Team Selection Criteria – 2017-2018 Team

· 2017/18 AAC National Team Application – English
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The AAC will select a National Team to participate in the 2018 IFCS World Agility Championships. Team members are selected by the AAC National Team Management, following the criteria set forth in this document, and on this website. Selected Team members agree to follow all policies and procedures set forth by IFCS, AAC, and the AAC National Team Management.



Potential applicants to the National Team MUST fill out the IFCS TEAM SELECTION INTENT FORM and send it, along with a $30 Processing Fee AND a $220 deposit to “AAC NATIONAL TEAM”, c/o A. Lehman, 16648 Highway 48, Stouffville, ON, L4A 3M6 BEFORE July 15, 2017! These fees MUST be submitted in TWO CHEQUES; one for $30 and one for $220!

(In case of a postal strike, you can also email a copy of your application, BEFORE July 15, to Arlene Lehman at <> and bring your two cheques to Nationals, to submit before the 1st round of competition)

This process also applies to Draft and Medal positions for those NOT attending Nationals; the application form with 2 cheques must be submitted before Friday, July 15, 2017, along with your reasons for not attending Nationals!!!

NOTE: If you and your dog are NOT selected for the AAC National Team your $220 deposit cheque will be destroyed or returned to you (if you include a self addressed envelope). If you ARE selected to the Team, your cheques will be cashed immediately, and an additional final $500 deposit cheque will be due by Aug 15, 2017 to finalize your position on the Team. If you are selected for the AAC National Team your $220 deposit will ONLY be refunded in the case of a verified injury to dog and/or handler.

ADDITIONAL DOG / SAME HANDLER If you are applying with an additional dog, OF THE SAME HEIGHT as your initial dog, an additional non refundable deposit of $30 will be due with second dog’s application (not the $220 deposit). Only one dog per handler per HEIGHT are permitted to be selected for the team as per IFCS rules, but multiple dogs of the same height per handler may APPLY for the team.

If you are applying with a dog of a DIFFERENT height from your initial dog, all initial fees apply for the 2nd dog ($220 + $30), HOWEVER you will not have to pay the additional deposit ($500) for any additional dogs who make the team in a different height.

3rd and subsequent dogs from the same handler are ONLY required to pay the $30 non refundable deposit fee for each additional applicant dog.


The AAC National Team Management may chose up to twenty (20) Members for the IFCS World Agility Championships (WAC). These positions may consist of:

         – Fourteen (14) Members from the 2017 AAC National Team Tryouts as determined by Placement Points from the International ‘Bonus’ Round Results plus the AAC Nationals Individual Round Results

         – Up to four (4) Previous IFCS Medalists of Individual Rounds

         – Up to two (2) Draft Spots


  1. Fourteen (14) Positions on the AAC National Team for IFCS are determined by Placement Points earned in eight (8) of the nine (9) rounds: International Standard, International Jumpers With Weaves, International Snooker, Nationals Standard 1,    Nationals Standard 2, Nationals Jumpers 1, Nationals Jumpers 2, and the Best of either Nationals Gamblers 1 or Gamblers 2, as per the point schedule outlined in APPENDIX A, as well as the additional criteria listed below.
  2. From Nationals results, dogs and handlers will be selected in each of the 4 height categories as follows: 10″- 3 Dogs, 16″- 3 Dogs, 22″- 5 Dogs, 26″- 3 Dogs


  1. The AAC National Team Management may also select up to four (4) previous IFCS Canadian medal winners in individual rounds in any height to become members of the National Team.
  2. These additions, if any, may include dogs who are not competing at Nationals, or be from the pool of those competing at Nationals, including those who would otherwise be selected by the point system.
  3. The medalists selected for the Team will be from those who have medalled in individual rounds in the previous two years at any IFCS competition, and selections are made based on a point system for rankings.
  4. Medalist rankings (based on individual round medals) for the previous two years is available on the AAC National Team website, and will be posted at the AAC National Championships.

Any dog wishing to take advantage of an IFCS MEDAL spot must still attend the AAC National Championships in their IFCS height category, UNLESS there is a health related reason that the dog or handler cannot attend the AAC National Championships (i.e. dog in heat/recovering from injury) in which case a waiver will be granted


  1. Out of the 16 spots available to be selected from non IFCS medalists, to represent the AAC and Canada at the World Championships, the National Management may draft two (2) dogs, either from dogs who have attended Nationals, or from dogs who have not attended Nationals. Each of these two dogs may be in any height class.
  2. In order to be eligible for a draft position, the handler must have put in an Application under the same timeline deadlines as those competing in Nationals, and the dog/handler team must meet all applicable criteria (ex attended AAC trials, be AAC member etc.); if the team did not attend Nationals, they must also submit their reason for not attending.
  3. The National Team Management may use the following sources for determining draft choices for the current year: National Results (if attended), Regionals Results, Top Dogs in AAC based on Statistics (especially Challenge Classes), training video submitted in the Team Member area of the National Team website, previous results at National or International events.


