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Winners of the design contests!

Kim Davis
 

NAFA is proud to announce the winners of the two design contests for this year!

 

Elizabeth Olson’s design was selected for this year’s Junior Participant pin!

 

Merrilee Payne’s (Region 5) design was selected for this year’s CanAm Flyball Classic t-shirt design contest!

 

Congratulations to both!

 

 


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CanAm 2019 Livestream

Emma Mak
 

CanAm Livestream!

This year's livestream will again be produced by 4 Legged Flix. Broadcasting will be on Saturday and Sunday in the Red and Blue rings. Safe travels everyone!

https://www.youtube.com/user/4LeggedFlix

Check out the first quarterly issue of NAFAblog articles from NAFA's Communications Committee

Emma Mak
 

'Flyball Returns to the 2019 Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge' by Jayne McQuillen
https://nafaflyball.com/NAFAblog/2019/10/04/flyball-returns-to-the-2019-purina-pro-plan-incredible-dog-challenge/
- Find out more about this fun, successful event from a participant.

'Flyball Road Trips:  18 Things to Know Before You Go' by Dede Crough
https://nafaflyball.com/NAFAblog/2019/10/03/flyball-road-trips-18-things-to-know-before-you-go/
- Packing for CanAm?  Here's an article for you.

'The Man Behind the New EJS Start Lights' by Emma Mak
https://nafaflyball.com/NAFAblog/2019/09/30/get-to-know-nafa-people/
- Includes a picture and video of the new lights in action.

Last Call for Nominations for NAFA Election! Deadline is 11:59 CDT on September 30th

Emma Mak
 

Elections this year are for Executive Director, Board of Directors (three positions), Judge of the Year, Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame (up to two inductees) and Regional MVPs!
 

All nominations must be received to the Nominating Committee no later than 11:59 CDT on September 30, 2019.

You can find the online nomination forms here:

http://www.nafaflyball.com/database/nomination_hof.php  (for Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame)

http://www.nafaflyball.com/database/nomination_joy.php  (for Judge of the Year)

http://www.nafaflyball.com/database/nomination_mvp.php  (for Regional MVP)

http://www.flyball.org/nafa_elections.shtml (for Executive Director & Board of Directors).

Once your nomination has been submitted you should expect to receive an emailed acknowledgement from NAFA within 24 hours.  If you do not receive this acknowledgement, please let us know.  Please direct any questions you have to the chair of the nominating committee, Terry McClean, at nominees@...

Thank you,

NAFA Nominating Committee

CanAm Flyball Classic apparel is now available!

Kim Davis
 

Please visit https://mylogoshop.com/nafacanam/ to purchase.

Thank you,
North American Flyball Association

CanAm Gift Basket Exchange

Kim Davis
 

For those clubs headed to CanAm - Don't forget about the CanAm gift basket exchange!

The deadline is Sunday, September 15th.

You can fill out the form here:


Thank you!

Update on Proposed Changes to Measuring Plan

Lynda Mantler
 

Update on Proposed Changes to Measuring Plan


Since the last announcement about measuring, the ED asked all RDs to solicit feedback from competitors regarding the culture of measuring height dogs in each region, and competitors’ concerns about the mandatory measuring plan outlined earlier this summer.   

Based on this feedback, and the excellent suggestions we’ve received from individual competitors, the board now has a revised plan for measuring after meeting in-person on September 7th, 2019


MANDATORY MEASURING ON HOLD

A big concern we heard was, if measuring is to be mandatory, it needs to be made easier on dogs and competitors.  Although the whole board agrees that mandatory measuring is a positive step, NAFA doesn’t want to put up barriers for people wanting to participate in Multibreed and Regular.  To that end, we are putting the requirement for mandatory measuring, which was to take effect on October 1, 2020, on hold indefinitely as we continue to evaluate other options and devices for measuring withers (see below).


MAKING MEASURING EASIER

First and foremost, we have been investigating a new type of measuring device for withers’ measurement.  We are very excited about the results so far.  Practice measurements using a small group of volunteers, some of whom had dogs that had never been measured before, resulted in overwhelmingly positive feedback. 

It’s an affordable laser device that is easy for the judge to use and set up.  The dog is measured on a level table, no wall is needed.  The only thing that contacts the dogs is a small handset which is gently placed on the withers of the dog.  There is no arm that needs to swing over the dog’s head.  Handlers are able to stand at either side and the readout is clearly visible from both sides.  Its ease of use enables the judge to focus on clearly seeing whether the dog is standing in the stance required by the rule book (required stance was clarified as of October 1st, 2017). 

