Saturday, October 30, 2010

All I can say is... Snooker is weird

Here are four videos from early October of us attempting our first "snooker" course. I still can't say I understand snooker courses well enough to explain them, so I'll see if the internet can do it for me.

From: Wikipedia

Snooker: Loosely based on the billiard game of Snooker. The course has at least three red jumps, each numbered 1, and six other obstacles numbered 2 through 7. The dog accumulates points based on the obstacle's number. This also has two parts, an opening sequence and a closing sequence. In the opening sequence, the dog must complete a 1, then any obstacle numbered 2 to 7, a different 1 and any 2 to 7 obstacle (including the one already performed), and yet another different 1 and another 2-7 obstacle. For example, the dog could perform the red on the left for 1 point, the 7-point obstacle, the red in the middle for 1 point and then the 7-pointer again, then the red on the far side of the course and the 7-pointer one more time, for a total of 24 points in the opening. After successfully completing this, the dog must complete the obstacles 2-7, in order, for an additional possible 27 points. Failure to follow these rules exactly (such as knocking a bar or taking 2 reds in a row) results in the dog and handler being whistled off the course.
Strategy and entertainment value: The dogs might have to negotiate between other obstacles without taking them or make a difficult entry to the obstacle, often combined with a longer distance between the reds and the 7 so that it consumes more time to do the higher-point obstacle in the opening.

The fact that we're running snooker is why Cloudine is counting loudly and talking about buzzing me off course and futzing with her cell phone to time us. All in all, I think it could be fun if you're good at math, course analysis, and running really freaking fast, but it was our first time so go easy on us. :-)

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