years from the date of the Agility Nationals Judge application.*
  5. Have competed in ASCA Agility trials as an exhibitor at the Elite level.

*Effective May 27, 2021.

13.2.3 Exceptions

It is possible that none of the available judges will meet all the requirements listed. The candidates with the greatest number of listed requirements will be recommended to the Nationals Committee.

Section 13.3 Bitches in Heat

Bitches in heat will be allowed to run at the National Specialty Agility Trial and at agility trials held in conjunction with the ASCA National Specialty (“pretrials” or “post trials”)*. They will run at the end of each class. Bitches in heat will not be brought within 50 feet of the Agility ring prior to their run and must be wearing panties. Bitches in heat using any practice jump or weave poles (for warm-up) must wear panties. Owners of any Bitch in heat must `potty’ their Bitches in heat in an area 100 feet away from the agility area. A rug (to be provided by the owner) will be brought out to the start line and the dog will be placed on the rug to begin her run. Bitches in heat will also wear panties (to be provided by exhibitor) during their runs. Bitches in heat must be crated (not in an ex-pen) prior to and during the competition, except when competing, away from the agility ring, at a minimum distance of 150 feet, or in a location to be determined by the Nationals Committee host club. All qualifying scores will count toward the trial, as will placements. Failure to comply with the above rule will result in dismissal from all agility trials held in conjunction with the ASCA Agility National Specialty.

*Effective July 27, 2021.

Section 13.4 Nationals Agility Trial Results

In addition to the required trial paperwork, the Nationals Committee host club is also responsible for submitting the results of the national trial to the editor of the Aussie Times before the deadline for the Nationals issue. The results must include the dog’s registered name (not call name), owner and placement for each class. The results should include first through fourth place and any additional qualifying scores beyond fourth place for every class.

Section 13.5 Nationals Photographs

The Nationals Committee host club is responsible for submitting photographs of the Nationals Agility Trial High in Trial winners. Each photograph should be labeled with the dog’s registered name, owner and award won. Photographs must be submitted to the editor of the Aussie Times before the deadline for the Nationals issue.

Section 13.6 Eligible Dogs

Only ASCA registered Australian Shepherds are eligible to compete at the ASCA Agility National Specialty. This rule supersedes Section 1.3.3.

Chapter 17 Agility Finals

Please see Chapter 12 of the Agility Rules and Regulations for complete rules.

Section 17.1 Budget

The Nationals Committee shall submit a proposed budget to the Board and Agility Committee at least six (6) months prior to the Finals.

Section 17.2 12.5 Fees

The entry fee charged for the Agility Finals will be determined by the Board of Directors. Exhibitors will be notified of the entry fee on their invitation/entry form. No entry fees will be refunded. Dogs will not be allowed to enter a portion of the rounds. If they enter the Finals, they must enter all rounds available for their division. Entry fees will be used to cover any expenses that the Nationals Committee host organization may incur while putting on the Agility Finals as well as for awards. The Nationals Committee host club will submit their expenses to the ASCA Board of Directors. The ASCA Business Office will keep an accounting of all monies received for the Finals fund and is responsible for informing the Nationals Committee Host club(s) of the Finals, the Board of Directors, and the ASCA Agility Committee as to the amount received by August 1st of the competition year. The Nationals Committee Host Club shall submit a proposed budget to the Board of Directors and the ASCA Agility Committee at least six months prior to the Finals.

Section 17.2 Funds

Entry fees collected by the 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 of Directors and the ASCA Agility Committee as to the amount received by August 1st of the competition year. The Nationals Committee will submit their expenses to the ASCA Board of Directors. When all expenses have been met any additional monies will be used for funding the next year’s competition.

Section 17.3 Rounds

  1. The Agility Finals will be run in conjunction with the ASCA National Specialty each year. Agility Finals will not be held on the same day as any other agility competition.
  2. All three divisions, Standard, Veteran Dog and Junior Handler, will run four rounds: one Jumpers, one Gamblers and two Regular. There are no elimination rounds. Dogs that qualify for the Finals are eligible to compete in all rounds for their division. A dog may only compete in one division. All rounds for a division will take place on the same day.

12.2.8 Allowances for Bitches in Heat

Bitches in heat will be allowed to run. They will run at the end of each class. Bitches in heat will not be brought within 50 feet of the Agility ring prior to their run and must be wearing panties. Bitches in heat using any practice jump or weave poles (for warm-up) must wear panties. Owners of any Bitch in heat must `potty’ their Bitches in heat in an area 100 feet away from the agility area. A rug (to be provided by the owner) will be brought out to the start line and the dog will be placed on the rug to begin her run. Bitches in Heat will also wear panties (to be provided by exhibitor) during their run. Bitches in heat must be crated (not in an ex-pen) prior to and during the competition, except when competing, away from the agility ring at a minimum distance of 150 feet location or in a location to be determined by the Nationals Committee host club. Failure to comply with the above rule will result in dismissal from all agility trials held in conjunction with the ASCA Agility National Specialty.

Section 12.6 Awards

12.6.1 General Information

Presentation of the overall awards for each division shall be done in a manner to showcase the event. The individual round placements may be awarded at a time and location deemed appropriate by the Nationals Committee host club (for instance, following each round).

Section 12.7 Judging and Scoring

12.7.1 Judge

One judge will be used to judge all four rounds of each division of the agility Finals. This judge may be the same judge that judges the Nationals Agility Trial. The courses for the Finals shall not be the same as the ones used for the Nationals Agility Trial.

12.7.2 Divisions

Each division (Standard, Veteran Dog and Junior Handler) will be scored separately. All dogs within each division will be grouped together for placements, regardless of jump height. There will be four rounds used to determine each division champion: 1 Jumpers, 1 Gamblers and 2 Regular.

12.7.3 Jump Height

Dogs entered in the Veteran Dog division will jump 4” (10.2 cm) lower than their standard division jump height. Dogs entered in the Junior Handler division will have the option of running at the dog’s standard jump height or taking the 4” (10.2 cm) height deduction. All dogs entered in the Standard division will jump their Standard division jump height.

12.7.4 Standard Course Time (Regular and Jumpers)

There will be a Standard Course Time set by the judge for each division for the two Regular and Jumpers classes. For the Regular and Jumpers classes, all Standard Division dogs, regardless of jump height, will use the Large Dog Standard Course Time. For the Regular and Jumpers classes the Veteran Dog and Junior Handler Division dogs, regardless of height will use the Large Dog Veteran Dog or Junior Handler Course Time (respectively).

12.7.5 Gamblers Class: Opening and Gamble Time

For the Gamblers class, all dogs, regardless of jump height or division, will have 30 seconds for their opening sequence time. The closing sequence “gamble” time will be determined by the judge. Standard Division dogs will use the 20” gamble time and all Veteran Dog and Junior Handler Division dogs will use the 16” gamble time.

12.7.6 Faults

Faults will be assessed in accordance with the current ASCA program rules for agility.

