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Subject: rec.pets.dogs: Canine Activities: Flyball FAQ
This article was archived around: 21 May 2006 04:22:29 GMT
Last-modified: 15 Jun 1999
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Table of Contents
* What is Flyball?
* Who governs Flyball?
* NAFA Directory
* How can I get more info?
* Where can I get equipment?
What is Flyball?
Flyball is a team sport for dogs that was invented in California in
the late 70's. Legend has it that Herbert Wagner first showed it on
the Johnny Carson Show to millions of Americans. Soon afterwards dog
trainers and dog clubs were making and using Flyball Boxes. In the
early 80's the sport became so popular that the North American Flyball
Association (NAFA) was formed and they are the worldwide authority for
Typical Lane Setup
Typical lane setup
Flyball is a relay race with 4 dogs on a team. The course consists of
a starting line, 4 hurdles spaced 10 feet apart and a box. The first
hurdle is 6 feet from the start line and the box is 15 feet from the
last hurdle for a 51 foot overall length. The dogs jump the hurdles
and steps on a spring loaded box that shoots out a tennis ball. The
dog catches the tennis ball and then runs back over the 4 hurdles.
When the dog crosses the starting line the next dog goes. The first
team to have all 4 dogs run without errors wins the heat. Tournaments
are usually organized in either a double elimination or round robin
foramt. Double elimination is usually best of 3 or best of 5. Round
robin is usually best 3 out of 5 and the first team to win 3 heats
receives 1 point towards their standing in the tournament.
The hurdles' height are dependent on the height of the dogs in the
team -- 4" below the shoulder height of the shortest dog. 8" is the
minimum height and 16" is the maximum height.
The fastest time is 16.70 seconds by Total Recall from Ontario,
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:
Abbr Title Points Award Type
FD Flyball Dog 20 Certificate
FDX Flyball Dog Excellent 100 Certificate
FDCh Flyball Dog Champion 500 Certificate
FM Flyball Master 5000 Pin
FMX Flyball Master Excellent 10000 Pin
FMCh Flyball Master Champion 15000 Pin
ONYX ONYX Award 20000 Plaque
FGDCh Flyball Grand Champion 30000 Plaque
Who governs Flyball?
In North America, Flyball is governed by the North American Flyball
To obtain a copy of the official rules for Flyball or to inquire about
teams in your area contact the North American Flyball Association
Printed rules are $10 (US Funds) but a PDF version can be downloaded
from the NAFA Publications page.
In the United Kingdom, Flyball is governed by the British Flyball
Association. They can be reached at:
49 Tremear Green
St Columb Road
In Belguim, contact:
Tel: Int. Code + 32.3 828 86 71
In Australia, contact:
Reg Dwyer PO Box 144 Calwell ACT 2905 Australia (61-6) 2922919
If there are Flyball organizations in other countries, drop me a note
(email@example.com) and I will add them to this list.
How can I get more info?
The Flyball Home Page is located at
The vast majority of Flyball communications is on the Flyball mailing
list. You join the list by sending an e-mail message to:
subscribe flyball your_name
in the body of the message. Leave the Subject line blank or put in "no
subject". After you have joined the list you can post messages to
NAFA publishes NAFA News a bimonthly newsletter sent to all registered
delegates and is also available online.
The British Flyball Association publishes it's own newsletter, The
Flyball Record. Copies are available for $2 from Sue Ethier,
DoozersMom@aol.com. If you order multiple issues, the first is $2 and
the rest are $1 (per mailing). Some issues are available online.
To get the FINISH LINE, Flyball Newsletter which lists all tournaments
events and results including a seeding list of every team in North
America send $20 US for a one year subscription (quarterly) to:
1002 E Samuel Avenue
Peoria Heights, IL 61614
There have been a few books published on Flyball.
* "Flyball Training...Start to Finish" by Jacqueline Parkin.
* "Flying High" by Joan Payne.
* "On Your Mark" by Mike Randall. (Freely available from the Flyball
And they are available from
Direct Book Service, 1-800-776-2665.
Where can I get equipment?
Plans, Jumps, & Boxes
4204 Goldenrod Lane
Plymouth, MN 55441
Al sells plans for flyball boxes and jumps. Flyers are available.
2079 Waycross Crescent
Mississauga ON L5K 1J3
Plans and Boxes
9715 Orangevale Dr
Spring TX 77379
P.O. Box 9
Glen Morris ON N0B 1W0
4843 Jean Mance
Montreal QC H2V 4J6
Maplewood, MN 55117
12302 Knigge Rd
Cypress, TX 77429
British Suppliers of Flyball Boxes and jumps:
Modern Dog Sports
Tel: (01705) 412768
Tel: 01869 324511
Andrew or Liz Payne
Tel: 01256 702873
* Go to Locator Bulletin Board
Kathryn Hogg, firstname.lastname@example.org
NAFA and the NAFA logo are registered trademarks of the North American
Flyball Association, Inc.