Wednesday, November 09, 2011
USDAA Nationals a boon for DOCNA Champs?
At first when USDAA announced they were moving their Nationals to 3 days after DOCNA Champs I thought, 'Poor little DOCNA Champs just can't catch a break, kicked to the curb then stomped into the gutter.' But it turns out there are people out there who actually want to go to a trial before Nat's. Now I thought I'd go to DOCNA Champs because it's fun and 40 minutes away and I may as well if I'm not going to Xterra Nat's. and if I only enter a few classes it'll be a nice little warm-up. But then a local club proposed moving their USDAA trial that would normally be the week after Nat's. to the same weekend as DOCNA Champs. as a warm-up for USDAA Nat's. And people were all over it. Apparently a club in Phoenix did this one year and they were so overwhelmed they didn't do it again. Personally I think a 3 day trial with Team just 3 days before Nat's. is all kinds of crazy and I've got a high drive dog but I guess lots of people like the idea. In the end the club decided against it because they didn't want to deal with the potentially large crowd so I wonder if DOCNA Champs will get some folks coming into town early and looking for a chance to warm up for USDAA Nat's. or even some locals who dabble in DOCNA and normally wouldn't have gone to Champs? Could make for an interesting DOCNA Champs and possibly more than make up for the split with the AZ crowd. Will be interesting to see what happens and if DOCNA will try to market to the USDAA folks. If I was in charge I'd waive the qualifying requirement for people who had qualified for USDAA Nat's. since lots of areas in the country don't have DOCNA. People from other areas would have the opportunity to check out the venue and maybe somebody would like it enough to go back home and put on a trial or two. And it would be great to see some new competition at Champs. The agility plot thickens.