Which agility course do you like better?
"Stuck in the middle again..."
That's what a handler once told me while describing their experience in the Open/Advanced/Intermediate "middle" competition level agility classes.
And if you ask most agility judges, it's not unusual to see a lower qualifying rate for these classes as well.
So when this week the AKC announced a reduction in course design elements for the Open level, I thought more handlers would be thrilled with the change.
I was wrong!
I've learned that people generally fall into one of two camps:
- The be-better-mentality where teams should train to the current number of challenges presented; or
- The it's-too-tough group who feel the number of challenges presented is not level appropriate.
So, I dug up a REAL course from 2012 and did a little course designed magic...
Ignore that obsolete chute😉 (or better yet, replace it with a tunnel and start training) because this is the perfect course to decide if that extra side-switch (which is currently required) at #11-13, makes or breaks what some have called the purgatory "middle" level.
You decide. Which course is more appropriate for the "middle" level?
- 1st up, the original Open course which has 3 side switches; or
- The 2nd revised course with the soon-to-be 2 side switches (1 less side switch).
The original or revised?