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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

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

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.

    


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!

CanAm Flyball Classic apparel is now available!

Kim Davis
 

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

Thank you,
North American Flyball Association

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

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.

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

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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Plaque Spelling Confirmation needed. Regions 1-10

Annie Taylor
 

Good Evening- 

I need one member of each of the following teams to contact me to confirm spelling of handler and dog names.  
Thank you! 
Annie 

Region 2: 
Back Draft (603) 
Ballderdashers (63) 
Bee Town Stingers (1043) 
DOG-ON-IT (154) 
Instant Replay (155) 
Just Practicing (1010) 
K-9 Thunder (55) 
On The Fly (318) 
Pretty Darn Quick (854) 
Some Ruff Competition (46) 
Spirit Catchers (82) 
Spring Loaded (490) 
Zoom! (912) 

Region 3: 
Animal Inn (2) 
Balls Out (400) 
E-Z-Goin' (822) 


Region 4;
BC Boomerangs (142) 
Harmony Flyball (975) 
Outrun (899)

Region 5: 
Alamo Racing Canines (343) 
Barkworthy (885) 
K-9 Kommotion (89) 
Prime Time Flyball (1074) 
Run Dogs Run (1044) 
Texas Twisters (642) 
Top Dog Racers (180) 

Region 6: 
Arizona Supercharged (874) 
Crazy Train (757) 
SD Flyball (961) 
Surf City Flyball (848) 

Region 7: 
Cascade Comets (215) 
Dogwood Pacesetters (42) 
Engage (1084) 
Fierce Flyers Flyball Club (932) 
Kings (112) 

Region 8: 
Breakaway Flyball (1011) 
C.O.K.C. High Flyers (43) 
Can-Do Agility Team (52) 
Flyball N~R~G (674) 
Ruff Riders (78) 

Region 9: 
Carolina Overdrive (1087) 
DogGoneFast (233) 
Fur Fun (171) 
Go Dog Go (493) 
That's So Fetch (1072) 
Turbo Paws (978) 

Region 10:
Carleton County Flyball (849) 
F.A.M.E. (73) 
Fast 'n FURious (266) 
Maple Leaps (533) 
On My Go! (1002) 
Push Play! (643) 


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

Plaque spelling confirmation needed for Region 11-21

Annie Taylor
 

Good Evening-  I need one member of each team to contact me to confirm spelling of handler and dog's names.  

Thank you! 
Annie 

Region 11- 
Barkaholics (883) 
Jumpin' Jax (851) 
Tampa Bay Barkaneers (741) 

Region 12: 
Adrenaline Drive (942) 
Aftershock (853) 
Northern Power Paws (475) 
Redline Dogsports (684) 


Region 13: 
2 Fast Fur U (763) 

Region 14: 
Dixie Flyers (906) 
Droolin Dragsters (657) 
Music City Road Dogs (578) 
Smashville Speedsters (1066)

Region 15: 
 
Blue Ridge Blast (898) 
Happily Evfur After (797) 
Hard Drive (834) 
Kinetic (928) 
No Speed Limit (102) 
Revolution Flyball (461) 
Ruffin' It (946) 
TGIF (768) 
Two-Lane Highway (558) 

Region 16: 
SoCal Frequent Flyers (923) 

Region 18: 
Alaska Dogs Gone Wild (695) 

Region 20: 
Crossing Borders (1028) 
Fly Ball Insanity (508) 
Land Sharks (966) 
Muscle Memory (1019) 
Ready Set Go (755) 

Region 21: 
Disorderly Conduct (835) 
Omaha Speedracers (299) 

Thank you! 


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

View the upcoming election nominations!

Kim Davis
 

The upcoming election nominations for Judge of the Year, Regional MVPs, Clyde Moore Hall of Fame and Board of Directors can be found on the NAFA website.

