Flyball FAQ

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What is Flyball?

Typical Lane Setup
Typical lane setup

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 Flyball.

[Flyball Box]
Flyball Box

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 15.43 seconds by SpringLoaded from Michigan, USA..


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

The titles the dogs can earn are:

Abbr Title Points Award Type
FDFlyball Dog20Certificate
FDXFlyball Dog Excellent100 Certificate
FDChFlyball Dog Champion500 Certificate
FDCh SilverFlyball Dog Champion1000 Certificate
FDCh GoldFlyball Dog Champion2500 Certificate
FMFlyball Master5000Pin
FMXFlyball Master Excellent10000 Pin
FMChFlyball Master Champion15000 Pin
ONYXONYX Award 20000Plaque
FGDChFlyball Grand Champion 30000Plaque
FGDCh 40k, 50k, ....Flyball Grand Champion 40k, 50k, ... 40000, 50000, ...Plaque
HobbesHobbes Award 100,000Plaque Addendum

Who governs Flyball?

In North America, Flyball is governed by the North American Flyball Association(NAFA). Rules can be downloaded (PDF) from the NAFA Publications page.

In the United Kingdom, Flyball is governed by the British Flyball Association

In Belguim, flyball is governed by the Belgian Flyball Federation.

In Australia, contact the Australian Flyball Association at

If there are Flyball organizations in other countries, drop me a note ( 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 email list. You join the list by sending an email message to with just subscribe in the Subject of the message. 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 online at

There have been a few books published on Flyball.

And they are available from
Direct Book Service, 1-800-776-2665.

Where can I get equipment?

Plans, Jumps, & Boxes

Mike Freda
6577 197th Street
Langley BC V2Y 1G8
(604) 514-3380
Also available: Sintra boards
John Grant
2079 Waycross Crescent
Mississauga ON L5K 1J3
(905) 822-6143
Keith Yockey
Plans and Boxes
Darrel West
9715 Orangevale Dr
Spring TX 77379
(713) 376-9061
Chris Knowlton
P.O. Box 9
Glen Morris ON N0B 1W0
(519) 740-8838
Jim Michel
1714 Edgement
Maplewood, MN 55117
(612) 774-9682
Mike Smith
12302 Knigge Rd
Cypress, TX 77429
(713) 469-0105
British Suppliers of Flyball Boxes and jumps:
Modern Dog Sports
Tel: (01705) 412768

Mr Owen
Tel: 01869 324511

Andrew or Liz Payne
Tel: 01256 702873

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