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3 Dog Team Awards - Nationals 2016

The 2016 3-dog team event was a great success, with 92 teams entered, and great team names, costumes, and posters. Thank you to Meaghan O’Neill for organization and registration, and to Gary and Tammy Kollar, Rhéal Nadeau, and Jennifer Laird for scoring.

Winners:

  • Top scores: Globetrotters (AB), 1366.92 points; Tylted Devyls Getting Spicy (AB) 1352.46; Ontario’s Golden Girls (ON West), 1289.75;
  • Best Costume: Bond et ses Golden Girls (QC);
  • Best Name: Card Sharks (ON East).

Full results are available athttp://www.aacnationals2016.com/uploads/5/5/8/7/55879311/final_3-dog_team_standings.pdf

Starting in 2017, a 3-dog team can have two (2) Veteran dogs.

Important Chute News

The Agility Association of Canada has been researching and considering the attributes, safety, and use of the chute in courses at Agility Association of Canada events for some time.

The chute was introduced as one of the original tests in agility of confidence from the dog and the handler to manage a course. As the chute does not measure skill or speed but rather confidence in team through the dog trusting the handler while entering a “blind trap” in a controlled situation. Command overrides instinct. As speed shouldn’t be the sole determinant in agility success, it has remained, and is probably one of the few obstacles left that measures that aspect of teamwork.

Therefore, in efforts to reduce a perceived stress to handler’s concerned about their dog’s safety, though the chute receives far less incident reports for injuries than other equipment in the Agility Association in Canada the following has been reviewed. Fabric composition and material length, fabric being weighted on the bottom side to reduce twisting and flipping, dog’s footing on a curved floor vs. flat floor in the frame, exits of the obstacle and distances to other obstacles in course design to ensure the dog can get re-oriented, the angles to obstacle entries to assist handlers who miscalculate their dog’s paths, the methods used to secure the chute to the site surface, and the composition and shape of the frame.

Thank you to everyone whom has voiced their opinions regarding the chute and its use in the AAC.

As of September 1, 2016, the Agility Association of Canada suspends the use of the chute in competition as there are items that can’t be addressed in the near term.

Judges may substitute one of the following in place of the chute in their course designs: 1 or 2 jumps; broad jump; or a tunnel.

 

BoD Meeting Highlights for : August

BoD Meeting Thursday, August 18, 2016

Here are the highlights of the AAC Board meeting held on Thursday, August 18, 2016. Full motions will be published on the AAC website (Members section) once the minutes are approved and the motions are translated.

Reminder: In Motion 160605 (June 2016), the Board approved a revised application process for Regional/National bids: Bids will be accepted 48-39 months prior to the event window, will be reviewed and compared between 39-36 months, and if no bids are received within 36 months of the proposed event window the first bid received may be awarded the event at the NSC's discretion. This was established in order to help organizers book facilities and decrease last minute pressures.

  1. The Board is discussing the possibility of adding a 4" Veteran Double-Drop height, and a 2" height for large dogs (the handler would have the option of running their dog at 24" or 26").
  2. The Board approved the chute becoming optional in all Masters events effective January 1, 2017.
  3. Testing of the new AAC database and web site are ongoing. In the next phase, judges will be invited to sign up and create an account.
  4. AAC National Team -- 2016-2017:
    • Congratulations to the members of the 2016-2017 AAC National Team 2017-team
    • Starting in 2017-2018, National Team applicants for (win-on and medal spots) must compete in the Nationals (unless an exemption is granted), and do so at their IFCS competition height;
    • Starting with the 2017-2018 National Team, Regional byes will apply to the current National Team dogs only.
  5. Nationals and Regionals:
    • A bid is being prepared for the 2018 Nationals.
    • Absolute Agility's bid was accepted as host for the 2018 Ontario East Regionals to be held June 1-3, 2018 at Centennial Park,4500 Centennial Park Road, Harrowsmith, Ontario.
    • The NSC is requesting bids for the 2017 Regionals from the following Regions: QC, NS/NL, and NB/PEI.
  6. 3-Dog Team:
    • The 2016 3-dog team event was a great success, with 92 teams entered, and great team names, costumes, and posters. Thank you to Meaghan O'Neill for organization and registration, and to Gary and Tammy Kollar, Rhéal Nadeau, and Jennifer Laird for scoring.
      Winners:
      • Top scores:
      • Globetrotters (AB), 1366.92 points;
      • Tylted Devyls Getting Spicy (AB) 1352.46;
      • Ontario Golden Girls (ON West), 1289.75;
      • Best Costume:
      • Bond et ses Golden Girls (QC);
      • Best Name:
      • Card Sharks (ON East).