The board saw the device in action at the September 7th meeting.  We evaluated the device based on the following criteria:

1. Safety – is the laser device safe for competitors and dogs.

2. Modifications – will we be able to find an affordable solution to make the readout more user friendly and larger.

3. Ease of use – is it easy to set up properly for judges, and is measuring easier on the judge, handler and dog.

The next step is to have this device at an upcoming local event this October and get feedback from more volunteers.  However, we are not putting all our eggs in one basket - we’re continuing to investigate other withers’ measuring devices (including pre-set wickets) and suggestions for making measuring easier and less stressful for everyone.

GRANDFATHERING DOGS


At the April meeting, the decision was made not to grandfather dogs, however, based on the feedback we’ve received, we are considering grandfathering dogs.








TRUSTING JUDGES


The intention of moving to mandatory measurement by Certified Measuring Judges (CMJs), in our original plan, was never to devalue tournament judges.  Anyone who has hosted or even attended a tournament knows the judges are crucial to the sport.    It was rather to back up and take the pressure off judges, and restore the NAFA Community’s overall trust when it comes to measuring.


However, the logistics of sending out-of-region CMJs out regularly to the regions is onerous and so we need a compromise.  If mandatory measuring is implemented, we no longer plan to require mandatory measuring of height dogs every six months until a CMJ measurement is obtained.  


If mandatory measuring moves ahead, these are some of the items under consideration:


1.  A measuring training program available to all judges, to be launched before mandatory measuring is put into place.  The program will focus on getting judges, across all regions, on the same page regarding the stance and skills needed for proper measuring moving forward.  


2.  Measurement by a CMJ will still be available, as outlined in the current rule book, and will continue to mean a dog’s jump height will no longer be challengeable, for life.  


3.  Official Measurement(s) by a tournament judge, and/or a CMJ Measurement will be displayed on a dog’s CRN page, so that everyone has easy access to this information.



LOWERING JUMP HEIGHTS


Based on feedback, the board decided to put the lowering of jump heights from 5” below the withers, to 6” below the withers and lowering the minimum jump height to 6” to a delegate vote in this upcoming election.  The results will be announced at the AGM in January.

    


Attention All CanAm Open Teams Entered!

Kim Davis
 

If you have other clubs running as part of your line up, please let us know as soon as you can!

Those club names will also be part of this year's t-shirt design!

Please send an email to marketing@... with your club name and any other club that may be part of your Open team!

Thank you,
NAFA Marketing

Don't forget! Get your NAFA nominations in!

Kim Davis
 

Elections this year are for Executive Director, Board of Directors (three positions), Judge of the Year, Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame (up to two inductees) and Regional MVPs!

All nominations must be received no later than September 30, 2019.  

You can find the online nomination forms here:

http://www.nafaflyball.com/database/nomination_hof.php  (for Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame)

http://www.nafaflyball.com/database/nomination_joy.php  (for Judge of the Year)

http://www.nafaflyball.com/database/nomination_mvp.php  (for Regional MVP)

http://www.flyball.org/nafa_elections.shtml (for Executive Director & Board of Directors).

Once your nomination has been submitted you should expect to receive an emailed acknowledgement from NAFA within 24 hours.  If you do not receive this acknowledgement, please let us know.  Please direct any questions you have to the chair of the nominating committee, Terry McClean, at nominees@...

Thank you.

NAFA Nominating Committee

We'd still like to hear from NAFA Clubs that are Recruiting New Members or Offering Lessons!

Emma Mak
 

We have several clubs from Regions 2, 6, 7, 8, 14 & 20 featured on the 'Clubs Recruiting or Offering Lessons' section of the new NAFAblog.  We'd like at least a few clubs from each region.  Our goal:  to enable potential flyballers to connect with clubs willing to bring new people into the sport, especially as people will be tuning in 2:30 PM EST on ESPN2 to watch 'Flyball:  The Ultimate Dog Relay'.

If your club would like to be featured there are now two ways to make the request:

It's very quick and easy for us to get these feature articles published.  Help us to promote your club while growing excitement in NAFA Flyball!

Also - please make sure your Flyball Locator contact info is up-to-date.  Club website, contact email, club Facebook page are all great ways for people to contact you.  You can check your club is up-to-date here:
http://flyball.org/getstarted/index.shtml

Thank you,
NAFA Communications Committee

Attention NAFA Clubs! We want to feature you...

Emma Mak
 

NAFA is anticipating a boost of publicity soon - a live flyball demo at ESPN studios alongside a show featuring Lone Star Ruffneck's Let Freedom Race Tournament is set for broadcast August 24th!

We'd like to translate this into getting potential flyballers reaching out and getting started in this sport we all love!  Please go to the NAFA Locator and check that your club's info is up-to-date.  Updates can be sent to locator@....
 
