NDAL Garden League ~ Week 5 Results

Week 5 started play on May 10, 2020. Our game was Tunnel Jacks, a game of strategy and daring based on the children’s game of jacks!


Tunnel Jacks is a dog’s choice game. Jumps are worth 1 point, and the weave poles are worth 3 points. The tunnel has no point value, and represents the bounce of the ball, as in the children’s game of jacks. Time begins with the bounce (dog enters the tunnel). After the first bounce the dog has onsies and must pick-up one point; after the second bounce the dog has twosies and must pick-up two points. After the third bounce the dog has threesies, and so it goes until scoring time expires or, the dog has scored sevensies.

Scoring time expires at 60 seconds. Time stops when the dog assumes a down position.

On any fault the dog must bounce again (do the tunnel) and the retry the required pick-up. Faults include:

  • Dropped bar (jump is out-of-play for the duration)
  • Missed weave pole
  • Picking up more points after a bounce than the current pick-up requires
  • Entering the tunnel with fewer points than the current pick-up requires

There are no prohibition or stipulation as to order and direction of obstacles. Back-to-back is allowed… or even back-to-back-to-back.

If scoring time expires after the dog has started a pick-up, points earned for completed obstacles are converted to a decimal value in the score. For example if the dog is working sixies and has completed two jumps when time expires, then the dog’s score shall be 5.2.

Tunnel Jacks is scored: Points, Then Time.


Preliminary Results

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 5.

The current Top Dog for week 5 represents Country Dream Agility, out of Waterford, Ohio. Tuff, a Border Collie handled by Melissa Holmes, finished the game with 7 points in 46.5 seconds:


The second-place dog also handled by Melissa Holmes, was Prim, a Border Collie. Prim finished the game with 7 points in 48.46 seconds:


The third-place dog was also representing Country Dream was Phoenix, a Border Collie handled by Bud Houston. Phoenix finished the game with 7 points in 52.21 seconds:


Also handled by Bud Houston, the fourth-place dog is Katniss, a Mix. Katniss scored 7 points in 54.72 seconds:


Rounding out the High Five, representing Jumping C Crew out of Exeter, California, Ruby, an Australian Cattle Dog handled by Liz Clements, finished the game scoring 7 points in 56.37 seconds:




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

Week 4: https://wp.me/p2Pu8l-eq


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.



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.


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