Posts Tagged ‘Steve Schwarz’

Clermont County All Breed All Stars Wins Fall 2015 League!

November 1, 2015

First place team of the 2015 Fall Series was Clermont County All Breed All Stars (Milford, OH), scoring 1704 Lifetime Performance Points (LPP).

The second place team was K9 Manners & More (Broken Arrow, OK) scoring 1558 LPP.

The third place team was K9 Powersports (Grand Junction, CO), scoring 1528 LPP.

Complete standings can be viewed here: Final Results Fall Series

Winter League Announcement

The 2015 Winter Series shall be only two months, using a 50′ x 50′ working space. The League Rules and Stipulations for the Winter Series shall be published no later than tomorrow.

The first game course map, scoring worksheet and current rosters will be sent out to existing franchise clubs on October 2. Any new club interested in joining play should contact the: League Secretary.

Final Results October Competition

B&D Creekside of Latrobe, PA was the last franchise club reported results for the final game of the summer 2015 series of the National Dog Agility League.

You can view the October results here: OCT RESULTS.

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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/

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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.

OHKOM, Team Canada and Sit Stay ’n Play Oct Results

October 29, 2015

Three more clubs have reported results for the final game of the summer 2015 series of the National Dog Agility League.

  • OHKOM Farms in Greensburg, PA (a new league club);
  • TEAM CANADA from Edmonton, Alberta Canada; and
  • Sit, Stay, ‘N Play of Stroudsburg, PA.

You can view those results OCT RESULTS.

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.

October Results Reported

October 25, 2015

Three more clubs have reported results for the final game of the summer 2015 series of the National Dog Agility League. K9 Powersports in Grand Junction, CO; Dachshund Hill Agility (DHA) of New Glarus, WI; and ClickerPets Mexico in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico have reported. You can view those results OCT RESULTS.

League Standing

Lifetime Performance Points have been calculated showing the League standing from the Fall series. You can view those standings here: Fall Series Standings. Several clubs have not yet reported. We can expect some substantial changes in LPP accumulation as LPP are recalculated.

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/

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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 Results Notice ~ Sit Stay ‘n Play

September 30, 2015

Results have been submitted by Sit, Stay & Play in Stroudsburg, PA for the September competition of the summer series.

They took over the top of the first page!

Download Current Standings.

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Program news for Top Dog

NatGeoTV plans to publish a program featuring Top Dog and the National Dog Agility League. This is not a series. But we are inclined to want to blow their socks off and make it very clear that it should be a series. The plan is for February of 2017 in conjunction with the events surrounding Westminster.

The format that I have envisioned all along is a competition between the two top franchises in the NDAL league. That means that accrued scores for each club in 2016 will qualify the teams for the on-air competition. At the same the play will be open to anyone in the world who wants to put up the course, utilizing basic social networking tools for the recording and aggregation of scores.

Obviously we’d like to see the league expand.

Jumping in to the League

The workbook for October, the final game of the series, can downloaded HERE.

If you have interested in jumping into League Play, you barely have time to play on the second course of the summer league. The workbook can be downloaded here: September League.

While it is too late to compete in the first course of the summer series, you are invited to run that course and record your scores with all previous competitors. The August 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.

October League ~ A Numbered Course

September 23, 2015

The final course of the summer series is a numbered course designed by Game Master Steve Schwarz.

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Each of league clubs will get the scorekeeping workbook for October with their current rosters upon submitting the September league results. For anyone who’d like to establish a new league franchise download the scorekeeping workbook HERE.

The Catalog of Games

As league participation increases some clubs might be interested in weekly competitions that coincide with regularly scheduled classes.

With this in mind, the Catalog of Games has been updated with all National Dog Agility League games and courses that have published results. The courses are organized by the size of the field; so it should be relatively easy to find a challenging game or course that fits in your working space. Download the Catalog of Games HERE.

If dog agility is to remain a game we play with our dogs and our friends, we first want to shift the focus away from the infrequent and costly qualifying attempt to a light-hearted and weekly romp in the park. As well as being just plain fun, it league play also serves to strengthen relationships with our dogs. As we lighten up and get more chances to play the game, our mood lifts, our nerves settle, and our dogs have a much better time.

Running a league sounds very involved and time-consuming. But the benefits far outweigh your efforts. A wonderful sense of community is built around league teams. And every league course presents an abundance of training objectives.

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: September League.

While it is too late to compete in the summer league, you are invited to run that course and record your scores with all previous competitors. The August 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.

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.