Archive for the ‘League Play’ Category

Winter Series Early Reporting: Clermont County in the Lead

December 21, 2015

Nov 2015 ResultsA few franchise clubs have reported for the final game of the Winter 2015 series. You can view those results here: Dec 2015 Results.

[November results here: Nov 2015 Results.]

The Clermont County All Stars have moved into the lead. Six clubs have not yet reported.

Jumping Into the League

We welcome all new clubs who would like to establish league franchises. The National Dog Agility League stands apart from most agility organizations in the world. This is not a titling organization; and it’s really inexpensive to play.

Think of it this way… The National Dog Agility League is the only world-wide competition to which all dogs are invited.

You can download the score-keeping worksheet for final game of the Winter 2015 series here: Scoresheet.

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This is the final game of the 2015 winter series.

It is a simple (?) numbered course that is scored Time, Plus Faults.

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. The web store is up and running. www.dogagility.org/newstore. You’ll find in the web store The Book of Agility Games, an invaluable reference to clubs engaged in league play.

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December NDAL Game ~ Winter Series 2015

December 1, 2015

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This is the final game of the 2015 winter series.

It is a simple (?) numbered course that is scored Time, Plus Faults.

Jumping Into the League

We welcome all new clubs who would like to establish league franchises. The National Dog Agility League stands apart from most agility organizations in the world. This is not a titling organization; and it’s really inexpensive to play.

Think of it this way… The National Dog Agility League is the only world championship forum to which all dogs are invited.

You can download the score-keeping worksheet for final game of the Winter 2015 series here: Scoresheet.

Results from the November league game can be found here: Nov Results.

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. The web store is up and running. www.dogagility.org/newstore. You’ll find in the web store The Book of Agility Games, an invaluable reference to clubs engaged in league play.

K9 Manners & More League Results

October 29, 2015

K9 Manners & More of Broken Arrow, OK has reported results for the final game of the summer 2015 series of the National Dog Agility League.

Mary Green writes “On Sunday, we ran 30 dogs, had 3 clean runs. The rest of us were humbled. Back to training…”

In the view of the National Dog Agility League K9 Manners & More is an excellent club that approaches the game with a sense of fun and adventure. This club embodies the spirit of play that is the fundamental mission of the NDAL. We’re pleased and proud to have this club playing with us each month!

You can view those results OCT RESULTS. We are expecting results from one more franchise club. Though it’s possible we can be surprised by the unexpected new league club.

Jumping in to the League

If you have interested in jumping into League Play, the October workbook for the final game of the summer series can be downloaded HERE. We’ll be accepting results for this event through the end of the day, October 31st.

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Training Sequences (Courtesy of Steven Schwarz): http://agilitynerd.com/blog/agility/courses/steve/steve-ndal-2015-10.html

Handler’s Analysis (Courtesy of Bud Houston):

https://budhouston.wordpress.com/2015/10/12/planning-the-league-course/

League Split

We’re planning a two month series beginning in November that will be based on a 50′ x 50′ field size. Kama Rueschenberg (Cave Creek, Arizona) has been invited to design one of the two games. She has not yet confirmed.

We’ve known all along that the size of the competition field is an important component of league play. Effective in 2016 we’ll be splitting into two leagues based on field size: 50×50 and 60×70. A club/franchise will be able to compete in both leagues, so long as their competition space fully supports both field sizes.

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. The web store is up and running. www.dogagility.org/newstore. You’ll find in the web store The Book of Agility Games, an invaluable reference to clubs engaged in league play.

September League Report ~ Country Dream

September 15, 2015

Country Dream Agility in Waterford, OH is the first league club to report results for The National Dog Agility League September challenge.

View those results here: Current Standing Sept 2015 league play

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Jumping in to the League

New clubs are welcomed to join us in league play. Download the September Workbook (contains scorekeeping, course map, and briefing).

If you have interested in jumping into League Play, you can run the first course of the summer league. It is too late for new results to count toward league competition. The workbook can be downloaded here: August League

The score-keeping workbook for the out-of-league course can be downloaded here: Pick-up Game

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. The web store is up and running. www.dogagility.org/newstore. You’ll find in the web store The Book of Agility Games, an invaluable reference to clubs engaged in league play.

September League Course

August 31, 2015

The September course is the second of three games or courses for the summer series. This is a numbered course designed by Wayne Van Deusen. The scoring basis is Time, Plus Faults.

New clubs are welcomed to join us in league play. Download the September Workbook (contains scorekeeping, course map, and briefing).

