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Sharon Nelson

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Re: Intro to Agility
« Reply #45 on: April 17, 2014, 09:51:31 AM »
Thanks to all of the clubs that added Intro to their current trials!  We have never had so much positive feedback from competitors!  They really appreciate the opportunity to have a shortened course and still a tough qualifying program.  Intro is NOT a giveaway and the dog must be prepared to trial and do obstacles correctly.  But what a great way to start with a shorter course for those that want to reward those dogs with smiling and happy faces sooner!!

People are loving it!!

Thanks again!  Those clubs took the chance by stepping up first and we applaud your support of this new program.

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Re: Intro to Agility
« Reply #46 on: April 17, 2014, 11:05:21 AM »
Totally Awesome that this will be part of he VT program!  Just what our special needs dog needs.

Also would be cool way for other dogs to get started in the Extreme Games.
Merri, Hildie and Katie
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Re: Intro to Agility
« Reply #47 on: April 17, 2014, 12:26:34 PM »
Totally Awesome that this will be part of he VT program!  Just what our special needs dog needs.

Also would be cool way for other dogs to get started in the Extreme Games.
Merri, Hildie and Katie

So far the courses with Intro added to them are 80x120 and 100x100 ring sizes.  It will be a couple weeks before I get sets done for the smaller 80x100 ring sizes.  So for those with the standard 80x120 or 100x100, we can upload some of those now!

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Re: Intro to Agility
« Reply #48 on: April 17, 2014, 12:27:46 PM »
Lisa's trial last weekend had 52 Intro runs!!!  Wow!

Lots of new dogs and many older dogs enjoying the short but challenging courses!

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LeeAnne McAdam

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Re: Intro to Agility
« Reply #49 on: April 17, 2014, 05:36:18 PM »
That is awesome!  I hope more clubs will offer it.  Good job, Lisa!
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Re: Intro to Agility
« Reply #50 on: April 17, 2014, 07:41:53 PM »
We have 31 so far with some saying if their dogs handle it they will add more over the weekend!!!   ;D  Go Intro doggies!!!!
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Jeanne Allen

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Re: Intro to Agility
« Reply #51 on: April 17, 2014, 08:05:45 PM »
I can not wait to try the new Intro Level!  Will get the chance this weekend!  Thanks Jeannie for adding it to the Got Dog? trial!!!!!

Now to only get my club to offer it in more classes than just Regular.
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Re: Intro to Agility
« Reply #52 on: April 20, 2014, 03:21:52 PM »
WE LOVE INTRO!!!

Thanks Sharon and also to trial secretaries for adding it. This is perfect for FitzRoy as we struggle with her hyperarousal issues. The short courses are just long enough to get around with her brain intact, and the challenges we saw today were very reasonable. We may stay in Intro forever ;>.
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Re: Intro to Agility
« Reply #53 on: April 20, 2014, 05:26:27 PM »
Intro is gaining speed here in Montana!!  This weekend at the GotDog? trial we had 64 Intro runs  ;D

This such an incredible addition to NADAC and agility trials. 
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Re: Intro to Agility
« Reply #54 on: April 20, 2014, 05:43:08 PM »
Woo-hoo!!  That is awesome!
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Re: Intro to Agility
« Reply #55 on: April 20, 2014, 06:37:31 PM »
Intro is awesome !!!!!
  What a great addition to the trial!!   This past weekend in NJ my intro numbers were lower......but I will keep offering it
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Re: Intro to Agility
« Reply #56 on: April 20, 2014, 07:29:59 PM »
We had Intro class for the first time in Australia in Ballarat on the weekend. It was absolutely fantastic. The young dogs who tried it grew so much in confidence with the shorter courses and less obstacles in the ring. It was a real winner here. Well done Sharon for thinking of it and Well Done. Shirlene for adding it for us Aussies.
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Re: Intro to Agility
« Reply #57 on: April 20, 2014, 08:46:17 PM »
It did not add too much to the trial day either. The courses were simple enough that some people didn't even bother to walk. The most time was wasted getting the first dog on the line ;>.
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Sharon Nelson

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Re: Intro to Agility
« Reply #58 on: April 20, 2014, 10:26:22 PM »
A note about Intro.  Imagine you had been running trials with only Open and Elite levels.  Then we added Novice......... there would be a extra course builds and walk throughs and the courses don't "magically" change from Open to Novice without some effort by the course builders and the judge and the course crew.  It would be 1/3 more work than before!

With Intro, you are adding Intro to the current levels of Novice, Open and Elite.  That means extra walk throughs, course builds and time for the trial.  In most cases you add 1/4 more time to the trial.  You have added a fourth level to each class, and the added time for walk throughs and course builds.  The courses need to change, they are not a matter of just simply "skipping" a few obstacles and calling it Into.  The level gets the same amount of respect as any other level, which also means not having a field of equipment that isn't supposed to be taken by the Intro team.  The Intro teams get their own time at the trial with course builds and walk throughs.

That being said, Intro is a HUGE success!  Some clubs have found the course changes and extra walk throughs to be easy and a great addition and a real thrill to see the up and coming teams starting to get some ring time.  Other clubs have found the course changes to be too long and more work than expected originally.  All clubs ran the same courses.   It was hard on some and easy on others.

But even clubs or judges that felt it took a bit too much time still loved the addition of Intro and we will all work together to try to minimize any difficulties that arise.

I can put even more hours into course design with the sole concern to not cause any course changes for judges or clubs and maybe some clubs can try harder to realize that adding a whole new level is going to add course changes, walk throughs and time to a trial. 

Intro will also add more entries.

If one imagined hosting a trial without Novice.  The trial would be shorter, the courses would have less course builds and walk throughs and much less time involved.  The trial would also have that many less entries.

Intro has pluses and minuses.  I think that some clubs/judges thought that courses wouldn't change and the Intro teams would just run a few of the obstacles already on the course from a previous level.  But Intro is treated with the same respect as Novice, Open and Elite.  They have a course built for them just like the other three levels do.  The courses are challenging and fair for the Intro teams and they don't have to work around obstacles left in the ring that they are not supposed to be taking.

We got reviews from clubs that ran the same courses that all changes were simple and didn't take hardly any time and also that the course changes took too much time.

So the addition of Intro may or may not be a good addition to your trial!  The entries for Intro will continue to grow and grow and clubs will need to consider if those additional runs are worth the addition of added time and work needed to offer a 4th level for each class.

Right now clubs can pick and choose which classes they want to offer an Intro level.  As of January 1st, if Intro is offered then it must be offered in every class or none at all.  So this year is the time to decide on what is best and either build up the Intro "population" in your area or decide that it isn't the best fit for your area and club.

So there are positives and negatives to the addition of a fourth level to the classes.  A lot of fun and/or a lot of work!!

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Shirlene Clark

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Re: Intro to Agility
« Reply #59 on: April 21, 2014, 01:48:48 AM »
We ran intro in Australia this weekend.  A 2 day trial, double run format, 6 classes a day.  Intro was an absolute hit !  It was terrific to see teams who were struggling in Novice level enter Intro and suddenly there was happiness for handlers and dogs !  By the end of the second day the intro dogs were going from strength to strength.  I will continue to offer intro level here...it is a good thing for the sport.  Good on many levels both for the here and now and for the future of agility :)
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