August 2022 IDAL League Courses

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The following courses are for August 2022 IDAL play.

Instructors, if you have some specific skills, scenarios, and/or obstacles you want to work when using the IDAL courses in class, please let me know. I will try my best to get them included. If anyone would like to request a specific game to play, let me know.

Folks are always welcome to try their hand at designing league courses!

Briefing for August 2022

This is a Numbered Course which is scored Time, Plus Faults.

Course Maps

An Open Invitation to New Players

New clubs and individuals are always welcome to join us and play these courses. Download the scorekeeping worksheet below. Contact the League Secretary to help with the details at pagc.live@gmail.com.   

Existing league franchises will be emailed their scorekeeping worksheets set up with their current rosters. If you would like multiple scoresheets, just let me know.

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Questions, comments, snide remarks, and feedback go to Melissa Wallace, IDAL Secretary, at pagc.live@gmail.com.

2022 Winter-Spring 60×90 IDAL League Results

Congratulations to Alaska and Liz Clements for being the Top Dog for the Regular 60×90 League.

Congratulations to Milo and Talena Campbell for being the Top Dog for the Initiate/Dabbler 60×90 League.

This post presents the results for the first season of 2022 for the 60×90 league. The first season ran from January through April. This is the first season in which we had a separate league for our less experienced handlers/dogs. We are trying several new things this year.

60×90 Regular Results

Here is the rank ordering of the dogs by total LPP for the Season.

Here are the totals and subtotals by Club to help you find your dog.

60×90 Initiate/Dabbler Results

Please interpret the club rankings with a grain of salt because not all clubs ran a minimum of five dogs. The individual rankings are more relevant as a result.

Here is the rank ordering of the dogs by total LPP for the Season.

Here are the totals and subtotals by Club to help you find your dog.

An Open Invitation to New Players

New clubs and individuals are always welcome to join us and play these courses. Contact the League Secretary to help with the details at pagc.live@gmail.com.   

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Questions, comments, snide remarks, and feedback go to Melissa Wallace, IDAL Secretary, at pagc.live@gmail.com.

2022 Winter-Spring 50×70 IDAL League Results

Congratulations to Peak and Christina Wakefield for being the Top Dog for the Regular 50×70 League.

Congratulations to Amie and Nohemi Ramos for being the Top Dog for the Initiate/Dabbler 50×70 League.

This post presents the results for the first season of 2022 for the 50×70 league. The first season ran from January through April. This is the first season in which we had a separate league for our less experienced handlers/dogs. We are trying several new things this year.

50×70 Regular Results

Here is the rank ordering of the dogs by total LPP for the Season.

Here are the totals and subtotals by Club to help you find your dog.

50×70 Initiate/Dabbler Results

Please interpret the club rankings with a grain of salt because not all clubs ran a minimum of five dogs. The individual rankings are more relevant as a result.

An Open Invitation to New Players

New clubs and individuals are always welcome to join us and play these courses. Contact the League Secretary to help with the details at pagc.live@gmail.com.   

Follow us on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/TopDogAgilityPlayers/

Read our blog:
https://topdogagilityplayers.wordpress.com/

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Questions, comments, snide remarks, and feedback go to Melissa Wallace, IDAL Secretary, at pagc.live@gmail.com.

2022 Winter-Spring 40×85 IDAL League Results

Congratulations to Homie and Lauren Sanchez-Suzmann for being the Top Dog for the Regular 40×85 League.

Congratulations to Simla and Karen Perse for being the Top Dog for the Initiate/Dabbler 40×85 League.

This post presents the results for the first season of 2022 for the 40×85 league. The first season ran from January through April. This is the first season in which we had a separate league for our less experienced handlers/dogs. We are trying several new things this year.

40×85 Regular Results

Here is the rank ordering of the dogs by total LPP for the Season.

Here are the totals and subtotals by Club to help you find your dog.

40×85 Initiate/Dabbler Results

Please interpret the club rankings with a grain of salt because not all clubs ran a minimum of five dogs. The individual rankings are more relevant as a result.

An Open Invitation to New Players

New clubs and individuals are always welcome to join us and play these courses. Contact the League Secretary to help with the details at pagc.live@gmail.com.   

Follow us on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/TopDogAgilityPlayers/

Read our blog:
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Questions, comments, snide remarks, and feedback go to Melissa Wallace, IDAL Secretary, at pagc.live@gmail.com.

