Award Rules and Links
    HOW TO TURN IN AWARD ENTRIES 


We have such AWESOME dogs, AWESOME owner/handlers and an AWESOME club! Our Awards program has not significantly changed for 2021 except to add the Distinction In Herding Award.  As AKC makes changes to their programs, the Award Team will review and make parallel changes to our program. 

Continue tracking of your team's progress throughout the year!  The sooner you start turning it in, the sooner you will see your dog on the website!  Below you will see these documents to turn in your awards on.  Simply download once, add some events, turn in, go earn more, add to form, turn it in again, add more.  Final deadline is January 31, 2023 to turn in your information.  

Example of how to fill out the entry:  

Word Document to Submit:   


Send word documents and photos to kbaileycooper@gmail.com by email or Karen Bailey Cooper private message on Face Book.
2022   
AWARDS GUIDELINES
 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE, VERSATILITY, PUPPY, JUNIOR
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2022 TEAM ACTIVITY PAGE AND AWARD RULES

During 2022, information will be updated, as received, to show what each team has accomplished during the year. Award information will be added to each dog’s record when available. These posts will be in alphabetical order by dog’s call name, as much as possible. Certificates with final team activity may be sent to each team. A new Team Activity Page will be set up yearly. The human portion of the team must be a member in good standing of MAMASC. After March 31, only titles received in the months following payment of membership will be considered for awards (with the exception of Junior/Pee Wee Handlers, who may join at any time during the year and have all awards earned during that year count toward year-end awards).

Title events currently in process by AKC will be implemented on the starting the date AKC implements the event title. Any changes to this guideline will be implemented by the MAMASC Awards Team or Board of Directors. All changes MUST be reported to the General Membership so everyone has the same opportunity to participate in the all awards. Titles/awards implemented by other venues will be considered and applied to Versatility, Junior/Pee Wee, Herding and Puppy Awards. If the ownership of the dog changes during the year, each case will be looked at separately to determine status of awards.

List of Awards

• Award of Excellence
• High Overall Award of Excellence
• Junior and PeeWee Award
• Puppy Antics
• Distinction in Herding Award
• Versatility Award
• High Overall Versatility Award


Award of Excellence

This program highlights teams achieving titles in recognized AKC sports. The award period is from January 1 through December 31 yearly. The deadline for submitting entries will be January 31 of the following year. Each team will receive 1 plaque, or other award, as determined by the MAMASC Award Team or Board of Directors and treasurer. The awards will recognize all AKC titles earned by each qualifying team for an award period.

Sport is defined as any conformation, performance or companion class recognized by AKC and MASCUSA for Miniature American Shepherds. (I.E., if a title is recognized for certain breeds, but not for MAS, such as hunt or pulling titles, the title will not be used for the Award of Excellence but can be used for Versatility Awards.) As MAS are a herding breed, the Herding Instinct Certificate will also be applied to the Award of Excellence as if it were a title. Conformation is a minimum of 5 points earned toward a Championship or NOHS.

As MAMASC’s parent organization, MASCUSA, is an AKC Breed Club, the MAMASC Award of Excellence only uses titles earned in sports recognized by AKC. For a title to be considered for this award, which has been earned outside of AKC, proper AKC protocol must be followed by applying and paying for the title through AKC. Any AKC recognized title will appear on AKC’s website on a dog’s performance record. Titles will be verified prior to being used for an award.

In addition to titles from other organizations recognized by AKC, there are some certificates and titles earned within AKC, such as CGC, CGCA, CGCU, Trick Dog and FDC which also require an application process with AKC. As soon as the procedure is completed and AKC records the titles, those titles will also be used for the Award of Excellence.

Most teams consist of 1 dog and its owner/handler. In the case of multiple owners, the primary owner as registered by AKC, and a member in good standing with MAMASC, will receive the award. Other owner/handler situations may be submitted to the Awards Team for a decision as to eligibility.


High Overall Award of Excellence

This award will be given to the team who earns the most AKC titles (including Herding Instinct Certificate) during the award year. Ties will be broken by number of different sports titles are earned in, highest titles and then score/times/ jumps.


Junior/Pee Wee

The Junior Award is for Junior handlers between the ages of 9, up through 18 only. Each Junior must handle at least 1 Miniature American Shepherd. Junior teams will be featured on a separate page as this category includes titles/achievements in all venues and are unique. The team may also qualify for a Versatility Award as described below. The award will include a certificate and an award as determined by the Awards Team.

