A System of Titling for the NDAL

This model differs from the traditional agility organizations; most of which are roughly the same system. The traditional model is based on a mixture of competitive obedience and equestrian sports.

The NDAL dog in competition is measured against the field, rather than against a defined standard for performance. NDAL games and courses have no “qualifying criteria”. This measurement is implicit in the accrual of Lifetime Performance Points (LPP).

LPP is literally a count of dogs with a lesser score in a competition. If 10 dogs play a game, then the first-place dog will earn 10 LPP… the last place dog will earn a single LPP. A dog that earns a score of “E” (Elimination) will earn a single point for having played the game.

NDAL Titles

Dog Agility Initiate ~ The NDAI title is conferred when the dog has earned 100 Lifetime Performance Points

Dog Agility Player ~ The NDAP title is conferred when the dog has earned 500 Lifetime Performance Points

Dog Agility Gamer ~ The NDAG title is conferred when the dog has earned 1000 Lifetime Performance Points

Dog Agility Master ~ The NDAM title is conferred when the dog has earned 5000 Lifetime Performance Points

Dog Agility Player Exceptional ~ The NDAPE title is conferred when the dog has earned 500 Lifetime Performance Points; and wins Top Dog in a league game.

Dog Agility Gamer Exceptional ~ The NDAGE title is conferred when the dog has earned 1000 Lifetime Performance Points; and wins Top Dog in two or more league games.

Dog Agility Master Exceptional ~ The NDAME title is conferred when the dog has earned 5000 Lifetime Performance Points; and was designated the Top Dog in a league series.

Dog Agility Champion [yyyy] ~ The NDACh title is conferred when the dog has earned 5000 Lifetime Performance Points; and was designated the Top Dog for a given league for an entire calendar year.

Dog Agility Grand Champion [yyyy] ~ The NDAGCh title is conferred when the dog has earned 10,000 Lifetime Performance Points; and wins Top Dog for a given league in a calendar year.

Dog Agility Top Dog [club / league] ~ The NDATD title is conferred to the highest scoring dog in a given franchise for a given league and is conferred upon the completion of a league series.

Dog Agility Club Pro [club / year] ~ The NDACP title is conferred to the highest scoring dog in a given franchise for a calendar year.

Iron Dog Agility Grand Champion (date) ~ The NIDAGCh title is conferred to the dog scoring the highest earned LPP in the NDAL for all time.

 

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