What is Flyball?
Flyball is a relay race where dogs from each team jump a line of hurdles, retrieve a ball from a specially-designed box and then return to their handlers over the same hurdles.
Rules dictate when each team dog can cross the line and take their turn— with the perfect pass occurring when the nose of the returning dog and nose of the next dog cross the line at exactly the same time. In competition, the first team to complete the race without missing any hurdles, dropping balls or anticipating passes wins.
The height of the hurdles is determined by the smallest dog on the team but dogs of all sizes are welcome to train and compete. Races are organised in a series of divisions with teams with comparable times pitted against each other and each race consists of a series of heats.
Am I eligible to participate?
You and your dog must satisfactorily complete Level 2 (Consolidation) in the Club’s Behaviour Training program to start Flyball training unless you have had prior experience in the sport. Your dog must be at least 12 months old, physically sound and not overweight. It should also be able to remain under effective control off-lead in the presence of unfamiliar dogs and people.
Ball-mad dogs are the obvious candidates for Flyball but there is much more to the sport and jumping, turning and retrieving skills are all taught in class.
What is involved in competing?
Flyball is governed by the Australian Flyball Association (AFA) and you and your dog must be registered with the Association to compete in Flyball race-meets. Your instructor can help you join the AFA. The Club has its own team – ‘X-Factor’ – and dogs and handlers from the Club join the X-Factor racing squad when they have acquired the appropriate skills for competition.
The Club and other local and regional training clubs host Flyball race meets several times a year. See our calendar for dates.
How do I enrol in classes?
Download the Flyball Intake form or send an email to the Club Office for a copy. Return the registration form to the Office and await an invitation for the next Beginners intake.
You do not need to be a member of the Club to register your interest but you will need to join the Club if you are invited to start classes.