Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive and…Dodge: Dodgeball in Metro D

By: Scott Davis | February 24, 2014

First of all, be prepared for several “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” puns and references, but if you have an itching to throw a rubber ball at somebody for fun then maybe you should consider joining a dodgeball league or tournament. Just try not to get hit in the face yourself. While you may need to train, don’t take the “if you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball” mentality. Seriously don’t, that would be painful.

We’ve all played dodgeball before. Whether it was in gym class, a pickup game with friends or chucking balls at random innocent bystanders (maybe not, but don’t act like you haven’t at least entertained the thought), dodgeball has most likely showed up in your life at some point. I’m willing to bet you usually had a good time playing it as well. So why not have some fun and play again? Unfortunately Patches O’Houlihan is no longer around to train you. If you don’t know who that is, I’m severely disappointed.

Check out one of these local places that offer dodgeball leagues and fun.

ComePlayDetroit in Downtown Detroit is one of the Motor City’s largest providers of adult recreational sports leagues. Dodgeball leagues are offered in both indoor and outdoor settings. At this exact moment in time, ComePlayDetroit is working on getting a dodgeball schedule ready. Keep an eye out for upcoming leagues, tournaments and locations. It is a great opportunity to blow off steam after work, meet new people and stay active.

Sky Zone is located at 42550 Executive Dr. in Canton. I pass this place often so maybe I should give it a whirl. The thing about Sky Zone is that this isn’t your everyday run of the mill game of dodgeball. There are trampolines! Trampolines everywhere! There are leagues for adults ages 16 and up. The next one starts on February 27 and lasts until April 3, with a championship tournament on Sunday, April 6. If you want to enroll your child in a league there are leagues available for both elementary school and middle school children. Don’t forget about a pickup game of 3-D dodgeball as well! I could think of very few things more fun than this.

Airtime Trampoline and Game Park located at 662 E. Big Beaver Rd., in Troy is another place where you can quite literally bounce off the walls while playing dodgeball; however, you also get the option to play some old school dodgeball as well. There are all sorts of things to do before or after your intense dodgeball session as well—including something called “mosh pits” where you try to achieve maximum airtime on said trampolines. Sign me up.

Detroit Cup Dodgeball Tournament will take place at Total Sports Complex, 46039 Grand River Ave., in Novi on Saturday, March 8, 2014. Dodgeball for a cause! This is the eighth annual Detroit Cup and all the proceeds benefit the city of Detroit. There are both guys’ and girls’ divisions (co-ed teams are allowed, but will play in the guys’ division) and the cost is $125 per team. Registration is currently open until March 5. Here is a list of the official rules and registration information. This event is put together by 707 Student Ministries and Oak Pointe Church.

Your team doesn’t have to have a pirate on it, and you may not get to play for $50,000 in Las Vegas, but it would be a lot cooler if you did (extra brownie points if you knew this movie quote as well).

Again, before you step onto the court; always remember the five “D’s” of dodgeball: dodge, duck, dip, dive and…dodge.