6-9 March 2025, The NEC Birmingham


Flyball is a head to head relay race consisting of two teams. The aim of the sport is for each individual dog (4 per team) to pass through a set of sensor gates, jump over four hurdles, trigger the flyball box to release a ball, catch the ball and then return over all four jumps carrying said ball. All the while an opposing team is doing the very same in the other lane. Each team trying to complete the sequence, cleanly, in the fastest time possible!

Every year Crufts highlights the fun, speed and excitement of a major flyball competition as 16 teams strive to become Crufts’ flyball champions in front of a massive, noisy and enthralled audience in the NEC Arena.

Crufts 2024

Results from Crufts 2024 (Final)
 Place Team name
=3 TAILS WE WIN Semi-Finalist
=3 ELEMENTS Semi-Finalist
=5 ACES  
=5 YOBO's  
=5 FOCUS  
Crufts Judge

Mr C Burrows

Qualifying heats for Crufts
Qualifier Date Venue Closing Date Host Team YKC

15 April 2023

Anglesey Showground

18 February 2023



20 May 2023

Newark Showground

25 March 2023

High Flyers


17 June 2023

South of England Showground

22 April 2023

Southern Striders


24 June 2023

Driffield Showground

29 April 2023

Yorkshire Bouncers


22 July 2023


27 May 2023

The Flying Scots


09 September 2023

Cheshire Polo Club

15 July 2023

Blue Sky


30 September 2023

Horseley Fen

05 August 2023




Results from heats for Crufts
 Date Competition & Location Team Qualified 
2022 Crufts Champion & Runner Up 2020

1st - Road Runners Beep Beep

2nd - Tails We Win

14 April 2023 Dolphins Flyball Teams - Anglesey

1st - Watson's Legacy

2nd - Storm Chasers

20 May 2023 Newark Showground – High Flyers

1st - Brigg Muttley Crew

2nd - Cambridgeshire Flyball Team

17 June 2023 South of England Showground – Southern Striders

1st - Aces

2nd - High Flyers

24 June 2023 Driffield Showground – Yorkshire Bouncers

1st - Molten Magnets

2nd - FOCUS

22 July 2023 The Flying Scots – Errol

1st - Junkyard Dogs

2nd - Elements

9 Sept 2023 Cheshire Polo Club – Blue Sky

1st - Eclipse BEYOND Infinity

2nd - Barking 4 Balls

30 Sept 2023 Horseley Fen – Cambridgeshire Canines

1st - Northants Falcons

2nd - YOBO’s


Crufts 2025

Qualifying heats for Crufts
Qualifier Date Venue Closing Date Host Team In/Out YKC

12 May 2024

Ben's Yard, Ely, CB7 5TR

17 May 2024

Quantum Leap



22 June 2024

Newark NG24 2NY

27 April 2024

Critically Extreme



13 July 2024

Errol, PH2 7TB

18 May 2024

The Flying Scots


24 August 2024 Drax, YO8 8PJ

29 June 2024




08 September 2024

Newark, NG24 2NY

14 July 2024

Junkyard Dogs



13 October 2024

Holly Lodge, PE28 5XZ

18 August 2024

Tails We Win



24 November 2024

Culcheth High School, WA3 5HH

29 September 2024





Flyball team qualifier rule summary 2025

This rule summary relates to the Crufts flyball team competition and qualifiers and will be run in conjunction with the Crufts qualifier rules and The Kennel Club code of conduct.


This rule summary relates to the Crufts flyball team competition and qualifiers and will be run in conjunction with the Crufts qualifier rules & the Kennel Club Code of Conduct.

A total of seven qualifiers will be held and the Crufts Management Team will oversee these. Qualifiers will be hosted independently or by a BFA / UKFL host team, and will be run during a BFA / UKFL show, at an approved BFA / UKFL venue or at a Kennel Club approved venue. Teams, dogs and handlers do not need to be registered with the BFA or UKFL but must abide by the Crufts qualifier rules and any regulations listed on the entry schedule.

Each team should appoint a Team Manager who will be responsible for decision making for the team; they must also form part of the team.

The Team Manager makes the entry on behalf of the team and must have the authority and consent from the single or joint registered owner(s) to sign the entry form on their behalf thereby binding them all to Crufts Flyball Rules and Regulations. In the event of any dispute, evidence of such authority and consent will be required.

Where there is an unresolved dispute over the ownership of a dog, that dog will not be permitted to compete.

Each team shall consist of six handlers and dogs, four of which will run at any one time. Each team can also have a line caller, a box loader and an additional person to act as runner / ball collector. A team may name a seventh dog and handler on the entry form for a qualifier – this dog and handler will act as an emergency reserve for the team at the Crufts final should they be required. All seven dogs may attend and compete at a qualifier.

A club may enter more than one team, and a club may qualify more than one team for the finals at Crufts.  No team member or dog can enter/compete in more than one team. 

All dogs entering into the qualifiers must be a minimum of 15 months old, at the time of the qualifier. Dogs must be registered on the KC Activity or Breed register or have an Authority to Compete registration number at the date of the qualifier.

At least one dog in each team must be a designated breed dog. The designated breed dog must be registered with the Kennel Club on the Breed Register or on the Activity Register as a Kennel Club registered breed. Teams should reflect the diversity of breeds in the sport and not consist of solely one breed.

There must be at least one designated breed dog running in each heat and at the finals at Crufts.

