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1st Quarter Series 2016 National Dog Agility League

December 28, 2015

Playing with the NDAL is a simple matter. We’re running three separate leagues based on the size of the working space. So, if you have a working space big enough you can participate in any or all of the three leagues.

Each of the leagues also has a flavor or level of difficulty for the courses played.

50×50 ~ Focusing on international skills

50×70 ~ Focusing on masters skills

60×90 ~ Focusing on basic to intermediate skills (more emphasis on flow)

The series will run for three months. Below is a course map for each. Each has a unique downloadable scorekeeping worksheet.

Dogs must be registered with the National Dog Agility League. For now, the franchise clubs keep the fee or pass it along as a perk to your league players. You can download the registration form HERE.

All courses in the first series will be conducted under Top Dog Agility Players rules for performance. The Top Dog Rules and Regulations can be downloaded HERE.

50 x 50

Download the scorekeeping worksheet: HERE

This course is intended to allow the practice of “international” handling skills. The game is scored Time, Plus Faults.

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50 x 70

Download the scorekeeping worksheet: HERE

This course is intended to test handling skills somewhere between an intermediate level and masters level. The game is scored Time, Plus Faults.

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60 x 90

Download the scorekeeping worksheet: HERE

The focus of the 60′ x 90′ league is to provide smooth and flowing courses focusing on basic to intermediate skills. Of course there will be challenges …

That is not to say that this league is reserved for Novice players. That’s not the idea at all. At the end of the day we wanted a league offering that didn’t make people’s heads hurt when walking the course… preferring instead, something logical and smooth.

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League Rules and Stipulations ~ 1st Quarter Series 2015

  1. The league will run three months with a separate competition held each month.
  2. Three distinct league competitions shall be conducted each month, based on the size of the working space and by level of challenge. The 1st Quarter Series shall be:50×70 ~ Focusing on masters skillsFranchise clubs are free and encouraged to participate in all three of the ongoing leagues.
  3. 60×90 ~ Focusing on intermediate to masters skills (more emphasis on flow)
  4. 50×50 ~ Focusing on international skills
  5. Numbered courses and games shall be scored according to Top Dog Agility rules for performance. Any game can be used so long as placements are clearly defined and the game can be played by all participants in a timely fashion (about one hour).
  6. For each of the three separate leagues team results and MVP (Most Valuable Puppy) statistics will be tracked by the League Secretary and reported back to the league membership at the termination of the league schedule.
  7. The League Secretary shall be responsible for maintaining a roster ofw teams, posting results of league competitions and accumulated scores in a timely fashion. The League Secretary shall be eligible to participate in competition with one or more dogs.

Determining Team and MVP Scores

  1. Team scores will be determined by placement and LPP earned by the top scoring five dogs for each participating franchise.
  2. MVP scores will be determined by placement and total accumulated LPP. The team and dog with the highest accumulated points after eight weeks shall be determined the winner.
  3. Ties between two or more teams shall be resolved by standing in secondary and tertiary league competitions.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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Winter Series Results: K9 Manners & More and In Contact Dog Training

December 24, 2015

Two franchise clubs have reported for the final game of the Winter 2015 series ~ K9 Manners & More (Broken Arrow OK) and In Contact Dog Training (Springfield, IL). You can view those results here: Dec 2015 Results.

The Clermont County All Stars (Milford, OH) still holds the lead. Three clubs have not yet reported. ClickerPets Mexico (Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico) has forfeited due to scheduling difficulties in a hectic month.

All results are due by midnight, December 31, 2015.

[November results here: Nov 2015 Results.]

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.

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.

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 Reports ~ Nov 2015 NDAL in the Books!

December 1, 2015

K9 Manners has reported results for the first game of the winter 2015 series of the National Dog Agility League. You can view those results here: NOV RESULTS.

The results include the final team standings for the first game of the Winter 2015 series. The top three scoring clubs were: Sit, Stay, ‘N Play in Stroudsburg, PA, scoring 575 LPP; Clermont County All Breed All Stars in Milford, OH, scoring 569 LPP; and Team Canada in Edmonton, Alberta Canada, scoring 512 LPP.

A briefing for the game “Time Stands Still” is included below.

