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About Us

Flyball 101

Flyball is a relay race with 4 dogs on a team. The racing “course” consists of a starting line, 4 hurdles spaced 10 feet apart, and a flyball box. The dogs jump the hurdles and step on a spring loaded plate on the box front, which shoots out a tennis ball. The dog catches the tennis ball and then runs back over the 4 hurdles. When the dog crosses the starting line the next dog on the team runs the course. The first team to have all 4 dogs run up & back without errors wins the heat.

Flyball is loud, fast-paced, and a lot of fun. As a wise person once said: "if Agility is a wine & cheese party, Flyball is a kegger!"

There are two leagues for Flyball in North America: the North American Flyball Association (NAFA), and the United Flyball League International (U-FLi). Flyball is also played all over the world, with leagues in the United Kingdom, Germany, Finland, New Zealand, Japan, and more!

Pembroke Welsh Corgi jumping off a flyball box with a tennis ball in his mouth.
Photo of Hairier Jump Jets flyball team in pink t-shirts and dark pants, with 7 dogs.

Who We Are

Hairier Jump Jets was formed as part of the Tidewater Dog Performance Club in 1995. Although TDPC is no longer, HJJ has continued on as dedicated Flyball team ever since. Two of our current members have been with HJJ since the beginning!

How We Train

We train on Sundays at our practice facility in Sedley, VA. New dogs start off getting familiar with the flyball lane and practicing recalls to their human partners. We go at each dog's own pace and using the training approach that works best for each dog. 

Roxy at CanAm 2022. Photo Credit: Altitude Dog Photos, 2022.
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