Get the Low-Down on Dodgeball

Runners to get your "dodge" on

Has anyone ever seen the dodgeball movie featuring Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller?

Whenever I tell anyone I play dodgeball, people never fail to make a reference to the movie titled, “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story”.  The movie does a very good job in promoting the game of dodgeball.  It is still debated whether this is considered a true sport, in comparison to hockey and soccer.  In my humble opinion, it is as much a sport as any other (although some claim that it’s a geekier version of a sport).

In Vancouver, you could usually find any activities you would like to try if you look hard enough.  There are many dodgeball leagues around the lower mainland and the surrounding cities (such as Richmond, Burnaby, etcetera).

I personally go to a dodgeball league.  Every Tuesday, I wear my most laid-back clothing in preparation to roll around in the mud, so to speak.  It actually takes place in a gymnasium, and no, there really isn’t any mud.  However, be prepared for a significant number of dodgeballs being thrown your way.

You do not have to be good in all aspects of dodgeball.  I think you only need to do one of the following skills well to be considered “good”: you can dodge simultaneously a number of balls headed your direction, you can catch low-flying balls that are often extremely fast and aimed directly at the opponent, or you can throw fiercely to the point of making “thud” noises against the wall (therefore striking your opponent with undeniable force).

If you want to check out dodgeball, there are a few sites you can look up.  Some offer drop-in sessions:

http://www.urbanrec.ca/default.aspx?id=dodgeball

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