Archive for September, 2019

October 2019 NDAL League Courses

September 15, 2019

NDAL leagues typically run a numbered course each month, especially since we’ve introduced the 54×70 Games league. As the others have been deprived of the opportunity to play games more interesting than follow-the-numbers… we are determined this month to play an interesting game in each of our four ongoing leagues.

Following is a preview of the October 2019 games for NDAL league play. October is the first month of the Fall series.

54X70 Games

The Fall series of the 54×70 Games league Begins with the game Pole Jacks.

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Briefing

Pole Jacks is like the children’s game of jacks. The weave poles is the bounce of the ball. The dog must first “bounce” (do the weave poles), then pick up one point; then “bounce”, and pick up two points… and so forth until time expires.

The most a dog may score in this game is 7 points! So, if a dog has 7 points he must be directed to the table to stop time, whether or not time remains on the clock.

Dogs have 50 seconds. Time begins at first legal entry into weave poles; time ends at the table.

On any fault the dog must bounce again (do the weave poles) and reattempt the number for the pick-up. Faults include things like:

  • Dropping a bar
  • Missing a contact
  • Doing any obstacle back-to-back
  • Doing any obstacle more than twice in the same pick-up
  • Picking up more points than the pick-up demanded
  • Returning to the weave poles with less than the pick-up demanded.

Jumps are 1 point; tunnels 3, the A-frame 5. The score is the highest number picked up. Points for a partial pick-up convert to a decimal value.

Scoring

Pole Jacks is scores points, then time.

 

50×70 Fast & Fun

The Fall Series for the 50×70 Fast & Fun league begins with a game called Looper.

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The briefing for this game is included on the course map.

 

60×90 Masters

The Fall Series for the 60×90 Masters league begins with the game Call, Direct & Send.

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Briefing

Call, Direct & Send is a numbered course that contains three distance challenges that will earn the dog bonus points if performed without fault. Each Bonus is worth 10 points.

Call – Handler leads out and calls the dog over jumps #1 and #2;

Direct – Handler remains on other side of containment as the dog does #6 and #7;

Send – Handler remains behind line while sending the dog for jumps #17 to #19.

Scoring

Call, Direct & Send is scored Time, Plus Faults, Less Bonuses.

 

36X85 Fast & Fun

The Fall series for the 36×85 Fast & Fun league begins with the game Louganis (Looper variation).

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Briefing

This is a combination of two games: Louganis and Looper.

Louganis – The dog will earn 10 bonus points if the handler can lead out past the first line before the dog gets four paws onto the dogwalk; and another 10 points if the handler can lead out past the second line.

Looper – The dog will run the numbered sequence twice, excepting that the dog must be on the table when the handler attempts a lead-out for the second try at Louganis (and earn more bonus points). The clock stops when the dog is on the table, and runs when the dog is off the table.

Time begins when the dog initially steps a foot onto the dogwalk. Time ends at the table after the second running of the numbered sequence.

If a handler returns to the dog to reset a broken stay, the bonus opportunity is lost. In the second attempt at the numbered sequence beginning at the table, the dog will earn a standard fault for jumping off the table only if the handler directs the dog to get back on the table.

Scoring

Louganis is scored Time, Plus Faults, Less Bonuses.

 

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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54×70 Games 2019 August Results

September 1, 2019

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

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Snooker is scored Points, Then Time.

You will note that no course time was set for this game. And so, that’s exactly how the game was played, and scored.

 

Club Report

There are six active teams to competing in the Summer Series. More clubs might play in this league… especially when they discover that the set of equipment in the 54×70 is always exactly as set in the 50×70; the only difference being that the 54×70 will feature some interesting game that demand cunning and guile.

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:

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Top Dog

Representing Sport Dogs Jalisco out of Guadalajara, Mexico, the top scoring dog in the August 2019 54×70 Games league Twister, a Border Collie handled by Gabriela Orozco. Twister and Gabriela finished the game scoring 51 points in 22.27 seconds:

First Place Team

Sport Dogs Jalisco out of Guadalajara, Mexico posted a convincing win in the August game. Consequently, Sport Dogs moved up from fourth-place in league play just enough to move into first place. Only 13 points separate the top three teams in this league. September will tell the tale.

The second highest score for Sports Dogs Jalisco was Scarlett, a Border Collie handled by Gabriela Orozco. Scarlett and Gaby finished the game scoring 51 points in 22.73 seconds:

Second Place Team

Agility Dream Dogs, out of Albion, New York finished second in the August game. The team got a little closer to the second place team in the series, but will enter September narrowly out of second-place, but within shooting distance of first place.

The top scoring dog for Agility Dream Dogs was Bebe, an Australian Cattle Dog handled by Michael Hughson. Bebe and Michael finished the game with 51 points in 28.08 seconds:

Third Place Team

Country Dream Agility out of Waterford, Ohio finished in third-place in August and fell from first to second-place in league standings. The top scoring dog for Country Dream was Phoenix, a Border Collie handled by Bud Houston. Phoenix and Bud finished the game with 51 points in 30.54 seconds:

Looking Back

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

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

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

 

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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 2019 August Results

September 1, 2019

The second 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.

