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Use Sight Lines to Accurately Setup/Build Agility Courses

Use Sight Lines to Accurately Setup/Build Agility Courses
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The “baseline” method of course building (Daisy Peel how to video, 2004
Clean Run article by Dave Hanson
) is the most accurate way to set up agility equipment to match the designer/judges
design. In a nutshell, you layout a long measuring tape down the middle of the course. For each obstacle you find it’s
location along the tape and then use a measuring wheel or another tape measure to measure perpendicular to the tape to
place the obstacle.

The baseline method gets you the center of the obstacles (and the ends of the weaves, tunnels and contacts if the course
diagram comes from Clean Run Course Designer), but it won’t help you set the angle of the jumps correctly.

A solution I’ve learned and used is to look at the course map and find where you can connect two, three, or more jump standards
with one another or another “landmark” on the course with a straight line. I call these lines “sight lines”. When you
build the course you can check that the obstacles are located and rotated so they line up according to those sight lines.
It’s just that easy!

Let’s see it in action. Here’s a course and we’ll imagine we’ve used the baseline method to put the obstacles in their
locations.

Before you read more! Take a moment and see if you can find some sight lines along the jumps.

Read more …

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Author: Steve Schwarz {authorlink}

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