Garden League ~ Week 17 ~ August 2, 2020

August 3, 2020

You can find current and cumulative results for the Garden League here:

GardenLeagueResults.pdf

Week 17 continues the second series of the Garden League. All previous weeks remain open. New players can add their scores to any competition, and existing players can make up for games they have missed.

Your comments, questions and impassioned speeches are always welcome.

Everyone is welcome to join the NDAL Garden League.

Recording fees are very inexpensive. You can find those details in this document: Garden League Rules and Stipulations.

Week 17 ~ August 2, 2020 ~ Garden Gamblers

The Week 17 Garden League game shall be a Garden Snooker, designed by Bud Houston.

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Briefing

Garden Snooker departs slightly from the traditional game of Snooker. Garden Snooker is played in two parts: the opening, and the closing. All dogs will have 50 seconds to earn points.

In the Opening the dog will take the red #1 jump no more than three times. The red jump is worth 1 point. After each successful performance of the red jump the dog may earn additional points by attempting one of the obstacles numbered on the field. The sequence number of each obstacle is also its earned point value.

In the opening the #5 jump is bi-directional; the #7 obstacle can be taken in any order and direction. All other obstacles are scored based on the direction of performance.

On any obstacle fault (dropped bar or missed weave pole), the points for that obstacle are lost and the dog must be directed to the next performance of red jump, if any remain; or begin the closing sequence if no reds remain.

If the bar on the red hurdle is dropped, the opening sequence is finished, and the dog must be directed to begin the closing sequence.

If either: a dog commits to a numbered obstacle after dropping the red hurdle, OR the dog commits to more than one numbered obstacle after doing the red hurdle, the game is over. The handler should down the dog to stop time.

In the Closing the dog will run the numbered sequence, earning the points assigned to each obstacle by the sequence number. Scoring ceases on any obstacle fault, or when time expires, or after the dog has finished the #7 obstacle in the closing; whereupon the handler must “down” the dog to end time.

In the closing the #2 jump is bi-directional. All other obstacles must be performed in the numbered direction.

Garden Snooker is scored Points, Then Time.

Please note, under NDAL rules, refusals are never faulted on non-contact obstacles.

Baseline

The baseline is taken from center-right on this course map.

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Catalog of Garden League Games

New players may go back and pick up courses played from the beginning of the league. New scores will be added to results. YouTube recordings are not required but are encouraged.

First Series

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. Visit our web store: www.dogagility.org/newstore. You’ll find in the web store The Book of Agility Games, a comprehensive reference to all manner of agility games played for competition and fun around the world.

July 2020 50×70 Fast & Fun Results

August 1, 2020

Three clubs have reported results for the 50×70 Fast & Fun League in July.

We are using “historical” courses, which have been played before. The efforts of dogs playing in July earn Lifetime Performance Points (LPP), as the historical performances were ranked with the new performances. And LPP is a measure of rank.

50×70 Fast & Fun July 2020 Results

The July 50×70 Fast & Fun League featured a numbered course designed by by Bud Houston. This is a historic course originally played in December of 2012 and played again in January 2017.

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A Numbered Course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

Results

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AQ4U has assumed a convincing lead in the 50×70 Fast & Fun League, reaping the enhanced LPP of the “historical” course. .

Follow this link to view individual performance by dogs and their handlers. Most of these are graced with a YouTube link:
Standings070120B50x70.pdf

The Top Dog of clubs reporting in July represented AQ4U’s Fast & Furryous out of Brooks, Kentucky.  Blade, a Border Collie handled by Brian Wakefield, finished this course with zero faults in 36.94 seconds:

The top scoring dog for the second-place team, Country Dream Agility out of Waterford, Ohio was Phoenix, a Border Collie handled by Bud Houston. Phoenix finished this course with zero faults in 44.34 seconds:

 

The top scoring dog for Paws4Fun Agility Club out of Kemptville, Ontario, Canada was Alex, a Dalmation handled by Annalisa Percy. Percy and Annalisa finished this course with 5 faults in 53.03 seconds:

 

All-Time Best

The best score on this course was recorded by Ripley, a Border Collie handled by Nic Ford, representing Wicked West Australians out of Banjup Western Australia in January, 2017. Ripley and Nic finished this course with zero faults in 29.35 seconds:

 

August Courses and Beyond?