Club Report

Four clubs that compete in this league have opted to sit out the oppressive summer heat. This leaves the league with 13 teams to contend for the Summer Series.

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:

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 Top Dog

Representing Sport Dogs Jalisco out of Guadalajara, Mexico, the top scoring dog in the August 2019 50×70 Fast & Fun league was Scarlett, a Border Collie handled by Gabriela Orozco. Scarlett and Gabriela finished this course with zero faultsin 28.73 seconds:

 

First Place Team

Sport Dogs Jalisco out of Guadalajara, Mexico finished in first place in August by a slim 30-point margin. This performance moves Sport Dogs from third-place into second-place for the Summer series.

As we’ve already featured Sport Dogs top scoring dog as the league Top Dog, we will share Sport Dogs #2 performance, finishing in fourth-place overall: Twister, a Border Collie handled by Gabriela Orozco finished this course with zero faults in 30.85 seconds:

Second Place Team

Clermont County All Breed All Stars in Milford, Ohio placed second in August. Clermont County holds on to first place in the Summer series, going into the final month of competition 29 points ahead of the second-place team.

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 29.06 seconds:

Meherah finished in second-place among all dogs in August.

Third Place Team

Agility Dream Dogs out of Albion, New York finished in third-place in August with a strong performance. In the Summer series Agility Dream Dogs moves from sixth place to fifth place.

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 32.86 seconds:

Worth Watching

AQ4U’s Fast & Furryous in Brooks, Kentucky finished in fourth-place in August, but managed to hold on to third-place in the Summer series. They are about 60 points out of first place and are technically in shooting distance of a win for the series.

The top scoring dog for Fast & Furryous was Blade, a Border Collie handled by Brian Wakefield. Blade and Brian finished in third place overall in August, and finished this course with zero faults in 29.63 seconds:

Looking Back

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

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

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

 

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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 August Results

September 1, 2019

The second 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.

Club Report

Four clubs that compete in this league have opted to sit out the oppressive summer heat. This leaves the league with seven teams to contend for the Summer Series.

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:

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Top Dog

Representing Sport Dogs Jalisco out of Guadalajara, Mexico, the top scoring dog in the August 2019 60×90 Masters league was Twister, a Border Collie handled by Gabriela Orozco. Twister and Gabriela finished this course with zero faults in 27.96 seconds:

First Place Team

Sport Dogs Jalisco out of Guadalajara, Mexico posted the winning team score in August. This team took four of the top five placements for the month. For the series Sport Dogs Jalisco moves out of last place and into sixth-place, and really aren’t in range to contend for the series championship. However, with their August performance they have served notice that they will be a force to be reckoned with as the league continues.

We’d like to share with you Sport Dogs Jalisco’s second-place dog: Scarlett, a Border Collie handled by Gabriela Orozco, finished the course with zero faults in 29.08 seconds:

Second Place Team

Clermont County All Breed All Stars in Milford, Ohio had a very strong showing in August, posting six of the top ten scores for the month.

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 31.19 seconds:

Clermont County remains in first place for the Summer series, a comfortable 166 performance points in front of the second-place team.

Third Place Team

K9 Powersports out of Grand Junction, Colorado finished the month in third-place with a strong showing. This team moved from fifth-place in the series to second-place.

The top scoring dog for K9 Powersports was Keiji, a Papillon handled by Geoff Teare. Keiji and Geoff finished this course with zero faults in 40.07 seconds:

Looking Back

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

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

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

 

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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 August Results

September 1, 2019

The second 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.

Club Report

Four clubs that compete in this league have opted to sit out the oppressive summer heat. Three will return in October, and one will return in September. This leaves the league with three teams in hot contention for the Summer Series.

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:

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Top Dog

The top scoring dog in the August 2019 36×85 Fast & Fun league was Scarlett, a Border Collie handled by Gabriela Orozco. Scarlett and Gaby finished this course with zero faults in 27.13 seconds:

First Place Team

Sport Dogs Jalisco out of Guadalajara, Mexico dominated the August competition, managing to take the top five placements for the month. Gabriela Orozco’s pack of Border Collies swept the top three placements. The second place dog in August was Twister, a Border Collie, finishing the course with zero faults in 28.12 seconds:

Sport Dogs Jalisco is in last place in the 36×85 Fast & Fun Summer Series. It’s worth noting that they won August by 36 points, and are only 23 points out of first place. So, September will be interesting.

Second Place Team

Country Dream Agility in Waterford, Ohio again managed second place in August. 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 41.26 seconds:

Country Dream moves into a tie with the first-place team for the Summer Series.

Third Place Team

Dirty Dogs Agility League out of Parker, Colorado placed third in the August competition.

The top scoring dog for Dirty Dogs in August was Lilly, an All American handled by Karen Harris. Lilly and Karen finished the course with zero faults in 39.24 seconds:

Dirty Dogs remains in first-place in the Summer Series, albeit in a tie with Country Dream, with Sport Dogs Jalisco making a mad run for the series.

 

Looking Back

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

Standings 070119D36x85

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

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

 

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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.