TDAA Petit Prix 2018 Tournament Rules


Four Seasons K9 Athlete Center                                               October 5-7, 2018 Washingtonville, Ohio



TDAA’s 2018 Petit Prix championship tournament is designed to showcase top competitors among dogs of small stature in the sport of dog agility and to name a tournament champion in each jump height.

The Qualifying Period for the 2018 Tournament Season is October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018.

Each tournament is structured on two levels:

  1. Regional qualifying events held during the Qualifying Period
  2. A championship event consisting of Semi-Finals and the Championship Round, to be held at Four Seasons K9 Athlete Center, Washingtonville, Ohio; October 5-7, 2018.

General Rules

This tournament is designed to provide a test in head-to-head competition with challenges that generally conform to the Course Design Guidelines of the Superior Standard class. Emphasis will be on challenges at speed, appropriate for dogs competing at an advanced level.

Competitors are eligible to compete in the tournament series with any dog that is registered with TDAA without regard to previous accomplishments in the sport. These general rules apply:

  • Any competitor may enter any of the Regional qualifying trials without regard to geographic location.
  • Qualifications earned in regional qualifying events and each round of the Petit Prix are recorded for titling at the level for which the dog is eligible.

Qualification, Eligibility & Advancement

TDAA Rules & Regulations currently in effect at the date of competition shall apply. Standard scoring rules for the Superior standard class as set forth in the TDAA Rules and Regulations shall apply. A qualifying score shall be awarded for a zero-fault round.

  • A Regional qualifying class shall consist of a single round on a standard course. A qualifying score in the class is required to qualify for the Petit Prix.
  • Any dog entered in the Petit Prix tournament that does not have a completed official measurement (two measurements that agree) placing the dog in a specific measured height, must be measured prior to competing in the Petit Prix.
  • Body type and veterans height exemptions shall be scored with their measured height without benefit of handicapping. Exemptions for “Self-declared” heights will not be recognized for play in the Petit Prix tournament.

Semi-Finals Placement, Scoring Format, and Tie-breaking

A dog shall earn tournament points in two ways:

  1. Placement within the field. Performance points shall be accorded to the dog against the over-all field. Scoring shall use a point table (placement inverse to count) to ensure that top performing dogs are equitably recognized.
  2. Top scoring dogs[1]. Exceptional performance points shall be earned for the top five placements against the field, for each class, to be awarded on this basis:
    1. 1st Place 25 points
    2. 2nd Place 20 points
    3. 3rd Place 15 points
    4. 4th Place 10 points
    5. 5th Place 5 points

Dogs running with a jump height exemption shall be scored against dogs of the measured height and not the exemption height; and will compete using the scoring times set for the measured height.

Scoring will be weighted, with the dog’s final score adjusted by jump height. The weight factor might be applied to playing time, total combined score, or points earned. The basic weighting will be based on these values:

Dogs scored at 16″ = 1.0

Dogs scored at 12″ = .95

Dogs scored at 8″ = .89

Dogs scored at 4″ = .82

The definitive reference for agility games is The Book of Agility Games which can be purchased at nominal cost at

Competition, Placement and Qualification Notes

The Petit Prix Semi-Finals will consist of four standard courses and six games.

The top five placements in each jump height will be recognized in the award ceremony. The winner of each game and standard round through the tournament, measured against the entire field of dogs, shall be recognized and awarded a winner’s prize.

All dogs, without regard to competition level, or titles earned, shall compete on the same courses. All games and courses are eligible for dogs to earn qualifying legs towards TDAA titles. All courses will be judged under the TDAA Superior rules for performance. However, the dog shall earn a qualifying score only at the level for which he is eligible.

Course Time differentials for Beginner/GI, Intermediate/GII, Vet Dog, or Disabled Handler will not be used for Tournament Scoring. These differentials may be used by the score table to determine if a team earns a qualifying score at the level for which they are eligible and for any Special Awards for the event. Any maximum course times used will accommodate this. Some games have scoring criteria where these additional time allowances will not apply.


In addition to four standard classes, the Petit Prix competition shall consist of these six games:

