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3/28/2020
All,
First, and foremost, I hope all our flyball members and their families are safe and healthy during the challenges presented by the the COVID-19 pandemic. These are certainly trying times for everyone, and we’ve continued to monitor the health recommendations by the CDC, Health Canada, as well as guidance provided by leading infectious diseases medical experts. While we would all prefer to be out playing flyball in a safe and healthy manner, our first priority is the health and welfare of our members and the communities that we all live in. Currently we’ve suspended events through the end of April, and I would like to provide an update for future months, as I want to provide our host clubs and participants as much lead time for planning as possible.

Based on the current projections for increases in COVID-19 cases, NAFA will be suspending flyball events through the end of May, 2020. At this point I won’t be making a commitment for the month of June, as information is changing so rapidly and it’s incredibly hard to predict that landscape at this time. However I do not feel confident we will be able to have flyball available at that time. We will look to provide an update on June by a mid-April timeframe.

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions. I hope everyone remains safe, and I look forward to the time when we can all meet in the lanes.

Sincerely,

Neil Flood
North American Flyball Association, Executive Director

The minutes from the January 17th, 2020 have been posted.

The AGM minutes from the January 18, 2020 have been posted.

Comment period for Supervising Judge application for Amy Brubaker Stewart, Durham, NC is now open.

The NAFA Judges Committee has received an application for supervisory judging status from Amy Brubaker Stewart of Durham, NC. Comments on this applicant should be directed to the Judges Committee at judges@flyball.org.

Comments received will be reviewed by the Judges Committee and the Board of Directors. Names will remain private unless permission is granted for them to be disseminated to the applicant. The Committee will make a recommendation to the Board of Directors for consideration at the next board meeting.

  • Effective October 1, 2009, the Board adopted new rules on considering applications for supervising judges. The rules were adopted to give the Judges Committee and Board of Directors the opportunity to make a more informed decision on supervising judge applications. The new rules call for notice of the application to be posted on the NAFA® webpage for a period, ideally of seven days, to allow for comment to the Board. Applicants are also required to meet with the Judges Committee via teleconference to discuss his or her application.
  • Prospective judges must possess all of the best qualities one could want in a Supervising Judge . . . fairness, firmness, safety minded, a good attitude to the sport, the participants, the spectators, a sense of responsibility to the sport and as a representative of NAFA.
  • Prospective judges must be willing and able to mentor new and apprentice judges, answering questions, challenging apprentices, and generally overseeing the education of the new judge. The sharing of experiences and the ability to explain rulings and other nuances of the sport are an absolute must. Prospective judges must have excellent measuring skills since his or her measurement is the deciding factor for any height cards. It is understood that the meeting of all of the necessary criteria for Supervisory status does not mean an automatic approval by the Board of Directors. It is not the intention of the Board to appoint great numbers of Supervisory Judges in any area.

3/16/2020 - Information and guidance on the COVID19 Pandemic continues to evolve, and we continue to monitor and asses the situation as it pertains to our organization. Our primary goal is the health and safety of our membership. Recent updates from the CDC is advising against gatherings of 50 or more people for the next 8 weeks.

Due to the average attendance at our events, and the diverse nature of our participants, we feel it prudent to align with their recommendation, and all NAFA events will be cancelled through April 26th, 2020. Thus far many of our venues have been very understanding and returned deposits to the clubs. If you club is having a problem, please reach out to us for anything we can assist with. We will continue to provide updates as necessary as the situation and governmental guidance is constantly evolving.

3/13/2020 - With information on the COVID19 virus being updated daily, and considering new and important information from Health Services Departments in the Provinces and States that we play in, we’ve made the decision to cancel NAFA events for at least the next two weeks. There will be no NAFA flyball through 3/23. Events schedule the weekend of 3/27 are still under the discretion of the host club, and NAFA continues to monitor the situation based on the last information we have available to us. To the best of our knowledge teams and members that are traveling to events this weekend have already been notified. The situation is constantly changing and we will continue to monitor the information as we make decisions on future events.

Our primary concern is for the health and well being of our members, and we don’t feel we have enough information to make the decision that gathering to race will be a safe experience for everyone involved.

NAFA will work with host clubs on financial burdens imposed upon them with respect to potential lost rental fees and/or deposits. As necessary we will assist in working with facilities on those fees. We are a really a small but tight community and as much as possible we would like to encourage everyone to help share the burden placed up on the host clubs that had their events cancelled. Through no fault of their own they bear more of the brunt of this, and we would encourage us to each assist in bearing that burden so we can continue to move forward as a group. Remember these clubs may not simply be out rental money, but for many hosting a tournament was a means to raise funds so they could play flyball throughout the year. There is a wide array of ways to help, among them donating raffle items, or offering clubs reduced entries at future events.  

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Skidmarkz (Region 21) - Regular
Fur Fun (Region 9) - Multibreed
 
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Border Patrol ran a 14.433 at Some Ruff Competition's Rockfest #6 Flyball tournament Sunday in Rockton, ON June 5th, 2016! View the video. This new world record was confirmed and validated. Visit the World Records page for additional details. Rocket Relay ran a 14.852 at the Rocket Relay Ancaster, ON flyball tournament Saturday, July 25, 2015! View the video. This new multibreed world record was confirmed and validated. Visit the World Records page for additional details.
 
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