About Southern Cross
Southern Cross Flyball Club Inc. was formed in March 2006 so it's members could train and compete in Flyball, a fast and exciting dog sport that is enjoyed by both dogs, and their owners.
Though we train at Fairfield Showground in western Sydney, our club competes in competitions all over NSW and interstate, at many agricultural shows and pet events, including the Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra Royal shows, as well as our annual Flyball Nationals.
Flyball is a relay race between two teams of four dogs. There are two runs set up side by side. One dog from each team has to race over four jumps, trigger a box that releases a ball, catch that ball and return over all four jumps, carrying the ball to a start/finish gate where the next dog waits.
Flyball is a team sport. Each team consists of four running dogs, racing in each heat plus two up to two reserve dogs that can be interchanged after each heat. There are between three and five heats per race. The team who wins the best of 5 (or the best of 3 for veteran dogs over 7 years old), wins the race.
Flyball encompasses all the things that dogs love to do (running, jumping, retrieving) and all dogs are eligible to compete. Titles are awarded by the Australian Flyball Association according to the number of points a dog has earned. To gain 1 point, a dog must run on a team where all 4 dogs successfully completely a clean run. If the team runs clean and wins the heat, the dogs are awarded an extra point each.
Gaining 5 points will earn the dog the title of Flyball Dog (FD), 20 points earns the title of Flyball Dog Excellent (FDX). Flyball Dog Champion (FDCH) is awarded at 50 points, Australian Flyball Champion (AFCh) at 150 points, Flyball Master (FM) at 400 points, Flyball Master Excellent (FMX) at 700 points, Flyball Master Champion (FMCh) at 1000 points, ONYX (named after the first dog to achieve the title) at 1300 points, Flyball Dog Grand Champion (FDGCh) at 2000 points, Jeddah (again, named after the first dog to achieve the title) at 3000 points and Ezri at 4000 points.