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 Agility Association of Canada

The AAC has been asked to consider hosting the 2020 IFCS World Agility Championships. As an agility association of volunteers, it isn’t practical for the board and employees to contemplate such a huge undertaking but there may be groups in Canada who would like to take on the challenge. The Board has agreed to accept expressions of interest and/or proposals for evaluation.

Because AAC would ultimately be responsible for all aspects of the event (the overriding contract must be between IFCS and AAC according to their rules) we would need to treat the event much like a Nationals. We have documents that spell out the relationship and interaction between AAC and the Host group and we would use those documents as a starting point for the process. The Nationals Prep Work document is attached for reference.

There are added levels of complexity because this is an international event put on by IFCS. There are a host of questions that need to be considered over and above a Nationals event such as:

  • There are travel considerations for competitors and their dogs
    • Visas
    • Health certificates
    • Flight limitations
    • Appropriate accommodations
  • Uncertainty of participation because of distances involved for international countries
  • Appropriate venues
  • Added risk factors associated with an event like this will make the financial return harder to gauge.
  • Judge expenses higher than our normal because of a requirement for international representation.
  • There are expenses associated with IFCS officials
  • And others

Although the challenge may be daunting, we do have access to results from previous events and since it takes place annually in many different countries, there is a lot of experience we can draw into.

There is not a necessity to submit a formal proposal right now, but we would like to see if there are groups out there who would entertain being the AAC Host for this prestigious event. From an expression of interest, we would develop a process to help develop a proposal and then evaluate the proposal(s).

Should you or your group be interested in further information please address your correspondence to the AAC President, Tahnis Manhard who will liaise with the AAC Nationals Steering Committee.

Please return your group’s expression of interest by April 15, 2018.

Thank you,

AAC Board of Directors

Job Posting - Regional/National Course Coordinator

Job Posting:

Regional & National Course Coordinator

Job Description                                                                                                                   

The Regional & National Course Coordinator serves as the liaison between designing judges, course approvers and the National Steering Committee to ensure that courses are provided for Regional, National Pre-Qualifier and National events annually. In addition, the Coordinator will maintain the Regional and National Course pool.

This is a volunteer position with expenses paid for supplies, and a Board evaluated annual honorarium available for fulfilling responsibilities.

You will be a part of the National Steering Committee as a non-voting member.  You cannot compete in Regional or National Championships for length of term.

Specific tasks are to include:

  • Assemble course requirements for Regionals, Nationals Pre-Qualifier and Nationals, and send information packages to selected judges that includes guidelines, checklists, ring specifications and courses they are to design.
  • Work with Course Approvers to ensure that a team is available to approve courses.
  • Maintain the Course pools for Regionals and National Pre-qualifiers.
  • Review all courses to ensure that ring size, unique specification and equipment requirements are met.
  • Assemble course packages for distribution to Regional and National Hosts

To be considered for this position the candidate must:

  • Be a Regular member in good standing, with no complaints upheld against them;
  • Be an active AAC Master Judge
  • Have demonstrated an in-depth understanding of agility
  • Have demonstrated an ability to meet deadlines
  • Be familiar with the use of, and have access to, Clean Run Course Designer version 4

How to Apply For Position                                                                                                

  • Additional information on this role is available by request of the NSC Chair.  Email:
  • Please submit applications with a reference letter from a Course Approver attached to
  • The application deadline: January 14, 2018


AAC Newsletter December 2017


            December 2017


    News from Off Course






Membership Renewals due by December 31, 2017

Current members should renew their membership by the end of the year. Each member needs to have their own login account with a unique e-mail address, so if you don't have an account, you will need to create one before renewing. If you have difficulty with ANY aspect of creating an account or renewing, please contact Blanche

Clubs will unfortunately still have to renew manually through the mail-in form on the website

This is also a reminder that all 2018 National Team members require a valid 2018 AAC Membership, by Jan 30, 2018 – so don’t let your membership lapse!




2018 V7.0 Edition

The latest rulebook has been released! A secured non-printable electronic version is available on the website to download. Members will have access to a printable version through their account. Hard copies will be available for purchase in the New Year.

