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Flyball!

Updated on July 3, 2013

Welcome to my flyball lens!

Lots of my buds do flyball, and they love it!!! They even asked me to be on a team - very flattering! But, agility is my sport.

So we go and watch my buds compete in flyball now and then - wow, is it intense! We hope you enjoy this lens and learn more about the great sport of flyball.

Dogs love sports and you will too! Whatever sport you choose - just be sure and have FUN!!!!! 

And when you get a chance, check out my other lenses.

Thanks for the photo, www.bordertwins.faithweb.com.

What is flyball?

In flyball two teams of four dogs each race side-byside over a 51 foot long course.

Each dog runs in a relay down the four jumps, triggers a flyball box that releases the ball, they retrieve the ball and return over the jumps.

Then the next dog is release to run the course. Subsequent dogs can't cross the start/finish line until the previous dog has returned over all four jumps and reached the start/finish line.

The first team with all 4 dogs finishing the course without error wins the heat.

Jump height is determined by the smallest dog on the team. This dog, called the "height dog", is measured at the withers, then that number is rounded down to the nearest inch and another 4" is subtracted to get the jump height (with the minimum jump height being 7"). So a 13 1/4" dog would round down to 13", minus 4", would jump 9". Maximum jump height is 14".

With the onset of the Electronic Judging System (EJS), which uses lights and infrared timing sensors, competitors are able to track their starts, passes, finishes, and individual dogs' times to the thousandth of a second.

It's hard to imagine racing without an EJS in this day and age. Many teams run all 4 dogs through the course in less than 20 seconds.

The NAFA World Record is now under 16.0 seconds (and closing in on 15.0).

NAFA tournaments are divided into divisions so that teams compete against other teams of equal abilities. All dogs including mixed breeds are eligible to compete and earn titles in NAFA sanctioned tournaments.

Titles are earned via a point system based on the time it takes a dog's team to complete each heat race.

NAFA currently has over 700 registered clubs with more than 16,000 registered dogs.

Thanks for the photo by RingoCalamity on Flickr!

Visit "What Is Flyball" for more info too!

The history of flyball!

According to the North American Flyball Association, flyball got its start in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when a group of dog trainers in Southern California created scent discrimination hurdle racing, then put a guy at the end to throw tennis balls to the dogs when they finished the jump line.

It didn't take long for the group to decide to build some sort of tennis ball-launching apparatus, and the first flyball box was born.

Herbert Wagner is credited with developing the first flyball box, and apparently he did a flyball demo on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson that got a lot of peoples attention.

Subsequently, the new dog sport for dog enthusiasts was introduced in the Toronto-Detroit area by several dog training clubs. After a few small tournaments were held in conjunction with dog shows, the first ever flyball tournament was held in 1983.

In November, 1984, twelve teams from the Toronto-Detroit area formed the North American Flyball Association (NAFA). Mike Randall wrote the first NAFA rulebook in 1985, and was also the first NAFA Executive Director. The first head judge was Dave Samuels.

Thanks for the photo by RingoCalamity on Flickr!

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Flyball governing bodies!

Here is a listing of the various governing bodies for flyball around the world.

A great intro to flyball!

British Flyball varies to US Flyball in how the dog catches the ball from the flyball box. But many of the other rules remain the same. This is a great intro to the workings of flyball.

How do you get all those titles?

The dogs earn points towards flyball titles based on the teams time:

* less than 32 secs: Each dog receives 1 point

* less than 28 secs: Each dog receives 5 points

* less than 24 secs: Each dog receives 25 points

The titles the dogs can earn are:

  • FD Flyball Dog 20 points required
  • FDX Flyball Dog Excellent 100 points required
  • FDCh Flyball Dog Champion 500 points required
  • FDCh Silver Flyball Dog Champion 1000 points required
  • FDCh Gold Flyball Dog Champion 2500 points required
  • FM Flyball Master 5000 points required
  • FMX Flyball Master Excellent 10000 points required
  • FMCh Flyball Master Champion 15000 points required
  • ONYX ONYX Award 20000 points required
  • FGDCh Flyball Grand Champion 30000 points required
  • FGDCh 40k, 50k,... Flyball Grand Champion 40k, 50k, ... 40000, 50000, ...points required
  • Hobbes Hobbes Award 100,000 points required

Dogs doing what they do best - Flyball!

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      Sherry Venegas 7 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Thanks for this very good entertainment and the introduction to flyball.

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      arizonasupercharged 8 years ago

      Hey guys, we just started up a new team in Mesa, AZ. Our website is http://www.arizonasupercharged.com If you know of anyone in the area looking for a new team, send them our way! Thanks!

      Meagan

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Looks like fun!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I just love flyball, actually both Rick and I do. We just learned about it last year and unfortunately can only watch it on one sports channel that show it just once in a while. I would love to see it in real life. All those pups are awesome! Fantastic lens (as usual) - Kathy

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      keritune 9 years ago

      I have a ball crazed chihuahua that will do anything for her ball... but something tells me she couldn't do those flyball courses!

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      funwithtrains lm 9 years ago

      Nice Lens! 5 stars and a favorite from me! Please visit my Marklin Trains lens.

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      woohooinwonderland 10 years ago

      Love your lens! My boys & I are into agility but we did a teeny bit of flyball training and loved it! Just not enough hours in the day to do everything, unfortunately.

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      WeaselPuppy 10 years ago

      Great lens - you're inspiring me to do a lot more with mine!

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      Gatsby LM 10 years ago

      I am the friend Guinness promised he would send! We dogs keep our word! And you get 5* Best Natural Dog Food

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      DogWhisperWoman1 10 years ago

      5* Can you believe my Border Collie would rather have lovings than play? Aggressive Dog

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      Guinness LM 10 years ago

      My Border Collie friend would be great for flyball. I'll send him here! Johann, this is outstanding ... again! - Guinness at Best Dog Health Care Solutions to Dog Health Problems

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      Margaret Schaut 10 years ago from Detroit

      Another of many fabulous lenses! You're outdoing Thor!

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      MightyMiteDogGear 10 years ago

      for people with small dogs who would like to try flyball or learn more about it - they should check out the Mighty Mite Small Dog Sports Forum - hundreds of posts on flyball hieght dogs! http://www.mightymitedoggear.com/forum

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