Injury Report

(published 10/04/2022 on House of Dodge)

We’ve all got our bashes and bruises, our broken fingers and badly twisted knees; but just how injury-prone is dodgeball as a sport? We decided to find out by sending out a questionnaire to as many dodgeballers as possible – of all different levels, nationalities, experience levels – to ask them what dodgeball had done to their bodies.

At the time of writing, we had 365 responses to our questionnaire on injuries incurred through dodgeball (minus a few dud responses). To my knowledge, this makes it the largest data gathering of its type on dodgeball. Hopefully in future years more national governing bodies and global dodgeball organisations might run more widespread, official reports on their players, but this is a decent starting point to get an idea of the state of injury levels in dodgeball.

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BUCS Finals Day – Cups, Calamities and Controversies

(published 22/03/2022 on House of Dodge)

This is how the BUCS season ends: not with a bang, but with a whimper, official complaints, and reffing errors galore. 

It was a fantastic day of dodgeball from all players, and one that everyone should walk away from feeling proud of how they competed on court. On the sidelines, however, not so much, as a couple of major reffing errors cast a bit of a dark cloud over a day that should have gone down as one of the best days of the season so far.

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Meet the Club – Manchester Bees

(published 04/05/22, House of Dodge)

They’re the biggest club in the UK. Their black and yellow kits are the envy of Wiz Khalifa fans across the country. Around every corner of St George’s park, you can hear the sound of buzzing. Manchester Bees need no introduction – and yet here I am, writing one anyway, as we recently sat down to talk to Aden Woodall, committee chair for the club, to talk about what exactly goes into making, growing, and running a club of that size. It’s time to meet the Manchester Bees.

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Mon Ih Scots!

(published on British Dodgeball, 01/03/2022)

The Scottish Super League got underway in Dundee last Saturday, with six teams from four clubs competing for glory. The old stalwarts of Granite City Guerillas started their season off strong, with their 1s taking an undefeated first place, their 2s slipping into second having lost to the 1s, and their ladies team taking fifth position with a victory over the Edinburgh Fireworks.

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Happy Belated Ballentines Day

(published on British Dodgeball, 15/02/2022)

Starting off by looking at University dodgeball: we may have the last BUCS league fixtures this weekend, but three leagues have already finished! Amazing how fast time flies.

In the Men’s Premier League, Sheffield 1s completed their undefeated run with seven wins across seven matches. Their captain, James Bateman, had this to say: “We are delighted to have won the first-ever BUCS Super League as it marks such a good advancement in the sport of dodgeball. I think we are fortunate in our team that lots of our players are naturally sporty and have picked up dodgeball so easily! I want to say it’s good captaining but in reality it’s the pure talent of the players and their willingness to succeed and desire to win.”

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The Return of Regional League

(published on British Dodgeball , 01/02/2022)

We’re back! On Sunday the 23rd of Jan, our second set of regional leagues for the season got underway, with four out of six of the leagues hosting their first fixtures.

In both Southern leagues, Canterbury Crocs put in a huge shift, earning them top of the table in the men’s with two wins. “We are looking forward to this regional league and the opportunity to play against some new teams. We are really happy with our first two results – we know we’ve still got some hard games to go but have our eyes on the club’s first bit of silverware,” says James Owen, Canterbury men’s captain. And their women’s side isn’t looking too shabby either: with a win and a draw earning them second spot in their league, just underneath the mighty London Storm. “We are so happy that BD has introduced a women’s league allowing our girls to play more regularly and get a taste for the competitive side of the game, and we can’t wait to see how the season goes!” says Sarah Krauspe, Canterbury women’s captain.

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Meet the Club – London Knights

(published on House of Dodge, 25/01/2022)

From launching at the same time as the coronavirus, to fighting for the top spot in the South Eastern regional league, London Knights have certainly had a colourful first few years as a dodgeball club. 

It’s easy to forget among the plethora of London clubs now – Saints, Knights, and Bottoms (yes, really) – that there was once only the mighty Storm. And back then, as the only club in the largest city in the UK, there were beginning to be issues with numbers. “Pre-pandemic the only major competitive dodgeball team in London was Storm. Because of this most players in the area flocked to play for them,” explains Knights player and exec member Rosa, who spoke to us on their behalf. “Eventually as the club grew the venue started to reach its capacity, making it difficult for competitive players to have adequate training time on top of taking on people new to the sport.” 

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Get Stuck in the Middle of League

(published on British Dodgeball, 18/01/2022)

On Saturday 15th of January, we officially hit the halfway mark for national leagues! Meaning that every team within a league has played each other at least once, and the schedule now repeats, giving teams a chance to show their progress. Anything can change between now and the end of league, but this is when tables start to really take shape and give a solid idea of who might be in with a chance for the podium.

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