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Junior Handlers - Regionals and National Championship

Junior Handlers have multiple options to compete in both Regionals and the National Championship in Distance Jumping. Please be sure to read the information carefully so you are aware of how to register and compete.


Regionals

Junior Handlers may compete in both the Junior Handler event specific to their regional and in a regular regional splash for Distance Jumping. There is no option for Junior Handler invites for HD or AR only DJ. 

 

Only the Junior Handler Regional events will count towards a juniors invite to the Junior Handler National Championship. Juniors must be handler of handler of merit for the Junior handler event. If they also compete in the regular Regional event they will be competing with the adults for a spot in the National Championship.  

 

Registration

Junior Handlers must register in advance. There will be no day of registration accepted. Please be sure to be aware of which event you are registering for.

 

  1. If they register for the Junior Handler Regional Event, this means the handler will earn a qualifying spot towards the Junior Handler National Championship.

 

  1. If the Junior Handler registers for the regular distance jumping, they will be placed and potentially earn a qualifying spot towards the National Championship to compete in the regular DJ event.

 

Jr. Handlers can enter both the JR. Handler event AND the regular regionals event.

 

Registration for the Junior Handler Regional Event is specific to each regional. If you are not sure where to register or find this information, please check with the mobile dock that is running each event.

 

Check In

Junior handlers should check in with admin and let them know that they are the handler of merit for either the Junior Handler event or the Regional DJ event. It is important to verify this information to be sure that admin has the proper info to send National Championship invites to the junior handlers.

 

Competition and Scoring

The run order (for the Junior Handler event) will be posted on the Wednesday before the regional event. Junior Handlers (for the Junior Handler event) will jump before the rest of Dock Jumping.

 

Junior handlers can have an additional handler on the dock, but they must be the handler of merit (throwing the toy). Junior Handlers follow the same rules as Dock Jumping..

 

Placement and Ribbons

For the Junior Handler Regional event, there are no placements. Each junior competing in the Junior Handler Regional event will receive a qualifier ribbon for their jump.

 

If Junior Handlers participate in the Regular Regional Event, they will be placed along with all other distance jump competitors for placements.

 

Qualifying for National Championship

In order to qualify for the Junior Handler National Championship, junior handlers MUST participate in the Junior Handler Regional event. All juniors who compete in the JH regional event will earn an invite towards the National Championship in Springfield, MO.

 

Nationals

Check In

Please be sure to notify admin upon check in that you are checking in for the Junior Handler showcase. We will need the handler’s name upon check in. Teams must have been preregistered in order to jump in the Junior Handler National Showcase. We will not accept on site registration.

 

Competition

Junior Handlers will jump on Saturday before finals. There will not be a finals for Junior Handlers. Junior Handler scoring is not based on HD or AR, only DJ.

 

Scoring

Junior Handler scores are determined by the team’s best jump distance in the Junior Handler National Championship. From that score, for calculation purposes, the Junior Handler’s score will be compared to the rest of the National Championship to see where that team would hypothetically rank in a placement of ALL dogs jumping in that same division. Based on that team’s ranking, a percentile will be calculated using rank divided by total number of dogs in that division.

 

Points are then given based on that percentile.

 

Placement will be based on points. Placement will not be by division.

 

Junior Handler Placement Percentile Chart

Top 10% - 10pts

11-20% - 9pts

21-30% - 8pts

31-40% - 7pts

41-50% - 6pts

51-60% - 5pts

61-70% - 4pts

71-80% - 3pts

81-90% - 2pts

91-100% - 1pt

 

In case of a tiebreaker, the team’s seasonal average ranking will be calculated into a percentile of ALL seasonal ranked dogs in your division using that same chart.

 

Awards

Results and awards will be given at the Awards Banquet on Saturday, October 29th. If you are unable to attend the banquet, the awards will be available for pickup after the banquet is over.

 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENT for Regionals and National Championship – 2022

 

For the 2021 National Showcase, NADD was excited to present a new venue along with three pools, added the banquet, dedicated crating space and amazing vendors. The 2021 Regionals and National Showcase were a huge hit. Regionals being presented in dedicated areas across the country provided numerous options for competitors to qualify for The National Showcase. With change and growth, there is always feedback and suggestions. As a result, NADD formed a committee dedicated to looking at that feedback. With their help we have added some new changes for 2022 Regionals and the 2022 National Championship.

 

NEW FOR THIS YEAR
Below is an overview of the changes we have made to Regionals and Nationals.

 

General Information

  • We are returning to calling our Nationals the National Championship. This change was made to reflect how important and exciting this event is. The goal of the National Championship is to reflect the top achievements for dogs and handlers. We felt that returning to this name not only reflected where NADD is going for 2022, but also what we are returning to for the 2022 National Championship.

