Here is the place to find out all you need to know about The Flying Scots.
We are a United Kingdom Flyball League registered flyball club based in West Lothian.
A growing group of dog lovers and friends, who meet to have fun with our dogs. We enjoy keeping our dogs fit and healthy and flyball is a great way of doing this.
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What is Flyball?
Flyball is a fast growing sport for dogs of any age or size, having a good level of fitness and a love of retrieving tennis balls.
The sport is governed by the UKFL under which competitions in Pre Cadet, Little League and eague ClassesL take place from the age of 12 months, although dogs have to be at least 15 months old before being eligible to compete in a UKFL Sanctioned Tournament.
The competition event is a relay race, where each team consists of 6 dogs and their handlers with 2 of the team in reserve, plus a 'box loader' and as in our case a ball-boy. No more than 8 people from one team are allowed in the arena at one time. Two teams then race against each other, on parallel courses, with the first dog having to clear 4 hurdles, retrieve a tennis ball triggered from the Flyball box, before returning over the same 4 hurdles, Penalties are applied if the dog drops the ball and does not retrieve it. When the dog crosses the starting line, the next dog is released, although careful timing has to be considered to avoid penalties by the judges for crossing too soon. No two dogs should be on the course at the same time. 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.
Heats consist of the best of 3 or 5 runs to decide the winner.