Archive for August, 2019

September 2019 NDAL League Courses

August 19, 2019

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

54X70 Games

The Summer series of the 54×70 Games league concludes with the game Double Joker.

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While the briefing for Double Joker is sketched out on the course-map, it deserves a bit of embellishment here.

This game is like a Gamblers class. Obstacles are performed in the order and direction of the dog’s choosing, and there is a distance challenge. There are no restrictions as to order and direction and, indeed, even the number of times a dog might do an obstacle.

Back-to-back performance of any obstacle during the point-accumulation period is permitted. Indeed, the dog may perform the same obstacle for the entire period. This is known as the Koukkari Strategy.

The distance challenge may be done at any time, and may be repeated.

The handler may double any points the dog earns by having at least one foot on a portable “base”. This could be a pillow, a paper plate, a bit of carpet or whatever is convenient. The handler may preposition the base before starting the dog, or may carry it with and place it at a strategic moment. And the handler might move it to place somewhere else.

Double Joker is scored Points, Then Time.

 

50×70 Fast & Fun

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

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Scoring

A numbered course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

 

36X85 Fast & Fun

The Summer series for the 36×85 Fast & Fun league concludes with 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.

  • The 54X70 Games League is dedicated to a variety of agility games:
    Download Scoresheet090119A54x70
  • The 50×70 Fast & Fun League is intended to allow the dog to work at full extension with modest handling challenges:
    Download Scoresheet090119B50x70
  • The 60×90 Masters League focuses advanced handling challenges:
    Download Scoresheet090119C60x90
  • The 36×85 Fast & Fun League is intended to allow the dog to work at full extension with modest handling challenges.
    Download Scoresheet090119D36x85

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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50×70 Fast & Fun 2019 Summer Series Begins

August 1, 2019

The first month of the Summer Series NDAL 50×70 Fast & Fun featured a numbered course.

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A numbered course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

Results

As many as six league franchises are sitting out the heat of summer. This occurs every year. Consequently, numbers will be down for the Summer Series.

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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:

Standings070119B50x70

 

Top Dog

The top scoring dog in the July 50×70 Fast & Fun league represented Sport Dogs Jalisco, out of Guadalajara, Mexico.

Gabriela Orozco’s Twister, a Border Collie handled by Antonio Nolazco, finished this course with zero faults in 27.63 seconds:

First Place Team

The league kicked off with a fierce competition, with four clubs scoring 700 or more points, and less than 50 points separating the four places.

The first place team in July was AQ4U’s Fast & Furryous in Brooks, Kentucky, taking two of the top five scores.

The top scoring dog for AQ4U was Legend, a Shetland Sheepdog handled by Lydia Robbins. Legend and Lydia finished this course with zero faults in 29.44 seconds:

Second Place Team

Only five points behind the first-place team, Clermont County All Breed All Stars in Milford, Ohio started the Summer series with a solid performance.

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 32.97 seconds:

Third Place Team

Sport Dogs Jalisco out of Guadalajara, Mexico finished July with a solid team performance, about 40 points behind the first-place team.

The second highest scoring dog for Sport Dogs Jalisco was Antonio Nolasco’s Thunder, a Border Collie handled by Gabriela Orozco. Thunder and Gabriela finished this course with zero faults in 29.58 seconds:

Fourth Place Team

Cloud Nine out of Maple Grove, Minnesota is in the hunt, only nine points behind the third-place team.

The top scoring dog for Cloud Nine was Siona, a Miniature American Shepard handled by Mark Meintsma. Siona and Mark finished this coursewith zero faults in 32.06 seconds:

Worth Watching

While the team Agility Dream Dogs out of Albion, New York wound up in sixth-place overall, there’s was the only team not in the top four placements that had a dog scoring among the top 10 dogs.

Chase, a Sheltie handled by Lydia Hofmann finished this course with zero faults in 30.8 seconds:

 

Looking Back

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

Standings 060119B50x70

 

Invitation

New clubs are always welcome to establish NDAL franchises. For more information contact the NDAL League Secretary, Bud Houston houston.bud@gmail.com

We currently run four ongoing leagues based on footprint (size of the field) and the complexity and nature of the challenge. NDAL games and courses for July, the first month of the Summer series, have been published here:
https://wp.me/p2Pu8l-91.

