Junior Showmanship Survey

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Juniors before 2000

History

1929 AKC developed a children's program
Purpose 1. Introduce new generation to the sport
2. Opportunity to measure skills against their peers
1931

1st Children's Handling Class - Westbury Kennel Assoc. Show
Judging based on how well dog presented

1951 AKC changed name to Junior Showmanship
1971 AKC recognized Junior ages & classes - 9 to 18 years of age

Focus of Survey

  • Why study Junior showmanship ?
  • Role of Juniors and the future ?
  • At what age do Juniors become interested ?
  • Why do Juniors drop out ?
  • What have we learned about them ?

Aim of Survey

  1. Describe important traits & characteristics of Juniors ?
  2. What age group is most likely to continue ?
  3. What social/economic factors are related to success ?
  4. What factors influence beliefs, success, involvement ?
  5. What factors cluster together (ed. family, friends, breed, attitude ?
  6. How important is family as a support mechanism ?
  7. How important is breed or size of dog to success ?
  8. What other factors are important ?
  9. Do gender differences influence survey responses ?

50 Questions - 3 categories:

  1. Time when a junior
  2. Past 5 Years
  3. Now

Definitions:

  • Then – means while a junior
  • Now - means past 12 months

Survey of Juniors N=1,351

Junior Characteristic:

  • 78% started as a Novice (9yrs old)
  • 86% remained until Open sr. (18yr olds)

Junior Characteristic

Gender Differences

  1. Males 15%
  2. Females 85%
Age Group Frequency Percentage
Age & Frequency of Juniors who Responded
18-20 13 1.49
21-30 264 30.34
31-40 246 28.28
41-50 178 20.46
51-60 132 15.17
61-70 32 3.68
71-102 5 0.57

Average of Juniors in the survey -39 years old

What attracted Junior to the Program Percentage
Questions
Saw others do it 47%
Had a friend who was a junior 22%
Was encouraged by parents 50%
Traveled w/parents, friends & liked the idea 66%

Junior Showmanship Survey

Junior Showmanship Survey

Support From Frequency Percent
Support given Juniors
Family provided no support 674 49.96
Family provided support 675 50.04
Other support 60 4.4
No other support given 1289 95.55
Answered Percentage
Received AKC or Club Scholarship
Yes 12%
No 88%

AKC Junior Scholarships by year

* Doesn't include club scholarships

  • 2013 - $ 23,500 *
  • 2012 - $ 37,000 *
  • 2011 - $ 40,000 *
  • 2010 - $ 32,000 *

Sample of Scholarship efforts

Clubs that offer Scholarship Money

  • Westminster Kennel Club
  • AKC Eukanuba by Eukanuba
  • KC of Philadelphia
  • English Setter Association of America
  • Cardigan Welsh
  • Corgi Club of America

Clubs hosting Regional Competitions with Scholarship Money

  • Sun Maid Kennel Club
  • Louisville Kennel Club
  • Dog Fanciers Association of Oregon
  • South Windsor Kennel Club
  • Hutchinson Kennel Club
Educational Achievement Percentage
Did not complete High school 0.6
High school or GED 23
2 yr. college degree 20
4 yr. college degree 37
Masters degree 13
Doctorate 5
Current or previous job Percentage
Vet medicine or other animal medicine 20
Animal Research 4
AKC 7
Breeder/Exhibitor 75
Professional Handler 35
Animal law/Advertising/publicity 1
Trainer 28
As a Junior I competed in: Percentage
Obedience 41
Breed competition 90
Rally 2
Agility 6
Performance 7
As a Junior I finished x Dogs (conformation) Percentage # of Dogs
0 24 201
1 11 94
2 12 101
3 7 55
4 5 40
> 4 40 334
I have bred champions in last 5 years Percentage # of Dogs
none 13 72
1 8 47
2 12 67
3 12 70
4 8 47
> 4 44 249

Comparisons with related sports

Greying Effect – in Sports

  Average age
NFL fans 41
NBA fans 49
NASCAR fans 41
AKC Club members est. 50-55
AKC Exhibitor est. 45-50
AKC Breeder est. 50-55
AKC Agility est. 45-55
AKC Obedience est. 55-60