You can also find them on NAFA's Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/NAFAFLYBALL/

Thank you!
North American Flyball Association

NAFA Board Candidate Online Chats

Emma Mak
 

NAFA Board Candidate Online Chats for this year's nominees are scheduled for the following dates and times:

Tuesday November 12 - 9pm EST
Tuesday November 26 - 8pm EST
Thursday December 12 - 9pm EST

Details about the chats and how to participate will follow.

Polls open December 1st. Election results will be announced at the January 18, 2020 AGM in Baltimore, MD

Plaque spelling confirmation still needed

Annie Taylor
 

Good Evening-  

I still need spelling confirmation of dog and handler's names for the following teams. You may replay to this email or email me directly at alynnta@...

Region2: 

Back Draft (603) 
Bee Town Stingers (1043) 
Just Practicing (1010) 
On The Fly (318) 
Zoom! (912) 

Region 4: 
BC Boomerangs (142) 
Harmony Flyball (975) 
Outrun (899) 

Region 6: 
Arizona Supercharged (874) 
SD Flyball (961) 
Surf City Flyball (848) 

Region 7: 
Apupalyptic Flyball (1031) 
Cascade Comets (215) 
Dogwood Pacesetters (42) 

Region 8: 
C.O.K.C. High Flyers (43) 
Flyball N~R~G (674) 


Region 10: 
Carleton County Flyball (849) 
F.A.M.E. (73) 

Region12: 
Adrenaline Drive (942) 
Aftershock (853) 


Region 13: 
2 Fast Fur U (763) 

Region 14:
Dixie Flyers (906) 
Music City Road Dogs (578) 

Region 15:
Ruffin' It (946) 
TGIF (768) 

Region 20:
Land Sharks (966) 
Muscle Memory (1019) 
Ready Set Go (755) 

Region 21: 
Omaha Speedracers (299) 




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

First Candidate Chat tomorrow - Tuesday November 12 9pm EST

Emma Mak
 

Our first of three candidate chats is scheduled for tomorrow at 9pm EST: 

http://www.nafaflyball.com/chat-cbox.html

Please visit the page prior to the chat to create a login and familiarize yourself with how the software works.  There are instructions at the top of the page.  The moderator will be online half an hour before start time if you need assistance, or if you'd like to try out private messaging before the chat begins.

Please note that Cbox only allows you to private message moderators or administrators (those with a star icon beside their name).   

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Election Committee at elections@....

Emma Mak

NAFA Elections Committee Chair

Transcript for FIrst Candidate Chat - and a change for future chats

Emma Mak
 

The transcript for the first candidate chat can be found here:
 
http://flyball.org/elections/FY2020/CandidateChat1-111219.htm

Our next chats will be:
Tuesday November 26 - 8pm EST
Thursday December 12 - 9pm EST

We've received feedback that the software is not user friendly enough for those wanting to ask questions so, for future chats, since Facebook Messenger is familiar to most and easy to use, we'll use that (or email) to receive questions to the moderator.
 
Questions will be accepted via:
- Facebook Messenger to NAFA's page https://www.facebook.com/NAFAFLYBALL/
- Facebook Messenger directly to moderator
- emails to elections@...
 
We will still use the cbox software for candidates to write their responses live, but the candidates and moderators will be the only ones that need to login to cbox (since no login is needed to watch the chat).

A reminder will be sent out closer to the date.
 
Thank you,
Emma Mak
NAFA Elections Chair

First Candidate Chat Transcript updated

Emma Mak
 

Due to a copy and paste error there was a chunk of the transcript that was missing.  The transcript has been updated and the part that was missing is highlighted.  The link is the same:

http://flyball.org/elections/FY2020/CandidateChat1-111219.htm

Regards,
Emma Mak

Second Candidate Chat Tonight 8pm EST

Emma Mak
 

Our second of three candidate chats is scheduled for tonight at 8pm EST.  The chat will happen here (as last time):

http://www.nafaflyball.com/chat-cbox.html

NEW
 for this chat:
We have had feedback that private messaging the moderator in the cBox software has been problematic for people.  For this and future chats, those wishing to ask questions do NOT need to register/login. Questions should now be posed to the moderator in one of three ways:

  • Private message on Facebook Messenger to NAFA's page
  • Private message on Facebook Messenger directly to moderator (NAFA Chairman, Steve Corona)
  • Email to elections@...
The candidates and moderators will still be using the CBox software to post questions and responses live, and will be the only ones that need to login.

