BAA news & information
Since the announcement in 2003 giving independent agility show organisers the freedom to put on shows without the fear of sanctions, quite a few unaffiliated shows have been set up around the country. The British Agility Association (BAA) was formed and now administered by June Bass following the success of EMDAC in order to provide a solid, well thought out set of rules and regulations. It acts as a governing body to assure competitors that BAA sanctioned shows are well-organised with the dogs wellbeing at the top of the priority list.
The British Agility Association provides full hands on support and advice to all show organisers hosting a BAA sanctioned show. For more information visitwww.baa.uk.net
BAA Show News
The EMDAC Four Day Show at Easter will be the first ever show in the UK where dogs are jumping no higher than their measurement to the withers compulsory and no higher than one inch higher voluntarily.
Dogs jump closer to their own height in many other countries and BAA supports any change that proves to be beneficial to the dog's long-term well being whilst partaking in our hobby. Over the years we have collected a substantial amount of information which provides enough evidence to support our philosophy. A folder containing the documentation will be available at all BAA shows for competitors to read, copy etc.
I am sure there will be many pictures and videos produced over the coming season which will also provide further supporting evidence. I personally am looking forward to witnessing many dogs jumping more naturally and comfortably.
The BAA provides the following benefits for pet dogs in Agility:
BAA also provides:
Have fun with your pet dogs!
Soft Tunnel Banned
In 2011 BAA advised show organisers of the phasing out of the flat tunnel. Then at the start of 2012/2013 season all BAA show organisers were again advised that the use of flat tunnels at BAA shows were to be discouraged . We have now demanded that flat tunnels are not used at BAA shows. A ruling to that effect is included in all the summer schedules in the BAA rules section so competitors will know the new ruling, too. (British Agility Association)
Larger sized dogs eg: German Shepherds are disadvantaged trying to exit the cloth especially if it is pegged too tight.
Yes, there is a risk to our dogs when competing in agility, but there is no need to include equipment that simply causes injury or discomfort even to a fully experienced dog.
People complain about the see saw banging down too hard and call that dangerous. I would suggest that if you train your dog to negotiate the see saw correctly and to ride the tilt, rather than train it to speed to the end and take the full impact of the jolt, there would be no reason to complain about it, providing the see saw has a hidden pivot bracket to eliminate the risk of leg trapping injury.
People call the Dogwalk dangerous because 'their dog fell off it.' IMO that would be a training issue.
BAA have made moves to remove the Flat tunnel from their rings since 2011 because of the above mentioned factors, but in the light of the recent fatal accident BAA has decided that it must now be banned totally.
Over the past four weeks BAA have registered over 200 new members. Many of these handlers have also competed at other organisation's shows and there seems to be a lot of confusion over the heights that dogs are eligible to jump.
At BAA shows, the height specifications are...
You will also find these details In the schedules, Rules booklet and on the BAA website.
Thanks for your continued support. Hope this helps clear up the confusion &and sorry I don’t have time to answer individual queries on this subject at the moment.
Have fun !
British Open Championships 2011 Qualifiers
Top scoring dogs from each section of the country North, South, East and West (below) have qualified for The British Open Grand Prix Championships 2011 featuring:
The Finals will take place on Saturday, 16 July at Asfordby Amateurs Sports Club, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.
Have you qualified?
British Agility Dog Titles to Date
Congratulations to the winners of these titles so far. Certificates that were not picked up at the BAA finals on August Bank Holiday, can be collected at Future BAA shows.
MCCS at Dogs Unleashed 2010
Midland Counties Canine Sports (MCCS) will be showcasing a BAA sanctioned Agility show on Saturday and Sunday 26-27 June 2010 at the Dogs Unleashed show to be held at Bakewell Showground, Derbyshire.
Dogs unleashed was held for the first time in 2009 at Newark Showground and proved a very successful and enjoyable show for all dog enthusiasts.