12.7.7 Determination of Agility Champions

Each faultless qualifying run in Regular, Gamblers and Jumpers will be given seven (7) “Q” points. Each faulted (.01 to 5 faults) qualifying run in Regular agility will be given one-half the value of the “Q” points, or 3.5 “Q” points. Dogs in each division will be ranked by the most “Q” points, then if necessary, by the following ranking procedures:

  1. First, sort by the number of “Q” points (a faulted Regular Agility “Q” counts one-half).
  2. Then, sort by each dog’s total of the number of dogs beaten. (Placement points). EXAMPLE: if twenty dogs are entered in a class such as Jumpers, the first-place dog would receive 19 placement points (in other words, beat 19 dogs), the second-place dog would receive 18 placement points, the third-place dog would receive 17 placement points, etc. Dogs that are eliminated or are scratched receive zero placement points, but still count as dogs defeated.
  3. Then, sort by Gamblers. First rank the dogs by total points accumulated for qualifying runs, then by total points accumulated for non-qualifying runs.
  4. Then, sort by Jumpers. First rank the dogs by considering whether the dog qualified and then by the dog’s run time.

12.7.8 Run Order

The Jumpers class will run first, followed by the Gamblers class and then by the two Regular classes. In each class, all Standard dogs run first, then Veteran Dog, then Junior Handlers. Jumpers will be run according to random draw within each division, drawing first for the order of jump heights, and then for the order of dogs within each height. Each subsequent class will be run in reverse order of placement based on cumulative scores within each division. If two dogs are tied for placements, the dogs will run in alphabetical order of call name. Bitches in heat will run last in each class. Handlers with multiple dogs may request to move a dog in the run order to give the handler more time to adequately prepare to run the other dog. The dogs may be separated by moving the dog that is to run first (with a lower cumulative score) in the round up in the run order to allow a gap of 3 – 10 dogs in between the multiple dogs. The handler must notify the score table and the gate steward as soon as the sorted run order is posted. Once the round has started, no changes may be made.

12.7.9 Scores

Scores will be posted when they are available. It is required that two different people NOT entered in the Finals check the computation of the scores before they are posted. Qualifying scores will not be applied towards ASCA certifications, the Agility Merit program or the Agility Finals program.

Section 12.8 Selection of Finals Judges

Once the location and dates for the Finals have been determined, the Business Office will send a letter to all Judges to determine who is available to judge.

12.8.1 Drawing for Selection

  1. The Board of Directors or its assignee will perform a random draw of all Judges who satisfy the requirements listed in Section 12.8.2 and affirm their availability to judge the ASCA Agility Finals.
  2. The first five (5) names drawn will be supplied to the Nationals Committee to hire one (1) Finals Judge.

12.8.2 Requirements for Selection of Finals Judge

The Judge for the ASCA Agility Finals will be selected from all ASCA Agility judges who return the questionnaire to the Business Office in the correct timeframe and indicate they are available to judge. Agility judges will be excluded from the random draw if they:

  1. Have 4 years or less experience as an ASCA judge.
  2. Have pending or previous disciplinary action within the last year.
  3. Have judged Agility Finals the previous year.
  4. Have failed to judge ten (10) unrelated multiple trial dates, all classes and divisions in the previous five (5) years. (Related trials are those held at the same location and date at the same place in the same 10-day period.) If a crisis has been declared by the ASCA Board of Directors, a year will be added for each year of the crisis until it is over. So, if the crisis is for 1 year, the timeframe will be the previous six (6) years from the date of the Agility Finals Judge application. If the crisis is for 2 years, the timeframe will be the previous (7) years from the date of the Agility Finals Judge application.* E. Must have two (2) judging assignments within the previous twelve (12) months from the date of the Agility Finals Judge application. If a crisis has been declared by the ASCA Board of Directors, this requirement will be waived.*
  5. Are not or have not actively participated in ASCA Agility trials as an exhibitor at the Elite level, all classes.

Preference given to Judges who have achieved an Agility Trial Championship on at least one dog.

*Effective May 27, 2021.

12.8.3 Exceptions

It is possible that the available judges may not meet all the priorities listed. The candidates with the greatest number of listed priorities will be recommended to the Nationals Committee host club.

12.8.4 Other Notes

No judge may judge the Finals more than two years consecutively.

Section 12.9 Finals Course Design

Courses for the Agility Finals (Jumpers, Gamblers, and Regular) are to be original courses that have never been used at any previous trial. The Regular courses, rounds 1 and 2, may be different courses, i.e.: not required to be “direct reversals”. A Course Reviewer will be assigned by the Business Office and the course review must be conducted the same as Section 11.7.

Section 12.10 Agility Finals Workers

12.10.1 Required Workers

The normal amount of people to run a one ring trial will be needed for the Finals. At a minimum, the Nationals Committee will need to fill the following positions:

  1. 2 Timers
  2. 1 Scribe
  3. 1 Gate Steward
  4. 1 Score Runner
  5. 3 Jump Setters
  6. 1 Chute Setter
  7. 1 Scorer (score table)
  8. Ribbon preparers (can be same people as above)
  9. 4 Course Builders (can be same people as above)

12.10.2 Worker Restriction

The timer and scribe cannot be a family member or a member of the household of any of the Finals competitors. Nor can they be an owner of any dog competing in the Finals.

12.10.3 Timers

Both timers will time each round. One timer will be designated as the primary timer and the other the backup. The primary timer’s time will be used for all dogs unless the stopwatch malfunctions. In the event of a malfunction, the backup timer’s time will be used. If both stopwatches malfunction, then the dog will be required to rerun, and their previous run will not count. Timers must time the entire round (i.e. the entire Jumpers class).

Section 12.11 Photographs of Finals Champions

The Nationals Committee host club is responsible for photographing the three Agility Finals champions (Standard, Veteran Dog, and Junior Handler). The photographs will be clearly marked with the dog’s registered name, owner name, breeder, sire and dam. The photographs MUST be submitted to the editor of the Aussie Times before the deadline for the Nationals issue.

Section 12.12 Sample Ribbon Order for Agility Finals

The following table lists what types of ribbons are required. However, the actual amounts will vary depending on how many dogs are entered in each division. EXAMPLE: if the Junior Handler division only has three dogs in it, then 10 placements will not be required. In addition, remember that all dogs will be grouped together for placements within a division regardless of jump height, so 1st – 10th in each division will encompass all dogs in that division. Ribbon Type Quantity # of Divisions Total Quantity

Gamblers Individual Round Placements (1st – 10th)

10 3 30

Regular Round 1 Individual Placements (1st – 10th)

10 3 30

Regular Round 2 Individual Placements (1st – 10th)

10 3 30

Jumpers Individual Round Placements (1st – 10th)

10 3 30

Overall Division Champion

1 3 3

Overall Division 2nd – 10th Placement

9 3 27

Finalist (given to those not in the top 10 overall in each division)

20 3 60

Comments/Rationale: The procedures for notifying agility finalists, the running of agility finals, the scoring of agility finals, the budget and monies for agility finals and the result of agility finals are only ever used at Nationals by the Business Office and the Nationals Committee. These procedures do not need to be in the agility rulebook. Although these rules have been moved to the National Specialty rulebook, the content of these rules is still the purview of the committee.

