Dodgeball XV will be held on Saturday, September 10th, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at the Dunford Recreation Center in Mesquite, Texas. Cost: $2. Scroll down for more information.
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The DallasDodgeball.com First Annual Dodgeball Tournament was held on Saturday, August 20th at the Dunford Recreation Center in Mesquite, Texas. It was a frenzied two hours of dodgeball play, with many thrilling victories and just as many agonizing defeats. Ten teams were in attendance, each with five players. There were 84 people in attendance, counting spectators and supporters.
NEWS: Commissioner of Dodgeball Robert Taylor Unveils Future Game Dates and Dodgeball Tournament Date:
Dodgeball Game XV: Saturday September 10
Dodgeball Game XVI: Saturday October 8
Dodgeball Game XVII: Saturday November 12
Dodgeball Game XVIII: Saturday December 10
A great turnout, except for the cheater. But he won’t be back unless he apologizes.
A great turnout!
Am I out!? If you were there then you know what I’m talking about.
Another good turnout with about 25 people and the use of the entire gym!
We had about 25 people show up and used the entire gym. Some guys came dressed as the Purple Cobras from the movie. They had t-shirts saying Purple Cobras and their names on the back like Lasar.
Warning: Do not hit girls in the face with dodgeballs. They will fight back!
Dodgeball VI and VII – A Smacking Good Time
A photographer and a reporter from the Dallas Morning News attended the games for a news story. The photographer even “embedded” himself for a couple of games, and was a big hit! Click here for the Dallas Morning News story! Photo: Bobby Taylor of Mesquite, the remaining player on his team, protects himself from a barrage of balls during a pickup game of dodgeball at the Dunford Community Center in Mesquite. He was battling three opponents. (Click photo to enlarge)
The bowling pins were a neat addition to the games in Dodgeball V, adding a new layer of strategy. While some loved the pin games, others just wanted to play old-fashioned dodgeball.
Dodgeball IV and V
We had a very good turnout for Dodgeball IV played on September 15th. Dodgeball V will be played on a new night – Tuesday (October 12th)! Also new for Dodgeball V: Bowling pins! You may remember bowling pins from your grade-school PE classes. You must guard your pins from the opposing team while trying to knock down your opponent’s pins. There a several variations to the rules regarding bowling pins in dodgeball, especially concerning when the game ends. Does it end when all players are out on a team, when all the pins are knocked down, or both? Discuss how you think we should play in our forum.
Dodgeball II: Ball Room Blitz…
…That’s what Mesquite News reporter Daren Watkins had to say about Dodgeball II, played August 4th, 2004. The Mesquite News story “Ball Room Blitz – Movie spawns interest in dodgeball — the bygone junior high P.E. class competition” appeared in the August 5th, 2004 edition. The article was on the front page as the centerpiece story! There is a rather large photo of veteran dodgeball player Jeremy Hill (aka Jugster) winding up to throw. There is also a smaller photo of dodgeball player Jacob Edmonds, 9, about to be pummeled by several balls thrown his way. Click here for the complete text story and click here to see scanned image from newspaper (large graphics file).
First Dodgeball Game A Big Hit
7/14/2004: Our first dodgeball meet was a big hit. It was non-stop dodgeball action for two solid hours as Click to enlarge!about 20 people from around the Metroplex relived their fifth-grade PE classes. Many of the games featured 8 on 8, 9 on 9, and 10 on 10. Play stopped only long enough to arrange the dodgeballs on the center line to start new games. With about 12 dodgeballs in play, there was plenty of hitting action. There were no injuries, although one guy got his glasses broken after taking a shot to the head, and I’m sure there were plenty of sore muscles in the days after the game. Most everyone agreed that this was the funnest thing they have done in a long time, and they are eagerly looking forward to the next meet.
Dodgeball Game XV
Who: You and your friends, or your enemies
When: Saturday, September 10th
Where: Mesquite, Texas – Dunford Community Center (near 30 and LBJ about a mile down the road from Trophy Nissan) 1015 Green Canyon Dr, Mesquite Texas 75150 MAP
Time: 3 – 5:00 PM
Bring: Athletic wear and a sportsmanlike attitude.
Notes: The court rental is from 3:00 to 5:00. Arrive a few minutes early so that we can organize and start playing at 3:00. If you are planning to play, please contact Robert Taylor (email: email@example.com) and let him know how many people you will be bringing (if any). If twenty people show up, we can just pick teams and play. If a hundred people show up we may pick several teams and play five minute games. Standard dodgeball rules apply. Cross the center line and you are out. Get hit by a ball and you are out. Catch a ball and the person who threw it is out. When either team is down to two players then the lines are moved forward to the blue free-throw lines, creating a no-man’s land in the middle. When the game starts, players rush to the center line to secure balls for their team, but players must check back to the wall before throwing at the opposing team.
