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What is Flyball?

Flyball is a relay race where two teams of four dogs race head-to-head on a 51 foot course. Each dog must race over a series of four jumps, trigger a special box which releases a tennis ball, and carry the tennis ball back over the four jumps. The returning dog must be across the start line before the next dog is released. The first team to have four dogs complete the race (without error), wins!

Each team's jump height is established by measuring the smallest dog on the team, and subtracting 5 inches. This allows everyone to participate!

The River Runners are registered members of the North American Flyball Association (NAFA), and compete in numerous NAFA sanctioned tournaments every year. NAFA was established in 1984, and today has more than 400 active clubs and 6500 racing dogs (www.flyball.org). Tournaments are divided into divisions based on team submitted seed times, ensuring that teams of equal ability are racing each other.

Why Should I Play?

Flyball offers participants a sense of camaraderie and friendship with like-minded people.

Benefits for the dog include: