Flyball is a relay race between two competing teams,
comprising four dogs and their handlers.
Dogs from each team race in turn over parallel courses of four hurdles to the
Flyball box, where they trigger a pedal to retrieve a tennis ball,
and return over
the jumps to the start/finish line, where the next dog eagerly
awaits its turn to race.
The winning team is determined by the foursome taking the least time
for all dogs to complete the course without faults.
Training: (Sunday mornings)
09.15 - 10.00 a.m. Team training
10.15 - 11.00 a.m. Beginners/Intermediate classes
11.15 - 12 noon Beginners/Intermediate classes
these staggered class times allow club members to attend both an Obedience class and Flyball
Everyone with a ball-oriented dog over 12 months old,
with basic (off lead) obedience, is welcome.
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Flyball has been around in Australia for about ten years, but is still not
as well-known as, for instance Agility, with Dover being one of only two
clubs in this state promoting and competing in the sport. South Australia
currently hosts three Flyball competitions each year, with some of Dover's
team members travelling to the many other events held interstate for more
opportunities to qualify towards titles. Those who try Flyball quickly become
addicted to it, and certainly the dogs love the sport and are keen to race.
As with Obedience and Agility, Flyball in Australia is usually conducted
outdoors, but because not many events are held locally, it can be difficult
for people who are interested to see the sport in action to find a venue,
so a couple of links are provided here for you to watch Flyball indoors,
You can download a brochure about Flyball at Dover here
or the national Rules for competition here
The Australian Flyball Association's web-site will also be of interest, and
offers a membership application form which can be completed on-line here
Please contact Rachel on
0000 000 000 or Robyn on 0430 424 288
email for more information on
Dover's Flyball activities.
Despite the infrequency of these events in S.A., five Dover Flyball competitors have
achieved the Australian Flyball Champion title : our club members have done us proud,
with one of our instructors, Martin Watt, being an accredited National level Flyball judge.
Dover's Flyball Team
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