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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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Download Event Workbook

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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.

04081560×60 The Box Game

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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.

April 2015 League Courses

April 8, 2015

The Secretary’s Pick for the month of April 2015 will include two games, shown and described below. Please note that we’re still working on scores from our March competition. Those results will be posted soon.

04081560×60 The Box Game

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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.

111612B60x90 Dare to Double

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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. Blog999 NDAL

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′.

011814A60x85 ~ Numbered Course

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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.