Entering the Event
Each country is responsible for selection of its own team. The selection process is coordinated by a "country manager." The manager may be an agility organization in that country, a committee, or an individual. Each potential team manager must submit a resume to the WAO organizing committee for approval.
The country manager is responsible for writing a selection guidelines document that explains how people in the country can become members of the team. Each country's team selection process must be non-discriminatory with regard to both handlers and dogs, and must be approved by WAO to meet this requirement. In addition, a country's team selection process must allow for at least 1 (one) dog from each height to win its way onto the team, and to run in the Agility Biathlon and the Individual Agility Pentathlon. This must be stated in each country's selection rules.
Other positions on the country's team may be filled at the discretion of the country's manager.
If a country is unable to travel with their own dogs due to the laws of the host country or excessive travel times and expense, substitute dogs may be provided by the host country. A country must make a request in writing to the WAO organizing committee. Requests will be evaluated by the WAO committee on a case-by-case basis.
- If you are interested in being a team manager for your country, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- If you are interested in becoming a member of your country's team, please go to the Country Managers page to find out who to contact in your country.
Qualified individuals who are not on their country's team may apply for Wildcard entry. The WAO Committee can offer up to 5 (five) wildcard places per jump height (in addition to automatically invited medallists) to individuals who the WAO Committee believes have demonstrated world-class potential; for example, competitors who have placed in the top three of their country's National finals in the last two years or competitors who have competed internationally in the last two years. Please see the WAO rule book for the specific requirements for applying for a wildcard entry.
The 2016 WAO Gold, Silver, and Bronze medallists in each height of the Individual Agility Pentathlon, Agility Biathlon, and Agility Games events are automatically invited to the 2017 WAO to compete in the event for which they won a medal in 2016 (for example, the 2016 Agility Biathlon medallists are automatically invited to compete in the 2017 Agility Biathlon).
In addition, the Individual Gold medallists from the previous year in each height of the following championship events are automatically invited to the 2017 WAO:
- FCI Agility World Championships
- European Open
- IFCS Agility World Championships
- FCI Agility Championship of the Américas y el Caribe: Individual
- Open Agility Championship of the Américas y el Caribe: Individual
Medal winners from 2016 will run as a wildcard in the relevant event(s) unless they also qualify for their country’s 2017 WAO team. In the latter case, they will run as an additional entry for their country’s team in the event for which the medal was earned. Therefore, that country will have an extra dog competing in that event. For example, if the 2016 Agility Biathlon 300 gold medallist is from the USA, Team USA will run 4 (four) dogs in the 300 jump height of the Agility Biathlon. Or, if the 2016 EO Large Dog winner is from Italy and he also qualifies for the WAO Italian Team, then Italy will run 4 (four) dogs in the 650 height division in the Agility Biathlon, Agility Pentathlon, and Agility Games.