After receiving some news we were waiting on from gyms, we will put in time this weekend to schedule the remaining November games that are unscheduled. For example, Sunday November 8th is on the schedule for recreational games now, and we have space Thursday November 19th which was previously unconfirmed. Dakota will be 6:30-9:30 just as in October.
Things are looking good for us to finish the season before the end of November. Thank you to everyone for being responsible and respectful, have a great rest of the season!
We are currently following the Government of Manitoba’s presser with respect to the new Covid-19 restrictions.
We will announce through official channels what this means for Dodgeball once we have discussed with our gym partners as well as once we have clarification from the government. After the increase to Orange there were numerous “clarifications” that walked back many restrictions that appeared to be in place, so we will take more time to clarify before anything is announced, which will be, at the earliest, 24 hours from now.
So far Dodgeball Winnipeg has run roughly 100 Dodgeball games without incident this season – meaning there has been no exposure at any Dodgeball Winnipeg event, no contract traced to a dodgeball game, and we credit this to the community going above and beyond with respect to hygiene, distancing, respecting measures in place and most importantly staying home when symptomatic or potentially exposed. There is roughly one month of games left in the Dodgeball season, and we will make sure that we act responsibly, ethically, and with respect to the players as well as the rules in place.
We have been immensely fortunate to have received some improvements to our October schedule at Dakota Fieldhouse.
Games will be 6:30-9:30pm now, which will give plenty of time between games for players to leave the court before the next group enters the facility. It also appears that we are now able to run games there again on October 8th and 29th.
As always, thanks to the current state of the world changes may happen, but we will keep you apprised as soon as we are aware. We appreciate the patience and understanding everyone has shown. Thank you!
After clarifying the new restrictions, and how they affect (or do not affect) indoor sports, we reached out to players. Overwhelmingly the teams have indicated they wish to return to play, so we have the following news:
Games at sport for life, Dakota fieldhouse, and East Elwmood CC are scheduled to happen again. We are awaiting a reply from Sinclair Park – since we are committed to providing 72 hours notice that a game is upcoming, the games scheduled for Wednesday September 30th will be postponed.
The schedule will be updated later today to reflect this development.
We did hear from numerous teams concerns about covid protocols, distancing, and masks. We will need buy in from everyone if we want to keep the season from shutting down again, and this means voluntarily following protocols and going above and beyond with respect to hygiene, physical interactions, and respect. We ask that everyone do their best, and remind their own teammates that this is not a return to normal and to abide by restrictions voluntarily rather than waiting for them to be enforced. We also would encourage players to at least try wearing a mask while playing, to see how it feels and if it is something you are capable of doing.
The Dodgeball community has always been touted for being respectful and progressive and we truly believe that if we all pull together we can improve our hygienic measures beyond simply what is mandated.
We extended our gratitude to the teams who responded, and our thanks to the gyms for clear quick communications. We will see you all this week!
Effective immediately music will not be permitted at dodgeball games unless it is played via broadcast radio (AM or FM).
In accordance with SOCAN regulations, subscription services such as satellite radio and internet streaming services will not be permitted. If you wish to bring music to dodgeball, it will need to be broadcast radio.
Thank you for understanding!
- Please do not arrive early. If you do, please remain outside the venue physically distanced from other people, or remain in your vehicle until it is time to enter the facility.
- Please leave the gym immediately after your game. Socializing can take place outside the venue, but we need to vacate the gymnasium before we can fill it for the next game, and hanging around after/taking your time/talking to other people cuts into the next group’s warmup time. Please be respectful and leave right away.
- No more high fives/hand shakes! For this season we ask that the teams face each other from across the court and do “finger guns” at the opposing teams. Ideally, make eye contact with and finger gun towards each other player, to show your good sportsmanship. We are still doing the three cheers for the other team. Lining up with high fives/handshakes will return after the pandemic.
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For this season we are going to be assigning games to courts at Dakota Fieldhouse. Here’s a reminder of the numbering system we use for courts at Dakota:
Just a reminder, games at Dakota will require masks when you are not participating in physical activity. We also ask that you not arrive early to games, and if possible, please arrive changed and ready to play or with your sports clothes under your outdoor clothing as changeroom spaces will be severely limited.