November 2020 50×70 Fast & Fun Results

Six clubs have reported results for the 50×70 Fast & Fun League in November.

We are using “historical” courses, which have been played before. The efforts of dogs playing in November earn Lifetime Performance Points (LPP), as the historical performances were ranked with the new performances. And LPP is a measure of rank.

50×70 Fast & Fun November 2020 Results

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.

Briefing

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 end-of-time whistle ends scoring only. 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.

Results

Follow this link to view individual performance by dogs and their handlers. Most of these are graced with a YouTube link:

Standings110120B50x70.pdf

The Top Dog among clubs reporting in October represented Agility Dream Dogs out of Albion, New York, the first-place team in November. Gracie, a Border Collie handled by Gary McCarthy has also assumed Top Dog honors for this game, assuming first place among historical performances. Gracie finished the game scoring sevensies (7), in 44.71 seconds:

The second-place team in November was AQ4U’s Fast & Furryous out of Brooks, Kentucky. AQ4U remains in first place for the year. And, with only a month remaining is in a comfortable lead. Peak, a Border Collie handled by Chistina Wakefield finished the game scoring sevensies (7) in 49.71 seconds:

The top scoring dog for the third-place team, K9cation out of Hudson, Colorado, was Rock, a Border Collie handled by Kelly Roll. Rock and Roll[1] finished the game scoring sixies (6) in 62.13 seconds:

The top scoring dog for K9 Powersports out of Grand Junction, Colorado was Keiji, a Papillon handled by Geoff Teare. Keiji and Geoff finished the game scoring sevensies (7) in 56.62 seconds:

The top scoring dog for All Breed Training Club Of Akron in Tallmadge, Ohio was Oliver, a Havanese handled by Ruth Drew. Oliver and Ruth finished the game with 5 faults, earning 20 on the bonus, in 61 seconds for a final score of 46:

The top scoring dog for Cloud Nine in New Hope, Minnesota was Asher, a Miniature Schnauzer handled by Susan Weyrauch, who finished the game scoring sevensies (7) in 58.47 seconds:

November Courses and Beyond?

New teams are always welcome to join us for NDAL league play. You are welcome to join any of our four ongoing leagues. The December 2020 National Dog Agility League games and courses have been published here:

https://wp.me/p2Pu8l-jc

We will be publishing “historical” courses so long as the world is required to stay at home and maintain social distances that make organized sports difficult to play. These courses are appropriate for small groups and individuals that have the capacity to build full courses.

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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.


[1] Sorry, we couldn’t resist reporting the team as Rock & Roll: Rock and Kelly Roll !

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