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2017 Jump Height Amendments-Updated

2017 Jump Height Amendments


USDAA is pleased to announce an amendment to the jump height performance standards and cutoffs as set forth in Chapters 3, 4 and 5 of USDAA Official Rules and Regulations to be effective for events held on or after December 28, 2016.

When agility was first introduced to the dog world, jump heights were few and far between. As dog agility grew in popularity, more dogs of all types began to play, truly making it a sport for all dogs.

As promised back in 2013, when the current jump heights were introduced, the data from these new jump heights was evaluated to determine the impact on creating equitable competition. Following through on this commitment, the new jump heights for the Championship, Performance, Veterans and Intro programs are as follows:

Championship

Dogs Maximum
Height at Withers

Minimum Championship
Jump Height

Division
12"10"Small
14"14"Medium
17"16"Medium
19"20"Large
21"22"Large
Over 21"24"Extra Large

Performance

Dogs Maximum
Height at Withers
Minimum Performance
Jump Height
Division
12"8"Small
16"12"Medium
19"14"Large
21"16"Large
Over 21"20"Extra Large

Veterans

Dogs Maximum
Height at Withers

Veterans Required
Jump Height
Division
12"4"Small
16"8"Medium
Over 16"12"Large & Extra Large

Intro

Dogs Maximum
Height at Withers
Optional Intro
Jump Heights
Division
n/a4"n/a
n/a8"n/a
n/a12"n/a
n/a16"n/a
n/a20"n/a

As with previous USDAA regulations, competitors in the Championship and Performance Programs may always compete in a higher height. The tables for the jump height categories establish the minimum jumping height for dogs with the maximum measurement indicated. For example, a dog measuring 17.5" may now jump 20", 22" or 24" in championship or 14", 16" or 20" in Performance. Only the Veterans Program requires that a dog jump in their assigned category.

This amendment to jump heights requires no equipment modifications since it utilizes jump heights currently in place. Specific amendments and modifications to the Rulebook will be made and posted under the Rules Amendment section of the Regulations eBook section of the website by December 28, 2016.

We know there are many questions about these standards, and we have put together a Q & A (Part 1 and Part 2) to help answer some of them.

We have also updated the schedule for Standard Course Time (SCT) for each level and have posted a chart summarizing SCTs as an amendment effective 12/28/2016.

Many thanks to the USDAA Advisory Committee for their time, comments, explanations and suggestions on this very important topic.

Established in 2015, the Advisory Committee is a group of approximately 50 competitors, event organizers, affiliated group representatives.

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