What is Flyball?

The Recall

Flyball is the fastest growing dog sport in the world. Started in California in the late 70's Flyball is continuing its spread across the United States and several other countries. New teams and clubs are popping up all over.

Playing the Game!

Flyball is a dog sport where teams of four dogs race against each other over a line of hurdles to a springloaded box, "catch" a tennis ball from the box and then race back to their handlers with the ball. The fastest team that runs without any errors wins.

The course consists of the start line, 4 hurdles spaced 10 feet apart and a box. The start line is outfitted with a line of red, yellow, and green lights, similar to what you would see at a drag race. A large space behind the course (runback area) allows the teams to position themselves and give their dogs a running start.

Dogs of all breeds and sizes can play. The sport is not limited to big ball crazy dogs though - the jump height is set by the height of the smallest dog on the team. Little dogs such as Jack Russells, Rat Terriers, small mixes, etc. are very important members of the team.
The world record time for four dogs to complete the course is 15.36 seconds.

There is two governing bodies for Flyball competition in North America, the North American Flyball Association (NAFA) and United Flyball League International (U-FLI)

U-FLI

Dogs earn U-FLI points towards flyball titles based on the teams time:
Team Time Points Earned Bonus Points
19.999 seconds and under 30 Points Each of the dogs on a winning team in a heat will receive an additional 5 bonus points for that heat. If the team is racing against an Exhibition or Pickup Team, then no bonus points will be available.
20-24.999 seconds 25 Points
25-29.999 seconds 15 Points
30-35.000 seconds 10 Points

U-FLI Flyball Titles

Award Pins:

Title Points
Top Flight
TF-I
TF-II
TF-III
100
500
750
1,000
Top Flight Executive
TFE-I
TFE-II
TFE-III
2,500
4,000
5,500
7,000
Top Flight Premier
TFP-I
TFP-II
TFP-III
9,500
12,000
14,500
17,000
Top Flight First Class
TFFC-I
TFFC-II
TFFC-III
20,500
24,000
27,500
31,000
Top Flight World Class
TFWC-I
TFWC-II
TFWC-III
35,500
40,000
44,500
49,000
Top Flight Extreme
TFX-I
TFX-II
TFX-III
54,500
60,000
65,500
71,000
Top Flight Ultimate
TFU-I
TFU-II
TFU-III
77,500
84,000
90,500
97,000

NAFA

Dogs earn NAFA® points towards flyball titles based on the teams time:

   •  less than 32 secs: Each dog earns 1 point
   •  less than 28 secs: Each dog earns 5 points
   •  less than 24 secs: Each dog earns 25 points

NAFA Flyball Titles

Standard Titles      
Abbreviation Title Points Award
FD Flyball Dog 25 Certificate
FDX Flyball Dog Excellent 100 Certificate
FDCh Flyball Dog Champion 500 Certificate
FDCh-S Flyball Dog Champion-Silver (FDCh-S) 1,000 Certificate
FDCh-G Flyball Dog Champion-Gold (FDCh-G) 2,500 Certificate
FM Flyball Master 5,000 Pin & Certificate
FMX Flyball Master Excellent 10,000 Pin & Certificate
FMCh Flyball Master Champion 15,000 Pin & Certificate
ONYX ONYX Award 20,000 Pin & Plaque
FGDCh-30K Flyball Grand Champion 30,000 Pin & Plaque
FGDCh-40K Flyball Grand Champion 40,000 Pin & Plaque
FGDCh-50K - FGDCh-90K Flyball Grand Champion 50,000-90,000 Pin & Plate
HOBBES Hobbes Award 100,000 Pin & Plaque

NEW: Multibreed Titles    
Points Earned in RegularTitle AwardedCertificatePinPlaque
20MBD - Multibreed DogYesNoNo
100MBDX - Multibreed Dog ExcellentYesNoNo
500MBDCh - Multibreed Dog ChampionYesNoNo
1,000MBDCh-S - Multibreed Dog Champion-SilverYesNoNo
2,500MBDCh-G - Multibreed Dog Champion-GoldYesNoNo
5,000MBM - Multibreed MasterYesYesNo
10,000MBMX - Multibreed Master ExcellentYesYesNo
15,000MBMCh - Multibreed Master ChampionYesYesNo
20,000MB ONYXNoYesYes
30,000MBGDCh - Flyball Grand ChampionNoYesYes
40,000+No additional titlesNoNoNo

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