Catch to Get Back In
Catches win matches, but a missed catch can result in a devastating defeat. Here are some tips to improve your catching, as well as your decision-making:
- Catches win matches! Be careful – seconds into your first game is not the time to make a tricky catch. Also, don’t worry about catching if you are 5-1 up with 30 seconds left – rather, focus on your throws and not getting caught. Pick the time for a catch, and careful about a post-catch celebration (or you might find yourself caught off-guard)!
- Catch with your hands. – NOT your fingertips.
- Don’t reach for it. – Reaching out and plucking a ball from the air may look spectacular, but it is much more likely to result in a glancing blow and your elimination. If the ball isn’t coming directly towards you, leave it.
- Into the breadbasket. – The best way to make a catch is to absorb it into your mid-section. Remove as much of the pace as possible by folding yourself around the ball. Don’t take too long though, as more balls may be arriving shortly.
- Deflect up. – If you are one-on-one with an opponent, this may work. While holding a ball, deflect a thrown ball into the air and catch it as it lands.
- Drop-catch. – Holding onto a ball when your opponent has several usually makes you a target. After all, you don’t have your hands free to make a catch. Also, if they dislodge the ball you are holding, you’ll be out. Use this to your advantage. Hold the ball in front of you in order to make yourself a target. Then, drop your ball and catch one of the incoming balls. If the incoming balls don’t look catchable, deflect them safely away.
Waiver Forms! In order to compete in the tournament, you must send in a signed waiver form. Don’t have a copy? You can get it by clicking here. You can mail it to 122 Market Street, Manchester, NH 03101. You can also scan and email it to [email protected].
Get your friends and family to cheer you on! Make sure your friends and family save the date for the statewide tournament so they can attend and cheer you and your teammates on. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students, and free for kids 12 and under and is sold at the door (cash and credit cards are accepted).
The dodgeball tournament is on Facebook too! Join the event page and let the other teams know who’s going to take home the trophy!