From the Executive Director:
First, and foremost, I hope all our flyball members and their families are continuing to
stay safe and healthy during the challenges presented by 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 disease 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.
The NAFA Board of Directors met this weekend and discussed the timing of returning to
racing. Many factors were considered:
- Current rates of infection in the United States and Canada
- What has happened as schools, universities and sporting events have tried to
reopen even with safety measures in place
- Decisions by major athletic organizations such as the Big Ten and Pac-12 NCAA
Football Conferences both deciding to cancel the fall season
- Overlapping Influenza and COVID-19 seasons in the Fall and early Winter
I want to provide our host clubs and participants as much lead time for planning as
possible, therefore based on the current situation, NAFA will be suspending flyball
events through the end of January 2021. We will look to provide another tournament sanctioning status update in early October.
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.
North American Flyball Association, Executive Director
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 judges.