Posts Tagged ‘Top Dog Agility Players’

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.

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September League Results Notice ~ Clermont County All Breed All Stars

September 21, 2015

Results have been submitted by Clermont County All Breed All Stars (near Cincinnati, Ohio) in the September competition of the summer series of the National Dog Agility League.

Results from the All Stars are included with previously reported results. Brenda Gilday writes, with the reporting: We did our league play at Clermont County last Thursday, 9/17.  We try to do league play on every third Thursday of the month.  It went very well and we even voted on a team name.  We will now be known as the Clermont County All Breed All Stars.  We are even going to get team shirts to wear on league play night. We had 18 dogs compete in the league last Thursday, 2 new handlers from the week before.  The league is a “hit” at Clermont.

Download Current Standings.

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Jumping in to the League

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

While it is too late to compete on 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.

September League Report ~ Country Dream

September 15, 2015

Country Dream Agility in Waterford, OH is the first league club to report results for The National Dog Agility League September challenge.

View those results here: Current Standing Sept 2015 league play

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Jumping in to the League

New clubs are welcomed to join us in league play. Download the September Workbook (contains scorekeeping, course map, and briefing).

If you have interested in jumping into League Play, you can run the first course of the summer league. It is too late for new results to count toward league competition. 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.

August League Results Update

September 4, 2015

There have been no changes of substance in the August League game of the NDAL summer series. However, Clermont County Dog Training Club has sent along YouTube links for their players.

Download Current Standings.

Jumping in to the League

If you have interested in jumping into League Play, you can still play on the first course of the summer league; but under our league rules results submitted after August 31 cannot be counted towards league standing. 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.

August League Final Results Notice

September 1, 2015

Results have been submitted by: In Contact Dog Training (Springfield, IL); Dachshund Hill Agility (New Glarus, WI); and Sit, Stay ‘n Play (Stroudsburg, PA) in the August competition of the summer series.

In Contact Dog Training is a small club, managing to compete admirably with bigger franchise clubs. In Contact Dog Training does a great job including YouTube recordings with their results. It’s fun to watch what how handlers and dogs in other parts of the world managed this trickier-than-it-looks Helter Skelter.

Both Dachshund Hill and Sit, Stay ‘n Play are new to the National Dog Agility League. We’d like to extend a special welcome to these franchise clubs! We’re thrilled to have you in the league.

These new results are included with previously reported results. These are the final results. Reporting is closed.

Download Current Standings.

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Jumping in to the League

If you have interested in jumping into League Play, you can still play on the first course of the summer league; but under our league rules results submitted after August 31 cannot be counted towards league standing. 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.

August League Results Notice ~ K9 Manners & More

August 25, 2015

Results have been submitted by K9 Manners & More (Broken Arrow OK) in the August competition of the summer series. K9 Manners continue to grow their league team with something like 70 dogs, and a dozen of them new to league play with this reporting.

These are included with previously reported results:

Download Current Standings.

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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.

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.

August League Results Notice ~ Clermont Dog Training Club

August 21, 2015

Results have been submitted by Clermont Dog Training Club, (in Kentucky, near Cincinnati) in the August competition of the summer series. These are included with previously reported results:

Download Current Standings.

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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.

Out of League Game

August 20, 2015

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We’re adding pick-up game for National Dog Agility League clubs. Though results will not apply to the League underway, dogs still earn Lifetime Performance Points (LPP).

This is a numbered course that will be scored Time, Plus Faults.

The League has focused on and even specialized in International level skills and challenges. These days aside from the USDAA’s Masters Challenge class (and the new AKC class) we don’t really have the opportunity to hone skills that are common in Europe and are very likely to be featured when we send our World Team to Europe.

What might have been considered ugly or unsafe only a few years ago is fodder for the central challenge in the International-style course.

Jumping in to the League

The score-keeping workbook for this pickup course can be downloaded here: Pick-up Game

And… 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

New NDAL Clubs

We’re pleased to welcome Clermont Dog Training Club (near Cincinnati Ohio) and B&D Creekside in Latrobe, Pennsylvania to the National Dog Agility League. There are a couple more clubs which may join us.

I know this is short notice. On Tuesday, August 25 I will be in Latrobe to do a distance clinic and introduce the National Dog Agility League to agility fans at B&D Creekside. You should contact Darlene (arcmasterdarlene@comcast.net) if you’d like to come out to play with us. It will run from 6:30 to about 9:00 and should be priced very inexpensively.

We have only a few league teams so far, around the U.S. and also with clubs in Canada and Mexico. League scores are derived from the top 5 performing dogs at each club or franchise. So clearly it gives an advantage to a club to run league with a large number of dogs.

We’re working to create a coalition of clubs in the Ohio Valley that will get together for an annual championship tournament that owes no affiliation to any big agility organization. They have such a tournament in Florida. Every club sends teams of nine dogs & handlers broken up into 3‑Beginner; 3-Intermediate; and 3-Masters. The winning “team” is the aggregate score.

Here’s hoping you’ll join us on the 25th!

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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.

Summer 2015 NDAL League Rules and Stipulations

July 27, 2015
  1. The league will run three months with a separate competition held each month.
  2. Courses and games should be scored according to any rules basis stipulated by the designer of the game. 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.
  3. Team scores are determined by the top five scores of all dogs competing within a single club or franchise.
  4. Results for each month must be sent to the League Secretary (Bud Houston; Houston.Bud@gmail.com) by midnight on the final day of each month. Scores that aren’t submitted in a timely manner will be eligible for Lifetime Performance Points for all participating players but will constitute a forfeit in league competition.
  5. The League Secretary shall be responsible for posting results for each participating club or franchise within three days of receipt of those scores.
  6. The League Secretary shall be responsible for posting aggregate competition placements within three days of the end of each month.
  7. Team results will be tracked by the League Secretary and reported back to the league membership at the termination of the league schedule.
  8. The League Secretary shall be responsible for maintaining a roster of 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.
  9. The League Secretary shall be responsible for choosing a game master / course designer for each monthly competition.

Recording Fees

The only true cost associated with participating in the National Dog Agility League is in recording fees. This is paid at a rate of $1 / dog / run.

A club or franchise shall pay the nominal recording fee at the time results are submitted. This payment must be received at the same time as results; else, results will not be recorded or posted.

Use one of these payment options:

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. Visit the web store: www.dogagility.org/newstore. You’ll find The Book of Agility Games, an invaluable reference to clubs engaged in league play.