New teams are always welcome to join us for NDAL league play. You are welcome to join any of our four ongoing leagues. The August 2020 National Dog Agility League games and courses have been published here:

https://wp.me/p2Pu8l-gN

We will be publishing “historical” courses so long as the world is required to stay at home and maintain social distances that make organized sports difficult to play. These courses are appropriate for small groups and individuals that have the capacity to build full courses.

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. Visit our web store: www.dogagility.org/newstore. You’ll find in the web store The Book of Agility Games, a comprehensive reference to all manner of agility games played for competition and fun around the world.

July 2020 60×90 Masters Results

August 1, 2020

Five clubs have reported results for the 60×90 Masters League in July.

We are using “historical” courses, which have been played before. The efforts of dogs playing in July earn Lifetime Performance Points (LPP), as the historical performances were ranked with the new performances. And LPP is a measure of rank.

60×90 Masters July 2020 Results

The July 60×90 Masters League featured a numbered course designed by Bud Houston. This is a historic course originally played in December of 2012 and played again in January 2017.

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A Numbered Course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

Results

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Follow this link to view individual performance by dogs and their handlers. Most of these are graced with a YouTube link:

Standings070120C60x90.pdf

The Top Dog of clubs reporting in July represented Jumping C Crew out of Exeter, California. Alaska, AN Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog handled by Liz Clements, finished this course with zero faults in 28.34 seconds:

 

The high scoring dog for the first-place team in July represented Jumpin’ K-9’s out of Temecula, California. Rudy, a Miniature American Shepherd handled by Patsy Needham finished this course with zero faults in 31.88 seconds:

 

The high scoring dog for the second-place team in July represented High Sierra Canine Agility Club in Markleeville, California. Charlie, a Kelpie handled by Colleen Reid, finished the course with 5 faults in 30.4 seconds:

 

The high scoring dog for the fourth-place team represented K9 Powersports out of Grand Junction, Colorado. Teak, a Miniature Schnauzer handled by Rhonda Emerick, finished the course with zero faults in 31.78 seconds:

 

The high scoring dog for Country Dream Agility, out of Waterford, Ohio was Kory, a Border Collie handled by Bud Houston. Kory finished this course with zero faults in 31.02 seconds:

 

All-Time Best

The best score on this course was recorded by Leela, a Border Collie handled by Brenda Gilday. Leela plays for Clermont County All Breed All Stars out of Milford, Ohio in January of 2017. The All Stars have shut down for the coronavirus. Leela and Brenda finished this course with zero faults in 24.68 seconds:

 

Time Capsule

Jumpin’ K-9’s out of Temecula, California, has taken over the lead in the 60×90 Masters league for 2020. This club has gone back, as our rule allow, and run dogs in competitions they missed due to complications with the coronavirus emergency. And so, several of our monthly results have been amended.

March 2020 Results

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Jumpin K-9’s finished in fourth-place for March. Their top scoring dog was Rudy, a Miniature American Shepherd handled by Patsy Needham, finishing the course with zero faults in 39.22 seconds:

 

April 2020 Results

Standings040120C60x90.pdf

Jumpin K-9’s finished in first-place for April and recorded a new Top Dog score for the month. Rudy, a Miniature American Shepherd handled by Patsy Needham, finished the game with zero faults, earning 20 points on the bonus, in 40.62 seconds, for a score of 20.62:

 

May 2020 Results

Standings050120C60x90.pdf

Jumpin K-9’s again posted a first-place team finish. Their top scoring dog was again Rudy (the all-star), handled by Patsy Needham. Rudy finished this course with 0 faults in 35.19 seconds:

 

June 2020 Results

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Jumpin’ K-9’s finished in first-place in June, and again, their top scoring dog was Rudy, handled by Patsy Needham, who finished this course with zero faults in 35.19 seconds:

 

August Courses and Beyond?

New teams are always welcome to join us for NDAL league play. You are welcome to join any of our four ongoing leagues. The August 2020 National Dog Agility League games and courses have been published here:

https://wp.me/p2Pu8l-gN

We will be publishing “historical” courses so long as the world is required to stay at home and maintain social distances that make organized sports difficult to play. These courses are appropriate for small groups and individuals that have the capacity to build full courses.

