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2018 Implementation Plan : Jump Heights - Measurement Cut-off

2018 Implementation Plan

Jump Heights – Measurement Cut-off

 

The February 2017 Information Release is to provide Clubs, Competitors, and Judges with details on changes to the AAC’s measurement process.  The documentation outlines how this will affect each of you, and provides detailed information needed for you to act.  Each of you will contribute in this stage of measuring the AAC dogs for competition on the new jump heights by January 1, 2018.

Links will be provided below for the following documentation and forms:

Competitors

The Changes to Measurement Process document will provide detailed information on what you should select on the AAC Dog ID Application Form as it will vary depending on if your dog does not have an AAC Dog ID or your dog has/is currently competing and has a completed or partially completed AAC Dog ID Card.

Once the AAC has received a completed AAC Dog ID Application form, applicants will be emailed a downloadable AAC Dog ID card from AAC to print and take to AAC trials or AAC Re-Measurement Days for dogs to be officially measured.

Judges

Information including what you can expect to see, requirements for wickets/measuring devices, forms, instructions for 2017 and 2018 new measurements and re-measurements are outlined. 

Clubs and Trial Hosts

The Changes to Measurement Process document outlines responsibilities, inspection criteria, premium requirements, and provides information on the new forms for Re-Measurement Days, 2018 Measuring Device Inspection and Dog Measurement Forms.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your Regional Directors for assistance.  Their contact information is located at:  http://www.aac.ca/en/contact/main/

 

AAC Board

 

2018 Implementation Plan

Jump Heights – Measurement Cut-off

The implementation of new jump heights and dog measurement cut-offs will occur in stages throughout 2017. 

This is AAC’s tentative schedule through to the end of March 2017.

December 2016 – Release Statement of changes to be implemented by January 1, 2018 including new jump height categories and new dog measurement cut-offs.

January – Downloadable dog ID card process implemented.  NEWS

February – Release of the 2018 Re-Measurement Information Process and Forms

  • Re-Measurement Procedures
  • AAC Dog ID Application Form (Competitors)
  • Request for Re-Measurement Day Form (Clubs)
  • 2018 Measuring Device Inspection Form (For Clubs/Regional Directors)
  • Dog Measurement Form (For Clubs/Judges)

March – Equipment Inspection Procedure for 2018 including:

  • Equipment Checklists (for 2018)
  • Equipment Specification List (for 2018)

Further information and release schedules will be provided as details are finalized.

AAC Board

BoD Meeting Highlights for : December 2016

BoD Meeting Thursday, December 15, 2016

Here are the highlights of the AAC Board meeting held on Thursday, December 15, 2016 . Full motions will be published on the AAC website (Members section) once the minutes are approved and the motions are translated.

  1. The following Committees are seeking representatives. Contact admin@aac.ca if interested in applying. Committee responsibilities available at: AAC/Contacts/Committees.
    • Appeals Committee – QC Representative
    • Discipline Committee – NS/NL Representative
  2. Two Regional Championships have been approved for the NS/NL Region for 2017. Competitors within the Region may attend either of the Regional Championships for the NS/NF Region.
    • Newfoundland Athletic Dog Association, Inc. will host the first Newfoundland Regional Agility Championship on June 3 or 4, 2017 at the St. John’s Southlands Park at 44A Clovelly Lane, Logy Bay, Newfoundland.
    • CAANS will host the 2017 Nova Scotia Regional Agility Championship on May 20, 2017 at the MacMillan Centre – Truro Nova Scotia, 8 Central Ave., Halifax, Nova Scotia
  3. Guides Canins have been approved to host the 2017 Quebec Regional Agility Championship on June 24-25, 2017 at the Complexe Sportif St-Lazare, 1850, rue des Loisirs, Saint-Lazare, Quebec.
  4. Rave Dog Sports was approved to sponsor a Judges Clinic April 7-9, 2017 in Nanaimo, BC.
  5. Jump heights - Dog measurement cut-offs: Implementation will be effective January 1, 2018. The official announcement is available at: AAC/NEWS
  6. Applicants applying for dog ID starting January 1, 2017 will receive an online dog ID card. They will be required to print the dog ID card, and take it with them to a trial the dog is registered in to have the card filled out when the dog is measured.
  7. Mini ( currently 10R/6S/6V) dog points required in Snooker and Gamblers reduced by 2 points. Effective: July 1, 2017
  8. The AAC's 2017 AGM will be held about Noon, Saturday March 11th, 2017 in conjunction with the K-9 Cliffhangers trial at the Agrifair Arena, Exhibition Park, 32470 Haida Drive, Abbotsford, BC.
  9. Mini time for a final gamble amended to always be 20% more than the Open division so it scales with complexity. Effective: July 1, 2017.

