Flyball is a team sport in which two teams of four dogs compete against each other by running a straight course that includes jumping hurdles and retrieving balls. It is particularly appealing to high-energy dogs that enjoy retrieving and playing with balls. Flyball classes meet at the CDTC clubhouse on Saturday nights. All students are asked to help with the Club’s competition team.
Capital sponsors one flyball team, Capital Flyers. Additionally, Capital offers flyball classes.
Each class session is eight weeks and costs $80 for non-CDTC members.
To join a class (or the competition team if you have a trained flyball dog), email us.
Beginning Flyball introduces the dog and handler team to the equipment and basic skills, such as motivational recalls, ball retrieves, and jumping a series of jumps. Dogs are introduced to the Flyball box.
Requirements for CDTC Intermediate Flyball: To move up to Intermediate Flyball, the dog must be able to execute a series of four flyball jumps, retrieve a ball from the Flyball box and bring the ball back to the handler.
In Intermediate Flyball, students begin to improve Flyball skills by breaking down the sport into individual exercises. Dogs are taught to retrieve from a Flyball box and jump a series of four jumps.
Requirements for CDTC Advanced Flyball: To move up to Advanced Flyball, the dog must be able to execute the full Flyball course go over four jumps, retrieve a ball from the Flyball box, return over four jumps, and return the ball to the handler.
Advanced Flyball is for dogs who are ready to begin working with other dogs on a team. Dogs are being prepared for competition. Students must help with Capital’s team and attend a local tournament.
Requirements for CDTC Flyball Team: To move up to the Flyball Team, dogs must be able to successfully execute the Flyball course around distractions such as other dogs running nearby courses.
Competition Flyball Team
The Flyball Team is offered to a student when CDTC Flyball instructors feel that the dog is ready to compete. Dog and handler will be tested-in prior to acceptance. Students must commit to a regular training schedule. No fee is charged for participating on the team (tournament & demos). However, a class fee is charged for participating in the competition flyball class (practice & training sessions). Flyball Team members are also expected to participate and help with all team activities.