General => General Discussion => Topic started by: PattiD on June 17, 2020, 05:31:21 AM

Title: NATCH
Post by: PattiD on June 17, 2020, 05:31:21 AM
Could someone please explain to me what a NATCH is? (Sorry, I'm a little slow).
Title: Re: NATCH
Post by: Anne Etherton on June 17, 2020, 06:44:21 AM
To get a NATCH you need elite titles in regular, jumpers and chances and then 200 points in regular, 100 points in jumpers and chances.

Title: Re: NATCH
Post by: Chris Nelson on June 17, 2020, 08:19:48 AM
230 Points in Elite Regular
130 Points in Elite Jumpers
130 Points in Elite Chances

Versatility NATCH:
All of the above plus
130 Points in Touch n Go, Tunnelers, Weavers

All Around NATCH:
All of the requirements for a V-NATCH Plus:

130 Points in Elite Barrelers and Hoopers
OR 130 Points in Elite Gamblers
Title: Re: NATCH
Post by: Sara Langston on June 18, 2020, 07:57:17 AM
Could someone please explain to me what a NATCH is? (Sorry, I'm a little slow).

Also, NATCH stands for National Agility Trial CHampion which goes in front of the dog's name when he/she earns one. 

Title: Re: NATCH
Post by: PattiD on June 18, 2020, 12:16:51 PM
Thanks everyone! So it is only for elite. I wasn't sure exactly what it was. Now I do !
Title: Re: NATCH
Post by: Carole & Pat Daggett on June 18, 2020, 12:33:48 PM
Patti D

NATCH actually stands for NADAC Agility Trial Champion.  If you go to the link below, there is a detailed description of all Awards; it is a good resource for this type of info.

Carole Daggett
Title: Re: NATCH
Post by: ricbonner on June 21, 2020, 07:18:35 PM
All the responses have been pretty technical.  So I thought I would offer a more laymen's description.

A NATCH is an award that demonstrates not only that a dog/handler team has amazing skills, but has demonstrated those skills multiple times.

A NATCH is not an easy thing to earn, especially for the first time for a dog, and doublly difficult for the first time for a human.  It takes a lot of time and effort, and a lot of learning and knowledge, and a lot of training and competing.  Earning a NATCH demonstrates that the dog/handler team has the commitment to succeed and the discipline to overcome obstacles in their development.

A NATCH is the product of a tremendous committment and investment.  A dog has to progress through Novice, then Open, then Elite, and then continue even further at the Elite level - across 3 classes for the core NATCH.

Its a big deal for a team.  Many teams have earning a NATCH as their main agility career goal.  A lot of dogs never earn one.  Either they couldn't overcome an issue, or maybe they didn't trial enough, or not enough trials were accessible, maybe there was an injury, or any of dozens of other reasons that prevent earning the championship.  But for the dogs that do NATCH, it is a very meaningful thing to earn.  It is a goal that is generally years in the making.  And getting that last Q that fulfills the criteria can be very emotional.

Title: Re: NATCH
Post by: Donna & Gracie on June 23, 2020, 03:14:35 AM

Ricbonner... Just wanted to say how well you described the process of earning a Natch. The time, discipline, investment and emotional aspect rings true for many teams. I appreciate your insight.