Ballistic Racers recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by the Union Tribune.  A big hank you to the Union Tribune for taking the time to learn more about us, and the fantastic sport of flyball!

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6269 Ramona 05-23-09

by Brian Matsumoto, Team Captain

In flyball your dog will receive great exercise and mental stimulation, and have more fun than ever before. He doesn’t know the difference between practice and a tournament, other than tournaments have unfamiliar dogs and his master is very excited. Your dog is having fun just running the course and pleasing you, not necessarily noticing that he is even racing against another team and another dog. (more…)

On May 23rd and 24th, 2009, Ballistic Racers participated in the U-FLI flyball tournament held in Ramona. It was a very successful tournament with six dogs making their debuts.

On Saturday, Indie, Bailey, Dennis, Molly, Sasha, Chloe and Jessie all ran singles races. One of the best aspects of the U-FLI tournaments, is the singles racing. Singles allows new dogs that may not be quite ready for the team relay to still race. It’s a great way for novice dogs to get their feet wet without affecting or being affected by the pressure of team racing

On Sunday, Dennis ran with the team consisting of Zippy, Blast, Makaso, Rex, Herbie and Remy. Bailey and Indie ran pairs, while Molly, Jessie, Sasha, Chloe, and Jag ran singles.

It was fun and exciting to see so many new dogs doing so well.

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By Brian Matsumoto, Ballistic Racers Team Captain

Often people ask me, “What is so fun about flyball?” I give them many reasons for the enjoyment we get from flyball. When watching this game, one can’t help but notice that all the dogs are having a great time. They are not quiet, but are instead enthusiastically barking their heads off as if to say, “Look, it’s my turn!”

Flyball is definitely a sport for the dogs. Handlers are important too, but remember once you send your dog, he is running and jumping by himself on his way to catching a ball from a machine that is at least fifty-one feet away from him, and in most cases, even farther. Once your dog crosses the start line, he uses everything he has learned from practice to make the right choices as he races back to you. Your dog’s confidence will increase in many areas, not just flyball; it will transfer over to other dog sports such as agility (greater speed and drive) and to everyday life (calmer, with more self-assurance).

One of the best things about flyball is that some dogs can learn it in a matter of months. At this point, your dog is obviously still a beginner and won’t be the best dog on the team, but he will have enough skills to race at tournaments. As he competes with the team, he earns points toward his titles. Team members work together to learn and support each other, as earning points can only be done with everyone’s cooperation.

A tournament is quite an event, lasting an entire weekend. Our team member Linda calls it “flyball camping.” We do in fact, set up a camp consisting of several EZ Ups, which provide shade for our dogs. Dogs rest in crates (often with fans), and there are chairs and tables for people. Everyone brings a potluck dish to share, so we have a nice breakfast and a fantastic noontime barbecue. At the end of the day, winning teams usually receive dog toys for placing first, second or third, and points have been accrued towards that next title.

As you can see, flyball tournaments are a blast! Our dogs go home tired and relaxed after a weekend of non-stop fun. As team members, we get to eat like kings and spend time with our flyball family of friends. Whether we are teaching a new dog to jump over his first hurdle, competing in a nose to nose race, or enjoying a delicious barbecue, we are always having fun with our dogs!

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

Go Team, Go!!