Archive for June, 2019

July 2019 NDAL League Courses

June 24, 2019

Following is a preview of the July 2019 games and courses for NDAL league play. July is the first month of the Summer series.

54X70 Games

The Summer series of the 54×70 Games league begins with the game Last of the Mohicans.

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Last of the Mohicans was invented as a training game intended to encourage novice students not to constantly correct their dogs for running past an obstacle. The theory was that it’s better for the dog to be in motion, working in tandem with a handler in motion. The handler could return later, and try to understand why the dog had run past the obstacle.

We are playing the “League Play” variation of Last of the Mohicans. Traditionally a handler stopping or going back to correct a dog earned a score of RIP (Rest In Peace)… because the handler had been caught by the Mohicans, and given a good scalping. However, to capture the granularity of scoring that makes league play interesting and fun, this variation will penalize the dog’s score with something less than a good scalping.

Last of the Mohicans is scored Points, Then Time.

 

50×70 Fast & Fun

The Summer Series for the 50×70 Fast & Fun league begins with a numbered course.

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Scoring

A numbered course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

 

60×90 Masters

The Summer Series for the 60×90 Masters league begins with a numbered course.

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Scoring

A numbered course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

 

36X85 Fast & Fun

The final month of the 2019 Spring series for the 36×85 Fast & Fun league features a Numbered Course.

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Scoring

A Numbered Course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

 

An Open Invitation to New Players

New clubs are always welcome to join ongoing play. Download the scorekeeping worksheet below; contact the League Secretary to help with the details at  Houston.Bud@gmail.com.

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

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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.

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36×85 Fast & Fun May 2019 Results

June 1, 2019

The second month of the NDAL 36×85 Fast & Fun league Spring series featured a Looper:

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A Looper is a simple sequencing game, a numbered sequence that is run twice, without stopping. Like a numbered course, a Looper 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:

http://www.dogagility.org/Documents/Results/Standings050119D36x85.pdf

 

The competition for the 36×85 Fast & Fun Spring series has turned into a virtual three-way tie.

Moving from third-place to first place, and winning the May competition Country Dream Agility out of Waterford, Ohio moves ahead in the Spring series by a single point. The top scoring dog for Country Dream and Top Dog for May was Kory, a Border Collie handled by Bud Houston. Kory and Bud finished the Looper with zero faults in 29.43 seconds:

 

Second and third places for the series are a tie.

The second-place team for the month, Dog Ranch Inc out of North Gower, Ontario holds on to second place in the Spring series. The top scoring dog for Dog Ranch in May was Dante, a German Shorthaired Pointer handled by Gail Docherty. Dante and Gail finished the Looper with zero faults in 33.1 seconds:

 

The third-place team for the 36×85 Fast & Fun Spring series was K9 Manners & More out of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, moving them out of their first-place finish in April. The top scoring dog for K9 Manners in April was Flicka, a Border Collie handled by Frances Scriminger. Flicka and Frances finished this course with zero faults in 32.27 seconds:

 

Worth Watching

Matrix Dog out of Westminster, Colorado had a fine showing in May, and demonstrated that they will contend for this league over time. The top scoring dog for Matrix Dog, Jett, a Border Collie handled by Jennifer Bailey. Jett and Jennifer finished the Looper with five faults in 26.14 seconds, placing second overall:

 

A New NDAL Club

We are proud and pleased to welcome a new NDAL franchise: Sport Dogs Jalisco, out of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

The top scoring dog for Sport Dogs Jalisco was Kiara, a Border Collie handled by Jackeline Barba. Kiara and Jackeline finished the Looper with 5 faults in 32.34 seconds:

 

Looking Back

You can find the 36×85 Fast & Fun league April 2019 results, the first month of the Spring series, here:

https://wp.me/p2Pu8l-8v

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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.

60×90 Masters May 2019 Results

June 1, 2019

The second month of the NDAL 60×90 Masters league Spring series featured a numbered course:

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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:

http://www.dogagility.org/Documents/Results/Standings050119C60x90.pdf

 

Clermont County All Breed All Stars in Milford, Ohio wins the May competition handily, taking four of the top five scores!

The Top Dog in the 60×90, representing Clermont County was Hooker, a Golden Retriever handled by Linda Setters. Hooker and Linda finished this course with zero faults in 29.00 seconds flat:

 

Jumpin’ K-9’s, in Temecula, California, finished second in May, and moves up to second in the Spring series. The top scoring dog for Jumpin’ K-9’s was Matia, a Mini American Shepherd handled by Kathy Greenway. Matia and Kathy finished this course with zero faults in 31.13 seconds:

 

POTC Thunder Pawz out of Brimfield, Illinois finished in third-place in May, but remains in fourth-place for the Spring series. The top scoring dog for POTC Thunder Pawz was Swiper, an All American handled by Cindy Snowden. Swiper and Cindy finished this course with zero faults in 30.37 seconds:

 

Country Dream Agility in Waterford, Ohio finished in fourth-place in May, and moves down to third-place for the Spring series. The top scoring dog for Country Dream was Kory, a Border Collie handled by Bud Houston. Kory and Bud finished this course with zero faults in 31.87 seconds:

 

A New NDAL Club

We are proud and pleased to welcome a new NDAL franchise: Sport Dogs Jalisco, out of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. You’ll note that all but one of their scores are marked for “Elimination”. Any elimination is difficult to do under our rules for performance. It’s easy, when first starting, to adopt scoring rules from the “International” style of the game. We’re working with Sports Dogs Jalisco to understand our more “granular” approach to scoring. We will chalk off this month to lessons learned. They have been quite good-natured and gracious about this confusion.

