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. Our racing strategy is to try and ensure that all dogs get to run vs. strictly concentrating on tournament placement Teams where needed most.

Tournament teams will be selected with the help of the team’s input and each team will be composed of dogs with like speed times. Respect will be shown, at all times, towards team coaches, fellow teammates, judges and members of other flyball teams. Likewise, one should always show respect towards their dog. Excessive correctional behavior will also not be tolerated.

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.