Live Events & Competition

Fun Matches

A Fun Match is an informal match held by any individual or organization who would like to practice Treibball as played by NATE Rules.  It is not sanctioned by NATE therefore no titles will be awarded.  Handlers and dogs do not need to be registered with NATE to participate in a Fun Match. Fun Matches may be videoed and used to demonstrate the grounds and capabilities of potential hosts of sanctioned matches.  Feedback to NATE is encouraged.


Sanctioned Matches 

A Sanctioned Match may be held by any individual or organization who would like to provide opportunities for exhibitors and their dogs to gain competition experience in a trial-like setting. NATE rules of competition must be followed. Teams may be scored and given placements but no credit is given towards titling. Handlers and dogs do not need to be registered with NATE to participate in a Sanctioned Match.  A NATE Sanctioned Match is a prerequisite for hosting a NATE trial and/or becoming an approved NATE judge. Sanctioned Matches offer potential trial hosts, judges and stewards experience needed to offer NATE sanctioned trial events.


Sanctioned Trials

A Sanctioned Trial is held by an approved Trial Host. The Trial Host does not need to be a NATE member but will need to apply and hold a Sanctioned Match prior to a Sanctioned Trial. Exhibitors and their dogs must be registered with NATE. Judges must be NATE members and approved as a judge. Placement ribbons and rosettes will be provided by the Trial Host and will include the NATE logo. Qualifying legs and titles will be awarded by NATE. 



Can anyone host a match or Trial? Yes, although an organized training school or club will find it easiest to assemble the necessary equipment and volunteers.  Individuals may host, and do not need to be members of NATE to do so.

What do I have to do to host a Sanctioned Trial?  Details of this process are found in our Handbook and Addendums but include the following:

The Trial Host will need the following staff for their event:

  • A NATE-approved Judge
  • Timer
  • Gate/Leash Steward
  • Field Steward/Ball Setter(s)
  • Scoring Steward


Contact NATE    info@nationaltreibball.com     PO Box 2306, Aptos, CA 95003      +1 (831) 290-0066



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