To obtain a copy of the AAC Board minutes (in English or French, once approved), email Seanna O'Neill at: dogsport.org@hotmail.com, or fill out form on members page.

The next Board meeting is scheduled for: Thursday, January 19, 2017.

    Jump Heights - Measurement Cut-offs

    Over the past year the AAC began evaluating the jump heights and dog measurement cut-offs. This led to research on the effects of jump heights equal or greater than the shoulder and evaluations of what brought competitors to the activity. This included considering dog conditioning and the impact on dogs with mobility issues due to structure.

    The AAC reviewed the categories of Regular, Specials, Veteran and Double Drop Veteran and agreed that they still provided for the needs of the majority of dogs as they moved through the competitive cycle from a young to aged dog in agility.

    We went on to compare other North American associations with National programs to identify if there were any ideas or trends that would be of benefit to the AAC.

    We considered the trends of IFCS, as we are affiliated and a National Team is sponsored to attend their World Championship annually.

    After working through numerous variations, we shortened the list to three options that we thought the AAC Membership could proceed with. A survey was distributed to both AAC Membership and Clubs to garner input and identify which would be the best solution.

    The results rolled in and were evaluated, and the majority of AAC selected Option 4. There were numerous comments advising that Option 4 may be the best solution but it did not address fully the smaller dog cut-offs to member satisfaction. Taking that into consideration, a good deal more work and discussion followed. We will be implementing a revised Option 4 that incorporates those concerns.

    Dog’s Measured Height Regular Special Veteran/ JH Double Dropped Vet
    < or = 12 inches 8 (or 12) 4 4 N/A
    > 12 and < or = 15 12 (or 16) 8 8 4
    > 15 and < or = 18 16 (or 20) 12 12 8
    > 18 and < or = 22 20 (or 24) 16 16 12
    > 22 24 20 20 16

     

    The attached changes will be implemented no later than January 1, 2018. The AAC will provide detailed information in the next several months to address questions from the perspectives of measuring and equipment inspections. Information sheets will be distributed and will be posted to the AAC website for competitors, judges, clubs, vendors and event hosts on how the changes will impact each of you and what actions will be required.

    The AAC will seek your assistance over the next year as we work to transition to the new changes as smoothly as possible.

    AAC Board

    BoD Meeting Highlights for: November 2016

    BoD Meeting Thursday, November 17, 2016

    Here are the highlights of the AAC Board meeting held on Thursday, November 17, 2016.. Full motions will be published on the AAC website (Members section) once the minutes are approved and the motions are translated.

    1. The following Committees are seeking representatives. Contact admin@aac.ca if interested in applying. Committee responsibilities available at: AAC/Contacts/Committees.
      • Standing Rules Committee — Ontario East Representative
      • Equipment Committee — Ontario East Representative
      • Judges Standing Advisory Committee — BC Representative
    2. All bids for 2017 have been received with a 2018 AAC Nationals bid approved for 2018 in Maxville Ontario.
    3. A survey was distributed to all AAC Clubs and Members regarding jump heights and dog measurement cut-offs.
    4. Judges are required to supply a copy of courses to Trial Secretaries 1-2 days prior to trial so an alternate judge can fill in if necessary. Motion 161105. Effective January 1, 2017,.
    5. Cindy Swiney was appointed as Interim Course Approver Coordinator.

    To obtain a copy of the AAC Board minutes (in English or French, once approved),  email Jennifer Laird jennifer.lairdaarf@gmail.com, or fill out form on members page.

    The next Board meeting is scheduled for: Thursday, December 15, 2016

      BoD Meeting Highlights for: October 2016

      AAC Board of Directors – October 2016 Meeting Highlights (unofficial)

      Highlights of the AAC Board meeting held on Thursday, October 20, 2016.

      Full motions will be published on the AAC web site (Members section) once the minutes are approved and the motions are translated.