Affected: Exhibitors, trial secretaries and judges will not have extra pages in the agility rulebook they do not need on a regular basis. The Nationals Committee will have one place where all the rules for running agility finals can be found.

Effective Date: June 1, 2022.

Kalla Jaco

Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America

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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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Subject:

BOD Motion Results: BD.21.128 Move Rally Finals & Nationals Rules to Nationals Rulebook

From:

“Kalla Jaco | ASCA” <asca.execsec@gmail.com>

Date:

12/20/2021, 2:46 PM

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Members,
Following are the voting results for this motion.

Thanks,
Kalla

BD.21.128 Move Rally Finals & Nationals Rules to Nationals Rulebook

Motion fails (3-6) – Approve: 3 (Larson, McCabe, Roberts). Disapprove: 6 (Busquets, Byrne, Creelman, Gann, Gerken, Wesen). Abstain: None. Non-voting: None.

  • Comment from Byrne: Lacking Membership support.
  • Comment from Creelman: I agree that Nationals and Finals rules should be in the National Specialty Rule book, but after hearing comments from the Committee, I agree that the Nationals and Finals rules should be left in the Rally Rulebook as well.
  • Comment from Gann: There is too many comments and concerns from the membership to approve at this time.
  • Comment from Gerken: There has been a lot of pushback by the committee and membership.  I believe this needs further discussion. I would approve adding it to the National Specialty Rulebook.
  • Comment from Wesen: I believe that committees will make these rules so they need to be in program rule books.

Motion by McCabe to approve the movement of the rules for Rally Finals and Rally Nationals to the National Specialty Rulebook. Second by Roberts.

Current Wording: Rally Rulebook

Chapter 13 Rally Finals

Statement of Purpose: This competition is designed to be self-supporting by those teams who take pride in their contribution of showcasing the intelligence and teamwork of the Australian Shepherd. The intention is to showcase ASCA’s finest Rally dogs to the world so that we may share the virtues of this versatile breed with others.

Section 13.1 Finals Runs

13.1.1 Run in Conjunction with the National Specialty

The Rally Finals will be run in conjunction with the ASCA National Specialty each year. It is suggested that the Finals not be on a day when another Rally competition is being held. It is recommended that the Rally Finals be held on the same day as the Obedience Finals.

13.1.2 Finals Defined

The Finals will consist of four runs, two each in the Excellent and Masters classes.

13.1.3 Random Run Order

The Host Club(s) will determine the random run order. Dogs will not run in their order of ranking.

Section 13.2 Finals Eligibility

13.2.1 Program Year; Notification from the Business Office

Eligible points will be those received during the ASCA Finals year. The ASCA Finals year will be the 12-month period from June 1st of the previous year to May 31st of the year that the Finals are held. The ASCA Business Office will send the Nationals Host Club a Rally Finals entry form for each dog by the close of the pre-entries for the Nationals.

13.2.5 Bitches in Season

Bitches in season that have qualified will be allowed to compete in Finals. They must be crated (not placed in an exercise pen) in a separate area (may be designated by Host Club) at least 50 feet away from the Rally rings prior to and during the trial, until they are called to compete. Bitches in season must compete wearing panties. They will compete last in each of the four classes and if involved in a run-off, will compete last in the run-off. They must remain on leash when not in the ring. All attempts should be made to potty bitches in season in an isolated area or areas designated by the Host Club. Bitches in season shall not be brought back into the ring for ribbons and awards.

Failure to comply with any restrictions in this chapter will result in elimination from Finals.

Section 13.4 Finals Fees

13.4.1 Entry Fees

The entry fee for the Rally Finals Competition is set by the ASCA Board of Directors (see the ASCA Schedule of Fees). This money will be used to cover any expenses the Host Club(s) may incur hosting the Rally Finals Competition as well as awards for the top Rally Finals winners. The Host Club(s) will submit their expenses to the ASCA Board of Directors. When all expenses have been met, any additional monies will be used for funding the next year’s competition.

13.4.2 Finals Fund

The ASCA Business Office will keep an accounting of all monies received for the Finals fund and is responsible for informing the Host Club(s) of the Finals, the ASCA Board of Directors, and the ASCA Rally Committee as to the amount received by August 1st of the competition year.

13.4.3 Proposed Budget

Section 13.6 Finals Judges and Judging

13.6.1 Judge Eligibility

Judges must be in good standing with ASCA and be on the list of judges eligible to judge Rally Finals.*

*Effective June 2021.

13.6.1 Number of Judges Required; Scoring

Two Judges are necessary for the Finals. Their scores will be added together for placements.

13.6.2 Classes Judged by Each Judge

Each Judge shall judge one run of Rally Excellent and one run of Rally Masters.

13.6.3 Ring Assignments

Each Judge will stay with his/her respective ring. The dog and handler teams will change rings.

13.6.4 Running Order

The Host Club will determine the running order of the classes and rings for the day of competition. (Done on the first day if there is more than one day of competition.)

13.6.5 Number of Runs

Each dog shall have four runs, two under each Judge at the two different levels.

13.6.6 Determining Placements

The scores and time will be added for each dog for the four runs to determine the placements. All scores will be used, including non-qualifying. The time will be used to break any tie scores, with the dog and handler team with least amount of time receiving the higher placement.

13.6.7 Ties

If there are tied scores and times, placements will be determined by a run-off using the Masters level course. Runoffs will be done after all dogs have competed; this includes any bitches in season.

13.6.8 One Finals Winner

There will be one Finals winner from the combined scores of Rally Excellent and Masters level.

13.6.9 Judging Standard

The ASCA Rally Rules and Regulations will be the standard by which these classes are judged.

13.6.10 Run-off Judge

The run-off Judge will be decided by a coin toss and that Judge’s ring shall be used for run-offs.

Section 13.7 Ring Requirements

13.7.1 Reference Chapter 1 Section 15

Refer to Section 1.15 for ring requirements for Rally Finals in addition to below.

13.7.2 Size of Ring

The ring shall be rectangular with a minimum of 2000 square feet with no side being less than 40 feet for all Rally Classes. There must be at least a ten-foot border around any open side of the ring that is clearly marked off limits to crating, holding of dogs, food, drinks, toys, or other type of reward items. Distractions used for distraction exercises in Excellent and Masters must not be visible except when in use on the course.* *Effective June 2021.

13.7.3 Number of Stewards and Stopwatches

Each ring should have a minimum of three Stewards: A Gate Steward, a Table Steward, and a Timing Steward. Due to the importance of having a valid time for each run, two stopwatches must be used for each run in Rally Finals. One stopwatch will be designated as the primary stopwatch. In the event there is a timer malfunction of the primary stopwatch, the time on the secondary stopwatch will be used for that run. Jump height changes, when needed, can be made by any of these stewards to help the trial run smoothly.

Section 13.8 Finals Miscellaneous

13.8.1 Posting of Finals Scores

Scores will be posted as soon as they are available. It is required that two different people who are not entered in the Finals check the addition of the scores before they are posted.

13.8.2 Refunds

There will be no refunds.

13.8.3 Finals Judges Used in Other Trials During National Specialty

Judges for the Rally Finals will not be used to judge the same classes at any Trial held in conjunction with the ASCA National Specialty.

