TDAA Petit Prix 2016 Tournament Rules

Western Petit Prix              May 20–22, 2016                             Castle Rock, CO

Eastern Petit Prix               Oct 14 –16, 2016                                  Latrobe, PA

The TDAA’s 2016 Petit Prix is designed to provide a championship format suitable for performance by dogs of small stature.

General Rules

The TDAA Rules and Regulations currently in effect on the date of competition shall be the recognized standard for rules for games and standard courses. The TDAA waives the requirement for use of the table in the standard rounds. However, use of the table is not precluded.

All dogs must be registered with the TDAA in order to compete. A dog shall be deemed eligible to compete in the Petit Prix if he has competed at a TDAA trial since June 1, 2015 or if the handler is a member of the TDAA in good standing.

All dogs will run all ten courses and games of the Tournament.

Placement, Scoring Format, and Tie-breaking

A dog shall earn points for placement within the field. 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.

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. Dogs jumping with a “self-declared” height exemption beyond body-type exemptions shall be scored with their measured height without the benefit of handicapping.

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" = .9
            Dogs scored at 8" = .76
            Dogs scored at 4" = .60

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 Tournament will consist of three standard courses and seven 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 three standard classes, the Petit Prix competition shall consist of seven games. The scheduled games are listed below.

Western Petit Prix

Eastern Petit Prix

The Box Game


Dare To Double


Wild West Pinball

Weakest Link


Full House

Weakest Link


Beat the Clock


In & Out

Black Hole

The Championship Round

The Championship round shall be a sequencing-game: Jumpers at the Western Petit Prix, and Black Hole at the Eastern Petit Prix. 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.

While all dogs will compete in the Championship round, twenty-five dogs shall be set apart and recognized in the final Championship Round.

Advancement into the final 25 dogs shall be based upon the weighted percentage of entry for each jump height; with the stipulation that a participation slot may not be taken from a jump height by a dog who has scored lower in the overall accounting. A minimum of three spots are guaranteed by 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.

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