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. Visit our web store: www.dogagility.org/newstore. You’ll find in the web store The Book of Agility Games, a comprehensive reference to all manner of agility games played for competition and fun around the world.

August 2020 NDAL League Courses

July 30, 2020

Following is a preview of the August 2020 courses and games for NDAL league play. Because of the extreme conditions wrought on the world by the coronavirus pandemic the NDAL presents for play in August three historical NDAL courses.

50×70 Fast & Fun

The August 2020 50×70 Fast & Fun league is a numbered course, designed by Geoff Teare, that was run in the NDAL in February of 2017.

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A numbered course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

The previous top scoring dog in this game was recorded on February 28, representing Wicked West Australians out of Banjup Western Australia. Jay, a Border Collie handled by Sylvia Hamilton, finished this course with zero faults in 26.93 seconds:

 

60×90 Masters

The August 2020 60×90 Masters league is a numbered course, designed by Geoff Teare, that was previously run in February of 2017.

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A Numbered Course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

The previous top scoring dog in this game, recorded on February 28, 2017 represented United Colours of Agility, out of Walmer, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. R-The, a Mini American Shepherd handled by Lindsay King, finished this course with zero faults in 30.28 seconds:

 

 

36X85 Fast & Fun

The August game for the 36×85 Fast & Fun league is a numbered course that was originally run in NDAL league play in February 2017.

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A Numbered Course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

The top scoring dog in February 2017 represented Wicked West Australians out of Banjup Western Australia. Jay, a Border Collie handled by Sylvia Hamilton, finished this course with zero faults in 29.8 seconds:

 

An Open Invitation to New Players

New clubs and individuals are always welcome to join us in play these historical courses. Download the scorekeeping worksheet below; contact the League Secretary to help with the details at  Houston.Bud@gmail.com.

  • The 50×70 Fast & Fun League is intended to allow the dog to work at full extension with modest handling challenges.
    Download Scoresheet080120B50x70.xls
  • The 60×90 Masters League focuses advanced handling challenges.
    Download Scoresheet080120C60x90.xls
  • The 36×85 Fast & Fun League is intended to allow the dog to work at full extension with modest handling challenges.
    Download Scoresheet080120D36x85.xls

Existing league franchises will be emailed their scorekeeping worksheets set up with their current rosters upon request.

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Garden League ~ Week 16 ~ July 26, 2020

July 27, 2020

You can find current and cumulative results for the Garden League here:

GardenLeagueResults.pdf

Week 16 continues the second series of the Garden League. All previous weeks remain open. New players can add their scores to any competition, and existing players can make up for games they have missed.

Your comments, questions and impassioned speeches are always welcome.

Everyone is welcome to join the NDAL Garden League.

Recording fees are very inexpensive. You can find those details in this document: Garden League Rules and Stipulations.

Week 16 ~ July 26, 2020 ~ Garden Gamblers

The Week 16 Garden League game shall be a Garden Gamblers, the invention of Dennis Vogel.

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Briefing

The game starts when the dog crosses the start line in either direction. Points are accumulated for each obstacle taken without fault. Tunnel and Weave poles can be taken only twice for points, not including when they are taken in the distance challenge.

Jumps can be taken an unlimited number of times for points. Obstacles cannot be taken back to back.

Obstacle values are:

  • Jumps 1 point,
  • tunnel 3 points,
  • weaves 5 points.

There are two distance challenges, both are bidirectional. Each can be taken once for points:

  • 1, 2, 3 worth 15 points and
  • A, B, C, worth 10 points.

Point accumulation time is 35 seconds and the total game time ends when the dog assumes a down. Faulted jumps remain out of play for the remainder of the game.

Garden Gamblers is scored points then time.

Discussion

A “distance challenge” assigns a bonus value for the obstacles in it. The dog earns only the bonus (and not the bonus plus simple values of obstacles).

If a “distance challenge” is faulted (stepping over the line, dropped bar, wrong course, missed weave pole) then obstacles revert to their simple value. As each “distance challenge” can be taken only once, the faulted attempt does not count as having used up the one-time opportunity.

This Gamblers variation is unique in the agility world. This is a game is played in a small space and given a short period of time to play, and YET has an impressive mass of rules to confound the mind.

Baseline

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The baseline is taken from center-left on this course map.

Catalog of Garden League Games

New players may go back and pick up courses played from the beginning of the league. New scores will be added to results. YouTube recordings are not required but are encouraged.