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. The web store is up and running. www.dogagility.org/newstore. You’ll find in the web store The Book of Agility Games, an invaluable reference to clubs engaged in league play.

Out of League Game

August 20, 2015

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We’re adding pick-up game for National Dog Agility League clubs. Though results will not apply to the League underway, dogs still earn Lifetime Performance Points (LPP).

This is a numbered course that will be scored Time, Plus Faults.

The League has focused on and even specialized in International level skills and challenges. These days aside from the USDAA’s Masters Challenge class (and the new AKC class) we don’t really have the opportunity to hone skills that are common in Europe and are very likely to be featured when we send our World Team to Europe.

What might have been considered ugly or unsafe only a few years ago is fodder for the central challenge in the International-style course.

Jumping in to the League

The score-keeping workbook for this pickup course can be downloaded here: Pick-up Game

And… if you have interested in jumping into League Play, you still have time to play on the first course of the summer league. The workbook can be downloaded here: August League

New NDAL Clubs

We’re pleased to welcome Clermont Dog Training Club (near Cincinnati Ohio) and B&D Creekside in Latrobe, Pennsylvania to the National Dog Agility League. There are a couple more clubs which may join us.

I know this is short notice. On Tuesday, August 25 I will be in Latrobe to do a distance clinic and introduce the National Dog Agility League to agility fans at B&D Creekside. You should contact Darlene (arcmasterdarlene@comcast.net) if you’d like to come out to play with us. It will run from 6:30 to about 9:00 and should be priced very inexpensively.

We have only a few league teams so far, around the U.S. and also with clubs in Canada and Mexico. League scores are derived from the top 5 performing dogs at each club or franchise. So clearly it gives an advantage to a club to run league with a large number of dogs.

We’re working to create a coalition of clubs in the Ohio Valley that will get together for an annual championship tournament that owes no affiliation to any big agility organization. They have such a tournament in Florida. Every club sends teams of nine dogs & handlers broken up into 3‑Beginner; 3-Intermediate; and 3-Masters. The winning “team” is the aggregate score.

Here’s hoping you’ll join us on the 25th!

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. The web store is up and running. www.dogagility.org/newstore. You’ll find in the web store The Book of Agility Games, an invaluable reference to clubs engaged in league play.

Granularity

July 13, 2015

This is an open invitation to join our league. While it’s late to actually compete in the inaugural league, the final course of that league (July) would be a good way to introduce in your agility center, and be ready to roll with the Summer League (rules and stipulations to be released by the end of July).

I’m having a great time with play in the National Dog Agility League (NDAL). Our first official season is clearly being dominated by Team Canada. But don’t you know, somebody’s got to win, and they play a pretty rough and rugged game up there.

However, I understand that Nancy Gyes and Power Paws will be joining in league play. So Team Canada will have competition. This is going to be fun to watch. [We encourage YouTube recording of NDAL runs. So indeed, we get to watch.]

What Makes NDAL Distinct?

One of the real differences between play in the National Dog Agility League and any of the agility organizations that demand mastery of the sport (USDAA, AKC, FCI) is that every single error doesn’t have fatal consequence. Think about it, in AKC Excellent if the dog makes any error the dog and handler are eliminated and dismissed ignominiously. It’s not enough to deny the Q. The score is scratched as though it never even existed.

In the NDAL we’ve adopted a system that provides a granularity of scoring so that a performance can be measured against the field of players. For example, a dog might miss a contact. Under our rules he has earned 5 faults. And this might very well place that dog in the upper 7% of dogs who competed. And so the performance is honored and celebrated, rather than dismissed.

Small but Happy

We’re looking to grow the National Dog Agility League. The long-term view is that we’ll have a national championship tournament that features the top 64 teams (kind of like the NCAA basketball tournament). Well, we won’t have to worry about that for awhile as we are a long way from having a field of 64 teams. Right now we’ll content ourselves with being small, but happy.

The only source of income is in recording fees which is, precisely, $1 per run. I’m happy to say that we have enough of a small income that I can apply those funds to a small Clean Run ad each month. Perhaps we’ll be able to attract a few new clubs and continue to grow.

An International Flavor

The spring league certainly has had a strong international flavor. That means that each course was a tough riddle featuring challenges that would daunt the timid. Below I will share each of those courses with you.

I really love the problem solving that goes into these course. I suppose I love USDAA Masters Challenge courses for the same reason, though I’ve learned (the hard way) that the traditional “8 minute walk-through” really isn’t enough time to solve. I like the idea of publishing a course well in advance so that the competitor can pour over the course map and develop a plan that has the highest probability of success.

