Winter 2020 is cancelled, Spring 2020 is still happening

Looks like we’re shutting down over Covid-19. We did not take this decision lightly. There are numerous factors that came into play here aside from public sentiment.

1) Dodgeball contains an unusually high amount of physical contact with bodily fluid given the nature of our sport
2) In the last 24 hours the scare has ramped up significantly
3) Most major sporting organizations have shut down

How will this affect teams with games left?

1) We are asking to cancel the gym space. So far EECC has already said they will not charge us. We will have to wait for responses from Norberry, Sinclair Park, and Winakwa before we determine what amount we can refund the teams
2) All teams that did not make playoffs will have their games cancelled and will receive free drop-ins for all rostered players equivalent to the number of games they will miss. (2 for Sunday teams, 1 for Monday teams, 1 for Thursday teams)
3) All teams with playoff games left to be played will have them postponed. We will attempt to reschedule these games before next season, if possible. If, in the unlikely scenario, we cannot reschedule these games, they will be cancelled as well and we will look at refunds for the affected teams.

How does this affect Spring season?

We are very hopeful that, given the 5 weeks between now and then, Spring should happen as planned. If for some reason it cannot, and there are cancellations or delays of the season, teams will be reimbursed proportionally to the amount they were affected. (Example, if we have to cancel the first game only, you would receive a refund of 1/9 of your team fees)

This has been budgeted for and your money is safe with us. We will act ethically and responsibly to ensure the season happens in whatever capacity is possible given the nature of the current situation.

Covid-19 and Winter 2020

We are getting questions about Covid-19 (aka Corona virus) and how it will affect Dodgeball Winnipeg.

As of right now, Manitoba remains relatively unaffected. While the government is advising to avoid travel and to wash hands, we are not hit with an outbreak the same way other places have been. For this reason, we plan to finish off the 3 nights left in Winter season with extra hygiene measures in place, and then we hope that this pandemic runs its course during the ~1 month we have between this season and next season.

Should there be an outbreak in Manitoba, we will follow the government’s recommendations immediately.

If Manitoba is affected in April/May/June, we will make sure to follow all government recommendations as soon as they are released. If there is any impact to games, they will be rescheduled or we will refund for any proportion of games lost (example: if one game is cancelled, we would refund teams 1/9 of their fees).

The best thing we can all do right now is to stay home if sick, wash up regularly, and pay attention to what our local health organizations are telling us.

Update 5:45 pm March 13: The Manitoba government has recommended gatherings of 250+ people be cancelled. A typical dodgeball game has 12-20 people in attendance.

Update 6:00 pm March 13: We will not be permitting outside spectators at the remaining games. With the broadcast on twitch happening, people should have ample opportunities to watch their loved ones play. People who are at the gym because they are between games, for example, are still fine.

We have Winners!

We have some champions to share with you!

Tuesday Rec: Quit Grabbin’ my Balls

Wednesday Bronze: Dodge Balls of Fire

Wednesday Silver: Last Resort

Congratulations to our victors – we will announce a windup date in the near future where you can collect your prizes! Thank you to everyone who participated and made these nights a success.

Buy a timeslot!

One of our lesser-known offerings at Dodgeball Winnipeg is the ability to buy a custom schedule for the season. This is also known as a timeslot.

When you sign up for a season and do not buy a timeslot, you still get to choose the night of the week you play, but you do not get to choose the time or place that your team plays. If your team buys a timeslot, however, you get to choose the time and place where your team plays (from the available times and locations for that night of the week).

Timeslots cost $90 per team, and we only sell 2 per night of the week. They can only be purchased through our webstore. If you are interested in paying $90 for a custom schedule for your team, check out the link: https://dodgeballwinnipeg.com/product-category/timeslots/

For example:
1. Average Joes buys a timeslot for Sunday nights. They play in the bronze division, which is being run at 7pm/8pm/9pm out of “Generic Gymnasium” or 6:30/7:30/8:30pm out of “Placeholder Community Center”. They choose to have their games at 7:00 pm every night at Generic Gymnasium.

