Following is a preview of the September 2020 courses and games for NDAL league play. Because of the extreme conditions wrought on the world by the coronavirus pandemic the NDAL presents for play in September three historical NDAL courses.
50×70 Fast & Fun
The September 2020 50×70 Fast & Fun league is a game called Call, Direct & Send, designed by Bud Houston. This game was first run in the NDAL in March of 2017.
Call Direct & Send is a simple sequencing game that features three opportunities for the dog to earn bonuses while the handler works at a distance. On this course the first bonus is the “Call”. The handler must lead out beyond jump #2 to start the dog; a 10-point bonus is earned if the dog performs the two jumps without fault, and doesn’t have to be reset by the handler.
The second bonus can be earned in the “Direct” sequence, #5 through #7. The dog earns the 10-point bonus so far as the three obstacles can be performed without fault. Be mindful that in the NDAL we fault refusals on contact obstacles.
A final bonus can be earned for the “Send”. A 10-point bonus will be earned if the dog will perform #10 through #12 without fault while the handler remains on the opposite side of the line.
Call, Direct & Send is scored Time, Plus Faults, Less Bonuses.
The standing Top Dog in this game was recorded in March of 2017, representing AQ4U’s Fast & Furryous out of Brooks, Kentucky. Blade, a Border Collie handled by Brian Wakefield finished the game with zero faults, earning 30 on the bonus in 20.91 seconds… for a score of -9.09
The September 2020 60×90 Masters league is a game called Time Warp, designed by Bud Houston. This game was originally run in the NDAL in March, 2017.
Time Warp is a simple sequencing game that provides a single opportunity for the dog to earn a bonus. On this course the bonus is earned simply for performing the teeter while the handler is on the opposite side of the red containment line.
Time Warp is scored Time, Plus Faults, Less Bonus.
The standing Top Dog in this game, recorded in March, 2017, represented B&D Creekside out of Latrobe, Pennsylvania. U NeeQ, a Papillion handled by Cookie Nee finished the game with zero faults, scoring 10 on the bonus, in 32.21 seconds. There is no video of this performance.
Since we like videos… we’ll share with you the performance of the games designer when this game was run in 2017. This is Kory, a Border Collie handled by Bud Houston, representing Country Dream Agility out of Waterford, Ohio:
36X85 Fast & Fun
The September game for the 36×85 Fast & Fun league is a game called Time Warp. Clearly the course designer was on a games binge in March of 2017 (and maybe imagined that distance games would give his dogs some advantage?)
Time Warp is a simple sequencing game. This course provides two opportunities for the dog to earn a bonus. On this course the first 10-point bonus is earned simply for performing the teeter while the handler is on the opposite side of the red containment line.
A second bonus can be earned if the dog can perform #8 through #10, without fault, while the dog remains on the opposite side of the red containment line.
Time Warp is scored Time, Plus Faults, Less Bonuses.
The standing Top Dog in this game, recorded in March, 2017, represented Wicked West Australians out of Banjup Western Australia. Ripley, a Border Collie handled by Nic Ford, finished the game with zero faults, scoring 20 on the bonus in 22.99 seconds, for a final score of 2.99:
An Open Invitation to New Players
New clubs and individuals are always welcome to join us in play these historical courses. Download the scorekeeping worksheet below; contact the League Secretary to help with the details at Houston.Bud@gmail.com.
- The 50×70 Fast & Fun League is intended to allow the dog to work at full extension with modest handling challenges.
- The 60×90 Masters League focuses advanced handling challenges.
- The 36×85 Fast & Fun League is intended to allow the dog to work at full extension with modest handling challenges.
- Existing league franchises will be emailed their scorekeeping worksheets set up with their current rosters upon request.
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