Guest Post: Dodging the podge

Monday, May 14, 2012

Having not known that dodgeball actually even existed in reality 6 months ago, I am now a fully fledged convert. To pacify a friend who had played it in school, I agreed to sign up to a league in Clapham for a few weeks without really thinking about it. My only point of reference, as for many people, was the film, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. Thankfully, there have been no spanners involved in my dodgeball experience so far, just good fun and fast-paced exercise, and I am definitely a dodgeball convert!

The mixed teams usually consist of 8 people, and two teams play against each other with 6 soft balls. A match consists of 3 sets, each of which is made up of 5 three minute games. The games are very quick; it is quite an intense sport involving short sprints and running around to avoid the balls which are usually hurtling towards you with some serious pace on them (especially if you’ve got a burly guy with strong arms on the opposite team). Now, although the 5 D’s of dodgeball do ring true (that’s “Dodge, Dip, Dive, Duck and Dodge” to those of you not in the know), there’s more to it than just that. Catching is a key part of the game, as by catching your opponents’ ball, you simultaneously send the thrower off the court and can bring another player from your own team back into the game. In addition, having a good throwing arm also helps as it makes you more likely to hit members of the opposition if you’re able to lob the balls with a bit of pace and accuracy. Generally though, dodgeball requires very little skill, and is a great way to meet people, have fun and get fit at the same time. You get a workout without even realizing it – way better than spending hours on the treadmill!

Shalini Gunawardana joined a dodgeball league with Go Mammoth, a London-based facility.  You can visit Shalini's blog, Tastebudtickler, for her restaurant reviews.

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