 

  • An exciting change for 2022 at the National Championship - a fourth pool! As we reflected on the 2021 Showcase, something we really felt was a huge positive was how quickly the day went. After completing some analysis, we feel that adding a fourth pool will not only allow for time savings, but also a better experience overall for our competitors.
  • Another exciting change is expanding finals for the National Championship. Finals should be the highlight of The National Championship and should allow both dog and handler to perform their very best. We have moved Finals to a dedicated day (Saturday, Oct. 29th). This new format allows for a dedicated time to not only present the Finals, but is also a highlight for our competitors of the National Championship.

 

Here are some additional highlights of some changes coming. More to come!


RUNNING ORDER

Regionals & Nationals

  • Alphabetical run order by division with no stopping between divisions.


SCHEDULE

Regionals

  • Same format as last year:
  • You may attend as many regionals as you would like in any location. 
  • Schedule each day will run HD, DJ, AR.
    • Junior event will run at a predetermined time depending on that docks overall schedule.

 

Nationals

  • Wednesday -   Antinol Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ)
  • Thursday– Friday – National Championship
  • Saturday – Finals, Juniors, Awards Banquet
  • Sunday - First Chance Qualifier (FCQ)


PRACTICE TIME

Regionals

  • Practice during first splash Distance only.
  • No Practice for HD or AR

 

 Nationals

  • Practice during first splash Distance only.
  • No Practice for HD or AR
  • Since these events take a village to manage and run as a thank you, we will make additional warm up pool time available for volunteers.


DISTANCE

Regionals 

  • The division you will compete in will be determined by season average at the close of the regional event registration.
  • 12” cap. Meaning -  If your best jump is over the 12” cap you will be moved into the next division for placement.
  • 3 minutes, practice on first splash only. You will get 2 splashes *
  • Placement will be determined by the best of your 2 splashes.

 

 

Nationals

  • The division you will compete in will be determined by your season average on Sept 15th. 
  • 12” cap. Meaning - if your best jump is over the 12” cap, you will be moved into the next division for placement.
  • 3 minutes per splash, practice on the first splash only. You will get 2 splashes.
  • Finals on Saturday
    • Top 10 dogs in each division come back for finals


AIR RETRIEVE

Regionals

  • The division you will compete in will be determined by season average at the close of the regional event registration.
  • Can start no lower than 1ft below your season average.
  • 1ft cap
  • No practice

 

Nationals

  • The division you will compete in will be determined by your season average on Sept 15th. 
  • Can start no lower than 1ft below your season average.
  • 1ft cap
  • No practice
  • Finals on Saturday
    • Top 10 dogs in each division come back. 

 

HYDRODASH

Regionals

  • The division you will compete in will be determined by season average at the close of the regional event registration.
  • .500 sec cap
  • No practice

 

 

Nationals

  • The division you will compete in will be determined by your season average on Sept 15th. 
  • .500 sec cap
  • No practice
  • Semi Finals & Finals on Saturday
    • TBD percentage in each division will be invited to the semi finals
    • Top 10 from each division will go to finals

 

AWARDS PRESENTATION

Regionals

  • Awards will be presented on the final day of Regionals after all scores have been entered.
    • Must pick up your award at the Regional it was earned at or make arrangements for someone to pick it up for you. 
  • Awards will be presented to the top 3 dogs in each division in DJ, HD, and AR and Veterans (Novice - Elite) 
  • Results for that day's competition will be posted each evening during competition after that day's scores have been entered. 


Nationals

  • Awards will be presented at a dedicated awards ceremony after finals have been completed. 
  • Awards will be presented to the top 10 dogs in each division in DJ, HD, and AR and Veterans (Novice - Elite) 
  • More information to come!


BANQUET

  • To be held on Saturday, October 29th after the finals.
  • Banquet Tentative Schedule:
    • 5:30pm - Cocktail Hour
    • 6:30pm Dinner and Special Awards Presentation (tentative list…more to come!):
      • Juniors Handlers
      • Veterans
      • Facility of the Year
      • Dock of the Year
      • Hall of Fame
    • Special Sponsor Antinol Presentation
    • DJ will be back for social hour
    • Halloween theme. No formal dress.
    • More info to come on ticket info and some additional special presentations. Stay tuned!


JUNIOR HANDLERS

Regionals & Nationals

  • Compete in distance only
  • A Junior Handler Committee has been formed and is currently working through feedback. More information to come on Junior Handler for both Regionals and Nationals.

 

MERCHANDISE

  • Regional and National items will be available from Bonfire for pre-order.
  • More to be announced later!!!!!

 

 

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