First In Flight Flyball Team

DGF 01/2013 Wrap-Up from Donna

March 2, 2014
Thank you to everyone for a great weekend! And what a beautiful weekend it was. Clear skies, sunny, and temps in the 70's. What a way to start the 2013 flyball year. May all the 2013 flyball weekends be just as beautiful. 2012 seemed to be the year of rain.
 We missed all who couldn't be there. The social aspect of this sport is part of it's appeal, and when you aren't there, you are missed. Thanks to everyone for helping out regardless of what was needed. There was always plenty of help in setting up for warmups and filling in whenever and wherever needed. Special thanks always goes to Nanci, who feeds and cares for us so well. The grilled cheese and potato soup were wonderful. Thanks to our boxloaders Cam and Rollie. Thanks to Tracy for helping out all weekend, even when it turned out you couldn't use the warmup spot for Jazz, who surprised Tracy by coming into season. And Happy Birthday to Stephanie, who turned 20 this weekend!
 We had four title winners weekend. Congratulations to Moose and Susan on her FMX, Gal and Lynn on her FMX, Minute and Nanci on her FDCH-silver, and Brie and Cam on her FDX. 
 Congratulations also to Bizzi and Sharon on making this weekend Bizzi's 10th year of playing, earning him the Iron Dog Award. This tournament is where Bizzi debuted and it's very fitting that this is the one he retired from.
 Now to recap the teams. Our Open 2 team, Full Throttle, got off to a rocky start in the second heat of the first race when Minute heard Julie's voice, who we happened to be racing (bad planning on my part). After that, Minute was determined to find Julie every singe race, even leaving the lanes on our second race in search of her. Julie graciously stepped in to help. She was in the lane with us every race after that, providing help and instructions to Nanci and helping to transition Minute from Julie to Nanci along the way. By the last race of the day Sunday, even though Julie was still in the lane, she was quiet and Minute was focusing in on Nanci on her runback. Minute is going to be a great asset to our team. She just needs a bit more time. The other dogs on this team also ran well. Ri-Ra, our start dog, was her usual rock solid self, who at almost 9 years old is still turning in times in the four's. Tara, not far behind in age, turned in a 4.945 in the first heat of the day. This is not far off of her best time recorded. Moose turned in a new personal best of 5.421. What a fun dog to run. Sampsyn looked awesome! He ran 13 flawless heats without any problems or issues at all, regardless of what ring or what lane we were in. And Bizzi enjoyed himself and came out happy both days with just a couple of heats here and there. This team managed to take 4th place in a division of 5 and earned fulltime dogs 591 points. Not bad considering the rocky start we got off too.
 Our Open 4 team, Experimental Aircraft, managed a First Place finish, with our borrowed height dog Mouse. Mouse was great addition to this team and ran very well. Hopefully they will join us again for some racing in the future. Eleven heats in, we lost fulltime Maddie to an injury. I know Stephanie was disappointed. Maddie has had a couple of rocky tournaments that last two tournaments, having also sustained an injury in the last one at Blacksburg. Hopefully Maddie's toe injuries will heal quickly so she can be back in the racing lanes soon. Misty was there as backup and ran this team and her own for the remainder of the weekend. We had to be careful of breakouts (and did breakout twice), but this team ran well. Cathy and Flye clocked a perfect start! And overall there was a lot less bobbling this tournament. Duffie ran very well. He was turning in some very nice times, including a new personal best of 5.202. I don't know what you were using for rewards, but Duffie sure liked it. And Yancee, who took Jazz's warmup spot, looked great in warmups! Each warmup he got better and better, doing some nice down and backs. We had a few bobbles and an overpass here and there, but the fulltime dogs on this team managed a very respectable 750 points.
 Our Regular Team, Wright Flyers, was in a division with a wide spread of seed times. We placed last even though we started out running fairly well. But through the course of the weekend, we lost a speed dog and our height dog. After the fourth race we lost Kessie, who tore her dew claw. And although she was still running with heart, you could tell she was in pain, so we pulled her. Flye and Misty filled in for the fifth race on Saturday. I believe it was also in the fourth race that Gal was chased in the warmups by a dog on the other team warming up. This dog meant business, but after a little effort on Lynn's part, Gal was able to overcome it and was back to business as usual within a heat or two. Then on Sunday, in the first race, we lost Gal due to injury. Hopefully this will be a minor injury and Gal will be on the mend soon. So, down two dogs, including a height dog, up to 13 inches we go. In hindsight, I'm grateful that most of these dogs had been running 13 inches at practice, as we didn't know if we had a third height dog until a couple of weeks ago. So that wall of jumps wasn't a big surprise for three of them, and they were somewhat condidtioned for it. Brie stepped in to fill start dog position. She handled the 13 inches like she'd been doing it all along. Cam managed some decent starts and Brie ran with focus. Of the 10 remaining heats, she only bobbled two and turned in some very nice times over the big jumps, with her best being a 5.183. Flye stepped up to second position and took the jumps every time even though she wasn't start dog. I think those wide passed probably helped. Even with a wide 25 foot pass, Flye was still running under 6 seconds! And by the second race over the big jumps, Brie was handling these huge running passes nicely. Annie stepped up to height dog. I was very proud of my little black dog. These big jumps didn't slow her down at all. She turned in some nice times. Her average over 10 was 5.524 and over 13 was 5.523, slightly faster than the 10 inches. Not that I want to jump 13! Misty handled the extra heights very well also. At first glance, I see very little difference in her times over this height, than previous tournaments where she didn't run start. We were holding passes for Brie, had a few bobbles and dropped balls here and there along with an overpass or two, but the fulltime dogs on this team earned 625 points. Not bad considering all that happened. 
 Special thanks to both Flye/Cathy and Misty/Becky. Both of these dogs ended up running double time on Sunday to cover the loss of our injured dogs and both ran with as much enthusiasm at the end of the day on Sunday as when they started on Saturday morning. 
I realize that this wrap-up is a bit long, but I wanted to take the time to acknowledge each and every dog on the team. Sometimes it's easy to forget that this is a team sport. We can't play this game without the others. Each dog brings their own strengths and weaknesses to the table, and as a team we come together to work with and support those things. So thanks to everyone for being team players this weekend, adjusting countless times through countless lineup changes, and for being supportive of your fellow team mates, whether running or injured. And for doing it with grace and a smile.

