Reffing 101 – Tips and tricks to reffing at NSD

Has your team captain asked you if you’d mind reffing an assigned game? Did you stare blankly back at them and politely refuse? If so, this blog post is specifically designed for you! We know that reffing can be intimidating. It can be hard to keep track of what is happening with 6 balls and 12 players while trying to figure out which team needs to throw. Here are some guidelines and a few tips to use to your advantage in the event that you find yourself reffing a game this season:

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‘Twas the night before the World Dodgeball Champions, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…

Okay, that’s a lie, everything is stirring and we’re all getting ready for the World Dodgeball Championships that begin tomorrow in Toronto, Ontario!

Corey, Amy, Brogan & Spencer are already in Toronto in preparation for the big event and a number of the other board members are already there or will be making their way there over the next 24 hours!
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Looking for a little more dodgeball in your life? Well you’re in luck!

We have partnered up with Lake Echo Community Centre to bring just a little bit more dodgeball into your weekday! Their new league starts next week on Thursday, September 28th, 2017 from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm at the Lake Echo Community Centre. This 12 week season is a steal at only $40 + GST and will be a mix of the two different dodgeball styles played here in Nova Scotia.


If you are interested, please contact Lake Echo Community Centre at 902.829.2512 or email them at info@lakeechorec.com

Fall Registration is now open….with a new twist coming next season!

The moment everyone has been waiting for has finally arrived! Registration for NSD’s fall season is officially open. Men’s, women’s and coed divisions are available once again with all games being played at Armbrae Academy on Sunday nights. Registration fees will remain the same this season at $80.00 for one division and $120.00 for two divisions.


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Jim & The CF Motorcycle Canada Tour!

Most of your know who Jim Best is. He’s been part of the dodgeball community in Nova Scotia for years and although up until recently he was based out of the Annapolis Valley, you could count on him and the rest of the Valley Dodgeball crew to travel to Halifax just about anytime a tournament was held in the city. Recently Jim relocated to the HRM and finally had his chance to join NSD as a regular season player but has had to take the summer off…

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Team Maple Leaf Announced!

Last week, we were excited to announce the 2017 Team Canada roster. Today, Dodgeball Canada is proud to reveal the 2017 Team Maple Leaf rosters. The following athletes will also serve as the alternates to Team Canada.

After several months of qualifiers, trials and a National tournament in Halifax that saw over 250 of Canada’s strongest and most passionate dodgeball athletes showcase their talents, the 2017 Team Maple Leaf rosters have been decided. On behalf of dodgeball communities from across the country, we thank everyone for their passion and appreciation for the process and embracing the connections and bridges being built across Canada.

The National Team Selections Committee (NTSC) deliberated in-person on the talent being represented from coast-to-coast and have constructed a men’s and women’s alternate team adhering to the 2017 Team Canada vision, as both programs look to continue with their individual growth and development. Dodgeball Canada would like to thank the following members of the NTSC for their relentless effort, thoughtful consideration, commitment and time they’ve invested to build Team Maple Leaf.

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Team Canada Announced!

After several months of qualifiers, trials and a National tournament in Halifax that saw over 250 of Canada’s strongest and most passionate dodgeball athletes showcase their talents, the 2017 Team Canada rosters have been decided. On behalf of dodgeball communities from across the country, we thank everyone for their passion and appreciation for the process and embracing the connections and bridges being built across Canada.

The National Team Selections Committee (NTSC) deliberated in-person on the talent being represented from coast-to-coast and constructively have built a men’s and women’s team adhering to the 2017 Team Canada vision, as both programs look to capture success on home soil. At this time, Dodgeball Canada would like to thank the following members of the NTSC for their relentless effort, thoughtful considerations, commitment and time they’ve invested to build Team Canada.

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7 Tips For Better Catching in Dodgeball

So you want to be a catcher? Are you are a catcher and you want to become better at it? Here are 7 things to work on to become a better catcher in dodgeball:

1. Plant Your Feet

Moving side to side while trying to catch can be pretty difficult. Remember that time where you were trying to dodge 3 balls coming at you and you had your hands in a weird spot and somehow, a dodgeball stuck? Is this skill? No. It is impressive though! While learning to catch, plant your feet and try to focus on those balls as they come at you.

2. T-Rex Arms

Hold your arms in close to your chest with your elbows close to your sides so you are ready to snatch an incoming ball. Having your arms in the ready position will aid in grabbing that one coming straight for you.

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NSD Goes to the Sin City Shootout Tournament

Recently some Nova Scotia Dodgeball players traveled to Vegas to participate in the 11th annual Sin City Shootout. This is the largest annual LGBT sporting event in the world! This event took place January 11th – 14th and is put on but WeHo (West Hollywood) Dodgeball.

It all stated with a softball tournament in 2007. The idea was to create the best LGBTQ tournament but has since grown in size and popularity. Today it includes many different sports and they are adding new sports every year. The purpose of the event is to raise money for the Greater Los Angeles Sports Association.

This year saw the event having 25 sports including; softball, kickball, soccer, ice hockey, swimming, dodgeball, etc. There was an estimate of 9000 athletes competing in the weekend event. Most participates were from different parts of the US but some also came from Canada and Australia as well!

Dodgeball Event Facts:

  • Co-ed no sting balls (7 inch rubber balls)
  • Co-ed 8.5 rubber balls (this are definitely sting balls, trust me)
  • Women’s division (7 inch rubber balls)
  • This is the 5th year that dodgeball has been a part of the event
  • There were around 550 dodgeball players making up 90 dodgeball teams!

Jake Mason is the organizer of all things dodgeball for the Sin City Shootout. He is also the founder of WeHo Dodgeball. I asked him for his thoughts on the overall weekend and his reply is as follows:

I’m still hesitant to call it a success because I’m afraid once I do someone will come to me with some issue I didn’t know about, lol, but honestly with so many people, so many teams, refs, personalities and balls everywhere it went really, really well. We continue to grow every year and the competition gets fiercer but I’ve been happy that we’ve also been able to keep the spirit of the tournament intact as well.

I asked some players what they thought about the overall experience. Joey is a player in Nova Scotia Dodgeball and it was his first time at the event. Andrew is co-owner of Downtown Dodgeball in Toronto and has been to the Sin City shootout many times.

Joey Leblanc

Vegas was a completely different game. Rubber balls, 8 people on the court and every person was lethal. There were no weak players and I have the bruises from 8.5 sting division to prove it. It was fun to incorporate NSD’s slower, more controlled style into my matches in Vegas!

Andrew Rejano

This is my 3rd year going and my experiences keep getting better and better. I love this tournament because I love how it celebrates the diversity and caliber of all LGBTQA players. The diversity, caliber and passion of these players not only inspired me to better myself in all those aspects, but it also inspired me to do more for our own Toronto dodgeball LGBTQA community. It did so 3 years ago and still did this year! It was a blast!

Team ‘We Don’t Care Bears’ from different parts of Canada