July 2009


On June 13th and 14th 2009, Ballistic Racers competed in the NAFA FLYBY 2009 Tournament, held in Bonita, California at Sweetwater Summit Park. It was a fun and successful tournament. On Saturday our Bullet Dogs team finished in first place. On Sunday, we tied for first with two other teams! Our fastest time of the day was used as the tie breaker, putting us in second place. Our team of new dogs, Rocket Racers, did very well too. Many of the dogs had never run on a team and had great first time successes. As always, our dogs had fun, we had fun, and we ate some great food at our barbecue!

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As Captains, we are extremely proud of our team, Ballistic Racers. Flyball is a sport which requires dedication on the part of the handler as well as the dog. Coming to weekly practice, setting aside time for racing, and preparing for tournaments are chores we all have to face as members of a flyball team. Some members have even been coming to practice twice a week!

Ballistic Racers is less than two years old, and we already have two teams racing, with a third in the making. We have been competing against teams which have been established for a decade or more, and have been able to place first, second or third. Some of our dogs have only been practicing for a few months, and are already good solid dogs, receiving titles and medals. Of course some dogs take longer than others, but dedication is the name of the game. Those repetitions imprint the knowledge in the dog’s memory so they will remember for extended periods of time.

Even though we spend hours training, our team goal is to have fun. We have great times at practice, doing demos, and at tournaments. Whether we are enjoying one of our fabulous barbecues, practicing box turns, or helping new dogs learn the jumps, we want everyone to have fun. As you can see from our newsletter, website, and videos, we and our dogs have fun!

Brian and Joanne Matsumoto

Ballistic Racers Flyball Captains

Go Ballistic!!


Hello fellow team members and guest readers! We’d like to welcome all of you to the official newsletter and blog of the Ballistic Racers Flyball Team. Here is where you will find everything you need keep up to date in the flyball world. We will be bringing you lots of exciting photos of our team dogs in action, great shots of our fun-loving members, home practice tips, professional articles from experts in the field of dog sports and dog health, and much more! Subscribe to The Ballistic Times via our RSS feed and get instant e-mail notification whenever something new is posted in The Ballistic Times. Love the photos? Want to share your enthusiasm? We encourage you to let us know you visited us at The Ballistic Times and leave a comment! We look forward to hearing from you.

Below is a video from the NAFA Sweetwater Tournament. Photos to follow soon!!

Go Team, Go!!


Noted border collie flyball athlete Contact Point’s Rip Tide Zip (AKA “Zippy”) relaxes after exercising in the pool.

Beardie Demo 540