The two highest placed teams at each qualifier will be invited to compete in the flyball competition at Crufts, for which an entry fee will be charged. The current Crufts champion and runner up from the previous year will also be invited back to the Crufts final. Dogs and handlers for invited teams must be declared by the closing date of the final qualifier with any amendments notified by the morning of the last qualifier.  

Should any team placing first or second at a qualifier (including Crufts champion and runner up) be unable to attend, the team who came third (and then fourth) would normally be invited to the next event. If this is not practical / possible, the Flyball Steward together with the Crufts Flyball Management Team will have the discretion to invite a further team. This will be from within those teams who had attempted to qualify for the relevant year.

The Crufts final will be a team competition (knockout), also known as a single eliminator.  In this competition the best of three runs will decide the winners which will to go into the next round.

  1. The jumps will have an inside width of 30”.
  2. The jump bases will be 5” high, with a total height of 9 inches  
  3. The 1” top slat will be flexible / breakable and have rounded edges. There will be padding on top of the top slat.
  4. A heat will be stopped and restarted for any knocked down or unsafe jump
Flyball boxes
  1. Each team is responsible for providing its own Flyball box, which should be safe and fit for purpose. 
  2. The Flyball box must meet the following specifications:

a. All Boxes are to have a pressure pedal to mechanically release the trigger/launcher system. 

b. Boxes may be decorated and/or painted any colour. Logos and/or lettering are permitted. 

c. When triggered, the Flyball box must eject the ball. The ball must be able to travel at least 24" from all points of release toward the Start/Finish line. 

d. The box cannot exceed 30” in width, nor exceed 20” in height. 

e. Mats or grabbing devices to hold the box in place cannot raise the box more than ½" higher than the maximum allowed height. 

f. The body of the box cannot exceed 30” in depth, excluding the base upon which the box loader stands. 

g. The box shall not exceed these dimensions at any time during racing, excluding carrying handles and stakeholders. 


NOTE: Boxes should be constructed with the comfort and wellbeing of the dog in mind. Sharp edges must be avoided and adequate padding and protection should be used. The officiating judge has the right to refuse the use of any flyball box they deem to be unfit to use and teams cannot use any external modification that could be classed as training aids; they will be asked to remove them before they can carry on racing. 


Each club shall provide its own supply of balls. Approved balls may be of any size, colour or design and must bounce and roll. Balls may not contain a noise maker e.g. squeakers or bells and must not be covered in a skin i.e. Rabbit skin etc.  The ball must be able to travel the requisite distance as defined in the box rules section. All non-tennis balls must be approved by the Crufts flyball steward before being used.


Interference is defined as obstructing the other team from running / completing its race.

If a dog or any team member interferes with the opposing team during a heat and prevents them from completing their heat the Judge will stop the heat, and the team causing the interference will forfeit the heat. Interference can be in the racing lane or in all bound areas and in the areas where dogs are waiting to run.

A dog chasing a loose ball into the other team’s area is not necessarily interference however the whistle will be blown to stop the race for safety and the race restarted.

Should a loose ball from the other team’s lane distract a dog and it interferes with their racing, the whistle will be blown to stop the race for safety and the race restarted. Should further loose balls interfere with the opposing teams ability to complete their race the team that the ball originates from will forfeit the heat.


Only team members and dogs who were listed as part of the original team, including the named reserve, and named on the qualifier entry form, will be allowed to compete at Crufts and no further changes will be allowed. Please note, of the seven named dogs, a max. of six will be expected to attend the Crufts final. All handlers may attend.

Entry to Crufts qualifiers will be done via entry form. Schedules will be available for entry at least 12 weeks prior to the date of the qualifier with a closing date of eight weeks prior to the qualifiers.

Payment must be made by the published deadline. This will be 14 days after the qualifier closing date and as notified by the Crufts Management Team for the Crufts final.  A qualifier and the Crufts final will only be deemed as entered when the payment is received. An email confirmation will be sent. Teams that have qualified for Crufts at previous qualifiers, will not be eligible to attend a further qualifier.


Objections relating to a qualifier must be made to either the show secretary before the end of the competition or submitted by email within seven days of the qualifier. All objections must be accompanied with an objection fee of £35 and include a statement detailing the objection, quoting the relevant rules and contact information.

Objections relating to any other aspect must be made to the Crufts Management Team by email and include a statement detailing the objection and contact information.  The Management Team will consider the objection, in conjunction with any third party organisation as appropriate, and their decision will be final. 


No sponsorship at the finals at Crufts is permitted to be featured on the flyball boxes and any sponsorship of clothing is subject to approval from the Crufts Management Team and in any case will be limited to one small breast pocket logo or small sleeve logo. Please email for sponsorship approval on clothing.


The Judge at the flyball finals may not enter for competition a dog which is recorded in their ownership or part ownership.

In addition dogs may not be handled by the scheduled judge’s spouse or immediate family, or be resident at the same address as the scheduled judge, neither can they form any part of a team, or compete in any events at Crufts.

This shall not apply to dogs owned by a judge appointed in an emergency

Appendix One - Qualifier Specific Rules
  • Qualifiers will be run as a single or double eliminator format
  • There will be no false starts
  • Warm up – teams should be allowed either two box hits per dog and a run back, or, a release from two jumps and run back over four jumps, plus a full team run on the lights including reserves
  • Dogs must be a minimum of 15 months at the time of the qualifier
Qualifier results


Competition and location


Teams Qualified


Crufts Champion & Runner Up 2024



Watson’s Legacy

Road Runners Beep Beep

12 May 2024

Lovecote Farm





22 June 2024

Newark Showground







If you would like more information regarding the invitation event, please email.