      Full results are available at: final_3-dog_team_standings.pdf

    • Starting in 2017, a 3-dog team can have two (2) Veteran dogs.
  7. The Board accepts the Standing Rules Committee recommendation to outline a scribes' responsibilities which are: Blowing a whistle as instructed by a judge to indicate that maximum course faults have been exceeded, Recording faults or points as signalled by a judge and recording the dog's time as reported by the timer. It was outlined that nothing else should be written on the scribe sheet unless directed by a judge.
  8. In response to a question: as of August 19, 2016, no Board liaisons' are representing Committees they are voting members of.
  9. The Safety Committee reported a single submitted injury report, and 2 courses that were submitted as unsafe for review (e.g. backsides on wingless jumps and chute exits). Members can file a Report or contact their Regional Director to express concerns about course safety.
  10. The Database Team is seeking a member to assist with the new web site and database project.
  11. The Membership Committee is seeking a member to represent the Prairies.

Reminder: 
 The nomination period for the 2016 AAC elections is now open: 
   AAC Election 2016

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, September 15

Rhéal Nadeau, Communications Officer

    BoD Meeting Highlights for : July

    BoD Meeting Thursday, July 16, 2016

    Here are the highlights of the AAC Board meeting held on Thursday, July 21, 2016. Full motions will be published on the AAC website (Members section) once the minutes are approved and the motions are translated.

    1. The Board reminds all AAC competitors of the many benefits of becoming a member:Membership
    2. The new AAC database and web site is completing its testing phase. Stay tuned for more info!
    3. There were a large number of applicants for the 2017 AAC National Team, which will compete at the IFCS World Agility Championship in Valencia, Spain, in April 2017. Many of the applicants were trying for a National Team for the first time. 
      Seanna O’Neill has accepted the Team Manager role for 2016-2017, with Johanna Soto having accepted the Team Assistant Role. 
      See National Team Org.
    4. The following Regional bids have been approved by the National Steering Committee and the Board:
      2017
      • Alberta/NWT 2017 Regionals, June 23-25 2017 in Camrose, AB, hosted by Dynamo Dogsports;
      • BC/Yukon 2017 Regionals, June 9-11, 2017, in Langley BC, hosted by the BC Yukon Regional Committee;
      • Ontario West 2017 Regionals, May 26-28, 2017, in Barrie, ON, hosted by Red Barn Event Centre;
      • Saskatchewan/Manitoba/Nunavut 2017 Regionals, May 20-21 2017, in Prince Albert, SK, hosted by Standsure Agility.

      The Ontario East 2017 Regionals site location has been revised. Absolute Agility was pleased to advise that the site for June 2-3, 2017 will be
        Centennial Park, Harrowsmith, ON;

      2018

      • Alberta/NWT 2017 Regionals, June 15-17 2018 in Red Deer, AB, hosted by Dynamo Dogsports;
    5. The 2016 National Team financials were reviewed.
    6. The Safety Committee is investigating two injury reports (one involving the tire, one. related to a cut from a metal jump cup).
    7. The Board continues to review a number of topics, including:
      • Judges Attire
      • AAC Forms and documentation updates
      • Dog measurement categories;
      • Course times for very small dogs;
      • Various equipment-related topics;
      • Membership questions

    Congratulations to everyone who participated (competitors, volunteers, organizers) in the 2016 AAC Nationals in Montreal!

    Reminder: 
     The nomination period for the 2016 AAC elections is now open: 
       AAC Election 2016

    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, August 18.

    Rhéal Nadeau, Communications Officer

      BoD Meeting Highlights for : June

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

      Here are the highlights of the AAC Board meeting held on Thursday, June 16, 2016. Full motions will be published on the AAC web site (Members section) once the minutes are approved and the motions are translated.

      • The Board accepts the National Steering’s Committee recommendation to amend the bid process for Regionals or Nationals.  Bids will now be accepted as early as 48 months, reviews and processing can be completed between 39-36 months before proposed events.
      • The Equipment Committee has been asked to review the specifications for the broad jump.
      • AAC National Agility Team Manager position for the 2017 Team has been awarded to Seanna O’Neill.
      • The following SRC recommendation was accepted and will be effective January 1, 2017. 

      For all regular events using e-timing, the finish obstacle be defined as the finish line. Crossing the plane of the last obstacle will not be judged as a non-completion but as a refusal (5 fault penalty) IF the dog is brought back to complete the finish obstacle. If the dog is not brought back, the non-completion fault would be in effect. If the dog, while being brought back to complete the finish obstacle, takes it backwards - it will be judged as a "non-completion" penalty. Having stopped the time by doing so, all further judging will cease 

      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, July 21.

      Rhéal Nadeau

      Communications Officer

        

      BoD Meeting Highlights for: May

      BoD Meeting Thursday, May 19, 2016

      Here are the highlights of the AAC Board meeting held on Thursday, May 19, 2016. Full motions will be published on the AAC website (Members section) once the minutes are approved and the motions are translated.

