2019 Addition to AR Tiebreakers Rules

By S. Mize, posted on October 04, 2018

As we get ready to go into the 2019 season, we are adding another level to our Air Retrieve tie breaker system. This new AR Jump-Off procedure will be in effect at the National Championships.


The jump-off procedure will only take place after the first 3 levels of the tie breaker have been evaluated and there is still a tie. Any jumps done during the AR Jump Off procedure WILL NOT COUNT towards any NADD official scores. They are for the sole purpose of breaking a tie. The AR Jump Off procedure should only be used during Championships or Qualifier events. If a facility wishes to use at a facility Finals event, that is at their discretion.


AR Jump-Off Procedure

Any dogs still tied after the tie break calculations have been run will meet with the judge.

The judge will request each Handler secretly submit a distance that their dog will make 1 attempt at the jump-off.


The requirements for the jump-off distances are as follows:

  1. The Handler cannot pick a distance greater than the farthest distance the dog attempted at that event.
  2. The jump-off distance will be made privately and given to the judge. These distances will not be shared until all are turned in to the judge. Once they are submitted, they CAN NOT be changed for any reason.
  3. Jump-Off distance may be made at any 3 inch increments.


Example : 3 dogs all finish the Senior AR Qualifier tied at 17ft. All 3 dogs are still tied using the current tie breaker calculations. The judge will call all 3 handlers over and will ask each one to privately submit their distance to attempt in the jump-off.


Dog A Submits 17 ft 6 inches

Dog B Submits 17 ft 9 inches

Dog C Submits 17 ft 6 inches.


Once all 3 dogs attempts have been privately submitted, the judge will announce the attempt distances. The dog with the farthest attempt distance will go first (Dog B) … If this dog hits that distance, then it cleanly secures the highest of the tied positions (1st). The next 2 dogs will each get to make an attempt at their selected distances. If one hits, and one misses, then the dog that hit will secure the next highest tied position (2nd). The dog that missed would be in the lowest tied position (3rd).


Now, in the event that the 1st dog misses, they would then have to wait until after the other 2 dogs make their attempts. If both dogs hit, then Dog B would be in the lowest tied position as it did not make a grab.

If after any hits or misses by dogs, they are still tied, then the tie will be broken by the dog with the highest Season Average. This rewards the dog  that has shown the higher level of jumping throughout the season.

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