August 2020 NDAL League Courses

July 30, 2020

Following is a preview of the August 2020 courses and games for NDAL league play. Because of the extreme conditions wrought on the world by the coronavirus pandemic the NDAL presents for play in August three historical NDAL courses.

50×70 Fast & Fun

The August 2020 50×70 Fast & Fun league is a numbered course, designed by Geoff Teare, that was run in the NDAL in February of 2017.

BLOG1533_01

A numbered course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

The previous top scoring dog in this game was recorded on February 28, representing Wicked West Australians out of Banjup Western Australia. Jay, a Border Collie handled by Sylvia Hamilton, finished this course with zero faults in 26.93 seconds:

 

60×90 Masters

The August 2020 60×90 Masters league is a numbered course, designed by Geoff Teare, that was previously run in February of 2017.

BLOG1533_02

A Numbered Course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

The previous top scoring dog in this game, recorded on February 28, 2017 represented United Colours of Agility, out of Walmer, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. R-The, a Mini American Shepherd handled by Lindsay King, finished this course with zero faults in 30.28 seconds:

 

 

36X85 Fast & Fun

The August game for the 36×85 Fast & Fun league is a numbered course that was originally run in NDAL league play in February 2017.

BLOG1533_03

A Numbered Course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

The top scoring dog in February 2017 represented Wicked West Australians out of Banjup Western Australia. Jay, a Border Collie handled by Sylvia Hamilton, finished this course with zero faults in 29.8 seconds:

 

An Open Invitation to New Players

New clubs and individuals are always welcome to join us in play these historical courses. Download the scorekeeping worksheet below; contact the League Secretary to help with the details at  Houston.Bud@gmail.com.

  • The 50×70 Fast & Fun League is intended to allow the dog to work at full extension with modest handling challenges.
    Download Scoresheet080120B50x70.xls
  • The 60×90 Masters League focuses advanced handling challenges.
    Download Scoresheet080120C60x90.xls
  • The 36×85 Fast & Fun League is intended to allow the dog to work at full extension with modest handling challenges.
    Download Scoresheet080120D36x85.xls

Existing league franchises will be emailed their scorekeeping worksheets set up with their current rosters upon request.

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

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

BLOG1533 NDAL

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.

Garden League ~ Week 16 ~ July 26, 2020

July 27, 2020

You can find current and cumulative results for the Garden League here:

GardenLeagueResults.pdf

Week 16 continues the second series of the Garden League. All previous weeks remain open. New players can add their scores to any competition, and existing players can make up for games they have missed.

Your comments, questions and impassioned speeches are always welcome.

Everyone is welcome to join the NDAL Garden League.

Recording fees are very inexpensive. You can find those details in this document: Garden League Rules and Stipulations.

Week 16 ~ July 26, 2020 ~ Garden Gamblers

The Week 16 Garden League game shall be a Garden Gamblers, the invention of Dennis Vogel.

BLOG1532_01

Briefing

The game starts when the dog crosses the start line in either direction. Points are accumulated for each obstacle taken without fault. Tunnel and Weave poles can be taken only twice for points, not including when they are taken in the distance challenge.

Jumps can be taken an unlimited number of times for points. Obstacles cannot be taken back to back.

Obstacle values are:

  • Jumps 1 point,
  • tunnel 3 points,
  • weaves 5 points.

There are two distance challenges, both are bidirectional. Each can be taken once for points:

  • 1, 2, 3 worth 15 points and
  • A, B, C, worth 10 points.

Point accumulation time is 35 seconds and the total game time ends when the dog assumes a down. Faulted jumps remain out of play for the remainder of the game.

Garden Gamblers is scored points then time.

Discussion

A “distance challenge” assigns a bonus value for the obstacles in it. The dog earns only the bonus (and not the bonus plus simple values of obstacles).

If a “distance challenge” is faulted (stepping over the line, dropped bar, wrong course, missed weave pole) then obstacles revert to their simple value. As each “distance challenge” can be taken only once, the faulted attempt does not count as having used up the one-time opportunity.

This Gamblers variation is unique in the agility world. This is a game is played in a small space and given a short period of time to play, and YET has an impressive mass of rules to confound the mind.

