Posted Date: September 1, 2017
Changes to the Tournament Rules for 2018.
We at USDAA wish to thank our
many supporters who have taken the time to provide thoughtful, constructive
comments regarding the just-released 2018 tournament season rules. Our
philosophy for Cynosport World Games remains unchanged, in that we view this to
be our annual convention for competitors who work hard throughout the year to attain
results within the USDAA programs.
Over the past five years, we have
received many requests from competitors to increase the qualification
requirements for Cynosport, noting that it was one of the most challenging and
prestigious dog agility events in the world, yet its qualification requirements
were one of the easiest to attain. Over the past few years we have increased requirements for Team, Versatility Pairs, and Masters Challenge
Biathlon, and this year was to be another step forward in that process. Frankly,
we admit we missed the mark by addressing too many different factors at once
and in a couple cases, over-stepping that mark. We apologize for any angst and
confusion that may have been created. We are pleased to be in a position to make a quick adjustment.
In reviewing the many
constructive suggestions received, we are postponing increases in
the Grand Prix/Performance Grand Prix and Dog Agility Steeplechase/Performance
Speed Jumping qualification requirements, leaving each tournament with two (2)
qualifications, while retaining the requirement for ten (10) titling
qualifications to be earned during the tournament season. The revised set
of rules are:
In order to avoid such surprises
in the future, we will be implementing a structured timeline for future review,
announcement and release of tournament rules, with initial regulations for 2019
to be posted for comment no later than February 15, and final regulations
published by Monday, April 2, 2018.
We are in the process of
reviewing questions received this week and will be publishing a Q & A
summary during the coming week. Everyone will also want to watch for announcements of upcoming program enhancements to be launched in 2018.
Kenneth Tatsch, USDAA President