NDAL games and courses for August, the second month of the Summer series, have been published here:

https://wp.me/p2Pu8l-9t

 

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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 2019 Summer Series Begins

August 1, 2019

The first month of the NDAL 36×85 Fast & Fun league Summer series featured a numbered course.

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A numbered course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

Results

As many as six league franchises are sitting out the heat of summer. This occurs every year. Consequently, numbers will be down for the Summer Series. The 36×85 Fast & Fun league was especially hard hit by the hot summer weather.

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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:

Standings070119D36x85

First Place Team

Dirty Dogs Agility League out of Parker, Colorado, a new NDAL franchise, won the July competition.

The top scoring dog for Dirty Dogs and Top Dog in the July game was Maverick, an Australian Shepard handled by Lauren Sanchez-Suzmann. Maverick and Lauren finished this course with zero faults in 36 seconds:

Second Place Team

Country Dream Agility in Waterford, Ohio managed second place in July. The top scoring dog for Country Dream was Kory, a Border Collie handled by Bud Houston, finishing this course with zero faults in 37.47 seconds:

Third Place Team

Sport Dogs Jalisco out of Guadalajara, Mexico finished July in third-place.

The top scoring dog for Sport Dogs was Tejuino, an All American handled by Guadalupe Espinosa. Tejuino and Guadalupe finished this course with 10 faults in 49.13 seconds:

 

Looking Back

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

Standings 060119D36x85

NDAL games and courses for August, the second month of the Summer series, have been published here:

https://wp.me/p2Pu8l-9t

 

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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 2019 Summer Series Begins

August 1, 2019

The first month of the NDAL 60×90 Masters league Summer series featured a numbered course.

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A numbered course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

Results

As many as six league franchises are sitting out the heat of summer. This occurs every year. Consequently, numbers will be down for the Summer Series.

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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:

Standings070119C60x90

First Place Team

Clermont County All Breed All Stars in Milford, Ohio positively dominated the competition in July, scoring the top either of the top ten scores.

The Top Dog in the 60×90 in July, representing Clermont County was Leela, a Border Collie handled by Brenda Gilday. Leela and Brenda finished this course with zero faults in 31.57 seconds:

Second Place Team

The competition for second place is fierce, with four teams with a 15 point span. Country Dream Agility out of Waterford, Ohio finished in second-place in July. The top scoring dog for Country Dream was Phoenix, a Border Collie handled by Bud Houston, finishing the course with zero faults in 36.1 seconds:

Third Place Team

Lucky Dog Agility out of Winterville, Georgia finished in third-place, and only two points out of second.

The top scoring dog for Lucky Dog was Seelie, an Australian Shepherd handled by Elaine Boris. Seelie and Elaine finished this course with zero faults in 44.38 seconds:

Fourth Place Team

POTC Thunder Pawz from Brimfield, Illinois finished in four-place, only two points out of third.

The top scoring dog for POTC was Trixie, an All American handled by Valerie Doubet. Trixie and Valerie finished the course with zero faults in 52 seconds:

Fifth Place Team

K9 Powersports out of Grand Junction, Colorado finished the month in fifth-place, yet still in the hunt for second place.

The top scoring dog for K9 Powersports was Keiji, a Papillon handled by Geoff Teare. Keiji and Geoff finished the course with zero faults in 39.42 seconds:

Sixth Place Team

High Sierra Canine Agility Club out of Markleeville, California finishes the month in sixth-place.

The top scoring dog for High Sierra was Charlie, a Kelpie handled by Colleen Reid. Charlie and Colleen finished with course with 5 faults in 41.76 seconds:

Seventh Place Team

Sport Dogs Jalisco in Guadalajara, Mexico posted the lowest score in July. To be fair, Sports Dogs had a difficult month logistically Nohemi Ramos, one of the team captains, writes: “July and August are summer vacations and people take time off to travel or be with visiting family.  It is also rainy season, fields get muddy, roads get pot holes and so some people just prefer not to run under these conditions.”

