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Competing against peers...

Football has The Premier League. Rugby has Rugby League. Television has it's League of Gentlemen and cinema had it's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen so why shouldn't Agility have it's own leagues, too? Leagues bring people together and measure their skills and achievement against their peers. Even if you're not a joiner, it's fun to compare yourself to other handlers and their dogs and share mutual experiences.

The Redhill E League

At their 2023 Redhill finals, Jumping Jacks Agility will be awarding e-Trophies to those competitors with the most eliminations and faults over the show season. They are purely meant as a bit of fun and are not intended to offend anyone, and they have become quite popular.

Val Sewell told Agilitynet, 'As we have a lot of new people competing this year, I thought I would explain what these trophies are about. They started in 2019 in memory of my and my friend's dogs - Lexie and Fizzie.  We wanted to do something different, so I came up with the idea of an E League based on the total number of eliminations at each show that season. I record everyone’s Es and faults. 100 points are awarded for every E and at the end of the season, the highest score wins. We have a Gold. Silver and Bronze for each level. The one stipulation is that you have to be present when they are awarded, otherwise it goes to the next person.

The last qualifying day will be either on the Friday or Saturday of the finals weekend, to be confirmed later. If you decide you do not want to participate in these awards, then please let me know and your faults will not be recorded.'

The trophies are home -made although the Es and plinths are purchased separately and painted. The finished products are split into Ls and Fs which stands for Lexie and Fizzie.

The Redhill finals are open to everyone. All classes on the booking form are eligible for all dogs.


Walking Pace League News

Due to cost of living and finding a suitable central venue for a final, organiser Faye Nemeth has decided to make the Walking Pace League will be free to enter. Phase Purple will continue to  sponsor the competition. Agility Plaza will keep track of points. Rosettes and prizes will be sent once show organisers have confirmed results.

Classes to be held up and down the UK. All placings/ clear rounds will count towards the League.

The League will run until 20th December 2023. Winners will be announced In early January 2024 and the new league will begin January 31st 2024

All handlers will compete over the same course which will be set as a G1-3 agility class as per KC rules.

For more information, go to Walking Pace League


 

The Agility Club Leagues to Reopen in Spring 2022

As many of you know or have experienced The Agility Club has been experiencing technical issues with the membership and points side of things. Despite the efforts of the company that commissioned the build, they have been unable to resolve the issues due to the nature of how the website was built and the coding used.

Unfortunately, this has led to a high amount of manual administration on the league organiser (aka Points Fairy) along with having detrimental impact on membership.

Website Co-ordinator Melissa Doubleday said, 'We know that this has left members feeling frustrated and a huge amount of emails that could have been avoided. As a club, we wholeheartedly apologise for this and assure you that we have been working hard not only to resolve the issues but to try and answer all your queries as well.

Now for the Good News…
A new developer has been found who is confident that they will be able to do a complete rebuild of the back end of the website and banish these gremlins. The Agility Club is hoping the site will be ready to go live in the spring to tie in with the launch of the Leagues.

What does this mean for all members?
As a user of the website, there will not be a lot of visible change. Most of the work is happening in the backend which means that there will be little impact apart from an improved user experience. The renewal process will be easier, members will be able to manage your account more efficiently and we hope to improve the readability of the online magazine with new software.

In time, an auto renewal process for subscriptions will be introduced which will mean your membership will auto renew on expiry, taking away the hassle of the renewal process all together.

What next...
All historic data will be deleted, and any expired members will not be carried over to the new site. Only live memberships will be moved over. If your membership is lapsed, you will be required to join as a new member.

When members login for the first time after the edit window has opened, you will need to re-enter all your dog's details as well as any extra handlers, if you have a family membership.

This will be available within the next 10 days or so, and a further email with both timelines and instructions will be sent shortly.

The leagues will start again on the 1st April 2022 and run through to 30th November 2022. The current changes will not affect the points collected from this date although you may not be able to enter them from the 1st.

For more information, go to The Agility Club website

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