Dodgeball 101 Series: Throw to Win
Throw to Win
The easiest way to eliminate your opponents is to hit them with a ball. But it is not that simple. Here are some simple strategies to maximize your throwing effectiveness.
- If in doubt, don’t throw at an opponent – If you are being counted out and you still have no viable target (e.g. you have several balls but one is at the back of the court or you are off-balance) throw hard at the wall, well away from any players. Having a ball caught is the worst thing that can happen in dodgeball.
- Aim at a single target – players are usually numbered 1-6 from the left to the right as you look at them (they won’t actually be wearing numbers – but teams will number players in their head, in order to quickly identify their target). The player on your team that stands on the far left calls out the target. Then make a 3, 2, 1 countdown in your head before releasing.
- Throw together – the hallmark of an inexperienced team is teammates throwing in isolation. Five balls thrown at once are much harder to dodge or catch than single shots which can be spotted from range. The best teams are the most coordinated.
- Spread out – if all the balls are coming from the same part of the court, they are easier to dodge because all throwers are in your line of sight. By spreading out on the court and throwing at the same person from different angles, the target may be blind-sided and unable to dodge.
- Get close – Throw as close to the dead zone as possible (the center line). This makes your throw much harder to catch or dodge.
- Aim low – it is not the hardest throw that takes someone out, but the smartest. Aim at the chest at your peril. Get your shots in low and together (did I mention you must throw together!). Aim your hits between the thigh and shin. If you miss, at least you won’t get caught. Remember – catches win matches.
- Throw at the strongest players first. – When the court is more crowded, players have less room to dodge. While it may be tempting to take out weaker players, this will hurt you in the long run: the longer a decent player stays in, the more time they have to hit you with a good throw or catch.
- Use the court – hitting a player is just one way to get an elimination. Several balls thrown together at the inside shoulder of a player on the edges of the court can cause them to step out of court, and out of the game.
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!