Baseline

BLOG1532_02

The baseline is taken from center-left on this course map.

Catalog of Garden League Games

New players may go back and pick up courses played from the beginning of the league. New scores will be added to results. YouTube recordings are not required but are encouraged.

 

First Series

 

BLOG1532 GL

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.

Garden League ~ Week 15 ~ July 19, 2020

July 20, 2020

You can find current and cumulative results for the Garden League here:

GardenLeagueResults.pdf

Week 15 continues the second series of the Garden League. All previous weeks remain open. New players can add their scores to any competition, and existing players can make up for games they have missed.

Your comments, questions and impassioned speeches are always welcome.

Everyone is welcome to join the NDAL Garden League.

Recording fees are very inexpensive. You can find those details in this document: Garden League Rules and Stipulations.

Week 15 ~ July 19, 2020 ~ A Numbered Course

The Week 15 Garden League game shall be a Numbered Course.

BLOG1531_01

A Numbered Course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

Baseline

BLOG1531_02

The baseline is taken from center-left on this course map.

Catalog of Garden League Games

New players may go back and pick up courses played from the beginning of the league. New scores will be added to results. YouTube recordings are not required but are encouraged.

 

First Series

 

BLOG1531 NDAL

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.

Garden League ~ Week 14 ~ July 12, 2020

July 13, 2020

You can find current and cumulative results for the Garden League here:

GardenLeagueResults.pdf

Week 14 continues the second series of the Garden League. All previous weeks remain open. New players can add their scores to any competition, and existing players can make up for games they have missed.

Your comments, questions and impassioned speeches are always welcome.

Everyone is welcome to join the NDAL Garden League.

Recording fees are very inexpensive. You can find those details in this document: Garden League Rules and Stipulations.

Week 14 ~ July 12, 2020 ~ Box Game Looper

The Week 14 Garden League game shall be the Box Game, run as a Looper.

BLOG1529_01

The briefing is in the course map. Note that two bonuses of 10 points are possible in this game. The handler must alternate sides of the red containment line in the two parts of the Looper.

The Box Game is scored Time, Plus Faults, Less Bonuses.

Baseline

BLOG1529_02

Note that we used the box containment line as the baseline, which should allow you to become familiar and comfortable with that line.

Catalog of Garden League Games

New players may go back and pick up courses played from the beginning of the league. New scores will be added to results. YouTube recordings are not required but are encouraged.

 

First Series

 

BLOG1529 NDAL

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.

 

Garden League ~ Week 13 ~ July 5, 2020

July 5, 2020

You can find current and cumulative results for the Garden League here:

GardenLeagueResults.pdf

Week 13 continues the second series of the Garden League. All previous weeks remain open. New players can add their scores to any competition, and existing players can make up for games they have missed.

Your comments, questions and impassioned speeches are always welcome.

Everyone is welcome to join the NDAL Garden League.

Please note that pricing for recording fees has been dramatically changed (made less expensive). You can find those details in this document: Garden League Rules and Stipulations.

Week 13 ~ July 5, 2020 ~ A Minuet

The Week 13 Garden League game shall be a Minuet.

BLOG1528_01

Briefing

The Minuet typically features a numbered sequence with interesting handling challenges. Course time is 50 seconds. The dog will repeat the numbered sequence until scoring time expires OR 6 POINTS HAVE BEEN EARNED.

Each completed sequence will earn the dog one point. When scoring time expires each obstacle that the dog performs without finishing the sequence will be converted to a decimal value. [Hence if the dog does four sequences and the first two obstacles when time expires, then the dog’s score will be 4.2.]

When scoring time expires the clock continues to run until the dog assumes a down position. The dogs time is measured from the moment he breaks the plane of the first obstacle until the instant he assumes the down position.

On any fault (dropped bar, wrong course, or missed weave pole or entry) the point for the sequence under-way is lost, and the dog must be directed to begin the sequence again, from obstacle #1. If a bar is dropped it remains down for the duration of play; but the dog must be directed through the uprights on subsequent tries.

The Minuet is scored Points, Then Time.