May NDAL Course

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Steve Schwarz asked me for a critique of his design effort kind of early on. But I declined to do so. I don’t really want to constrain or even influence the approach we take to course design in the NDAL. It is what it is.

I’m happy to share my review comments now. I’ll start with a couple of warning flags:

  • The course is a bit bottom heavy. You’ll note that 2/3ds of the obstacle performances are on the lower1/3d of the field.
  • The transitions between some of the obstacles are very short. When combined with the technical challenges of the course, there’s not a lot of opportunity for a dog to be working in full extension.

“Warning flags” aside, the course turned out to be a fine romp. The course probably favors quick little dogs with tight turning skills.

You can still run this course and add your dog’s scores to the historical record of the course, though it’s now too late to submit league scores for the course. Download the May 2015 scorekeeping worksheet.

May 2015 League Results.

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I will review the June NDAL courses tomorrow.

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. The web store is up and running. www.dogagility.org/newstore. You’ll find in the web store The Book of Agility Games, an invaluable reference to clubs engaged in league play.

Summer League 2015 Rules and Stipulations

May 2, 2015

Following are the rules and stipulations for the National Dog Agility League Summer 2015 competition. This document is intended to be a model but should not be viewed as a constraint for future league rules.

Frequency and Duration: The league shall consist of one competition each month inclusive of: May, June, July and August 2015.

Field Size: 60′ x 70′ (or, obviously, larger)

League Scoring by Placement: The top 5 dogs for each club in each of the four league competitions will earn Lifetime Performance Points (LPP) against the field. LPP are points earned inverse to placement. For example, if 101 dogs compete, then the first place dog will earn 100 LPP. Consequently the aggregate LPP of the top five performing dogs for each club will determine that clubs score in each of the four competitions.

The league winner is determined by the highest accumulation of LPP over the course of the four Summer League competitions.

Eligibility: Dogs must be registered with Top Dog (this will be transitioned in time to registration with

Game Master: Course designers are selected by the invitation of the League Commissioner. Events (numbered courses or games) are the choice of the Game Master of record. The Game Master shall also establish the qualifying criteria and scoring basis for each event.

Rules Basis: Rules for performance are described in this document:

http://www.dogagility.org/documents/FilesForms/TopDogRules3.5.pdf

Distribution: Courses and briefings and score-keeping materials will be sent by email and attachment to member clubs and interested parties in the first week (or sooner) of the competition month. Courses and briefings shall also be published on the Internet, using Top Dog and National Dog Agility League Internet resources.

Eligibility of Dogs: Dogs must be registered with Top Dog Agility Players to record scores. The registration form can be found here:

http://www.dogagility.org/documents/FilesForms/TopDogRegistration.pdf

Presently each host club is entitled to keep the registration fee (or pass it along as a perk to their local league players). The registration forms should be collected by the host club to record the waiver agreement with each league player.

Eligibility of Clubs: Any club is eligible for play. At present there is no entry or membership fee. A new club shall establish a National Dog Agility League franchise when league results are first submitted.

Reporting: Results must be reported within three days of the end of each month. The recording fee for each event (game or course) shall be $1.00. Find the Top Dog online payment processor HERE.

Results should be submitted by email attachment to: BudHouston@gmail.com.

Sweepstakes / Awards and Trophies: This mini-league shall neither feature a Sweepstakes distribution; nor awards and trophies.

March 2015 League Results

April 15, 2015

We are happy to finally publish the results for the National Dog Agility League competition for March 2015.