NFL Study

Concern and changes in fan base:

  • Mothers do not understand the game
  • Fewer families go to stadium to see games
  • Average fan today - 45 year old male
  • Heavy drinking and ready to fight by 4th quarter

NFL survey found: 60% of fans started during elementary school

NFL actions being taken to build fan base for the future:

  1. Play 60
  2. 101 NFL for mothers
  3. 35 grants - $10,000 each (16,000 schools participated)

NFL Set Goals and Strategies

Attract larger audiences with:

  • Better scheduling
  • Make stadium experience more interesting and fun
  • More rewards for those who come to games

1935 Joseph Sayres, Peekskill, NY

1935 Joseph Sayres, Peekskill, NY

1968 Bryan Martin-(Basset Hound)

1968 Bryan Martin-(Basset Hound)

1979 Susan Schneider, Lorton, VA

1979 Susan Schneider, Lorton, VA

1987 Heather E. Christie, Milford, CT

1987 Heather E. Christie, Milford, CT

Current AKC Staff who were Juniors

  • Glenn Lycan: Dir/Call Center & Reg Support
  • Jack Norton: Dir Compliance Support
  • Pattie Proctor: Sr Ex Field Representative
  • Bryan Martin: Ex Field Representative
  • Sydney Good: Ex Field Representative
  • Jane Myers: Ex Field Representative
  • Gina Weiser: Ex Field Representative
  • Tim Thomas: Judging Liaison
  • Carrie De Young: Dir  Agility
  • Bri Tesarz: Event Oper. Mgr
  • Stephanie Smith: Club Comm
  • Phil Guidry: Sr Policy Analyst
  • Katie Grave de Peralta: Sr  Market Coordinator
  • Michael Canalizo: Dir Event Mgt
  • Gina DiNardo: VP/Assist Ex Secretary
  • Mari-Beth O’Neill: AVP Sport Services
  • Stacey Mason: Sr. Breeder Field Rep.

1971 Jane Myers – AKC Field Rep

1971 Jane Myers – AKC Field Rep

Gina Wieser Ex. Field Representative, RHP Field Coordinator

Gina Wieser Ex. Field Representative, RHP Field Coordinator

Pattie Prooctor - AKC Senior Field Rep

Pattie Prooctor - AKC Senior Field Rep

1970 (16yrs old) Micheal Canalizo – AKC Director - Event Mgt. Great Barrington KC. Judge Rev. Braxton Sawyer

