Club Events and National Events – What’s the difference?

DockDogs® has many affiliate clubs throughout Canada and the United States. These clubs operate as non-profit organizations and run by a board of volunteers. The objective of the clubs is to promote the sport of dock jumping and to host fun days, practices and competitions. Ontario has two clubs with Ontario DockDogs being one and Rideau River DockDogs being the other (and serving Eastern Ontario)

Ontario DockDogs typically hosts a few club events each year in addition to our other activities (fun days, practices etc.). At our club events we offer Big Air®, Speed Retrieve, Extreme Vertical and Iron Dog.

DockDogs® Worldwide (the sanctioning body) will also hold a few national events throughout Ontario each year. These operate very similarly to our club events, however, there are some variations in the divisions and the way the events are judged. Some National events are “Wild Card” events where you can earn an invite to compete at the DockDogs® World Championships. The 2017 DockDogs® World Championships will be held in Knoxville, Tennessee October 25-29, 2017.

The main differences between club and national events are:

  • JudgingClub events use two certified judges to judge the Big Air® jumps, whereas a national event uses a camera system to judge. Both methods are very accurate

    At a club event, Speed Retrieve is scored using two manual timers. National events use an electronic timing system.

  • Big Air® FinalsAt our club events we use the following Big Air® Divisions

    Novice 0 – 9’11

    Junior 10’ – 14’11

    Senior 15’ – 19’11

    Master 20’ – 22’11

    Elite 23’ – 24’11

    Super Elite 25’+

    National events use the following finals divisions:

    – Amateur (0-12’11)

    – Contender (13’0-17’11)

    – Semi pro (18’0 – 21’11)

    – Pro (22’ +)

    Both National and Club events bring the top 6 dogs in each division from the weekend back to compete in the finals at the end of the day Sunday

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