Flyball
Flyball
NAFA Breed Detail for Iceland Dog
Auðurs Týra
Auðurs Týra
Auðurs Týra
Auðurs Týra
Surtsey
Matt Allison Photography
Let’s break it down a little more. The course is 100 ft long, 50 feet to the box (turnaround point) and back. Every ten
feet there is a jump, for a total of 6 jumps, 3 each direction. The jumps are set to a height that is 4 inches shorter than the
whithers point of the shortest dog on the team, called a height setter(Tyra is 14.75”, her teams jump height is set at 10”).
The box has a pressure/spring loaded ball in it. The dog triggers it by jumping on the pressure plate, to get the ball, and
finishes their run. The teams manage to complete this fast paced heat in anywhere from 16 to 35 seconds, which works
out to an average of five seconds per dog. Race winners are determined by the best of five heats, first to three wins. A
team will run 6-9 races in a day’s tournament, which translates up to 45 heats for the canine, per day.  A good
demonstration of an Icelandic playing Flyball is available on youtube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RzDe8YJd-U
tournaments every year. The tournaments are one day long and two are usually combined into a weekend. Teams in a
tournament will receive prizes (squeakers, tugs and toys), based on the teams ranking, at the end of the tournament. In
Flyball groups, consisting of multiple teams, are categorized by regional divisions. Each region will host a number of
addition, the dogs will also receive recognition awards as they accumulated more points based on successful heat
completions, within a specified time frame. There are a few different governing agencies for Flyball, but the most widely
recognized is the North America Flyball Association (NAFA). They maintain the public database of all of the dogs and
their points along with providing reward recognition to their members and dogs. To find out more about rules, regulations,
or regional contacts visit.
http://www.flyball.org
Scott, Candise and Mathew Berard
Foothills Icelandics, Home of the first Flyball ISD – Audurs Tyra

jumps with grace and style. The number one item though is that they are allowed to bark as much as they want, while they
play, and trust me they will love it! Flyball consists of four dogs and four handlers working together in a relay race to
achieve the lowest group time possible. This relay race is completed side by side with another team, so not only is your
team attempting to best their own previous times, but also the time of their competition.team attempting to best their own
previous times, but also the time of their competition.