Effective immediately, the collapsible tunnel has been removed from the list of approved obstacles for USDAA-licensed and produced events. As with all things, over time changes are necessary in order to maintain safety as a sport continues to evolve and grow.
The collapsible tunnel (or “chute”, as popularly referred) was an original obstacle in the sport dating back more than 30 years and aided in the fascination that drew people to this exciting and dynamic sport in its early days.
In recent years, we have seen an escalation in the number of entanglements and report of injuries, which drove the USDAA Advisory Committee earlier this year to request a review and possible changes to the collapsible tunnel.
You can read more detailed information about the decision on the USDAA website at http://usdaa.com/article.cfm?newsID=3333.