Dodging For Exercise

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

November 16, 2006

Once again we're looking back at our childhood as a way to keep off those extra holiday pounds in part of our week long series of alternative exercises. This segment looks at a sport that was made popular for adults after a movie about a true underdog story.

Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive and Dodge those are the five D's to dodgeball and with those secrets, no amount of balls on earth can hit you.

"If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball...If you can dodge traffic, you can dodge a ball." That's a quote from the 20th Century Fox's hit movie Dodgeball.

Maybe the Charlottesville version isn't quite as serious, but the team in the movie was just a group of normal guys from Average Joe's Gym like this Joe who played in elementary school.

"Last time I played was probably about fifth grade," said Joe Thompson.

There are simple rules. Each team starts with eight players. You try and hit the other team with a ball, but if they catch it, you're out and one of their teammates can come back in the game.

"It's a carefree game. You're just throwing the ball around, trying to hit people. It's not something adults get to do everyday," said Tara Day who plays.

They can do it this spring because the Charlottesville Sports and Social Club is looking to form a league. In the meantime even the practices are a workout.

"Boy, when we practiced this once I was definitely working up a big sweat out there. There's a lot of moving around, a lot of quick dodging and everything. It's a very high tempo game," said Chad Day of the Charlottesville Sports & Social Club.

The local competition might not be as intense as the movie. In fact I dropped more than I caught but it definitely brings out the inner child and competitive side in all of it's players.

Right now the club is hosting tournaments before starting up a regular league. For more information you can visit their website:

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