Are you a NAFA club looking for new members OR can offer introductory flyball lessons?  It could be that your club is at capacity, but you can offer lessons and direct people to other clubs in your region.  If this sounds like you - we'd like to create a feature article for you on the new NAFABlog!  There will be a link to the blog from the main page of www.flyball.org and from the NAFA Locator.
 
The NAFABlog https://nafaflyball.com/NAFAblog is a new initiative by the Communications Committee that will regularly feature general articles of interest to the NAFA Community.  More on that to come.
 
Each club that wishes to have a feature article written on them should contact the NAFA Communication Committee at CC@....  We're looking for:
 
1. A fun picture that represents your club - we'd love a pic that shows who you are and what your club is all about!  Please make sure you have permission for use.
2. Some fun facts about your club that make you unique and special!  
3. Where you practice (city, state).
4. Contact information (this could be a link to your website, an email address or phone number).
 
See the attached pic or check out the actual blog for examples of a couple of clubs that have already volunteered to be featured:
 


Regards,
Emma Mak
NAFA Communications Committee

CanAm 2019 Gift Basket Exchange!

Kim Davis
 

It’s time to start thinking about the annual CanAm Classic Gift Basket Exchange!

 

This is a great way for your club to meet clubs from other regions. Each participating club would both give and receive a basket. We will assign clubs to each other and let you know in advance to whom you are giving your basket.

 

What should you include? Use your creativity and imagination! It can be a theme basket of items that are only found in your region, state or province. It could be a snack basket for the people. Or, perhaps you want to give something that is just for the dogs. It doesn't have to be extravagant, just something fun you want to share. Don't have a basket? No worries, just put the items in a gift bag.

 

If your club would like to be included in the meet and greet exchange, please visit https://forms.gle/WCjUBccrFhUKetgr5 and fill out the form to register by September 15th.

 

The form should include your club name, region, state and the size of your club (how many people are attending the CanAm). If you’ve participated in the exchange before and it’s convenient, please include who you’ve been paired with previously in the “Additional Comments” section of the form.

 

We will let you know what club you will be paired with and the number of people in attendance for that club, so that you can plan and make purchases for your basket/bag.

 

There will be no organized time for the gift basket exchange. Each club will deliver their baskets at their own convenience while attending CanAm.

 

Email canamgbexchange@... if you have any questions.

 

Thank you!

 

Jon Bescher

CanAm Gift Basket Exchange Coordinator

CanAm entries close tomorrow night!

Kim Davis
 

Don’t forget to get those entries in by midnight CST August 6th!

Entry link can be found here — NAFA® CanAm Classic 2019 - Team Registration!

If you are paying in USD please consider choosing the ACH option. This method does not use PayPal and ensures your payment is credited to YOUR entry without fail. 

 
When you choose ACH as a payment method you will receive an emailed invoice from NAFA with a link to pay electronically from your checking account. This is an automated process powered by Quickbooks which allows your secure payment to be applied to your entry immediately and automatically.

Invoicing you for your entry fees is significantly faster, easier and less stressful for Karen.
 
Consider sponsoring a division for as little as $25 this year. More information can be found here NAFA CanAm Classic - Division Sponsors

Thank you!


On the road with an iPhone!

NAFA Election Nominations opened August 1st!

Kim Davis
 

Elections this year are for Executive Director, Board of Directors (three positions), Judge of the Year, Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame (up to two inductees) and Regional MVPs!


All nominations must be received no later than September 30, 2019.  

You can find the online nomination forms here:

http://www.nafaflyball.com/database/nomination_hof.php  (for Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame)

http://www.nafaflyball.com/database/nomination_joy.php  (for Judge of the Year)

http://www.nafaflyball.com/database/nomination_mvp.php  (for Regional MVP)

  http://www.flyball.org/nafa_elections.shtml (for Executive Director & Board of Directors).

Once your nomination has been submitted you should expect to receive an emailed acknowledgement from NAFA within 24 hours.  If you do not receive this acknowledgement, please let us know.  Please direct any questions you have to the chair of the nominating committee, Terry McClean, at nominees@....                   


Thank you.

NAFA Nominating Committee

NAFA Honor Boards!

Kim Davis
 

Want to memorialize your first Flyball dog, your club, a team or team mate? You can order a plate to be displayed on the NAFA Honor Boards at CanAm each year. 

The closing deadline for your plate information to be displayed at this year’s CanAm Classic, is August 6th.

Check out the details at http://flyball.org/database/honorboard_entry.php

You may also choose to honor your dog's other activities, such as obedience, agility, etc. The only requirement is that the dog, person or team you wish to honor is NAFA affiliated. Entries will be displayed as submitted on each plate, once approved by NAFA staff.

Please note, the size and height of the letters on each line will be dictated by the number of letters per line. Four to five lines of type are suggested for a single plate.


You can view a few of the existing honor boards and their plates here: http://flyball.org/database/canamhonorboard.html


Any questions can be sent to honorboard@...

