Rescheduling of AWDF 2020 Championship due to COVID-19

The host team thanks you for your continued support of our efforts to host the 2020 AWDF Championship, a task we work on daily, with transparency, fairness, efficiency and competence as our goals.

Despite our enthusiasm to host this great event, we are forced to temper this enthusiasm due to the overwhelming evidence that supports the following decision:

At this time, due to the concerns and measures taken to address COVID-19, worldwide, we feel it would be in the best interests of all involved and the supporting communities to reschedule the 2020 AWDF Championship as follows:

Practice: August 12 (Wednesday) and August 13 (Thursday)

Helper Tryouts & Draw for IGP 1 IGP 2 and IGP 3 (August 13, Thursday) Note that This Draw is for Flights But Of Course, Not For Order of Tracks Which Will Be Determined By A Second Draw At The Fields After Tracks Have Been Laid Supervised by the Tracking Coordinator)

Trial Begins (Friday, August 14)

  • AWDF Annual General Board Meeting Time TBA
  • Draw for BH and FH1 and IGP FH

(This Draw is for Flights But Of Course, Not For Order of Tracks Which Will Be Determined By A Second Draw At The Fields After Tracks Have Been Laid Supervised by the Tracking Coordinator)

Trial Continues BH Practice in Stadium & The Helper Academy Workshop and 5 and Under Competition FH 1 and IGP FH (Part 1) (Saturday, August 15)

Trial Continues and Ends Includes IGP FH (Part 2) (Sunday, August 16th)

The venue will work closely with us to ensure that the competition takes place during the most temperate times of the day so we will be starting very early and taking breaks from around 11:00 AM to Dusk in the event temperatures necessitate such, and we will have stadium night lights at our disposal, although it will not get dark until around 8:45 P.M. each evening during that time.

Any competitors that have successfully completed their entry and wish to rescind (cancel) due to the changed dates are asked to request their refund via the event website contact email. Such a request will be immediately addressed, information submitted permanently purged, and monies tendered, refunded in full.

Entries will continue to be accepted and the only incentive that can be offered to enter now, rather than later, is that the catalog order will be used in re selection of complimentary assorted color AWDF "baseball" hats (similar to the ones given out during the 2009 AWDF Championship Draw) which will be given away as part of competitor's (and volunteers') gifts.

We felt it was necessary to make this decision now, rather than to monitor and wait, because we are aware of the fact that some people who have tendered vacation requests, will need ample time to reapply with the new dates.

We have also consulted with Carlos Rojas, who hosted the Masters in July of 2008, and have received advice to tender to competitors about planes and dog transportation during the summer months. Unexpectedly, Carlos generously offered airplane transportation ticket vouchers for the top 7 finishers of the IGP 3 category to defray travel expenses. Thank you, Carlos.

Because practice time for the FMBB, GSDCA, WDC and Qualifier Competitors after the event will no longer be necessary, we will have a bit more time so we ask anyone confident that they will finish in the Top 3 of the IGP 3 to be prepared to address the audience. The judges, helpers and tracking staff will briefly introduce themselves at the respective draws but to my knowledge, those who have made it to the podium are never provided the opportunity to say a few words. A local politician, etc may have said a few words in the past, but not the actual podium competitors so we will effectuate this change as well for this event and hope that others follow suit.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this decision but are sure you will support it given the worldwide challenges we now face. Thank you very much.