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Scoring January 2024 IDAL League Courses

I had an interesting discussion with Heather Esdon from PAWS4Fun about scoring this month’s courses. At the end of the discussion is the briefing for the month and the 60x90 map. I will use the 60x90 map as an example.


Unfortunately, I had a clear picture in my mind when I explained one of the details to Heather and caused even more confusion. Here is my attempt to explain it to everyone. I sincerely hope this helps.

Scenario 1: The dog takes 1 and 2 but accidentally takes the WC to the backside of 6. The score at this point would be 2, and they need to go back to 1 to get back on course. They again get points for 1 and 2, and this time, they get 3 correct. The score is now 7. They continue on correctly for the remainder of the course; their points are 23.

Scenario 2: The dog does 1-6 correctly, but takes the backside of 13 for a WC. Their current score is 14, and they must restart the In/Out loop at 4. If they take 7 and 8 to get back to 4, those two jumps do not earn points because they are not the correct next obstacle (which is 4). They get back on course taking 4-13 correctly. Their points are 30. The initial 14 (# 1-6) + 11 (middle loop of # 4-8) + 5 (last loop of # 9-13).

Scenario 3: Here, the dog takes 1-8 correctly, but for some crazy reason, they take off and take #4. Obviously 4 is a wrong course. Their current score is 16. The next correct obstacle is #9 because they have completed the first two loops. The handler brings the dog around from the exit of 4 to #9 and completes the course. Their points are 21.

Now, do not forget that in all three scenarios, if the dog completes the course under time, they still receive the bonus even if they went off course. If any dog is still working the course, and time runs out, they need to perform 13 to stop time so that they can report a time, even though it is over. They retain all points they have accumulated on course even though they never made it through the whole course. They simply do not get any bonus points.

For example, in scenario 2, the dog does 1-6 correctly; they have gotten 14 points. They take the backside of 13, so they are off course. They run back to 4 to restart the In/Out loop. This time though, they only complete 4-10 when time runs out. They should still run to 13 to stop time. If they take 11 and 12 on the way, they do not get those points. What is their score? They obviously do not get a bonus because they were over time. They had gotten 14 points before they went off course. Then they completed 4-10, getting 13 points. So, their score is 27 points.

I hope that clears things up. If not, let me know.


In and Out Briefing:

The course is divided into three different segments. The “inner” loop, the “in and out” loop and the “outer” loop. The dog must start with the “inner” loop, move to the in-and out loop and finish with the outer loop.  If a fault occurs during a loop, the dog must immediately restart from the first obstacle in that loop. The loop is repeated until completed without fault and is finished when the dog starts the next loop.

The judge will call out “fault” when a dog has faulted an obstacle. Faults include dropped bars, wrong courses, and missed contacts. The use of toys or food will not result in a fault.  As the dog runs the course, the team accumulates the point values of each obstacle taken. Values are listed below. Points can never be lost even if the dog faults and must restart a loop.

The timekeeper will blow a whistle at the end of course time. Course time is 55 seconds for all dogs. If the dog has not completed the course, he must be directed to the finish line to stop time. The finish line is the last obstacle on the course. If the dog completes the entire course before time runs out, the difference between the dog’s time and the course time becomes bonus points added to the score. All times are rounded up to the next whole second for this calculation; however, for time in the spreadsheet, please put the actual time to hundredths of a second (as normal).


Inside Loop is black numbers

In and Out Loop is red numbers

Outside Loop is purple numbers


Point Values:

Jumps – 1

Tunnels – 3

Contacts - 5 


Scoring: In and Out is scored Points, Plus Bonus, Then Time.



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