Westbury Kennel Association - 1968 Judge- Ernie Loeb AVP - Sport Services

Westbury Kennel Association - 1968 Judge- Ernie Loeb AVP - Sport Services

Mari-Beth O'Neill

Mari-Beth O'Neill

Phil M. Guidry 1994 Westminister

Phil M. Guidry 1994 Westminister

Phil M. Guidry AKC J.D. Senior Policy Analyst, Government Relations

Phil M. Guidry AKC J.D. Senior Policy Analyst, Government Relations

Dr. Charles Garvin 1969 Westminister

Dr. Charles Garvin 1969 Westminister

Dr. Charles Garvin 2014 AKC Board Member

Dr. Charles Garvin 2014 AKC Board Member

2001 Stephanie Smith, AKC Club Communications Manager

2001 Stephanie Smith, AKC Club Communications Manager

2012 Bri Tesarz, AKC Programs Manager, Event Operations

2012 Bri Tesarz, AKC Programs Manager, Event Operations

Juniors, 2 brothers & 1 sister

Juniors, 2 brothers & 1 sister

Two brothers – Former Juniors

Two brothers – Former Juniors

Former Junior - Dylan Kipp

Former Junior - Dylan Kipp

Several Former Juniors

Several Former Juniors

1975 Junior - Vince Battaglia

1975 Junior - Vince Battaglia

1998 Vince Battaglia

1998 Vince Battaglia

2005 Vince Battaglia 2nd tour

2005 Vince Battaglia 2nd tour

2012 Vince Battaglia 3rd tour

2012 Vince Battaglia 3rd tour

Battaglia Receives Two Awards For Heroism

Battaglia Receives Two Awards For Heroism

1979 Junior - Matt Battaglia

1979 Junior - Matt Battaglia

1988 Matt Battaglia

1988 Matt Battaglia

2012 Matt Battaglia – Emmy Winner # 1

2012 Matt Battaglia – Emmy Winner # 1

2012 Matt Battaglia – Emmy Winner # 2

2012 Matt Battaglia – Emmy Winner # 2

2013 Eukanuba - Elise Jerozal

2013 Eukanuba - Elise Jerozal

2013 Eukanuba - Elise Jerozal

2013 Eukanuba - Elise Jerozal

2013 Elise Jerozal - English Cocker, CH Nohea Plum Lucky BN, of Taylors, SC.

2013 Elise Jerozal - English Cocker, CH Nohea Plum Lucky BN, of Taylors, SC

2013 AKC Eukanuba

2013 AKC Eukanuba

2013 AKC Eukanuba

2013 AKC Eukanuba

2013 AKC Eukanuba

2013 AKC Eukanuba

Year Comp Type Distinct Juniors Total Total Juniors Competitors
Juniors competing in Junior Showmanship
2000   JSHW 3,359 28,529
2001   JSHW 3,431 31,209
2002   JSHW 3,4334 31,718
2003   JSHW 3,463 31,581
2004   JSHW 3,427 29,273
2005   JSHW 3,649 30,384
2006   JSHW 3,682 35,477
2007   JSHW 3,550 35,408
2008   JSHW 3,524 32,034
2009   JSHW 2,985 30,164
2010   JSHW 2,810 29,368
2011   JSHW 2,497 27,071
2012   JSHW 2,361 25,840
2013   JSHW 2,151 23,780
Year Entry
Eukanuba – Junior entries
2001 64
2002 65
2003 79
2004 ?
2005 93
2006 142
2007 135
2008 136
2009 95
2010 123
2011 0148
2012 150
2013 148
Year Junior Numbers Issued Junior Recognition Certs Issued
Juniors by Year awarded Certificates
2001 2607 259
2002 3015 275
2003 3058 315
2004 3184 341
2005 3109 388
2006 2877 502
2007 2699 480
2008 2269 446
2009 2352 369
2010 1982 399
2011 2322 358
2012 2298 387

2000 - 2013

2000 - 2013 Distinct Junior Handlerd in JSHW Competition Graph

2000 to 2013

2000 to 2013 Total JSHW Competitors Graph

Dayton Beach with 3rd graders

Dayton Beach with 3rd graders

2013 – Junior with her working dog

2013 – Junior with her working dog

2014 – Conformation - Alli-Kat Kelleher

2014 – Conformation - Alli-Kat

2014 Agility, Jr- Rose Rubing, member Tampa Bay Obedience

2014 Agility, Jr- Rose Rubing, member Tampa Bay Obedience

2014 Cari Stanley 9yrs old – her 2nd show

2014 Cari Stanley 9yrs old – her 2nd show

Start them early

Start them early

Pre - Junior – learn by watching

Pre - Junior – learn by watching

Pre - Junior – learn by watching

Pre - Junior – learn by watching

Pre – Junior - Practicing the long down

Pre – Junior - Practicing the long down

Why Become a Junior?

Our message, is it compelling to:

  1. The Junior ?
  2. The Volunteer who provides support?
  3. What is the message?

Why become a volunteer & mentor?

Is the message compelling ?

Opportunity to learn & improve skills

  • Sportsmanship
  • Social skills
  • Responsibility
  • How to plan and schedule
  • Improve work ethic
  • Discipline use of time
  • Learn to Manage problems

What makes AKC programs thrive?

  1. Titles
  2. Awards
  3. Recognitions

Titles for  Juniors - Best junior
Awards for Juniors – AKC Eukanuba and Westminster Winners
Recognition for Juniors - Scholarships

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We Thank You!

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About the Author

Carmen L Battaglia holds a Ph.D. and Masters Degree from Florida State University. As an AKC judge, researcher and writer, he has been a leader in promotion of breeding better dogs and has written many articles and several books.Dr. Battaglia is also a popular TV and radio talk show speaker. His seminars on breeding dogs, selecting sires and choosing puppies have been well received by the breed clubs all over the country.