Baseline

Catalog of Garden League Games

New players may go back and pick up courses played from the beginning of the league. New scores will be added to results. YouTube recordings are not required but are encouraged.

First Series

BLOG1528 NDAL

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.

36×85 Fast & Fun 2020 June Results

July 2, 2020

One club has reported results for June. We were waiting on another to report but can wait no more.

The NDAL will continue to present “historical” courses, which have been played before. Existing Lifetime Performance Points will enhance new LPP earned.

36×85 Fast & Fun 2020 June Results

The June 36×85 Fast & Fun League featured a numbered course designed by Dennis Vogel.

BLOG1515_03 A Numbered Course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

Results

BLOG1527

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

Standings060120D36x85.pdf

 

High Five

The current Top Dog for the June 36×85 Fast & Fun League game plays for Paws4Fun Agility Club out of Kemptville, Ontario, Canada, as do all of the High Five, as this is the only club reporting so far. Gabe, an American Cocker Spaniel handled by Michele Guillet finished this course with zero faults in 33.07 seconds:

 

Placing second is Dune, a Labrador handled by Catherine Woolham. Dune and Catherine finished the course with zero faults in 34.04 seconds:

 

Placing third is Alex, a Dalmation handled by Annalisa Percy. Alex and Annalisa finished the course with zero faults in 41.69 seconds:

 

Placing fourth is Triton, a Siberian Husky handled by Dana Cranstone. Triton and Dana finished this course with 5 faults in 40.52 seconds:

 

Rounding out the High Five, also handled by Dana Cranstone, Chilalee, a Siberian Husky finished this course with zero faults in 45.85 seconds:

 

July 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 July 2020 National Dog Agility League games and courses have been published here:

https://wp.me/p2Pu8l-dj

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.

BLOG1527 NDAL

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.

June 2020 60×90 Masters Results

July 1, 2020

Four clubs have reported results for the 60×90 Masters League in June.

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

60×90 Masters June 2020 Results

The June 60×90 Masters League featured a numbered course designed by Dennis Vogel. This is a historic course originally played in December 2016.

BLOG1515_02

A Numbered Course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

Results

BLOG1526

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

Standings060120C60x90.pdf

 

The Top Dog of clubs reporting in June represented Jumping C Crew out of Exeter, California. Gus, a Border Collie handled by Liz Clements, finished this course with zero faults in 40.59 seconds:

 

The high scoring dog for the first-place team in June represented High Sierra Canine Agility Club in Markleeville, California. Charlie, a Kelpie handled by Colleen Reid, finished this course with zero faults in 44.54 seconds:

 

The high scoring dog POTC Thunder Pawz, out of Brimfield, Illinois was Maggie, an Australian Shepherd handled by Linda Locke. Maggie and Linda finished this course with zero faults in 53.76 seconds:

 

The high scoring dog for Country Dream Agility, out of Waterford, Ohio was Kory, a Border Collie handled by Bud Houston. Kory finished this course with zero faults in 40.64 seconds:

 

July 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 July 2020 National Dog Agility League games and courses have been published here:
https://wp.me/p2Pu8l-g9

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.

BLOG1526 NDAL

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.

June 2020 50×70 Fast & Fun Results

July 1, 2020

Three clubs have reported results for the 50×70 Fast & Fun League in June.

We are using “historical” courses, which have been played before. The efforts of dogs playing in June 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 June 2020 Results

The June 50×70 Fast & Fun League featured a numbered course designed by Dennis Vogel. This is a historic course originally played in December 2016.

BLOG1515_01

A Numbered Course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

 

Results

BLOG1525

As you can see, Country Dream Agility has assumed the lead in the 50×70 Fast & Fun League. The secret to their success is study, and practice, and a world-stopping virus pandemic.

Follow this link to view individual performance by dogs and their handlers. Most of these are graced with a YouTube link:
Standings06012020B50x70.pdf

 

The Top Dog of clubs reporting in June represented High Sierra Canine Agility Club in Markleeville, California. Tazer, a Flat Coated Retriever handled by Nicole Young, finished this course with zero faults in 33.66 seconds:

 

The top scoring dog for Country Dream Agility out of Waterford, Ohio was Phoenix, a Border Collie handled by Bud Houston. Phoenix and Bud finished this course with zero faults in 34.54 seconds:

 

A new club has joined the NDAL: Paws4Fun Agility Club out of Kemptville, Ontario, Canada. Welcome Paws4Fun!

