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YMCA to set up dodgeball league

Sunday, February 24, 2008

The word "dodgeball" conjures up images of zooming large, red rubber balls for some, or a Ben Stiller movie for others.

But beginning in March, Clay County YMCA members will have the chance to avenge any playground defeats.

Now through March 7, the YMCA is accepting registration for dodgeball teams in four different age brackets.

Elementary, junior high, high school age and adults over the age of 18 can form teams of six to 10 people.

Teams will play one night a week, in the evening, with two 30-minute, best-of-five matches. At the end of the five-week season, a tournament will be played.

Program Director Deb Plummer said, during last year's league, some teams really got into the spirit of the league and had team T-shirts made.

The Y does not supply T-shirts, and they are not mandatory for less fashion-forward teams.

For players who have not found a team, they can join the "free agent" list and be placed on a team by Plummer.

Although the thought of adults playing dodgeball might sound silly, Plummer insists, "It's a combination of fun and fitness, and an opportunity for people to interact in a fun way and remember their childhood."

Also, those traumatized by the stinging playground balls of the past need not worry.

The Y uses soft foam balls, often referred to as "gator" balls, which are used in other dodgeball leagues.

The high school and adult leagues will begin play on Saturday, March 15, and the elementary and junior high teams fire up Tuesday, March 18.

Stiller may not march his team into the Clay County YMCA gym, but all participants can expect fun.

For more information or a registration form, contact the YMCA at 442-6761.

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