Top Dog

Anne O’Neill, Wynd, Border Collie, F, 20, 16.71

Top 20

Anne O’Neill, Wynd, Border Collie, F, 20, 16.71

Anne O’Neill, Snow Devyl, Border Collie, F, 26, 17.10

Teri O’Neill, Tylt, Border Collie, F, 20, 17.29

Kirstin O’Neill, Beckham, Parson Russell, M, 16, 18.29

Tracy Hanna, Jiro!, Belgian Malinois, F, 20, 19.60

Steve Schwarz, Flyer, Border Collie, M, 22, 22.18

Tony Sulita, Merlin, Border Collie, M, 22, 22.77

Carly Treinen, Moses, All American, M, 16, 23.00

Lori Rossi, Fysti, Sheltie, F, 12, 23.79

Laura Fearn, Sofia, Sheltie, F, 14, 24.45

Keith Staub, Scout, Chessie, M, 12, 26.85

Bud Houston, Kory, Border Collie, M, 20, 27.31

Tracey Lind, Paint, Kelpie, F, 26, 27.51

Bonnie Allen, Fame, Border Collie, F, 16, 29.00

Marsha Houston, Phoenix, Border Collie, M, 20, 29.93

Darryl Pubillones, Rosie, Border Collie, F, 20, 29.96

Susan Weber, Target, DSFD, M, 12, 30.22

Andrea Atkinson, Max, All-American, M, 20, 31.53

Jack Withrow, Zipp, Border collie, m, 20, 31.89

Kirstin O’Neill, Radical Rabbit, Malinois, F, 26, 31.96

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Continued League Play in April 2015

April is a month in which we are treading water, as we build the founders coalition for the organization. Today and tomorrow invitations will be going out to our league clubs to join a discussion list on Yahoo. We have quite a bit of work to do to define the constitution of the organization.

In any case, we have two games scheduled for the month of April. These are described below, with links to download the scorekeeping workbooks.

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Download Event Workbook ~ The workbook has the score sheet, the course map, and a briefing for this game.

The Box game is a sequencing game that provides for bonuses for the dog working at a distance. The Box Game is scored Time, Plus Faults, Less Bonuses.

This course is designed for Novice dogs to be successful and test basic skills. However, the game invites handlers of very advanced dogs who want to shoot for the high score on a ripper race track of a course.


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Download Event Workbook ~ The workbook has the scoresheet, the course map, and a briefing for this game.

Download Results ~ This game was originally played in November, 2012. You can download existing results here.

Dare to Double is a dog’s-choice game. The objective is to score as many points as possible, repeating a doubling obstacle on course (traditionally the A-frame) as often as time allows. The dog risks losing half his points if the A-frame is faulted! The dog must get to the finish obstacle before course time elapses or be penalized. Dare to Double is score Points, Then Time.

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. The web store is up and running. www.dogagility.org/newstore. You’ll find in the web store The Book of Agility Games, an invaluable reference to clubs engaged in league play.

Cherry Picking from the Catalog

March 21, 2015

As we await the end of March, whereupon we’ll find out who are the founding clubs for the National Dog Agility League, I am conducting NDAL competition here at my training facility. We have a few artifact courses to choose from, some of which have results. Of course I could have designed a new course or game. But I wanted to demonstrate how to use the catalog to record scores against a game that has already been played.

The course we are running this week was originally run a bit over two years ago. There are only six or seven recorded results. But these will be rolled up with new results.

I’ll share with you here the course we are running this week. This is what the page looks like when you open the “Catalog of Courses and Games”. Aside from the course map there is also a link to download the scorekeeping worksheet and another to download existing results.

This is a useful system for clubs that are engaged in league play. Rather than designing new courses, they can select courses that have already been designed and approved for play. Note that the filename indicates the size of the space for which the course was designed: 010413A60x85. This filename indicates that the game was originally played in January of 2013 for a field measuring at a minimum, 60′ by 85′.

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Download Event Workbook

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The Catalog of Courses and Games

Each course run or game played under the aegis of the National Dog Agility League shall be recorded in the Catalog of Courses and Games. Any course or game in the Catalog is approved for use and reuse in competition.

The results from dogs a course or game are held as historic results. When reusing an existing course or game in the Catalog new players will be competing with the historic players. The scores of historic players may enhance the Lifetime Performance Points earned by new players; and the first place dog might be either a new player, or a historic player.

If a judge were to make any change in the detail of the Game (eg. changing the scoring basis) this variation would become a new and unique game with no ties or association to the original.

Data for Recording

  • Name or Title of the game
  • Credit to Course Designer
  • Course Map (including, if possible, CRCD source code)
  • Qualifying Criteria (including Scoring Basis and Rates of Travel)
  • Results

Download a Current Catalog of Games

1.2 Competition Guidelines

National Dog Agility League (NDAL) competition is intended to be a recreational format for the sport of dog agility.

A Host Club may organize and conduct a competition under the sanction of the NDAL without prior approval so long as:

  1. The Host Club is insured;
  2. Games and courses are reviewed in advance; [games and courses obtained from the Catalog of Games and Courses have already been reviewed and approved].
  3. Only registered dogs engage in the competition. There is no application for League competition. Consequently there is no trial application fee.

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. The web store is up and running. www.dogagility.org/newstore. You’ll find in the web store The Book of Agility Games, an invaluable reference to clubs engaged in league play.