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2018 Tournament Rules - Update

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


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