The AKC changed the qualifying requirements for entry into the 2016 National Agility Championship (NAC) from the previous year. First, let’s take a look at the difference in requirements.
2015: 4 QQs, 500 points, and 20 qualifying runs in standard and/or jumpers.
2016: 5 QQs, 600 points, and 20 qualifying runs in standard and/or jumpers.
In the chart below, we take a look at how different requirement schemes change the number of eligible regular dogs (*** see red box below) and their average speed.
The first row shows the total number of dogs who qualified for the 2015 NAC (under the 2015 requirements).
The second row shows the total number of dogs who would have qualified under the new 2016 requirements.
The remaining rows show various combinations of QQ’s and Points and the effect on possible entries.
|# of Dogs
(*** see note above)
|# of Distinct Breeds||Avg STD YPS||Avg JWW YPS|
|Dogs that qualified for the 2015 NAC||2296||135||3.97||4.99|
|Dogs that would have qualified under the 2016 rules||1738
|20 Q’s, 4 QQ’s, 600 pts
(just changing pts)
|20 Q’s, 5 QQ’s, 500 pts
(just changing QQ’s)
|20 Q’s, 8 QQ’s, 500 pts
(doubling QQs, keeping points)
First, approximately 75% of NAC qualifiers would qualify under the new requirements, meaning they would not need to trial any more than they already do.
Second, the Yard Per Second average changed very little between the groups of dogs. This indicates that the changes result in a group of competitors with similar speeds.
Third, increasing the number of points has a much larger impact than increasing the number of QQs on the number of dogs qualified. Even hypothetically doubling the number of QQ’s required to 8 did not reduce the entry numbers as much as adding 100 points.
We’ve discussed these trends along with our own thoughts on the podcast: Episode 80: AKC NAC Qualification Changes from 2015 to 2016.