The Seaside Sprinters team continues to grow and
add new members!
Congratulations to the Seaside Sprinters Fyball Club!! This
new club began competing with their first team, The Salty Dogs, in
May '06 and ten months later they took their second team, The Wave
Runners, to the club's sixth tournament in March of 2007. In
2011 a Veteran team was added, The Beach Comers. The Coastal
Clippers was added in 2012 to accommodate our safe dogs and to make
room for our new team members. Not only did
the "new" dogs do a great job but several titles were earned in the
process! Since then Seaside Sprinters have been to many more
tournaments in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and
Our dogs have earned many new titles and the team has run its
fastest time ever of
seconds in the spring of 2013.
is run as a relay with four dogs on a team, running side by side
against another team. Each dog must jump over four hurdles,
retrieve a ball from a spring loaded box, and return carrying the
ball over the hurdles. The first team to complete the race without
mistakes, wins the heat. Flyball is an exhilarating
sport combining team work, speed, running, jumping and lots of
tennis balls. This is a sport in which all dogs can
participate; it makes no difference if your canine is a purebred or
a mix, large or small, dogs of all shapes and sizes and even those a
little older can play the game.
Seaside Sprinters practice weekly at My Dog's Place in Mystic, CT.
The practice is led by the team captain Bea DeGruttola-Nielsen, who has been
involved in flyball for over eight years. The following are members
of the team:
DeGruttola-Nielsen and her
mix "Power Pup"
with 3958 points - FDCH-G and a Labrador mix "Troy"
points - FM
Sheri Throop and her Standard Poodle
"Lucy" with 5233 points - FM and her
Cocker Spaniel "Reuben" with 166 points - FDX
Marge Lineweber and
her Irish Setter "Derby" with 10,866 points - FMX, an English Setter "Summit" with 67 points
- FD and "Noodle" a Pointer Mix with 1439 - FDCH -S.
and his Australian Shepherd "Champ" with points
and her Labrador Retriever "Potter" with 7105 points
and her Field Spaniel "Harrah" with 855 points - FDCH
and Dean Crist with his Clumber Spaniel "Smokey" with
Steve & Beth
Kanyock and their Australian Kelpie "Addie"
points - FM
and her Terrier Mix "Abban" with 5113 points - FM.
and her American Water Spaniel "Zumba" with 166 points
- FDX and her Flat Coated Retriever "Shazam" with 234 points
and her Terrier mix "Butters" with 1151 points - FDCH
Gary & Susan
Myers with their Labrador Retriever "Cody" with 11
with her Siberian Husky "Ember" with 148 points - FDX
and her Labrador Retriever "Henley" with 205 points - FDX
Eveyln & Larry
Pontbriant and their Cockapoo "Maggie" with 119 points -
with her Chihuahua mix "Pirate" with 1 point.
with her Mini Long Hair Dachshund "Reese" with 8 points.
Box Loaders - Kim Daoust,
Julianne Grove, Tracy Brown and Jamie Ravenelle.
- Joshua Throop, Carl Russak, Wendy Ravenelle and Jared Nielsen.
DeGruttola-Nielsen and her English Springer Spaniel "Molly-Dog"
with 1386 points, FDCH-S
Katie Jordan and
with 5225 points - FM, "Scout"
with 869 points - FDCH, "Addie" with 8646 points - FM, and "Chase"
574 points - FDCH
Lori & Rich Reynolds and "Patriot" with
878 points - FDCH, "Spirit" with 467 points - FDX
Kim Daoust and "Hershey" with 130 points
Gina Macaione and "Jasmine" with 3372 points - FDCH-G
and her Old English Sheepdog "Oliver" with 122 points - FDX
Elizabeth Cefaratti and their Labrador Retriever "Cassie"
with 590 points - FDCH
and her Standard Schnauzer "Rosco" with 320 points - FDX
Ouellette and her Australian Shepherd "Fenwick" with 555
points - FDCH
and her mix "Comet" with 4611 points - FDCH-G
and her Labrador Retriever "Casey" with 4663 points - FDCH-G
and Labrador Retriever "Wyatt" with 35 points - FD.
Abbreviations indicate Flyball titles:
= Flyball Dog, FDX = Flyball Dog Excellent, and
FDCH = Flyball Dog Champion, S- silver, G -
gold , FM = Flyball MasterThe dogs earn points towards a
title when, as a team, they run the race under a specific time. If
the race is completed in less than 32 seconds each dog earns 1
point, less than 28 seconds: 5 points, and less than 24 seconds: 25
points. Titles are awarded based on the number of points a dog has
received. More information can be found on
are interested in taking a flyball class, Bea teaches a beginners
and intermediate level course. Please contact My Dog's Place for
More pictures from our recent
tournament coming soon!