  1. The handler must be a member in good standing with the AAC. The handler of a dog under consideration for the Team must have been the handler of the dog at the AAC National Championships, or be the handler of the dog in the eligible criteria being considered for a draft or medalist position.
  2. Anyone who has an outstanding balance owing to the AAC National Dog Agility Team is not eligible to apply for a Team position until the balance is paid in full.
  3. Handlers must have competed in 8 AAC Sanctioned trial weekends in the two years prior to the Nationals. In order to for a trial to qualify, the handler must have competed in no less than 50% of class options available. Regionals/Nationals are not to be included in this requirement, although AAC sanctioned events (like Steeplechase) at those Regionals / Nationals can be counted. A weekend can only be counted once, and Saturday runs and Sunday runs may not be considered as two trials.
  4. The handler must either be a citizen of Canada or have permanent resident status within Canada. Note that a permanent resident who competes as a representative for their country of residency will be ineligible to compete for their country of citizenship for a period of 5 years following the IFCS competition.
  5. The handler must be prepared to satisfy all conditions related to travel and health documentation.
  6. The handler must be financially able to provide their personal travel expenses for the event, in case financial sponsorship and/or fundraising is not available, or does not cover all of the expected expenses.
  7. Team members should have valid credit card in order to book into hotels, and to provide some security in case of an emergency.
  8. After selection, each handler will be required to sign a Team contract in order to confirm participation on the Team. This contract will outline duties and responsibilities for Team members, financial responsibilities, Team practices, code of conduct and more.
  9. Submitting an application and deposit is considered the handler’s acceptance for a spot on the Team, if they qualify for one. Therefore, when the Team members are selected, the deposit cheques of the successful applicants will be cashed, and a contract sent to them to fill out and return.
  10. The contract sent out to the Team members must be signed and returned to the National Team Management by August 15, 2017, and must be accompanied by an additional non refundable $500 deposit ($750 total)(financial terms available upon request).
  11. If the Team member does not return the contract and deposits by the deadline, they will be deemed to have turned down the spot on the Team, and an alternate will be chosen. The deposit is non refundable except in the case of a verified injury to dog or handler.
  12. If a handler is under 18 years of age, the consent form and final agreement must be filled out by the Junior handler’s parent or guardian. The Junior handler must also be accompanied to and at the IFCS event by their parent or legal guardian, at their own expense.
  13. A competitor shall be expected to serve as a representative and goodwill ambassador representing Canada, the AAC, and of the sport of agility.
  14. The National Team Management must be notified as soon as possible if a handler becomes ill or incapacitated, and will be unable to compete in the event, so that an alternate can be notified.
  15. Team members will be responsible for fundraising under the direction of the AAC National Team Management. This fundraising may include (but will not be limited to) merchandise sales, submitting articles for a fundraising publication, organizing events; giving instruction at a fundraising seminar, submitting training videos for the training page etc.
  16. As representatives of Canada, the AAC and the AAC National Team, Team members must be respectful of Canada, the AAC, the AAC National Team, and the AAC Team Management at all times, including on Social Media. Those who are not may be face sanctions, including removal from the Team.
  17. Any Team member who does not fulfill fundraising and other obligations, as set out by the Team Management Committee, may be subject to sanctions. These sanctions may include, but are not limited to; fines, restriction of Team runs, and removal from the Team.
  18. If a Team member is removed from the Team, or resigns from the Team, they will not have their deposit, or any monies raised on behalf of the Team, refunded.
  19. Alternates will not automatically travel with the Team, unless they replace a competing Team member prior to March 15. After March 15, if Alternates have not replaced a competing Team member, they will receive their full deposit back. Alternates may choose to travel with the Team at their own expense.


  1. ALL teams (except those applying for Maxi or whose dogs have previously competed in the same height at IFCS), who have filled out the IFCS section of the AAC National Championship entry form will have their dogs measured at the AAC National Championships to ensure they are competing in the correct height. This measurement will be done by a judge approved by the AAC National Team Management. (see below for clarification regarding measurements).
  2. Official IFCS height breakdowns are as shown in Appendix B. Dogs MUST be competing in their correct IFCS Height Division for the International ‘Bonus Rounds’, and in their correct corresponding AAC Height Division at the AAC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS to be eligible for IFCS competition consideration.
  3. In IFCS competition, all dogs in the Toy, Mini, and Midi divisions will be measured by IFCS judges or officials prior to the start of the IFCS competition. Any dog that is measured over the height limit must compete in the higher height. If a dog is close to a height cut-off they should be prepared to up-jump, in case they get a high measure at the IFCS competition.
  4. Dogs may not be taking any performing enhancing medications. Any medications that the dog is receiving must be noted on the Team contract.
  5. The AAC National Team Management must be notified as soon as possible if a dog becomes ill or incapacitated, and will be unable to compete in the event, so that an alternate can be notified. Dogs in heat ARE allowed in IFCS competition, but pregnant dogs are not.
  6. A dog shall be expected to serve as a representative of Canada, the AAC and of the sport of agility. Any written complaints filed against a dog which are upheld by the AAC Disciplinary Committee will be reviewed by the AAC National Team Management, who can declare such a dog ineligible for the Team.
  7. Any dog wishing to take advantage of an IFCS MEDAL spot must attend the AAC National Championships in their IFCS height category, UNLESS there is a health related reason that the dog or handler cannot attend the AAC National Championships (eg in heat/recovering from injury), in which case a waiver will be granted.