The top scoring dog for Paws4Fun was Dune, a Labrador handled by Catherine Woolham. Dune and Catherine finished this course with zero faults in 40.33 seconds:

 

July 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 July 2020 National Dog Agility League games and courses have been published here:
https://wp.me/p2Pu8l-g9

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.

BLOG1525 NDAL

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.

July 2020 NDAL League Courses

June 30, 2020

Following is a preview of the July 2020 courses and games for NDAL league play. Because of the extreme conditions wrought on the world by the coronavirus pandemic the NDAL presents for play in July three historical NDAL courses.

50×70 Fast & Fun

The July 2020 50×70 Fast & Fun league is a numbered course that has been run twice in the NDAL; first by 15 dogs in December of 2012; followed by 180 dogs in January of 2017.

BLOG1524_01

Briefing

A numbered course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

The previous top scoring in this game was recorded in January 27, representing Wicked West Australians out of Banjup Western Australia. Ripley, a Border Collie handled by Nic Ford, finished this course with zero faults in 29.35 seconds:

 

60×90 Masters

The July 2020 60×90 Masters league is a numbered course that has been run twice in the NDAL; first by 12 dogs in December of 2012; followed by 104 dogs in January of 2017.

BLOG1524_02

A Numbered Course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

The previous top scoring in this game was recorded in January 27, represented Clermont County All Breed All Stars out of Milford, Ohio. Leela, a Border Collie handled by Brenda Gilday, finished this course with zero faults in 24.68 seconds:

 

36X85 Fast & Fun

The July game for the 36×85 Fast & Fun league is a numbered course that was originally run in NDAL league play by 61 dogs in January 2017.

BLOG1524_03

Briefing

A Numbered Course is scored Time, Plus Faults.

The top scoring dog in January 2017 represented Wicked West Australians out of Banjup Western Australia. Ripley, a Border Collie handled by Nic Ford, finished this course with zero faults in 31.21 seconds:

 

An Open Invitation to New Players

New clubs and individuals are always welcome to join us in play these historical courses. Download the scorekeeping worksheet below; contact the League Secretary to help with the details at  Houston.Bud@gmail.com.

  • The 50×70 Fast & Fun League is intended to allow the dog to work at full extension with modest handling challenges.
    Download Scoresheet070120B50x70
  • The 60×90 Masters League focuses advanced handling challenges.
    Download ScoreSheet070120C60x90.xls
  • The 36×85 Fast & Fun League is intended to allow the dog to work at full extension with modest handling challenges.
    Download ScoreSheet070120D36x85.xls

Existing league franchises will be emailed their scorekeeping worksheets set up with their current rosters upon request.

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

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

BLOG1524 NDAL

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.

Garden League ~ Week 12 ~ June 29, 2020

June 29, 2020

You can find current and cumulative results for the Garden League here:

GardenLeagueResults.pdf

Week 12 continues the second series of the Garden League. All previous weeks remain open. New players can add their scores to any competition, and existing players can make up for games they have missed.

Your comments, questions and impassioned speeches are always welcome.

Join the Garden League!

Everyone is welcome to join the NDAL Garden League.

You will likely be interested in the nitty gritty details for how the league will operate, how teams are formed, and how much it will cost. You can find those details in this document: Garden League Rules and Stipulations.

Week 12 ~ June 29, 2020 ~ Looper

BLOG1523

This game was designed by Dennis Vogel.

A Looper is a numbered sequence that is run twice, without stopping. The Looper is scored Time, Plus Faults.

Baseline

BLOG1523_02

Do tell… do I need to write a tutorial on how to use the baseline method for course building? It’s really quite simple and makes our course building perfect.

Catalog of Garden League Games

New players may go back and pick up courses played from the beginning of the league. New scores will be added to results. YouTube recordings are not required but are encouraged.

·         Week 11 ~ June 22, 2020        https://wp.me/p2Pu8l-fW

First Series

BLOG1523 NDAL

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.