April 2022 40×85 Results

This post is for the results of the 40×85 League of the IDAL. The April course is the final game of this season. The April course is a fun game designed by Cindy Valdez who represents Jumpin’ K-9’s in Temecula, California.

If you would like to design courses for the league or learn how to design courses, give me a shout. I will add you to our group.

The efforts of dogs playing in April earn Lifetime Performance Points (LPP). The LPP is a measure of rank based on how each dog placed in relation to all the other dogs. The IDAL keeps a catalog of all the courses run since the league inception. When a course is run a second, third, fourth… time, the scores of ALL the dogs who have ever run the course are maintained in field. New runs are compared and ranked with the old runs. This ranking is a unique system in the agility world. It allows competitors to do such things as compare a current run to an older run by the same dog or visualize how handling has changed over the years. Honors (titles) are conferred based on the total LPP of a dog as well as the performance in each season.

40×85 Course for April 2022

This game has been dubbed “Hop Into Spring.”  Scored Time, plus faults.

40×85 Regular Results

Follow the links below to view individual performances by dogs and their handlers. Most have YouTube links:

Top Dog

The Top Dog for the month is Kiah, an All Canadian handled by Cindy Warrick. This team represents Dirty DogsAgility League in Parker, Colorado.  They had zero faults with a blistering time of 34.61 seconds.

First-Place Club – 134 LPP

Dirty Dogs Agility League in Parker, Colorado took first place this time. Their top dog was Kiah, an All American handled by Cindy Warrick. They ran the course with zero faults in 25.81 seconds.

Second-Place Club – 115 LPP

PAWS4Fun in Ontario, Canada took first place team in April. Haley, an All Canadian handled by Rachel Denny, took top dog for the club. They incurred a 5-point fault but ran in a t the bar at a time of 42.56 seconds.

Third-Place Club – 90 LPP

The third-place club was Sport Dogs Jalisco. The top dog for the club was Chocorrol, an All American handled by Guadalupe Espinosa. They ran the course with 5 faults in 46.09 seconds.

40×85 Initiate/Dabbler Results

Although the Initiates and Dabblers ran the same course, they are also ranked among their skill level. Please note that not all teams have five dogs. Follow the links below to view individual performances by dogs and their handlers. Most have YouTube links:

Top Dog

The Top Dog for the month is Kepler. Kepler, a Miniature Poodle handled by Sheila Smail, took the top spot. This team represents PAWS4Fun in Ontario, Canada. They ran the course with zero faults in 50.37 seconds.

Second-Place Dog

The second-place dog is Chocorrol, an All American handled by Guadalupe Espinosa. They ran the course with 5 faults in 46.09 seconds. They represent Sport Dogs Jalisco in Mexico.

Third-Place Dog

The third-place dog was Cody. Cody is a Bichon handled by Maria Elena Perez. They ran the course with zero faults in 52.94 seconds.

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Questions comments & snide remarks should be directed to Melissa Wallace at pagc.live@gmail.com.All payments for the IDAL should be directed to this page: https://www.ultimuttds.com/payment-processing. Bud Houston’s Book of Games is available for download at https://www.ultimuttds.com/product-page/houston-s-book-of-agility-games. All donations from the sale will go to Bud Houston.

July 2022 IDAL Courses

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The following courses are for July 2022 IDAL play.
Instructors, if you have some specific skills, scenarios, and/or obstacles you want to work when using the IDAL courses in class, please let me know. I will try my best to get them included. If anyone would like to request a specific game to play, let me know.
Folks are always welcome to try their hand at designing league courses!

Briefing for July 2022

This month we are playing our second game of the season. The game this month is What’s My Line. The design is based on a course run in TDAA in April 2022. The course designer is Melissa Wallace. I modified it for more appropriate distances. Please note that Initiates and Dabblers will run the same course as the more experienced handlers because they may plot a path appropriate for their skill level.


The objective of What’s My Line is to plot your own course through the obstacles making sure to take every obstacle once and only once. All obstacles are bidirectional.


Start/Finish Line: The Start/Finish line is also bidirectional. Handlers may set up their dog on either side of the line and may lead out. The dog must start by taking one of the three jumps along the start line (#s 2, 4, or 8). Time starts when the dog takes their first jump. Dogs do not need to finish by taking one of the jumps along the S/F line. If their path included all three jumps before finishing, the dog simply needs to cross the line to stop time. If after taking all obstacles on course, the dog takes one of the jumps along the S/F line a second time as they cross the finish line, they are not faulted.


