News & information...
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 by June Bass to act as a governing body to assure competitors
that BAA sanctioned shows are well-organised with the dogs wellbeing at the top of the priority
The British Agility Association provides full hands on support
and advice to all show organisers hosting a BAA sanctioned show. For more information visit
Many Thanks from June Bass
Just want to say thank you for...
All my lovely cards & pressies.
Attending both my retirement parties. They were both
fantastic thanks to all you lovely people for being there for me.
Helping at shows over the years, in all capacities.
Being part of my life and for helping make happy memories.
Wishing you all good health and happiness in the future. Be
kind to your pet dogs and please don't join the 'flog a dog brigade' for the sake of kudos.
I hope you all continue to support the BAA under the
leadership of Hayley and help her to continue to develop the BAA and its ethos.
All Change at the Top
Hayley Laches (pronounced lakes) is looking forward to
taking over from June Bass as head of the British Agility ASsociation (BAA) from 1 September.
She plans to make the BAA the place for beginners to start their agility careers as well as
catering for the more experienced competitors.
She is bringing lots of new ideas with her and is looking
forward running more shows and making them more accessible for everyone. Her Taming
Canines training club members have been very supportive and will help running the shows.
Dog will remain jumping no more than one inch higher than
their withers. Rings will be fully fenced. There will be no weaves for introductory classes,
and silent toys can be carried into the ring
She explained that, having set up her own club and an annual
show, she was keen to start running more shows. It made sense to kick start it with an
organisation which was already established.
She said, 'BAA shows have always accepted anyone and
everyone - in particular dogs that have behaviour problems. I do a lot of behavioural work
and have a real passion for working with dogs with problems or troubled pasts. I love
the idea of providing them with a competition environment where they will be welcome and can
Hayley continued, 'Not everyone wants to go to Crufts or
Olympia which is why BAA will cater for more casual pet dog handlers rather than the elite
sports dogs. With new rings to be added in 2015, as well as new venues, we are hoping to see
more and more people and to make the BAA shows the friendly agility shows around.'
For all those who compete or are interested in competing at
BAA shows, could you please spare a few minutes to complete this
You can contact Hayley via her training web site
the BAA web site - the domain name will remain the same - through her mobile 07907 882776 or by
or via Facebook.
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,
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:
Lower jump heights. Dogs do not jump any higher than their
own height compulsorily
Six jump heights
Five competition levels
All new dogs start at Introductory Level
Separate Veteran classes, providing Veteran friendly
More flowing courses with minimum 15 feet distance between
obstacles in all directions
No Flat Tunnel
No V-bends on rigid tunnels
Internal pivot brackets on See Saws to prevent scissor
action trapping incidents
Lower A Frame - 5ft maximum to apex in standard levels
4ft maximum in Veterans
Lower Dog Walk in Veterans
No Weaves or See Saw in Veterans
Fully fenced rings with L-shape entry & exit
Large spaces between rings with a 20 foot spectator rule -
when requested by competitors
Six foot spacing in the queue rule
BAA also provides:
The facility to allow show organisers to be able to
process their own entries and results, if required
In each ring results processing, if required
Dog's history, providing results info for every dog in
every class entered whilst competing at BAA
Comprehensive set of Rules (to provide protection & fair
play for all BAA competitors)
Minimum 20% Rosettes
NFC POTD (Not for Competition, Pay on the Day) entries)
where classes are not already full
Annual Dog of the Year awards in all heights at all levels
Four separate Junior Handler Leagues up to age 18
Two separate Veteran Leagues for 7-10s and 11 plus
British Agility Dog Awards (BAD Certificates) based on
wins accrued over dogs lifetime at BAA
Grand Finals for all heights and all Levels
Separate annual league awards for: Rescue, Gundog,
Spaniel, Terrier, Crossbreed, Over 60s Female Handler and Over 60s Male Handler
Have fun with your pet dogs!