I don't even know what to think after reading this post at the Elite Forces of Fuzzy Destruction blog about the "Phase II" rules for NADAC Hoopers. May I please apologize for having called it lame before? Because lame is better than ... words are failing me, but I think "stupidly insane" is apropos.
OK, maybe I'm overstating it a bit, because honestly, it seems like Sharon Nelson is trying to come up with something to rival USDAA's Snooker game, which is incredibly fun and not at all lame. But really, is it too much to ask to have a few actual obstacles on a agility course? I mean, if I ever get to the point where my dog is too old or too lame to do anything but step through a hula-hoop an inch off the ground I really hope I'll have the good sense to save my money, stay home and rub my dog's belly as he or she snuggles next to me on the sofa.
But then again, if I had a novice dog who wasn't weaving yet, I suppose I'd be glad for yet one more game I could do at a trial. But once that dog gained full skills, I think that I'd be a little less excited about the whole Hoopers thing. If Sharon decides to make it a requirement for a NATCH I'll have one more reason to treat NADAC as only a training venue and not care about the titles. Not that I even really have any idea what's involved in getting a NATCH because the NADAC titles and awards chart has been offline for "important revisions" for months and I never bothered to look it up before the chart disappeared.
More discussion on the new Hoopers rules can be found at the NADAC Yahoo group. Well, "discussion" only if you define the word to mean "everyone tells Sharon how great they think Hoopers will be and maybe asks a clarifying question or two"