26 May 2008
Over the last few years, AKC has been heavily promoting the AKC Code of Sportsmanship. When the Code was first published by AKC, Rusty printed it in the Barker. It appears on the AKC web site and is printed on the inside of the back cover of all the regulations booklets published by AKC. If I remember correctly, the Code was also published in the AKC Gazette and discussed in one of the Chairman's Reports. In 2007, AKC implemented the AKC Sportsman-ship Award program. This program invites AKC member clubs to present the Sportsmanship Award to a club mem-ber each year. Following the nominations and election process, the winner of the Sammamish Kennel Club AKC Sportsmanship Award for 2007 is Julia Johns. Julia will be presented with a special medallion at our August show and her name will appear on the AKC web site as one of the winners of the award for 2007. Congratulations Julia!!
It was recently pointed out to me by one of our club members, who is also an AKC judge, that violations of the AKC Code of Sportsmanship can result in charges being brought and an Event Committee Hearing. With this in mind and our upcoming August show, it seems like a good idea to review the AKC Code of Sportsmanship.
AKC Code of Sportsmanship
PREFACE: The sport of purebred dog competitive events dates prior to 1884, the year of AKC’s birth. Shared values of those involved in the sport include principles of sportsmanship. They are practiced in all sectors of our sport: conformation, perform-ance and companion. Many believe that these principles of sportsmanship are the prime reason why our sport has thrived for over one hundred years. With the belief that it is useful to periodically articulate the fundamentals of our sport, this code is pre-sented.
- Sportsmen respect the history, traditions and integrity of the sport of purebred dogs.
- Sportsmen commit themselves to values of fair play, honesty, courtesy, and vigorous competition, as well as winning and losing with grace.
- Sportsmen refuse to com-promise their commitment and obligation to the sport of purebred dogs by injecting personal advantage or consideration into their decisions or behavior.
- The sportsman judge judges only on the merits of the dogs and considers no other factors.
- The sports-man judge or exhibitor accepts constructive criticism.
- The sportsman exhibitor declines to enter or exhibit under a judge where it might reasonably appear that the judge’s placements could be based on something other than the merits of the dogs.
- The sportsman exhibitor refuses to compromise the impartiality of a judge.
- The sportsman respects the AKC bylaws, rules, regulations and policies governing the sport of purebred dogs.
- Sportsmen find that vigorous competition and civility are not inconsis-tent and are able to appreciate the merit of their competition and the effort of competitors.
- Sportsmen welcome, encourage and support newcomers to the sport.
- Sportsmen will deal fairly with all those who trade with them.
- Sportsmen are willing to share honest and open appraisals of both the strengths and weaknesses of their breeding stock.
- Sportsmen spurn any opportunity to take personal advantage of positions offered or bestowed upon them.
- Sportsmen always consider as paramount the welfare of their dog.
- Sportsmen refuse to embarrass the sport, the American Kennel Club, or themselves while taking part in the sport
It is also a good time to review the AKC booklet Dealing with Misconduct as any club member may be asked to sit in on an Event Committee Hearing.
President – Sammamish Kennel Club