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.
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!
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!