13.8.4 Presentation of Awards

Presentation of awards should be done in a manner to showcase the Event.

13.8.5 Finals Scores

Scores earned in Finals will not count toward any ASCA titles.

13.8.6 Course Submission and Approval

Courses used for Finals must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the event date to those on the Rally Course Review Subcommittee not competing in the current year’s Finals.

Chapter 14 Nationals Rally Trial

Section 14.1 Judge Eligibility

Judges must be in good standing with ASCA and be on the list of judges eligible to judge the National Rally Trial.*

*Effective June 2021.

Section 14.1 Course Submission and Approval

Courses used for any ASCA National Specialty must be pre-approved by submitted to those on the Rally Course Review Subcommittee not competing in the ASCA Nationals Rally Trial at least 60 days prior to the event date.

Section 14.2 Ring Size

Rings must be a minimum of 2000 square feet with no side being less than 40 feet in length. There must be at least a ten-foot border around any open side of the ring that is clearly marked off limits to crating, holding of dogs, food, drinks, toys, or other type of reward items*.

Section 14.3 Number of Stewards and Stopwatches

Each ring should have a minimum of three Stewards: A Gate Steward, a Table Steward, and a Ring Timing Steward. Due to the importance of having a valid time for each run, two stopwatches must be used for each run. One stopwatch will be designated as the primary stopwatch. In the event there is a timer malfunction of the primary stopwatch, the time on the secondary stopwatch will be used for that run. Jump height changes, when needed, can be made by any of these stewards to help the trial run smoothly.

Section 14.4 Bitches in Season

Bitches in season are not allowed to compete in the ASCA National Rally trial unless they are entered in MVA and/or MVJ for the current ASCA Nationals. Those entered in MVA and/or MVJ are not eligible for placements and will be competing for scores only (no placements or title legs). They must be pottied in a designated area. They must remain on leash, preferably with panties on.

Section 14.5 Bitches in Season Running Order

If bitches in season are entered in MVA or MVJ, they must run last and held at a distance of a minimum of 50 feet from the ring and must be kept crated away until such time they are called.

Section 14.6 Handler Conflicts

Handlers with conflicts must check in prior to the start of their competing level. If any conflicts are expected, the Handler must inform the Steward at this time. All attempts will be made to accommodate all teams; however, the trial will not be expected to be held up more than 30 minutes per level. Chapter 15 Selection of Judges for Rally Finals and the Nationals Rally Trial* 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.

Section 15.2 Judge Selection Process

  1. When the location and date have been specified for the National Specialty, the ASCA Business Office shall identify the date letters will be sent to Nationals and Senior Rally Judges to determine interest and availability. The schedule for sending letters and receiving responses must allow time for the National Specialty Committee to meet the deadlines for submitting slates of Judges according to the National Specialty rules. Letters of inquiry will be sent via US Mail, and via email. The date by which the letter is to be returned shall be included in the letter. Judges interested and available to judge shall return the letter of inquiry by the deadline date stated either via mail or email. The Judge must indicate whether they wish to be considered for Nationals, and/or Finals. Judges not returning a reply by the deadline date, either by mail or email, will not be placed in the draw for Nationals or Finals Judges.
  2. Judges for the Rally Finals shall be selected from the ASCA Senior Rally Judges who return the letter of inquiry to the ASCA Business Office by the designated date and have indicated they would be available. From the letters returned, two (2) names shall be drawn by the ASCA Business Office. The names are given to the National Specialty Committee to finalize the hiring and contracting of the Judges for Rally Finals. The draw will be performed live on Facebook. Three (3) additional names shall be drawn should one of the above two Judges become unavailable. If there is a Judge cancellation, the National Specialty Committee shall contact the next name on the list, in the order drawn.
  3. Judges for the Nationals Rally Trial shall be selected from the ASCA Nationals Judges and Senior Rally Judges who return the letter of inquiry to the ASCA Business Office via mail or email by the designated date and have indicated they would be available. From the letters returned, two (2) names shall be pulled by the ASCA Business Office. The names are given to the Nationals Specialty Committee to finalize the hiring and contracting of the Judges for the Nationals Rally Trial. The draw will be performed live on Facebook. Three (3) additional names shall be drawn should one of the above two Judges become unavailable. If there is a Judge cancellation, the National Specialty Committee shall contact the next name on the list, in the order drawn.
  4. Rally Finals and Nationals judges may participate in Nationals events except on the day(s) of their judging assignment.

Section 15.3 Submission of Slate of Judges for Rally Finals and the Nationals Rally Trial

Two (2) ASCA Senior Rally Judges will be hired by the National Specialty Committee for the Rally Finals. Two (2) ASCA Senior or Nationals Rally Judges will be hired by the National Specialty Committee for the Nationals Rally Trial. The National Specialty Committee will submit the Rally Nationals and Finals slate to the 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 will be returned to the Nationals Specialty Committee no later than thirty (30) days after receipt by the Executive Secretary. Once the Board has approved the Rally Judges slate, the Judge’s names will be posted within 7 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.

*Effective June 2021.

National Specialty Rulebook

Chapter 19 Rally Finals

Please see Chapter 13 of the Rally Rules and Regulations for complete rules.

Section 19.1 Budget and Fees

The Nationals Committee shall submit a proposed budget to the Board and Rally Committee at least six (6) months prior to the Finals.

Section 19.2 Funds

Entry fees collected by the 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 of Directors and the ASCA Rally Committee as to the amount received by August 1st of the competition year. The Nationals Committee will submit their expenses to the Board of Directors.

Proposed Wording: Rally Rulebook

Chapter 13 Rally Finals

See Chapter 19 of the National Specialty Rulebook for complete details.

Statement of Purpose: This competition is designed to be self-supporting by those teams who take pride in their contribution of showcasing the intelligence and teamwork of the Australian Shepherd. The intention is to showcase ASCA’s finest Rally dogs to the world so that we may share the virtues of this versatile breed with others.

Section 13.1 Finals Runs

13.1.1 Run in Conjunction with the National Specialty

The Rally Finals will be run in conjunction with the ASCA National Specialty each year. It is suggested that the Finals not be on a day when another Rally competition is being held. It is recommended that the Rally Finals be held on the same day as the Obedience Finals.

13.1.2 Finals Defined

The Finals will consist of four runs, two each in the Excellent and Masters classes.

13.1.3 Random Run Order

The Host Club(s) will determine the random run order. Dogs will not run in their order of ranking.

Section 13.2 Finals Eligibility

13.2.1 Program Year; Notification from the Business Office

Eligible points will be those received during the ASCA Finals year. The ASCA Finals year will be the 12-month period from June 1st of the previous year to May 31st of the year that the Finals are held. The ASCA Business Office will send the Nationals Committee Host Club a Rally Finals entry form for each dog by the close of the pre-entries for the Nationals.

