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Kennel Club YKC Flyball Rules and Qualification Procedures

What Is Flyball?

Flyball is a fast dog sport consisting of two teams of four dogs (plus two reserve) which race against each other over identical courses. Each dog has to jump four jumps in a row and then trigger the box that releases a tennis ball. The dog then has to return over the four jumps, carrying the ball. When the first dog's nose has crossed the start/finish line, the next dog can go.

There is one flyball competition held at Crufts each year.

Definition of Classes
Each team should consist of not more than six handlers (four handlers and two reserves) plus one box loader.

- Teams may have one handler from the 18 - 24 age group.

- The team coach to assist the team in the ring may be an adult.

In order to qualify to take part in the competition, members must qualify at a YKC Flyball heat, as listed in the Crufts qualifiers booklet.

All handlers must be from clubs that are registered with the Kennel Club but a team may consist of members from more than one club.

Flyball is a knockout team competition.  Two teams will compete on two identical sets of separate equipment.  The best two of three runs will decide the winner to go forward into the next round.

Crufts 2008 Qualification Procedure
YKC Flyball teams can try and qualify at a YKC Flyball heat as listed in the Crufts qualifiers booklet.  The first and second placed team at each heat will be invited to compete at Crufts 2008.

Teams that have qualified for the Crufts Final will not be able to participate in any further Crufts Flyball heats that year.  This is due to the nature of the Crufts competition, which is run on a knockout basis, and it would be unfair for unqualified teams to be knocked out by a qualified team.

The competition will be held under Kennel Club Regulations H and H(2).  Please refer to the current Kennel Club Year Book for specific H(2) Flyball Regulations.

Dogs - (Correct at time of publication) for more information contact the Kennel Club Tel: 0870 6066750

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