 

Looking Back

You can find the 60×90 Masters league April 2019 Results, the first month of the Spring series, here:

https://wp.me/p2Pu8l-8t

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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.

50×70 Fast & Fun May 2019 Results

June 1, 2019

The second month of the Spring series NDAL 50×70 Fast & Fun featured a numbered course.

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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:

http://www.dogagility.org/Documents/Results/Standings050119B50x70.pdf

 

Clermont County All Breed All Stars in Milford, Ohio narrowly wins the May 50×70 Fast & Fun league competition, and so continues to lead the Spring series. The top scoring dog for Clermont county was Meherah, a Border Collie handled by Daelyn Grome. Meherah and Daelyn finished this course with zero faults in 27.47 seconds:

 

AQ4U’s Fast & Furryous in Brooks, Kentucky placed second in the May 50×70 Fast & Fun league, and maintains second-place in the Spring series. Representing AQ4U, the Top Dog in May league competition was Brian Wakefield’s Blade, a Border Collie handled by Christina Wakefield. Blade and Christine finished this course with zero faults in 26.09 seconds:

 

Agility Dream dogs out of Albion, New York finished May in third-place and continues in third-place in the Spring series. The top scoring dog for Agility Dream dogs was Chase, a Sheltie handled by Lydia Hofmann. Chase and Lydia finished the course with zero faults in 28.08 seconds:

 

Worth Watching

Cloud Nine out of Maple Grove, Minnesota showed the greatest increase in Lifetime Performance Points from April to May. The top scoring dog for Cloud Nine in May was Siona, a Minature American Shepard handled by Mark Meintsma, and placing sixth among all dogs in May. Siona and Mark finished this course with zero faults in 28.13 seconds:

 

A New NDAL Club

We are proud and pleased to welcome a new NDAL franchise: Sport Dogs Jalisco, out of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. You’ll note that all but one of their scores are marked for “Elimination”. Any elimination is difficult to do under our rules for performance. It’s easy, when first starting, to adopt scoring rules from the “International” style of the game. We’re working with Sports Dogs Jalisco to understand our more “granular” approach to scoring. We will chalk off this month to lessons learned. They have been quite good-natured and gracious about this confusion.

 

Looking Back

You can find the 50×70 Fast & Fun league April 2019 results, the first month of the Spring series, here:

https://wp.me/p2Pu8l-8o

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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.

54×70 Games May 2019 Results

June 1, 2019

The second month of the NDAL 54×70 Games league, Spring series, featured a game called Tunnel Jacks, designed by Bud Houston.

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Briefing

Tunnel Jacks is like the children’s game of jacks. Doing a tunnel is the “bounce”. All of the jumps are “jacks”. After the “bounce” (doing the tunnel), the dog must “pick up” the appropriate number of jacks. The dog will bounce then score onesies, bounce and twosies, bounce and threesies, and so forth until time expires.

On any fault the dog must bounce again (do a tunnel) and retry the pickup. If the dog enters a tunnel with more or less than the correct number, the judge will call fault and the dog must retry that pickup. A dropped bar is a fault, and the jump is subsequently out-of-play.

Course time is 50 seconds. Time begins when he first enters a tunnel. The end-of-time whistle ends scoring only; the clock continues to run until the dog goes to the table. After the time whistle, there will be no fault and no points for the dog taking additional obstacles on the way to the table to stop time.

Tunnel Jacks is scored Points, Then Time. The dog the number of his last complete pick-up plus any partial performance converted to a decimal. A dog having scored “foursies” and two jumps when the whistle blows, will earn a score of 4.2.

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:

http://www.dogagility.org/Documents/Results/Standings050119A54x70.pdf

 

Country Dream Agility in Waterford, Ohio won the May competition by a narrow margin. The top scoring dog for Country Dream and Top Dog for May was Kory, a Border Collie handled by Bud Houston. Kory and Bud finished the game with 6 points in 49.77 seconds:

 

K9 Manners & More in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma took second-place in May, but moved up into first place in the Spring series. The top scoring dog for K9 Manners was Hotch, a Border Collie handled by Frances Scriminger. Hotch and Frances finished the game scoring 6 points in 53.89 seconds:

 

All Breed Training Club of Akron, out of Tallmadge, Ohio finishes in third place in May and moves down to third place in the Spring series. The top scoring dog for All Breed Training Club of Akron was Shelby, an Aussie handled by Steve Bagstad. Shelby and Steve finished the game scoring 6 points in 54.35 seconds:

 

A New NDAL Club

We are proud and pleased to welcome a new NDAL franchise: Sport Dogs Jalisco, out of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. This is a relatively novice group of dogs and handlers. But we look forward to watching them develop into a fine community of agility enthusiasts.

The Top Scoring dog for Sports Dogs Jalisco was Cody, a Bichon handled by Maria Elena Perez. Cody and Maria Elena finished the game with 4.5 points in 59.94 seconds:

 

Looking Back

You can find the 54×70 Games league April 2019 results, the first month of the Spring series, here:

https://wp.me/p2Pu8l-8y

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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.