Following is a preview of the October 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 October three historical NDAL courses.
50×70 Fast & Fun
The October 2020 50×70 Fast & Fun league is Time Warp Looper, designed by Brenda Gilday and Bud Houston. This game was first run in the NDAL in April of 2017.
TIME WARP ~ send to tire (from other side of line) = 10 bonus pts. Send all the way to the weaves (completed without fault) = 10 MORE bonus pts. LOOPER ~ After first completed #1 through #9 the dog is directed through the sequence a second time (40 points maximum bonus).
This game is scored Time, Plus Faults, Less Bonus. Follow the numbers, keep the bars up, and have fun.
The standing Top Dog in this game was recorded in April of 2017, representing Wicked West Australians out of Banjup Western Australia. Flayme, a Border Collie handled by Susan Masson, finished the game with zero faults, scoring 40 on the bonus in 25.77 seconds for a final score of minus 14.23 seconds:
The October 2020 60×90 Masters league is a game called Time Warp, designed by Brenda Gilday and Bud Houston. This game was originally run in the NDAL in April, 2017, and was run again at an NDAL tournament in October, 2018.
Clearly the course designers were on a games binge in April of 2017 (and maybe imagined that distance games would give their dogs some advantage?)
Time Warp is a simple sequencing game that provides a single opportunity for the dog to earn a bonus. On this course A Time Warp bonus can be earned for each performance of the pipe tunnel. 5 bonus points are earned when the dog performs a pipe tunnel in sequence with the handler on the opposite side of the (red) containment line. 20 total bonus points are possible.
Time Warp is scored Time, Plus Faults, Less Bonus.
The standing Top Dog in this game, recorded in April, 2017, represented Clermont County All Breed All Stars out of Milford, Ohio. Leela, a Border Collie handled by Brenda Gilday, finished the game with zero faults, scoeing 20 on the bonus in 35.33 seconds, for a final score of 15.33:
36X85 Fast & Fun
The October game for the 36×85 Fast & Fun league is a Numbered Course.
Follow the numbers, hit the paint, keep the bars up… and have fun.
A Numbered Course is scored Time, Plus Faults, Less Bonuses.
The standing Top Dog in this game, recorded in April, 2017, represented Wicked West Australians out of Banjup Western Australia. Ripley, a Border Collie handled by Nic Ford, finished the course with zero faults in 30.43 seconds:
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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