      •  Micro mini SCT revision.  Motion 161010.  Effective Jul 1, 2017
      •  The following Committees are seeking representatives.  Contact admin@aac.ca if interested in applying.  Committee responsibilities available at: http://www.aac.ca/en/contact/main/#CO
      • Membership Committee – Prairie Representative
      • Standing Rules Committee – Ontario East Representative
      • Equipment Committee – Ontario East Representative
      • Judges Standing Advisory Committee – BC Representative
      • Discipline Committee – BC Vancouver Island Representative
      • The NSC is requesting bids for the 2017 Regionals from the following Regions:  QC and NS/NL.
      • Equipment revisions include: 
      • Double Bar Jump description amendment. Effective Immediately.          Motion 161007.
      • T weave pole base removal.  Grandfathered until club’s next inspection, otherwise effective January 1, 2018.
      • Jump rails and planks no longer optional replacements for jump poles effective July 1, 2017.
      • The AAC National Team has fundraising projects underway through National Team Members.  Also, auditing of the National Team Only Training Area is available at:  http://aacnationalteam.org/store/.    In addition, the National Team Management Group is working on revising the selection criteria’s point schedule for the 2017-2018 team.
      • The Board continues to work on jump height and dog measurement cut-offs.

      To obtain a copy of the AAC Board minutes (in English or French, once approved), email Jennifer Laird at jennifer.lairdaarf@gmail.com.

      The next Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 17, 2016.

      AAC Election

      AAC Election 2016

      The nomination period for the AAC elections is now closed. All Board positions have had one nominee named for each position. All are elected by acclamation.

      Congratulations to the following, elected or re-elected by acclamation;

      EXECUTIVE:

      • Meaghan O’Neill (Vice President)
      • Roger Perron (Treasurer)
      • Seanna O’Neill (Corresponding/Recording Secretary)

      REGIONAL DIRECTORS:

      • Tracey Mallinson (BC Mainland/ Yukon)
      • Thomas Djurfors (Alberta/Northwest Territories)
      • Susan Johnstone (Ontario West)
      • Yanick Villeneuve (Quebec)
      • Robert Fisher (New Brunswick/Prince Edward Island)

      Welcome to the new AAC website!

      Welcome to the new AAC website!

      As you have already noticed, the website has a new look and feel. However, our new website is more than just flashy screens.  The underlying database system has been completely re-vamped.  The end goal is to consolidate the many databases into a central location and reduce or eliminate manual data entry by automating the many AAC processes.

      The complete transition to the new site format and database structure will take place in stages starting in the summer of 2016.

      This will include things like:

      • Membership management
      • Registration of dogs and junior handlers
      • Trial application and approval
      • Site and equipment approval
      • Voting
      • Trial Management and Results

      Until the transition is 100% complete you will still see some links to older website pages and layouts.

      A key difference is that the new website has user account functionality (this is for both AAC members and non-members).  In order to take full advantage of the website and to perform online transactions, a user account is required.

      The user account system is highlighted by the concept of a user “role”.  What a user account can see and do is based on the assigned roles.  The roles will vary depending on if you are an AAC member, judge, trial host club, board member, non-member, etc.

       

      Getting Started

       

      The first thing you should do is to create a user account.  This will allow you to login and manage your account/profile and perform online transactions.

      To get started, from the home page, click on MY ACCOUNT (top right corner).

      Then click on Register.

       

       

      Follow the prompts, an e-mail will be sent to your specified e-mail address in order to complete the user account setup.

      Part of the user account setup is to attach/claim your AAC membership (if you are an AAC member).  You will also be able to attach/claim your dogs and junior handlers. This is a simple, one-time process.  Make sure you have these numbers handy.

      *** IMPORTANT NOTE FOR FAMILY MEMBERSHIPS ***

      The system currently has a 1-1 relationship between user accounts and AAC memberships, dogs and junior handlers.  This means that only one user account can attach/claim an AAC membership, dogs and junior handlers.  This is important if you have a family membership and plan on creating multiple user accounts. 

      Take care when planning on the user accounts you will create and what you will attach/claim with each user account.

      Once logged into the system you will see a user account status bar at the top of the screen (in the black bar).

       

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      MY ACCOUNT, lets you manage your user account.

       

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      Administration functions will depend on your assigned “roles”.  In many cases this menu option may not be present.  This menu is primarily used by system administrators, AAC board members and judges.

       

      Support

       

      To help you navigate and become familiar with the new site, we have prepared the following:

      • Online Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
      • Online Help
      • A Technical Systems Administrator that can be reached by online SUPPORT

       

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