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BoD Meetings Highlights 2014

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BoD_Meetings 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

  1. New members will join the Board on January 1, 2015: Meaghan O’Neill (Vice President), Bob Fisher (NB/PEI Rep) and Gary Kollar (Ontario West Rep). The Board thanks outgoing members for their service: Pierre Lalonde (Vice President) and Trish Levesque (NB/PEI Rep).
  2. The Board agrees to lift the moratorium on judging clinics as for July 1, 2015. An exception is granted to allow a Starters/Advanced judging clinic in Newfoundland on April 18.
  3. The Board determines that clubs must provide at least four pairs of tunnel bags (or alternate restraints) to secure each 15 to 20 foot tunnel used on course (three sets for 10 foot tunnels). In addition, tunnel bags or other tunnel restraints must have non-elastic straps. Restraints must be evenly distributed along the length of each tunnel.
  4. The Board accepts the resignation of the manager and of the Board liaison of the National Team. Seanna O’Neill will take over as team manager.
  5. All metal one-piece jumps will be banned from the AAC approved equipment list effective January 1, 2020. For trials held from July 1, 2015 to that date, clubs using such jumps must indicate it on their premium lists. One-piece jumps owned by the AAC (for use at Nationals) will be auctioned off by silent auction.
  6. The 2015 SK/MB/NU Regionals will be held on May 15-17 in Brandon, Manitoba.
  7. As of January 1, 2016, the bottom bars on the double jump must be crossed.
  8. As of January 1, 2020, all contacts must be rubberized.

 

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BoD_Meetings 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

  1. National Team: The auction raised over $13,000. Calendars are available, almost sold out already. The full cost of the calendars was covered by advertising, so the full amount of the purchase price will go to the team.The Board agreed that the Team will operate as a distinct entity, much like regional hosts, subject to guidelines approved by the Board and a contract outlining the AAC's support that will be revisited annually.
  2. The Board approved the proposal to hold the 2015 Québec Regionals, June 27-28, in Charmy, Quebec.
  3. A proposal for the Saskatchewan/Manitoba/Nunavut 2015 Regionals is being reviewed.
  4. The Small Spaces Pilot Project feedback forms for hosts, judges, and competitors have been approved and will be distributed and posted on the Web site once they are translated.
  5. The Board agreed that National Team members and management will get a bye (with the dog that competes at Worlds) into Nationals, in recognition of the time and effort required to prepare for the World Championships.

 

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BoD_Meetings 2014

Thursday, May 22, 2014

  1. In the recent referendum, AAC members accepted the new Bylaws, which have now been sent to Industry Canada for ratification.
  2. The Board accepted two recommendations from the Standing Rules Committee:
    1. a. That optional single-bar jumps be allowed at all levels (currently allowed at the Masters and Advanced levels, but not Starters), as of January 1, 2015.
    2. b. That the minimum number of side changes in Starters remains at one, but that the Starters course design requirement should be reviewed later this year.
  3. The bids for the AAC Database have been narrowed down to the top six, and a list of follow-up questions is being prepared to be sent to those bidders.
  4. The Equipment Committee presented its report on jump construction to the Board. Jump safety is a very important issue, and people have strong, but sometimes conflicting, views on this matter. To ensure any rule changes are based on the best information available and take into account all concerns, the Committee is preparing a survey on this topic to be reviewed by the Board, then sent out to members.
  5. The Regionals AAC fees will remain at $1.25 per run in 2014, and increase to $1.50 per run as of 2015.
  6. The Board accepted the applications to hold the 2015 Ontario East and West Regional championships, which will be aligned with the new Ontario regions.

 

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BoD_Meetings 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014

  1. The updated rulebook was accepted and is now going to translation, with an expected release date of early July.
  2. Trish Levesque gave the Board a preview of recommendations from the Equipment Committee on jump construction, with the actual report due in about a week.
  3. The AAC National Agility Team is getting ready to leave for the IFCS World Championship, accompanied by about a dozen supporters.
    Updates and pictures will be posted on the team’s blog http://dogsport.org/ifcs/blog-page/
  4. The Board accepted the Standing Rules Committee’s (SRC) recommendation that Challenge courses be wheeled, and that the maximum course time be set to 1.5 times the mini Vet target time (effective January 1, 2015). The SRC is also recommending that there be no change to qualifying rules (Standard or Challenge Q) or to eligibility (only dogs in Masters Standard allowed to enter for Qs). The board also discussed ways to educate competitors and judges about Challenge courses.