13.2.5 Bitches in Season

Bitches in season that have qualified will be allowed to compete in Finals. They must be crated (not placed in an exercise pen) in a separate area (may be designated by Host Club) at least 50 feet away from the Rally rings prior to and during the trial, until they are called to compete. Bitches in season must compete wearing panties. They will compete last in each of the four classes and if involved in a run-off, will compete last in the run-off. They must remain on leash when not in the ring. All attempts should be made to potty bitches in season in an isolated area or areas designated by the Host Club. Bitches in season shall not be brought back into the ring for ribbons and awards.

Failure to comply with any restrictions in this chapter will result in elimination from Finals.

13.3.2 Completion of Entry Form; Postmark Deadline

All eligible contestants and alternates notified by the ASCA Business Office wishing to compete must complete an official entry form and send it and the entry fees (except for the alternates who will pay when they become eligible) to the ASCA Business Office. This confirmation of intent to compete must be postmarked no later than July 15th of the competition year. The ASCA Business Office will send all entries of the Rally Finals to the Nationals Committee Host Club(s) by the close of entries for that year’s ASCA Nationals.

Section 13.4 Finals Fees

13.4.1 Entry Fees

The entry fee for the Rally Finals Competition is set by the ASCA Board of Directors (see the ASCA Schedule of Fees). This money will be used to cover any expenses the Host Club(s) may incur hosting the Rally Finals Competition as well as awards for the top Rally Finals winners. The Host Club(s) will submit their expenses to the ASCA Board of Directors. When all expenses have been met, any additional monies will be used for funding the next year’s competition.

13.4.2 Finals Fund

The ASCA Business Office will keep an accounting of all monies received for the Finals fund and is responsible for informing the Host Club(s) of the Finals, the ASCA Board of Directors, and the ASCA Rally Committee as to the amount received by August 1st of the competition year.

13.4.3 Proposed Budget

The Host Club shall submit a proposed budget to the ASCA Board of Directors and the ASCA Rally Committee at least six months prior to the Finals. The Rally Committee will send comments, if any, to the Board of Directors within 30 days of receipt.

Section 13.6 Finals Judges and Judging

13.6.1 Judge Eligibility

Judges must be in good standing with ASCA and be on the list of judges eligible to judge Rally Finals.*

*Effective June 2021.

13.6.1 Number of Judges Required; Scoring

Two Judges are necessary for the Finals. Their scores will be added together for placements.

13.6.2 Classes Judged by Each Judge

Each Judge shall judge one run of Rally Excellent and one run of Rally Masters.

13.6.3 Ring Assignments

Each Judge will stay with his/her respective ring. The dog and handler teams will change rings.

13.6.4 Running Order

The Host Club will determine the running order of the classes and rings for the day of competition. (Done on the first day if there is more than one day of competition.)

13.6.5 Number of Runs

Each dog shall have four runs, two under each Judge at the two different levels.

13.6.6 Determining Placements

The scores and time will be added for each dog for the four runs to determine the placements. All scores will be used, including non-qualifying. The time will be used to break any tie scores, with the dog and handler team with least amount of time receiving the higher placement.

13.6.7 Ties

If there are tied scores and times, placements will be determined by a run-off using the Masters level course. Runoffs will be done after all dogs have competed; this includes any bitches in season.

13.6.8 One Finals Winner

There will be one Finals winner from the combined scores of Rally Excellent and Masters level.

13.6.9 Judging Standard

The ASCA Rally Rules and Regulations will be the standard by which these classes are judged.

13.6.10 Run-off Judge

The run-off Judge will be decided by a coin toss and that Judge’s ring shall be used for run-offs.

Section 13.7 Ring Requirements

13.7.1 Reference Chapter 1 Section 15

Refer to Section 1.15 for ring requirements for Rally Finals in addition to below.

13.7.2 Size of Ring

The ring shall be rectangular with a minimum of 2000 square feet with no side being less than 40 feet for all Rally Classes. There must be at least a ten-foot border around any open side of the ring that is clearly marked off limits to crating, holding of dogs, food, drinks, toys, or other type of reward items. Distractions used for distraction exercises in Excellent and Masters must not be visible except when in use on the course.* *Effective June 2021.

13.7.3 Number of Stewards and Stopwatches

Each ring should have a minimum of three Stewards: A Gate Steward, a Table Steward, and a Timing Steward. Due to the importance of having a valid time for each run, two stopwatches must be used for each run in Rally Finals. One stopwatch will be designated as the primary stopwatch. In the event there is a timer malfunction of the primary stopwatch, the time on the secondary stopwatch will be used for that run. Jump height changes, when needed, can be made by any of these stewards to help the trial run smoothly.

Section 13.8 Finals Miscellaneous

13.8.1 Posting of Finals Scores

Scores will be posted as soon as they are available. It is required that two different people who are not entered in the Finals check the addition of the scores before they are posted.

13.8.2 Refunds

There will be no refunds.

13.8.3 Finals Judges Used in Other Trials During National Specialty

Judges for the Rally Finals will not be used to judge the same classes at any Trial held in conjunction with the ASCA National Specialty.

13.8.4 Presentation of Awards

Presentation of awards should be done in a manner to showcase the Event.

13.8.5 Finals Scores

Scores earned in Finals will not count toward any ASCA titles.

13.8.6 Course Submission and Approval

Courses used for Finals must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the event date to those on the Rally Course Review Subcommittee not competing in the current year’s Finals.

Chapter 14 Nationals Rally Trial

Section 14.1 Judge Eligibility

Judges must be in good standing with ASCA and be on the list of judges eligible to judge the National Rally Trial.*

*Effective June 2021.

Section 14.1 Course Submission and Approval

Courses used for any ASCA National Specialty must be pre-approved by submitted to those on the Rally Course Review Subcommittee not competing in the ASCA Nationals Rally Trial at least 60 days prior to the event date.

Section 14.2 Ring Size

Rings must be a minimum of 2000 square feet with no side being less than 40 feet in length. There must be at least a ten-foot border around any open side of the ring that is clearly marked off limits to crating, holding of dogs, food, drinks, toys, or other type of reward items*.

Section 14.3 Number of Stewards and Stopwatches

Each ring should have a minimum of three Stewards: A Gate Steward, a Table Steward, and a Ring Timing Steward. Due to the importance of having a valid time for each run, two stopwatches must be used for each run. One stopwatch will be designated as the primary stopwatch. In the event there is a timer malfunction of the primary stopwatch, the time on the secondary stopwatch will be used for that run. Jump height changes, when needed, can be made by any of these stewards to help the trial run smoothly.

Section 14.4 Bitches in Season

Bitches in season are not allowed to compete in the ASCA National Rally trial unless they are entered in MVA and/or MVJ for the current ASCA Nationals. Those entered in MVA and/or MVJ are not eligible for placements and will be competing for scores only (no placements or title legs). They must be pottied in a designated area. They must remain on leash, preferably with panties on.

Section 14.5 Bitches in Season Running Order

If bitches in season are entered in MVA or MVJ, they must run last and held at a distance of a minimum of 50 feet from the ring and must be kept crated away until such time they are called.

Section 14.6 Handler Conflicts

Handlers with conflicts must check in prior to the start of their competing level. If any conflicts are expected, the Handler must inform the Steward at this time. All attempts will be made to accommodate all teams; however, the trial will not be expected to be held up more than 30 minutes per level. Chapter 15 Selection of Judges for Rally Finals and the Nationals Rally Trial* 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.