 

First Series

 

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. Visit our web store: www.dogagility.org/newstore. You’ll find in the web store The Book of Agility Games, a comprehensive reference to all manner of agility games played for competition and fun around the world.

Garden League ~ Week 15 ~ July 19, 2020

July 20, 2020

You can find current and cumulative results for the Garden League here:

GardenLeagueResults.pdf

Week 15 continues the second series of the Garden League. All previous weeks remain open. New players can add their scores to any competition, and existing players can make up for games they have missed.

Your comments, questions and impassioned speeches are always welcome.

Everyone is welcome to join the NDAL Garden League.

Recording fees are very inexpensive. You can find those details in this document: Garden League Rules and Stipulations.

Week 15 ~ July 19, 2020 ~ A Numbered Course

The Week 15 Garden League game shall be a Numbered Course.

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A Numbered Course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

Baseline

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The baseline is taken from center-left on this course map.

Catalog of Garden League Games

New players may go back and pick up courses played from the beginning of the league. New scores will be added to results. YouTube recordings are not required but are encouraged.

 

First Series

 

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. Visit our web store: www.dogagility.org/newstore. You’ll find in the web store The Book of Agility Games, a comprehensive reference to all manner of agility games played for competition and fun around the world.

Garden League ~ Week 14 ~ July 12, 2020

July 13, 2020

You can find current and cumulative results for the Garden League here:

GardenLeagueResults.pdf

Week 14 continues the second series of the Garden League. All previous weeks remain open. New players can add their scores to any competition, and existing players can make up for games they have missed.

Your comments, questions and impassioned speeches are always welcome.

Everyone is welcome to join the NDAL Garden League.

Recording fees are very inexpensive. You can find those details in this document: Garden League Rules and Stipulations.

Week 14 ~ July 12, 2020 ~ Box Game Looper

The Week 14 Garden League game shall be the Box Game, run as a Looper.

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The briefing is in the course map. Note that two bonuses of 10 points are possible in this game. The handler must alternate sides of the red containment line in the two parts of the Looper.

The Box Game is scored Time, Plus Faults, Less Bonuses.

Baseline

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Note that we used the box containment line as the baseline, which should allow you to become familiar and comfortable with that line.

Catalog of Garden League Games

New players may go back and pick up courses played from the beginning of the league. New scores will be added to results. YouTube recordings are not required but are encouraged.

 

First Series

 

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. Visit our web store: www.dogagility.org/newstore. You’ll find in the web store The Book of Agility Games, a comprehensive reference to all manner of agility games played for competition and fun around the world.

 

Garden League ~ Week 13 ~ July 5, 2020

July 5, 2020

You can find current and cumulative results for the Garden League here:

GardenLeagueResults.pdf

Week 13 continues the second series of the Garden League. All previous weeks remain open. New players can add their scores to any competition, and existing players can make up for games they have missed.

Your comments, questions and impassioned speeches are always welcome.

Everyone is welcome to join the NDAL Garden League.

Please note that pricing for recording fees has been dramatically changed (made less expensive). You can find those details in this document: Garden League Rules and Stipulations.

Week 13 ~ July 5, 2020 ~ A Minuet

The Week 13 Garden League game shall be a Minuet.

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Briefing

The Minuet typically features a numbered sequence with interesting handling challenges. Course time is 50 seconds. The dog will repeat the numbered sequence until scoring time expires OR 6 POINTS HAVE BEEN EARNED.

Each completed sequence will earn the dog one point. When scoring time expires each obstacle that the dog performs without finishing the sequence will be converted to a decimal value. [Hence if the dog does four sequences and the first two obstacles when time expires, then the dog’s score will be 4.2.]

When scoring time expires the clock continues to run until the dog assumes a down position. The dogs time is measured from the moment he breaks the plane of the first obstacle until the instant he assumes the down position.

On any fault (dropped bar, wrong course, or missed weave pole or entry) the point for the sequence under-way is lost, and the dog must be directed to begin the sequence again, from obstacle #1. If a bar is dropped it remains down for the duration of play; but the dog must be directed through the uprights on subsequent tries.

The Minuet is scored Points, Then Time.

Baseline

Catalog of Garden League Games

New players may go back and pick up courses played from the beginning of the league. New scores will be added to results. YouTube recordings are not required but are encouraged.

First Series

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. Visit our web store: www.dogagility.org/newstore. You’ll find in the web store The Book of Agility Games, a comprehensive reference to all manner of agility games played for competition and fun around the world.

36×85 Fast & Fun 2020 June Results

July 2, 2020

One club has reported results for June. We were waiting on another to report but can wait no more.

The NDAL will continue to present “historical” courses, which have been played before. Existing Lifetime Performance Points will enhance new LPP earned.

36×85 Fast & Fun 2020 June Results

The June 36×85 Fast & Fun League featured a numbered course designed by Dennis Vogel.

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Results

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Follow this link to view individual performance by dogs and their handlers. Most of these are graced with a YouTube link:

Standings060120D36x85.pdf

 

High Five

The current Top Dog for the June 36×85 Fast & Fun League game plays for Paws4Fun Agility Club out of Kemptville, Ontario, Canada, as do all of the High Five, as this is the only club reporting so far. Gabe, an American Cocker Spaniel handled by Michele Guillet finished this course with zero faults in 33.07 seconds:

 

Placing second is Dune, a Labrador handled by Catherine Woolham. Dune and Catherine finished the course with zero faults in 34.04 seconds:

 

Placing third is Alex, a Dalmation handled by Annalisa Percy. Alex and Annalisa finished the course with zero faults in 41.69 seconds:

 

Placing fourth is Triton, a Siberian Husky handled by Dana Cranstone. Triton and Dana finished this course with 5 faults in 40.52 seconds:

 

Rounding out the High Five, also handled by Dana Cranstone, Chilalee, a Siberian Husky finished this course with zero faults in 45.85 seconds:

 

July Courses and Beyond?

New teams are always welcome to join us for NDAL league play. You are welcome to join any of our four ongoing leagues. The July 2020 National Dog Agility League games and courses have been published here:

https://wp.me/p2Pu8l-dj

We will be publishing “historical” courses so long as the world is required to stay at home and maintain social distances that make organized sports difficult to play. These courses are appropriate for small groups and individuals that have the capacity to build full courses.

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. Visit our web store: www.dogagility.org/newstore. You’ll find in the web store The Book of Agility Games, a comprehensive reference to all manner of agility games played for competition and fun around the world.

June 2020 60×90 Masters Results

July 1, 2020

Four clubs have reported results for the 60×90 Masters League in June.

We are using “historical” courses, which have been played before. The efforts of dogs playing in June earn Lifetime Performance Points (LPP), as the historical performances were ranked with the new performances. And LPP is a measure of rank.

60×90 Masters June 2020 Results

The June 60×90 Masters League featured a numbered course designed by Dennis Vogel. This is a historic course originally played in December 2016.

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A Numbered Course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

Results

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Follow this link to view individual performance by dogs and their handlers. Most of these are graced with a YouTube link:

Standings060120C60x90.pdf

 

The Top Dog of clubs reporting in June represented Jumping C Crew out of Exeter, California. Gus, a Border Collie handled by Liz Clements, finished this course with zero faults in 40.59 seconds:

 

The high scoring dog for the first-place team in June represented High Sierra Canine Agility Club in Markleeville, California. Charlie, a Kelpie handled by Colleen Reid, finished this course with zero faults in 44.54 seconds:

 

The high scoring dog POTC Thunder Pawz, out of Brimfield, Illinois was Maggie, an Australian Shepherd handled by Linda Locke. Maggie and Linda finished this course with zero faults in 53.76 seconds:

 

The high scoring dog for Country Dream Agility, out of Waterford, Ohio was Kory, a Border Collie handled by Bud Houston. Kory finished this course with zero faults in 40.64 seconds:

 

July Courses and Beyond?

New teams are always welcome to join us for NDAL league play. You are welcome to join any of our four ongoing leagues. The July 2020 National Dog Agility League games and courses have been published here:
https://wp.me/p2Pu8l-g9

We will be publishing “historical” courses so long as the world is required to stay at home and maintain social distances that make organized sports difficult to play. These courses are appropriate for small groups and individuals that have the capacity to build full courses.

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. Visit our web store: www.dogagility.org/newstore. You’ll find in the web store The Book of Agility Games, a comprehensive reference to all manner of agility games played for competition and fun around the world.