      1. Effective immediately, in Regional and National events only, the final obstacle will be defined as the finish line. As a result, going past that obstacle will now be considered a refusal (5 faults) rather than a non-completion (20 faults). A dog that goes past the obstacle and then performs it backwards will stop the time and incur a non-completion fault. If the dog is not brought back to perform the obstacle, the non-completion fault would be in effect.
      2. A motion that toys used in FEO runs may not be thrown has been defeated. This will be left to the discretion of the hosting Club.
      3. The AAC National Team is recruiting Management and canine care personnel for the 2017 team, which will compete in Valencia, Spain, April 26-30, 2017 (2017 Nat. Team Staff ).
      4. The Board approves equipment specifications, clarifications and changes recommended by the Equipment Committee, including:
        • A-Frame - slats are now optional on rubberized surfaces (effective immediately); A-Frame panels must be secured by two separate chains or other support devices (effective January 1, 2017).
          Painted surface anti-slip specifications for slats have been clarified.
        • Chute - the barrel chute will be phased out (effective July 1, 2018). Either the chuck wagon-style (flat-floor) or tunnel chute will be acceptable. In addition (effective immediately), the length of the chute fabric may be of six to eight feet in length.
        • Jumps - effective in 2017, the use of one-piece jumps of any material will not be allowed at AAC National events.
      5. New members (judges only) from the Atlantic and Prairie regions are required for the Judges' Standing Advisory Committee.  (Judges' Advisory Committee -PnP.htm).
      6. The new Development Committee is now in place and has begun work
      7. Final testing of the new AAC database and web site is under way

       

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

        MANAGERS AND SUPPORT STAFF FOR THE 2017 NATIONAL TEAM

        The AAC and the AAC National Team Management Group are looking for people to fill the following positions with the 2017 AAC National Team, who will be competing in Spain at the end of April, 2017:

        1. Manager / Assistant Manager / Canine Chiropractor / Canine Physiotherapist.

        If you're supremely organized, great under pressure and up for a little adventure, consider applying for a position with the Management of the AAC National Team.

        Manager/Assistant Manager duties will include working with the AAC National Team Management Group to:

        • assist the team with all aspects of preparation before / during/ and after the event, including making travel arrangements, and complying with health/veterinary requirements;
        • work to coordinate information and define/accomplish goals;
        • work with team members to coordinating fundraising campaigns;
        • assist team members with selecting and acquiring uniforms and other gear;
        • coordinate remote coaching and other preparatory exercises;
        • act as liaison between team members and event officials at the event;
        • manage team members at the event

        Those with previous experience in organizing international travel with dogs, or who have International agility competition experience will be given priority, as will those who have demonstrated a commitment to the AAC National Team program. Great communication and people skills, a flexible schedule, and bilingualism will also be considered assets.

        The Manager and Assistant Manager will also be expected to be in attendance at the AAC National Championships (at their own cost), in order to to assess the potential candidates for draft selection, and help with scoring and fundraising at the event.

        These are volunteer positions; however flight/hotel/vehicle expenses for both positions will be covered for the World Championship event. Application forms can be found on the AAC National Team page, and deadline for applications is June 9, 2016.


        Chiropractor/Physiotherapist duties will include:

        • advising team members on how to physically prepare their dogs in the months before competition
        • traveling with the team to assist at the competition with Chiropractic/Physiotherapy needs
        • assisting with the sponsorship/fundraising effort dedicated to travel expenses for these positions

        Those with previous experience with looking after dogs at an International agility competition experience, and those who are also Veterinarians will be given priority, as will those chiropractors who can meet the needs of both human and canine athletes. Great communication and people skills, a flexible schedule, and bilingualism will also be considered assets.

        Depending on the efficacy of our fundraising efforts, some portion of the travel expenses for the health care practicioners may be covered. If some portion of the expenses are covered, the fee for services to the team would be reduced by a similar amount.

        Application forms can be found on the AAC National Team page, and deadline for applications is June 9, 2016.

        BoD Meeting Highlights for: April

        BoD Meeting Thursday, April 28, 2016

        Here are the highlights of the AAC Board meeting held on Thursday, April 28, 2016. Full motions will be published on the AAC website (Members section) once the minutes are approved and the motions are translated.

        1. Congratulations to the AAC National Team, which finished second overall (out of 16 countries) at the IFCS World Championship, with many great runs and results: 2016-results.
        2. The Board amends the Veterans requirement to clarify that five-year-old dogs may move to Veterans if they have been competing in Specials during the 12 immediate months preceding the move.
        3. The Board accepts the recommendation of the Standing Rule Committee (SRC) to allow optional start and/or finish jumps in Snooker (effective January 1, 2017). A member suggestion to allow an optional start jump in Gamblers was rejected.
        4. The Board clarified the rule for FEO runs to indicate that, for safety reasons, toys may not be thrown.
        5. Successful candidates for the new AAC Development Committee have been contacted, and the committee should soon be active.
        6. Once the new AAC database and website (currently undergoing testing) are implemented, the administration fee for PayPal and credit card payments will be set at 3%.
        7. Discussions continue on a number of possible changes that would have significant impact (for example, reviewing jump heights and cut-offs, chute, etc.)
        8. In addition to the topics above, the Board discussed a number of questions and proposals from members, for example the height of the tire, tunnel movement during trials, Regional sites, etc. Some topics were referred to the appropriate committee, replies were prepared for others.

        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, May 19.

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