My name is Janine Redman and together with a few stalwart helpers we run the Hampshire Harriers Flyball teams. We train on the border of Hampshire and Dorset and compete across the Southern part of the UK. Our club caters for people who wish to have fun and those who wish to have fun and compete.
For those of you who would like to get into the competitive side please have a look at the BFA website first.
Hampshire Harriers is our primary team and then we have several secondary teams. The Hounds, Hogs , Hopefuls and Hooligans are normal teams and then the Hampshire Hawkers is a multibreed team. A multibreed team can only race with one of each of four different breeds and only one can be a crossbreed.
Each team has a seed time which is the fastest time the team has raced at over the preceeding 3 months. The racing is divided into divisions so each team races against other teams which run at approximately the same speed to make the competition more fair and even.
Most competitions are run as round robins with five or six teams in a division. Half of the races of each division are run in the morning and half in the afternoon so a commitment to go racing involves a whole day.
The sanctioned flyball racing requires owners and dogs to be registered with the BFA. This is not expensive but must be done before a dog is raced. Failure to register means that none of the other team members will be awarded points for racing.
Starters flyball is for those people new to the sport who want to see if they and their dogs will enjoy racing. There are often starters competitions run alongside sanctioned competitions once the main racing has finished. Sometimes there are specific starters races. These may be run with netting or wings to help the dogs during their first taste of racing.