"If you can dodge traffic, you can dodge a ball!" - Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)
I remember playing dodgeball in gym class as a kid. It was a silly game where we ran around and threw rubber balls at each other. I enjoyed dodgeball because it was simple and fun. Anyone could play it.
Who could have predicted that dodgeball would become a legitimate international sport? It turns out that dodgeball is easy to learn but difficult to master. Here is some information on the legitimate worldwide sport of dodgeball.
National Dodgeball League
The National Dodgeball League (NDL) is an organization that hosts professional dodgeball games. There are currently 18 teams in the league from across the United States. Teams such as the Los Angeles Chaos and San Diego Crossfire represent the west coast. On the east coast are teams like the New York Epic and Virginia Rampage.
NDL Amateur Association
The NDL has a feeder program known as the NDL Amateur Association. This group governs amateur dodgeball teams as they rise through the ranks. Teams like Rise of Brutality and Hammer Time play in sanctioned dodgeball tournaments throughout the year. Winning tournaments earns points and leads to higher rankings.
2011 NDL Dodgeball World Championship
The eighth annual NDL Dodgeball World Championship was held on August 12-14, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Teams from all over the world faced off in seven divisions. The American teams dominated the competition, earning first and second place in all but one division. The Dodgeball World Championship is the premier tournament of its kind in the world. It is their World Series, their Super Bowl.
For a look at some real dodgeball action, go to NDLtv.com. There you will find some actual dodgeball game footage. As you will see, dodgeball is a competitive sport. Participants take the game very seriously. Dodgeball takes skill, speed and agility just like any sport.
Ready to Play?
If you want to learn how to play dodgeball, take a look at the official rules of the game. Then all you will need are some dodgeball balls. You can find sets of dodgeball balls online. Once you have the equipment and a place to play, start playing. Like anything else, it takes lots of practice to get good at dodgeball.
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)
For even more dodgeball fun, rent the movie Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004). This PG-13 rated comedy is a silly but funny depiction of the game of dodgeball. It is good for a few laughs, but do not be fooled. Dodgeball is a serious sport.
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