Dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge. These are the “Five D’s of Dodgeball”. Remember them, because they may come in handy sooner than you think. Anyone who has seen the 2004 film “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” knows that the Five D’s are the most important and basic keys to dodgeball victory. Why am I telling you this? Well, it is because dodgeball is no longer just an obscure late-night programming move on ESPN 8—“The Ocho”. In fact, you too can be part of the action this fall when the Pensacola Blue Wahoos introduce their Adult Dodgeball League to our fair city.
“Here’s how it works,” says organizer and player Caitlin Schaffstall. “Registration is $250 per team. A team can have a minimum of six players and a maximum of 10, with players being able to switch out and give each other a rest. Only six players at a time may be on the court in play. We have a limit of 30 teams, and we (the Blue Wahoos organization) will provide different colored t-shirts with their team’s name on them.”
The dodge ball league, which will hold its tournament-style matches on Davis Highway at the Pensacola Pelicans Training Academy beginning Oct. 4, is not only a way for thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies to test themselves in a high energy sport, but also a way for some of us cereal binging lay-abouts to get interested in becoming more active and getting into a good exercise regimen. Besides, exercise is always a lot more fun when you’re having a good time and occasionally get to whip a red rubber ball at another person’s torso. “We really think this league will be a good thing for the community to get involved in and promote a healthier lifestyle,” Schaffstall adds. “It’s also going to be a whole lot of fun!”
Fun indeed. As mentioned before, the Fox Pictures film, starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn, brought the real life competitive sport of dodgeball out of middle school gym class and into the public eye. The teams that played in the movie were a tad over the top, but the physicality of the sport is represented well, actually. Dodgeball is a very fast paced and high-energy sport, so don’t think that you can just hop up off the couch after a Maury Povich marathon and dominate the game. That doesn’t necessarily mean that only athletes at peek physical condition can play, but once a team is organized and registered, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to get in some practice around games to stay sharp, because not only do you need to have good cardio and stamina, but the mind must also be a weapon. Reflexes are a dodgeball player’s best friend, as you must think fast and be aware of everything around you if you want to taste sweet victory.
While sponsors are in the works for the league itself, teams are also advised that it is possible to secure sponsors to cover the $250 registration fee. However, the shirts provided will only have the team’s name on them, so if you’re cool with playing as the “Publix Bagboys” or the “Independent News Flash”, you can do it that way, but it might be cooler to just have your players pitch in and choose the gnarliest name you can think of to intimidate and dominate your opponents. Games start on Oct. 4 and run until Nov. 8, with a play-off to determine the champion from Nov. 10-29. There is still time to register, so hop to!
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Sept. 20
REGISTRATION FEE, PER TEAM: $250
PLAYERS PER TEAM: Minimum six, Maximum 10
REGULAR SEASON: OCT. 4-NOV. 8
PLAY-OFFS: NOV. 10-29
AGES 18 AND UP
Email: Contact Caitlin Schaffstall for a registration form at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADULT DODGEBALL LEAGUE
WHEN: Oct. 4-Nov. 29
WHERE: Pensacola Pelicans Training Academy, 4920 N. Davis Highway
COST: $250 per team