What the hell is dodgeball? Plus 4 interesting dodgeball facts

1st April 2014


Picture credit: Marvin Kuo (marvinkuo) on Flickr

What is dodgeball?

The main aim of Dodgeball is to hit your opposing team with the ball, or to catch balls thrown from the opposite team, before the balls bounce.

There are a few variations and three basic forms of the game: one team against another, one player against a team and every man for himself.

Is it safe? Does it hurt?

It’s as safe as any other sport – the balls used are made of soft rubber so it doesn’t hurt if they hit you. And we should know – we tried it last year!

Haven’t I heard of dodgeball before?

Yep – as well as the film starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn, dodgeball has been referenced in everything from The Simpsons to Monsters Inc. It’s a popular game in the US and even has several global associations to its name.

Do I have to get a team together to play?

A good game requires about 10 players. And as luck would have it, we’re taking our members to a dodgeball taster session on 1st April so you don’t have to gather a big team if you want to try it.

Dodgeball tournament

Picture credit: How I See Life (mrsbluff) on Flickr

4 interesting dodgeball facts

  • Dodgeball was first played in Africa over 200 years ago. Instead of soft balls, players threw rocks and putrified matter at the opposing team, while also defending their own teammates who were under attack. The exercise was meant to encourage team-work for when the players went into battle with other tribes.
  • Every four years, students at St. Marys College host a dodgeball match to honour the founding fathers of the sport, and the original African players.
  • The largest game every played involved 6,084 participants at the University of California in September 2012.
  • During filming for Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Ben Stiller broke three cameras in one scene and hit his wife in the face.

Make new friends in London and get fit!

Hello! We’re thinking bob, a fun and energetic socials club in London.

Every month we try new sports like dodgeball, table tennis and, yes, even darts, as well as our usual treasure hunts and escape games to give your mind a work out as well as your body…

Not a member yet? Your first month’s membership is just £1!





Photos by Marvin Kuo used under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

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