Triathlon and Versatility Competition Summary of 2018 Rules Changes

The AWC has held the Versatility Competition in conjunction with its National Specialty since 2007. Versatility combines four performance events (lure coursing, conformation, rally, and agility) to showcase the versatility of Whippets and the bond they share with their owners. The Versatility Competition's scoring system ranks the success of their teamwork in comparison to other teams. In the spirit of that teamwork, owners should handle their Whippets in all four venues but it is not required.

To win the Versatility Competition, your Whippet must compete in all four events (lure coursing, conformation, rally, and agility) and earn as many points as possible in each event (your score). After each event is completed, every participating Whippet's score is assigned a rank from first to last, based on the score received (your rank). Upon completion of all four events, your Whippet's four individual rankings are averaged to produce its total final rank. The ranks of all participating teams are then placed from first to last. The Whippet with the final lowest rank (numerical ranking average) is the AWC Versatility Champion, and awarded the TJ Challenge Trophy and Calvin Trophy, and may then participate in future AWC Parades of Honor at National Specialties. Whippets ranked first through tenth receive special awards and rosettes.

Even if your Whippet does not win the Versatility Competition, it will receive a final Versatility ranking if it competed in all four of the required events. That is why it is important to score as many points as possible in each of the four performance events. Versatility is not an AKC titling event but an AWC scoring/ranking event. Qualifying scores are not required. A non-qualifying score in agility, rally, or lure coursing does not eliminate your Whippet from the Versatility Competition; however, Whippets with qualifying scores are ranked above non-qualifying Whippets in these event rankings. If your Whippet does not receive a qualifying score, that score will still be counted as a Versatility score but it will be ranked below all qualifying scores. NOTE: Whippets may participate in both the Triathlon and Versatility competitions.

 Download the complete Versatility Competition Rules and Scoring Information [pdf]

Online Versatility Entry (Paypal)

 Versatility Entry Form [pdf]

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