Why play Dodgeball?
The biased answer: because it’s loads of fun!
The unbiased answer: you won’t know if you like it without trying it so come along and give it a go! But if you need some more convincing, here’s our top 5 reasons:
- You get to throw balls at your friends
- It’s a great way to keep active without it feeling like exercise
- We’re a really friendly club!
- You can play it as casually or as competitively as you want!
- Did we mention you get to throw balls at your friends? This part is really fun
What if I’ve never played dodgeball before?
Don’t worry! The best of dodgeball is that most people have ever played it before uni so everyone starts with the same level of experience.
Is Dodgeball a sport?
I think this is something that we all asked when we joined too, but dodgeball really is a thriving sport with a governing body, competitions (like the Dodgeball World Cup and Dodgeball Euros) and loads of players.
At the end of the day though, it’s just a really fun game to play and one of the most social sports as well! If you want to have a look at how to play, click here!
Does it matter if I only go to trainings or only go to socials?
Nope! We have some members who come to every single training and social, some who only come to socials and some who just come to training.
Some people come to one training a term and others come to every session! There are no requirements for anything so just turn up whenever you fancy it! Of course we always love to see people coming to everything!!
Myth: Dodgeball is just for guys
The reality is the complete opposite! Dodgeball is one of the most inclusive and tight knit sports. Because it’s a relatively new sport with a very supportive community, everyone is welcome no matter the race, gender, age, religion, or sexuality!
We also have one of the best Women’s teams in the country (seriously, they are amazing) and a fantastic mixed team.
Here’s our social sec, Charlotte, talking about the misconception:
Myth: You need to be good at throwing
Nope! One of the best things about dodgeball is that there are so many aspects that you can improve on, so you don’t need to be good at throwing at all!
A lot of the best players in our club and international teams don’t throw that hard, instead they are great at catching or dodging – skills which can easily win you games.
Myth: Getting hit by a dodgeball hurts
The dodgeballs we use are actually made out of cloth and out of foam. Both materials are quite soft and so it doesn’t hurt at all when getting hit by a dodgeball.
And being scared of the ball is a natural fear! We were all a bit nervous before our first dodgeball session but it really doesn’t hurt and by playing more and more, you become a lot more comfortable with the ball.
Pro tip: if you become really good at catching or dodging, even the best throwers won’t want to throw at you!
What is Circling?
Circling is where members of the club sit in a circle and play drinking games. Often, circling happens before Pop! the student club night, but we love circles in Dodge so we’ll have frequent circles a lot, even if they are little informal ones (they’re really fun tbf)
Dodge is known for being one of the best sports clubs for socials, and particularly, circling because of the long history of the club and unique games and traditions that no other club in Warwick has (which is why we love circle so much). Read more about it here!
Do I need to drink to come to socials?
Definitely not! We don’t expect anyone to drink and we will never ask anyone to drink or do anything else they are uncomfortable with.
We have a lot of members who don’t drink at a lot of socials or at any socials. Whether it’s because of personal preference, or you have a game the next day (that doesn’t always stop people though), or you just don’t feel like it; you don’t need to explain why and we will totally respect your decision.
And if you are worried about coming to a social because you don’t drink, it’s honestly so much fun regardless of whether you drink or not! Or you could even come to one of our sober socials or meet people in training first!