All types of dog activities were showcased including; BAA Sanctioned Agility, Heelwork to Music, BFA Flyball, Terrier Racing, Husky Racing, Spanish Water Dogs, Canine Weightpulling, Gundog Scurries, British 60 Weave Challenge, British Clever Dogs, Carting Dogs, Fun Dog Show, Splash & retrieve, Have-a-go events, Breed Stands, Charity Stands, Microchipping. Dog Photography, Dog Behaviour and more!
MCCS Change of Dates
The Midland Counties Canine Sports show which was originally planned to take place on 6th & 7th June is now scheduled for 13th & 14th June 2009. The reason for this change is to avoid a clash with North Derbyshire show.
Andrew and Rachel Capille welcome competitors new and old to the first of several relaxed and friendly MCCS shows in 2009.
BAA Announces British Open Grand Prix Agility Championships
In May 2009 hundreds of Agility enthusiasts from all around the UK will be converging on Asfordby, near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, in an attempt to qualify for a brand new British Open Grand Prix Agility Finals featuring:
This brand new competition is open to all dogs from Primary, Novice, Graduate & Masters Levels. All dogs will compete over the same course with awards and titles to each height - Maxi, Medium, Mini and Micro.
The Finals will take place in July at The Cold Wet Nose Show (Guildford) in the Main Arena, under media spotlight. The course will be set at Novice level. There will be mega quality trophies and rosettes presented to the Winners. Further details of the Judge and Commentator etc. will follow.
There will be one qualifier session which will take place at the EMDAC May show held at Asfordby. Finalists will consist of: 20 Maxi, 10 Medium, 5 Mini and 5 Micro. The competition will be run under British Agility Association (BAA) Rules & Regulations.
June Bass said, 'Although news of this competition was released just this week, the interest and requests for application forms has been phenomenal. We are looking forward to showcasing 'The Best of British Agility Dogs & Handlers (of course) at this prestigious event.'
Application forms will be released from 29th November 2008.
Check out the BAA website for all the latest news on this and other forthcoming prestigious events. www.baa.uk.net
Source: June Bass (23/11/08)
BAA Welcome their 3000th Member!
Congratulations to Victoria Thornton and her dog Bob on becoming the BAA's 3000th member. Victoria and Bob were presented with a splendid rosette and lots of goodies from our sponsors Alpha to mark the occasion. They will also enjoy free entry to BAA shows for a whole year.
Victoria's account of the day...
Bob and I are not the best at agility. He is fast but unfocussed. I am slow and continually stick my arms out when I point at jumps which sends him off at a tangent (when he bothers to look at me). I was apprehensive to say the least about our performance and what would happen. After a “messy” agility round I did not have high hopes for the jumping class. To my surprise and delight we got a clear round. I felt on top of the world and will nearly admit to almost shedding a tear – a day I thought I would never see (and probably never will again!).
Shortly afterwards I was tannoyed to go to the Secretary’s tent. My heart sank. Was our clear round going to be nullified?
Quite the opposite.
June informed me that Bob was EMDAC’s 3000th member and qualified for loads of Alpha goodies. I was in shock and speechless (for once). We were lucky enough to receive a bag of food, a water bowl, a collar and lead, free entries for the rest of the year for EMDAC shows not to mention the photograph shoot with all the EMDAC members.
I nearly fainted, not renown for being lucky. It was almost too much to take in – a clear round and the 3000th member all in the same day. Bob, however, took everything in his stride -the goodies, the fuss, the photos - all in a normal days work. I hope he doesn’t expect this much attention after every clear round.
We felt very honoured and proud to be the 3000th member. The club is so friendly and made it such a special day that we will never forget. My other two dogs both got a clear round, too which made the day complete. Thank you to everyone involved in running the club and we hope to make some progress over the next few months. But please don't watch us! Thanks again.
Victoria, Bob, Molly & Madge
Photo: Alan Boutel