Posted Date: May 12, 2007
Are you prepared for the upcoming Regional Championships?
With the first Regional Championships for the 2007 tournament season rapidly approaching, it is important that everyone be aware of the following:
- the 2007 qualifying period began September 23, 2006, and continues through September 16, 2007.
- entry to the World Championships in Grand Prix, Performance National Standard, Steeplechase and Performance Speed Jumping each require two qualifications, being either -
- two local qualifications
- one local qualification and one qualification from Round 1 in a Regional Championship
- entry to or success at the Regional Championships is not required for entry to the World Championships, though there are benefits to entry to the Regional Championship as indicated below
- entry to the World Championships in Dog Agility Masters Three-dog Team or Performance Versatility Pairs requires one local qualification or one qualification from a Regional Championship in one of these tournaments
- you must enter all Performance or all Championship Program tournaments, based upon the collective number of qualifications earned in all tournaments. If the majority of qualifications is in Championship, then you are required to enter Championship; if the number of collective qualifications is equal, then you are required to enter Championship; and if the majority of qualifications is in Performance, you must enter Performance.
To be able to enter a Regional Championship -
- for the Grand Prix -
you must have at least one qualification at a local qualifier for Grand Prix must have been earned during the current tournament season
- for the Steeplechase -
you must have at least one qualification at a local qualifier for Steeplehcase must have been earned during the current tournament season
- for Performance National Standard -
you must have at least one qualification at a local qualifier for Performance National Standard must have been earned during the current tournament season
The following tournament classes do not require a previous local qualification for entry to the Regional Championship, but qualifications (# shown in parentheses) are still required for entry to the World Championship event -
- Dog Agility Masters Three-Dog Team (1 qualification)
- Performance Speed Jumping (2 qualifications)
- Performance Versatility Pairs (1 qualification)
Byes earned at a Regional Championship -
- for Grand Prix and Performance National Standard -
Top 50% of competitors earn a bye into the semifinals and the winner earns a bye into the finals (qualifying score required in all cases); if a winner has previously won a Regional, then the bye passes to the next in line
- for Steeplechase -
Top qualifiers as calculated by the qualification formula in Round 2 earn a bye into the semifinals; there is NO bye into the finals.
Click HERE to download a diagram summarizing the qualification criteria and the roads to advancement.
Other things to keep in mind when entering a Regional -
- The competitor can choose Championship or Performance to enter (providing they have the Q), it is not based on the greater # of Qs; but remember you may not enter both Championship and Performance tournaments at the regional. This does not apply to the test classes.
If you are entering a Regional before having earned your qualification in anticipation that you will have earned it, to facilitate your entries to the Regional, you should send a separate check for the tournament classes for which you ultimately may not be eligible. This will help the host group to handle your entry in the most efficient manner possible should you be ineligible for the tournament classes. Check with the respective show secretary for the regional you plan to enter to determine their specific needs. And of course, it helps to read the test schedule closely, as conditions for entry related to administrative procedures do vary from show to show.