Rules and Regulations

The Flyball Open World Cup will be governed by the latest FCI regulations for Flyball competitions :

Jump height: Every dog from a country that does not apply the FCI measurement, that has entered with a lower jump height than the maximum, must be measured the day before the tournament by judges that have been assigned to officiate during the FOWC.

From countries that do use officially FCI measurement, only height dogs without final jump height have to be measured. Two random height dogs from each country will be measured again according to FCI jump height regulations. If both measured values differ from the declared ulna length, all dogs with a lower final jump height from that country will be re-measured.

Attention : The FCI Flyball Commission has decided to make one exception to the actual FCI regulations.  For the FOWC2020 a new conversion table will be used to decide on the jump height, which will result in 2.5 cm (1”) lower jump heights for all dogs.  This has been decided in order to level the playfield internationally, considering that the FCI regulations will probably be altered next year in the same sense.  Therefore, we ask upon registration to declare the officially measured length of the ulna bone, so that the secretariat can convert this to the correct jump height.  This will be only valid for countries where it is confirmed that the ulna measuring is followed officially by the kennelclub for flyball.  All height dogs from other countries that apply other measuring methods shall be remeasured on Friday, as stated above.

The organising committee has designated veterinaries to check all dogs against their passports on Friday May 22 nd. Dogs that are not in perfect health will not be allowed to compete.  All owners and/or handlers of the dogs have to present their dog’s veterinarian passport.

All forms of doping are prohibited, according to the FCI international guidelines. During the FOWC, doping tests may be implemented. A dog owner that enters the FOWC, agrees that his or her dog may be tested for doping. Such doping tests will be carried out according to the rules of the national organising committee.

One of the objectives of the FOWC is to promote cooperation and good sportsmanship while participating in this event. Participants will at all times be courteous and friendly and never conduct themselves in a manner that could bring any discredit to the sport of flyball. At no time should they show displeasure with a dog, judge, participants or spectators in or outside the ring. Each team and 4

each handler are supposed to act according to the generally accepted rules of fair play.

Bitches in heat are not allowed in or around the site of a flyball competition.

All dogs enter the tournament at their owner’s risk and whilst every care will be taken, the organising committee cannot accept responsibility for damage, injury or loss caused to dogs, persons or property whilst at the event.

All owners/handlers must clean up after their dogs. Any person failing to do so will be asked to leave the venue. Participants will be immediately excluded from the competition if conclusive proof is available.

In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the organising committee, in consultation with the judges and the FCI representative present, reserves the right to make any alterations it deems necessary.

Importing dogs into Belgium

The regulations regarding the import of dogs into Belgium can be found on the website of the Federal Public Service:

Please note that dogs with cropped ears or docked tails are not allowed to compete in Belgium.

Competition format

The competing teams, a maximum of fifty, will be divided into ten groups according to their given entry-times. The team with the fastest entry-time will be in group 1, the second fastest time in group 2, etc … The Saturday competition will be run in a round robin-format, the seeding to the divisions on the Sunday will be determined according to points and times, according to the schedule below. The Sunday races will be held in five divisions.

DAY 1 – GROUP PHASE – RR 3 heats – 10 races per group – 12 heats per team

team 1 1 team 2 2 team 3 3 team 4 4 team 5
team 11 11 team 12 12 team 13 13 team 14 14 team 15
team 21 21 team 22 22 team 23 23 team 24 24 team 25
team 31 31 team 32 32 team 33 33 team 34 34 team 35
team 41 41 team 42 42 team 43 43 team 44 44 team 45
team 6 6 team 7 7 team 8 8 team 9 9 team 10
team 16 16 team 17 17 team 18 18 team 19 19 team 20
team 26 26 team 27 27 team 28 28 team 29 29 team 30
team 36 36 team 37 37 team 38 38 team 39 39 team 40
team 46 46 team 47 47 team 48 48 team 49 49 team 50


CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION – 12 teams All 1sts + 2 fastest 2nd
DIVISION 2 – 10 teams (18-19 races) 8 slowest 2nd + 2 fastest 3rd
DIVISION 3 – 10 teams (18-19 races) 8 slowest 3rd + 2 fastest 4th
DIVISION 4 – 10 teams (18-19 races) 8 slowest 4th + 2 fastest 5th
DIVISION 5 – 8 teams ( 14-15 races) 8 slowest 5th

(the order of the teams in the DE will be strictly according to the best time of each team set on Saturday)

The final ranking will read from 1 downwards to 50, meaning that for instance the winner of division 3 will end on place 23 of the FOWC.

Country ranking after day 1

The country ranking will be decided by adding up the points of the three teams with the most points per country. In the event of a tie, two or three-way, the average of the three fastest times of each country will be calculated and the country with the fastest average time will be first in the country ranking, the second fastest average time will be second and the third fastest average time will be third in the country ranking.

Box fixation frame

In order to speed up the setup time between 2 races, a special box fixation frame will be used. This frame is sunken into a large wood plank which is weighed down and has anti-slip material on the bottom.

We expect al teams to modify their boxes to fit on this frame.

Below is a detailed drawing of the frame (download PDF here)

The modification of the box is as simple as adding an angled iron bar of max 4 mm thickness at exactly 20 cm from the front of the box and flush with the bottom of the box

Below is a detail of a modified box with a flat strip of metal with 2 (optional) added pins for even faster setup.