Welcome to Syracuse’s March Madness Flyball Tournament!
The following details can be found at www.SyracuseFlyball.com :
4pm-8pm Set up
6pm-8pm Single Dog Racing and Mat Time
6:30am Building Opens
7:45am Captain’s Meeting
8:00am Racing Starts
Around 5pm – Rescue Dogs Parade followed by Rescue Dogs Dream Team Announced and will run
Right after the Rescue Dream Team runs, then Awards Ceremony and SDR & Mat Time
6:45am Building Opens
7:30am Racing Starts
Set up – you can come set up after 4pm on Friday. The building will be open until at least 8pm. There are two entrances and two parking lots. Follow the instructions that are with the directions as to where to unload and park. Parking is a little confusing, so please read the special parking instructions. On the entrance where you go through the garage, only park on our side of the building or in the furthest back lot.
Two Evenings of Single Dog Racing and Mat time! Friday night from about 6pm to 8pm and Saturday night, for an hour or two after racing (depending on how many people sign up). $5 for 5 heats with the EJS or $5 for 5 minutes per lane. If you need two lanes, then it’s $10. Sign in as soon as you get there.
Judges: Peter Guidolin with Chris Carr and Mary McElligott as subs. Mary will need to officially measure 8 dogs who have CRNs but do not have to be listed on a C.2 Time Sheet, as a part of her provisional judging assignment. There haven’t been many dogs lately that have needed measuring, so if you could help her, that would be appreciated.
Acting RD: Paul Rioux, Region 20’s RD.
Format and Placement: All Divisions will run with one point scored per Heat won AND one per Race won. If it’s a tie, then each team will split the Race point.
Tiebreaker for Placements: 1) Head to Head Results, 2) Fastest Time Overall
Crating: There will be lots of indoor crating. There is a section almost the size of a flyball ring in the main room. Plus, there is a long hallway that could fit I don’t know how many teams, a lot. If you crate or put a chair in the main room on SOTC regular grey matting, then you’ll need to put another mat under your things, including chairs. There are extra mats in the garage. Sorry, but you can’t use a tarp. Those weave type of mats that campers use are okay though. If you crate on the black mats or the extra flyball mats that we’ll have out, you don’t need anything else.
Awards: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons will be awarded Sunday. Title ribbons will be awarded too. Saturday we will have a regular Awards Ceremony for NAFA Plaques and any Titles that may have been earned on Saturday. Since we know everyone has a long trip home, Sunday we will have ribbons ready for everyone to pick up without a ceremony, so you can get on the road right away.
Rescue Dogs Recognition: This year we’ll be recognizing the many flyball dogs who were rescued dogs. There will be a special bandanna for each rescue dog and we have a special photographer, Jenni Veator, who will take their photos and post them. Then an hour or so before the end of racing, we will announce the Rescue Dream Team. If there’s enough interest, we’ll have 2 dream teams and they can race against each other after regular racing is finished. This is the first time we’ve done something like this, so some of the details may change, but the bottom-line is that we want to increase the awareness of how great it is to rescue dogs and how well they do in flyball!
Rescue Organizations: And in keeping with our Rescue Recognition, we will have 2 local rescue organizations with booths and information on the dogs that they currently have in their rescue that they think will make good flyball dogs. Unfortunately, we can’t have the dogs in the building, but the people from these rescues would be happy to show you photos and give you lots of information about them. Then if you’re interested in meeting them, they can make arrangements.
Rescue Donations: We will also be collecting items for two rescue organizations. Dog Gone Inn is looking for the following items: Canned Chicken, Instant Rice, Scooping/Odor Control Litter, Iams Kitten/Cat Dry and Canned, Iams Puppy/Adult Dry and Canned, Martingale Collars, Flea/Tick/Heartworm Prevention, and lots of Cleaning Supplies (Paper Towels and All-Purpose Cleaner). Helping Hounds could use: Grain-Free Dry Dog Food/Adult, Puppy and Small Bites; Tractor Supply Company – 4 Health, Any Grain Free Brand will be accepted; Canned Dog Food, Martingale/ No-Slip Collars – All Sizes, 6’ Leashes, Frontline or Advantage Flea & Tick – All sizes, Bleach, Paper Towels, Liquid Laundry Detergent, Trash Bags – 55 Gallon and Tall Kitchen, Medium and Large Nitrile Exam Gloves, Toys, Postage Stamps, K-cup coffee, tea, cocoa; Copy Paper, Ledger Sized Copy Paper (11×17), Yellow or Blue Copy Paper, Gift Cards from Staples, Mother Nature’s Pet Supply, Petco, PetSmart, Tractor Supply Co, Home Depot. Due to our very limited storage space we are currently unable to take in any towels, blankets, or comforters. Sheets in good condition are always accepted.
Special Fundraisers for Abbie: We have an SOTC Member, Colleen, who has a miniature dachshund, Abbie, who needs a very expensive heart surgery, (mitral valve repair). This Member is also a disabled and a retired Vet Tech. Abbie is Colleen’s 24/7 companion. So we will be doing 3 different fun raisers for them during the tournament. Any help and support would be appreciated.
- GOT SNEAKERS? Every pair of wearable, gently used or new sneakers* will get Abbie a little closer to her needed surgery. So please, bring those sneakers that you don’t wear anymore, the ones that never fit quite right, the ones your kids have outgrown, and put them to good use. (The company requires the sneakers be in wearable condition with no holes rips or tears. The soles cannot be separating or be worn completely down.
- 50-50 for Abbie
- A Raffle basket –each pair of wearable sneakers donated would get a raffle ticket.
Line and Box Judges: We’ve tried really hard to have all the spots filled, but they will need breaks or there are a couple spots that we don’t have a volunteer. There will be a sign posted by the sticker boards lists the schedule and any open spots available. Otherwise, just ask someone if they need a break. We will have a worker’s raffle for gift cards.
Food: Our Sit, Stay Café is back again and will be able to provide breakfast (though they don’t usually get going before we start racing) and lunch, including meatball sandwiches, vegetarian tortellini soup, Mac and cheese, Hoffman Hot-dogs, French toast, gluten free breakfast casserole, cookies, and some surprises.
For Our Canadian Visitors: Don’t forget your dog’s rabies certificates and your Passports or enhanced Driver’s License to cross the border. And if you need some Raw Dog food, we recommend Dog Daze Pet Shop, 309 North Main Street, North Syracuse, New York 13212. Phone: (315) 410-1278 and speak to the owners, Ruth and Dave.
On-site Veterinarian: Dr. Allison Blakley (Syracuse Flyball)
|Veterinary Service (on call)
Animal Emergency Center at VMC
584 Bridge St., Suite 200,
East Syracuse, NY 13057
5 Star Urgent Care
|Upstate University Hospital
750 E. Adams St.,
Syracuse, NY 13210
Toll free: 1-877-464-5540 www.upstate.edu/hospital/
736 Irving Ave,
Syracuse, NY 13210
(15 minutes)Also providing urgent care at Crouse Prompt Care
Open 7 days a week,
7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Located directly across the street from Crouse Hospital’s emergency department.
St. Joseph’s Hospital
Allison, Brian, Emily, Jessica, Lisa, Tami & Terri
And our multitude of volunteers, which we couldn’t do it without them!
Here is this welcome letter as a PDF for better printing: Welcome Letter.