Dodgeball Winnipeg promises to play by international rules
New league started by veteran Winnipeg dodgeballer is looking for players.
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Dodgeball in Winnipeg just got a little more serious.
The game many remember from their elementary school gym class is becoming increasingly popular with big kids, and one local dodgeballer who’s played in the Winnipeg Rec League for the last few years is branching out and starting a new league, one he says will follow international rules.
Yes, there’s international rules for adult dodgeball, says Stacy Huen, 26.
“I got to try the WDBF rules and I found that they’re just so much more fun to play with,” Huen told Metro, explaining WDBF stands for the World Dodgeball Federation, the sport’s the Toronto-based international governing body that’s been setting the standard for dodgeball rules since 2011. “A lot of the world rules are a little more intuitive.”
The league, called Dodgeball Winnipeg, will use foam rubber balls that are the proper WDBF size (seven inches in diameter), rather than the eight inch diameter balls currently used in the rec league.
That makes them easier to grip and easier to whip, said to Huen.
The new league will also follow international rules that allow a player to hold as many balls as they can carry, rather than the rec league rules that allow just one ball at a time.
But the most important difference, according to Huen, is his league will have official trained referees officiating at every game.
“The biggest reason we wanted to start a league of our own is because they’re getting frustrated by all the arguments,” he said. “They watch the game and if they see someone is out they’ll call it immediately, they’ll enforce line rules, and basically just prevents arguments.”
Dodgeball Winnipeg is now registering individual players for a draft league set start in November at a cost of $50 per player, and looking for teams to sign up for a team league that’ll kick off in January. The cost for a team to register is $395.
For more information on the league or to sign up to play go to dodgeballwinnipeg.com.