This policy helps to establish the highest standards in the pet styling profession as stated in
the GroomTeam USA Inc.® Code of Conduct and guidelines for point acceptance.
GroomTeam USA, Inc.® Board Members, Officers, and Team Coordinator are prohibited from competing in GroomTeam USA Sanctioned Classes or judging Open Division in GroomTeam USA Inc.® Sanctioned classes.
- Competitors will not be eligible to earn GroomTeam points under the following conditions:
• Accepting judging or apprentice judging assignments for any GroomTeam Sanctioned classes. There will be a waiting period of one year from the last class judged or the next team cycle, whichever is greater.
• Entry provided by your judge(s).
• Entry prepared by any judge(s) throughout the duration of the show.
• Familial relationship with any judge(s) assigned during the timeframe(s) of
that sanctioned class(es).
• Personal Mentoring Relationship with judge(s) assigned during the timeframe(s) of that sanctioned class(es). (Excluding post contest critiques) including:
• Private or semi-private instruction (less than six attendees) within four months of competition.
• Instructor/Student/Apprentice within the last six months.
• Vested business relationship, defined as an involvement having the element of personal gain, within the last twelve months including but not limited to:
• Professional Handling or Handling Assistant
• Business Partnership or Venture
- Show Organizers must adhere to the following conflict of interest policies pertaining to GroomTeam USA Inc.® sanctioned classes to retain sanctioning status. Show management:
• May not influence or advise contest placements.
• May not utilize the services of judges who:
• Are employees/employer (free-lance authors/sub-contractors are exempt).
• Are directly involved with the planning and production of the contest.
• Are relatives of show management.
• Have a business ownership/partnership with show management.
• Use professional handler services for/with show management.
- Although judge/competitor conflicts of interest are ultimately the competitor’s responsibility, it is in the best interest of show management to hire judges that have retired from the competition ring.
• Show Management should prohibit judges from:
• Judging their students, relatives, or employees/employers.
• Judging contestants with whom they have a vested business relationship.
• Providing contest dogs to contestants in a class that they are judging.
• Personally assisting a competitor with any dog entry preparation for the show duration.
GroomTeam USA Inc.® has the responsibility to quickly address issues directly related to the awarding of points as referenced in sections 1 and 2 above. To resolve issues, immediately submit a Grievance Form for the perceived infraction to the attention of the GroomTeam USA Inc.® Board of Directors, Team Liaison, or Team Coordinator. At least one of these GroomTeam USA Inc.® leaders are present at almost all shows. Contact information can be found on the GroomTeam USA website.
All other concerns should be brought to the attention of the Show Promoter/Contest Coordinator, utilizing the protocol established for the specific contest in question.