 

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BoD_Meetings 2014

Thursday, March 27, 2014

  1. Final comments from the Board on the last draft of the revised rulebook are due on April 4th. There was discussion on how to format and print the rulebook for the “little red binder”.
  2. The Equipment Committee continues to review jump safety prior to delivering a report to the Board – there are many factors to consider. The committee did look at the recent unofficial survey and found that the issues raised were already under discussion. The next topic of discussion will be contact equipment.
    Barry Beckner will be taking on the position of committee chair.
  3. The Board donated a Nationals entry (valid in 2014, 2015 or 2016, covering the cost of the six rounds) to the AAC National Agility Team fundraising auction. That auction raised over $10,000 for the Team. Team members are actively involved in fundraising, including the sale of supporter shirts (available for the team store dogsport.org/ifcs/store/products.)
  4. Fifteen bids have been received for the AAC integrated database. These proposals are now undergoing an evaluation to determine the top 3 or 4 for the board's consideration.
  5. The “Wearing a collar in the ring” rule has been clarified to specify that a dog wearing a collar or any other item (other than a properly secured rubber band or hair clip to keep the dog’s hair out of its eyes) will not be permitted to continue the run. The judge may allow the handler to finish the course after removing the collar.
  6. The Board discussed the possibility of buying the container used to store the Nationals equipment, but needs more information on costs and storage options before reaching a decision.
  7. The Board approved a judge’s upgrade clinic (Starters to Advanced or Advanced to Masters) to be held by The Agility Connection in Kingston July 30-Aug 1, 2014.

 

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BoD_Meetings 2014

Thursday, 20 Feb, 2014

  1. Members will soon be asked to approve the new AAC Bylaws, once the wording is finalized. The Bylaws will then be submitted to Industry Canada for approval.
  2. The referendum to split Ontario into two regions has passed by 133 to 10 votes. Claire Duder will remain as Ontario Director until the new Bylaws are fully approved, and will then become Ontario East director, while an election will be held for the Ontario West director.
  3. The Board decided that there will be no restrictions on the number of trials that can be held in a region on a given date. Trial hosts are free to restrict events offered or limit the number of entries as they see fit.
  4. The updated rulebook is undergoing final edits and will be sent to the Board by March 7, for approval by March 20.
  5. The Equipment Committee is reviewing jump construction (standard size, cups, feet, bar striping, etc.).
  6. The Board approved the Standing Rule Committee’s (SRC) proposal to change Starters Snooker as follows:
    • 5-point obstacle changed to 2 obstacles, a contact or 6 weave poles;
    • 6-point obstacle changed to 2 or 3 obstacles, a contact or 12 weave poles.
  7. The Board also resolved that AAC rules will only allow 6 or 12 weave poles, instead of 5 to 9 and 10 to 12.
  8. The SRC is currently examining various questions related to Challenge. Upcoming topics to review include:
    • single bar jumps in Starters;
    • changing Team scoring to time+faults, and modifying the rules to allow different challenges on each side.
  9. Planning for the AAC National Team’s trip to the IFCS championship progresses: flights and hotels are booked.
    • To learn more about this year’s team; www.youtube.com/watch/2014Team
    •  The team has so far raised $20,000 towards the cost of the trip, and other fundraising activities are ongoing,
    •  To find out more, visit the team’s page at; aacnationalteam.org or their Facebook page at; www.facebook.com/AACNationalTeam).
    •  The goal is to raise enough money to leave a balance in place for next year’s team.
    •  The Team has also adopted a new logo:
    nat-logo

 

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BoD_Meetings 2015

Thursday, January 16, 2014

 

  1. The new NS/NL director, Wendy Coffen Rudolph, joined the Board for the first time. In addition, Greg Mylks, who will be the new SK/MB director shortly, also attended.
  2. A new start line protocol was approved and will go into effect January 1 2015. If the handler takes too long to begin the run after getting the signal from the timer, the judge will give a signal start, and then will instruct the timer to start the time if the handler still does not start. No other penalty will be imposed.
  3. As mentioned last month, members will be voting on the updated AAC Bylaws (around mid-February). There will also be a referendum on splitting Ontario into two regions. The Board is hoping to hold those two votes online. (Remember – you need to be a regular/full member to vote!)
  4. The Junior Handler Committee now has a good mix of members from different regions, including some current and former junior handlers.
  5. The updated rule book has been revised and updated and is going through a final round of revision. It will be published once it’s been finalized and translated.
  6. The RFP on the AAC database is attracting additional questions and expressions of interest.
  7. Travel plans and fundraising are coming along for the AAC team that will compete at the IFCS 2014 Championship.
  8. The Annual General Meeting will take place on March 22 in Brandon Manitoba, in conjunction with the Crocus Obedience and Kennel Club AAC agility trial.
  9. Lots of Regionals news!
    • NS/NL Regionals: May 24-25 in Truro, at the McMillan Show Centre, Canine Agility Association of Nova Scotia (CAANS)
    • QC Regionals: June 21-22 at Stade Leclerc in St-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Les Mordus de L'Agilité
    • NB/PEI Regionals: Due to concerns about the condition of the field should it rain, the event is moved to the Little River Dog Sports field in Colpitts Settlement (everything else remains the same)
  10. In recognition of the increased effort, stress and responsibilities of judging at Nationals event, the Board resolved that, starting in 2015, judging fees for the Nationals aggregate runs will be at least twice the current minimum rate. Regionals judging fees must be at least the current minimum rate.
  11. The Board received a proposal for changes to Challenge rules, and agreed to send it to the Standing Rules Committee (SRC) for review.
  12. The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance performed an Economic Impact Assessment of the 2013 Nationals in Leduc, Alberta. The event generated an estimated net economic activity of $689,000 in Alberta, including $420,000 in Leduc, and a total economic impact of $1.3 million in Alberta, including $915,000 in Leduc.

 

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