ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel


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,

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!

Get all kinds of cool dog stuff at!

Be sure and visit my website - - where you can shop for cool stuff for cool dogs!

We've put together, in one place, all the cool stuff you need for your dog!

Find dog beds, all natural foods and treats, collars, leashes,charms, training and agility gear, vitamins and supplements, books, clothing, toys and more!

And the best part is that we donate 10% of our profits to dog rescues and shelters!

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!

Was this lens on flyball helpful to you?

See results

Ohhh - can't have a page without BLOOPERS!!!

Like this lens? Want to share your feedback, or just give a thumbs up? Be the first to submit a blurb!


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)