National Shiba Club of America

NSCA Junior Recognition Program

 

Mission:

To promote and encourage juniors to participate in the sport of American Kennel Club (AKC) dog events with the Shiba Inu, as well as to become active in the National Shiba Club of America (NSCA).

To be eligible for programs/awards:

  •  Participants must either be NSCA Junior Members in good standing or have family members (father, mother, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, grandfather, or grandmother) who are members of NSCA in good standing.
  • The Junior Recognition Sub-Committee must have a current copy of the Junior Recognition Participation Application on file.  The application may be found here:

Junior Participation Application

Programs:

NSCA Outstanding Junior Achievement Award

The NSCA Outstanding Junior Achievement Award is designed to recognize young people for their varied interests and passion for the Shiba Inu, and to encourage well-rounded participation in all facets of dog ownership.  Emphasis will be placed on excellence of involvement in a broad spectrum of activities.  The award will be presented at the Annual Awards Banquet at the NSCA National Specialty.

The award will be an engraved plaque and a $250 gift card.  The plaque will be inscribed, ”20__ Outstanding Junior Achievement Award,” recipient’s name, “National Shiba Club of America.”  NSCA will provide complimentary banquet tickets for the recipient and his/her parents.  A picture of the recipient with his/her Shiba Inu, along with the application essay, will be printed in the Shiba E-News and posted on the NSCA Junior Showmanship web page.

Deadline to apply is June 1 of each calendar year.  Application/nomination forms may be obtained on the NSCA junior showmanship webpage or through the Awards Subcommittee – Junior Recognition Chairperson.  All application materials may be submitted electronically or hard copy.  Where applicable, provide copies of titles, certificates, grades, letters of appreciation or participation, etc. with the nomination form to verify authenticity.  The application may be found here: 

Junior Achievement Award Application

Qualifications:

  • The junior handler must meet the age requirements for the year being nominated (self-nominations are accepted).
  • The nominee must be a NSCA junior member in good standing or have a family member (father, mother, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, grandfather or grandmother) who is a NSCA member in good standing. 
  • The nominee provides documentation evidence of competing in a minimum of 3 Junior Showmanship conformation and/or companion events (agility, obedience, or tracking) competitions in the calendar year. 
  • In addition to competition, the junior handler provides evidence of participating in other dog-related activities with a Shiba Inu, such as, but not limited to the following examples:
  • Submits an article for publication in the Shiba E-News on junior handling with a Shiba Inu in any venue of participation.
  • Participates in the recruitment, encouragement, and development of juniors interested in junior handling.
  • Participation in NSCA or a Regional Shiba Inu club.
  • Participation in other AKC events: rally, lure coursing, carting, fly ball, etc.
  • Trains and handles a Shiba Inu for certification as a Canine Good Citizen, Therapy Dog, etc.
  • Any academic endeavor, writing or speaking, on the history of the Shiba Inu or responsible dog ownership.
  • Community service, such as hospital or nursing home visits (volunteer therapy work), Shiba Inu rescue activities, obedience demonstrations in the community or a “Walk with Fido” for charity.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA, or higher, for the year reflected in the application.
  • Submit an essay describing his/her experience with, and interest in the Shiba Inu and plans for future involvement with the breed.

NSCA Top 10 Junior Handlers in Conformation Awards

The Top 10 Junior Handlers in conformation (AKC Statistics) will be honored each year at the Annual Awards Banquet at the NSCA National Specialty.  Each junior handler will be presented with a certificate of achievement.  In addition, the #1 Junior Handler in Conformation will receive a medallion.  An engraved plaque will be maintained and the name of the #1 Junior Handler (who meets membership requirements) will be added each year.  The plaque itself is not awarded to the individual recipient.  It will be displayed each year at the NSCA National Specialty.

A picture of the #1 Junior Handler with his/her Shiba Inu will be featured each year in the NSCA Shiba E-News and on the NSCA Junior Recognition web page.

Note:  the top 10 junior handlers will be determined by AKC statistics who meet NSCA membership requirements.

NSCA Top 10 Junior Handlers in Companion Events Awards

The Top 10 Junior Handlers in companion events (AKC Statistics) will be honored each year at the Annual Awards Banquet at the NSCA National Specialty.  Each junior handler will be presented with a certificate of achievement.  In addition, the #1 Junior Handler in each companion event will receive a medallion.  An engraved plaque will be maintained and the name of the #1 Junior Handler (who meets membership requirements) will be added each year.  The plaque itself is not awarded to the individual recipient.  It will be displayed each year at the NSCA National Specialty.

A picture of the #1 Junior Handler with his/her Shiba Inu will be featured each year in the NSCA Shiba E-News and on the NSCA Junior Recognition web page.

Note:  the top 10 junior handlers will be determined by AKC statistics who meet NSCA membership requirements.

Westminster Kennel Club and AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Dog Show Stipends

A $100 stipend will be provided to any junior that has successfully gained an invitation to and competes in the Junior Showmanship Competition at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and/or AKC Eukanuba National Championship Dog Show (conformation and/or companion events). This stipend will be provided to show NSCA’s support and pride of junior handlers achieving this accomplishment with a Shiba Inu.