 

Thank you!

Plaque spelling still needed

Annie Taylor
 

Good Morning-

I am still in need of plaque spelling confirmation from the following teams:

Region 2::

Extreme Chaos (503) 
Double Impact (247) 
Instant Replay (155) 
Just Practicing (1010) 
K-9 Thunder (55) 
Pretty Darn Quick (854)
The Ball Snatchers (816)

Region 3:
Happy Hurdlers (30) 
High Velocity (574) 
Power UN-leashed (1068)

Region 4:
Canine Dirt Diggers (85)
Harmony Flyball (975) 
Mostly Harmless (937)
Outrun (899) 
Ruff Position (459)
Rapids Intens-A-Flyrs (631)

Region 7:

Cascade Comets (215) 
The Flying Squad (575)

Region 8:
Can-Do Agility Team (52) 
Diamonds in the Ruff (470) 
Good2Go Flyball (525) 
High Octane Flyball (1021)
Holeshot Racers (734) 
Inner Drive (553)
Ruff Riders (78) 
Wild (858) 

Region 9:

Double Dog Dare (583) 
Fayetteville Freedom Flyers (838) 
First In Flight (223)
New River Rapids (805)

Region 10:

On My Go! (1002)

Region 12:
Aftershock (853) 
Bark'n Mad Flyball (668) 
Tailwind Flyball Club (542)

Region 13:
2 Fast Fur U (763) 
Mass Chaos (965)

Region 14:

Droolin Dragsters (657)
Georgia Accelerators (1046)
North Alabama Box Rockers (924)

Region 15:
Great Balls of Fire (312) 
Hard Drive (834) 
Kinetic (928)
Scallywags (751) 
TGIF (768)
Two-Lane Highway (558) 
Underdogs Flyball (988)

Region 16:

Hot Rod Hounds (536) 
Pacific Pups (904)
Silver Streaks (411)

Region 19:

Denver Speed Demons (810) 
RUFF (401) 
Fly Ball Insanity (508)
Phantom Flyers (811) 
RUFF (401)

REgion 20:
Fly Ball Insanity (508) 
Ready Set Go (755) 
The K9 Unit (1013)







Andrea L. "Annie" Taylor
North American Flyball Association, Inc. (R) Awards and Scoring
Fuller's Mesquite Moxie "Moxie Princess" BC Onyx, TFWC
Tattle   Evil~Rotten  BS FM, TFP II
Stormfront's Advanced Warning "Siren"  FDCH-S, TFE I
Stormfront's Boy with a Golden Ticket "Charlie"  Crazy rescue puppy 
And my Angels Thoroughly enjoying life at the bridge
Stormfront's Too Cool For You ! "Ice"  aka - Piggy FDCH-S, TF-III 11/27/09~1/13/12
OT's Unbridled Twitch  "Twitterpate" FM, TFFC  5/24/08~ 5/29/13
Lacey Jane BC FG40K, TFPI (Best Black, White, Brown Dog Ever!)     8/4/2000~ 6/3/2013
Ruckus Border/Border FG60K, TFFC-I   7/18/2001~1/17/2018

Design Contests!

Kim Davis
 

Both have closed for entries as of last night, July 15th.

Thank you for the entries we've received and we look forward to selecting this year's Junior Pin and CanAm Event T-shirt designs!

Thank you.
Kim Davis
NAFA Marketing

CanAm Classic 2019 Registration is open!

Emma Mak
 

If you are paying in USD please consider choosing the ACH option. This method does not use PayPal and ensures your payment is credited to YOUR entry without fail. 

 
When you choose ACH as a payment method you will receive an emailed invoice from NAFA with a link to pay electronically from your checking account. This is an automated process powered by Quickbooks which allows your secure payment to be applied to your entry immediately and automatically. 
Invoicing you for your entry fees is significantly faster, easier and less stressful for Karen.
 
Consider sponsoring a division for as little as $25 this year. More information can be found here NAFA CanAm Classic - Division Sponsors

Get your entries in for this year's CanAm T-Shirt Design Contest!

Kim Davis
 

The competition is still open, so send in your designs to marketing@....

Closing for entries is Midnight, July 15th.

 

Visit http://www.nafacanam.com/logocontest.html for details!

 

Thank you and good luck!

 

Junior Handlers, don't forget! The deadline to turn in your pin design is Monday, July 15th!

Kim Davis
 

The competition is still open! Send in your design to  marketing@...

Designs must include "2020 NAFA Junior Participant". The overall pin size will be 1" - 1.5" wide/tall.

The competition closes at Midnight, July 15th, 2019!

Visit http://www.flyball.org/jrpincontest.html for additional details and previous pins.


Thank you,

NAFA