Following is a preview of the November 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 November three historical NDAL courses.
50×70 Fast & Fun
The November 2020 50×70 Fast & Fun league is Pole Jacks, designed by Bud Houston. This game was first run in the NDAL in May of 2017.
Pole Jacks is played like the children’s game of jacks. The performance of a short set of weave poles is the bounce of the ball. All other obstacles on the course are jacks and have specific point values. Jumps are worth 1 point; tunnels are worth 3 points.
After the “bounce” (doing the weave poles), the team must “pick up” the appropriate number of jacks by scoring an equivalent number of points. The handler and dog team will bounce “onesies,” bounce “twosies,” bounce “threesies,” and so forth until either they score “sevensies” or time expires.
Time begins when the dog first makes a “legal” entry into the weave poles. Time stops when the dog touches the table with one paw. The table is live at all times. The end-of-time whistle ends scoring only at 60 seconds. After the time whistle, there will be no fault and no points for the dog taking additional obstacles on the way to the table to stop time.
ON ANY FAULT, THE PICK-UP IS LOST AND THE DOG MUST “BOUNCE” AGAIN, AND RETRY THE SAME NUMBER.
The dog must pick up points equaling the number for which the team is shooting after the bounce. Entering the weave poles with fewer or more than the correct “pick up” is a fault.
No obstacle may be taken back-to-back on the same pick up. However, an obstacle may be repeated in the same pick-up.
Note that the final score will be a single digit number ranging from 0 to 7. In any game with a finite number of possible scores time to the table will be an important tie-breaker.
Pole Jacks is scored Points, then Time.
The standing Top Dog in this game was recorded in May of 2017, representing Wicked West Australians out of Banjup Western Australia. Ripley, a Border Collie handled by Nic Ford, finished the game with 7 points in 45.19 seconds:
The November 2020 60×90 Masters league is a numbered course designed by Bud Houston. This course was originally run in the NDAL in May 2017, and was run again at an NDAL tournament in November, 2018.
The standing Top Dog on this course, recorded in May 2017, represented Clermont County All Breed All Stars out of Milford, Ohio. Oreo, a Border Collie handled by Daelyn Grome finished with zero faults in 36.53 seconds:
36X85 Fast & Fun
The November 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 May 2017, represented Wicked West Australians out of Banjup Western Australia. Jay, a Border Collie handled by Sylvia Hamilton, finished the course with zero faults in 20.76 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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