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: