Although this might be hard to believe, there are national and even international dodgeball championships in the UK. This sport is no longer confined to the playgrounds of schools, as it gained international traction. Let’s see what competitions you can attend this year in Great Britain.
March is right around the corner and brings 3 dodgeball contests in England. The month starts strong with the East Midlands Open on March 3rd, in Leicester. Teams from all across the UK can join for the price of £70 per team. The applicable rules are the ones set by British Dodgeball regulations.
One day after that, you can attend the University Mixed Open at the Banbury Academy on Ruskin Road from 10 am to 7 pm. The competition is only for University mixed teams and the price is £70 per team. The matches are played by the British Dodgeball 5 Ball rules.
Later on, on March 18th, there’s the Nottingham Open that takes place at the University of Nottingham on College Road in Sutton, Bonington. Clubs from all over the country are eligible to enter. There are 2 separated competitions, one for men and one for women.
The dodgeball championship 2018 in the UK
After warming yourself up with the above low-level events, it’s time for some serious dodgeball competitions. The UK Championships will take place in the summer, on June 23rd at the David Ross Sports Village, University of Nottingham. There are different sections for men, women, U16, U13 and U11. About 300 people are expected to attend the event. The price of an adult ticket is £7 while children under the age of 18 only pay £3.5.
The teams who will enter the UK Championship will be selected as follows:
- For men: the Lutterworth Meteors (already qualified), the first 3 places of the English championship, the first 2 of the Irish championship, the winners of the Scottish and Welsh competitions
- For women: the Bedford Might Eagles (already qualified), the first 4 places of the English championship, the Irish, Scottish and Welsh champions.
- For juniors: the top 4 teams in each category throughout the dodgeball season
The North European Dodgeball Championships
There’s also an international competition held in England this year: the NEC 2018 that will take place on 12-13 May at the Middlesbrough Sports Village. The ticket costs £10 per day or £15 for the whole weekend.
Here, you will witness the performance of the best North European dodgeball players. The countries who will play at NEC 18 are England, France, Northern Ireland, Sweden, Wales, France, Scotland and Ireland. There are 3 different sections for adults: men, women and mixed, as well as a junior event that will take place on Saturday.