APPENDIX A – Point Table and IFCS TEAM event selection process
Only dogs competing for Team selection will be included in the placements/points for Team selection. Placement Points for the following National Rounds will be added to determine the highest pointed candidate dog/handler Teams. 1 International Agility Round, 1 International Jumping With Weaves Round, 2 Nationals Standard Rounds, 2 Nationals Jumpers Rounds, 1 International Snooker Round, 1 Nationals Gamble Round.

In order to ensure that applicant dogs are fast enough to be competitive at the IFCS World Championships, there will be additional time faults assessed to any standard/jumpers results that are more than 10% slower than the fastest 0 fault time in that class.

Scoring in the International Standard and Jumpers will be based on Time + Faults with the following scoring: Knocked Bars/Missed Contacts/Off Courses = 5 faults.  Refusals and Upside contacts will not be called.  Close teeter calls will go to the dog. Non Completion = 20 faults.

All results in NATIONALS Standard and Jumpers will be based on Time + Fault re-calculations using the scoring by the Nationals judges under Nationals Rules. Placements in Gamblers and Snooker will be based on the total points earned in the opening and closing, plus any applicable time bonus points.

Because there are two Gamble rounds, ONLY the dog’s best result from the two rounds will be used in the calculation. Points will be earned at the AAC National Championships as follows. Note that there are different point tables for EACH JUMP HEIGHT!

10″ (JUMP 12″ IN IFCS) 16″ (JUMP 16″ IN IFCS)
Place Points Place Points Place Points Place Points
1st 20 1st 10   1st 30 1st 15
2nd 18 2nd 9   2nd 28 2nd 14
3rd 16 3rd 8   3rd 26 3rd 13
4th 14 4th 7   4th 24 4th 12
5th 12 5th 6   5th 22 5th 11
6th 10 6th 5   6th 20 6th 10
7th 8 7th 4   7th 18 7th 9
8th 6 8th 3   8th 16 8th 8
9th 4 9th 2   9th 14 9th 7
10th 2 10th 1   10th 12 10th 6
. . . . 11th 10 11th 5
. . . . 12th 8 12th 4
. . . . 13th 6 13th 3
. . . . 14th 4 14th 2
. . . . 15th 2 15th 1
22” (JUMPS 20” in IFCS)   26”(JUMPS 24”in IFCS)
    3 AGILITY/
Place Points Place Points   Place Pts Place Points
1st 50 1st 25   1st 40 1st 20
2nd 48 2nd 24   2nd 38 2nd 19
3rd 46 3rd 23   3rd 36 3rd 18
4th 44 4th 22   4th 34 4th 17
5th 42 5th 21   5th 32 5th 16
6th 40 6th 20   6th 30 6th 15
7th 38 7th 19   7th 28 7th 14
8th 36 8th 18   8th 26 8th 13
9th 34 9th 17   9th 24 9th 12
10th 32 10th 16   10th 22 10th 11
11th 30 11th 15   11th 20 11th 10
12th 28 12th 14   12th 18 12th 9
13th 26 13th 13   13th 16 13th 8
14th 24 14th 12   14th 14 14th 7
15th 22 15th 11   15th 12 15th 6
16th 20 16th 10   16th 10 16th 5
17th 18 17th 9   17th 8 17th 4
18th 16 18th 8   18th 6 18th 3
19th 14 19th 7   19th 4 19th 2
20th 12 20th 6   20th 2 20th 1
21st 10 21st 5  
24rd 8 24rd 4
23rd 6 23rd 3  
24th 4 24th 2  
25th 2 25th 1

(Because of the potential for differences between Regional Championships, previous National Championships, and other International competitions, no points are given for those events)

1. In the event of ties in the number of overall points, the Team Selection Committee will make the decision based on Best Result in the International Rounds.

2. AT the IFCS World Championships ALL dogs selected for the Canadian National Team will run all four of the Individual rounds (consisting of Individual Standard Agility, Individual Jumpers, Individual Gamblers and Individual Snooker)

3. AT the IFCS World Championships ALL dogs selected for the Canadian National Team will run both of the Biathlon rounds (consisting of two rounds including Biathlon Standard Agility and Biathlon Jumpers).

4. AT the IFCS World Championships SOME of the dogs will be selected for three additional IFCS “TEAM” rounds (consisting of Agility-TEAM, Jumpers-TEAM, and TEAM Relay). These selections will be made by the Team Management at the IFCS competition.


IFCS Category AAC Division Dog Measuring
TOY 10″ Regular 30 cm (11.81″) and under
MINI 16″ Regular 40 cm (1575″) and under
MIDI 22″ Regular 50 cm (19.69″) and under
MAXI 26″ Regular No restriction