Upcoming Events




Judging Clinics

Maple Ridge, British Columbia, March 2-4 2018
Pacific Agility Clan, Contact: Joanie-Leigh Elliot

Edmonton, AB April 14-15 2018
PACE, contact: Denise Reid-Clarke


Regional & Nationals Championships










Regional Championship Dates

AB – Flashing Canines, Redcliff AB, 25-27 May 2018
BC – BCYR Committee, Langley BC, 8-10 June 2018
MB/SK/NUN – Peg City Dog Sports, Winnipeg MB, 18-20 May 2018
NL – DPF Leading Agility, St John’s NL, 16 June 2018
NS – CAANS, Lantz NS 19-20 May 2018
NB – Pawsitively Regionals, Sussex NB, 9-10 June 2018
ON-W – Tollhaven, Clinton ON, 26-27 May 2018
ON-E – AARF, Harrowsmith ON, 1-3 June 2018
QC – Les Mordus de l’Agilite, St-Augustin-de-Desmaures QC, 23-24 June 2018

National Championship

Maxville, Ontario, 16-19 August 2018
Facebook page:

Add these dates to your calendars now!
The AAC website developers are working to put in place all the Regionals and Nationals information pages. This is expected to be completed in the New Year.



Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to All!

All admin staff and volunteers will be taking a well-earned break until January. Please be aware that there will be a delay in answering e-mails during this period.


AAC Board of Directors – November 2017 Meeting Highlights (unofficial)

AAC Board of Directors – November 2017 Meeting Highlights (unofficial)

Highlights of the AAC Board meeting held on Thursday, November 16, 2017.


  • New membership applications received in October 2017 will be provided with a one-time promotional membership for 2018.
  • Effective January 1 – Dec 31, 2018 a pre-trial dog check-in will be available as outlined in motion 171112.  Details will be emailed to clubs and will be included in the 2018 AAC Rulebook
  • AAC 2018 Rulebook
    • Online printable versions will be available to members through your AAC User Account.
    • Printed copies will be available for purchase starting in 2018.
    • Judges will be provided a single soft cover copy each.
  • Rule Clarifications/Amendments:
    • Extension of the 2018 re-measurement processes to September 1, 2018.
    • Decoy obstacle use will be revised from “mandatory” to “optional at the discretion of the course designing judge” effective July 1/2018.
    • Amendment to Section C2.7.2.1 Double Jump in AAC Rulebook. Due to varying types of bases causing mix and matching issues, going forward: “If a constructed double may be taken from both directions (e.g. in Snooker, or Gamble openings, or if course design specified approach from both sides), two similar jumps of the same type should be used, either both winged or both wingless.”
  • Regionals and Nationals:
    • A split Regionals was approved for NF/NS for 2018.
    • 2018 Regional for Newfoundland will be hosted by DPF Leading Agility at the Southlands Park in St. John’s Newfoundland on June 16, 2018.
    • 2018 Regional for Nova Scotia will be hosted by CAANS at the MacMillan Centre, Truro, Nova Scotia on the weekend of May 19, 2018.
    • Hosts are still needed for both a 2019 and 2020 AAC National Championships at this time.   If you are interested please contact the National Steering Committee Chair. Contact information can be located at:  
  • National Team:
    • Supporter shirts have been shipped from the supplier and distribution will start through Team Members on receipt.
    • The Team continues to offer the opportunity to join them in training through online auditing.  The information is located at:

Responsibilities of AAC Representatives if an Act of Misconduct Occurs at a Trial

What are the responsibilities of AAC representatives (AAC Board, employees, Judges, AAC Committee members, Host Trial Committee) if they witness an act of misconduct during a trial?

They have a duty to:

  • Inform the Host Trial Committee
  • Inform the “victim" (for lack of a better word) of their right to report the incident and/or lodge an official complaint with the Discipline Committee by filling in an Incident Report
  • Fill in an Incident Report and submit it for the records
  • If the AAC Official is the victim, he/she has a moral obligation to identify the Incident Report “complainant” box. (as an AAC representative; supporting its commitment to ensuring fairness and safety; officials must lead by example)

If a competitor reports misconduct to an AAC representative (AAC Board, employees, Judges, AAC Committee members, Host Trial Committee) that did not witness the incident the AAC Representative should:

  • Inform the Host trial Committee
  • Inform the "complainant" of their right to report an official complaint with the DC by filling in an Incident Report.
  • Fill in an Incident Report with the information of who said what to who.


To obtain a copy of the AAC Board minutes (in English or French, once approved), email Blanche Cooper at


The next Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 21, 2017.

AAC Board of Directors – October 2017 Meeting Highlights (unofficial)

AAC Board of Directors – October 2017 Meeting Highlights (unofficial)

Highlights of the AAC Board meeting held on Thursday, October 19, 2017.

