Quick Reference


Standard Game

In the Standard Game the dog waits with the handler in the goal area for a cue. The dog is sent out to the other side of the point ball which is set on the Minimum First Send Line (MFSL). The dog must stop and wait for 3 seconds facing the handler before driving the first ball after receiving a "push' command.  All other balls may be driven in without a “wait” and in any order except in Pre-Novice where a “wait” is required before pushing each ball. The dog must push all balls into the goal area within a designated time period. The dog then lies down to stop the clock. Discrimination games, obstacles, etc. are not part of the Standard Game.  Each level of the Standard Game increases in difficulty by number of balls used, the distance at which they are placed from the goal line and the seconds allowed per ball.

Balls N Order Game  -  Coming Soon! 

In the Balls N Order Game the dog drives all the balls into the goal in a predetermined order. Balls driven into the goal out of order will be returned to the field. This game starts at Novice level.


Pre-Novice is an opportunity for teams to demonstrate and receive recognition for their mastery of the foundation skills of Treibball.  Dogs will bring in one ball at a time which is set 15 or 20 feet from the goal line. There are then two resets for a total of 3 balls. Standard course time is 2 minutes 25 seconds. This is the only Level at which food or toy or play rewards are allowed on the competition field. Pre-Novice level is optional. Teams may start at the Novice level.

Novice level uses three balls set in a triangle 20 or 25 feet from the goal line. Standard course time is 2 minutes. 

Intermediate level uses six balls set in a triangle 30 to 35 feet from the goal line. Standard course time is 3 minutes. 

Advanced level uses eight balls set in a triangle with three rows 35 to 45 feet from the goal line. Standard course time is 4 minutes. 

Master level uses eight balls set in a triangle with three rows 45 to 55 feet from the goal line. Standard course time is 4 minutes. 

Veteran Dogs and Disabled Handlers/Dogs

A special Veterans Division is available for dogs 8  years of age or older. Additional time is given to complete the courses. Performance modifications are available to teams with a dog or handler disability.





    NATE Level Pre-Novice


    NATE Level Novice


    NATE Level Intermediate


    NATE Level Advanced


    NATE Level Master


    Outstanding NATE Novice


    Outstanding NATE Intermediate


    Outstanding NATE Advanced


    Outstanding NATE Master

Field Surface/Size and Goals

The initial stages of training can happen in a small yard or even indoors in a hallway or living room. If there is a park with a flat field near your home you could do training there as well.

Competition may be held either indoors or outdoors on the following field sizes: Pre-Novice and Novice levels - 50 feet long by 35 feet wide. Intermediate classes and above - 75 feet long by 50 feet wide.

Video Titling allows smaller and larger fields with certain restrictions.

Goals are 15 feet wide by 5 feet deep and and made with solid back and sides at least 3 feet high.


Training equipment can include: mats, cones, laundry baskets, food bowls, and chairs.

Balls used are inflatable exercise balls sized by dog height class coming to the dog's shoulder or higher. You can actually begin to train important foundation skills without even having a ball.

Dog Height Classes

Mini  9” (22.5 cm) & under  25 cm 18 cm (7 inches) up to 30cm (11.5inches)
** lighter weight balls may be used
X-Small Over 9”(22.9 cm) up to
14” (35.5 cm)
 35 cm  30 cm (11.5 inches) up to 40cm (15.75 inches)
Smal Over 14” (35.5 cm) up to
18” (45.7cm)
 45 cm 40 cm (15.75 inches) up to 50 cm (19.75 inches)
Medium Over 18” (45.7 cm) up to
22” (55.8 cm)
 55 cm  50 cm (19.75 inches) up to 60cm (23.5 inches)
 Large Over 22” up to 26”  65 cm  60 cm (23.5 inches) up to 70cm (27.5 inches)
 X-Large  Over 26” (66 cm)  75 cm  70 cm (27.5 inches) up to 80cm (31.5 inches)


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