2. Purple Cobras buys a timeslot for Wednesday nights. Wednesday nights are only run 7pm/8pm/9pm Sinclair Park Community Center. They choose to have all their games at 7pm at Sinclair Park, except for the first game which they ask to have at 9pm because one of their players has a meeting that evening.

If you have any questions about this, don’t hesitate to contact us at info@dodgeballwinnipeg.com

Registration for Spring 2020 is opening soon!

Spring 2020 season registration opens February 24th!

The following divisions will be available:

Sunday Draft, Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze

Monday Bronze, Silver

Tuesday 1v1 ranked/ladder – there will be no team league available Tuesdays. If interested in 1v1, please fill out this survey.

Wednesday Silver, Bronze

Thursday Men’s, Women’s, Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze

All recreational and wall ball divisions will remain at $545 early bird, $595 regular price

All open court divisions will increase in price to $595 early bird, $648 regular price as the gym time costs us significantly more than wall ball

Thursday Schedules will be finished today

We are working on getting out Thursday Gold and Silver today. We will email captains as soon as they are complete. Please keep in mind until that email comes out, changes can and will be made to the schedule as we move things around to ensure proper ref coverage.

Thank you for your patience!

Sponsorship opportunities are available!

If you follow Dodgeball, you know it’s one of the fastest growing sports out there. We started off in 2015 with 64 players in our first season, and now have consistently 1300+ unique players per year. We are looking to expand our horizons, and are looking to partner with motivated individuals to grow our business along with yours. As a part of our commitment to keeping Dodgeball accessible and affordable, we are now looking to partner up with sponsors and event organizers in order to maintain that mandate!

Each season we have 500-600 players across ~15 divisions, playing Sunday through Thursday each week (except holidays). If you wish to take us up on one of these opportunities, or present one of your own, please contact info@dodgeballwinnipeg.com for more details.

 

If your organization would like to partner with Dodgeball Winnipeg we have the following opportunities available:

Organizer: Dodgeball Singles night

A highly requested event, we are looking for someone with experience in events of this nature, or someone involved with a venue that has experience with events of this nature. Due to the unique nature of events like this, compensation will be negotiated once we have worked out details together.

Put your company logo on the balls

We use WDBF-standard balls and order factory-direct, so we have the ability to customize balls. Get your company seen by all our players at every game! Get your company on 650 balls for just $1000, or 1000 balls for $1500. Factory orders generally take 3-4 months to arrive so these would likely be ready to use about 2 seasons out, and would be in use for at minimum one year, likely longer.

Sponsor a division

Interested in getting your name out there? We will put your company name on the division of your choice, as well as provide a direct link to your company site on the standings and sponsor page. At the beginning, middle, and end of the season we will also email any special offers/communications you wish to communicate to all our players on our contact list. We will also distribute any materials you wish to the players in that division once at the beginning of the season, and once in the middle. If you wish to also add some form of prize (No cash prizes, please. We want to keep the game friendly) that can also be given to the winning team at the end of the season. Teams are generally 8-9 players but can be as many as 12 so keep that in mind if you wish to provide prizes.

Division Sponsorship costs are as follows:

Draft Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Draft division (streamed): $500 Sundays: All 4 divisions: $1000 1 division : $250 1 division: $250 Both divisions (10 teams): $500 All divisions: $750
Bronze and silver: $500 Silver division: $250 Platinum division (6 teams): $350
Gold and Platinum: $750 Bronze division: $400 Gold division (7 teams): $400
1 division of your choice: $300 Silver division (6 teams): $350

Organizer: Large event(s)

Please contact us if you are interested in running a larger event. We will take care of the dodgeball side of it, but are looking for someone with experience running large events and making them financially worthwhile.

Sponsorship without cash:

Get your product/service out there by donating it as a prize for our stat keeper/ball retriever draws we do each week! After every draft day, we reward our volunteer stat keepers and ball retrievers by putting their names into two draws (one for the stat keepers, one for the retrievers) and drawing for some free swag! If you are interested in donating in this fashion, we will require at least 2 of each item/service for each week you wish to donate. We will give your company a big shout out on the live stream, as well as announcing it the week before and the day of the draw.