Week 4 started play on May 3, 2020.
The week 4 Garden League game is The Box Game (a Looper). This game will go into the Book of Agility Games as “Cotterman’s Bermuda Triangle” variation to The Box Game.
The Box Game is a numbered sequence allowing the dog to earn 10 bonus points if the handler either stays outside of the box while the dog runs the sequence or stays inside the box while the dog runs the sequence.
Faults shall not negate the bonus.
As this game will be run as a Looper (a numbered course run twice without stopping) there will be two bonus opportunities. However, our game master, Heather Cotterman has stipulated that the second bonus can only be earned if the handler switches the inside-or-outside choice of the first sequence.
The Box Game is scored: Time, Plus Faults, Less Bonus.
Under the Garden League rules of play new players can play and submit results for the games of all previous weeks. Garden League results are always preliminary.
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 4.
The current Top Dog for week 4 represents Dirty Dogs Agility League out of Parker, Colorado. Ollie, an English Shepherd handled by Heather Cotterman finished the game with zero faults, earning 20 on the bonus in 25.33 seconds, for a final score of 5.33!
The second-place dog playing for Country Dream Agility out of Waterford, Ohio was Tuff, a Border Collie handled by Melissa Holmes. Tuff and Missy finished the game with zero faults, earning 20 on the bonus in 26.82 seconds, for a final score of 6.82:
The third-place dog was also handled by Melissa Holmes. Prim, a Border Collie, finished the game with zero faults, with 20 on the bonus in 31.49 seconds, for a final score of 11.49:
The fourth-place dog represented Country Dream Agility out of Waterford, Ohio. Katniss, a Mix handled by Bud Houston finished the game with zero faults, earning 20 on the bonus, in 32.96 seconds for a final score of 12.96:
Rounding out the High Five, representing Dog Ranch Inc out of North Gower, Ontario, Canada was Dante, a German Short-haired Pointer handled by Gail Docherty. Dante and Gail finished the game with zero faults, earning 20 on the bonus, in 35.7 seconds, for a final score of 15.7:
Also representing Dog Ranch Inc, was Micah, a Standard Poodle handled by Pippa Hall. Micah and Pippa finished the game with zero faults, earning 20 on the bonus in 37.14 seconds, for a final score of 17.14:
Playing for Jumping C Crew out of Exeter, California is Ruby, an Australian Cattle Dog handled by Liz Clements. Ruby and Liz finished the game with zero faults, scoring 20 on the bonus in 38.27 seconds, for a final score of 18.27:
Also representing Jumping C Crew, Alaska, an Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog handled by Liz Clements, finished the game with zero faults, earning 20 on the bonus in 41.89 seconds, for a final score of 21.89 :
You can find results for previous weeks here:
Week 1: https://wp.me/p2Pu8l-e5
Week 2: https://wp.me/p2Pu8l-eb
Week 3: https://wp.me/p2Pu8l-eh
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.