The premier Garden League competition is a game called the Minuet. Week 1 started play on April 12, 2020. Under the Garden League rules of play new players—until week 10—can play and submit results for the games of all previous weeks.
A course map and briefing for the Week 1 are included at the end of this report.
Detail results (graced with YouTube links) can be found here:
The High Five
We are pleased to present video for the current High Five in the Garden League for Week 1.
The current Top Dog for week 1 represents Paws4Fun Agility Club out of Kemptville, Ontario, Canada. Mika, an Australian Cattle Dog handled by Janet Parks finished the Minuet scoring 5.3 points in 52.6 seconds:
The second-place dog plays for Country Dream Agility in Waterford, Ohio. Katniss, a Mix handled by Bud Houston finished the Minuet scoring 5.1 points in 53.39 seconds:
Also representing Country Dream Agility, the third-place dog is Kory, a Border Collie handled by Bud Houston. Kory finished the Minuet scoring 5.1 points in 53.57 seconds:
In fourth place, representing Dirty Dogs Agility League out of Parker, Colorado, Ollie an English Shepherd handled by Heather Cotterman, finished the Minuet scoring 5 points in 52.53 seconds:
Rounding out the High Five, in fifth-place, representing Jumping C Crew out of Exeter, California, was Ruby, an Australian Cattle Dog handled by Liz Clements. Ruby and Liz finished the Minuet scoring 4.3 points in 52.27 seconds:
Week 1 ~ April 12, 2020 ~ The Minuet
The Minuet 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.
Join the Garden League!
Everyone is welcome to join the NDAL Garden League. We intend to operate this league at least so long as many of are confined to our own homes and back gardens.
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.
Please note that during our start-up new players may go back and pick up courses played from the beginning of the league. Your scores will be added to existing scores.
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 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.