Strict is relative unless your sole purpose is winning shows. Some breeders believe in culling every thing that isn't perfection while others are fine with adopting out subpar fish. I believe in breeding the best fish but don't let one or two faults keep you from breeding a great fish otherwise.
It's a program where new breeders can get their hands on quality stock from a breeder willing to donate a pair. You can not choose the pair, tail type or color. The only thing keeping me from requesting a pair would be getting some CTs...I love em but my water is too hard. And I can import so easily it's really not hard for me to get some stock.