FLYBALL IS BACK AFTER THE PANDEMIC .......
The last tournament we took part in was in September 2019.
Following the easing of COVID restrictions, twentyone months later we have competed in our first show at Darley Moor on the 26th/27th June.
Quite a lot has changed .......
Dogs have retired, some have sadly gone to Rainbow Bridge but we are pleased to have many new dogs join which are making very good progress. The teams look quite different too and much effort has been put into training ahead of the reopening of tournaments so that fitness levels/team performances are up to scratch.
It was very satisfying to see all of the hard work pay off at Darley Moor where our three Open teams and Foundation team all enjoyed good results ......
Cheshire Set (Div 2) - 1st Place
Cheshire Chasers (Div 4) - 4th Place
Cheshire Wheatsheafs (Div 5) - 2nd Place
Cheshire Cheeses (Foundation) - 3rd Place
Here are the 'teamies'
WHAT IS FLYBALL ...........
Flyball is a fun sport for you and your dog.
Dogs of almost any age and size can take part, owners of any age and size can also take part!! If your dog is fit enough it can play flyball - you will also find you will get fitter too!
Ready to race .....
The only age restriction is that your dog must be at least 12 months old for starter competitions and 18 months old to take part in a sanctioned flyball tournament. This age restriction is purely to safeguard the dog's long term health.
Flyball is basically a team sport. Each squad can consist of up to 6 dogs and from this 4 are selected to take part in each heat. It is basically a relay race with 4 dogs and their owners/handlers in each team for that heat.
The 5th member of the team is the box loader and whilst they are not running one of the dogs they are critical to the team's performance and have to make sure the ball is ready and in the right place for each dog. They have to know the preference for EVERY dog in the team AND have to be very nimble fingered to reload the box in time for each dog.
The dogs race against a team in another lane over 4 hurdles, retrieve the ball from a box and return it to the handler, the next dog does the same and so on until all 4 dogs have run.
The winning team is the first to get all 4 dogs over the line without any faults.
The sport is the fastest growing dog sport in the country and it also played world wide, using the same rules, in countries as diverse as USA, Canada, Japan, Australia as well as many European countries.
It is a very social sport with most teams opting to "camp" at the various weekend tournaments - resulting in a lively social life for you and your dog.
ABOUT US .......
The Cheshire Set Flyball team was formed to promote the sport in Cheshire. All the founder members have been competing in competitions for a number of years and have won many awards between them.
We travel the length and breadth of the country to compete and have won many British Flyball Association coveted awards.
There is quite a social aspect to Flyball and during the summer months the team will usually pack up belongings and set up camp at the numerous competition venues around the country to take part in the fast and friendly sport.
The Cheshire Set have run breeds as diverse as Smooth Collie, Jack Russell, Spaniels and Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. We welcome any breed of dog including 'rescue dogs'and encourage them to take part. Many rescue dogs have gone on to be very successfull flyball dogs.
WE TRAIN AT THE CHESHIRE POLO CLUB GROUNDS 1/1A. FURTHER INFORMATION IS PROVIDED IN THE 'OUR SHOWS/TRAINING VENUE' PAGE.
IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT FLYBALL OR ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING OUR TRAINING SCHEME PLEASE USE THE CONTACT PAGE
SOME MORE TEAM PHOTOS ............
Taken at Olivers Mount August 2018
Taken at Drax August 2018
SOME OF OUR DOGS IN ACTION ....