Crazy Flyball Dog

Team Philosophy

Crazy Flyball Dog


Our main concern is the well being of the dogs. Safety is foremost. No handler should be asked or allowed (at the team captain's discretion) to run a dog at practice or a tournament that is lame, sick, too young, etc. Positive training techniques should be used at all times, and only mild negative reinforcement will be tolerated.

Second, we should have fun. Being competitive is fun; but we should always remember that we participate in flyball in order to spend quality time with our dogs, our teammates and other team members and to learn about both general and flyball-specific training techniques. We should not let inter- or intra-team rivalries get in the way of these objectives. We should show good sportsmanship at all times, including helping other, new, short-handed and tournament-host teams whenever possible. From the NAFA rulebook: "Cooperation and good sportsmanship should not be recognized in passive observance, but as a way of life in training and competition. Participants shall at all times be courteous and friendly. At no time should they show displeasure with a dog, a judge, exhibitor, NAFA representative, sponsor, host or spectator in or out of the ring. Never conduct yourself in a manner that would bring discredit to Flyball. As a participant, whether it be exhibitor, trainer, judge, host club, or NAFA representative, you typify Flyball."

Finally, we want to be as competitive at tournaments as our dogs' and handlers' abilities allow. Sometimes this will mean running the "best" (combination of fastest and most reliable) dogs/handlers either exclusively or on the highest division team. Sometimes this will mean splitting up the best dogs/handlers among two or more teams in different divisions and/or classes. Consideration will also be given to getting experience and points for new dogs/handlers, and making sure as many handlers as possible get to participate. The lineup(s) will be determined by the team captain(s) as soon as it is known who will be participating. Once at the tournament, the team captain is in charge. The team captain is encouraged to solicit input from other team members, time permitting, but his or her decisions are final and should be followed cheerfully and respectfully.

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