Each obstacle is worth 1 point. The numbered cones are ONLY for the judge, scribe, and score table. As the dog runs the course, the judge will call out the number of each obstacle as it is completed.


If an obstacle is faulted, dropped bar or missed down contact, the judge will not call out a number. The team will not get the point and the obstacle is counted as attempted. If a dog commits to the A-Frame with 4 paws and bails before crossing the apex, the dog must complete the A-Frame before moving on. The judge will call fault, or something similar, to indicate that you need to retry the frame. If a dog misses the down contact, and the handler reattempts the frame, the team will lose a point for repeating an obstacle.


Scoring: Each obstacle completed correctly earns one point. Repeated obstacles decrease the score by one for each repeated obstacle, except for the finish line obstacles as noted above. The game is scored points, then time. Time is a tiebreaker. The max points for the courses are 10 for the 40×85 and 11 points for the 60×90 and 50×70.

Course Maps

An Open Invitation to New Players

New clubs and individuals are always welcome to join us and play these courses.

Download the scorekeeping worksheet below. Contact the League Secretary to help with the details at pagc.live@gmail.com.   

40×85

50×70

60×90

Existing league franchises will be emailed their scorekeeping worksheets set up with their current rosters. If you would like multiple scoresheets, just let me know.

Follow us on Facebook:

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Questions, comments, snide remarks, and feedback go to Melissa Wallace, IDAL Secretary, at pagc.live@gmail.com.

June 2022 IDAL Courses

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The following courses are for June 2022 IDAL play.

Instructors, if you have some specific skills, scenarios, and/or obstacles you want to work when using the IDAL courses in class, please let me know. I will try my best to get them included. If anyone would like to request a specific game to play, let me know.

Folks are always welcome to try their hand at designing league courses!

Briefing for June 2022

This month we are playing a numbered course. The original 60×90 concept is by Shana Goodwin, one of our junior handlers. I modified it to correct distances and entries. I tried to keep her design ideas throughout all the courses. These are more of an AKC Premier style. There are maps for regular players as well as for our less experienced handlers/dogs.

Course Maps

An Open Invitation to New Players

New clubs and individuals are always welcome to join us and play these courses. Download the scorekeeping worksheet below. Contact the League Secretary to help with the details at pagc.live@gmail.com.   

40×85 Scoresheet

50×70 Scoresheet

60×90 Scoresheet

Continuing Improvements

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The mission of the International Dog Agility League is

“… to provide an inexpensive, competitive, games-oriented agility venue for dogs of all sizes without regard to breed or pedigree; to facilitate broad-based league play competition; to facilitate skill development; and provide a shared experience that spans geographic boundaries.”

We want the league to be fun, fair, and friendly. At the beginning of the year, we began making pilot changes to the rules to help attain our mission. We continue to invite input from the field of competitors to keep evolving the league.

Fun

I think we are all having fun; agility at its core is “a game we play with our dog in the park,” (Bud Houston, Founder of IDAL). Competition is great; it serves an innate human need but having fun while competing is even better.

Fun is kind of relative though. If someone is a true novice, they may feel discouraged and left out because they do not have some of the advanced skills, or they earn faults, slow times, etc. We want all skill levels to feel welcome, challenged appropriately, and feel that they are contributing to their team’s success. That is why we began to divide out the more novice players and provide slightly easier courses for them. Additionally, those instructors who use the league courses as part of their classes, can make simple modifications to allow everyone to play.

Fair

There are certainly barriers to achieving absolute fairness. Some of the reasons are:

  1. Inevitable variations in how courses are built even with maps. This can impact total distance, approach angles, distance to options, etc.
  2. Not centrally judged. One could argue that one judge understands the rules differently, but all judges make errors, even within the same class.
  3. Different skill levels of players
  4. Different team sizes, especially with regard to LPP calculations and dropped scores
  5. Different equipment sizes
  6. Different field conditions
  7. Others!

In our efforts to make the league as fair as possible, we are seeking ways to address some of those reasons. I may have gotten more gray hair as I researched different sports leagues and their organization, handicapping systems, different calculation possibilities, database portals, ISPs and web hosts…

So, we will continue to adapt our structure and processes. Please be patient and flexible. If you have comments or suggestions, let me know! I will not throw ideas away without giving them some consideration.