If you have any questions please email elections@....

Regards,
Emma Mak
NAFA Elections Committee Chair

Fiscal Year 2020 Rule Book now available on NAFA website

Emma Mak
 

The Fiscal Year 2020 Rule Book is live on the website.  There is a page with clickable links at the front that lists the changes.

http://www.flyball.org/rules/rulebook.pdf

List of Changes for the 2020 Racing Year

1) Regional Championships: a reduction from 4 to 3 teams for the Multibreed minimum class size required to count for Regional Points. See new Section 8.4 – Regional Championships, part (v).   Note:  this change is in progress in the database, so the Regional Champions reports do not yet reflect the change.

2) Clarification for Jump Height requirements for Veterans class: it is not a requirement for the Veterans class that jump heights be set to the minimum. Section 8.2(s) – The Rules of Racing

3) Update and clarification of acceptable collars, leashes and harnesses for tournaments: Section 1.3 – Collars and leads

4) Additional Multibreed Titles: Multibreed titles will be awarded up to 50,000 points. Section 8.2 Titles part (b).

5) Update to NAFA fees starting October 1st, 2019 unless otherwise noted:
• Chapter 6 – HOSTING A NAFA® SANCTIONED EVENT,
• Schedule of Fees (Appendix A)
• C-6 Tournament Results Form,
• C-8 Application for NAFA® Competition Racing # (CRN),
• C-11 New Club Registration Form

6) Rule book clean-up: a) A typo in figure for Section 2.3: for caption regarding 1 & 2 inch boards: ‘equal’ changed to ‘material’.

Important Details about 2019/2020 NAFA Election opening December 4th, 2019

Emma Mak
 

View the latest candidate chat transcript here:  http://flyball.org/elections/FY2020/CandidateChat2-112619.htm

Elections this year are again to be conducted by email ballot.  This year's ballot includes Executive Director, Board of Directors (three positions), Judge of the Year, Clyde Moore Memorial Hall of Fame (up to two inductees) and Regional MVPs.  There are also two delegate questions.  
 
Opening and Closing Dates
 
Due to the timing of the US Thanksgiving holiday we are pushing the opening date out slightly to December 4th. 
 
Opens December 4th, 2019, 7AM CST
Closes January 13th, 2020, Midnight CST
Results announced:  January 18th, 2020 at AGM in Baltimore, MD
 
Two Questions Relating to Height of Jumps (lowering jump heights and lowering minimum)
 
The timing of the implementation of any rule change(s) would be decided at the January 2020 board meeting.  Current requirements are in Section 8.2 of the Rulebook:
 
Question 1: Pick A or B -
A.  Jump heights are five inches lower than the height at the withers of the height dog.
B.  Jump heights are six inches lower than the height at the withers of the height dog.
 
Question 2: Pick A or B -
A.  Minimum jump height is 7 inches.
B.  Minimum jump height is 6 inches.
 
Those Eligible to Vote and Vote Calculations
 
Club Owners, Regional Directors, Approved and Supervising Judges, and Board Members should receive ballots to their email inbox on the morning of December 4th.  To determine how many votes you will be receiving on your ballot, please refer to the Rule Book, ARTICLE VII - AFFILIATE CLUBS AND DELEGATES, Section 2 Delegate Vote Calculations.  Please note:  As a Club Owner,  to receive a ballot, the minimum teams you must have entered in Fiscal Year 2019 is four teams.  If you wish to check your vote count before the election opens, you may go here:  http://www.flyball.org/tourn_publicdbaccess.shtml  
 
Any questions regarding your vote count or the election in general should be directed to elections@...

Emma Mak
NAFA Elections Chair