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NATIONALS TEAMS EVENTS NOTIFICATION

The 2020 Nationals Working Party is delighted to extend a warm invitation to all states, territories and New Zealand to participate in our National Teams Events next year. We are pleased to inform all states of the two TEAM events that will be held in at the Nationals in Perth between May 26th and May 31st 2020.

NATIONAL TEAMS EVENT (ALSO INVITING NEW ZEALAND)

We will be holding a National Teams Event as per the current ANKC Agility Teams Events Rules (2016 V3). As per the rules 1 team from each state will be nominated by their controlling body. Each team can be made up of up to 6 dogs with only 5 dogs running on the day to be nominated at the morning check in. In the event that a State (or New Zealand) can only nominate 4 dogs (due to lack of numbers travelling) this shall be permitted as only 4 scores will be included in final results tally.

JUNIOR TEAMS EVENT (ALSO INVITING NEW ZEALAND)

The Nationals Working Group is absolutely delighted to announce that we will be running a Junior Teams event at the 2020 Agility Nationals.
The Junior Teams event will be run under the same rules as the standard Teams event with the exceptions of:
    • Teams will consist of a maximum of 2 handlers and 2 dogs from each State/Territory
    • Both team scores will count. In the event that a Team only has one handler/dog then the average score of all dogs’ results will be used for the missing handler/dog
    • Teams may be formed as a State or Territory Pair – for example if the NT has only one junior handler eligible/attending and Tasmania has only one junior handler eligible/attending they may join together and form the NT/Tas Junior Nationals Team.
    • Handlers are to be aged a minimum of 7 years and under 18 as at 26 May 2020 – 31 May 2020 Inclusive, e.g.: A 17 year old is eligible as long as they don’t turn 18 until after May 31 2020.
    • A maximum of up to TWO teams per State/Territory will be allowed (this is ONLY in the case of where there are more than 2 eligible junior handlers who would like to compete in the teams event)
  • Dogs entered must have (at minimum) been co-trained and co-handled by the Junior handler prior to the event to an Excellent Level or very close to Excellent level (ie should have their Novice titles OR be NO LESS than one qualification away from titling in Novice – the organising committee reserves the right to confirm the qualifications of the dog and the right to not accept an entry if the dog is deemed to not be at the appropriate level)The closing date for entries will be announced when the full schedule for the whole event has been confirmed, approved and released.
It is anticipated that this Event will be run on the day of GAMES (at this stage tentative for SATURDAY) on a 500 Excellent Agility and 500 Excellent Jumping course. The course will be adjusted as required for each dog’s height (200, 300, 400, 500 or 600). To run the event a minimum of 3 Teams is required.
Handlers must be a member (or family member) of their State Member Body.We would love to see every state and territory represented at this event and that is why we have released the details now (more than 12 months out from the event) in order to allow the agility communities in each state/territory and New Zealand to encourage as many young people as possible to give this fantastic sport a go.

PLEASE NOTE IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN TRYING OUT FOR YOUR STATE/TERRITORY OR NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL TEAM YOU WILL NEED TO WAIT FOR YOUR RELEVANT STATE AGILITY BODY TO ANNOUNCE THEIR SELECTION PROCESS FOR EACH EVENT. THIS IS USUALLY DONE VIA STATE GAZETTES/MAGAZINES AND ONLINE ANNOUNCEMENTS. PLEASE BE PATIENT.

Any further questions/queries can be directed (VIA EMAIL ONLY) to myself (sprytelee@gmail.com) or Gail Brindley (brin123@iinet.net.au)

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