Friendly

I think friendly goes hand in hand with fun. Everyone’s agility journey is different, even with a new dog. Everyone may have a different agility goal. Everyone deserves respect.

Goals for the Year

  1. Finalize team structures and rule changes
  2. Get database online so that everyone has access to their own data
  3. Create a couple of videos evaluating different aspects of league runs
  4. Modify titles to allow for earning titles throughout a dog’s career

Stretch Goals

  1. Have forms online so that registrations and run entries can be made directly into the database
  2. Alternative storage and viewing method for videos
  3. Get clubs to rejoin the league and invite new clubs

Conclusion

I hope folks enjoyed their patches, certificates, and flags. (We will also accept feedback on that.) I sent a few extras for your new members, but I am sure you will need more as you grow. I plan to send out certificates and flags at least twice a year. Unfortunately, it was VERY expensive to send items to Canada and Mexico. If anyone has ideas on that, let me know. One club gave me a US address to someone who regularly visits the other country.

I will accept suggestions on how to make the above goals possible. I will also accept any volunteer help!

I will be posting a new draft of the rules that breaks down club/team structure further. The new structure should help less experienced players and will hopefully provide an additional layer of competitiveness within each club. The effort to break down teams is primarily upfront and should not be difficult. I will help you with this if you prefer. We may not be able to fully implement the breakdown for this season, but we can try!!

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Questions, comments, snide remarks, and feedback go to Melissa Wallace, IDAL Secretary, at pagc.live@gmail.com.

May 2022 IDAL Courses (Update 2)

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The following courses are for May 2022 IDAL play. This year, we are alternating between standard type courses and games. The league seasons will be 4 months long so that each season will have two numbered courses and two games. Additionally, each season will be a discreet unit. Results will be tallied for the season rather than an entire year; however, end of year results will also be reported.

Instructors, if you have some specific skills, scenarios, and/or obstacles you want to work when using the IDAL courses in class, please let me know. I will try my best to get them included. If anyone would like to request a specific game to play, let me know.

Folks are always welcome to try their hand at designing league courses!

Briefing for May 2022

This month we are playing a game designed by Melissa Wallace in Grand Bay, Alabama. The May 2022 courses are all similar. They are based on a game that was originally played in TDAA in 2018. This month we get to play “What’s My Line.” This is a popular game in TDAA. It is simple in concept…

The objective is to perform every obstacle on the field as quickly as possible without repeating or omitting any. 

You may start and end by crossing either side of the Start/Finish line. All obstacles are bidirectional. Each obstacle is worth 1 point. The numbers on the obstacles are only for the judge and score table. You will hear the judge calling out the number associated with the obstacles after you successfully complete each one.

If an obstacle is performed more than once, the judge calls the number, but the team loses a point. The dog may continue on course.

Performance faults will be indicated by the judge calling “Fault.” No faults will be added to your time. However, a faulted obstacle earns no points and is counted as completed (but zero points). If the faulted obstacle is reattempted, the dog would earn a fault for repeating an obstacle. No refusals on the up contact will be faulted. Continue on the course.

If the handler opts to use food, a toy, or a training aid, please indicate that fault on the roster (that fault will adjust the score).

Time starts and stops when the dog crosses the start/finish line. It would be helpful if you yell “Done” to the timer because they may not have kept track of what obstacles you took.

Scored: Points, then time. Time is a tie breaker.

NOTES: If you do not have a judge (i.e. you run by yourself), the video must be reviewed to ensure that the run is scored correctly. All levels will compete on the same course, but Initiates and Dabblers will be divided into their own teams.

Course Maps

Maps with Coordinates

An Open Invitation to New Players

New clubs and individuals are always welcome to join us and play these courses. Download the scorekeeping worksheet below. Contact the League Secretary to help with the details at pagc.live@gmail.com.   

40×85 League

50×60 League

60×90 League

Existing league franchises will be emailed their scorekeeping worksheets set up with their current rosters. If you would like multiple scoresheets, just let me know.

Follow us on Facebook:
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Questions, comments, snide remarks, and feedback go to Melissa Wallace, IDAL Secretary, at pagc.live@gmail.com.

