Frequently asked questions:
Q: I don’t want to play in a draft league, do you have other options?
A: Absolutely! We have regular team leagues, which play Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. Gather your friends together and sign up!
Q: We are beginners, and we heard this league is mainly competitive, is that true?
A: Not at all! We have more beginner teams than any other league in the city. We offer Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Draft divisions. If you don’t want to play in a competitive division, simply sign up for the one that is at your skill level! We even do placement matches sometimes when we believe that some teams have attempted to sign up below their skill level.
Q: I have a child who is interested in dodgeball, what do you offer for kids?
A: Dodgeball Winnipeg is for adults only, and does not have any current plans to offer programs for youth under 18 years old. Please check out your local YM-YWCA or community center to see what programs they offer. Skyzone also accepts players 16+ for their dodgeball league.
Q: What times do you play?
A: Team leagues run Sundays 6:00pm and later, Monday-Thursday runs 6:30pm and later. Draft League runs Sundays 4:00-6:00
You can also pay $75 to choose your team’s schedule for the season. This is sold on a first-come-first-serve basis and priority is given to the team(s) that pay for it first.
Q: How many games do we get?
A: Team leagues now play 10 games guaranteed (It was 9 in previous seasons). You play once per week.
In draft league you will play 9 (10 if you win your division)
Q: Do we get to choose when we play?
A: You get to choose which day of the week you play on, and you will play on that day every week. If your team needs a specific time on that day, you can pay $75 to choose your schedule for the season (on a first-come-first-serve basis).
Q: Do you play on holidays?
A: No, there are no games on holidays.
Q: Where do you play?
A: We play at various community centers, with the vast majority of games happening at East Elmwood Community Center. Sometimes we book Glenwood, Greendell, Sinclair Park, Winakwa, Sturgeon Heights, and Norberry-Glenlee if they are available.
Q: How many people should I have on my team?
A: For new teams, we recommend 8-10 players, and at least 3 should be female. Once you get a reliable group of people coming, 9 seems to be the magic number. 8 is okay but if 2 or more people miss you can be in a bind, and 10 usually feels like too much (you end up sitting nearly every other round when 10 people show up to a game). We have a maximum of 12 permitted on a roster.
Q: What is the draft league?
A: A draft league is a league in which all players sign up as individuals, and are assigned teams. People are distributed in an attempt to keep an even balance of talent on all teams. At the end of each season, all teams are dissolved and new ones are created based on the stats of the players, and once again distributed evenly to keep teams fair. The coed draft division plays Sundays before team league games.
Q: Does it hurt to get hit by a ball?
A: We use 7″ foam balls covered in rubber. If someone throws it hard enough you will feel it, and it may sting slightly if you get hit in a sensitive area such as your head. That being said, our balls have a lot less mass than the 8.5″ balls other leagues use, and you will find that even at full speed these balls do not really hurt.
We recommend removing any rings/jewelry you may be wearing as people have hurt themselves in the past with their own jewelry while going for a catch.
Q: I haven’t played sports since high school, what division should I join?
A: If you wish to register a team, please select “bronze” division. If you are joining as an individual, don’t worry! We also have the ability to sign up as an individual, and teams will be formed out of all the individual signups. We expect these teams to play in the bronze/silver divisions, which will be more recreational and less competitive.
Q: I don’t have Paypal, how else can I pay?
A: Even without paypal, you can still check out using your credit card (paypal accepts credit card payments even for people who do not have paypal).
Q: I don’t have a credit card or Paypal but still want to play, how can I pay?
A: You can e-transfer the correct amount to email@example.com and we will respond with a link to a registration form.
Q: My team has been playing for a long time, and tends to dominate our division. We would like a chance to play at a higher level. What can we do?
A: When signing up, please choose “gold” when asked to select level of play. You may also want to consider signing up for Premier League instead.
Q: Can I bring my child to a game?
A: We very strongly discourage bringing young children to the game! For insurance purposes we have a no-children policy on the court – that means your child must stay out of bounds at all times.
Children aged 13-17 may enter the gym and watch from the bench but are forbidden from participating.
If you must bring a child aged 12 or younger please make sure they have direct supervision at all times. The foam balls we use are unlikely to hurt an adult, but young children face the risk of injury. We recommend having someone 12 or older come with them and seat the child behind the bench, so they are protected from stray throws. Cross-court shots can hit a person sitting on the bench and your child could get knocked over and potentially be seriously injured.
For infants/toddlers, do not bring them into the gym. It simply isn’t safe. We appreciate that you love the sport and want to play but it is a risk you as a parent should not be taking with their health.
Also, please note that since this league is for adults we will not be asking players to censor their language or music (which is often brought to games). If you do not wish for your child to hear adult language do not bring them to the game, or bring headphones and music for them to listen to.