Section 15.2 Judge Selection Process

  1. When the location and date have been specified for the National Specialty, the ASCA Business Office shall identify the date letters will be sent to Nationals and Senior Rally Judges to determine interest and availability. The schedule for sending letters and receiving responses must allow time for the National Specialty Committee to meet the deadlines for submitting slates of Judges according to the National Specialty rules. Letters of inquiry will be sent via US Mail, and via email. The date by which the letter is to be returned shall be included in the letter. Judges interested and available to judge shall return the letter of inquiry by the deadline date stated either via mail or email. The Judge must indicate whether they wish to be considered for Nationals, and/or Finals. Judges not returning a reply by the deadline date, either by mail or email, will not be placed in the draw for Nationals or Finals Judges.
  2. Judges for the Rally Finals shall be selected from the ASCA Senior Rally Judges who return the letter of inquiry to the ASCA Business Office by the designated date and have indicated they would be available. From the letters returned, two (2) names shall be drawn by the ASCA Business Office. The names are given to the National Specialty Committee to finalize the hiring and contracting of the Judges for Rally Finals. The draw will be performed live on Facebook. Three (3) additional names shall be drawn should one of the above two Judges become unavailable. If there is a Judge cancellation, the National Specialty Committee shall contact the next name on the list, in the order drawn.
  3. Judges for the Nationals Rally Trial shall be selected from the ASCA Nationals Judges and Senior Rally Judges who return the letter of inquiry to the ASCA Business Office via mail or email by the designated date and have indicated they would be available. From the letters returned, two (2) names shall be pulled by the ASCA Business Office. The names are given to the Nationals Specialty Committee to finalize the hiring and contracting of the Judges for the Nationals Rally Trial. The draw will be performed live on Facebook. Three (3) additional names shall be drawn should one of the above two Judges become unavailable. If there is a Judge cancellation, the National Specialty Committee shall contact the next name on the list, in the order drawn.
  4. Rally Finals and Nationals judges may participate in Nationals events except on the day(s) of their judging assignment.

Section 15.3 Submission of Slate of Judges for Rally Finals and the Nationals Rally Trial

 Two (2) ASCA Senior Rally Judges will be hired by the National Specialty Committee for the Rally Finals. Two (2) ASCA Senior or Nationals Rally Judges will be hired by the National Specialty Committee for the Nationals Rally Trial. The National Specialty Committee will submit the Rally Nationals and Finals slate to the 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 will be returned to the Nationals Specialty Committee no later than thirty (30) days after receipt by the Executive Secretary. Once the Board has approved the Rally Judges slate, the Judge’s names will be posted within 7 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.

*Effective June 2021.

National Specialty Rulebook

Chapter 19 Rally Finals

Statement of Purpose: This competition is designed to be self-supporting by those teams who take pride in their contribution of showcasing the intelligence and teamwork of the Australian Shepherd. The intention is to showcase ASCA’s finest Rally dogs to the world so that we may share the virtues of this versatile breed with others.

Please see Chapter 13 of the Rally Rules and Regulations for complete rules.

Section 19.1 Budget and Fees

The Nationals Committee shall submit a proposed budget to the Board and Rally Committee at least six (6) months prior to the Finals. The Rally Committee will send comments, if any, to the Board of Directors within 30 days of receipt.

Section 19.2 Funds

The entry fee for the Rally Finals Competition is set by the ASCA Board of Directors (see the ASCA Schedule of Fees). Entry fees collected by the 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 of Directors and the ASCA Rally Committee as to the amount received by August 1st of the competition year. The Nationals Committee will submit their expenses to the Board of Directors. When all expenses have been met, any additional monies will be used for funding the next year’s competition.

13.4.1 Entry Fees

The entry fee for the Rally Finals Competition is set by the ASCA Board of Directors (see the ASCA Schedule of Fees). This money will be used to cover any expenses the Host Club(s) may incur hosting the Rally Finals Competition as well as awards for the top Rally Finals winners. The Host Club(s) will submit their expenses to the ASCA Board of Directors. When all expenses have been met, any additional monies will be used for funding the next year’s competition.

13.4.2 Finals Fund

The ASCA Business Office will keep an accounting of all monies received for the Finals fund and is responsible for informing the Host Club(s) of the Finals, the ASCA Board of Directors, and the ASCA Rally Committee as to the amount received by August 1st of the competition year.

13.4.3 Proposed Budget

The Host Club shall submit a proposed budget to the ASCA Board of Directors and the ASCA Rally Committee at least six months prior to the Finals. The Rally Committee will send comments, if any, to the Board of Directors within 30 days of receipt.

Section 13.1 Finals Runs

13.1.1 Run in Conjunction with the National Specialty

The Rally Finals will be run in conjunction with the ASCA National Specialty each year. It is suggested that the Finals not be on a day when another Rally competition is being held. It is recommended that the Rally Finals be held on the same day as the Obedience Finals.

13.1.2 Finals Defined

The Finals will consist of four runs, two each in the Excellent and Masters classes.

13.1.3 Random Run Order

The Rally Finals Chairperson Host Club(s) will determine the random run order. Dogs will not run in their order of ranking.

Section 13.2 Finals Eligibility

13.2.1 Program Year; Notification from the Business Office

Eligible points will be those received during the ASCA Finals year. The ASCA Finals year will be the 12-month period from June 1st of the previous year to May 31st of the year that the Finals are held. The ASCA Business Office will send the Nationals Committee Host Club a Rally Finals entry form for each dog by the close of the pre-entries for the Nationals.

13.2.5 Bitches in Season

Bitches in season that have qualified will be allowed to compete in Finals. They must be crated (not placed in an exercise pen) in a separate area (may be designated by the Nationals Committee Host Club) at least 50 feet away from the Rally rings prior to and during the trial, until they are called to compete. Bitches in season must compete wearing panties. They will compete last in each of the four classes and if involved in a run-off, will compete last in the run-off. They must remain on leash when not in the ring. All attempts should be made to potty bitches in season in an isolated area or areas designated by the Host Club. Bitches in season shall not be brought back into the ring for ribbons and awards.

Failure to comply with any restrictions in this chapter will result in elimination from Finals.

Section 13.4 Finals Fees

Section 13.6 Finals Judges and Judging

13.6.1 Judge Eligibility

Judges must be in good standing with ASCA and be on the list of judges eligible to judge Rally Finals.*

*Effective June 2021.

13.6.1 Number of Judges Required; Scoring

Two Judges are necessary for the Finals. Their scores will be added together for placements.

13.6.2 Classes Judged by Each Judge

Each Judge shall judge one run of Rally Excellent and one run of Rally Masters.

13.6.3 Ring Assignments

Each Judge will stay with his/her respective ring. The dog and handler teams will change rings.

13.6.4 Running Order

The Rally Finals Chairperson Host Club will determine the running order of the classes and rings for the day of competition. (Done on the first day if there is more than one day of competition.)

