The final month of the NDAL 54×70 Games league, Winter series, featured a game called Tunnel Jacks, designed by Mike Hughson.
Tunnel Jacks is played like the children’s game of Jacks. The bounce of the ball is represented by performance of the straight tunnel in the middle of the floor. Then the dog will pick up onsies (one point); bounce again and pick up twosies (two points); and so forth until sevensies, or time expires.
Jumps are 1 point; and the u-shaped pipe tunnel is 3 points. An obstacle may be performed no more than twice in the same pick-up. Back-to-back is allowed only on the u-shaped pipe tunnel.
ON ANY FAULT in a pick-up, the dog must be directed to “bounce” (do the tunnel) and then reattempt the pick-up that was faulted. Faults include:
- Dropped bar (out of play for the game)
- Entering the bounce tunnel with more or less than the number to be picked up
- Doing any jump back-to-back.
When time expires or when the dog picked up sevensies, the dog must proceed to the tire to stop time.
Time begins when the dog first enters the bounce tunnel. Time ends at the table. Note that the tire is not live and has no point value unless time has expired or when the handler directs the dog to the tire.
Tunnel Jacks is scored Points, Then Time.
Course time is 60 seconds.
Follow this link to view individual performance by dogs and their handlers. Most of these are graced with a YouTube link:
The Top Dog in the March 2020 54×70 games league represented Country Dream Agility in Waterford, Ohio. Kory, a Border Collie handled by Bud Houston, finished the game scoring 7 points, in 53.36 seconds:
First Place Team
Country Dream Agility in Waterford, Ohio won the March game, managing three of the five scores. Country Dream moves up into first place in the Winter series for the 54×70 Games League. As the Top Dog has already been featured, we’ll share the performance of the second-best score posted by Country Dream.
Katniss, an Aussie/something Mix finished the game with 7 points in 55.46 seconds:
Second Place Team
K9 Manners & More out of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma finished March with the with a strong second place finish. The top scoring dog for K9 Manners & More was Flicka, a Border Collie handled by Frances Scriminger. Flicka and Frances finished the game with 7 points in 54.9 seconds:
Third Place Team
Matrix Dog out of Westminster, Colorado finished in third place in the March game. The top scoring dog for Matrix Dog was Dottie, a Danish Swedish Farmdog handled by Jennifer Giacchi. Dottie and Jennifer finished the game with 7 points in 58.6 seconds:
The top scoring dog for All Breed Training Club out of Tallmadge, Ohio was Oliver, a Havanese handled by Ruth Drew. Oliver and Ruth finished the game scoring 5 points in 28 seconds:
New teams are always welcome to join us for NDAL league play. You are welcome to join any of our four ongoing leagues. The April 2020 National Dog Agility League games and courses have been published here:
We will not be publishing new courses until the world in general is no longer required to stay at home and maintain social distances that make organized sports impossible to play. In the meantime, for small groups that have the capability to play, we will make available courses from our historical catalog.
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 Joker’s Notebook, a series of workbooks dedicated to teaching agility dogs and their handlers to work at a distance apart.