Pending membership card

Friday FAQ: If I need both membership and a scorebook, do I have to wait for my membership card to arrive?

No, enter "pending" in the member number field on the scorebook application and we will get the process started. And you can do both electronically, including payment.

Scorebook bonds

Friday FAQ - What is the purpose of a scorebook bond and how can it be used? From our policies and procedures: "Competitors who do not present a scorebook prior to the beginning of the trial (temperament test or beginning of the first phase) will be required to post a $50 refundable scorebook bond. The bond will be refunded upon presentation of the scorebook, which must be within 48 hours of the completion of the trial. If no scorebook is presented within the allotted time frame, the $50 is forfeit, and the AWMA will issue a scorebook in the dog’s name listing the dog as a mix and showing the trial results, which will be mailed to the handler. " Also note that only AWMA members my post a scorebook bond for entry into an AWMA trial. In other words, if the competitor presents a membership card from any other AWDF member club as part of their entry, they cannot post a scorebook bond. This is because the AWMA cannot issue a scorebook to someone who is not an AWMA member. This competitor would not be able to enter the trial because they do not have a scorebook (and cannot post a bond). Scorebook bonds are not a good solution for not ordering your scorebook prior to the trial. In these circumstances, the scorebook must be issued, then sent to the AWMA secretary for entry of the scores, forwarded to the judge for their signature, and finally sent back to the handler. Save the extra $50 and avoid this hassle and inconvenience to everyone! Plan ahead and order your dog's scorebook well in advance. As soon as you have determined that you think you may want to enter a trial some day in the future, order your scorebook and keep it in a safe place. Then be sure to take it with you to the trial so you are not in the situation of having to post a bond.

Scorebook numbers

Friday FAQ - Which scorebook number should I use when I enter a trial?

A: In the upper right corner of an AWDF member club issued scorebook you'll find at least two numbers. One is the AWDF number and the other is the number written in by the issuing club. You should use the number that was issued by the club that sent you the scorebook. If you have an older AWMA scorebook that was "stamped" by UScA, they also wrote a number in that corner. In the past you would need to use the UScA number if you entered one of their trials. Now that stamping is no longer required, you should always use the number that was provided by the club that issued the scorebook regardless of the affiliation of the club who is hosting the trial.

Entering Nationals and FMBB

Friday FAQ - what are the requirements for entering the AWMA IPO National Championship? How does this affect qualifying for the FMBB? From our policies and procedures: Entering the AWMA National IPO Championship - All FCI registered Belgian Shepherd Dogs with an AWDF recognized scorebook will be allowed to enter, along with any dog that has an AWMA issued AWDF scorebook that lists the dog as a Belgian Malinois, regardless of whether it is FCI registered or not. Handlers must be current and valid members of the AWMA (as approved July 20, 2011). This means that we allow all Belgian Shepherds (including Belgian Sheepdogs, Tervurens, and Lakinois) with an FCI recognized registration to enter if they meet the above qualifications. If these dogs place in the top 4, they are eligible to represent the AWMA at the FMBB IPO Championship. Non-registered Malinios can also enter, but they are not eligible to enter the FMBB as per their requirements of FCI recognized registration. We will also allow entry by competitors from other countries who meet the above qualifications, but they would not be eligible for the FMBB as per requirements by the FMBB for residency in the country of sponsorship.

Canadian club?

Friday FAQ - Why does the AWMA have a club in Canada? A: The answer to this question goes hand in hand with the FAQ from last week on collaboration. In the past, a group in Canada established an organization that supported IPO work for the Belgian Shepherd Dog (BSD) (as an aside, if you don't already know this, in most countries the Belgians are not separate breeds as they are in the US, but are varieties of the same breed, the BSD). That effort folded several years ago due to lack of activity. Most recently, a group in Ontario approached the AWMA to see if we could assist them in restablishing a club in Canada. The only breed organization responsible for IPO in Canada has been the German Shepherd Shutzhund Club of Canada (GSSCC), which is affiliated with their GSD breed club and hence the Canadian Kennel Club with further connection to the FCI. The Belgian Shepherd Dog Club of Canada was contacted to be sure that there was no issue with the AWMA working with a Canadian Belgian Shepherd Dog IPO organization, and approval was obtained from them and also from the GSSCC. These approvals ensured that there was no breach of process with having an American organization work directly with Canadian BSD IPO sports enthusiasts. The purpose of the relationship is to allow the Canadians time to develop their infrastructure, with the intent of having them launch their own Canadian organization when the time is right. Also note that Canadian AWMA members cannot represent the AWMA at the FMBB or the FCI Championship as per the rules of those organizations.