The December game will be published later today!

Miscellaneous Notes

The use of YouTube recordings of each player in this competition has broadened considerably. It is fun to watch other players in far-flung places play the game. There’s a learning curve… for example, the “Shortlink” to the recording is preferable to the full url. And it fits better in the data record.

We didn’t grow in November. Weather, health & holidays apparently got in the way. And, we’re still working at enticing new clubs and players. Growing something new and different is difficult in this age of plenty. But ours is a different model. Think about it… this is the only world champ venue to which everyone is invited. Our chief interest at this time is establishing those franchises that will go forward.

For the first time we are getting a lot of buzz from social media. When you share (or even like) it gives the NDAL exposure to your many friends who might want to join in the fun.

Time Stands Still

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Ostensibly this is a simple follow-the-numbers game. However, the game has special rules for timing. When the teeter has tipped (and is touching the floor) the time will stop. OPnce the dog leaves the ramp, time will begin again.

Note that initially time begins with the dog first dismounts the teeter.

Since time is essential to the conduct of the game, the judge should personally carry and operate a stopwatch in order to use his own judgment in measuring the dogs time to complete the course [and to what extent time stands still.]

Time Stands Still 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.

K9 Powersports League Results

November 19, 2015

K9 Powersports in Grand Junction Colorgado has reported results for the first game of the winter 2015 series of the National Dog Agility League.

You can view those results here: NOV RESULTS.

Geoff Teare writes: “November was a doozy. Only had six players this month which was too bad as the course was a lot of fun. Once I showed them various ways to run it, everyone agreed it was easier than it looked on paper!”

A briefing for the game “Time Stands Still” is included below.

Jumping in to the League

If you have interested in jumping into League Play, the November workbook for the first game of the winter series can be downloaded HERE. We’ll be accepting results for this event through the end of the day, November 30th.

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Time Stands Still

Ostensibly this is a simple follow-the-numbers game. Howwever, the game has special rules for timing. When the teeter has tipped (and is touching the floor) the time will stop. OPnce the dog leaves the ramp, time will begin again.

Note that initially time begins with the dog first dismounts the teeter.

Since time is essential to the conduct of the game, the judge should personally carry and operate a stopwatch in order to use his own judgment in measuring the dogs time to complete the course [and to what extent time stands still.]

Time Stands Still 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.

August League Results Notice ~ K9 Power Sports

August 24, 2015

Results have been submitted by K9 Power Sports, (Grand Junction, CO) in the August competition of the summer series. These are included with previously reported results:

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Download Current Standings.

Jumping in to the League

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

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.

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.

July 2015 National Dog Agility League Course

July 9, 2015

This is a bit of a late posting. I’ve had a very busy start to the month of July. And it has put me behind. The course shown below was emailed with the scorekeeping workbook to all current NDAL clubs at the end of June. New players are always welcome!

July’s course is the final course of our inaugural league.

A Numbered Course ~ Time Plus Faults

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Download the scorekeeping worksheet.

Preparation for the Summer League

Within the week the Secretary will send to all of our current member clubs the proposed League Rules for our Summer League. Everyone will have about a week to comment (and perhaps influence the consistency of the league).

On the Top Dog Facebook page Daryl Pubillones commented: “Can’t wait to see the course for July! ~ I do wish we could receive the results a little quicker, I guess I’m just anxious because it just so much fun!”

Mostly our reporting has been slow and late because some league players have been slow and late. We propose in the Summer League Rules a firm cutoff date and time for reporting results. All results submitted, will accrue Lifetime Performance Points (LPP) for everyone who runs the course. But late results will not be scored in the league competition.

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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.

Wild Ride! The May 2015 League Course

May 2, 2015

We are pleased and proud to present the May 2015 National Dog Agility League course. This is a course designed by Steve Schwarz, the self-proclaimed “Agility Nerd”. It is a wild ride!

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Download the scorekeeping workbook HERE.

League Rules and Stipulations

This course marks the beginning of the Summer 2015 National Dog Agility League schedule. You can view the League Rules and Stipulations here: http://wp.me/p2Pu8l-3z

Franchises are open. This is a wonderful time to join the league.

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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.