Advantages of playing in our dodgeball meets include an indoor, air-conditioned facility and non-stop dodgeball action. If you are looking to play in a league, I suggest checking out the dodgeball play at Duke’s Restaurant in Addison, Texas. I believe they meet every Wednesday. Be advised though, I have heard there are about 40 teams that play, so teams must wait their turns. Duke’s games are played in a parking lot surrounded by a chain link fence. But, if you just want to play dodgeball and more dodgeball, then you will probably want to come and check us out.
As a youth I loved playing Dodgeball. I first played at Stemmons Elementary School in Dallas, then at Tyler Street Christian Academy (also in Dallas). As an adult, I was fortunate to play on my Marine Corps unit’s “Warball” team, the military version of Dodgeball. Now, the new Dodgeball movie starring Ben Stiller has me yearning to play Dodgeball again. After watching the movie I thought I could just come home and search “Dallas Dodgeball” at Google and find a league. No such luck. So, I have posted this Web page in the hopes that I can find other people interested in playing Dodgeball in the Dallas area for recreational purposes. If you are in the Dallas Fort Worth area and have a similar interest please contact me. My thoughts are that if enough people are interested (ages 14 and up) that we could get together about once a month at a Dallas location to play Dodgeball. – Tom Wakefield
World Dodgeball Association
FOX News: Dodgeball’s a Hit – With Adults
Portland Co-Ed Adult Dodgeball
USA Today: Dodgeball aims to be in your face
Dodgeball in Addison at Duke’s Original Roadhouse
Dallas Dodgeball Meetup
Ball Room Blitz – Movie spawns interest in dodgeball — the bygone junior high P.E. class competition
This story appeared in the August 4th, 2004 edition of the Mesquite News Star
The Star Wars series created an army of stormtrooper/jedi knight wannabes, dressing the part and going to conventions.
The movie “Swingers” created an interest in the big band swing music of the 20s.
And, recently the movie “Dodgeball – A True Underdog’s Story” has the country playing a bygone junior high physical education elimination game.
The interest appeared in Mesquite recently as Wednesday night, a group of dodgeball enthusiasts gathered at Dunford Community Center to play.
But unlike the movie – where the team from Globo Gym tried to embarrass and humiliate the team from Average Joe’s – the dodgeball games at Dunford are simply for fun and relaxation.
Postal worker Tom Wakefield saw the movie and remembered playing the game as a young man.
So, he decided to create an Internet forum looking for people who might be interested in playing.
“The movie provided the impetus,” he said. “I posted a little page on the Web asking if people would be interested in playing. I didn’t even register it with the search engines, but still people found me and wanted to play.”
Last week, Wakefield said about 20 people showed up to play.
And play they did … almost immediately.
“Everyone got there and started talking about choosing up sides,” he said. “But before any of that could happen, we rolled 12 balls on the floor and everyone went to a side and we just started playing. It was the most fun I’ve had since the fifth grade.”
The movie prompted a general interest in dodgeball – a game involving combatants trying to hit their opponents with red, rubber balls to eliminate them from the game.
The game takes varying forms, but the general premise remains the game – the team whose last member is eliminated loses the round.
However, the thrower can be eliminated if the person he or she is trying to hit catches the ball.
The game’s detractors say it is nothing more than an attempt for stronger players to prey on weaker ones.
Still, Wakefield said it shouldn’t have been eliminated from P.E. programs.
“It takes skill, strategy and intelligence,” he said. “And, I play racquetball and I’m in pretty good shape. But it [dodgeball] is a pretty good work out. There were people saying they were very sore because they were using muscles they hadn’t used in a long time with all of the stopping and starting.”
A restaurant/club in Addison has actually formed dodgeball leagues with teams, schedules and everything.
Wakefield said he’s really not concerned with structured league play because of the costs involved and the liability waivers that would have to be established.
“If you get into leagues, then it’s $35 a team or something and uniforms and insurance and whatever,” he said. “We just want to keep it fun and unstructured. Besides, the Addison league is at a bar and that’s certainly no place to take kids. If you want to play in a league, go to Addison. If you want to play and have fun, we can do it this way.”
There is a risk involved in playing dodgeball – some players throw harder than others. But Wakefield said the injury risk is not that great – at least from the flying dodgeballs.
“I think in our games, players would be more likely to sprain an ankle or something than they would be likely to get hurt by the balls.”
Wakefield was even a little reluctant to talk about the dodgeball and Dunford for fear it might begin to grow out of control.
He said he has two nationally recognized Web sites, but he has been amazed at the responses from the simple dallasdodgeball.com forum.
“I had someone drive all the way over from Arlington to play,” he said. “It really has been amazing.”