13.6.5 Number of Runs

Each dog shall have four runs, two under each Judge at the two different levels.

13.6.6 Determining Placements

The scores and time will be added for each dog for the four runs to determine the placements. All scores will be used, including non-qualifying. The time will be used to break any tie scores, with the dog and handler team with least amount of time receiving the higher placement.

13.6.7 Ties

If there are tied scores and times, placements will be determined by a run-off using the Masters level course. Runoffs will be done after all dogs have competed; this includes any bitches in season.

13.6.8 One Finals Winner

There will be one Finals winner from the combined scores of Rally Excellent and Masters level.

13.6.9 Judging Standard

The ASCA Rally Rules and Regulations will be the standard by which these classes are judged.

13.6.10 Run-off Judge

The run-off Judge will be decided by a coin toss and that Judge’s ring shall be used for run-offs.

Section 13.7 Ring Requirements

13.7.1 Reference Chapter 1 Section 15

Refer to Section 1.15 of the Rally Rulebook for ring requirements for Rally Finals in addition to below.

13.7.2 Size of Ring

The ring shall be rectangular with a minimum of 2000 square feet with no side being less than 40 feet for all Rally Classes. There must be at least a ten-foot border around any open side of the ring that is clearly marked off limits to crating, holding of dogs, food, drinks, toys, or other type of reward items. Distractions used for distraction exercises in Excellent and Masters must not be visible except when in use on the course.* *Effective June 2021.

13.7.3 Number of Stewards and Stopwatches

Each ring should have a minimum of three Stewards: A Gate Steward, a Table Steward, and a Timing Steward. Due to the importance of having a valid time for each run, two stopwatches must be used for each run in Rally Finals. One stopwatch will be designated as the primary stopwatch. In the event there is a timer malfunction of the primary stopwatch, the time on the secondary stopwatch will be used for that run. Jump height changes, when needed, can be made by any of these stewards to help the trial run smoothly.

Section 13.8 Finals Miscellaneous

13.8.1 Posting of Finals Scores

Scores will be posted as soon as they are available. It is required that two different people who are not entered in the Finals check the addition of the scores before they are posted.

13.8.2 Refunds

There will be no refunds.

13.8.3 Finals Judges Used in Other Trials During National Specialty

Judges for the Rally Finals will not be used to judge the same classes at any Trial held in conjunction with the ASCA National Specialty.

13.8.4 Presentation of Awards

Presentation of awards should be done in a manner to showcase the Event.

13.8.5 Finals Scores

Scores earned in Finals will not count toward any ASCA titles.

13.8.6 Course Submission and Approval

Courses used for Finals must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the event date to those on the Rally Course Review Subcommittee not competing in the current year’s Finals.

Chapter 14 Nationals Rally Trial

Section 14.1 Judge Eligibility

Judges must be in good standing with ASCA and be on the list of judges eligible to judge the National Rally Trial.*

*Effective June 2021.

Section 14.1 Course Submission and Approval

Courses used for any ASCA National Specialty must be pre-approved by submitted to those on the Rally Course Review Subcommittee not competing in the ASCA Nationals Rally Trial at least 60 days prior to the event date.

Section 14.2 Ring Size

Rings must be a minimum of 2000 square feet with no side being less than 40 feet in length. There must be at least a ten-foot border around any open side of the ring that is clearly marked off limits to crating, holding of dogs, food, drinks, toys, or other type of reward items*.

Section 14.3 Number of Stewards and Stopwatches

Each ring should have a minimum of three Stewards: A Gate Steward, a Table Steward, and a Ring Timing Steward. Due to the importance of having a valid time for each run, two stopwatches must be used for each run. One stopwatch will be designated as the primary stopwatch. In the event there is a timer malfunction of the primary stopwatch, the time on the secondary stopwatch will be used for that run. Jump height changes, when needed, can be made by any of these stewards to help the trial run smoothly.

Section 14.4 Bitches in Season

Bitches in season are not allowed to compete in the ASCA National Rally trial unless they are entered in MVA and/or MVJ for the current ASCA Nationals. Those entered in MVA and/or MVJ are not eligible for placements and will be competing for scores only (no placements or title legs). They must be pottied in a designated area. They must remain on leash, preferably with panties on.

Section 14.5 Bitches in Season Running Order

If bitches in season are entered in MVA or MVJ, they must run last and held at a distance of a minimum of 50 feet from the ring and must be kept crated away until such time they are called.

Section 14.6 Handler Conflicts

Handlers with conflicts must check in prior to the start of their competing level. If any conflicts are expected, the Handler must inform the Steward at this time. All attempts will be made to accommodate all teams; however, the trial will not be expected to be held up more than 30 minutes per level.

Chapter 15 Selection of Judges for Rally Finals and the Nationals Rally Trial* 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.

Section 15.2 Judge Selection Process

  1. When the location and date have been specified for the National Specialty, the ASCA Business Office shall identify the date letters will be sent to Nationals and Senior Rally Judges to determine interest and availability. The schedule for sending letters and receiving responses must allow time for the National Specialty Committee to meet the deadlines for submitting slates of Judges according to the National Specialty rules. Letters of inquiry will be sent via US Mail, and via email. The date by which the letter is to be returned shall be included in the letter. Judges interested and available to judge shall return the letter of inquiry by the deadline date stated either via mail or email. The Judge must indicate whether they wish to be considered for Nationals, and/or Finals. Judges not returning a reply by the deadline date, either by mail or email, will not be placed in the draw for Nationals or Finals Judges.
  2. Judges for the Rally Finals shall be selected from the ASCA Senior Rally Judges who return the letter of inquiry to the ASCA Business Office by the designated date and have indicated they would be available. From the letters returned, two (2) names shall be drawn by the ASCA Business Office. The names are given to the National Specialty Committee to finalize the hiring and contracting of the Judges for Rally Finals. The draw will be performed live on Facebook. Three (3) additional names shall be drawn should one of the above two Judges become unavailable. If there is a Judge cancellation, the National Specialty Committee shall contact the next name on the list, in the order drawn.
  3. Judges for the Nationals Rally Trial shall be selected from the ASCA Nationals Judges and Senior Rally Judges who return the letter of inquiry to the ASCA Business Office via mail or email by the designated date and have indicated they would be available. From the letters returned, two (2) names shall be pulled by the ASCA Business Office. The names are given to the Nationals Specialty Committee to finalize the hiring and contracting of the Judges for the Nationals Rally Trial. The draw will be performed live on Facebook. Three (3) additional names shall be drawn should one of the above two Judges become unavailable. If there is a Judge cancellation, the National Specialty Committee shall contact the next name on the list, in the order drawn.
  4. Rally Finals and Nationals judges may participate in Nationals events except on the day(s) of their judging assignment.

Section 15.3 Submission of Slate of Judges for Rally Finals and the Nationals Rally Trial

Two (2) ASCA Senior Rally Judges will be hired by the National Specialty Committee for the Rally Finals. Two (2) ASCA Senior or Nationals Rally Judges will be hired by the National Specialty Committee for the Nationals Rally Trial. The National Specialty Committee will submit the Rally Nationals and Finals slate to the 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 will be returned to the Nationals Specialty Committee no later than thirty (30) days after receipt by the Executive Secretary. Once the Board has approved the Rally Judges slate, the Judge’s names will be posted within 7 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.

