Welcome to Tailspins Flyball Team!
Tailspins Beginning by Linda Watson…
The weekend of September 15-27, 2005 Sandy, my sister, and I went to an Iron dog Camp down south. I took Buddy and this is where I got
my first Taste of this crazy, fun sport. Buddy became an Iron Dog Graduate and received his “Certificate of Achievement” and
“Flyball Honorable Mention”. Our trainer for the weekend was Nikki (who plays with Woof Gang Flyball Team).
She also presented Buddy with his favorite toy that he used in his class.
In March of 2007 Sandy took Buddy and I to watch our first flyball tournament in Bakersfield, CA. After watching that tournament I felt
Buddy was a good candidate for flyball as he was really fast. I had talked to some of the members of Turn N’ Spit (TNS) that weekend, as
I was really interested in joining a team. Unfortunately, they were not accepting new members at that time and suggested I start my own team.
Not knowing much about the sport, I went forward with the team idea and started my own team.
I contacted Nikki again and asked if she would come out and do a seminar.
In June of 2007, Nikki came to Bakersfield and introduced us to a full day of training.
I then contacted Robbin and Kacie of Rock N Rovers Flyball team to come help us out and get us started.
They both taught us quite a bit about the sport. Unfortunately, they moved out of Bakersfield. I realized I still needed help with training,
so I connected with Candis who was with TNS at that time and she agreed to help us out.
Thanks to Candis’ help Tailspins Flyball Team became a reality for me. I am so thankful for all the team’s support.
I am looking forward to many years of flyball fun.
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Contact - Linda Watson
|What is Flyball?
Flyball is run in teams of four dogs, as a relay. The course consists of
four hurdles placed 10 feet apart from each other, with the starting
line six feet from the first hurdle, and the flyball box 15 feet after
the last one, making for a 51-foot length. The hurdle height is
determined by the shoulder height of the smallest dog in the team.
Each dog must return its ball all the way across the start line before
the next dog crosses. Ideal running is nose-to-nose at the start line.
The first team to have all four dogs cross the finish line error free
wins the heat. Penalties are applied to teams if the ball is dropped or
if the next relay dog is released early.
Flyball provides an entertaining and active way to interact with one's
dog and other dog enthusiasts in an environment that is fun while
allowing the dogs exercise and enjoyment. It is an especially effective
way to burn off the energy of dogs with a high drive to work.
A large part of flyball's popularity stems from the fact that it is one
of the competition activities available to mixed-breed dogs, allowing
rescued mutts and non-pedigree dogs to shine alongside their
purebred canine counterparts. Though herding dogs currently
dominate the courses, many champion teams have mutts on them. Dogs
earn titles and awards based on points earned by their team in racing.
As the sport has developed better dog training regimes have been
introduced as knowledge has increased within the sport. Specific
training has been developed to promote the dogs using ‘swimmers’ type
turns on the Flyball box when catching the ball and turning.
Flyball is not limited to the size of the breed, as smaller dogs such as
Patterdale Terriers, Jack Russell Terriers, Whippets and even
miniature poodles, often compete with great success in mixed-breed
teams (teams consisting of dogs of various sizes and breeds). Smaller
dogs are often prized as the hurdle height is based on the height of
the smallest dog in the team, commonly known as a height dog. Their
only limitation is whether they can trigger the release pad, and small
dogs often have to fully jump on it to do so.
Flyball is one of the non-hunting dog sports in which dogs and people
work as a team. Many casual pet owners use their flyball time more as
a way to relax and socialize with other dog owners than as a
competition, and many champion flyball dogs are essentially pet dogs
with a hobby, rather than dedicated sporting or working dogs.
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Came in third out of four teams
won Bully Sticks
Came in last place out of four teams
but they won beer!
Came in 2nd place out of 5 teams
won Bully Sticks
Tied for 2nd, but placed 3rd
won Bully Sticks
Box Loader: Kevin – was giving a
lottery ticket for each day he boxed
In a Nut Shell place 3rd & 2nd.
Going Nuts placed 2nd & 3rd.
Mixed Nuts placed 2nd.
placed 1st both days.
Rainbow Runners placed 3rd.
| Las Vegas 2015
Molly's first time running full time on a team.
She earned Top Flight I & II.
Fire Balls Double Shots
Bonita hit it big in the raffle, winning a TV.