March 2022 50×70 League Results

Below are the results for the 50×70 League for March 2022. The March course is the second standard type course for the First Season of 2022. The course was designed by Melissa Wallace, the league secretary. The March course is actually two courses. One is the normal league course, and the other is designed to be more friendly to the less experienced players. Having separate courses is currently in a testing phase to evaluate the implementation methodology, practicality, and utility for league players. However, players seem to appreciate the option. Thus, we will likely continue having two courses for each league.

If anyone would like to design courses for the league, let me know!!!

The efforts of dogs playing in March earn Lifetime Performance Points (LPP). The LPP is a measure of rank based on how each dog placed in relation to all the other dogs. The IDAL keeps a catalog of all the courses run since the league inception. When a course is run a second, third, fourth… time, the scores of ALL the dogs who have ever run the course are maintained in field. New runs are compared and ranked with the old runs. This ranking is a unique system in the agility world. It allows competitors to do such things as compare a current run to an older run by the same dog or visualize how handling has changed over the years. Honors (titles) are conferred based on the total LPP of a dog as well as the performance in each season.

50×70 Courses for March 2022

50×70 Regular Standings

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

Top Dog

The Top Dog of all the clubs reporting in March is Eleven. Eleven and Sean McQuaid of K9cation in Hudson, Colorado blazed through the course with no faults in 19.5 seconds. Unfortunately, there is no video. ☹

First-Place Team – 481 LPP

The first-place team in March is K9 Powersports in Grand Junction, Colorado. Kate, an Australian Shepherd handled by Jennifer Richardson, was their top dog who was fourth overall.

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Second-Place Teams – 469 LPP

We actually had a tie for second place in March. Have we ever had that happen?  AQ4U’s Fast & Furryous and Jumping C Crew both earned 469 points. Peak and Christina Wakefield were on top for AQ4U with 5 faults in 19.05 seconds. Alaska and Liz Clements took the top spot for Jumping C Crew with zero faults in 21.37.

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Fourth-Place Team – 452 LPP

K9cation out of Hudson, Colorado took fourth place. Their top dog was Eleven who was also the overall Top Dog. Eleven and Sean McQuaid finished the course with zero faults in 19.5 seconds.

Fifth-Place Team – 335 LPP

The All Breed Training Club of Akron in Tallmadge, Ohio took fifth. Savvy, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, and Cindy Fink took the club’s lead again. They completed the course with zero faults in 25.38 seconds.

Sixth-Place Team – 327 LPP

PAWS4FUN in Ontario, Canada was our sixth-place team. Jazz danced into their top spot with zero faults in 30.99 seconds. Jazz is a Shepherd cross handled by Deborah Brown.

Seventh-Place Team – 247 LPP

Sport Dogs Jalisco in Mexico took seventh place. Spyke, a Miniature Schnauzer, dashed into the top spot with 5 faults in 28.22 seconds. Spyke is handled by Marisol Rivas.

Eighth-Place Team – 102 LPP

Clicker Pets, also a team from Mexico, took eighth place. Piper, a Papillon handled by Paul Rigo came out on top in March. They are a new team for the club. They ran with zero faults in 44.72 seconds.

Results for Initiate and Dabbler Course

Follow the links below to view individual performances by dogs and their handlers. Most have YouTube links:

Top Dog

The Top Dog for the month of March is ZaZ, a Border Collie handled by Linda Hendy. They run for Clicker Pets in Jalisco, Mexico. They got ran the course with five faults in 32.67 seconds. Darn Bar!

Second-Place Dog

The second-place dog is Daisy, a Terrier Mix handled by Nicki Roberts. They ran the course with zero faults in 41.43 seconds.

Third-Place Dog  

The third-place dog was Melanie, a Havanese handled by Betty White. They had zero faults and completed the course in 60.4 seconds.

Notable Dogs

Our deepest condolences go out to Gaetane Courchesne; after losing one of her older dogs, Bistro, she suddenly lost her Lhasa Apso, Panda Soleiw. Unfortunately, Gaetane has also had to retire her Shih Tzu, Pitou Son Altesse. Many hugs Gaetane!

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Questions comments & snide remarks should be directed to Melissa Wallace at pagc.live@gmail.com.All payments for the IDAL should be directed to this page: https://www.ultimuttds.com/payment-processing. Bud Houston’s Book of Games is available for purchase at https://www.ultimuttds.com/product-page/houston-s-book-of-agility-games. All proceeds from the sale will go to Bud.