High Points Rules

NEBCA High Points Competition
Rules for Assigning Points

(Revised by OTC March 27, 2014)

(Note: This revision to take effect August 1, 2014)


The NEBCA high point competition is intended to rank the performance of dogs competing in NEBCA sanctioned open trials over the course of a
single trial season. Dogs will earn high points based on how they place in each trial. In order to earn points, the handler must be a member in
good standing of NEBCA prior to participating in a trial.

In each NEBCA sanctioned open trial, the top placing 20% of all dogs competing will earn high points based on the total number of dogs running in the trial and where the dog places. First place gets points equal to twenty percent (20%) of the total number of dogs competing (not rounded).
Each successive place subtracts one point from the previous place. The following formula reflects this method of assigning points:

Points = 0.2 * N - P + 1
where N is the total number of dogs competing and P is a dog's placing.

  • Dogs will accumulate points earned during the qualifying year (August 1-July 31) from up to ten trials. If a dog earns points in more than ten trials, only the highest ten point earning trials will be counted toward its high point total.
  • Trial results should include all dogs that place in the top 20% even if the trial only allows two dogs per handler to receive ribbons /prizes.
  • There is no limit on the number of trials per state/province that can be counted toward a dog's total points.
  • At the end of the open trial season, the top ten high points dogs will be recognized. A tie for first place will be broken by comparing the number of first place finishes in each dog's best ten trials.