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The Wonderful Dogsport of Flyball!

~ A Wild & Furry Relay Race for Dogs ~

Encinitas, California 

About Coastal Express Flyball Team

We are a fun loving, yet competitive flyball team. Some of us have been addicted to this crazy sport since 1998!  We enjoy teaching and training new people and dogs. We always try to do the best we can, and train our dogs to be the best they can. 

Because this is a team sport, we spend lots of time together at practice and at tournaments, often traveling to out of town tournaments. We are fortunate to have a great group of people from many different backgrounds and professions.  Flyball gives us such a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time with our dogs.  When it gets right down to's all about the dogs!  

Coastal Express Flyball Team has team practices in Oceanside and Encinitas, California. We are a big supporter of Rancho Coastal and have many rescue dogs on our team. We believe that all dogs should have the opportunity to learn, excel and have fun. We believe that the sport of Flyball is one of the best ways to achieve this.  We allow barking, pulling, jumping, running and all manner of dog stuff!  It's important that the people have fun, too.

More Information About Flyball

Flyball got its start in the late 1960's and early 1970's, when a group of dog trainers in Southern California created scent discrimination hurdle racing, then put a guy at the end to throw tennis balls to the dogs when they finished the jump line. It didn't take long for the group to decide to build some sort of tennis ball-launching apparatus, and the first flyball box was born. Herbert Wagner is credited with developing the first flyball box, and apparently he did a flyball demo on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson that got a lot of peoples attention. Subsequently, the new dog sport for dog enthusiasts was introduced in the Toronto-Detroit area by several dog training clubs. After a few small tournaments were held in conjunction with dog shows, the first ever flyball tournament was held in 1983.

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