Watch out for flying objects at the second Dodgeball Cup

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Ottawa Fury won the 2nd Quebec Dodgeball Cup, which took place at Cégep Limoilou.

Balls were flying everywhere in the gymnasium of the Cégep Limoilou sports complex. On Nov. 11 and 12, teams from Ontario, Quebec, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia dodged balls at the second annual Quebec Cup hosted by the Ligue de Dodgeball de Québec.

Dodgeball often evokes memories of a schoolyard game with medium-size rubber balls thrown between teams. This is not the description of this level of dodgeball. Here, six players on each end of the designated court run to the centre line to grab three of the six balls. Once in hand, they can score a point by eliminating (hit with balls) all the players of the opposing team, while at the same time trying not to be hit. The winning team has the highest number of eliminations within a predetermined time limit.

“It is a lot more competitive and there are a lot more injuries [than regular dodgeball],” said Bérubé. “It is a game that demands a lot more complex strategies and more physical abilities. They can be quite intense.” Players sometimes get so caught up in the game, that the intensity, speed and force at which each of the balls is thrown can be hard to follow. At such moments, the referee can ask the players to slow down.

The fastest points were scored during the second half of the men’s final, which was won by the Fury from Ottawa. The Toronto Los Chupacabras won the mixed men’s and women’s finals. And a team comprised of players from Toronto and Ottawa won the women’s finals.

To the surprise of Quebecers, dodgeball is growing in popularity. There are provincial, national and international leagues. At the first edition of the local tournament, 36 teams from Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes competed for the Quebec City Cup. This year, more than 40 teams participated.

“It is a decision that was made by players last year,” said Bérubé. “With such a successful tournament, we made it into annual event. After competing in the World Dodgeball Championship, a Toronto team invited Australian athletes to join them in Quebec City.”

Athletes from the United States, Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Italy, Mexico and Hong Kong competed for the world championship in Toronto from Oct. 18 to 21. The slogan echoed reality, “You know the game. Now meet the sport.”

Despite the Dodgeball Canada organization being only two years old, the Ligue de Dodgeball de Québec is in its sixth year. It is a non-profit organization with a mission to develop the game and to offer social activities for the community which it serves. There are many anglophone players.

For more information, visit the Ligue de Dodgeball de Québec's Facebook page.