Rules and Regulations

The Flyball Open World Cup will be governed by the latest FCI regulations for Flyball competitions : http://www.fci.be/en/Flyball-70.html

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.

The organizing committee has designated veterinaries to check all dogs against their passports on Friday May 22nd. Dogs that are not in perfect health will not be allowed to compete.  All owners and/or handlers of the dogs must 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 organizing 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 organizing 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.

We focus on any eventual additional measures regarding Covid19 that need to be taken to minimalize any possible Covid-contamination. The Soeverein is a very spacious hall, so we will without any doubt be able to organize this event in a Corona-proof way, however this will depend on any eventual situation in May 2022.

In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the organizing 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: https://www.health.belgium.be/en/animals-and-plants/animals/animal-keeping-and-transporting/travelling-pets

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

Competition format

The total number of teams that will compete is 64. They will be divided into 13 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 7 divisions.

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

GROUP 1GROUP 2GROUP 3GROUP 4GROUP 5
team 1 team 2 team 3 team 4 team 5
team 14 team 15 team 16 team 17 team 18
team 27 team 28 team 29 team 30 team 31
team 40 team 41 team 42 team 43 team 44
team 53 team 54 team 55 team 56 team 57
    
GROUP 6 GROUP 7 GROUP 8 GROUP 9 GROUP 10
team 6 team 7 team 8 team 9 team 10
team 19 team 20 team 21 team 22 team 23
team 32 team 33 team 34 team 35 team 36
team 45 team 46 team 47 team 48 team 49
team 58 team 59 team 60 team 61 team 62
         
GROUP 11 GROUP 12 GROUP 13    
team 11 team 12 team 13    
team 24 team 25 team 26    
team 37 team 38 team 39    
team 50 team 51 team 52    
team 63 team 64     

DAY 2: DOUBLE ELIMINATION – BO5

CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION – 12 teams12 fastest group winners
DIVISION 2 – 10 teams1 slowest 1st + 9 fastest 2nd
DIVISION 3 – 10 teams4 slowest 2nd + 6 fastest 3rd
DIVISION 4 – 10 teams7 slowest 3rd + 3 fastest 4th
DIVISION 5 – 10 teams10 slowest 4thd
DIVISION 6 – 6 teams6 fastest 5th
DIVISION 7 – 6 teams6 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 64, 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.