  • AAC to waive late trial application fees incurred for 2018 equipment inspections by AAC Clubs hosting AAC sanctioned trials scheduled January 1 – April 1, 2018. 
  • Rule Clarifications/Updates:
    • Courses are to be designed for a 5 foot bar width for ascending and double jumps with an approved wing on each side. Effective October 19, 2017.  Motion 171006.
    • National Equipment List to be amended to include a broad jump as optional for each standard ring and wall jump to be added as optional for Jumpers.  Effective October 19, 2017.  Motion 171005.
    • Equipment and trial site inspection Regional Director designated representatives clarified:  Designate may be any of the following Regular AAC members: Past or Present Judge (any level), Past or Present Member of the Board of Directors.  Effective:  October 19, 2017.  Motion 171009.
    • Five foot jump poles will be required for all spread jumps effective January 1, 2019.  Motion 171010.
    • Clarification for AAC Rulebook Section 2.9.x  Rounding of SCTs to be: When calculating Standard Course Times for Standard, Jumpers, Steeplechase and Team Relay; Target Course Times for Challenge, and Closing Gamble times, all numbers should be rounded to the nearest whole second. The rounding also applies to the 20% added for Veterans in all classes, the 10% added for mixed teams with one Veteran dog in Team Relay, and the 20% additional closing gamble time for mini dogs. (And from Jan 1 2018, the 10% additional closing time for medium dogs).  The calculated time is rounded up if 0.5 sec, or >0.5 sec or down if <0.5 sec.  e.g. 85.2 seconds rounds to 85, 85.5 seconds rounds to 86, 85.6 seconds rounds to 86
    • Clarification for AAC Rulebook Section 3.6 Gamblers effective October 19, 2017. Dogs in the mini division must receive 20% (rounded as per section 2.9.x) more time to complete the final gamble than dogs in the open division. (As of 1 January 2018 - Dogs in the medium division must receive 10% more time to complete the final gamble than dogs in the open division). This is the minimum extra time (Rounding defined as per section 2.9.x) that is allowed. It is at the judge’s discretion if they wish to allow additional time on top of the minimum.
  •  National Team:
  • Extension of the Regional Chair bye pilot to July 2018.  Motion 170904
  • Increase in delay for filing a complaint from 14 to 30 days.  Motion 171013
  • Update to Discipline Committee’s Coordinator procedure for processing and numbering cases.  Motion 171014.


To obtain a copy of the AAC Board minutes (in English or French, once approved), email Blanche Cooper at


The next Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 16, 2017.

AAC Board of Directors – September 2017 Meeting Highlights (unofficial)


AAC Board of Directors – September 2017 Meeting Highlights (unofficial)


Highlights of the AAC Board meeting held on Thursday, September 21, 2017.


  • On Course will be revised into both a bi-monthly newsletter for all competitors, and a member-only quarterly summary effective September 21, 2017.
  • Rule Clarifications/Amendments:
  • Correction of French translation in AAC Rulebook regarding fouling in the ring.  Motion 170903.
  • Regional Equipment requirements for number of wing/wingless jumps revised effective immediately.  Motion 170905.
  • Ring Crew descriptions clarified with updates to be added to the AAC Rulebook and the Judges Handbook.  Motion 170910
  • Section 2.9.3 Maximum Course Time &/or Faults in AAC Rulebook amended to:  The Judge and trial committee may, at their discretion, set a maximum course time (MCT), after which a dog and handler will be dismissed from the ring. The MCT for all classes should be set to Mini Veteran Course Time plus 20 seconds. MCT for Challenge shall be Mini Veteran Target Course Time plus 20 seconds.

The Judge and trial committee may also, at their discretion, set a maximum number of course faults after which a dog and handler will be dismissed from the ring.   Effective July 1/19.  Motion 170907

  • Judges Clinics Scheduled:
    • Red Barn Event Centre in Barrie, ON on Dec 15-17, 2017
    • Pacific Agility Clan in Maple Ridge, BC on Mar 2-4, 2018
  • Safety

The Safety Committee asked that the AAC advise that there is a slight potential for dogs to get a leg trapped between planks and metal supports of the dogwalk. 

The Safety Committee recommends that equipment owners and users consider covering the gap between the metal bars on the dog walk plants to decrease the risk of future incidents to dogs either going on or coming off of the side of the equipment.

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  • National Team:
  • A new website is being created, which will be continually owned and managed by Team Management going forward.
  • 2017-2018 AAC National Team was officially announced, with congratulatory letters, team contracts and a code of conduct sent to all. 
  • Regionals and Nationals:
    •  A National host has the option of using the AAC Equipment Container or not.  The content list of the Equipment Container is to be supplied for the National Hot.  Expenses will not be approved for purchasing items that are in the Equipment Container.
    • Bids have not been received for these 2019 Regional Championship:   BC/YK, AB/NT, SK/MB/NU, NB/PI, NS/NL.  If you are interested please contact the National Steering Committee Chair. Contact information can be located at:


To obtain a copy of the AAC Board minutes (in English or French, once approved), email Blanche Cooper at


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