Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive & Dodge
Do you remember your elementary school days and the clammy hands you would get waiting for your name to be called in P.E. class? The fear in your eyes, on dodgeball day, as you saw that terrifying red ball pummeling towards you at high speed? The pride you felt when you pegged the class bully right in the gut? Well, thanks to WAKA Social Sports (World Adult Kickball Association) those memories don’t have to stay in the past. Montgomery is now home to a co-ed dodgeball league for adults age 21 and up and it’s even better than your P.E. days.... it’s a party on a dodgeball court.
WAKA has just wrapped up its eleventh season of kickball, completing its fifth year in the River Region. In the past six seasons alone, $20,000 has been donated to mostly local charities. This past fall, Montgomery celebrated its largest season yet with 19 teams, gaining a superleague status by WAKA, which is given to leagues with 16 or more teams. The success of WAKA’s kickball league in Montgomery has led the organizers to expand to dodgeball during the winter months. The WAKA dodgeball league in Montgomery is the first in the state of Alabama, which is only the tenth state with active leagues according to www.foamdodgeball.com. Don’t worry; they’ve taken the sting away and use soft foam dodgeballs. And the good news - as WAKA Montgomery Community Coordinator Aaron Graffius puts it, “Excellence is not required. However, you must possess a desire to work with a team, socialize, and have an all-around good time.”
WAKA Social Sports is celebrating nearly 17 years of existence, founded by a group of young professionals in Washington D.C. who began to miss the camaraderie and ease of meeting new people that they had experienced in college. Since then, the organization has promoted fun and friendships across the country.
The WAKA Foam Dodgeball League season runs January 6th - February 17th. Teams of 16-26 players will have the chance to play in a minimum of seven games, plus an all team play off tournament set for February 24th. The 40-minute games are played on Tuesdays at 6:15 p.m. at the Chisholm Community Center by the Montgomery Zoo. The coaches teach you everything you need to know about the game, so there’s no need to be a pro. If your dignity is still bruised from P.E. class and you would rather just watch, spectators are welcome too. The registration comes with a t-shirt, food and drink specials at WAKA’s partner bar Rock Bottom American Pub, plus the opportunity to make friends and have fun.
Registration for this year’s dodgeball league is over, but there’s still fun to be had in the spring’s kickball league. Sign up with a big group, a couple of friends or fly solo - just be ready for the time of your life. Be sure to check out the website, www.kickball.com/Montgomery, for when to register – you won’t want to miss out!
“If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.” – Patches O’Houlihan