NAFA v U-FLI

Flyball SiteI have attended about three or four U-FLI tournaments since I started racing in flyball with Chase… back in October 2007. Also, I’ve run in many agility venues… AKC, NADAC, USDAA, DOCNA, and ASCA. So I have a bit of experience in getting titles and certificates in the mail, how long it takes, etc.

So I thought I’d post my thoughts about the two flyball venues and a brief review of what I think about them.

What I like about the U-FLI tournaments I’ve been to is, mainly, the professionalism. Granted I’ve only been to local tournaments, thrown by Touch n Go (the creators of U-FLI) and local southern Utah teams. I like how the judges wear uniforms and were very nice and informative to talk to.

I also absolutely love how U-FLI provides a points sheet at the end of each day during the tournament. With starting points for each dog, points accumulated during the day, and ending points for the day. And they provide pins for the titles. That very day. Having done a lot of agility, I get really frustrated when the venues take months and months to get title certificates sent out. And I have so many title certificates that they are in a book… I really like the pins I can have and hold in my hands that day. Yes, I’m one of those instant gratification types!

And at the NAFA tournament… they have the best three of five heats. So if you win three heats, the race is done. If you win two and the opposing team wins one, you go on to a fourth. Then if it’s two and two, you go to a fifth to see who wins three first. Well, I didn’t like this much. I kept wondering how many teams might throw races just to get the points? That’s not supposed to happen, but I bet it does. And I guess I don’t like not knowing how many heats we’ll race. Is NAFA always like this or does it depend on the team who is hosting the tournament?

I prefer, in U-FLI, how you know how many heats are in a race. You race them, and I’m good with that. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Laramie Wyoming Hole In The Wall tournament was run very well, went smoothly, we were out by 4pm, and we got some nice toys and I did love the medallions we had for placements! So I’m not saying that the trial itself was bad in any way. Far from it. I had a great time and we enjoyed ourselves. I am just saying that, so far, I think I prefer U-FLI to NAFA. The fact that U-FLI gives title pins and point sheets at the end of each day amazed and thrilled me. That doesn’t happen anywhere in the agility world! I wish it did. ๐Ÿ™‚

5 thoughts on “NAFA v U-FLI”

  1. Mhh, I never heard of not running all the races. When we did NAFA we ran every race that was scheduled and got points for it as long as we a) finished the race in time b) did not break out. We got toys for placing, but no pins and had to wait months for a title certificate.
    Not sure what you mean by not getting points and title pins in Agility. I haven’t been to an Agility trial that doesn’t give out info on the individual runs.

  2. I haven’t been to a NAFA tournament that organized the heats the way you described? All the ones I have been to were a set number of races for each heat and a set schedule just like in UFLI.

    I do like getting a pin at the end of the day but I like certificates because they look better hanging on my wall. I don’t have near as many as you do so it hasn’t come to a point where I am putting them in the book.

    I do like going to outdoor tournaments but I know that I am a rare one. Ufli doesn’t have outdoor tournaments that I know of. I just like being outdoors with my dogs and enjoy soaking up some sun on the weekend. Guess if I didn’t I wouldn’t have to have a biopsy next week though. Maybe being outdoors in the sun really is a bad thing.

    A few times I have been to NAFA tournaments that gave out ribbons and plaques for certain titles. I’ve never seen that at UFLI. So I guess there are advantages to both!! I really like getting stuff that represents that we did a good job. I don’t love the UFLI pins because I don’t have much use for them. I did buy a cork board to hang them on but I haven’t gotten it hung up yet. I didn’t really know of another way to display them.

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  3. I have only been to one NAFA tournament. So, I can’t really make a call to which I like better. I have also never been to an outdoor tournament.

    But, I too, love that in U-FLI you know before and after points right at the tournament. I like that you also receive their title pins right there. I also like the singles and doubles runs that U-FLI offers.

  4. Hey there,

    Where I live we mostly have NAFA tournaments, but the occasional U-Fli tournie pops up too so I have raced in both. What I love love love about U-Fli is that the time remaining in the warmup is displayed for all to see. Helps a LOT for cases where you have a green dog who needs to make the most of every second of warmup. Knowing exactly how much time you have left makes it a lot less stressful.

    Regarding the format of races, I believe both NAFA and U-Fli have the option of, say, a 4 of 4 format or a best 3 out of 5 format. Which one gets used depends on factors such as how many teams are entered, and, well, other factors that I have no clue about as I’ve never been involved in organizing a tournie. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Oh and I love the lower jump heights in U-Fli!

    Cheers,

    Lisa

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