Qualifications:

  • Recipient must be a NSCA Junior Member in good standing or have a family member (father, mother, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, grandfather or grandmother) who is a NSCA member in good standing. 
  • Junior handler has fulfilled the requirements to participate in the Junior Showmanship Competition at the Westminster Kennel Club and/or the AKC Eukanuba National Championship Dog Shows (conformation and/or companion events) with their Shiba Inu.
  • Junior Showmanship entry, with noted requirements, is submitted and accepted to Westminster Kennel Club and/or AKC Eukanuba National Championship Dog Shows (conformation and/or companion events).  Acknowledgement of show entry will be photocopied and forwarded to the NSCA Awards Subcommittee – Junior Recognition Chairperson. 
  • After receipt of acknowledgement of show entry, the stipend will be sent to the junior handler prior to the date of the show(s) if at all possible.
  • Should the junior handler be unable to attend - the stipend must be returned by the recipient to the NSCA Awards Subcommittee – Junior Recognition Chairperson within 30 days of the show(s).  Priority mail with delivery confirmation and/or tracking is recommended. 
  • Junior handlers may qualify for both a Westminster Kennel Club and AKC Eukanuba National Championship Dog Show stipend during the same year. 
  • Junior handler will submit an article for the Shiba E-News describing their Junior Showmanship experience.  The article shall be submitted for the next Shiba E-News edition following the show or trial experience (as long as there is 30 days between the event and Shiba E-News publication).  If the article is not submitted, the stipend must be returned by the recipient to the NSCA Awards Subcommittee – Junior Recognition Chairperson within 30 days of Shiba E-News publication.  Priority mail with delivery confirmation and/or tracking is recommended.
  •  The application for this program may be found here:

Junior Westminster/Eukanuba Stipend Application

NSCA National Specialty

Complimentary tickets will be provided for the following events:

  • Annual Awards Banquet:  Junior handlers will be offered an opportunity to assist with handing awards at the banquet to provide an opportunity to meet accomplished and experienced members of the Association.  NSCA will provide a “reserved” table for all junior handlers to sit together at the banquet (when 5 or more junior handlers are present).
  • A seminar for junior handlers may be offered at the NSCA National Specialty when feasible. Past junior handlers, current handlers and/or breeders would be considered to present this seminar. This educational venue would teach the history of the breed, handling tips for showing the Shiba Inu and useful information such as breeding, appropriate attire and etiquette in the ring, etc. This seminar would be offered with an entry of 10 attendees (minimum) for NSCA National Specialty Junior Showmanship.  When a junior handler seminar is not available, junior handlers may attend the Judges seminar free of charge. Junior handlers attending the Judges seminar may be asked to help with the sign-in table, distributing handouts, etc.
  • Top Twenty competition:  Junior handlers will be offered free admission as a spectator of the Top Twenty competition.

Prizes will be offered to the Best Junior Handler and the Highest Scoring Junior in any companion event. 

There will be no entry fee for the Junior Showmanship Classes at the NSCA National Specialty.  NSCA encourages NSCA Regional Clubs to do the same.

Shiba E-News

A free subscription to the Shiba E-Newswill be provided to all active junior handlers until they reach the age of 18, at which time they would be eligible to become a regular NSCA member.  The free subscription is limited to one copy per household and the junior subscription is forfeit if the household already receives a free copy.  An application for a free subscription will be filled out annually and sent to the Awards Subcommittee – Junior Recognition Chairperson.  Of note, Shiba E-News is a benefit of NSCA Junior Membership. All active junior handlers will receive information on the opportunities and benefits of NSCA junior membership.

Recruitment Incentive

As an incentive for current NSCA junior handlers to recruit new junior handlers, the NSCA will provide a $10 gift card for each new junior handler that is recruited.  The junior with the most recruits will be honored with a certificate of achievement at the NSCA National Specialty and posted on the Junior Recognition webpage.  The application for this may be found here:

Recruitment Incentive Application

NSCA Junior Recognition Web Page

A web page on the NSCA website will be dedicated to junior handlers.  This page will include information about the NSCA Junior Recognition Program opportunities, including nomination or application forms, pictures, and accomplishments of our junior handlers showing or trialing with a Shiba Inu. It will also offer links to related Junior Showmanship websites (such as the AKC scholarship program information, Junior AKC events and other noteworthy Junior Showmanship web pages).  Juniors are encouraged to submit their information and photos for publication to the Junior Committee Chairperson.

Junior Handler Packets

Junior Handler Packets will be sent out (electronically or hard copy) each year to all junior handlers who handled a Shiba Inu the previous year. The Packet shall include the Junior Recognition Program Highlight sheet, NSCA National or Regional Specialty information, Junior Handler Questionnaire (to solicit suggestions for enhancing the Junior Recognition Program), NSCA junior membership information and Award Nomination/Application forms.  Other documents may be included at the discretion of the Committee (i.e. value of automatically converting NSCA junior membership to a regular membership upon reaching their 18th birthday).

Regional Clubs will be provided a supply of Junior Handler Packets and will be encouraged to hand them out to junior handlers at shows they attend. 

About the Junior Recognition Program

Junior Handler Liaison
The NSCA Awards Subcommittee – Junior Recognition team will appoint a NSCA member in good standing to act as a Junior Liaison. The Junior Liaison should be a member who is a past junior handler in conformation or companion events or the relative of a past junior handler.  The Junior Liaison will act as a mentor and attempt to answer all inquiries and offer advice to junior handlers and parents who are currently involved or want to participate in the sport.  When feasible, the liaison may make himself/herself available to demonstrate or offer critiques at specialties or matches.

Awards Subcommittee – Junior Recognition
This is a subcommittee of the Awards Committee with members representing conformation and companion events.  The Chairperson of the Awards Committee will appoint a Chairperson to the subcommittee.  The Subcommittee Chairperson should be willing and able to assume the administrative responsibilities of the Committee. 

Additional Junior Recognition Sub-committee Responsibilities

  1. Encourage the participation of young people with Shiba Inus to fulfill the mission of this sub-committee.
  2. Assist the NSCA Webmaster in preparing and updating the Junior Recognition web page.
  3. Assign a Junior Handler Liaison when requested.
  4. Record all junior handler statistics and provide to Webmaster for Junior Recognition web page and to the Shiba E-News for publication.
  5. Coordinate the administration of Junior Recognition Awards.