  1. Just In Time is a dog’s-choice point accumulation game in which the dog earns special bonuses for ending in a timely manner. Just in Time is scored Points, Then Time. ER2
  2. The Steeplechase is a numbered sequence typically featuring the A-frame and the weave poles (once of which must be taken twice). A Steeplechase is scored Time, Plus Faults. ER5
  3. Pole Jacks is a game of strategy and skill, played like the children’s game of jacks. The performance of a short set of weave poles is the bounce of the ball! Pole Jacks is scored Points, Then Time. ER2
  4. The Weakest Link is a dog’s choice point accumulation game that requires a handler to “bank” points to keep them; or lose points that are not banked. In this game points earned must be worth as much as or more than the last points earned; and are safe only when banked. Often there will be a distance challenge accorded an extraordinary bonus value. The Weakest Link is scored Points, Then Time. ER2
  5. Jumplers is a combined class of Jumpers and Gamblers. The dog will run a numbered course consisting of jumps and tunnels that will feature elements on which the dog will earn bonuses for working at a distance from the handler. Jumplers is scored Time, Plus Faults, Less Bonus. ER7
  6. Quidditch is a simple game of handling skill. The handler must direct the dog to perform three sequences of escalating value, and attempting the simple performance of a tire after each. The game is full of interesting bonuses and colorful phraseology. Quidditch is scored Points, Then Time. ER2

The Championship Round

The Championship round shall be a standard course. And placement within this round solely shall determine placement in each jump height for the Petit Prix Tournament[2].

Dogs that will compete in the Championship round shall include:

  • The top twenty-five dogs by placement in the field;
  • The winner of each individual event;
  • The top scoring dog in each jump height.

The order shall be jump height and then reverse seed. Dogs running with a jump height exemption shall be run at the end of that jump height.

TDAA National Agility Championship Title

The Teacup Dogs Agility Association will award TDAA National Agility Championship Title (TNAC) upon the dog that: 1) achieves the highest overall score in each jump height at the TDAA Petit Prix, and 2) scores among the top 25 dogs in the tournament.

This is a unique title in our agility culture as it is a championship earned by excellence in competition; specifically, by an unambiguous win in the national tournament.

[1] The top scoring dog in each jump height shall be guaranteed 10 exceptional performance points if those points are not earned in placement against the field.

[2] Performance points earned in the Semi-Finals shall serve as tertiary tie-breaker in the Championship Round.

13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Vic Belebczuk
    Sep 12, 2017 @ 23:23:11

    I understand that dogs are all jumping at their measured height. That will ensure a level playing field and prevent any possible dialog about handlers trying to gain an unfair advantage in a national tournament. Please consider a 2nd category of competition that would be equivalent to the USDAA Performance category (or AKC Preferred or CPE Enthusiast or ASCA ACE) for dogs that have physical issues. My dog was diagnosed with elbow dysplasia when she was less than 1 year old and so I have never jumped her at her measured height. Thanks for your consideration



    • Melissa Wallace
      Sep 13, 2017 @ 16:02:00

      I read it as the dog will be SCORED with the measured height. That does not mean that they cannot jump in the height for which they are eligible based on veteran and body type exemptions.



      • budhouston
        Sep 13, 2017 @ 19:52:57

        That is correct. The dog with a body type/vets exemption will jump at the lower height but be scored (and use times) with the Measured Height.


  2. Melissa Wallace
    Sep 13, 2017 @ 16:00:08

    Cool! Love that Quidditch is in there! The requirements for dogs eligible for the Championship round/Finals are Interesting.



    • budhouston
      Sep 13, 2017 @ 19:53:39

      I would personally love to see Quidditch as a finals game.



      • Melissa Wallace
        Sep 13, 2017 @ 23:52:48

        That could be interesting.


  3. Vic Belebczuk
    Sep 14, 2017 @ 00:48:17

    Glad to see it is at Four Seasons K9 – they have great turf.. Hope everyone has a great time!



  4. Jane Derr
    Sep 14, 2017 @ 14:21:04

    How do you find a Trial that is offering regional qualifying runs?
    My Club is having a trial Nov. 4th and 5th could we hold a regional trial at our trial?Thanks



    • budhouston
      Sep 14, 2017 @ 18:13:38

      Jane ~ I’m sure we can accommodate a Petit Prix Qualifying run at your local trial.

      I think we have six scheduled for that weekend… you might provide a bit more information so I can get in touch with the host club.



  5. Jane Derr
    Sep 14, 2017 @ 20:44:05

    Hi Bud
    This is Jane Derr from Indian River Dog Training Club Palm, Bay Fl.
    Our judge is going to be Jeff Boyer, the only stopping us would be the size of our facility. I will email you a copy of our floor and let me know what you think.
    Thanks Jane



  6. Joanne Kerfonta
    Sep 05, 2018 @ 22:22:00

    Can you enter your dogs to run for “regular trial legs” during the petite prix if your not able to do three days for the petite prix itself? Could one get thier TACh at the petite prix without running for petite prix titles?



    • budhouston
      Sep 06, 2018 @ 02:09:47

      Sure Joanne. We’d be pleased to have you join us. Your dog wouldn’t be eligible for the final round.

      Bud Houston



      • Joanne Kerfonta
        Sep 07, 2018 @ 10:21:15

        I’m confused…..received email from Marsha that said no partial entries allowed. Please clarify.


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