Don’t miss out on local dodge ball league

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CAPE MAY – The city’s recreation department is again asking adults to dust off their gym class skills and submit teams for the second season of local dodge ball league play. 

“It was very popular last year and very entertaining,” said Jean Whalen, the city’s recreation program coordinator. “W e had seven teams – some from local businesses, a couple from the Coast Guard base – and everyone had a great time.”

Whalen said the league, which follows modified National Amateur Dodgeball Association (NADA) rules, is looking to add playoffs this year.

“We want it to be fun, competitive and to get everyone who wants to play involved,” she said. 

Play is scheduled to begin on Thursday, Jan. 24 at the Cape May Elementary School gym. The regular season will run for five weeks, to be followed by two weeks of playoff games.

It is an adult league, open to men and women, and teams can have 10 roster members.

According to local rules, teams need at least two women and two men to start every game. If only one woman or man is present to start a game, the team will be limited to five players.

Uniforms are not required but they are encouraged, according to the recreation department.

“We had some folks with matching t-shirts and others just in gym clothes,” said Whalen.

Players must be 17 or older, and players under 18 must have a parent’s signature to play. Registration is $140 per team and, according to Whalen, the deadline for registration is Friday, Jan. 18.

For more information, call Cape May Recreation at 884-9565 or check out an information sheet and rules at

Whalen said she is also taking the names of individuals who do not have teams.

“I will offer those names out to the teams registered, if they have roster space, or try to make some other accommodation,” she said.

The local league uses rubber-coated foam balls, which are the standard in dodge ball league play. There are six balls in play during the match.

The object of the game, as anyone who went to school before dodgeball bans became general knows, is to “eliminate all opposing players by getting them out. This may be done by hitting an opposing player with a live thrown ball below the shoulders, or catching a live ball thrown by your opponent before it touches the ground, according to NADA rules.

The National Dodge Ball League (NDL) website boasts professional and amateur listings, along with tips for success at the sport.

"Abide by the rules. Don't ride into a new group on a high horse about proper blocking technique. There are many ways to play dodge ball," according to individual etiquette pointers offered for pickup game.

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