Making it to the big screen is probably dodgeball’s greatest claim to fame. The antagonist’s pump for his junk has burrowed into my mind and exists as an amusing stain in my memory. If you have no clue as to what you’ve just read, where have you been?
The President of the Dodgeball Association of Singapore, Neoh Yi Hui described the sport of dodgeball as “a team elimination sport where multiple balls are put in play and thrown at opponents in an attempt to eliminate them”.
Quitting his job as a sports event planner in a bid to take on the task of growing dodgeball full-time. Neoh’s gumption is inspirational, and might I add ballsy. For all the cynics and critics, the man knows the people behind the genital pumping cinematic masterpiece “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story”, so there’s that.
Without ripping off from the movie, dodgeball is an underdog sport in Singapore, as are so many fun things. Without much support or attention, dodgeball arrived on our shores six years ago, with a whopping ten people. That’s right, you read it here first folks. Since then they’ve grown to a sport with approximately 10 clubs and more than 200 players in Singapore.
A sport with an international governing body, complete with fabric balls specifically for the sport. The dodging or catching incoming balls, before hurling them back in your opponents direction. it’s great for developing psychomotor skills (guys that couldn’t march during NS take note), coordination, agility and all that wholesome athletic goodness.
University and other tertiary students have begun tossing balls at one another, I mean, what greater way to unwind. However, working adults and families are taking to the sport because it’s more fun than running for hours.
If you’re interested in hurling a ball at friends or complete strangers, the Dodgeball Association of Singapore organises public sessions at community centres multiple times a week. Put yourself out there and maybe you’ll find yourself playing for one of the clubs, or on the world stage.
Public Sessions (Free)
Mon: Taman Jurong CC, 505 Yung An Rd, Singapore 618616 | Hours: 7:30pm – 9:45pm
Tues: Kampong Ubi CC, 10 Jalan Ubi, Singapore 409075 | Hours: 7:30pm – 9:45pm
Thurs: Punggol CC, 3 Hougang Ave 6, Singapore 538808 & Taman Jurong CC, 505 Yung An Rd, Singapore 618616 | Hours: 7:30pm – 9:45pm
Sun: Bukit Batok Street 21 (Caged Court in front of Block 202), Singapore 650202 | Hours: 4pm – 8pm
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