The NAFA Board of Directors held a teleconference on Sunday, June 7, 2020 to discuss the feasibility of hosting our premier event, the CanAm Classic on October 9-11, 2020 in Indianapolis, IN.
After much consideration and discussion on how to safely and responsibly hold the event in the best interest
of all participants in light of current COVID-19 restrictions, the Board voted unanimously to cancel CanAm 2020.
The invaluable feedback provided by club owners and the NAFA community via the poll indicated that the
majority of respondents would not attend CanAm 2020.
Aside from the current limitations on public gatherings, the Board discussed the various issues raised by
participants ranging from crossing State and International borders, as well as the current physical condition of dogs who have seen limited racing this year.
The safety of our community and of our dogs will always be at the forefront of our decisions. We will miss
connecting with friends old and new, and the excitement that CanAm brings every year. May you stay safe and
healthy as we look forward to CanAm 2021.
Tournaments suspended through September 30, 2020.
We hope this finds our flyball family staying safe and healthy as we all navigate our way through these tumultuous times.
During a Board of Director's teleconference held on Sunday, June 7, 2020, the NAFA Board, in conjunction with Executive Director Neil Flood, has unanimously decided to suspend all tournaments through September 30, 2020.
While many states and provinces have begun increasing the number of people allowed to gather at one time, the team aspect of flyball makes it extremely difficult to follow social distancing guidelines. While clubs may, at their own discretion, elect to hold practices or even scrimmages, ultimately the Board decided against sanctioning any tournaments for the remainder of the 2020 NAFA racing year in the best interest of competitors.
The Board of Directors will meet again in early August to evaluate the then current guidance from the WHO, CDC and Health Canada as well as
state/provincial regulations to determine sanctioning for the 2021 racing year beginning October 1, 2020. As a side note, the option to list a judge as
"TBD" has been added to the online sanctioning form for those clubs wishing to submit requests for the 2021 racing year.
While we all continue to miss playing flyball and seeing our friends at tournaments, the safety and well being of all is most important.
We hope to see everyone in the lanes soon.
Please take care and stay well.
BOX SIZE CHANGE
To encourage innovation in box design as our sport evolves, NAFA is relaxing box dimension restrictions
as of October 1, 2020.
The new maximum dimensions will be: 36'' wide x 24'' high x 36'' deep.
Boxes shall not exceed 36 inches in width, nor 24 inches in height from the bottom surface of the box
excluding mat grabbing devices/materials and outdoor staking devices. The body of the box shall not
exceed 36 inches in depth. The base that the boxloader stands on may exceed 36 inches.
AWARDS IMPACTED BY COVID-19
IRON DOG: The board has decided to waive the 'point earned' requirement in FY2020 (October 1, 2019 -
September 30, 2020) for the Iron Dog award. Dogs eligible to run in FY 2020 will be given credit for
fulfilling the one point earned requirement in FY2020.
We have an unprecedented situation this year with many tournaments being cancelled. As a result,
there are many clubs that have not and will not have the opportunity to participate in enough
tournaments to meet the minimum requirements for the overall NAFA Awards. The board felt that
parity was important when it came to these awards and therefore has come to the difficult decision that
there will be no NAFA Champion, Regional Champion or Regional Overall Club Champion awards in
FY2020. We will still go forward with awards for Regional MVP, Judge of the Year and Clyde Memorial
Hall of Fame.
JUDGES AND JUDGES IN TRAINING
The Board has decided to waive the minimum judging requirements for Approved and Supervising
Judges for FY2020.
In addition, Apprentice, and Provisional Judges, have been given an extension of 12 months to complete
their minimum assignments.
The Judges Committee plans to host a judge's video chat in the near future to touch base with our
officials. One of the topics will be to seek input regarding a continuing education program for all active