Dodgeball is a team sport that consists of players throwing balls at their opponents in an attempt to eliminate them with a direct hit. If their opponent catches the ball, the thrower is eliminated, and the opposing team gets to bring an eliminated player back in. The game is played until one side has lost all of their players.
Dodgeball is played around the world with a variety of interpretations of these core rules as well as with many different forms of balls: rubber, no-sting, cloth and foam.
When people think of dodgeball, two things typically come to mind: 1. they think of the grade-school gym class game; 2. they think of the 2004 movie with Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn.
Neither of those thoughts are a great representation of the sport of dodgeball that will be on display at the 2020 Canadian National Championships. While the movie does correctly incorporate the core rules and can be attributed to the surge of adult interest in the game, competitive players definitely don’t train with wrenches, and they cringe every time the movie is quoted back to them by a person who isn’t privy to the competitive realm of the sport.
The athletes that compete at nationals may take the sport seriously and train all year round, but they also encourage a welcoming and inclusive community. Just ask any of the players themselves; they’ll be happy to tell you just how great this sport really is.