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What's New – September, 2005

September 27, 2005

Minutes:

The NAFA Board of Directors met on July 30 in Detroit to discuss rule changes, the new Signature Gear lights, Breed Specific Legislations and several other business related issues. The abridged minutes of the meeting are now available here and under the Board Meeting Minutes tab.

Teleconference minutes from the August 17 teleconference are not yet finalized. That meeting featured the development of the Futurity class which led to the Futurity class rules published earlier. Minutes will be available shortly.

A Board Teleconference was held on September 7 to formulate the rules for the Veterans Class, a new class for dogs 8 years and older. It features no false starts, limits on the amount of racing per day and racing the minimum jump height. Minutes and rule preview are available here.


Reserved Weekend Rule Notice:

The Reserved Weekend rules will come into effect on Oct. 1, 2005. Clubs with a history of hosting events on the same weekend will be given priority on securing those dates in FY 2006 and beyond. Please familiarize yourself with the rules for establishing your club's reserved weekend(s). Clubs will be allowed only two reserve weekends per year.

Weekends will be numbered from the start of the fiscal year i.e., October 1. A list of weekends past and future is available to allow hosting clubs to review their history. We understand that there may be variances as 2004 and 2005 caused the weeks to jump around somewhat. To help us understand what you need, Karen Oleson, NAFA's Sanctioning guru, has developed a working form for you to complete and submit to her. Please complete the form and email it to Karen at your earliest convenience to protect your event's priority.


Want to Change Regions?

Some clubs find it difficult to compete for Regional Championships in the regions that they are assigned geographically due to the size and distance involved in the region. If your club would like to change your assigned region for the FY2006 racing year which begins on Oct. 1, 2005, please send an email from your club's captain/owner indicating in which region that the club would like to race. The changes must be received by midnight on Sept. 30, 2005 to be accepted. Clubs that have opted out for different regions will be announced here next week in advance of any changes to the database.

Please note that tournaments hosted by a club that has selected a different region for competition do not move to the new region with the club but remain in the original geographical region.


Miscellaneous:

Tournament listings for FY2005 and FY2006 have been added at left as requested.

Several inquiries have been made as to which racing year do the tournaments on Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, 2005 apply. Events sanctioned as Friday&Saturday apply to FY2005. Events scheduled for Saturday, Sunday or Saturday&Sunday apply to FY2006. Clubs could count two events this weekend towards Regional Championships, i.e., one in each year depending on the scheduling of the event.

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