Garden League ~ Week 1 ~ April 12, 2020

Fitting to our times and circumstances, I am pleased to announce that the National Dog Agility League (NDAL) will begin a unique team agility competition. Given that you have a bit of agility equipment and a small yard (or garden) we will publish weekly a game that anyone in the world can play.

All results will be rolled up as a single competition. Everyone who plays will be expected to record the performance of his or her own dogs and post these to YouTube, including a link to that recording in the weekly results.

You will likely be interested in the nitty gritty details for how the league will operate, how teams are formed, and how much it will cost. You can find those details in this document: Garden League Rules and Stipulations.

Week 1 2020 ~ A Minuet

The premier Garden League game shall be a Minuet.



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.

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 jumps 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 jump 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 jump #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.



The document: Garden League Rules and Stipulations contains our initial attempt to define how on ongoing virtual competition might work. Some of our methodologies will have to be learned as we go along.

I have attempted to explain my own very personal motivations for the Garden League in my own blog, if you’d like to follow along: Making a Small Difference


Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Visit our web store: 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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