The Pee Wee Award for Pee Wee participants is for children 5 through 8 who handle Miniature American Shepherds in Conformation. All children will receive an award which will be determined by the Awards Team.

Titles/achievements earned at any time during the current year will count no matter when the Junior/Pee Wee joins. This allows more flexibility for young handlers to understand and get up to speed during a year before deciding to join the program.


Puppy Antics

Puppy Antics will be similar to the Team Activity Page and lists certificates, awards (i.e., BOB, Group, Puppy Kindergarten) or titles between 4 and 9 months old in the year. After 9 months the puppy will be moved to the Team Activity page. This means puppies will move to the Team Activity Page when 10 months or older and those titles will be considered for the MAMASC Award of Excellence. Titles earned before 10 months will be applied toward a puppy award and titles 10 months and after will be applied to Award of Excellence. Awards from both Puppy Antics (Including Puppy of Achievement and S.T.A.R. Puppy) and Award of Excellence will be applied to Versatility Awards. These puppy teams could possibly have an Award of Excellence, Versatility AND a Puppy Antics award. These teams will receive a certificate and a rosette (or another award deemed appropriate by the Awards Team.)


Distinction in Herding Award

The Herding Award shall be awarded to the handler/dog team who shows a dedication to showcasing the Miniature American Shepherd in the sport for which this breed was bred – Herding. The winning team shall receive an award for the year as determined by the MAMASC Award Team or Board of Directors and treasurer. The winner shall be determined by the most titles earned by the team during the year in any venue (AKC, ASCA, AHBA, etc.). In the case of a tie, the tie breakers will be as follows
        1) highest title earned in AKC
        2) highest title earned in any venue
        3) highest score for the top title.


Versatility Awards

These awards are dedicated to the dogs who have worked with their owners and achieved more than one title each year, in any venue. These awards show the true versatility of the Miniature American Shepherd. Entry information must be submitted by January 31 of the subsequent year. The following are minimum qualifications.

Versatility Herding Categories

HCVM- Herding Conformation Versatility Master -Top & Highest Award:
        1) One Herding Title or Test Certificate, AND
        2) Five AKC Conformation points, Title or equivalent from another venue AND
        3) Five or more additional performance titles from at least five different sports.

HCVE - Herding Conformation Versatility Excellent:
        1) One Herding Title or Test Certificate, AND
        2) Five AKC Conformation points, Title or equivalent from another venue, AND
        3) Three additional performance titles from at least two different sports.

HCVA - Herding Conformation Versatility Advanced:
        1) One Herding Title or Test Certificate, AND
        2) Five AKC Conformation points, Title or equivalent from another venue, AND
        3) One additional performance title.

HVM – Herding Versatility Master:

        1) Three Herding Titles and/or Test Certificates, AND
        2) Five additional Performance Titles from at least two sports.

HVE - Herding Versatility Excellent:

        1) One Herding Title or Test Certificate, AND
        2) Five or more additional performance titles from at least two different sports.

HVA - Herding Versatility Advanced:

        1) One Herding Title or Test Certificate, AND
        2) One additional performance title.

Versatility Non-Herding Categories

PCVM- Performance Conformation Versatility Master - Highest Non-Herding Award:

        1) Five AKC Conformation points, Title or equivalent from another venue, AND
        2) Ten or more performance titles from at least three different sports.

PCVE- Performance Conformation Versatility Excellent:

        1) Five AKC Conformation points, Title or equivalent from another venue, AND
        2) Three additional performance titles from at least three different sports.

PCVA- Performance Conformation Versatility Advanced:
        1) Five AKC Conformation points. Title or equivalent from another venue, AND
        2) One additional performance title.

PVM- Performance Versatility Master:

        1) Ten performance titles from at least four different sports.

PVE- Performance Versatility Excellent:

        1) Five performance titles from at least three different sports.

PVA- Performance Versatility Advanced:
        1) Two performance titles from two different sports.



















High Overall Versatility Award

For the team who earns the most titles/certificates/achievements from all venues. Tie breakers are:
        1) Teams earning herding titles and conformation titles.
        2) Teams earning herding titles, but no conformation titles earned.
        3) Teams earning no herding but conformation titles earned.
        4) Further ties will be broken by number of different sports titles are earned in, highest titles, score/times/jumps.