Online IJA State Team Information

A and B Divisions (Live and Model Dogs)

  • Division A State Team Members compete in Regional and National Competitions.

  • Division B State Team Members compete in the Qualifying Competition.

  • Division B State Team Members are the Back-Up Team for Division A-Team.

 Team Members Live Dogs

  • Pure Breed Competitions

    • Division A: 4 Team Members

    • Division B: 4 Team Members


 Team Members Live Dogs

  • Creative Styling Competitions

    • Division A: 1 Team Members

    • Division B: 1 Team Members


 Team Members Model Dogs

  • Pure Breed Competitions

    • Division A: 1 Team Member

    • Division B: 1 Team Member


 Team Members Model Dog

  • Creative Styling Competitions

    • Division A: 1 Team Members
    • Division B: 1 Team Members

Online State Team Captain Qualifications

The online state team captain and co-captain qualifications, responsibilities, and procedures are similar to the onsite state team captains and co-captains. The biggest difference is the planning and coordination of online competitions versus onsite events.
Online only competitions make dreams come true for many talented groomers who can't participate due to the travel and time away from home required for the onsite events.
Online State Team Captain Qualifications

The online state team captain oversees all-state team members. The captain must be a leader and great team player with excellent online communication skills to form their teams and help them bring home the gold in the Competitions.

Online State Team Co-Captain Qualifications

The online state team co-captain assists the team captain with the many responsibilities and tasks and continues to recruit team members to move their team to the highest level during the competition year. 

Position: How to Submit: Online State Team Captain

Future online state team captains and co-captains submit applications to Be a great leader in your state and our industry by participating in our online competitions with trim style by coat type certifications—time to take your team to the top in our online only competition series. 


Registration Process: How Does It Work?

The IJA Team reviews the registration to confirm all required information is complete and approves the state team captain and co-captain. 

Online State Team Captain and Co-Captain Responsibilities

Study - Know - Understand

All-state team captains and co-captains must study and understand all about IJA events, rules, policies, and procedures for the World Virtual Grooming Competition System. Yes, we have to get it right when we are the leaders of the pack!


Organize - Participate - Online Events

Online state team captains and co-captains organize and participate in online mock competitions with other state team captains and competitors to prepare their teams for the four major competitions conducted each year. 


Secure and Supply Competition Dogs

Great competition dogs result in wins when it comes to live dog competitions. To be the best, you must have beautiful dogs for your team! Online state team captains work directly with other state team captains, team members, competitors, and breeders to secure competition dogs for their teams.

Search and Find and Secure Sponsorship

The online state team captains secure and promote local and state sponsorships to assist with overall expenses competing on the virtual stage. Captains also play a huge role in promoting events to encourage and secure industry sponsorship.


Secure and Maintain Accurate Team Member Information

Online State Team Captains are responsible for securing all required information from state team members to complete team processing procedures.


Collect Required Deposits and Fees

State Team Captains are responsible for securing all deposits and fees from team members.


Team Expenses Online Competition Expenses

The state team captain must secure sponsorship to pay for the logo, backdrop, banner, and uniforms for presentations in the online events. 


​Securing Dogs for Competition Team
The IJA State Team Captain assists members in securing competition dogs to create a successful team. ​

State Team Member Qualifications


QUALIFICATIONS for Online State Team

Level 2 Master or Higher Rating

Pre-Qualification for Online State Team

2020 state team members pre-qualify for their 2021 state team. State team members confirm participation with your state team captain. 


Previous Ranking in IJA Shows

IJA Competitors have achieved a Level 2 Master Rank or Higher qualification to participate in their state team in the first competition conducted in 2020. Contact your state captain. If you do not have an online state team, contact us at to form your team. 

Seasoned Competitors

Seasoned competitors interested in qualifying can participate online in our mock qualifying competitions organized by the state team captains and IJA. If you do not have an online state team, contact us at to form your team. 


​Competitors - Continue Your Steps to Success Online

Continue to attend the new IJA online mock competitions to receive your evaluations to achieve the next level. 


A resident of State Required

The IJA Competitor must be a resident of the state for 3 months and must be able to show proof of residency.

Required Ranking

The IJA Competitor must achieve a Level 2 Master Rank or Higher in a specific Coat Type Category.

How to Qualify to Compete in Online State Competitions

IJA will conduct the first competition in December 2020 to introduce the new system and qualify individual competitors for state team competitions for the 2020 competition year. State team captains and IJA will conduct online competitions to compete with each other to train for the four major championship competitions held per year.


Qualifying One or More Coat Types

The IJA competitor has the opportunity to qualify for their state team in all coat type categories.


Pure Breed Competition Classes 

Pure breeds or mixed breeds can be used to create the Pure Breed Conformation Trim Style.

Competition dogs must have the correct coat type for class.

Multitude of Coat Types

Example: Golden Retriever

Pure Breed or Mixed breed trimmed in a Golden Retriever conformation trim style ready to go into the conformation ring.

Sporting Coat Types

Example: Cocker Spaniel

Pure Breed or Mixed breed trimmed in a Cocker Spaniel conformation trim style ready to go into the conformation ring.

Wire Coat Types

Example: West Highland Terrier

Pure Breed or Mixed breed trimmed in a West Highland Terrier conformation trim style ready to go into the conformation ring.

Curly Coat Types

Example: Bichon Frise

Pure Breed or Mixed breed trimmed in a Bichon Frise conformation trim style ready to go into the conformation ring.


Specialty Class: Poodles - Toy - Miniature - Standard

Conformation Trim Styles and Free Style Trims


Free Style Competition Classes - NO PURE BREED TRIMS ALLOWED​

This class is reserved for unique trims such as the fox, the lion, and the panda trim styles—mix and match trim style components. Just no conformation trims styles!

Example: Pomeranian trimmed in a Lion Trim Style or a Panda Trim.​

Mixed and Pure Breeds in conformation trims are judged in conformation trim class.

Where to Qualify ONLINE

Championship Training Workshops for Qualifying Competitions with Education and Certifications

IJA conducts ONLINE ONLY Championship Training Workshop and Competitions for online training to prepare and qualify competitors for their individual state teams. State Captains contact IJA for a time frame for their teams to submit to be evaluated, ranked, and placed.


ONLINE competitors are invited to participate in IJA ONSITE EVENTS

Suggested for the beginner with novice skills to be evaluated and scored onsite.​ 

Onsite Championship Training Workshops with Mock Competitions are conducted at local salons and schools by our IJA Judges and Level 4 Specialists. You must travel and participate onsite for this event!

Qualifying Competitions: Certifications with Educations IJA Shows at the Pet Expos

​Suggested for the individual who has competed before in conformation or grooming competitions.

Suggested for the novice to be evaluated and scored and placed in a level to determine their path to take with IJA.

IJA conducts 3 qualifying events with all competitors to receive an evaluation, score, rank, and title to be eligible for a state team.  IJA ranking and scoring are utilized. Judges use the international scoring system established and maintained by IJA Judges since 1998.

IJA SHOW at the Columbus Pet Expo - March

IJA SHOW at the Mardi Gras Pet Expo - May

IJA SHOW at the Pittsburgh Pet Expo - November

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