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What is Flyball?
Flyball races match two teams of four dogs each, racing side-by-side over a 51 foot long course. Each dog must run in relay fashion down the jumps, trigger a flyball box, releasing the ball, retrieve the ball, and return over the jumps. The next dog is released to run the course but can't cross the start/finish line until the previous dog has returned over all 4 jumps and reached the start/finish line. The first team to have all 4 dogs finish the course successfully wins the heat.
Jump height is determined by the smallest dog on the team, appropriately called the "height dog". There are 2 active flyball venues in North America - NAFA (North American Flyball League) and U-Fli (United Flyball League). Each venue has standards for measuring height dogs and jump heights. The highest jump height in NAFA is 14" while U-fli is 12".
Tournaments are divided into divisions by seed times to promote more competitive racing. All dogs including mixed breeds are eligible to compete and earn titles in NAFA and U-fli sanctioned tournaments. Titles are earned via a point system based on the time it takes a dog's team to complete each heat.
View of the racing lanes at a typical tournament
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