The top scoring dog for Sport Dogs Jalisco was Cody, a Bichon handled by Maria Elena Perez. Cody and Maria Elena finished the course with 10 faults in 73.65 seconds:

This club runs all four of the NDAL leagues. The day they ran the 60×90 must have been a very tough day logistically, as they barely put together a full team.

Looking Back

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

Standings 060119C60x90

NDAL games and courses for August, the second month of the Summer series, have been published here:

https://wp.me/p2Pu8l-9t.

 

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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 2019 Summer Series Begins

August 1, 2019

The first month of the NDAL 54×70 Games league, Summer series, featured a game called Last of the Mohicans, designed by Bud Houston.

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Last of the Mohicans is scored Points, Then Time.

League Secretary’s Note

Sometimes learning a new game can be a painful experience. Most of our participating clubs submitted scores that did not give faults where they should have been applied.

And so, we put together a small team to review every YouTube video in the competition and re-scored every performance.

From the briefing (On the course map) The dog will lose a point on any of these events:

  1. The handler stops moving (while the dog is not on the table);
  2. The dog’s path crosses itself;
  3. The dog runs past an obstacle and the handler returns to the dog to try again.
  4. The dog touches the A-frame.

The fault that was most commonly missed was #2 in this list of faults; though, a dropped bar or two, and the handler stopping, or correcting a missed obstacle were occasionally missed in the scoring.

And so, the results might have been considerably different for more than one club had the rules been more completely understood by everyone. But next time we play this game, we will be more prepared.

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:

Standings070119A54x70

First Place Team

Country Dream Agility out of Waterford, Ohio proved to be the team that most understood the interesting rules associated with Last of the Mohicans. The top scoring dog for Country Dream was ended in fourth-place overall: Phoenix, a Border Collie handled by Bud Houston finished the game with 9 points in 20 seconds flat:

Second Place Team

K9 Manners & More Broken Arrow, Oklahoma finished the July competition only slightly behind the first place team.

The top scoring dog for K9 Manners was Flicka, a Border Collie handled by Frances Scriminger. Flicka placed second overall, finishing the game with all 9 points in 18.62 seconds:

In third place overall was Frances Scriminger’s dog Hotch, a Border Collie that finished the game with 9 points in 19.61 seconds:

Third Place Team

The Top Dog in July represented the third-place team overall, Agility Dream Dogs, out of Albion, New York.

Lydia Hofmann’s Chase, a Sheltie finished the game with 9 points and a fast 17.27 seconds. No YouTube video was available.

Fourth Place Team

Sport Dogs Jalisco out of Guadalajara, Mexico placed fourth overall. Sports Dogs struggled somewhat to apply the rules and actually might have been our first-place team except for turning dogs in the wrong direction on a jump… which could have been easily avoided.

You live and you learn.

The top scoring dog for Sports Dogs Jalisco was Harry, a Parson Rusell Terrier handled by Omar Alarcón. Harry and Omar finished the game scoring all 9 points in 21.8 seconds:

Fifth Place Team

All Breed Training Club Of Akron finished in fifth-place. It’s worth noting that only 50 points separate the first and fifth-place teams. This competition is very close.

The top scoring dog for ABTC was Savvy, a Toller handled by Cindy Fink. Savvy and Cindy finished the game scoring all 9 points in 23.28 seconds:

… And Sixth Place

Matrix Dog out of Westminster, Colorado finished July in last place. Note that Matrix reported only four dogs. And as team scores are comprised of the top five dogs in each club, Matrix lost points by not having a fifth.

The top scoring dog for Matrix Dog was Dottie, a Danish Swedish Farmdog handled by Jennifer Giacchi. Dottie and Jennifer finished the game scoring 9 points in 21.61 seconds:

Looking Back

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

Standings 060119A54x70

Invitation

New clubs are always welcome to establish NDAL franchises. For more information contact the NDAL League Secretary, Bud Houston houston.bud@gmail.com

We currently run four ongoing leagues based on footprint (size of the field) and the complexity and nature of the challenge.

NDAL games and courses for August, the second month of the Summer series, have been published here:

https://wp.me/p2Pu8l-9t

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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.