One club is going to start USDAA in my area. I may try it out for fun but probably won't continue in that path. Do you do AKC also? I was wondering how they compare. I know the jump heights are higher which is a big concern for me.
I started in NADAC, did three AKC trials and switched to USDAA almost three years ago. I used to love NADAC, but started hating it after they added the hoops. The way they make their times for courses is based on obstacles (instead of measuring the course) and we could barely make time in Elite weavers-my last NADAC trial was a day where my dog ran as fast as he could and didn't make time.
I found AKC to be a bit boring- wait ALL day for two runs, maybe three.
I tried out USDAA and loved it! It's a perfect mix of NADAC's speed (but not quite as tight on time) and games and AKC's challenging courses. USDAA courses consist of a lot of turns and off courses, but you have to run fast (at least in the master's classes) to make time.
There is the standard class, jumpers, but also gamblers (pick up points then do a distance challenge), snooker (pick up points in a strategic way, then do a closing sequence, must get top 15% of class to get a SuperQ-need three of those to title), and pairs-a relay course that you pair with another team to each to half the course.
Then there's the tournament classes. Grand Prix is like a standard course but tighter on time. DAM is a tournament where you're on a team with two other dogs. Steeplechase is a really fast and fun course where the top three dogs in each height class set the time and you have to run as fast as possibly to qualify- everyone watches and cheers- it's a lot of fun!
If you are worried about jump height- you can enter in performance and jump 22". I think you should check it out!!