A League of Your Own
Putting together an agility league in the training center can be an interesting logistical problem. You might have a staff of instructors who all have a different vision for training objectives for their own students. And you have students who come and go throughout the week on different days, at different hours.
The simple approach would be to select a course or game and set the floor for the entire week with that layout of equipment. Give the layout to your instructors and challenge them to find their training objectives without moving equipment.
The league play competition doesn’t need to be a part of the class. It could be sandwiched between classes. For example, you have a one-hour class that begins at 6:00 pm; and another that begins at 7:30. To introduce league play you ask the later class to come a bit early. Briefing begins promptly at 7:00 pm, then walkthrough, then run the game. The later class begins immediately after the last dog has run and will have its own full hour.
Prices should be kept very low to encourage participation by large and diverse groups of students. For example, the training center might charge $16 a dog for an eight week league. This would cover a league secretary fee and TDAP recording fees.
The training center would realize a number of benefits from running an agility league. For the exhibitor (your student) it is a marvelous opportunity to run a dog in competition at nominal expense. For the instructor this is an opportunity to see how students, both dog and handler, are progressing and what they are learning. And when you put a stop-watch on the team and record a score, the instructor gets to see how the team is ready for the real pressure of competition.
How TDAP Works
It is our intention to post on the internet a weekly challenge game that might be played by agility enthusiasts around the world. If you want to play with your group you download the course-map and the reporting form.
When you’ve collected all your scores you’ll upload results to the internet (and pay recording fees by online transaction).
These records will be aggregated along with every other club and individual who has accepted the challenge. The event summary will be reported when all scores have been collected. Dogs may earn titles by qualifying scores. And all dogs will earn Life Time Performance (LPP) points reflecting such things as: the fact that they played; how many dogs they beat in competition; and whether the dog earned a qualifying score.
Oh… there are no restrictions. The weekly league play challenge might be accepted by a big agility training club that has 200 students a week; or it might be played by three fans of the game who train together out in the woods.
Remember… there are no dog registration fees and there are no trial application fees.
The judge or steward of the event will be someone with experience and integrity in whom the local group has confidence.
The size of your competition field or floor is key to what game or course challenge your group can take. A club with a luxurious 120′ x 120′ can accept any challenge imaginable. A club with a 60′ x 90′ floor will be limited to that size, or smaller. TDAP will endeavor to make available challenges of a variety of sizes every week.