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BoD_Meetings 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.

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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), fill out form on members page.

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

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BoD Meeting Thursday, October 20, 2016

    Here are the highlights of the AAC Board meeting held on Thursday, October 20, 2016. Full motions will be published on the AAC website (Members section) once the minutes are approved and the motions are translated.

    1. Micro mini SCT revision. Motion 161010. Effective Jul 1, 2017
    2. The following Committees are seeking representatives. Contact admin@aac.ca if interested in applying. Committee responsibilities available at: AAC/Contacts/Committees.
      • 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
    3. The NSC is requesting bids for the 2017 Regionals from the following Regions: QC and NS/NL
    4. 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
    5. The AAC National Team has fundraising projects underway through National Team Members. Also, auditing of the National Team Only Training Area is available at: 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.
    6. 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

    Rhéal Nadeau, Communications Officer

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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.

    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. AC 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. 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.

    7. 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.
    8. 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.
    9. In response to a question: as of August 19, 2016, no Board liaisons' are representing Committees they are voting members of.
    10. 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.
    11. The Database Team is seeking a member to assist with the new web site and database project.
    12. 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

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BoD Meeting Thursday, June 16, 2016

    Here are the highlights of the AAC Board meeting held on Thursday, June 16, 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 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.
    2. The Equipment Committee has been asked to review the specifications for the broad jump.
    3. The AAC National Team Manager position for the 2017 Team has been awarded to Seanna O'Neill.
    4. 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
    5. Applications to join the 2017 AAC National Agility Team must be received by July 15, 2016, 5pm PDT. Information and Forms are located at: criteria

    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

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BoD Meeting Thursday, June 16, 2016

    Here are the highlights of the AAC Board meeting held on Thursday, June 16, 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 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.
    2. The Equipment Committee has been asked to review the specifications for the broad jump.
    3. The AAC National Team Manager position for the 2017 Team has been awarded to Seanna O'Neill.
    4. 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
    5. Applications to join the 2017 AAC National Agility Team must be received by July 15, 2016, 5pm PDT. Information and Forms are located at: criteria

    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

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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.

    The next Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 16.

    Rhéal Nadeau, Communications Officer

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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.

    Rhéal Nadeau, Communications Officer

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BoD Meeting Thursday, March 17, 2016

    Here are the highlights of the AAC Board meeting held on Thursday, March 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 AAC National Team is getting ready to leave for the Netherlands to participate in the IFCS World Championship April 13-17. A full report on the Team will be published in the next issue of On Course.
    2. The Board accepts the Equipment Committee's recommendation to disallow the S-shaped tunnel in courses, except for soft S shapes under the A-Frame and dog walk. (Effective January 1, 2017)
    3. The Board accepts the Junior Handler Committee's recommendation to add Junior National awards for the Nationals events (the top 10 junior handlers by aggregate score will receive awards equivalent to the other Nationals aggregate winners). The Board also approves changes to the separate Junior Handler Championship.
    4. The Board accepts the Judges' Standing Advisory Committee's clarification of weave performance in the Snooker opening for Starters and Advanced: until the weaves are completed no activity (pop-out, back weave, etc.) will be faulted.
    5. The Board agrees to continue holding the 3-Dog Team event at Nationals for 2016 and beyond. For 2016, all handlers must be AAC members as of the Nationals closing date (starting in 2017, participants will have to be members as of April 1)
    6. The Board discussed a number of questions from members, responded to some and referred others to the appropriate Committees for consideration.
    7. New members are needed for the Standing Rules Committee, (RuleCommittee-PnP), for the following regions: BC Mainland, BC Vancouver Island, NB-PEI, and SK-MB-NU.

    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, April 21.

    Rhéal Nadeau, Communications Officer

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BoD Meeting Thursday, Feburary 18, 2016

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

    1. Implementation of the AAC Database is underway, with launch as early as the spring if all goes well.
    2. The Board accepts the Equipment Committee's recommendation to phase out the solid tire by January 1, 2018. There was also discussion about the safety of the S-shaped tunnel, and initial discussion of possible rule changes related to jumps.
    3. The Board accepts the recommendation of the National Steering Committee to allow a dog prohibited by local legislation from competing in its own Regionals to compete in another Regionals for points, at the discretion of the host of the alternate event.
    4. New members are needed for the Standing Rules Committee ( Rules-Committee-PnP ) for the following regions: BC Mainland, NB-PEI, and SK-MB-NU.
    5. New members are needed for the Discipline Committee ( AAC_DC-AC_PnP-072914.pdf ) for the following regions; NB-PEI and BC Vancouver Island.
    6. The submission deadline for the next On Course ( Login/Oncourse ) is March 21: Members can submit brags and articles to their Regional Director ( Contacts ) for inclusion.

    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, March 17.

    Rhéal Nadeau, Communications Officer

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BoD Meeting Thursday, January 21, 2016

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

Unless otherwise indicated, rule changes will come in effect January 1, 2016.

  1. Welcome to the new Board members: Tahnis Manhard (President), Colleen Fowler (Treasurer), Wendy Beard (Ontario East Regional Director), and Adina MacRae (Nova Scotia/Newfoundland Regional Director).
  2. The 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at 1:00pm MST on April 23, 2016, in conjunction with the Fionavar K9 Training trial in Balzac, AB (near Calgary).
  3. Implementation of the AAC Database is under way. This will represent a major change in how the AAC conducts business and interacts with members. The Board will soon be posting the job description for the database technical administrator: Description / Details
  4. Members are reminded to renew their membership before January 31 in order to retain full membership status. The Board will shortly publish a new document outlining the benefits of membership.
  5. To meet the geographic composition requirements for the Development Committee, the application process will be reopened and posted. Members of the committee will need to demonstrate a strong understanding of the current status of agility in the AAC and elsewhere: Description / Details
  6. The Board is looking at creating a formal process to appoint new course approvers and examining judges as needed.
  7. As in previous years, the AAC will support the AAC National Team by sponsoring entry fees, the management team and uniforms. All other expenses will be covered by the team's own fundraising.

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, February 18.

Rhéal Nadeau, Communications Officer

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