We need an earnest discussion about the “agility league” especially and obviously as it relates to Top Dog Agility Players. Just a couple days ago we published an Introduction, which outlines how the opening night of league play will work at Queen City Dog Training Club in Cincinnati, OH on August 5, 2014.
And now, the real question for which inquiring want an answer. Why is the final league team randomized? Why not come into a competition with a team already assembled. After all, that builds team spirit and camaraderie.
Bear with me on this. One club only gets one team. Can that club preselect the team? Of course they can. What we have at Queen City is a competition to which about 40 dogs will be invited. Why would they show up if “the team” were already selected? What we’re going to do is have two rounds of qualifying courses or games. Every dogs placement against the field accumulated over the two rounds will determine who gets to be on the five dog team. And then, in the final round, the scores earned by those five dogs will constitute the score of the Queen City team. And this is the score will be recorded against any other teams that report a score for league play.
A league must have rules. One of our really basic rules is that the team must be selected before running the challenge course. It would be unfair (and, obviously, against our rules) if we ran 40 dogs on the challenge course and afterwards picked the top five scores to represent the team score. That wouldn’t be a team at all.
At this point we don’t even know if other clubs around the country (or around the world) will compete with the Queen City team. This isn’t going to be a quick and easy start-up.
If you are going to play, or feel like you want to… get in touch with me. I’ll help you get started! ~ Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. Come out and play with us!
Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. Visit the web store at: www.dogagility.org/newstore. Please note that the web store carries The Book of Agility Games. This is an important reference for any club who plays the variety of games that we’ll play in Top Dog Agility Players.