Video Tape Run Program

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Videotape runs are now available in Australia. You will find a link on the exhibitor’s page

All the information you should require in regard to criteria, rules, course request and submissions via the link.

Without a doubt the current covid-19 situation has pre-empted this decision by the NADAC Australia office. We want to provide you with a way to keep playing and participating in a safe way.

You are not expected to have a fancy camera like pictured. Most smart phones and devices are capable of providing quality footage for judging.



  1. Shirlene Clark on March 17, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    If all goes well during this trial and I receive interest from exhibitors I will consider adding other classes.

    If you would like to see other classes added please make a comment on this post so I can gauge the needs of our NADAC community.

    It is also possible if we add other classed that during the covid-19 situation certain non NADAC equipment like slatted rubberised contacts may be temporarily permitted if we add contact classes.

  2. Shirlene Clark on March 17, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    I will have courses ready for people to request by late tonight/tomorrow morning.

    So amongst all this gloom and doom…if you have gear and you have a space…I have courses for you to have fun on and hopefully earn a Q

    • Millicent Burke on March 17, 2020 at 4:01 pm

      Thanks Shirlene,

      Will it be possible for courses to have limited equipment? For example hoopers only?

      • Shirlene Clark on March 17, 2020 at 5:13 pm

        At the moment the program is limited to Hoopers and Jumpers. Click on the videotape run program link on the exhibitor page for all the details you need.

        In a nutshell Jumpers courses contain jumps and maybe a tunnel. Hoopers is all Hoops.

        I am giving strong consideration to adding more classes to the program based on feedback I get here and how the program runs and is accepted.

  3. Shirlene Clark on March 17, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    At the moment I have Hoopers courses:

    Course 1 requires the following equipment per level – Elite and Open 14 hoops, Novice 12 hoops, Intro 11 hoops

    Course 2 requires the following equipment per level – Elite, Open, Novice and Intro all require 11 hoops

  4. Shirlene Clark on March 17, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    At the moment I have Jumpers courses:

    Course 1 requires the following equipment per level – Elite 13 Jumps and 1 20 foot tunnel, Open 12 Jumps and a 20 foot tunnel, Novice 10 Jumps and a 20 foot tunnel, Intro 9 Jumps and a 20 foot tunnel.

    Course 2 requires the following equipment per level – 14 Jumps and a 15 foot tunnel, Open level 12 Jumps and a 15 foot tunnel, Novice level 10 Jumps and a 15 foot tunnnel, Intro level 8 Jumps and a 15 foot tunnel.

  5. Milly on March 17, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    Great, thanks 🙂

    • Shirlene Clark on March 17, 2020 at 7:19 pm

      You are welcome. I hope you get a chance to enjoy a VT run or two 🙂

  6. Sally on March 17, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    Hi Shirlene,
    My jumps are supposed to be made to NADAC specifications but I have never actually measure them to make sure. If they are correct do you need to sight them to approve them?

    • Shirlene Clark on March 17, 2020 at 8:49 pm

      Hi Sally

      Measure them and photograph them and send me that info via the “How can we help” button on the website.

      Measure the jump width from upright to upright. Measure the height on the uprights. Measure each jump height by placing the jump bar on the jump cups and measuring from the ground up to the top edge of the jump bar.

      All measurements in inches 🙂

      We can then go from there 🙂

      • Sally on March 17, 2020 at 9:23 pm

        Will do thanks.????

  7. Shirlene Clark on March 18, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    In answer to a question raised via the contact form.

    YES VT run Q’s count towards all titles and awards.
    YES VT run Q’s count towards Nationals eligibility requirement (we are currently looking at adjusting these to make it easier – hope to give more info on that soon)
    YES Vt run Q’s count towards Australian Dog of the Year awards at this stage (we are waiting to see how long and how much impact covid-19 is to the trial year

  8. Shirlene Clark on March 21, 2020 at 11:31 am

    Effective immediately – the VT program in Australia will now include all NADAC Classes. If you have the gear and want to give VT a try so that you can continue to enjoy NADAC agility activities with your dog(s), then I am here to help you do that.

    We will also allow non-NADAC specific equipment to be used as long as you run it by me first. For example, contacts must be rubberised and if they have cleats that is ok if the cleats are thin and properly rubberised. Winged jumps can be used. I really want to help you continue to find some enjoyment during the stressful time we are all experiencing.

    Use the VT link on the exhibitor page of the NADAC Australia website to get all the information you require.

  9. Shirlene Clark on April 9, 2020 at 8:39 am

    I now have a small space set of courses which requires a space of 60 x 80 and has no contacts

  10. Shirlene Clark on April 25, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    Ensuring your video footage is good enough for Judging purposes.

    The videotape run program is relatively new here in Australia and exhibitors are doing a great job building the courses and I have enjoyed watching the runs and Judging them for you.

    When it comes to Judging by video, I rely on the exhibitor to provide video footage that allows me to Judge the run accurately and fairly as well as assess the course build as true to the course map provided.

    Camera placement can be quite challenging to ensure you provide adequate footage for the Judge. Your Judge needs to be able to see clearly the following:

    *Unleashing before your run and leashing after your run.
    *The start of your run and the finish of your run for timing and obstacle Judging.
    *The dog negotiating the whole course (obstacles cannot be taken off-screen).
    *All descending contact performances.
    *Chances tapes

    If you are lucky enough to have a videographer it is a little easier to ensure you get all these things because they can move around or stand in a position a Judge would normally stand, they can follow the dog with the camera.

    If you are doing VTR’s on your own, then you will need a tripod and will need to search for that “sweet spot” to set up your tripod. A camera with widescreen options will make the camera positioning a little easier. Elevation quite often helps get more on-screen too.

    With classes with multiple contact performances, you may need to set up a second camera just to get that hard to get contact footage. There will be a place on the VT submission form for you to submit a second camera footage link.

    Please also keep in mind that weave poles are also better viewed from the side.

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