Flyball is a four dog relay race between competing teams. The flyball course covers 51 feet in length and consists of four hurdles leading to a flyball box. Each dog must jump the four hurdles, retrieve a ball from the box, and return over the hurdles to cross the finish line. As soon as the dog's nose touches the finish line, the next dog can start down the lane. Two teams run at the same time, in side-by-side lanes. Each dog on the team receives points based on the overall speed of the team. Teams run within divisions based on their times.
Flyball is a sport that develops the bond between human and dog and promotes teamwork. Each dog must be highly trained to work on a team with three to five other dogs and be highly focused amid great distractions. Any dog, mix or purebred, can participate in flyball. Training can start at any age, but the type of training will depend on the development of the dog, with intensive jumping and box-work not being introduced until a dog has physically developed. Dogs cannot participate in tournaments until they are one year of age.
Points are earned based on the time of the team:
|20||Flyball Dog (FD)|
|100||Flyball Dog Excellent (FDX)|
|500||Flyball Dog Champion (FDCh)|
|1000||Flyball Dog Champion - Silver (FDCh-S)|
|2500||Flyball Dog Champion - Gold (FDCh-G)|
|5000||Flyball Master (FM)|
|10 000||Flyball Master Excellent (FMX)|
|15 000||Flyball Master Champion (FMCh)|
|30 000||Flyball Grand Champion - 30 (FGDCh-30)|
|40 000||Flyball Grand Champion - 40 (FGDCh-40)|
|50 000 - 90 000||Flyball Grand Champion - 50 (FGDCh-50)|
|100 000||Hobbes Award (Includes a Commemorative Pin and Plaque)|