Blacksburg 12/2012 Wrap-up and Stats from Donna

December 11, 2012
I wanted to thank all who attended the Blacksburg tournament this weekend. Our Regular Division 2 team ran very smoothly together in a tightly seeded division. We had only a bobble here and there and a couple of overpasses. Other than that, the team ran like a well-oiled machine, netting 831 points for a fulltime slot and taking away first place. Moose ran with Heads or Tails and earned a second place ribbon and 762 points. She ran like a little machine all weekend, making some incredible div...
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MFF 10/2012 Stats

December 11, 2012
Dog Height Best Time Average Time Best Start Average Start Points 
Brie 10 5.339 5.625 25
Duffie 10 5.602 6.258 350
Fye 7 4.207 4.346 0.000 0.059 802
Gal 10 5.244 5.595 560
Kessie 7 4.490 4.941 802
Maddie 7 5.068 5.455 425
Misty 10 4.711 4.928 0.000 0.080 560
Moose 7 5.706 6.207 802
Ri-Ra 10 5.067 5.296 560
Roxy 10 6.382 6.960 185
Tara 7 5.123 5.561

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Max Fast 10/2012 Wrap-Up from Sharon (with some Becky thrown in!)

December 11, 2012
Hope everyone made it home safely. This turned out to be a very good tournament. The site was really nice and Dennis plans on using it again next year plus adding a second tournament. He was so lucky to get this facility in such short notice. Everyone seemed to have liked it and were remarking that they would be back next year.
FIF did pretty well. Full Throttle won all their races today with the exception of one we tied DGF and one loss, resulting in First place. Flyers did not fair as we...

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Raleigh 09/2012 Wrap-Up and Stats from Donna

December 11, 2012
Thanks everyone for a great weekend. Flyball tournaments are always such a wonderful way to spend time with friends and the dogs we love. The weather cooperated Saturday with clear, sunny skies and manageable temperatures with low humidity. Sunday was rain, rain, rain. But the temps were cool and the dogs loved it.

> With only three teams entered (whoever would have thought I'd be saying "only three" teams?) this tournament wasn't quite as chaotic as past ones at this venue. Both the Regular...

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Durham 05/2012 Stats

December 11, 2012
Dog Height Best Time Average Time Best Start Average Start Points 
Caynaa 7 4.461 4.735 0.015 0.125 776
Charlie 11 6.254 6.608 838
Flye 11 4.227 4.447 0.003 0.104 838
Gus 7 5.036 5.342
Gus 11 4.838 5.135 964
Kessie 7 4.316 4.651 425
Misty 11 4.961 5.338 838
Moose 7 5.843 6.288 776
Roxy 7 5.617 6.383 150
Sydney 7 5.878 6.368 100
Tara 7 5.420 5.732  

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Durham 05/2012 Wrap Up

December 10, 2012
Saturday from Sharon:
Just a short report about today's races. Both teams finished in second place in their divisions. Flyers had 100% on their completion of heats. All but 2 heats were under 24 seconds. Not too shabby. Throttle had 3 NF's with all other heats finished under 24 seconds. Both teams did really well.
Donna when you get the stats back the first 3 heats of race 4 were without timing lights. So the individual times were just added as each dog ran. We have become very spoiled...

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Blacksburg 04/2012 Wrap-Up and Stats from Donna

December 10, 2012
I want to begin this email wrapup by expressing my sincere condolences to Lindsey and her family on the loss of her father. The team was saddened by the news, and our thoughts were with you this weekend. Many others also asked about you and asked us to send along their thoughts and prayers. Your facebook posting was a well written tribute to your father. I'm sure he will be missed by many.

We missed all of you that were unable to join us this weekend. It was somewhat strange (and restful) to h...
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Durham 04/2012 Wrap-Up and Stats from Donna

December 10, 2012
What a great weekend to play flyball! Perfect weather, great racing, good food, and good friends. What could be better. Thanks to everyone who came out to play this weekend.

Huge congratulations to our title winners:

Flye and Cathy on their ONYX, Gus and Lee on their ONYX (wow! two in one weekend!), Roxy and Nanci on their FM, and Tammie and Marsha on their FMX!

Thanks to everyone who helped out wherever needed. Special recognition to our Moose runners, Mike and Lee. You both do such a great ...
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Burlington Stats 03/2012 (I lost the wrap-up!)

December 10, 2012
Dog Height Best Time Average Time Best Start Average Start Points 
5.259 5.537 825
4.941 5.126 0.018 0.224 102
Caynaa 7-8 4.419 4.868 0.000 0.100 898
Caynaa 12 4.607 5.073
6.509 6.689 825
5.815 6.683 657
4.164 4.373 0.010 0.086 825
4.972 5.379 76
4.608 5.056 639

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