Flyball is a recreational dog sport that began in the late 1960′s and early 1970′s. Teams consist of 4 dogs who race each other in a head-to-head format. Similar to a relay race, each dog runs over four jumps and pounces on a spring-loaded box that releases a tennis ball. Each dog must catch the ball and race back over the jumps to the finish line before the next dog can go. The first team to have all four dogs run without errors wins.
The Texas Twisters Flyball Club was created in 2002 and currently practices in Conroe, TX.
The really neat thing about playing flyball is that all types of dogs and people can thoroughly enjoy the sport, no matter who they are or where they are in their lives.
This brings us to a Texas team known as the Texas Twisters. There were a wide array of dog and people types. The one commonality between the two is that they all wanted to PLAY FLYBALL!!! So, together coming from Kingwood to Hempstead, from South of Houston all the way to Conroe, north of Houston, they came together to form a club that would be run with a team concept in mind and tried to locate as centrally as they could. With that in mind, they began practicing near Conroe at a college campus.
The coming together of these ideas began to take focus in Deer Park, Texas, at a tournament in November, 2003. The last tournament that was held with the name High Voltage was March 6, 2004, in Conroe, Texas. Texas Twisters became officially Club #642 and competed for the first time on June 26, 2004 at the Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Since that time our club boundaries have expanded from Bryan/College Station down to Belleville and back across to the east. Even though people have come and gone this club is still dedicated to the things that brought it together initially: the enjoyment of the sport, team competition, and the friendships we’ve all made through the years. Whether we have one or five teams competing the Texas Twisters crew certainly knows how to compete and have fun too.
-Dee Milligan, May 2007
Team Philosophy and Guidelines
The affairs of the Texas Twisters Flyball Club are governed by articles documented in the Texas Twisters Bylaws.
The # 1 Goal of our new club is for everyone and their dogs to have fun.
Captains of teams will not run dogs on the team. This will allow the captain to focus solely on the team. Exceptions to this will be made when the team is shorthanded.Should there be a questionable call by a judge during racing, team member’s should express their concerns to the captain and then ONLY the captain will address the judge. No exceptions.
Should there be a questionable call as to which dogs run in which heats, the team member in question of the call should address the captain of the team rather than discuss it with other team members.
Entry fees for tournaments should be paid to the team treasurer before tournament closing.
If a dog is pulled from a tournament before the tournament begins, a full refund will be given to the owner. Either the remaining members will divide up this cost, or the replacement handler will pay the owner of the pulled dog.
Status of a dog’s readiness to run in a tournament, i.e. warm up/alternate dog vs. regular racing dog, will be determined by the skill level of the dog at the time of the tournament entry deadline, not as a prediction of what the dog’s skill level might be at tournament time.
A dog will be considered tournament ready when the club decides the dog is ready. All training issues, such as chasing, going around jumps, will have to be solved before a dog is tournament ready.
If a dog develops a crossing over pattern in the middle of a tournament, the dog will be pulled for remainder of tournament after second non-aggressive cross over and after the first aggressive cross over (aggressiveness will be determined by the team captain and/or presiding judge). The dog will not be reentered into a tournament until the crossing over problem has been solved at practice.
Every effort should be made to attend as many practices as possible (out of town members excluded) and to show up on time.