11 -14 March 2021, The NEC Birmingham

Flyball

flyball competition at CruftsEvery year Crufts highlights the fun, speed and excitement of a major flyball competition as 16 teams strive to become Crufts’ flyball champions in front of a massive, noisy and enthralled audience in the NEC Arena.

The Kennel Club would like to announce that the flyball competition at Crufts 2020 will be an invitational competition. A cross association working party supported by both the BFA (British Flyball Association) and UKFL (UK Flyball League) has agreed the process of selecting the teams and the same principle will also be implemented for the YKC flyball competition.

Crufts judge

Flyball Mr G Frechen (Germany)

Flyball rules

Each team shall consist of six handlers and dogs, four of which will run at any one time. Each team can also have a team captain, a box loader and an additional person to act as runner / ball collector. No handler or dog can compete in more than one team.  

All dogs entering must be a minimum of 18 months old on the first day of Crufts 2020 and be registered on the KC Activity or Breed register. 

At least one dog in each team must be a designated breed. The designated breed dog must be registered with the Kennel Club on the Breed Register or on the Activity Register as a Kennel Club registered breed (excluding Border Collies / Working Sheep Dogs).

There must be at least one designated breed dog running in each race.

The invitation event will be a team competition (knockout), also known as a single eliminator. 8 teams will run on the Thursday and a further 8 teams will run on the Friday. The best of three runs will decide the winners which will go into the next round.

Jumps
  • The jumps will have an inside width of 30”. 
  • The jumps will be a total height of 9 inches  
  • The 1” topslat will be flexible / breakable and will contain padding.
Flyball boxes
  • Each team is responsible for providing its own Flyball box, which should be safe and fit for purpose. 
  • The Flyball box must meet the following specifications:
    1. All Boxes are to have a pressure pedal to mechanically release the trigger/launcher system. 
    2. Boxes may be decorated and/or painted any colour. Club logos and/or lettering are permitted. 
    3. When triggered, the Flyball box must eject the ball. The ball must be able to travel at least 24" from the box hole toward the Start/Finish line. 
    4. The box cannot exceed 30” in width, nor exceed 20” in height. 
    5. Mats or grabbing devices to hold the box in place cannot raise the box more than ½" higher than the maximum allowed height. 
    6. The body of the box cannot exceed 30” in depth, excluding the base upon which the box loader stands. 
    7. The box shall not exceed these dimensions at any time during racing, excluding carrying handles and stakeholders. 

 

NOTE: Boxes should be constructed with the comfort and wellbeing of the dog in mind. Sharp edges must be avoided and adequate padding and protection should be used. The officiating judge has the right to refuse the use of any flyball box they deem to be unfit to use and teams cannot use any external modification that could be classed as training aids; they will be asked to remove them before they can carry on racing. 

Balls

Each club shall provide its own supply of balls. Approved balls may be of any size, colour or design and must bounce and roll. Balls may not contain a noise maker eg. squeakers or bells. Balls must not be covered in a skin ie Rabbit skin etc. The ball must be able to travel the requisite distance as defined in the box rules section. All non-tennis balls must be approved by the Crufts flyball steward before being used.

Handlers and dogs

Only handlers and dogs who are members of the original team and named on the entry form, will be allowed to compete at Crufts and only by exceptional circumstances will any change be allowed. Any change requests must be submitted by email for approval. All entry forms must be submitted by 1 December 2019.

Sponsorship

No sponsorship is permitted to be featured on the flyball boxes and any sponsorship of clothing is subject to KC approval and in any case will be limited to one small breast pocket logo.

Crufts 2020 running order

Top four teams from each day will qualify for the semi-final on Saturday 7 March 2020 (eight teams in total).

Top four teams from the semi-final will qualify for the final on Sunday 8 March 2020.

Quarter Final 1: Thursday 5 March 2020

 

Team

Team captain 

1

Northlincs

Niall Filshie

1

Phoenix

Sam Bawden

2

Northant Hurricanes

Claire Davis

2

Watsons

Christina Opperman

3

Killie Ultimutz

Joe Hunter

3

Perthshire Streamlinerz

Anna Hardie

4

Carry On's Reborn

Katie Burns

4

Aces

Jeannette Shelley

Quarter Final 2: Friday 6 March

 

Team

Team captain

1

Fenland Firestorm

David Flood

1

Karmandos

Andrew Short

2

Brigg Muttley Crew

Mary Carter Bathgate

2

Nuneaton Titans

Scott Harrison

3

Focus

Leanne Burrows

3

Cambridgeshire Flyball Team

Ellen Schofield

4

Four Paws Racing with a waggy tail

Nicky James

4

Warrington Wizzards

Shaun McDermott

If you would like more information regarding the invitation event, please email crufts@kcflyball.org.uk.