*Effective June 2021.

Comments/Rationale: The procedures for the running of Rally finals, the scoring of Rally finals, the budget and monies for Rally finals and the result of Rally finals are only ever used at Nationals by the Business Office and the Nationals Committee. These procedures do not need to be in the Rally rulebook. Although these rules have been moved to the National Specialty rulebook, the content of these rules is still the purview of the committee.

Affected: Exhibitors, trial secretaries and judges will not have extra pages in the Rally rulebook they do not need on a regular basis. The Nationals Committee will have one place where all the rules for running Rally finals can be found.

Effective Date: June 1, 2022.

Kalla Jaco

Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America

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

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Kalla Jaco

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

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Subject:

BOD Motion Results: BD.21.116 Affiliate Renewals and Sanctioning

From:

“Kalla Jaco | ASCA” <asca.execsec@gmail.com>

Date:

12/20/2021, 2:44 PM

To:

ASCA Members IO Group <ASCMEMBERS@groups.io>

BCC:

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Members,

Following are the voting results for this motion.

Thanks,
Kalla

BD.21.116 Affiliate Renewals and Sanctioning

Motion carries (9-0) – Approve: 9 (Busquets, Byrne, Creelman, Gann, Gerken, Larson, McCabe, Roberts, Wesen). Disapprove: None. Abstain: None. Non-voting: None.

Motion by Wesen to make the following changes to the ASCA Policy Book regarding affiliate renewals and sanctioning requests. Second by Gerken.

Current Wording:

Section 4.2 Renewal Notification

All Affiliate Clubs will be notified on or before December 1, of expiration of the deadline for renewal. Letters will be sent to the Affiliate President and Affiliate Representative, if they are not in the same household, giving them a final deadline of February 15 to renew. If renewal is not received by February 15, the Affiliate Club must submit the annual renewal fee and a $100 late fee to be processed and returned to good standing. Additional Officers of the Affiliate Club will receive a copy of the letter if the Affiliate President and Affiliate Representative are in the same household. All applications for sanctioning for events between January 1 and February 15 will be held until renewal is received. This policy will accompany all Affiliate Club renewals.

Proposed Wording:

Section 4.2 Renewal Notification

All Affiliate Clubs will be notified on or before December 1, of expiration of the deadline for renewal. Letters will be sent to the Affiliate President and Affiliate Representative, if they are not in the same household, giving them a final deadline of February 15 to renew. If renewal is not received by February 15, the Affiliate Club must submit the annual renewal fee and a $100 late fee to be processed and returned to good standing. Additional Officers of the Affiliate Club will receive a copy of the letter if the Affiliate President and Affiliate Representative are in the same household. All applications for sanctioning of events after March 1 will be held until the club’s renewal is complete. Sanctioning for events scheduled January 1-March 1 will be revoked if the Affiliate Club has not been renewed 7 days prior to the start date of the event. This policy will accompany all Affiliate Club renewals.

Comments/Rationale: ASCA’s current policy is to hold any sanction requests for shows/trials scheduled January 1-February 15 until the club’s renewal is complete, however, due to the 60-day deadline, if a club renews on December 31st and has requested sanctioning for the first weekend in January, the office will not have enough time to sanction it. This change would allow the online system to be written so that clubs can still sanction events for January and February online and adhere to their 60-day deadline even though their club renewal hasn’t necessarily been processed yet. The wording was changed from “received” to “complete” because the Business Office also frequently receives club renewals where an officer is an expired member, and that officer may not renew their membership for 2-3 weeks thereafter.

Affected: ASCA Business Office, Affiliate Clubs.

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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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

Subject:

BOD Motion Results: NA.21.05 Change to National Specialty Financial Policies

From:

“Kalla Jaco | ASCA” <asca.execsec@gmail.com>

Date:

12/20/2021, 2:51 PM

To:

ASCA Members IO Group <ASCMEMBERS@groups.io>

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Members,
Following are the voting results for this motion.

Thanks,
Kalla

NA.21.05 Change to National Specialty Financial Policies

Motion carries (9-0) – Approve: 9 (Busquets, Byrne, Creelman, Gann, Gerken, Larson, McCabe, Roberts, Wesen). Disapprove: None. Abstain: None. Non-voting: None.

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

Committee Recommendation: Subject: Motion to Amend the Financial Policies for the ASCA National Specialty, Section 4

Motion by Laura Gibson to approve the following revision to Section 4 of the Financial Policies for the ASCA Nationals Specialty. Second by Renee Watson

Results of Committee Vote: Approve: 3. Disapprove: None. Abstain: None. Non-Voting: None.

Current Wording:

Financial Policies for the ASCA National Specialty, beginning with the 2021

  1. An electronic financial ledger indicating income and expenses for a particular Nationals event will be maintained by that event’s Nationals Bookkeeper in order for all incomes and expenses to be recorded appropriately and to establish a tool for reconciliation. This ledger will be accessible to all members of that particular Nationals Committee and the ASCA Board of Directors. Key personnel involved with incomes and expenses will have access to spreadsheet in order to record any transactions conducted (ie: Nationals Entry Clerk, Nationals Travel Chairman, etc).

Proposed Wording:

  1. Accounting and Reconciliation – An electronic financial ledger indicating income and expenses for a particular each Nationals event will be maintained by that event’s Nationals Bookkeeper Chairman in order for all incomes and expenses to be recorded appropriately and to establish a tool for reconciliation. The Nationals Entry Clerk will have access to this ledger in order to record deposits made from entries. The Nationals Accounting Chairman will also have access to this ledger and will use it to reconcile the expenses and income against the bank statement and the Board-approved budget. This ledger and the Board-approved budget document will be view-only accessible to all members of that particular Nationals Committee and the ASCA Board of Directors. Only the Nationals Accounting Chair will have access to record actual amounts and notes on the Board-approved budget document; however, the Nationals Accounting Chairman may not make changes to the Board-approved budget. Only the bonded positions of Nationals Chairman and Nationals Entry Clerk shall accept money on behalf of the ASCA Nationals, except that the Sponsorship Chairman will have access to the Nationals PayPal account in order to manage sponsorships and will maintain a separate electronic spreadsheet, shared with the Nationals Chairman, to record these transactions. Key personnel involved with incomes and expenses will have access to spreadsheet in order to record any transactions conducted (ie: Nationals Entry Clerk, Nationals Travel Chairman, etc).

Comments/Rationale: Section IV regarding the electronic ledger does not correctly reflect the practice that was established per the Board for the 2021 ASCA National Specialty. The wording below delineates the actual practices to be followed to ensure the separation of fiscal duties. At the 2021 Nationals, the NAC met with the Board and was tasked with cleaning up the National Specialty Rule Book, and this is the first step toward that directive.

Affected: All those who adhere to these financial policies, especially the Nationals Chairperson, the Nationals Accounting Chair, the Nationals Entry Clerk, the Nationals Sponsorship Chairman and ASCA’s Treasurer.

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

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