Flyball is a relay race in which two teams compete against each other. A flyball team consists of four main dogs and their handlers, a boxloader, and one or two alternate dogs and handlers. A dog from each team races over a series of four hurdles, steps on a flyball box, catches a tennis ball that flies out of the box, and returns with the ball over the hurdles and across the start/finish line. The race is won by the first team to have all four dogs successfully complete their runs.
Dogs must be in good physical condition and at least one year of age. Dogs that have basic obedience skills and are well-socialized to people and other dogs will be most successful.
The best way to learn flyball is to take the Beginning Flyball class offered at TCOTC. This class will teach you and your dog the fundamentals of flyball.
Graduates of our Beginning Flyball class may choose to continue perfecting their flyball skills in our Level 2 and 3 Flyball classes. Graduates of the Level 2 and 3 classes are encouraged to join a flyball team that will help them achieve their personal goals and so that they may compete in tournaments. TCOTC sponsors the High Spirits Flyball team and they are currently seeking new members. You can learn about other teams in Minnesota by visiting www.flyball.org or www.u-fli.com.
There are many Flyball tournaments in the Metro area throughout the year. Many of these tournaments are held right here at TCOTC. View the club calendar to see when the next tournament will be held at our club. There is never an admission fee to come and watch flyball tournaments and it is an excellent way to learn more about the sport and to meet the people involved.
Beginning Flyball uses positive training techniques to teach your dog the core skills of flyball while also emphasizing fun and safety.
Due to the physical requirements of flyball, your dog must be at least one year of age.
Fee: $125 for 9 weeks.
Start Date: April 7, 2020 – Class will be on Tuesday evenings at 8:15pm
How to enroll: You may be eligible to enroll in the Introduction to Flyball class if you meet one of the following:
- Option 1: Your dog has successfully completed Basic Training (Puppy Basic Training and Puppy Prodigy are equivalents of this class), Impulse Control and Reliable Recall (all three classes) at TCOTC.
- Option 2: You have completed the skills self-assessment and have been approved for the class.
Eligible members can fill out an application form. Class size is very limited. A random drawing will be held to fill the class if we receive more eligible applicants than we can accommodate. All applicants will be notified, if we can offer them a spot in the class or not, no later than March 23, 2020. Click on the link below to complete the application.
Flyball 2 and 3
Graduates of the Beginning Flyball class continue to develop their flyball skills in Flyball 2 and 3 classes. Refine the box turn, strengthen jumping consistency and develop passing skills in hopes of preparing the dogs to join a competition team.
Prerequisite: Beginning Flyball