Archive for May, 2015

June 2015 National Dog Agility League Courses

May 31, 2015

We are pleased to present two courses for the month of June 2015 for league play. Our game designer is Seanna O’neill of Team Canada. Each is a numbered sequence designed for a 40′ by 60′ space; and each is scored Time, Plus Faults.

Download the scoring and course maps for each below. The courses are nested (run without the least movement of equipment). Both will count toward league final scoring.

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This is a short numbered course with very technical features of an International flavor.

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This is a short numbered sequence that features more flow; perfect for a more novice player or for an advanced player who wants to show off a bit of speed.

May League Course

We are entering results for our May league course. If for any reason you were unable to run the course in May, we will leave it open through the end June. The May league course was designed by Steve Schwarz for a 60′ by 70′ field; and is scored Time, Plus Faults.

Download the scoring and course maps below:

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League Business

The National Dog Agility League admittedly has a confusing presence on the internet we have decided to use a newsletter format to keep you informed on a month basis of the basic business of the conduct of the league.

Opt Out ~ If you would not like to receive these informational newsletters, please write me at Houston.Bud@gmail.com with a simple “I’d like to opt out” or “Darken my door no more” kind of message. I’ll take you off the list.

If you ARE going to play in the league (or desire to at some point), I need to collect a bit of important intelligence.

Field Size ~ What is the size of the field available to you.

Frequency ~ How often should league courses be published? Do you want to be in a weekly, or monthly, or twice-monthly league? Quarterly?

Content ~ What kind of games and courses should we be running? Rather than presenting a multiple choice list, you tell me. Do you want rough and tumble International Style courses? Do you want flowy and fun novice courses? Do you want games… or ordinary numbered sequences?

Limitations ~ We are considering limiting the league to 64 member clubs. Member clubs get a Yes/No vote on this principle.

Impressions ~ Tell me in concise language what your experience has been with the National Dog Agility League. What could we do better? What needs to be fixed?

Volunteering ~ If you would like an active Board position in the National Dog Agility League, please let me know what role you would like to take with the League.

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Excuse the brevity of this Notice/Newsletter. It’s our first (and will probably be published verbatim on our Blog and on our FB page).

I’ll look forward to hearing from you.

Regards,

Bud Houston

Distribution

  • National Dog Agility League member clubs
  • Just about everybody who has ever indicated they are interested in the National Dog Agility League.

League Results April 2015

May 13, 2015

April was a formative month for the National Dog Agility league. We ran two competitions with six clubs running one, or both. Following are the results of those events.

We are thrilled by the number of teams including YouTube recordings in event results. We’re hoping that this will be a normal practice as we grow the league.

The Box Game

Top Dog in the Box Game was: Radical Rabbit a Malinois handled by Kirstin O’Neill, playing for Team Canada

The High Scoring League Club was: Team Canada

Click to view: Box Game Results

A Course map and briefing for this game can be found here: http://wp.me/p2Pu8l-3i

While this game is closed for April league results, all National Dog Agility League Events are perpetually open for play. And a dog’s score will be recorded and aggregated with all existing scores. A dog may repeat play on games or courses previously run. It’s kind of like a list of scores on a video game. To play the game, download the scorekeeping workbook here:

http://www.dogagility.org/documents/Events/04081560×60.xls

Dare to Double

Top Dog in Dare to Double was Tenacious Turtle a Whippet handled by Kirstin O’Neill, playing for Team Canada

The High Scoring League Club was: Team Canada

Click to view: Dare to Double Results

A Course map and briefing for this game can be found here: http://wp.me/p2Pu8l-3i

While this game is closed for April league results, all National Dog Agility League Events are perpetually open for play. And a dog’s score will be recorded and aggregated with all existing scores. A dog may repeat play on games or courses previously run. It’s kind of like a list of scores on a video game. To play the game, download the scorekeeping workbook here:

http://www.dogagility.org/documents/Events/04081560×60.xls

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. The web store is up and running. www.dogagility.org/newstore. You’ll find in the web store The Book of Agility Games, an invaluable reference to clubs engaged in league play.

Wild Ride! The May 2015 League Course

May 2, 2015

We are pleased and proud to present the May 2015 National Dog Agility League course. This is a course designed by Steve Schwarz, the self-proclaimed “Agility Nerd”. It is a wild ride!

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Download the scorekeeping workbook HERE.

League Rules and Stipulations

This course marks the beginning of the Summer 2015 National Dog Agility League schedule. You can view the League Rules and Stipulations here: http://wp.me/p2Pu8l-3z

Franchises are open. This is a wonderful time to join the league.

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. The web store is up and running. www.dogagility.org/newstore. You’ll find in the web store The Book of Agility Games, an invaluable reference to clubs engaged in league play.

Summer League 2015 Rules and Stipulations

May 2, 2015

Following are the rules and stipulations for the National Dog Agility League Summer 2015 competition. This document is intended to be a model but should not be viewed as a constraint for future league rules.

Frequency and Duration: The league shall consist of one competition each month inclusive of: May, June, July and August 2015.

Field Size: 60′ x 70′ (or, obviously, larger)

League Scoring by Placement: The top 5 dogs for each club in each of the four league competitions will earn Lifetime Performance Points (LPP) against the field. LPP are points earned inverse to placement. For example, if 101 dogs compete, then the first place dog will earn 100 LPP. Consequently the aggregate LPP of the top five performing dogs for each club will determine that clubs score in each of the four competitions.

The league winner is determined by the highest accumulation of LPP over the course of the four Summer League competitions.

Eligibility: Dogs must be registered with Top Dog (this will be transitioned in time to registration with

Game Master: Course designers are selected by the invitation of the League Commissioner. Events (numbered courses or games) are the choice of the Game Master of record. The Game Master shall also establish the qualifying criteria and scoring basis for each event.

Rules Basis: Rules for performance are described in this document:

http://www.dogagility.org/documents/FilesForms/TopDogRules3.5.pdf

Distribution: Courses and briefings and score-keeping materials will be sent by email and attachment to member clubs and interested parties in the first week (or sooner) of the competition month. Courses and briefings shall also be published on the Internet, using Top Dog and National Dog Agility League Internet resources.

Eligibility of Dogs: Dogs must be registered with Top Dog Agility Players to record scores. The registration form can be found here:

http://www.dogagility.org/documents/FilesForms/TopDogRegistration.pdf

Presently each host club is entitled to keep the registration fee (or pass it along as a perk to their local league players). The registration forms should be collected by the host club to record the waiver agreement with each league player.

Eligibility of Clubs: Any club is eligible for play. At present there is no entry or membership fee. A new club shall establish a National Dog Agility League franchise when league results are first submitted.

Reporting: Results must be reported within three days of the end of each month. The recording fee for each event (game or course) shall be $1.00. Find the Top Dog online payment processor HERE.

Results should be submitted by email attachment to: BudHouston@gmail.com.

Sweepstakes / Awards and Trophies: This mini-league shall neither feature a Sweepstakes distribution; nor awards and trophies.